Name: Richard Wolfe
Date of birth: 10 July 1948
Place of birth: New Plymouth
Now living in: Freemans Bay, Auckland
- What is your favourite food?
- What was your most embarrassing moment?
- I must have conveniently forgotten!
- How do you relax?
- Reading, walking and just sitting thinking.
- Who inspired you when you were little?
- I was a voracious reader as a child - Enid Blyton, Dr Seuss etc - but was not aware that they would later help inspire me to take up writing for children.
- What were you like at school?
- Much smaller and clean-shaven.
- What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?
- I actually liked arithmetic/mathematics! But probably would have preferred art if I'd had the opportunity. Contrary to my present interests, I didn’t enjoy science much at school.
- What was the book you most loved as a child?
- Thidwick the big-hearted moose by Dr Seuss, was my first ever book (I've still got it!) and it obviously created quite an impression.
- Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
- It would be interesting to meet Victorian children’s book illustrator Arthur Rackham and watch him at work.
- Who is your favourite author/children’s author?
- Maurice Sendak, followed by Dr Seuss.
- Why did you want to be a writer?
- I always enjoyed writing, even as a child, and this interest just naturally evolved.
- Do you have a special place where you write your books?
- I have a room of my own where I do most of my writing.
- What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?
- The best thing about being a writer is being able to do what you want to do. Perhaps the only bad thing about being a writer is not selling as many books as you’d like to!
- If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?
- I would still like to work with words, so perhaps I would try song writing, inspired by the example of Bob Dylan.
- What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
- Read and write lots, and never give up!
This interview is from 2002.