Q and A... Margaret Bateson-Hill

Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?

A: A ballet dancer


Q: What are you afraid of?

A: Snakes! Well poisonous ones...


Q: What’s your favourite colour?

A: At the moment purple


Q: What is your favourite possession?

A: My photograph albums 


Q: How long have you been a writer?

A: For about 18 years- but I was a storyteller before that


Q: Do you write by hand or on the computer?

A: Mostly by computer - but I like to brainstorm ideas on paper


Q: Which of your characters do you most identify with?

A: Joanna Morris in the Dragon Racer Trilogy


Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

A: Old fairy and folk tales and by asking myself questions


Q: What sort of books do you write?

A: Both fiction for 8-13 years and picture books for younger children


Q: Which writers/illustrators would you have on your dream team and why?

A: Writers -Ursula le Guin and Margaret Mahy for their weaving worlds out of words.

Paul Jennings for his sense of fun and the strange.

William Nicholson for adventure

Illustrator- Karin Littlewood for her wonderful use of colour and realisation of character(especially as I have worked with her twice already!)


Q: I loved writing this bit...

A:  She chose that moment to open her eyes; gave  another scream and promptly decided the unconscious state was the one she preferred. “Whoops no, not yet! She’s gone again,” said the dragon.


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