Write side with children's author Judi Curtin
Children's author Judi Curtin on taking inspiration from her kids, garden distractions and her love of time travel.
How did your children influence your writing?
I started off writing books for adults, and they persuaded me to write a story for children. I think they wanted something to brag about in the schoolyard. So, I wrote one children's book and that became a series of eight. Now I have written 20.
How do you like to work, and are you easily distracted?
I have the house to myself during the daytime and I sit in the corner of the living room on a desktop. I set out to write a certain number of hours in the day, but I am distracted easily. I tell myself it would be good for my health to go for a walk or do something in the garden - and I check my Facebook, but the closer I am to a deadline, the less distracted I am.
Which two books would you take to a desert island?
A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara. It's an exceptionally sad book. Maybe on a desert island, it would cheer me up to know that there are people in worse situations than me. My favourite children's book was Heidi - I read it over and over again.
What are you doing for World Book Day on March 2?
I am the only Irish author to have a book involved. I produced a book specially for it. It is called Fast Forward, and it features my characters Molly and Beth. They travel forward in time by three days. They have a plan - they think that they will be able to come back with some knowledge that would help them.
A lot of your books feature time travel. Which era would you like to travel to?
I would love to travel to the beginning of the last century, when my grandparents were young. I only knew my grandmothers as old ladies who spent their time knitting and crocheting. I would love to see what kind of lives they had back in the day.
Well, I'd like you to take a certain person back to the Middle Ages where he belongs...