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Hilary McKay - Author
Hilary McKay won the Costa Children's Book Award for The Skylarks' War, the Guardian Fiction Prize for The Exiles, and the Smarties and the Whitbread Award for The Exiles in Love and Saffy's Angel respectively. Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales was her first book with Macmillan Children's Books and is a critically acclaimed collection of clever retellings.
What is your earliest childhood memory? Watching steam trains with my grandfather. He died before I was two years old, so that is a very early memory.
If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? Well, who could turn down the gift of flight? Or travel without luggage? Or a life spent following the sun? Without doubt, I would be a swallow. I realise this means a lifetime of eating flies, but I think it would be worth it.
What is your dream holiday destination? I would start at the Sangre de Cristo mountains in New Mexico and travel South through Central America, along the coast to Peru, then down through Chile across to the Falklands and on to Antarctica, which I would circumnavigate. Then I would travel North to New Zealand where I would spend a long time warming up and then across to Australia. I would spend quite a long time in Sydney and go up into the Blue Mountains (I might go sapphire hunting there) and then to the Great Barrier Reef (of course). That would be far enough for me.
What is your morning routine? Alas, I do not have a morning routine.
If you could have one special talent, what would it be? Singing, undoubtedly. That would make me the happiest. But I have a friend whose talent is languages and I envy that one very much.
Likes: Millions of things! Books, cats, honey, letters from readers (hint, hint), real music, apples, swimming in cold water, chocolate coated ginger biscuits, trees.
Dislikes: Putting things away, litter, loud TV, hot rooms, being told what to think.
3 words that best descibe me: Untidy, happy, hopeful!
A Secret that not many people know: I am a VERY slow reader!