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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 and poets he loves! Today the Turkeybird is really excited to share with everyone a fellow outdoors enthusiast, author Tommy Batchelor. The Turkeybird’s mom, has read and will be reviewing his book Lost on Spirit River in the next couple of weeks, but until then we get to share a little bit about the author behind the books!

1. Where is your favorite place to read?
Anywhere I can hide for some quiet time away from television, radio and even the family.
2. What’s the biggest fish you’ve ever caught?
I catch a shark off the coast of Georgia a couple of years ago that weigh over 30 pounds.
3. Do you have a favorite river?
Yes, I do. It’s the Flint River in Georgia
4. How many grandkids do you have? (I love spending time with my Grandma & Papa!)
I have six, five girls and one boy.
5. Do they like your books?
Yes, my older Grandchildren read Lost on Spirit River and they all enjoyed my picture book, Sunday’s with Papa T, A River Adventure.
6. What’s your favorite part about your book out now?
My favorite part is as the children find the cave for shelter and explore the connecting caves, finding artwork of Native American on the walls.
7. I really like markers, but what do you like better – Crayons or markers?
I’m an old fashion type of guy, I like crayons!
8. Do you like camping?
Yes, there is nothing like waking up before sunrise on the river and listening to the sounds of nature beginning a new day.
9. Is there somewhere you still want to travel to?
I have not been out west, someday I would like to take my grandchildren with me and dig for dinosaur bones.
10. Do you have a favorite kids book? Right now I really like Elephant & Piggie, they’re great!
My all time favorite books are the old “Dick and Jane Books”; these books helped me to read for the first time. I’ll be looking for the Elephant & Piggie books for my Grandchildren to read.
11. What would you teach me if you could spend time with me for a day?
I think we would take a ride down to the river, teach you how to fish for river fish is a little different then lake or pond fishing. If the fish aren’t biting, then we can look for clams or muscles in the water. Maybe find a crawfish or two. Search out the shores for arrowheads of Native America lost long ago.
12. You write books…is that fun?
I love writing stories for my Grandchildren and anything I do for my Grandchildren is fun.
13. Did you always want to be a writer?
No, I have always been a reader. Ten years ago is when I started to write stories.
14. What food do you like to eat? (I love yogurt.)
I love pasta!!!
15. What’s your favorite color?
16. Why?
Green reminds me of being outdoors in nature.
17. What’s your favorite tree?
The Poplar tree
18. Have you ever seen a bear or a dangerous animal when you’ve been outdoors?
No bears, if you’re on the river be on the lookout for snakes.
19. Are you going to write more picture books? What will it be about?
I have a second one done, it still needs the Illustrations. It about camping on the river!
20. What should I read next?
If you’re interested in the outdoors check out my picture book, “Sunday’s with Papa T, A River Adventure”.

The Turkeybird Speaks: “Oh! I’m going to have to bug my mom to pick up a copy of your picture book! I love the outdoors and books about it are the next best thing to being outside!

“Thank you so much for answering all my fun questions Tommy! From the sounds of it your grandkids have one great Papa. And I just have to say, wow! A shark?! That’s crazy! And so so neat! Maybe one day I’ll get to go fishing with my Papa and catch a big shark too.”

Please stop by The Teen {Book} Scene for more details and other tour stop locations!

Thank you so much to the author, Tommy Batchelor, for providing a copy of his book for review!

2 Responses to Author Interview: Twenty Questions with Tommy Batchelor

  1. Awesome interview. These are always such fun to read 🙂

  2. Gina says:

    Oh Turkeybird, your interviews are always fun. ^_^ But ooh…dig for dinosaur bones? Count me in! Sounds like this book is great for the little ones who love the outdoors….a hard to fit “like” sometimes. Thanks for sharing!

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