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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 is extremely excited to share a favorite author of his, Kate Messner. Her two most recent picture books, Over and Under the Snow as well as Sea Monster’s First Day are two of the Turkeybird’s favorite reads as of late. Obviously, he was thrilled to be able to interview Kate! So, without further hesitation on our part, the Turkeybird’s 20 question interview with Kate Messner…

1. Cold or warm blooded animals?

Hmm…tough question. I bet most people say warm blooded, but the truth is that animals with fur make me sneeze, even though they’re cute. And I’m a frog and snake fan, so I guess I’ll say cold-blooded.

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

I’ve always loved to read, from the time I could hold a book (and probably even before then!) I grew up the youngest in a big, busy family, and I was always on the lookout for someone to read to me. Sometimes, I’d even stalk my parents’ dinner guests to find a reader. My mom still has a photograph of a three-year-old me lurking near the table with a pile of books.

3. Did you like to write?

I loved to write, and I started writing stories in first or second grade. Mostly, they were about school and my friends, and I liked to write poetry about nature, too. I still like writing about all those things!

4/5. Crayons or Markers? Why?

Crayons! Markers get all smudgy on your hands.

6/7. Is your favorite color still bright blue? Why?

Yep, I still love bright blue. I think that’s because it’s the color of the sky on a bright, clear day.

8. When your kids were my age what did you like to read to them?

We loved both picture books and chapter books, so we read a little of everything then. Some favorite pictures books were Cynthia Rylant’s THE RELATIVES CAME and Jane Yolen’s OWL MOON. For longer books, we loved CHARLOTTE’S WEB and of course, the Harry Potter series.

9. Do you like the cold or the warm out? (ie. winter or summer)

Am I allowed to cheat and say both? I live in Northern New York, almost all the way to Canada, so while we appreciate our lovely, warm summers on Lake Champlain, I also adore a good snowstorm. I love cross country skiing, too!

10. Did you dress up for Halloween?

No. Isn’t that sad? But when I took my daughter out trick-or-treating, I told people I was dressed as a sleepy mom.

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

Oh, Turkeybird…we are kindred spirits. I am a serious chocolate lover. Sea-salt chocolate caramels are my favorite.

12. Why do you like to write?

I could probably write a whole book answering this question, but I’ll give you the biggest reasons. Writing has always helped me figure out who I am and what I believe. Plus I really love making stuff up.

13. Lakes or the ocean? We live next to the ocean and it is so neat!

Oohhhh…I have to cheat again and say both. I love the ocean, too. I get to spend time on the Gulf of Mexico when I visit my parents in Florida, and we also try to get to the ocean in New England each summer. But I live on Lake Champlain, which is a lovely, cool, northern lake with mountains on both sides. It’s beautiful, and it’s home.

14. What’s your favorite word? (Mine is silly, right now.)

Serendipitous. I’m also fond of nefarious, cantankerous, and subnivean.

15. Why?

I like the way those words taste in my mouth.

16. Monsters or Aliens?

Monsters, obviously. (Especially sea monsters!)

17. Why?

Aliens are always too impressed with themselves just because of the whole “I’m-from-another-galaxy” thing.

18/19. Do you like writing for little kids or older kids better? How come?

What I really love is being able to write for all different ages, depending on what’s interesting to me at the time and what kind of writing mood I’m in. Even though I’m grown up now, I still feel like I’m still all those different kid-ages inside, so different parts of me love different kinds of books.

20. What are you writing right now?

Right now, I am working on a new book about Ernest the Sea Monster as well as a mystery novel set in Washington D.C., Boston, and Latin America.

The Turkeybird Speaks: “Thanks for the super interview Ms. Messner! I’m super excited to try some of that chocolate you talked about! And you know what? I think my mom dressed up as the same thing for Halloween!

“I’m a monster guy too! I only have one book with aliens and I think the books with monsters are way more fun.

“Thank you again Ms. Messner for the really fun interview and all of your great answers!”

Find Sea Monster’s First Day by Kate Messner and Illustrated by Andy Rash at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads

Find Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner and Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads

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2 Responses to Author Interview: 20 Questions with Kate Messner

  1. A messy mom? LOL Love it.
    Great answers.
    I look forward to trying your books.

  2. I really love reading Kate’s reasons for why she writes. But I still can’t believe that anyone could ever love the snow! (Spoken like a true Australian, I know….)

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