Name: Wanda Cowley
Date of birth: 7 September 1924
Place of birth: Auckland
Now living in: Waiheke Island
- What is your favourite food?
- I like all sorts of fruit especially picked from the tree and all sorts of vegetables fresh from the garden. Haggis is a special treat.
- What was your most embarrassing moment?
- When I first heard this strange voice on tape and realised I was listening to myself.
- How do you relax?
- Listening to music; reading.
- Who inspired you when you were little?
- My mother
- What were you like at school?
- Not very confident although in secondary school I used to knit socks for soldiers under the desk when I thought the teacher wasn’t looking.
- What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?
- Favourite: writing stories and poems
Didn’t feel strongly enough to hate anything although I struggled with algebra.
- What was the book you most loved as a child?
- "Seized by Brigands". I read it until it fell to pieces. I think we lost the pieces when we moved house.
- Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
- The composer Mozart because I think he would be a fun person as well as a great musician.
- Who is your favourite author/children’s author?
- I have so many authors I love to read it’s hard to know where to start. I can’t really choose one above another.
- Why did you want to be a writer?
- It just seemed to happen because I love story and language and the music of words.
- Do you have a special place where you write your books?
- Yes, I’m lucky to have a special room where I keep all my reference books, files and folders.
- What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?
- The best thing is the actual writing process; fashioning the story or poem.
The worst thing is an empty letterbox when I’m waiting to see if an editor likes my work.
- If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?
- I can’t imagine not being a writer but I would like to play an instrument, maybe flute or autoharp.
- What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
- Read Read Read. Write Write Write.
This interview is from 2002.