Interview with Mem FoxOctober, 2009
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?
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?
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?
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?
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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