In a rhyming couplet, describe your latest book.
Three small children, scared, alone.
Is love enough to lead them home?
What do you love most about writing?
Escaping into the world of the story. I forget the real world and disappear into the new adventure that I have created. Sometimes I grow so fond of one of my characters that it hurts when the book is finished and I have to leave them behind.
Photo by Rebecca Rocks
Where is the funniest place you have ever thought, ‘That's a great idea for a story’?
I once read some funny graffiti on the back of a public toilet door in a train station – ‘Banana and Lisa are going to Melbourne!!!’ There was so much joy and excitement in those words and the way they were scrawled across the loo door in thick black marker. I imagined two friends escaping small, gloomy lives and flying out into the big, wide, happy, colourful world. Banana and Lisa need to star in an adventure story for sure – one with lots of exclamation marks scattered throughout!!!
What would be the craziest dessert creation you can think of?
A giant chocolate ball filled with Smarties and Freckles and myself, rolling down a hill. I’d snap at the Smarties and Freckles as they flew past my mouth, and at the bottom of the hill, the ball would crack apart and I’d sit there like a dizzy chicken eating my way through the chocolate shell. (Have I thought too hard about this question and embarrassed myself?)
When you ride a theme park rollercoaster, is the best part going really fast, or going really high?
Neither. The best part is getting off. I see no point in being tossed about like that – unless I am in a giant chocolate ball with Smarties and Freckles flying past my face.
Katrina Nannestad is an award-winning Australian author. Her books include The Girl Who Brought Mischief, The Girl, the Dog and the Writer series, the Olive of Groves series, the Red Dirt Diaries series, the Lottie Perkins series and Bungaloo Creek. Her latest book, We Are Wolves, is available now.