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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! Today’s “victim” happens to be the author of recently released, A Vampire’s Coming to Dinner by Pamela Jane. Being that both the Turkeybird and The1stdaughter are huge Halloween and book fans we thought Pamela’s book was perfect to highlight this month. Make sure to check back a little later today for our “official” review as well as an opportunity to win your very own copy! So, without further hesitation…The 20 Question Interview with Pamela Jane and the Turkeybird:

1. Did you always want to be a writer?
I wanted to be a writer since I was eight years old and I started writing a story about my parakeet, Winky Blue (which since became a series of six books published by Mondo.)
2. What book was your favorite when you were my age?
My favorite book when I was three was MY BOOK HOUSE (Book Number 1). It was full of rhymes, colorful stories and pictures.
3. You have a lot of books, which one is your favorite that you wrote?
It’s hard to pick just one! But I especially loved writing MONSTER MISCHIEF; A VAMPIRE IS COMING TO DINNER! And LITTLE GOBLINS TEN (Harper) which will be out next year.
4. Did your dad ever blow anything up at your house?
My dad was a scientist, but as far as I know he never blew anything up at our house or at his laboratory either. He did discover a medicine called Polymyxin, however (Neosporin) but he only got $1.00 for this discovery which is why I’m not hugely rich.
5. You like cats?
I love cats! I even have a website of cat pictures
6. Why is yours so big?
Mittens is big because he eats so much and sleeps 22 hours a day!
7. What about dogs? (I’m really a cat person, but my little sister loves dogs.)
I also like dogs quite a bit, but of course, it depends on the dog. I would like a dog to stay with me all day in my office while I’m writing and keep me company.
8. Was your balloon ride fun or scary?
The balloon ride was fun AND scary. When we came down we landed in a tree and part of the balloon ripped. But we landed safely and everyone had a good time.
9. You have a few books about Halloween, is it your favorite holiday?
I never plan to, but I seem to write a lot of Halloween books! I think Halloween is definitely my favorite holiday to writeabout, and I loved trick or treating when I was little.
10. What are you going to dress up as this year? (I might be a dinosaur or maybe a robot!)
I have a really fun outfit to wear with spiders and spooks all over it and I might wear it to sign copies of my Vampire book!
11. Will you go trick or treating? (I can’t wait!)
I will probably stay home and answer the door to trick or treaters in my neighborhood.
12. Do you like to draw?
I can imagine beautiful pictures in my head but they don’t come out right!
13. Where is your favorite place to draw?
Sometimes I scribble when I’m sitting on the couch in my office.
14. Do you use crayons or paint?
Crayons. I love the way they smell.
15. I thought vampires were mean, the one in your book isn’t. Why?
In A VAMPIRE IS COMING TO DINNER, the illustrator and I are having fun with the vampire, so he isn’t a mean one. In fact, you might end up feeling a little sorry for him at the end when he just wants to take a nap!
16. How come the kid in the book seems to play a lot of tricks on the vampire?
The boy in the book is afraid of the Vampire so he wants to outwit him. He thinks if he plays tricks on the Vampire, the Vampire won’t hurt him. Of course, the Vampire is really quite friendly.
17. Do you go out to eat a lot?
We have a favorite Japanese restaurant that we go out to sometimes.
18. Or maybe do you have friends over for dinner a lot?
Yes, we love having friends over for dinner, and we do not play tricks on them!
19. What’s your favorite color?
My favorite color is blue. My second favorite is white, and I like them together, too.
20. Are you writing another book?
I have a new book coming out next year called LITTLE GOBLINS TEN, illustrated by Jane Manning (Harper). And I’m writing a book now that is a little bit scary – for teenagers!
Thank you so much for answering The Turkeybird’s questions!
You are very welcome, and thank you for interviewing me!

The Turkeybird Speaks: “Wow! I’m so glad you made it out of the balloon ride without too many problems. I love balloons, but I’m not sure about going up in the air for so long in one.

“Good luck with A Vampire Is Coming to Dinner and your up coming book Little Goblins Ten! I can’t wait to post my review!”

This book was provided for review and giveaway thanks to TLC Book Tours. Thank you! Look for the review and giveaway later today!
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  2. Mardel says:

    What a great idea for an interview.
    this sounds like a fun book, and a fun author.

  3. Pamela Jane says:

    Thanks, Turkeybird for all your great questions. I had a lot of fun answering them!

    Pamela Jane

  4. Gina says:

    Thanks Turkeybird! Your questions always manage to make me smile…. ^_^
    Sounds like a cute book and perfect for the time of year. Curious about that YA book as well….will have to keep my eyes open for more info!

  5. I want a balloon ride 🙂
    *off to convince husband*

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