Name: Vince Ford
Date of birth: 12 April 1970
Place of birth: Eltham, Taranaki
Now living in: Makarori Beach, Gisborne - previously Karapiro, Raetihi and Papamoa.
- What is your favourite food?
- Passionfruit crème brulee - sweet custard with a crispy crust. Next is oatmeal pancakes with maple syrup, banana and bacon.
- Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
- Yes - it’s V. My name kept getting shortened. Now that’s all that’s left.
- What was your most embarrassing moment?
- Leaning on an electric fence during a field day at a farm. I got such a shock that I yelped and the whole audience laughed at me.
- How do you relax?
- I play sport - I love touch rugby and kayaking, I’m learning to surf. I also dive for crayfish and kina.
- Who inspired you when you were little?
- My father.
- What were you like at school?
- Fairly quiet. I was a goody good at primary school but became more laid back as I got older. I was always a bit of an individual.
- What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?
- Favourite: Geography - it suited the way I thought.
Most hated: Accounting - it bored me.
- What was the book you most loved as a child?
- I can’t remember the title - it was about a hippopotamus race.
(Possibly The Twenty-seventh annual African hippopotamus race by Morris Lurie - Ed.)
- Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
- Someone from the Clovis culture. They lived in the late ice age in America, they made magnificent stone spear points and hunted mammoth. I’m researching a book set in that period.
- Who is your favourite author/children’s author?
- Roald Dahl for children or Tolkien. Pat Conroy for adults.
- Why did you want to be a writer?
- I had this feeling that it was the right thing for me to do. It was an urge that I couldn’t ignore.
- Do you have a special place where you write your books?
- My office looks out over Makarori Beach. It’s beautiful.
- What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?
- Best - no boss telling you what to do.
Worst - self-doubt. Am I any good?
- If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?
- An organic vegetable grower.
- What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
- Write as much as you can as often as you can and write the truth - from your heart.
This interview is from 2002.