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...