Garth Nix answers your questions: on JRR Tolkien, gaming and pronouncing characters' names

In an ongoing series, Guardian Australia is getting kids and young adults to do the hard work instead of us – by interviewing their favourite authors. Here, the author of the Old Kingdom/Abhorsen, Seventh Tower and Keys to the Kingdom fantasy series opens up about queer representation, perfectionism and his writing tips – and answers curly questions that have been bothering some fans. Nix’s next book, The Left-Handed Booksellers of London Hardcover, will be released in September. Stay tuned to find out who our next author will be.