OZ LIT PROFILE #1 – DIANNE BATES
Everyone knows Australians are mad about their sports. They like to ‘show the club colours’ every weekend, waving their banners and wearing their jerseys. We love our books too. So every weekend I am going to wear ‘the red, white and blue’ and profile an Aussie author or illustrator.
It gives me great pleasure to have Di as my first profile as she is my writing mentor (and hero!) – she taught me so much I wouldn’t know where to begin. But it gives me even greater pleasure to have Di as my friend. So without further ado [grin] here are Di’s answers to eight quick questions and tomorrow I will post my review of her latest YA novel Crossing the Line (soon to be released in the US).
- The last children’s/YA book you read (fiction or non-fiction) Something More by Mo Johnson (Allen & Unwin) Actually I am still reading it.
- If it wasn’t an Oz title, then the last Oz title NA
- Name one favourite book from your childhood The Swiss Family Robinson
- Name one picture book that you love for the illustrations I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole by Nigel Gray, illustrated by Michael Foreman
- What is your personal favourite among the books you have authored/illustrated The Belligrumble Bigfoot
- What book do you wish you had written – for love or money Where the Lilies Bloom by Bill and Vera Cleaver
- If you could be a character in a book, who (or what) would you be Dicey Tillerman from Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt
- Do you have a favourite quote – from a book or life in general! Anything. Consider bonsai: there but for restricting bowl would be a giant