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The 20 Question Interview with our very own Turkeybird is a new feature interview that will be happening with all of the picture book authors he loves! First up,  Heather Vogel Frederick – author of the Mother-Daughter Book Club series, the Spy Mice series, the Patience Goodspeed books and the newly released Bayberry Pie (look for our review, very soon)!  We’ve all fallen in love with Heather’s writing and as such wanted to ask a few questions. So, who better than the Turkeybird to interview the newly published picture book author?! So, without further hesitation…The 20 Question Interview with Heather Vogel Frederick and the Turkeybird:

1. Why spy mice?
Why not? Seriously, I have no idea where they came from. I was planning to write a book about a couple of fifth graders and set it at the Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., and one day when I was noodling around with the plot, the words “spy mice” floated into my head, and suddenly I was off and running in a completely different direction.

2. Are mice your favorite animals?
No, although I do have a soft spot for them. My very earliest memory is of sitting on the stairs with my mother, watching a mouse creep out from under the refrigerator in the kitchen and eat the piece of cheese she’d left for it on a plate. I was about your age, I think, Turkeybird. But now that I’m a grown-up, I don’t like mice rustling around in my kitchen. Today, my favorite animals are our two Shetland sheepdogs, Bonnie and Billie.

3. Do you like to read more than I do?
I doubt it. I can tell that you are a Major Bookworm.

4. Are little sisters really fun? Mine is sometimes, but not always.
No, little sisters are pests. I know this for a fact, because I have two of them. (Fortunately, the pest-i-ness wears off once they grow up.)

5. What’s your favorite color?

6. Why?
Because double-decker buses are red, and I LOVE double-decker buses!

7. A pink kitchen? (Littlebug would like that.)
Yes, I would like that, too. I lived in a house in England that had a pink kitchen, and it was very cheerful. When we remodel our kitchen, we’re going to paint it pink for sure.

8. What do you do to pay for your house?
Write books.

9. Why do you like to write?
So I can pay for my house.

OK, seriously, I like to write because I love telling stories. It’s fun to make them up, and very satisfying when I find just the right words to say what I want to say. Plus, I work at home so I can wear my pajamas all day if I want to.

10. Who’s your favorite person in the whole world. (Mine’s my mom and my dad.)
That would be my husband.

11. What food do you like to eat? (I love yogurt.)
French fries! I could eat French fries all day long. But I don’t, because then I wouldn’t fit into my pants.

12. Do you have a favorite book right now? (I’m reading Robot Zot by Jon “I don’t know how to say his last name”.)
I’m re-reading the Betsy-Tacy books right now (“Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown” is my favorite). You might like them, even though they’re mostly about girls.

13. Do you have any kids?
I have two boys.

14. How old are they?
They’re practically grown-ups! Ian is 22, and Ben is 19.

15. Do you do anything fun with them?
We love to hang out and watch movies, and tell funny stories about when they were little, and sit around the dinner table laughing. Our favorite thing to do together as a family is go camping, but our schedules are so busy these days it’s hard to find the time when we’re all available to go.

16. What do you read with them?
We don’t read together anymore, because they’d rather read to themselves now that they’re older. When they were your age, though, we read to them all the time – Charlotte’s Web, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, the Harry Potter books, you name it, we read it.

17. Do you like the outside?
I LOVE the outside!

18. What do you like to do out there?
Well, in my own backyard I like to play with our dogs, and sit under the cherry tree and read. Outside of my own backyard I like to go for walks, hike, go camping, paddle a canoe or kayak, and swim in the ocean or a lake.

19. Why?
Because I spend a whole lot of time inside, working – and the very best antidote for that is spending time outside, playing!

20. What should I read next?
Have you read “My Father’s Dragon”? It’s the first book in a trilogy that was a favorite of my boys when they were your age, or maybe just a tiny bit older.

Thank you for the great questions, Turkeybird!

