author of Nanny Piggins and the Accidental Blast-Off, Nanny Piggins and the Runaway Lion, Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan and The Adventures of Nanny Piggins
Ten Terrifying Questions
1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?
I was born in Essex, UK. I was raised in Epping, Sydney. I went to school at Eastwood Public School and James Ruse Agricultural High.
At twelve I wanted to be a brilliant research scientist. At eighteen I wanted to be a brilliant film director. And at thirty I wanted to write the greatest ever book about a flying pig who runs away from the circus to become a nanny.
3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?
That Pluto was a planet.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, the statue of David by Michelangelo and the Chocolate Orange by Terry’s. I know most people don’t think of chocolate as being art, but they really should.
5. Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel?
I could do it while wearing ugg boots and not leaving the house.
6. Please tell us about your latest novel…
Nanny Piggins and the Accidental Blast-off is an exciting series of adventures in which Nanny Piggins saves the space program, rescues her brother from inadvertently becoming a professional wrestler, wins a television cooking show, fights to clear her name after being caught stealing the Great Mumbai diamond and, hardest of all, has to help her boss, Mr Green win his company’s ‘Father of the Year’ competition. A title he in no way deserves.
Abdominal muscle tears from so much laughing. An annoying habit of quoting Nanny Piggins’ words of wisdom. And a burning desire to buy my next book.
8. Whom do you most admire in the realm of writing and why?
Roald Dahl. He ate a chocolate bar after every meal.
9. Many artists set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?
To pay the rent. (This might not sound ambitious but you should see my house).
Authors don’t earn much so it is a good idea to have a day job, preferably a lucrative one that does not take up a lot of your time. Like bank robbing, cat burgling or being a super model. (T.S. Eliot did all of these things).
R.A. Spratt, thank you for playing.
R.A.Spratt is an award-winning comedy writer with twelve years experience in the television industry. She started out writing political satire, then moved into sketch comedy, then pre-school drama and in more recent years has worked mainly in animation. R.A. Spratt lives in Sydney. She used to enjoy bellringing, hapkido and long distance running. But then she had a baby and got a book deal and has rarely left the house since. She has three published books The Adventures of Nanny Piggins , Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan, and Nanny Piggins and the Runaway Lion. Her fourth book Nanny Piggins and the Accidental Blast-Off is coming out in January 2011 and is currently working on the 5th and 6th installments in the series.
About the Contributor
John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest selling Australian debut author in 2012. The trilogy has since sold over 50,000 copies in print and ebook and has been translated into French, Korean and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for over twenty-five years. While still in his twenties he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au.