Interview with Amber Moffat


Would you dangle the moon? We would!

Perth’s very own Amber Moffat has written a children’s book about doing just that – ‘I Would Dangle the Moon’ launches this Saturday afternoon at Paper Bird in Fremantle. All welcome!

We were lucky enough to chat with Amber about the creation of this very special story.

Firstly, how did this book come about? Have you always had moon dangling thoughts?

Hmm that’s a tough one! I think the idea for this picture book just popped into my head one day a few years ago, but I think it probably came from my childhood thoughts and daydreams originally.

How did you create the illustrations – were they done digitally?

The illustrations are hand-painted, with a little bit of collage. I do paint some elements separately and scan them so I can play with the composition digitally. I also adjust the colour and make layers digitally.

You’re originally from Dunedin in NZ and you just launched your book there last week. Are there any NZ threads in the story that we can look out for?

I think the mountains that feature in the book are definitely related to me growing up in the South Island of NZ. My dad is a keen climber and my childhood cat was called Mountain, so mountains have always loomed large in my imagination.

The book will be launching here on Saturday in Fremantle, tell us about what will be happening on the day?

There will be art activities for kids, piñata-smashing and cake-eating! I will be signing copies of the book too. My dear friend and mentor, Perth author/illustrator Briony Stewart is launching I Would Dangle the Moon.

Lastly what were your favourite books as a youngster?

There are so many, but right now the top four that come to mind are: The Bunyip of Berkley’s Creek by Jenny Wagner and Ron Brooks; The Lion in the Meadow by Margaret Many and Jenny Williams; The Hunter and His Dog by Brian Wildsmith and Dogger by Shirley Hughes.

You can find all the details about Amber’s launch right here.