Today's interview is with children's book author Tina Talbot. Focussing on nature, Tina has written many books and will continue to write more. Here is what she had to tell us.
Hi Tina, how are you and how is your 2021 going?
'I'm good thanks! 2021 has been an interesting year, it started slow but is now getting better. Right at this moment, I'm savouring the last month of the season. I'm trying to enjoy all that summer brings before the autumn sets in. Every year has its ups and downs, but 2021 has been a rollercoaster ride!'
Can you tell us what it’s like being an author and why you decided to become one?
'I love being an author! I love writing and being creative. I've had many jobs over the years, but being an author is different. It's a vocation. I never went looking for a job as a writer, writing found me. I decided to become an author because Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement and it made me really angry, so I decided that if he wasn't going to take nature seriously, then I was.'
What is your favourite part about being an author?
'I love writing the stories and creating the characters because I escape into my own little world. I also love reading to the children and seeing their expressions when I read the stories. I like the fact that it gives me a voice.'
How do you maintain a good work-life balance?
'I don't! I struggle with this and I think I always will.'
What would your perfect day look like?
'My perfect day would be getting up late, going out for lunch and then writing for the rest of the day. As an introvert, I love peace and quiet and if I was at home I would be studying the humanities and reading classic literature with my dog cuddled up next to me. I love socialising in the evenings, so I would go out with people I love, or go dancing!'
If you could go back to your 18-year-old self, what would you tell her?
'I would say, everything will turn out alright in the end. Also, don't be scared, just do it.'
What books have resonated with you the most throughout your life?
'I would say 'The Epic of Gilgamesh' changed my life and had a profound effect on me. The ancient wisdom is still as relevant today as it was back then; my favourite message from the book is that immortality doesn't exist, so enjoy every day you're alive.'
What are the most common questions you get asked by children when you do readings?
'How old are you? How old can I be to start writing? To which I reply - you can write now because you've already got an audience. They ask me how much money I'm making, whether I will still be writing when I'm 100 years old, and can they go to the toilet!'
If you had one last meal on Earth, what would it be?
Do you have any people, in your life or celebrities, that you look up to and aspire to be like?
'Sir David Attenborough, Joseph Campbell and Dr. Seuss. Also, my grandmother. There will never be anyone else like her. She is irreplaceable and I miss her every day.'
What are some goals in life that you still hope to achieve one day?
'I would love to visit Petra in Jordan, go to university to study ancient history and classic literature and learn how to paint. I would also love to be a grandmother!'
Finally, what is one piece of meaningful advice you could give to the readers?
'Don't be afraid to be yourself.'
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By Pia Louisa