Name: Judy Knox
Date of birth: 22 November, 1939
Place of birth: Dunedin
Now living in: Dunedin, but have also been teaching in Romania
What is your favourite food?
Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Tripping over on the stage during a school prize-giving.
How do you relax?
Reading, listening to music (classical).
Who inspired you when you were little?
What were you like at school?
Very quiet - shy - worked hard.
What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?
Most hated: Science.
What was the book you most loved as a child?
Swallows and Amazons, by Arthur Ransome.
Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
Captain Scott (South Pole).
Who is your favourite author/children’s author?
Why did you want to be a writer?
I like telling stories!
Do you have a special place where you write your books?
No - anywhere with peace and quiet.
What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?
Best: thrill of seeing a book in print and having people tell me they have read it.
Worst: can’t make enough money to live on,
If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?
I’m not really a full-time writer - I wish I could be! I’m really a teacher and I love it.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
This interview is from 2002.