Michael Wagner is one of Australia’s most original and successful writers for children. His 45+ books successfully engage readers (even reluctant ones) with quirky humour, fast-paced action and unpredictable storytelling.
I worked as a radio broadcaster for the ABC for about ten years. I’ve also written all sorts of things, like comedy, pop songs and TV shows. But I think my favourite job ever was when I got to be an usher at a cinema. I watched all the latest movies for free!
Humour is probably my most enduring theme, although Destiny’s Right Hand is not a funny book at all. It’s all dark and serious. Sport is another big theme of mine, particularly in my books for young readers. But it’s not your usual view of sport. It’s all a bit more silly and weird when I talk about it.
Only if you’ve got very good eyes and an excellent memory. I’ve appeared on TV a few times as an author, and many years ago as the lead singer in a band. I’ve also appeared on lots of ABC radio programs over the years.
I once spent a whole day writing my own personal mission statement and it boiled down to three words: move, motivate, inspire. I try to quietly achieve these three things through my books, talks and workshops.