What I'm reading: Thea Hayes loves a range of genres

I'm reading with...retiree Thea Hayes, author of Outback Nurse.

Who taught you to read and write? My late husband. He was the greatest storyteller.

He would speak under the stars and tell tales of the north.

I learnt to properly write in a writing class I took in Toowoomba.

My mind was really opened up and I didn't even need to think about it. It was all in the head and came flowing out.

What is the last book you read? I'm currently reading a story about a Broome woman in the 1920s called The Pearl Farmer's Daughter. It's based on true events.

Favourite author? Edna Quilty and Tom Cole, they inspire my writing style. And I'm really enjoying Sherlock Holmes at the moment.

Favourite genre? Non-fiction and biographies. I like a lot of new books too and bestsellers.

How long does it take you to read a book? With a busy lifestyle it takes me quite a while and I have so many left to read, so I'd better get cracking.

How do you source your books? I have a Kindle mainly because I don't have the physical space for all my books, but I do love a hardback.

Where do you read? I'm farm-staying at the moment so it varies. I always have my caravan though which is a great place.

I normally rest in the afternoon so I try to read and write in the mornings.

What's the most important thing you've learnt from a book? How to put words together without too many adjectives.

Keep life and writing simple.

And patience. It took me six years to write my book.