Name: Julie Folkers
Date of birth: 29 August 1962
Place of birth: Christchurch
Now living in: Christchurch
- What is your favourite food?
- Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
- What was your most embarrassing moment?
- I fell asleep on an international flight and my head was off to one side, I awoke to find I had dribbled out the corner of my mouth and onto my shirt.
- How do you relax?
- I like to swim.
- Who inspired you when you were little?
- Enid Blyton.
- What were you like at school?
- A good girl mostly, I was a top athlete and gymnast and an avid hockey player.
- What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?
- My favourite subjects changed over the years, in the 6th form it was history, in the 3rd form it was geography. I probably hated French in high school.
- What was the book you most loved as a child?
- The Illustrated Treasury of Children’s Literature.
- Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
- There are few I would like to meet.
- Who is your favourite author/children’s author?
- I love J. K. Rowling.
- Why did you want to be a writer?
- I always said I would love to write kids books and when I was in my 30s I got very sick and I re-trained and decided to follow my dream of being a children’s author.
- Do you have a special place where you write and illustrate your books?
- Yes, I have my office where I have it all set up to write, it’s full of toys and books and is my space.
- What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer or illustrator?
- I find now I get a bit lonely working at home on my own and at times I crave a bit of adult company and an adult conversation.
- If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?
- A diplomat.
- What advice would you give to aspiring writers or illustrators?
- If you have the urge to do it then follow your dream.
This interview is from 2002.