Name: Julie Williamson
Date of birth: 25 February 1956
Place of birth: Croydon (England)
Now living in: Lyttelton (Christchurch)
What is your favourite food?
Beef and mushroom in oyster sauce.
Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Falling asleep in the middle of lunch in a very posh Fleet Street restaurant.
How do you relax?
Eat chocolate, stare at the sea, daydream and walk on the Port Hills.
Who inspired you when you were little?
My Welsh grandmother.
What were you like at school?
Very, very, very shy.
What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?
English (favourite) Maths (most hated)
What was the book you most loved as a child?
The valley of adventureopens a new window by Enid Blyton
Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
Sir Winston Churchill
Who is your favourite author/children’s author?
Children’s author - Having only just read Harry Potter it has to be J.K. Rowling!
Why did you want to be a writer?
Because I love escaping into my imagination.
Do you have a special place where you write your books?
At a very old falling to pieces huge desk.
What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?
When it goes well it’s brilliant. When the words won’t come it’s terrible.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Once you start - don’t ever stop.
This interview is from 2002.