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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 and Littlebug’s, Meg Medina the author of Tia Isa Wants a Car. His little sister had the chance to review Meg’s book just a few weeks ago and now we’re excited to share the Turkeybird’s interview with the fantastic author. So, without further hesitation on our part, the Turkeybird’s 20 Question interview with Meg Medina…

1. Why do you like to write?

I have always been fond of pretending. When I was little, I liked to pretend I was a genie in a bottle. I made long hair out of tights that I wore on my head by the waistband. I can’t really walk around that way as an adult without getting into trouble. So, I write stories and I give all my favorite pretend moments to my characters.

2. Do you like writing for big kids or little kids better? (i.e.  Adult/YA or picture books)
3. Why?

Oh! Don’t make me decide such things! I like writing for both. It just depends on the story.  I like the sweetness of picture books and the way the pictures add a whole new piece to the story. I also like the challenge of writing a big idea in few words – which is how picture books work. But sometimes the story I have in mind is long and the people it happens to are older. In that case, I let myself enjoy the space I have to tell their tale. Having more pages gives me a chance to really fill out the character’s quirks, gifts, and trouble spots. I also let myself enjoy the idea that someone is going to be lounging with this story for a few days. 

4. Crayons or Markers?
5. Why?

If you must know, neither. It’s oil pastels that I love. Have you ever drawn an ocean or sky with oil pastels? I love the messiness and the oily feeling of drawing with them. Here are two of my favorite colors: Celestial Blue and Cerulean Blue.

6. What’s your favorite color?

Purple…the dark kind, like an eggplant. When I see that color, I think of the word “lush.”

7. When you were my age did you like to read?

Yes, I did, but I was also very active, so reading was something I grew into, as I got older and calmer.

8. Did you have a favorite book?
9. Which one?
10. Why?

Don’t laugh. When I was four, it was the encyclopedia!  My mother bought us the World Book Encyclopedia. It was a big set of books that basically told you a little bit about everything you wanted to know. (We didn’t have the Internet, so that was the best way to learn about a topic.) There was the adult collection, all alphabetized with shiny gold letters on the spine. But there was also a junior edition. It was divided into 24 volumes that included Fairy Tales and Folk Tales of the World; Science and Experiments; World Cultures and Customs; and my very favorite, Make and Do. I used to love to read the directions on how to make projects like bedroom slippers out of cardboard and felt.  My mom still has that collection in her house.

11. If you were four right now what would you read next?

You are so lucky to have so many good choices!  Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee; Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein; Art and Max by David Wiesner; A Sick Day for Amos McGee; Once Upon a Twice by Denise Doyen; Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, by Carmen Agra Deedy. I would read Kevin Henkes’ books over and over again; I would read Doctor DeSoto by William Stieg.  I would also read The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick with my mom or dad. I could go on and on and on.

12. My mom said you like these chewy chocolate treats, they sound great! My mom also said I can’t have any, what other treat would you give me?

What? No Milk Duds?  I suppose they could rip your nice teeth right out of your head. Really, I love anything that is chocolate. But if we’re looking for something healthy and yummy, I would offer you a slice ice-cold watermelon. That, or a Virginia peach in the summer.

13. I love to collect rocks! Do you like rocks?
14. Why?

I like river rocks because they are so smooth and the colors are so pretty. I also love the gigantic rocks jutting out of the Pacific Ocean. I don’t collect those because they are too big.

15. Did you do anything fun for summer vacation?

I went to the beach with my family. We rent a house that overlooks the water. The ocean is my favorite place in the world.

16. My dad speaks Spanish and English too! I’m trying to learn both. What is the best thing about speaking both?

¡Que bien! The best part is that I have so many words in my head to say something. Cup, mug, taza. House, home, casa, hogar.   Silly, dummy, bobo.  See?  I wish everyone could speak lots and lots of languages.

17. Cats or Dogs?
18. Why?

Absolutely both.  I love my dog, Noche, because he is fun and faithful.

 He wakes me up every morning by walking to my side of the bed and nudging me with his snout. I also love my cat, Wolfe, because while he is sweet to people, he is a tough guy when he has to be. Look at the present he left me. Yes, that is half a mouse.  It’s gross, but I think he was trying to help save my garden. The rodents have eaten everything!

19. Do you like the wintertime? We used to live in Virginia and I loved the snow!

Oh, me too. I love the snow. Here is a picture of my house after a snowstorm last year!

20. What are you writing right now?

I am getting ready for my new book, The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind to publish in March. Here’s the cover:

 That’s for older readers. I am also writing another novel called, Finding Yaqui Delgado, which is about a girl named Piddy who has to face down the school bully. After that, I really want to start a new manuscript for a picture book. I will keep you posted.

The Turkeybird Speaks: “Thank you so much Ms. Medina! I’m so hoping you keep writing more books for kids my age because both Littlebug and me really love your book! Plus, maybe if I get to interview you again we can work on my mom and the Milk Dud issue. Those sound so yummy!

“My mom just got your new book in the mail and she keeps trying to read it, but I told her she has to wait until I go to bed. I want her to read to me instead!

“Thank you again for the great interview! I’m going to have to try using pastels next time my mom does an art project with us, and I can’t wait! Good luck with all your new books!”

Find Tia Isa Wants A Car by Meg Medina at the following spots:
Powell’s Books
Barnes & Noble

Thank you so much to the publisher, Candlewick Press, for providing a copy of Tia Isa Wants a Car for review and putting us in touch with Meg for the interview! Connect with them on Twitter and on Facebook!
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Meg Medina’s photo by Gabrielle Pedraja

11 Responses to Author Interview: 20 Questions with Meg Medina

  1. Raquel says:

    Wonderful interview!

  2. mari says:

    A great interview. These books look cute. I need some more English/Spanish books to read to my little girl. She will be bilingual! 🙂

  3. Authorator says:

    A sweet and wonderful interview. Sharing! And we love milk duds too…

    Create, Collaborate, Publish

  4. That was too cool. I desperately want this one.

    Her toss in of bobo made me smile. I love that word.

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  6. Kristen M. says:

    Love this interview! I think we need to find out more authors opinions of rocks. 🙂

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