Name: Raymond Huber
Date of birth: 30 January 1958
Place of birth: Christchurch
Now living in: Dunedin
- What is your favourite food?
- Golden honey from my bees.
- Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
- No, but I've been likened to comics characters — Tintin (it’s the hair) and Calvin’s dad (the bike helmet and glasses - from Calvin and Hobbes - ed.)
- What was your most embarrassing moment?
- When a teacher dragged me off stage in our high school talent show — he said I was ‘showing off’.
- How do you relax?
- Sculpting limestone while listening to scratchy 20 Solid Gold Hits LPs from the 1970s.
- Who inspired you when you were little?
- Doctor Who — I dreamed about having adventures like his. Also my teachers at Thorrington School were wonderful.
- What were you like at school?
- A bit shy, a bit worried, but I had a sense of humour that made it a bit of fun.
- What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?
- I loved science and drama, and found PE painful (it was always cold).
- What was the book you most loved as a child?
- Calico the Wonder Horse (The Saga of Stewy Stinker) by Virginia Lee Burton — you’ll laugh, you’ll gasp, you’ll cry!
- Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
- Myself as a school boy. I’d tell me not to worry so much.
- Who is your favourite author/childrens author?
- Children’s author? Tove Jansson (Moomin books); and I love adult author Penelope Todd (so I married her).
- Why did you want to be a writer?
- Because I have so many ideas in my brain which need to find a home. And I love reading.
- Do you have a special place where you write your books?
- No, I work in the living room, sandwiched between the TV, book shelf, and cat on a beanbag.
- What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?
- Worst is not enough time; best is when I first see a copy of my book arriving in the letterbox.
- If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?
- A film maker.
- What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
- Read great books. Write down your dreams (both sorts). Be persistent one day you will be published.
This interview is from 2010.