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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 is dreaming of alien abductions and hoping he’ll be able to catch them before he disappears thanks to a recent favorite author, Kevin Emerson. Yes, another middle grade book the Turkeybird is begging to read chapter by chapter is The Fellowship for Alien Detection by Kevin Emerson. So it seems only logical that when the time came for the F.A.D. Blog Tour that he would have to interview this prolific writer. And we mean prolific! Kevin has over a dozen books to his name and more on the way. Kevin will no doubt be a favorite author of the Turkeybird’s for years to come. So, without further hesitation on our part, the Turkeybird’s very funny twenty question interview with Kevin Emerson…

Kevin Emerson1. You’ve been an author for lots and lots and lots of big books! How do you write all those books?

I made a deal with an alien overlord who granted me power over time and space in exchange for my left thumb (you barely need it for typing). Kidding. Seriously, I practiced for many many years, and now writing is my main job, so I get a little bit done most every day.

2. Which one is your very most favorite?

I can’t pick a favorite! Kinda the Fellowship for Alien Detection though, because I’ve been working on it for a long time and I feel like I would have loved it when I was in middle school.

3. Crayons or Markers?

Crayons, always. You can blend the colors, and adjust the shade strength.

4. Why? (above)

5. What’s your favorite color?

Blue-green. Like turquoise.

The Fellowship for Alien Detection6. Aliens, mermaids or vampires?

Aliens. But vampires can be cool if they’re old school, like the kind that sleep in coffins and turn into bats. My first series, Oliver Nocturne, Is all about those.

7. Why? (above)

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

Homemade chocolate chip cookies. Also sour cream and onion chips.

9. What food do you like to eat? (I love those yogurt pack things you can squirt in your mouth.)

Homemade pizza, Trader Joes mini tacos, almonds, Lucky Charms (for dessert), BACON.

Journey Under the Sea10. When you were my age did you like to read?

Loved it. Mainly Choose Your Own Adventure Books.

11. If you were five what would you read next?

A read along audio book about Star Wars.

12. Moosetache or Mustache? (I always say Moosetache.)

Moustache, pronounced with a French accent.

13. Why do you like to write?

I love being lost in the world of the story.

14. What’s your favorite word? Mine’s underpants, for right now at least.

Mine is ‘moist.’ Because my friend Martha thinks it’s a gross word and I like to gross her out.

Why Is Dad So Mad15. Your band’s new music with the robots is really cool, especially because of the robots! I like the song “Why Is Dad So Mad?” the very best. What’s your favorite song ever?

Tough question! Is there a single song that’s better than Don’t Stop Believin? I don’t think so.

16. My mom told me she hung out with you and a bunch of authors in Seattle. Do you like the rain?

Actually I don’t love it. My favorite kind of rain is thunderstorms, but we don’t get those here. It’s weird that I live here. But the mountains are HUGE.

The Dark Shore17. There’s lots and lots of pictures of you in places all over! Where is your favoritest place to visit?

The greatest place I ever visited was Kenya. Part of me is still there, I think, taking pictures of the elephants and the acacia trees.

18. Swings or Slides?

SLIDES. Big ones. Twisties. WATER SLIDES. Swings make me ill. It happens to all adults. Ask them.

19. Why? (above)

20. What are you writing right now?

You mean besides the answers to this interview? HA. A third book in my Atlanteans series. It’s going to be my favorite book, but it’s not done yet. I’m also making plans to write another science fiction book that is just a little bit related to FAD.

TurkeybirdThe Turkeybird Speaks: Thank you super super a lot Kevin! My mom showed me your answers yesterday and it was one of my favoritest things I got to read on my birthday! (Part of that was because my mom spit out her drink right before she read your answer to number fourteen. She said it was really funny. I don’t know why for sure, I liked your word.

I think when I get really big like you I want to write lots of books like you too, I already started and so I think I might have lots of practice by then.

Oh! Did you know that one of my most favorite foods are the marshmallows out of Lucky Charms? Those are so super good!

Thank you again Kevin! I loved all of your answers and I might even make my mom go on the swings next time we’re at the park just to see what happens.

Be sure to follow along with the rest of the Blog Tour for The Fellowship for Alien Detection and possibly win a copy of this fantastic new middle grade novel!

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Kevin EmersonKevin Emerson has never been abducted by aliens, at least not that he remembers. He has been to Roswell, but all he found there was a cool key chain. Kevin is the author of a number of books for young readers, including the Oliver Nocturne series, Carlos Is Gonna Get It, and The Lost Code, the first book in the Atlanteans series. Kevin is also a musician. His current project is the brainiac kids’ pop band the Board of Education. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. You can visit him online at or tweet with him at @kcemerson.

The Fellowship for Alien DetectionThe Fellowship for Alien Detection by Kevin Emerson:

Two kids from opposite sides of the country find themselves on a road trip to save the world from an impending alien attack – and bolster their middle-school transcripts in the process.

First came the missing people, missing time events, and untraceable radio signals. Then came Juliette, Arizona, a town that simply disappeared from existence. Suffice it to say, something strange is going on. Enter Haley and Dodger, two kids from opposite sides of the country who both think they can prove that these unexplained phenomena have a very real cause: aliens, and they are about to discover that their fledgling theories about extraterrestrial life are one-hundred-percent accurate.

Having each been awarded a Fellowship for Alien Detection (a grant from a mysterious foundation dedicated to proving aliens have visited earth), Haley and Dodger and their families each set off on a cross-country road trip over summer vacation to figure out what is happening in towns across America. They soon realize that the answers to many of their questions lie in the vanished town of Juliette, AZ, but someone, or something, is doing everything in its power to ensure they never reach it. If Haley and Dodger don’t act quickly, more people may go missing, and the world as we know it may change for the worse.

Find The Fellowship for Alien Detection by Kevin Emerson at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads | ISBN: 9780062071859

Thank you to Walden Pond Press for coordinating this interview and providing a copy of F.A.D. for review! Find Walden Pond Press on Twitter and Facebook!
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5 Responses to Author Interview: 20 Questions with Kevin Emerson

  1. Gina says:

    Awesome interview as usual you guys! Love the reading recs, chocolate chip cookies rule and definitely his reason for liking to write. Thanks for the fantastic share! ^_^

  2. Maria says:

    I have The Fellowship of Alien Detection sitting on my nightstand. After reading these responses, I think it moved up on my list! What a riot! I love the Chose Your Own Adventure and the Journey references!

  3. heidenkind says:

    He should have to answer those why questions in greater depth. 😉

  4. Pam says:

    I didn’t realize Kevin was part of The Board of Education. My son’s favorite song is the Star Wars song.

  5. Lauren says:

    What a fun interview! Choose your own adventure books rock, I miss those! The Fellowship for Alien Detection sounds like a cool read. I’ll have to check it out. Great interview!

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