My grandfather, brother and me. That’s Little Ted tucked under my right arm.

I grew up
on a farm in Western Victoria, the eldest of four children. My grandmother was an English teacher and my grandfather and father were constantly telling stories.Books and stories were a huge part of our lives.

My earliest memory is
losing my teddy in a shop. When I was 18 months old, my parents went shopping for new carpet. While they talked to the salesman, I played with ‘Little Ted’ on the carpet rolls. When Dad said, “Let’s go!” I rushed off, leaving Little Ted behind. By the time I realised Little Ted was missing, the store had shut. I was heartbroken and couldn’t stop crying.  Desperate, Dad tracked down the store’s owner and rescued by bear from the store.

At school I …
loved writing and reading. Maths…not so much! I also loved art, but I wasn’t very good at it. Apart from reading and writing, my other major skills were talking and laughing! Loudly apparently.

When I was a child I wanted to be
a writer, a teacher or work at the Collingwood Football Club. So far I’ve been a writer and teacher – now for Collingwood!

My favourite books were …
 A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Hill’s End by Ivan Southall, The Outsiders by S.E Hinton, Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger, Displaced Person by Lee Harding and Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

My favourite quote is…
from Lord of the Rings. ‘All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given us.’Gandalf says it to Froddo early in the first book.

My first published work was …
a junior fiction novel called Dragon’s Tear. It sold out before the book launch, which was exciting.

Young adult author Sue Lawson's work spaceWhen I write, I …
start by checking my daily ‘to do’ list. (I also keep monthly and annual goals, all of which keep me on track – yes I am a compulsive list maker!) After I’ve checked emails, I start work, I set the time for 40 minutes. When it goes off I do a few jobs before returning to writing. I also have a stand up desk, which I love. I sit for 40 minutes, and stand for 40.

The best thing about being a writer is …
everything! I love creating new characters and following them through the problems they face and I love the thrill of developing an idea or question into a story. I love research and discovering all kinds of information. These days I write more non fiction books, which I am loving. I’m constantly inspired.

My favourite books include…

Lord of the Rings (all three) 
The Shepherd’s Hut
(in fact anything by Tim Winton, including his shopping list),
Anything by Helen Garner, and yes I’d read her shopping list too.
Six by Karen Tayleur
Anything by Scot Gardner, but maybe The Dead I Know is my very favourite.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flannigan
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Words In Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
 Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee

 

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