Date of birth: 29 August 1968
Place of birth: Oamaru
Now living in: Lyttelton, Banks Peninsula
What is your favourite food?
Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
What was your most embarrassing moment?
I try to avoid them.
How do you relax?
Read a book.
Who inspired you when you were little?
What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?
Art was my favourite. Maths my most hated.
What was the book you most loved as a child?
The Narnia series by C. S. Lewis.
Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
An artist, Gustav Klimt.
Who is your favourite author/children’s author?
Fantasy - Cecilia Dart-Thornton.
Children’s - J.K. Rowling.
Why did you want to be a illustrator?
I love art and books.
Do you have a special place where you write your books?
In the living room with the family!
What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?
Best: I love what I do. So do my kids.
Worst: it’s a hard way to make money.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?
A curator of my own art gallery.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Never give up!
This interview is from 2006.