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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, Kim Culbertson. Her first book, Songs for a Teenage Nomad, was wonderful and her second book, Instructions for a Broken Heart has recently been is released and is quickly becoming a favorite as well. The Turkeybird has had a fantastic time thinking of crazy and fun questions to ask Kim! So, without further hesitation on our part, the Turkeybird’s 20 Question interview with Kim Culbertson…

1. What’s your favorite music?
Anything that I can dance around the house to!

2. Do you like to sing?
I do!  Especially in the car with my daughter.

3. Why?
It makes me happy.  And I like to get strange looks from people in the cars next to us.

4. Short or long stories? I like short ones because then I can read more of them!
I like any story with a main character I connect to – and who is funny.  And maybe who likes pizza as much as I do.

5. Crayons or Markers?
Crayons

6. Why?
Because you can do so much fun stuff with them – draw light or dark, melt them, snap them into tiny pieces, shade with them, peel their wrappers…they are multi-use color magic!

7. My mom said you are a teacher. What do you teach?
I try to show high school kids why I think reading and writing make the world a better place.  Sometimes, they listen to me.

8. Do you like it?
I LOVE my job.  I get to go to work and talk about books and people and words – it’s the best.

9. I’m starting school soon and there’s so much to learn! What was your favorite thing to learn in school?
I loved learning to learn.  That probably sounds funny, but I love that there are reasons for things and ideas about things and we get to be like detectives and find them out.  And here’s the cool thing – you never stop learning! I just learned some really cool things about Poison Dart Frogs.  Did you know they are brightly colored so they can tell other creatures, “Back off!  I’m poisonous!”  So cool.

10. Do you really like writing mushy books?
Yeah – I like all that love stuff!

11. Why?
Because I think it’s the most important thing in the world and we never run out of it.  Love is this world’s best natural resource (how’s that for mushy!?)

12. What did you like to read when you were my age?
Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, Ogden Nash, The Frances books, and anything by Mercer Mayer.

13. Do you have a favorite treat? (Mine is anything chocolate!)
Me too!  Mmmmmmmm.

14. It’s almost summertime, yay! Where is the very best place to go outside? (I love going to the park!)
We live near this beautiful river and it’s really green and rushing this time of year and I just love to go sit on these big, flat rocks by it and, sometimes, throw smaller rocks into it.

15. What’s your favorite thing to do outside?
Look at how amazing this world is.  Oh, and I like to walk with my dog.  I do both of these things at once.

16. What are you writing right now?
Another mushy book about a girl who goes to Idaho.

17. Do you ever think you would write a book for kids my age?
Ooooh, I don’t know if I’m that brave – books for your age are very special and important.  I’ll have to become a better writer before I do that.

18. Why?
Because I think children’s books are the most magical of all books.

19. Lakes or the ocean? We live next to the ocean and it is so neat!
You are so lucky!!  I love any body of water, especially if it has a beach!

20. If you were four what would you read next?
The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen – I’ve been meaning to read that one and it looks really good.

The Turkeybird Speaks: “Thank you so much Ms. Culbertson, Kim! I had so much fun reading your answers with my mom and my dad. My dad was here and he said that the mushy stuff is super okay and I will probably like it more when I get older. For now though I still think girls have something my mom says is called cooties!

“But I really like your dancing answers! I even started to dance when my mom was reading them to me and I had her turn some music on while we read. I love that! And I’m super super jealous that you have a dog! I really want a pet but we can’t get one yet…maybe some day soon.

“Thank you again Ms. Culbertson! I’m going to ask my mom if we can find The Circus Ship because that book looks super cool and I’d really like to read it! Maybe when I’m older I’ll give one of your books a try, but probably not while I’m at school, you know? Even if my dad says girls like that kind of thing!”

Take a look at the new book trailer for Kim’s new book, Instructions for a Broken Heart:

Find Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson at the following spots:
Amazon
Powell’s Books
Indiebound
Barnes & Noble
Goodreads

Thank you to Sourcebooks for coordinating this interview and providing a copy of Instructions for a Broken Heart! Find Sourcebooks on Twitter and Facebook!
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8 Responses to Author Interview: 20 Questions with Kim Culbertson

  1. NotNessie says:

    I love Turkeybird’s interviews. So much fun!

    Off to Goodreads to find more info on this author…

  2. Thank YOU, Turkeybird, for asking such great questions – that was SO much fun!

  3. Beth Kephart says:

    I am liking those dance responses myself!

  4. Gina says:

    Another great interview Turkeybird! You are making quite a name for yourself there aren’t you…. ^_^

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