Name: Phyllis Johnston
Date of birth: 14 October 1935
Place of birth: Morrinsville
Now living in: Tauranga
- What is your favourite food?
- Bread, fruit
- Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
- What was your most embarrassing moment?
- Mispronouncing antipodes - I called it anti-podes.
- How do you relax?
- Walking, reading
- Who inspired you when you were little?
- The stories of my parents
- What were you like at school?
- Average. I didn’t listen at times, thought of other things, and missed important parts.
- What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?
- Favourite: English. Loved that.
Most hated: Maths. I never grasped it. Knew my times tables.
- What was the book you most loved as a child?
- Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink.
- Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
- My English teachers from High School.
- Who is your favourite author/children’s author?
- I enjoy too many to count!
- Why did you want to be a writer?
- I cannot specifically say. I just had a writer’s 'eye' and 'ear'.
- Do you have a special place where you write your books?
- Yes. I now have a study, but wrote my first four books on the dining-room table.
- What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?
- The best thing is about being able to create.
The worst thing is trying to get published.
- If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?
- An artist - a French Impressionist artist - and an opera singer.
- What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
- To keep a diary, try and write most days and never give up!!
This interview is from 2002.