Julia Green is the author of Tilly's Moonlight Fox and many other novels for children and teenagers. She lives in Bath with two sons and two cats and is the Course Director for the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University, which has launched the careers of many brilliant children's authors.
Q: If you could be a storybook character, who would you be?
A: Laura in Little House in the Big Woods (and all the many other books in the series), living in a log cabin deep in the wild Wisconsin woods with Ma and Pa, big sister Mary and baby Carrie, having amazing adventures.
Q: If you could invite any author to tea, who would it be and why?
A: Lucy Boston, author of The Children of Green Knowe. I loved reading this magical story, and I would like to hear the author talk about the old house she lived in which is the house in the story. It would be even better if we could have tea at her house, rather than at mine, and she could show me round and tell me stories about the children who haunt the house and garden.
Q: What is the best thing about reading?
A: Losing yourself completely in the world of the story, going to another place and being someone else in your imagination, and coming back again and realising you are somehow different, because of what has happened. I love the fact that you can imagine it all so clearly in your head - just by reading little black and white words on a page. That's magic!
Q: And finally…tell us about your Monster Read: what book would you most like to share with the world?
A: Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce. I loved this story when I first read it as a child of about 8, and I love it just as much as an adult re-reading it. I used to long to hear a clock strike thirteen, and to find a huge garden when I opened a door, and to walk into the past of a girl called Hatty. I love what this book says about the nature of time; the final revelation about who Hatty is, and why Tom can visit her in the past, is so moving and so wonderful I could cry just thinking about it! You must read this book at some point in your life. The beginning may seem a bit old fashioned now, but keep going with it and you will be spellbound.