Interview with Mike Carter

Mike CarterName: Mike Carter

Date of birth: 12 September 1936

Place of birth: Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

Now living in: Onewhero, near Tuakau, South Auckland

Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?

Only known as Mike.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

I was taking some kids sailing. I stopped the yacht, jumped overboard to fasten a surf-board to a dinghy and the yacht sailed off leaving me alone on the surfboard. Fortunately the kids kept their heads.

How do you relax?

Take the dog for a walk.

Who inspired you when you were little?

My Aunt influenced me to become a teacher. Also my parents were extremely supportive.

What were you like at school?

A goody goody worked hard, played sports.

What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?

My favourite was History. I disliked Science (hated too strong a term).

What was the book you most loved as a child?

Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School by Frank Richards.

Which person from the past would you most like to meet?

My great great great great great grandmother/father. Would be wonderful to make contact with some of my genes from the past.

Who is your favourite author/children’s author?

Children’s: A.A. Milne

Adult: Bernard CornwellLee ChildJanet Evanovich. But I guess I’ll always return to Charles Dickens.

Why did you want to be a writer?

To prove to myself that I could express my ideas on paper so others could enjoy them. The thought of writing a best-seller and becoming mega-rich is always lurking in the background!

Do you have a special place where you write your books?

Yes by the fridge in the kitchen. On a computer, overlooking the garden.

What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?

Best thing is receiving a letter saying someone’s accepted your story. Worst thing is suddenly realising the story’s lost itself somewhere and you’re wasting time on it.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?

I write as a hobby, I’ve heaps of hobbies: play music, fly a powered parachute, take photographs, dramatics. I only write when I suddenly get an idea.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.

I’ve only had about one in ten of my stories/books published. That’s a heap of effort. But seeing your story in print that’s a real buzz.

Don’t be disappointed. Be challenged.

Read Mike’s short story Piripi’s rose
Read some books by Mike Carter

This interview is from 2005.

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