Author: Katrina Germein
What book(s) are you currently reading?
I’m reading Tales From The Half Continent by D.M. Cornish. It’s a companion book of stories to the Monster Blood Tattoo series. I love the Monster Blood books. Usually I read realistic fiction, adult and young adult, and I don’t tend to seek out fantasy so I was surprised when I enjoyed Book One: Foundling. The series is just so beautifully written. I savoured all three books.
I also have a pile of picture books beside me because, I always do. Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb is the most recent addition. It’s a superb book.
Do you have a favourite genre? What do you enjoy most about it?
Picture books speak to my heart. I’m a hopeless collector and gushy reviewer but beyond picture books I tend to read literary fiction, chick lit, historical fiction and a little bit of science fiction and fantasy. I like short stories as well as novels and enjoy poetry sometimes too. Occasionally I read memoir and biography. I don’t read much non-fiction. Maybe I don’t have an absolute favourite genre but I can say that I don’t really read crime, mystery, murder, erotica or romance.
Do you have a book you like to re-read? If yes, which book?
Not really. I know lots of people who re-read favourite books and sometimes I feel like I’m missing out but the experience of reading a great book can be quite intense and I’m never really sure if I want to go through it again. Also, there are always so many new books that I want to read. But maybe I should try it one day.
Where do you read most often? Why?
Wherever. In bed. On the lounge. In the sun. In the bath. On a plane. In the park.
Do you have a favourite book from your childhood?
No. I can’t choose a single favourite. I’m lucky to have parents who kept my childhood picture books. I have shelves of favourites.
How do you choose which book to read next – Cover? Blurb? Recommendation from a friend? Reviews?
Sometimes it’s a recommendation from a friend but most often it’s me quietly reading the blurb. The word war puts me off, as does Great Depression, winter and divorce, not that those themes don’t infiltrate my reading anyway.
You can put one book you have written and one book by another author into a time capsule that will be opened in 100 years. Which books would you choose and why?
For my own title I’d choose Big Rain Coming. It’s my first books so it feels extra special. People seem to like it. I’d also choose The Secret River by Kate Grenville. Because it’s amazing.
Can you share little bit about your current or latest writing project?
I’m not sure what my current writing project is, really. I’m kind of dabbling between a few picture book manuscripts. One is about an unlikely hero. (It’s been done before, I know. But I think the world is crammed with quiet, gentle heroes so I’m writing about another one.) And maybe something about a frog. (Also been done before but I never tire of frogs.)
Much of my time at the moment is taken promoting my latest book, Thunderstorm Dancing. I’m very proud of this one. Judy Watson’s illustrations are outstanding and I feel like together we’ve created something good. I hope others think so too. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.
Katrina Germein is an Australian author of numerous picture books including Big Rain Coming, Little Dog, My Dad Thinks He’s Funny (review), and My Mum Says The Strangest Things. Her latest book is Thunderstorm Dancing, illustrated by Judy Watson and published by Allen & Unwin. You can find out more about Katrina and her books by visiting her website and Facebook page. You can also find her on Twitter (@KatrinaGermein) and Instagram (KatrinaGermein).by