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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 something special up his sleeve…not one, but two interviews! Yep, today he’s interviewing both of the authors from the fantastic middle grade series The Familiars, Andrew Jacobson and Adam Jay Epstein. The second book in the series, Secrets of the Crown, was released on Tuesday and the Turkeybird’s mom loved it (look for a review next week)! Up first for the rigorous 20 Question interview, Andrew Jacobson

1. My mom told me all about your books, they sound really neat but why call them “familiars”, why not just call them your pet?

Adam, I’m going to let you take this one. He’s the expert.

2. Do you have a favorite animal?

My dog, Elvis!

3. Why?

He’s my buddy. And he sleeps on my head.

4. How come there are different covers for your book?

Every country has different artists who create different looks for The Familiars.

5. Do you have a favorite? (My mom said I picked the “German” one.)

I think each cover is so representative of its country. The German one is weird and wonderful. The UK cover is dark and mysterious. And the US cover is magical.

6. Can you do any magic tricks?

No, but I’ve always made an excellent magician’s assistant to my older brother.

7. Crayons or Markers?


8. Why?

Markers run out to quickly.

9. What are you writing right now?

We’re finishing Book Three of The Familiars and starting a brand new book series.

10. Are you friends with my dad? I think you look like one of his friends.

No. Never met him.

11. Wow. How cool, you write movies and stuff! Are there any I would watch?

We’re writing the movie version of The Familiars. It’s going to be animated and in 3D.

12. Do you like pretzels?

I do. And funny enough, I just had pretzel bread for lunch.

13. If you were four what would you read next?

I don’t think I could read when I was four. But I’d probably go with Spider-Man or Batman novelization.

14. Do you have a favorite treat? (Mine is anything chocolate!)

I love me some cereal at any time of day.

15. Tennis looks really hard, I’m more of a soccer guy. Do you like other sports?

I love sports. Playing and watching. Tennis, basketball, football, baseball.

16. Which one is your favorite?

Tennis was always my favorite to play. Football is probably my favorite to watch. I’m a die hard Green Bay Packers fan.

17. Do you like writing with the other guy from the book? (I think it would be really hard to write a book with Littlebug, but maybe because she’s my sister.)

Eh, not really. No, I’m kidding. Of course. I couldn’t do what I do without him.

18. What’s your favorite color?


19. I love going to the bookstore. Do you have a favorite bookstore?

I love any bookstore. I really do.

20. Is your next book going to be super exciting? My mom said the first one was.

I’d say it’s going to be ridonkulously exciting.

The Turkeybird Speaks: “If I knew you loved cereal so much I would have asked what your favorite one was Andrew! Mine is definitely All Crunch Berries Captain Crunch or a close second is Cocoa Puffs. Cereal is the best and I eat it all the time!

“Oh! I thought it was really funny that you like to watch football so much because Littlebug loves to watch football even if no one else in our family really watches it, she just really really likes it. Maybe you will have to talk with her about football sometime!

“Thank you so much Andrew! I thought you had some of the best answers ever, but Adam’s answers are some of the best too! I can’t wait to read your books when I get older and my mom even said she might start reading them out loud to me soon. I can’t wait! That would be super cool!”

Find The Familiars 2: Secrets of the Crown by Andrew Jacobson and Adam Jay Epstein at the following spots:
Powell’s Books
Barnes & Noble

Thank you so much to the publisher, HarperCollins, for providing a copy of their book for review! Connect with The Familiars on Twitter and on Facebook!
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6 Responses to Author Interview: 20 Questions with Andrew Jacobson

  1. Another wonderful interview! :–) That is so fascinating about the different covers in different countries. I’d love to be in on the marketing decisions for those things – probably a great way to learn about the cultures! Now, off to the bakery to check into pretzel bread!!

  2. Gina says:

    Fantastic interview guys! Is it any wonder that this series is up for BBAW recognition? ^_^ As the the book series, almost done with book one right now…so yes, YES…definitely magically delicious (wait, that’s a cereal saying isn’t it?). Book 2 is waiting in the wings, and book 3 is on the wish list. Thanks for sharing a bit about the minds behind the work! Happy reading….

  3. I love that word: ridonkulously
    Makes me snort and feel like a kid again.

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