A. I've packed Polo Mints in a Polo Mint factory; sorted dirty laundry in a Dirty Laundry; darned socks, patched jeans and looked after the children in a Special School; and taught Sociology, Psychology and all sorts of other things.
A. Making up stories. Imagine getting paid to do the thing you love!
A. I went to school in Saint Malachy's College in Belfast. And no, it wasn't named after me!
A. My favourite composer is Johann Sebastian Bach. My favourite singer is June Tabor.
A. Ireland, then England, then Wales, then Ireland again.
A. Who ate all the chocolate?
A. I had a brilliant day writing. Then I had a walk round my island. Now I'm sitting by an open fire with a good book, a cat on my knee and Liz by my side.
A. There's a scream. The cat digs its claws into my knee. I jump up. My book falls in the fire. I run to see what the scream was. The burning book falls out of the fire onto the carpet...
A. Up a gum tree.
A. I wish I hadn't just eaten the whole of that chocolate bar. I wish I'd managed to save some of it for later. And a tiny bit for you.
A. I'd love to be able to illustrate my picture books, but I can't draw for toffee. If I try and draw a pig it looks like a worm.
A. My children.
A. I eat too many biscuits.
A. Stickability. I just don't give up.
A. I'd like to be a crocodiddleotamus.
A. Mobile phones. They just never stop beeping or nattering.
A. I'm a walker. I wander the coastline and the mountains, looking, thinking, dreaming.
A. Chocolate ginger biscuits. Yum!
A. I've so many favourite authors. I love Jane Austen, Sebastian Barry, Ian McEwan, William Trevor, John McGahern, Anne Tyler, Carol Shields, Rose Tremain... I love David Almond, Geraldine McCaughrean, Sonya Hartnett, Robert Westall, Tove Jansson, Alan Garner, Robert Cormier, Morris Gleitzman... I love Martin Waddell, John Burningham, Shirley Hughes, Morris Sendak, Allan Ahlberg...
A. If I'm ever ill, I like to reread Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
A. Read lots, write lots, rewrite lots, and don't forget to live life to the full!
A. Have you met J. K. Rowling?