Name: Marie Gibson
Date of birth: 12 December 1929
Place of birth: Wellington
Now living in: Waianakarua (near Oamaru)
- What is your favourite food?
- I like most foods but especially salads with lots of bits in it and gooey dessert with cream.
- What was your most embarrassing moment?
- I once told a story that reflected badly on one of my teachers only to find that that person was in the group I was speaking to. Ouch!
- How do you relax?
- Beach walking, stretching out in the sun with a book, but mostly I don’t like "relaxing". I’m always looking for something else to do.
- Who inspired you when you were little?
- The exploits of the stars in the Saturday afternoon adventure movies set my imagination going.
- What were you like at school?
- I did enough work to keep out of trouble but only just.
- What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?
- I enjoyed art and related subjects although I wasn’t particularly good at it. I tried to avoid story writing because I had to finish to the bottom of the page and what I did was never neat enough.
- What was the book you most loved as a child?
- I didn’t have a favourite book. I read anything and everything.
- Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
- Not one particular person but groups of people – e.g. a tribe of cave people or Captain Scott’s team as they set out for the South Pole. It depends on who I am writing about at the time.
- Who is your favourite author/children’s author?
- Joy Cowley and Margaret Mahy.
- Why did you want to be a writer?
- When I retired from teaching I was looking for something to fill in spare time.
- Do you have a special place where you write your books?
- So long as I have my lap top I can write anywhere.
- What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?
- The best thing about being an author is:
1. That I can continue to do it no matter how old I am.
2. I can lose myself in the lives of my characters.
The worst thing is when I write a story I believe to be the best I've ever written but I can’t find a publisher who thinks the same.
- If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?
- What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
- Keep writing.
This interview is from 2005.