What five words best describe you?
Happy just to be myself
What prompted you to sit down and write your first story?
Most authors have always been writers, haven’t we? In Primary School we create books at home and insist our parents listen while we read them out loud. As teenagers we fill secret notebooks with pages of bad poetry and keep private journals bursting with personal reflections. In early adulthood, we abandon writing for pleasure, without even thinking about it, because we don’t consider ourselves especially creative or talented. We focus on becoming ‘real’ grown-ups and doing mature things, like getting a degree and finding a job.
Fortunately for me, I couldn’t supress my writerly self for long. I wrote my first picture book, Big Rain Coming, in my early twenties. It was a story in my head that wouldn’t go away. I was lucky to have my first manuscript published and I’m especially lucky that it remains in print almost twenty years later.
If you could invite one author, dead or alive to dinner who would it be?
Trudie Trewin. Because she’s a dear friend and I love her. But she lives in Cairns and I live in Adelaide and I miss her always.
Is there any part of the creative process you don’t like?
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)
Part of what I love about being a picture book author is that there’s no plan required. It’s very alluring. My writing is an escape, a creative outlet, and I never know where it will lead me. Sometimes it makes me laugh, sometimes cry; I relish being in that moment.
What excites you about the future of children’s books?
I’m always excited about good children’s books, especially picture books. Beautiful books, funny books, smart books and interesting books constantly move me. I’m not sure if anything in the future can make that more exciting.
What’s the funniest thing a child has ever said to you during one of your presentations/talks?
Me: Are there any questions about being an author?
Child: What do you do with all the money?
What’s next from Katrina Germein?
Great Goal! Marvellous Mark!, my new picture book, will be released in June. I’m so excited about this one. It’s a fun junior footy story with plenty of action and plenty of mud! There are so many little Aussie Rules fans out there and I really hope they enjoy reading this with their football loving families. Janine Dawson’s illustrations are simply joyful – boys and girls having a great time playing their favourite sport.
Also, my book Thunderstorm Dancing is turning two this year and we’ll be celebrating in Adelaide with some book themed cupcakes and craft.
Katrina’s website: katrinagermein.com