Name: Sarah Ell
Date of birth: 12 October 1970
Place of birth: Takapuna, Auckland
Now living in: Milford, Auckland
What is your favourite food?
Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
No, luckily – lots of people involved in sailing get terrible nicknames, but I have escaped this!
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Being asked at a school visit (as an author) whether or not I dye my hair – and not knowing whether or not to tell the truth!
How do you relax?
Sailing, listening to music, reading the newspaper.
My father, who is also a writer.
What were you like at school?
Talkative – my reports would always say I talked too much!
What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?
Favourite: Geography/Social Studies
Most hated: Maths/Physics
What was the book you most loved as a child?
The Talking Parcel by Gerald Durrell
Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
Captain Cook, an amazing adventurer.
Who is your favourite author/children’s author?
Why did you want to be a writer?
Always making-up stories, over-active imagination!
Do you have a special place where you write your books?
My office at home – sunny, looks out on the garden.
What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?
Best: being able to make stuff up, live in another world.
Worst: discipline – books don’t write themselves!
If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write about what interests you, what you feel is important/interesting. Keep going! Be observant. Read widely.
This interview is from 2002.