We’re kicking off our first ever episode of One More Page podcast with a first-time author! Join us as we chat to debut kids' author Catherine Pelosi and delve into the mysterious world of her first novel, Quark's Academy. Enter our first book giveaway, and more!
Name: Kate Simpson
Internal age: A thousand lifetimes.
Secret superpower: Spreadsheets and lists. If you need to be saved from a burning building, call Wonder Woman. If you need to a five year plan with budget estimates and maybe a Gantt chart, I’m your gal.
Obsessed with: Writing. Seriously. It's my thing and I hope to do it every day of my life.
Annoyed by: Typos in books. (My own writing can have typos whenever it likes. This is not annoying. Don’t tell me it is.)
Bookshelf style: Bookshelf is kind of a loose word in my house - does a huge pile on the floor by my bed count as a bookshelf?
What you wanted to be when you grew up: A microbiologist specialising in viruses.
What you got in trouble for at school: Usually, not a lot, but I could sometimes be kind of rude without even meaning to be (I was totally misunderstood!).
Favourite books as a kid: Anything by Enid Blyton. When I was a bit older, I loved John Marsden’s books: So Much to Tell You, Letters from the Inside and of course the Tomorrow, When the War Began series.
And now: I discovered Little Women and Anne of Green Gables when I was in high school and they're now more than books to me. They’re friends.
Character you wish you could be: Any character with magical powers. (Yer a wizard, Harry!)
Name: Liz Ledden
Internal age: 9
Secret superpower: manifesting footpath finds (everything from cane chairs to a revolving book rack)
Obsessed with: putting books on hold at the library (turning book borrowing into some kind of competitive sport)
Annoyed by: Weird chewing sounds
Bookshelf style: Colour-coded
What you wanted to be when you grew up: Author, spy or flight attendant
What you got in trouble for at school: Laughing attacks (in the library, of all places).
Favourite books as a kid: Hating Alison Ashley, Harriet the Spy, Animalia, There’s a Sea in my Bedroom, The Magic Faraway Tree, Charlotte's Web, everything Roald Dahl and Judy Blume, Trixie Belden, The Babysitters’ Club, Playing Beattie Bow, Anastasia Krupnik … the list goes on
And now: Herman and Rosie, Florette, Adelaide’s Secret World, The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade, Mr Huff, Last Stop on Market Street, Squishy Taylor, Withering-by-Sea, The Secrets We Keep, Nevermoor
Character you wish you could be: Charlie Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Name: Nat Amoore
Internal age: 10-11
Secret superpower: Making up stuff. Not lying, that is different. Making up stuff, on the spot, that everybody believes and sometimes gets me things I want. Not lying.
Obsessed with: Laksa and writing down anything that pops into my head because I'm sure one day it will be 'my great work' even when the idea is oh so silly.
Annoyed by: Restaurants that skimp on my vegetables and/or tofu in my vegetable and tofu laksas. Seriously guys...they're VEGETABLES!
Bookshelf style: Small and jammed. Sydney apartment living **insert eye rolly emoji**
What you wanted to be when you grew up: Depended on the day of the week. Still does.
What you got in trouble for at school: Never got in trouble. Never got caught.
Favourite books as a kid: Everything by Paul Jennings or Gillian Rubenstein. Calvin & Hobbes, To Kill A Mocking Bird and anything where the character went from the real world to another world.
And now: Hmmmm, kinda the above plus Star Girl, Roof Toppers and The Hat Trilogy.
Character you wish you could be: Elly from Skymaze