Q&A

What’s the funniest prank that you bore the brunt of? 

I was fishing and thought I had a huge fish on the end of my line. It was my brother and husband tugging at my rod. They were laughing at me and I didn’t even realise.  

 

What was the most difficult part for you during the revision/editing process? 

Cutting precious words – writers call it ‘killing my darlings’

 

What spurs on your writing sessions the most? 

When I write funny stuff I want to keep on writing funny stuff.

 

Any people in real life who inspired the characters in your book? 

Yes. Many of the characters in Huda and Me are inspired by real people. My family, mainly!

 

Watching TV or go for a jog? 

My head tells me ‘go for a jog’. My heart tells me ‘nah, watch TV’.

 

What’s your favourite genre of books to read and why? 

Autobiography. I love real people stories.

 

Who was the most influential person when you grew up? 

Probably my older brother, Akeal. He was always doing the ‘right’ thing and knew all the stuff I didn’t. So I tried to be like him but simultaneously annoy him – constantly

 

What was your naughtiest moment in primary school? 

Starting a petition to get rid of my Gr 6 teacher.

 

If you had 2 items to bring to a deserted island what would they be? 

Can children count as items?

 

Which country do you most want to visit and why?

Oh, this is impossible because there are so many places I want to see!  

 

What’s the most recent compliment you’ve received your book? 

Recently I had a student get really excited about Huda and Me. She remembered when I read parts of it to the class (years ago) and said how much she loved it at the time. It’s the best when kids love your book!

 

Burgers, fried chicken, sushi or pizza? 

Definitely not sushi – but I’ll say fried chicken because I feel like some right now.