The Turkeybird Speaks: “Thank you Heather! It was really fun to talk with you. Thanks for answering all of my funny questions too. I can’t wait to read My Father’s Dragon, Charlotte’s Web and especially Harry Potter with my mom and dad. They will be great, I just know it!

“Best of luck with your two new books, Bayberry Pie and Pies and Prejudice (which I know my mom loved)! I can’t wait to post my review for Bayberry Pie!”


Thanks to the author, Heather Vogel Frederick, I have the one hardback copy of Pies and Prejudice to giveaway to my readers!

Details: One winner will be chosen at random after the contest closes. You MUST fill out the form below, comments will not count as entries. Only one entry per household. Giveaway is open to US Residents only. The giveaway will run from October 04, 2010 until October 29, 2010 midnight EST.

Make sure to stop by to read The1stdaughter’s review of Pies and Prejudice, it’s one you don’t want to miss! Stop by The Teen {Book} Scene for more details and other tour stop locations!
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This contest is now closed. Thank you to all who entered! Please make sure to check back soon for more great giveaways!

18 Responses to Author Interview and Giveaway: 20 Questions with Heather Vogel Frederick

  1. Petty Witter says:

    Just stopping by to say hello to the bloggers I haven’t visited for a while. Nice to have met Heather, I always enjoy these author interviews.

  2. Cathe Olson says:

    I LOVE My Father’s Dragon . . . hope you like it too Turkeybird!

  3. Gina says:

    What a fun post! Great questions Turkeybird! I like red too…and supposedly it’s a good color for me, but ya know who knows… The doubledecker bus pic totally reminds me of Harry Potter..and of course the mentions in the interview do as well… ^_^ Looks like the start of another great feature here at the site. Happy reading….

  4. Courtney says:

    What a great job Turkeybird! Heather has the cutest dogs…you would love them. Check out her blog to meet them…especially the new addition Billie! Little Man and I can’t wait for Bayberry Pie either!!!

  5. Janelle says:

    Such a cute interview format. Love the Turkeybird slant!

  6. Spy mice?
    Makes me think of the Rescuers 🙂

  7. Great interview, and giveaway. The more I learn about Heather, the more I like her!

  8. robyn says:

    Okay this is now my favorite feature on your blog. Great idea including the Turkeybird. He’s very precosious and will grow up to be an excellent reviewer!

  9. Pam says:

    Turkeybird! Next time I need some awesome interview question I am gonna call you up!

  10. Holly says:

    Great interview! Turkeybird should definitely read My Father’s Dragon. It’s one of our favorites. The other two suggestions are pretty great too.

  11. […] over at There’s a Book, Danielle followed up our Q&A with an equally lovely review.  Click here to read it — and don’t forget to enter her […]

  12. thank you for the contest! this is a great series!

  13. What a fantastic interview Turkeybird! I haven’t read any of Heather’s books so thank you for introducing me to her!

  14. Taffy says:

    Thanks fo the great interview!

  15. I love french fries too 🙂 Great interview.

  16. […] Heather Frederick Vogel is an amazing author, with close to a dozen books under her belt including a hit Young Adult series (The Mother Daughter Book Club). I had the pleasure of reviewing her last book in her YA series, Pies and Prejudice, and absolutely loved it! I will also be reviewing one of her picture books in the very near future, Babyberry Pie. So, when I heard she had another picture book released just yesterday I knew it was immediately going on my “Book Dreaming” list! Hide-and-Squeak by Heather Frederick Vogel and Illustrated by C.F. Payne, was released on Tuesday, February 8th 2011 and it looks adorable. Take a look… It’s time for bed, but the little Mouse Baby has no intentions of calling it a night. He hides in the garden, hides in the kitchen, hides his little whiskers anywhere he can. Anything to keep from going to bed. But daddy is right behind him –”Mousebaby mousebaby, where can you be?”– trying to get this little scamp all tucked in and ready to sleep.. […]

  17. […] Pies and Prejudice by Heather Vogel Frederick giveaway (US, ends 29 Oct) […]

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