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The 20 Question Interview with our very own Turkeybird is our feature interview that happens with all of the book authors, illustrators and poets we love!

Today the Turkeybird and his mom are busy sword fighting, but instead of hearing more about that we thought you might like to read an interview with the author who inspired the sword fighting, Christopher Healy. His debut novel, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, is another of the first few middle grade novels the Turkeybird has been begging to have read aloud to him, thus the sword fighting! Obviously he’s thrilled with it and he’s really excited to hear it might be a movie someday! We’ll be posting a review a little later today, but until then we wanted to share this very fun interview!
So, without further hesitation on our part, the Turkeybird’s 20 question interview with Christopher Healy…

1. Who’s your favorite hero? (Mine is Prince Charming, but my sister really likes that Sleeping Beauty lady. I wish she liked the girl with the long hair, she’s better and she has that lizard and she uses that pan and has a crown!)

My favorite hero is Han Solo. He’s from Star Wars. You’ll probably like it in a few years. But I’m glad you like Prince Charming, because I’ve got four of him in my book. Your sister may not be very happy with my version of Sleeping Beauty, though. Hopefully my Cinderella will make up for it

2. Do you like princesses? (I think they’re kind of yucky.)

I love princesses! But it depends on the princess. Take Princess Leia, for example (Star Wars again — sorry), she can be very proper and royal when she needs to be, but put her in a room full of bad guys and watch what happens. She was one of my favorite action figures when I was a kid. The important thing to remember is that all princesses are different. Don’t write them all off as yucky, or you might ending missing out on a story about somebody really cool, like that one with the lizard that you mentioned.

3. Swords or pans?

I assume you’re asking which I would rather have with me on a camping trip. In which case, I would say pan.

4. Why?

When it comes to defending yourself from forest creatures, the pan and the sword are equally good. But when it comes to campfire cookouts, the pan’s just better. Swords are great for skewering hot dogs and marshmallows, but when I wake up after a long night of swatting mosquitoes and cowering from raccoon noises, I want some eggs — and you can’t cook eggs on a sword.

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

Well, one of my kids is your age. He really loves those Elephant & Piggie books, which are fun to read aloud. And any kind of alphabet book, very few of which are fun to read aloud. And also anything with ninjas in it. Sadly, there is a severe dearth of quality children’s literature about ninjas.

6. My teeth keep falling out! Should I ask the tooth fairy for more than a dollar a tooth?

Hmm, that sounds kind of pricey. Unless you’ve got very special teeth. Are yours the kind that grow skeleton soldiers when you plant them in the ground?

7. How?

Well, like I said, I’m not sure upping your per-tooth fee is the best idea. But if you’re set on it, I’d suggest writing the price directly on your teeth. (After they’ve fallen out. After.)

8. Do you like that Hat Back guy? (Jon Klassen) I saw you liked his other book with the yarn, I like that book too, but he stole my sister’s bear!

It’s a good thing your mom put Jon Klassen’s name in there, because when I first read “that Hat Back guy,” I thought you were referring to this turtle:

But now that we’ve cleared that up, yes, I think Jon Klassen creates beautiful art. But the guy’s obviously got a problem with rabbits. What’s up with that?

9. Do you like fairytales? Littlebug really likes them, too much likes them. They’re okay, but I really like making up my own fairytales and recording them on my video camera.

Fairy tales are awesome. But I agree with you that making up your own fairy tales is the best. I’m hoping to make a career of it.

10. What food do you like to eat? (I love yogurt and cereal.)

I eat yogurt and cereal almost every day. Though not in the same bowl. I tried that once and the cereal got very soggy. In addition, I also love to eat chocolate, mustard, zucchini, and these salty little green things called capers. Though not in the same bowl.

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

I’ve always loved to read. And I as soon as I was able to read on my own, I read as many different kinds of books as I could. I particularly remember loving a book called Harry the Dirty Dog (not to be confused with Dirty Harry, which is something completely different). It’s about a dog who gets so filthy that nobody recognizes him. I don’t think I’ve read that book since about 1978. I wonder if it would hold up today.

12. Why do you like to write books? Wouldn’t it be more fun to be a race car driver or plane flyer or maybe even going on adventures like Prince Gustav?

I’m a lot more like Prince Frederic than Prince Gustav. I’m too afraid of heights to fly a plane and too nervous about high speeds to drive a racecar. I’m much more comfortable making up adventures for other people than going on any of my own. And besides, writing books is pretty exciting, anyway, isn’t it?

13. Do your kids like your stories?

Yes. Although my daughter, who is 10, probably likes them a little more than my son.

14. Why?

Because my daughter is in what they call “the right demographic.”

15. Would you ever throw a whale in a tree?

Only if there was a lighthouse stuck up there.

16. Swings or Slides?


17. Why?

I like the way swings make your stomach drop every time you change directions. Plus, you can just sit there and keep enjoying a swing ride for as long as you want. Every time you get to the bottom of a slide, you have to walk all the way around to the back and climb up the ladder all over again — so much work!

18. Trolls or Dragons? (I’d pick dragons!)

I assume you’re asking which I would rather have with me on a camping trip. In which case, I would say dragon.

19. Why?

I’m terrible at making campfires. Plus, have you ever smelled a troll?

20. What stories are you writing right now?

Right now I’m not writing a story; I’m answering your interview questions. But as soon as I’m done, I’m going to get back to writing The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle, which is the second book in the Hero’s Guide series. It’s got a lot of the same characters, plus a bunch of new ones. It’s also got a giant snake, carnivorous fish, and a man with an incredibly long mustache. I think it should be fun.

The Turkeybird Speaks: Okay Chris, one more question…where is the turkey in this picture? Huh?

There should really be a turkey, don’t you think?

So, I’m thinking that your son and I need to have a sword fight some time! He could tell me all about ninjas and we could read Elephant & Piggie books (my favorite too!) together. He probably really likes your book too! He’s super lucky to get to have you read it to him, because you probably read the guys voices really neat. My mom tries, but it’s just not as good as my dad…at least for the princes.

Thank you so much for this amazing super cool very funny interview Christopher! I promise, I’ll never bring a troll camping. It might make it even harder to get my mom to go than it already is (she doesn’t like camping at all, which is super sad).

PS…My mom caught me writing my prices on my teeth and she wasn’t real happy. She also said that she thought eleven dollars is too much for a little tooth and that I should have tried a bigger tooth.

PPS…My tree already has a BIG boat and my Dad’s starting to look for the family car because it’s up there too!

Christopher Healy has spent years reviewing children’s books and media online and in print. His work has appeared in Cookie, iVillage, Parenting, Time Out New York Kids, and Real Simple Family. This is his first children’s book. He lives with his family in Maplewood, New Jersey. You can find him online at

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16 Responses to Author Interview: 20 Questions with Christopher Healy

  1. Lance Radke says:

    I really enjoy these types of interviews as you get to see the “man behind the mask” if you will. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. Pam says:

    Now that was some quality journalism and I totally think you should get $2 per tooth!

  3. Renee C. says:

    LOL! That was hilarious! Loved it! I loved how the author described his daughter as being in the “right demographic”. I’m visiting from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. Have a lovely weekend! Renee

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