I am Australian and was born in Geelong, country Victoria, evidently the birthplace of many excellent people. When I was very young, I sailed up and down the east coast of Australia with my family on a yacht my father had built.
We settled in northern NSW where I grew up, and I spent time at the University of New England and lived in Brisbane during university breaks. I now live in Sydney, and have done so for many years.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
I’m not completely sure. I guess I met my wife here, and my cat.
What turns you on creatively?
I write from inspiration, when it comes to me, which means I have ideas that I work through in my mind for days and weeks before I even put fingers, (or finger, in my case), to the keyboard.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
Surreptitiously, I go about my business, with full knowledge that not many people in this city know who I really am.
What is your pet peeve?
In media, I don’t like people repeatedly saying, ‘you know’, or using ‘ta’, when they mean ‘to’.
What defines Andrew Scobie?
That is yet to be determined. My mind is always open to new ideas. These days, after trying just about everything in the past, I usually write my own brand of ‘literary fantasy’. For some literary publishers they don’t like the fantasy elements in my stories, while pure fantasy publishers find my stories too literary, but if I look around I can always find some publishers who like my unique style.
I have a theory that through our own DNA and individual socialization we create our own futures. In effect, we are responsible to a large degree for what happens around us.