Name: Elizabeth Pulford
Date of birth: 16 February 1943
Place of birth: Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Now living in: Waikouiti
- What is your favourite food?
- Hot, salty steamy chips. Yum!
- Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
- At school it was ‘Plonk’!
- What was your most embarrassing moment?
- Wearing a new pair of knee-length boots and the tassels twisting together, locking my legs and sending me crashing to the ground.
- How do you relax?
- Go out into the garden to sit or work. Read. Be a couch-potato in front of the telly.
- Who inspired you when you were little?
- Anyone who wrote books.
- What were you like at school?
- I was always getting into trouble for acting the fool.
- What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?
Most creative subject: Spelling (still is).
- What was the book you most loved as a child?
- The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton.
- Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
- My great-grandmothers on both sides of the family. One English, one Ukrainian.
- Who is your favourite author/children’s author?
- Adult: May Sarton (her journals).
Children’s: Too many to name, but especially Enid Blyton.
- Why did you want to be a writer?
- Always loved words, stories and wanted adventures.
- Do you have a special place where you write your books?
- A little sunroom, up amongst the branches of trees.
- What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?
- Best: creating new worlds and new ‘character’ friends.
Worst: correcting my own rotten spelling!
- If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?
- A ballerina. But I was a bit fat as a child.
- What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
- Write, write, write. Read, read, read.
This interview is from 2006.