Interview with Janet Marshall

Janet MarshallName: 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.

Book Cover of K is for KiwiWhat was your most embarrassing moment?

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?

Mahatma Gandhi.

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.

Read a short story by Janet Marshall
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This interview is from 2005.

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