Samantha Clark is the author of The Boy, The Boat,…
Welcome to the first question in the Would You Rather series with authors and illustrators. Get to know the authors and see where to follow them and order their books here.
Would You Rather Be In A Room Full of Spiders or Snakes?
So apparently, this was a disturbing question to ask first…I think I may have scared many of the authors/illustrators and given quite a few nightmares. Ooops.
However, there are some really great responses! The majority of interviewers chose to be in a room full of spiders, but a few decided to create a room of their own because they didn’t want to even think of either. Also, I really loved how several of those that chose the room of spiders chose it because of Charlotte’s Web. Oh, the power of a good book!
After the author/illustrator responses, I have a “Character Edition” where a few authors chose to answer the question from their character’s point of view. Those were really interesting to read.
Adrianna Cuevas: From Nestor’s Guide to Unpacking, I would definitely be the abuela because she protects her family, loves to bake pastelitos and sew, and she argues with cats. She’s basically me.
Sarah Floyd: I am answering on behalf of Meghan, the twelve-year-old main character of my debut novel, BUTTERFLY GIRL. Meghan grows up on her grandfather’s Oregon farm where she finds an ancestor’s journal and discovers that there is magic in her bloodline.
M. G. Valasco: In CARDSLINGER, I would choose to act as Atalanta. Although she’s clever, she tends to muscle things out. Devil may care, she says what she means and means what she says, and she’s as tough as a bear and quick on the draw. The treasure hunt with Shuffle (mc) is not about riches; it’s an excuse to have an adventure and a means to connect with a family she desperately wants to be a part of, first with the bounty hunter gang then with Shuffle and his family.
Rajani LaRocca: In MIDSUMMER’S MAYHEM, Mimi Mackson is an 11-year-old who dreams of winning a local baking contest in order to finally prove she’s not the least talented member of her family. I’m answering these questions from her point of view.
Rebecca KS Ansari: In my book, THE MISSING PIECE OF CHARLIE O’REILLY, would play Brona. I can’t say too much, but, as a mom myself, I identify with her the most. I’m too old to play Ana, though she reminds me quite a bit of my younger, more stubborn self!
Tanya Guerrero: Pablo, the main character in my debut, HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE SEA. “Pablo is homesick. He’s only twelve years old, but he’s lived in more countries than he can count. After his parents divorced, he and his mother have moved from place to place for years, never settling anywhere long enough to call it home. And along the way, Pablo has collected more and more fears: of dirt, of germs, and most of all, of the ocean. Now they’re living in the Philippines, and his mother, a zoologist who works at a local wildlife refuge, is too busy saving animals to notice that Pablo might need saving, too. Then his mother takes in Chiqui, an orphaned girl with a cleft lip—and Pablo finds that through being strong for Chiqui, his own fears don’t seem so scary. He might even find the courage to face his biggest fear of all…and learn how to make friends with the sea.”