So, how are you enjoying your time at Whitireia?

MH: It’s been great! Of course, I’m saying that just as we enter the busiest time of year.

Has anything surprised you about teaching?

MH: One of the best things about teaching at graduate level is how much students bring with them from their studies and experiences before the course. Maybe not so much of a ‘surprise’ but it’s always lovely seeing how students draw on their own knowledge and background and interweave it with what we teach.

Do you have any advice for people who want to get into publishing?

MH: Read widely and with endless curiosity. Don’t limit yourself to one genre, or format, or platform, and if you find something that doesn’t work for you but obviously does for other readers, try to figure out why.

If you fell into radioactive waste, what superpower do you think you’d get and why? What superpower would you like to get?

MH: I’d probably get Super Anxiety with a side of Super-Now-I’m-Reading-All-The-Ways-Radiation-Can-Kill-Me (Voices from Chernobyl, Svetlana Alexievich. So terrifying I still haven’t actually made it all the way through the book yet).

Finally, and most importantly: would you rather live under the benevolent rule of hyper intelligent dogs or hyper intelligent cats?

MH: Hyper Intelligent cats. Surely it must be better than my current system of living under the benevolent rule of cats who get confused by glass doors

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