Chris Cheng – Interview With CKT

Chris Cheng

Q. Tell us five words that best describe you?

husband, friend, awesome (that’s what the kids said last year), patient, generous (I hope).

Q. What prompted you to sit down and write your first story?

I was actually asked to write my first book NIGHT CREATURES way back last century!

Q. What’s the best thing about being a writer?

creating something from nothing and then sharing it with whoever wants to read my words. and then of course seeing what those awesome illustrators create in their work that goes with my words (for my picture oohs) for my historical novels its for the unraveling of the past and sharing those amazing stories – i learn EVERY time i work on a historical novel. and then of course working with the fantastic librarians … there are lots of BEST things about being a writer!

Q. Are you a plotter or a panster?

(Plotter =Plotting out your manuscript before you write it. / Panster = Putting pen to paper and plotting as you go along)

a plotter who then pansts!

Q. What is a typical writing day for you?

  • farewell my wife to work.
  • do the business of being a writer (usually all the followup to the intentional email overnight)
  • then create for hours (if i am home and not researching)
  • reviewing the morning work
  • welcome my wife home from school
  • … make dinner!

Q. How did you celebrate your first book being published?

Party with diamond pythons and possums and koala and kangaroo and of course DING – my bat! … oh and my human friends at the zoo too!

Q. What do you do when your characters want to take the story in a different direction from where you were headed?

let them RUN and PLAY

Q. What’s next from Chris Cheng?

a picture book illustrated by the stupendous Di Wu published by the Australian National Library to tie in with an exhibition for 2016.

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