You probably have a lot of questions about me that have nothing to do with being an Australian children’s author. Here are some answers.
Is Spider Lee your real name?
Spider is a nick-name given to me by my gorgeous Nan when I was very young. For a long time it was just a personal nick-name but I use it now as an author. I love spiders, they’re such creative little critters. Lee is my middle name & my first name is Kelly.
What do you really look like when you’re not posing for a silly snap?
I really look like this most days, but some days are better than others.
How old are you?
I was born on June 6th 1961, which is also known as the Jurassic Period. My mother was a Tyrannosaurus Rex & my father was a Raptor. I always did as I was told so they wouldn’t eat me!
Are you married?
Yes, married with two children.
Do you have any brothers or sisters?
I have seven brothers and four sisters. Yes that’s twelve kids altogether, my dad married three times and had lots of kids with each wife. He was a school teacher & was surrounded by kids 24/7. It was very crowded at home & Dad often called me by the wrong name.
What school did you go to?
Mt Dandenong Primary School, Lilydale High School, Swan Hill High School & Swan Hill Tech.
Do you have any pets?
I live in the bush, there are a lot of wild animals here, kangaroos, echidnas, wombats etc. I like it when the animals can come & go as they like, so no … no domestic pets.
What did you do before you became a writer?
I’ve worked in a cafe, sold beds, was a cook’s hand for a while then a primary school teacher … I still teach.
Who is your favorite author?
I like David Shannon & Andy Griffiths.
What’s your favorite book in the whole world?
‘I Like Myself’ by Karen Beaumont.
Which do you love more writing or illustrating?
Both are heaps of fun when things are going well, but they can be equally frustrating too. It really is a matter of mood. Sometimes I end up throwing it in the recycling & driving the wambulance straight to the pantry for some cake. Ahh cake … it makes everything better.
Can I contact you?
Sure – my address is 16,000,000 Pork Pie Drive
Not really … it’s Spider Lee, C/o Post Office,
Nyora, Victoria, Australia 3987