Sandra Arnold lives in New Zealand. She is the author of seven books including Where the Wind Blows (Truth Serum Press, Australia), The Bones of the Story (Impspired Books, UK), The Ash, the Well and the Bluebell (Mākaro Press, NZ and Aviana Burgas, Bulgaria), Soul Etchings (Retreat West Books, UK), Sing no Sad Songs (Canterbury University Press, NZ). Her short fiction has been published and anthologised internationally and has received nominations for The Best Small Fictions, Best Microfictions and The Pushcart Prize. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Central Queensland University, Australia.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Jane Austen because of their observations of human nature.
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to, and if so, how many times have you read it?
A: Kāwai by Monty Soutar. So far, twice, because of its fascinating portrayal of 17th century Māori culture.
Q: What is the least interesting part of writing for you?
A: All parts of writing are interesting to me to make the piece as polished as possible.
My father liked setting the clock an hour fast so he could enjoy the fact it was really only 6.00am and not 7.00am which meant he could have an extra hour’s sleep each morning before he got up for work. In addition, the clock gained five minutes every day, so when I needed to catch …