10 Questions with Alexandra Adornetto

What was the last book you read?

I’ve been reading a lot of Young Adult Fiction with a supernatural bent. The last one I read was the last book in Claudia Grey’s Evernight series called Afterlife. It isn’t even out yet but I got the manuscript form. I love her novels, they are such page turners.

What was your favourite book growing up?

Peter Pan would have to be my favourite book when I was younger. I was obsessed with never growing up.

What literary character do you most relate to?

I would have to say Wendy Darling! I spent a long time as a kid waiting for Peter to show up at my window and take me to Neverland. I didn’t want to have to worry about “grown-up things”.

“Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.” Name that book.

That’s easy it’s one of my all-time favorites. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis.

Describe your ideal day off.

I have a very tight routine that involves hours of writing and publicity every day so when I occasionally give myself time off I love to do something completely idle. My ideal day off would be spent outside in the sun, horse-riding and swimming in a clear lake.

If you could attempt any profession but your own, what would it be?

I would choose to be an actor as I think the process is very similar to that of a writer. I studied Drama in High School and was always in school productions. Acting is like writing in the sense that you can lose yourself in the character you are playing and feel part of an imaginary world.

What would your pirate name be?

I’m too much of a control freak to just be a pirate. I’d have to be the captain of the pirate ship. People tell me I look like a vampire because I’m so pale and have sharp teeth so I guess I’d be Captain Ghoul or Ally Poison-Heart or something. Anyone who didn’t agree with my ideas would be forced to walk the plank!

What is your favourite word?

When I was growing up it was “astonished”. I was reading a lot of Enid Blyton at the time and astonished was pretty much my reaction to everything. At the moment I like saying huckleberry.

Who do you want to be when you grow up?

I don’t particularly want to grow up and have resisted it for some time. If I must I hope I will do something useful…like in a castle with dozens of dogs and children. Or maybe be a spy working for an undercover government organization.

What is a Woozle?

A Woozle is a fictional creature from Winnie the Pooh. They are enemies of Pooh and his friends and known for being honey-thieves.

However, if it were up to me I would say that a Woozle is a small ferret – a creature originally from the planet Woo. Irritable if disturbed, it gets its name from the fact that if you are bitten by one you feel drowsy for hours after. As there is no recognized antidote for a Woozle bite, you just have to sleep it off.

Alexandra Adornetto was 14 when she published her first work of fiction in Australia. At 18, she has just released the first book in a trilogy in North America, Halo.

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