Occasionally Asked Questions

Q.   How long does it take to make a book?

A.   It takes me about six months to write and illustrate my own book. Most of that time is spent drawing pictures, making mistakes and drawing pictures again.


Q.   Where do you get your ideas?

A.   Conversations, newspapers, movies, books, things I notice when I’m walking my dog. Most of all, my ideas come from daydreaming.


Q.   What is your favourite book?

A.   My favourite picture book is Amy and Louis by Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood. My favourite chapter book is Matilda by Roald Dahl (and illustrated by Quentin Blake).


Q.   If you weren’t an author/illustrator, what would you be?

A.   Desperately trying to be an author/illustrator. I’d probably be a teacher again, or I’d love to work in a bookshop or a library.


Q.   What is your favourite colour?

A.   Blue, most of the time. I like light-browny-sepia, too.


Q.   What’s the best thing about your job?

A.   Drawing pictures, and not having to get very dressed up.


Q.   Did you make books as a kid?

A.   Yes, all of the time. Sometimes I copied other books, such as Eric Hill’s Spot books.  Sometimes I made up my own.

My turtle likes to bite my finger        Billy


Q.   Are any of your books about yourself?

A.   Not really, although The Children Who Loved Books is a bit like our family. We love books, have two chooks, and I have a beard like the dad in the story.  There are also some similarities between me and The Boy on the Page (again… the beard).


Q.   Which of your own books is your favourite?

A.   It’s always the book I’m just about to start working on.