Name: Janet Marshall
Date of birth: 8 February 1947
Place of birth: Essex, England
Now living in: Nelson Bays
What is your favourite food?
Almost anything savoury.
Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
I used to be called ‘Boody’ when I was a child. I don’t get called that now though.
At an exhibition opening of my paintings and bird models. I was talking to some visitors when my daughter, then aged 8, pointed out that the legs on one of the models were painted different colours. I could have shrunk through the floor in embarrassment.
How do you relax?
Reading, walking and playing classical guitar.
Who inspired you when you were little?
No person inspired me. I was inspired by nature and its endless fascinating properties.
What were you like at school?
Very very shy.
What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?
Favourite: Art. Most disliked: Sport and PT (Physical Training).
What was the book you most loved as a child?
A set of four nature books bought for me by my father. I still have them.
Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
Who is your favourite author/children’s author?
There are so many, I can’t lay claim to one.
Why did you want to be a writer?
I write to complement my paintings and to try to say in poems and script how I feel about the wonderful universe of which I am a part.
Do you have a special place where you write your books?
No. When my muse visits me I try to find a quiet place with no distractions.
What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?
The best thing is fulfilling one’s desire to write, the worst is the lack of money it makes.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?
An artist, which I am, or musician.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Attend writing classes etc. to become proficient in using words, but also be true to yourself and write as you feel.
This interview is from 2005.