R.A. Spratt, author of The Adventures of Nanny Piggins, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

by |December 1, 2010

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

R.A. Spratt

author of Nanny Piggins and the Accidental Blast-Off, Nanny Piggins and the Runaway Lion, Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan and The Adventures of Nanny Piggins

Ten Terrifying Questions


1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born in Essex, UK. I was raised in Epping, Sydney. I went to school at Eastwood Public School and James Ruse Agricultural High.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

At twelve I wanted to be a brilliant research scientist. At eighteen I wanted to be a brilliant film director. And at thirty I wanted to write the greatest ever book about a flying pig who runs away from the circus to become a nanny.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

That Pluto was a planet.

4. What were three works of art – book or painting or piece of music, etc – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a writer?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, the statue of David by Michelangelo and the Chocolate Orange by Terry’s. I know most people don’t think of chocolate as being art, but they really should.

5. Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel?

I could do it while wearing ugg boots and not leaving the house.

6. Please tell us about your latest novel…

Nanny Piggins and the Accidental Blast-off is an exciting series of adventures in which Nanny Piggins saves the space program, rescues her brother from inadvertently becoming a professional wrestler, wins a television cooking show, fights to clear her name after being caught stealing the Great Mumbai diamond and, hardest of all, has to help her boss, Mr Green win his company’s ‘Father of the Year’ competition. A title he in no way deserves.

7. What do you hope people take away with them after reading your work?

Abdominal muscle tears from so much laughing. An annoying habit of quoting Nanny Piggins’ words of wisdom. And a burning desire to buy my next book.

8. Whom do you most admire in the realm of writing and why?

Roald Dahl. He ate a chocolate bar after every meal.

9. Many artists set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?

To pay the rent. (This might not sound ambitious but you should see my house).

10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?

Authors don’t earn much so it is a good idea to have a day job, preferably a lucrative one that does not take up a lot of your time. Like bank robbing, cat burgling or being a super model. (T.S. Eliot did all of these things).

R.A. Spratt, thank you for playing.

R.A.Spratt is an award-winning comedy writer with twelve years experience in the television industry. She started out writing political satire, then moved into sketch comedy, then pre-school drama and in more recent years has worked mainly in animation. R.A. Spratt lives in Sydney. She used to enjoy bellringing, hapkido and long distance running. But then she had a baby and got a book deal and has rarely left the house since. She has three published books The Adventures of Nanny Piggins , Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan, and Nanny Piggins and the Runaway Lion. Her fourth book Nanny Piggins and the Accidental Blast-Off is coming out in January 2011 and is currently working on the 5th and 6th installments in the series.

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About the Contributor

While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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  • Eva

    July 24, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    what is your whole full name?

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