Meet Michael Wagner!
Michael Wagner, along with Leigh Hobbs, will be one of our guest authors at The Writer’s Masterclass this Thursday – July 11th. This will be a day young writers will remember! I’ve known Michael for many years now and admired his writing, for even longer. With 50 books to his name, including the Maxx Rumble series, The Undys, several novels and the new adventures of a stuffed survivalist called Ted, Michael Wagner is one of Australia’s best known children’s authors. So would you like to get to know him better? Well get comfortable and read on…
Where is your favourite place to write?
My study. It’s a tiny room in my house. You can see what it looks like here: http://michaelwagner.com.au/WP/my-study-with-labels/#.UXh5Kysd5mg
Who is your favourite author?
Roald Dahl with Paul Jennings a close second.
Tell us about one of your most vivid childhood memories?
I remember flooding my room when I was about six. I left the tap on and went to school. Silly boy!
Name one essential item you always keep on your desk.
Loud speakers, so I can stop every now and then and listen to music REALLY LOUDLY!
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
What was the best present you ever received?
A scooter when I was about ten. I was the only kid who had one. It had big white wheels. I loved that scooter!
Characters in stories sometimes have special talents or powers. If you could choose an amazing talent or power for yourself, what would it be?
The ability to float. I don’t think I need to fly, but floating sometimes would be nice.
How do you collect and organise your story ideas? Any hints you can pass on to us?
Keep a journal of your ideas. This is essential. Ideas are easily forgotten, so make sure you write them down. I also keep different journals for different series and stories, so they don’t get too jumbled together.
In all the books you have written, do you have a favourite character?
I actually love most of the characters I’ve created, but my two favourites are Rexx Rumble (from Maxx Rumble Cricket) and Aunty Faber (from the Undys).
What has been the best thing about becoming a writer?
A sense of peace with the world. Writing makes me feel calm and peaceful and like I’m doing what I should be doing. That’s one of the best feelings in the world.
What do you find most challenging about being a writer?
Getting everything I want to write done. I probably have 30 books rattling around in my head at the moment, and there’s not enough time in the day to get them all out in the world!
If you weren’t a writer, what job do you think you would be doing?
What I would like to be doing is writing songs, but what I would probably be doing is working in radio. I did that for the ABC for ten years and liked it a lot – just not as much as writing.
Your favourite all time meal is placed on the table in front of you. What is it?
Babi Guling (it’s Indonesian roast pork belly). Nicest meal ever, but you feel a little queasy afterwards.
Thanks Michael – we are all looking forward to spending a day working and writing with you!