Interview with Mem Fox

October, 2009
Mem Fox

Quick Start

SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

MF: Australia Africa England Marriage Motherhood Teaching Writing Reading

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

MF: Do it now!

What Readers want to know...

SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

MF: Sleeping.

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

MF: Becoming a widow

SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

MF: On the couch at my daughter's house, having one of our rambling, lovely conversations

SS: With whom in history do you most identify?

MF: Napoleon: I want to conquer the world!

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

MF: Nada Vawser, an elderly neighbour

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

MF: Divine! Fantastic! Oh, God, that's hysterical!

SS: What do you regret most?

MF: Having only one child

SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

MF: Piano playing

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

MF: Writing the best selling picture book ever in Australia

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

MF: Being too nice

SS: What’s your best quality?

MF: Warmth

SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

MF: The ruler of the world

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

MF: My spiky red hair

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

MF: Atticus in Lee Harper's TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD

SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

MF: Fagin in Charles Dickens' OLIVER TWIST

SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

MF: William Wilberforce, the Englishman who spent most of his life in the late 18th and early 19th centuries working to abolish the slave trade. I'd say: "Congratulations! And thank you, thank you, thank you thank you!"

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

MF: Badly brought up, out of control children

SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

MF: Cooking

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

MF: Book shop owner

SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

MF: Forgiveness, generosity and tolerance

SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

MF: Persimmons

SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?

MF: Penny Lane, Steal Away, Flow Gently Sweet Afton, the AFrican national anthem: Nkosi Si'kelele Afrika, and my own song: Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Questions About Books and Writing

SS: Who are your favorite authors?

MF: Dickens, Balzac, Jane Austen, Harper Lee, E B White, AS Byatt, Sebastian Faulks and a million others including picture book writers Martin Waddell and Lynley Dodd

SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

MF: A Tale of Two Cities Birdsong Possession To Kill a Mocking Bird Pride and Prejudice

SS: Is there a book you love to reread?

MF: Where is the Green Sheep?

SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

MF: Avoid adjectives and adverbs

SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

MF: My child (or my class) LOVES your stories

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