When did you first realise you were a writer?
Do you find it difficult to read purely for pleasure?
Does what you read while writing have an effect on what you write? In what way? I don’t think it affects what I’m writing at that moment, but every book one loves and gets involved with must bleed into the subconscious to some extent.
Name five authors or books that have influenced or inspired your own writing in some way?
If you were travelling and were told you could only take one book with you, what book would it be and why?
What makes a book ‘too good to put down’?
What makes you put down a book without finishing it?
Do you have a favourite author? Who is it and what is it about their writing that draws you to them?
If you had to list them, what would be your ‘top ten’ reads of all time (excluding the classics) and why?
I don’t think I can explain why for each of these, except that they all have lovely language and have resonated with me in some deep way.
Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye by AS Byatt
The Lost Salt Gift of Blood by Alistair Macleod
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be by Farley Mowat
Illywhacker by Peter Carey
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
House of Spirits by Isabelle Allende
Atonement by Ian McEwan
The Merry Go Round in the Sea by Randolph Stow
What was your 2010 ‘best read’? What was it that made it number one?
What do you think of the non-traditional publishing methods – eBooks etc? Do you think the new technology will encourage more people to read? Do you think there’s a future for print books?
Wendy started writing seriously in 1986, with her picture book Amanda's Dinosaur. In 1993 Leaving it to You was shortlisted for the CBCA awards, junior readers; Ark in the Park won the same award in 1995. Peeling the Onion, based on a serious car accident Wendy had in 1991, was widely published internationally, with awards including the CBCA Honour Book, older readers, in 1997, and an American Library Association Book for older readers. LOST: A Dog Called Bear, the first of the Rainbow Street Animal Shelter series, will be released by Henry Holt in the North American spring 2011. You can find out more about Wendy at www.wendyorr.com/