When I’m not writing newspaper articles, teaching writing to kids or writing books I like to bake and decorate cakes, browse in op shops, collect buttons, read, read, read and hang out with my four kids – who are pretty much all adults now. I have three sons and one daughter. I live near the beach and love watching storms come across the bay. My two favourite colours are purple and red, and I just can’t decide between them. If I wasn’t a writer I think I would have liked to be a singer – one of those really loud opera singers who can smash crystal glass with just their voice – imagine that! The best thing about writing for kids is that I get to dream up the sorts of adventures I would have loved to have when I was younger.