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The 20 Question Interview with our very own Turkeybird is our feature interview that will be happening with all of the book authors, illustrators and poets we love! Today the Turkeybird has the wonderful opportunity of sharing with you his interview with a favorite author of his mom’s as well as one he’s looking forward to reading in the next few years, Chris Rylander. His recent debut novel, The Fourth Stall was reviewed here at There’s A Book and the sequel, The Fourth Stall Part II, is due to be released in February of 2012, just look at the new cover we debuted it’s amazing! Chris is an author who understands what boys love to read, how they think and is able to easily translate that to incredible books! So, without further hesitation on our part, the Turkeybird’s 20 Question interview with Chris Rylander…

1. I’m only four. When do you think I should start my own “business”?
As soon as you’re ready! I mean, most babies already have their own business’ going. They basically just lay around looking all adorable and then get showered with free food, toys, clothes, and waited on hand and foot by a team of servants (usually parents.) I mean, how do I get in on that racket?

2. Sharks or Unicorns?
Sharks. As much as I love a good old-fashioned unicorn, I can’t ever pick against sharks.

3. I really like your drawings on your website; the stick man was pretty funny and I really like zombies and sharks! Will you draw me a picture?
Thanks! I’ll try to get a new drawing posted soon…

4. If you play outside do you always play baseball? That sounds super super cool.
Haha, I wish that was true! The thing is, once you’re my age it’s hard to find enough people who want to play baseball to get an actual game going. So usually I just play catch with a few people or we take turns hitting fly balls to each other. I also play tennis a lot more often these days. But I’d still love to play a real game of baseball or football if I could ever get enough people rounded up…

5. Why do you like a team that never wins the big big game?
I wish I knew! I’ve loved the Cubs every since I can remember. Of course back then when I was four years old myself, I didn’t know they were so terrible!

6. Crayons or Markers?
Ooh, it depends on what I’m using them for. If I’m drawing on walls or my arms, then definitely marker, the more permanent, the better.

7. Why?
See above for markers… but for when I like using crayons it’s because of how many colors there are to pick from!

8. What’s your favorite color?
Green or purple.

9. I’m going to school soon, what did you do when you met a mean kid at school?
I basically just ignored them. The annoying kids thrive on knowing they’re bothering you, so if you never let it show then they’ll eventually leave you alone. And if they don’t, then make them. In 9th grade there was this kid who sat behind me in science who never would leave me alone, he was always poking my neck with his pencil or flicking my ears and I always warned him that it was in his best interest to stop doing that. I warned him many times. But, he didn’t listen. So one day I brought a huge black marker with me and when he started up, I turned around and quickly drew a big black line across his face and then also one on his jeans for good measure. And he never bothered me again.

10. Do you still have friends from when you were my age?
I don’t, my oldest friendship goes back to 9th grade, but back then we weren’t even very close friends. My oldest really close friendship is with my wife, who I met when I was 17.

11. What’s your favorite word? Right now I really like “underpants”.
Stuff. I love the word “stuff” because it’s so versatile. That and “thing” is also another great, versatile word.

12. If you were four what would you read next?
I’d read the Wayside School books by Louis Sachar, definitely.

13. What is the best cereal in the whole world? I’d pick Lucky Charms or Cocoa Puffs.
For me, it would have to be Oatmeal Squares or Corn Bran. Any of those Quaker brand cereals, they’re all amazing.

14. I love my Legos! What is your most favorite toy ever?
Oh, good question. It’s a tie between all of the video game systems I ever owned, Nerf guns, and Pirate and Star Wars Legos. Although back when I was a kid they didn’t make actual Star Wars Legos so we had to build our own, which in some ways was even more fun than building the new Star Wars Legos (which I do own quite a few of those now, though.)

15. Do you have a favorite animal?

16. Why?
I don’t know, there’s just something so fascinating about them. Like they’re this ultimate predator, but also just a fish. But they’re not really like other fish in a lot of ways and there’re a lot of mysterious things about them. They’re very unique compared to how other animals act.

17. My mom says you like music, what kind of music?
Lots of different kinds: Punk, Indie, Folk, Rock, anything with good lyrics that sounds different than most of the stuff on the radio.

18. It sounds kind of boring to write all the time, do you like to write?
I love it! It’s so much fun.

19. Why?
Because there is something so cool about creating whole worlds and characters and getting to control everything they do. And then when people read that story, the people you created come to life in a certain way. So, like, I get to create “real” people and control everything that they do! Which sounds kind of creepy, I guess, now that I reread it back to myself. Also, writing just amuses me… I laugh a lot when I’m writing, which probably makes me look crazy when I’m doing it.

20. What are you writing right now?
I’m working on The Fourth Stall Part III.

The Turkeybird Speaks: “Thanks so much Chris! So I’m trying to talk my mom into some Star Wars Legos now that she talked to me about it in your answers. They looked so cool from what I saw!

“Oh, so I tried using the markers on my face like you said and it was way cool, but my mom didn’t like it as much as I did. She did take pictures and send them to everyone which was so embarrassing, but after that she made me take a bath!

“Thank you for stopping by Chris! It was super cool to have such a neat dude answer all my crazy questions. I can’t wait until I’m a little older and can read all of your books, they look so so good!”

Find The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander at the following spots:
Powell’s Books
Barnes & Noble

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6 Responses to Author Interview: 20 Questions with Chris Rylander

  1. NotNessie says:

    Great interview! I love the answer to question number one. I want in on that racket, too!

  2. Patrick says:

    Haha great interview. Right now your favorite word is “underpants”? That has definitely been my favorite word at a time or two. Stuff is a good one too actually. Look forward to reading more of these interviews, it is a very unique style 🙂

  3. chris says:

    Thanks for having me. Awesome job drawing on your face with markers!!! I loved it.

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