It is my absolute pleasure to introduce this week's Friday Five interviewee, another picture book writer, Ame Dyckman, author of BOY + BOT. Ame has a wonderfully quirky sense of humor that comes through in all her writing - even her Twitter posts - and she is an active supporter of authors everywhere. One day, I hope to meet her in person...
1. What is your earliest memory?
I remember catching roly-poly bugs in the backyard and trying to give them a bath in the little plastic trophy cup that I won in a tot fishing contest when I insisted that I caught a fish and everyone said I didn’t but I pulled my line in anyway and there was The World’s Teeniest Minnow! (I don’t remember the actual contest or why I thought the roly-polies needed a bath, though.)
2. What would your superpower be?
Speaking of memory, I wish I had Super Photographic Reading Memory! It would be fantastic to be able to remember every single bit of every book I ever read. (Of course, then I wouldn’t be able to shout, “WOW! I forgot how AWESOME this book is!” during re-reads. Hmmm…)
3. What is your most unappealing habit?
When I write, I chew gum like a cow. *SMACK SMACK SMACK SMACK SMACK* (Okay, it’s not just when I write. It’s whenever I chew gum. Don’t give me gum.)
4. What is the worst thing anyone has said to you?
“You can’t.” It was hard to hear. (Until I did it.)
5. If you could go back in time, where/when would you go?
OOH! I’d go back to the morning of that day in 2nd grade when I split my pants on the playground IN FRONT OF EVERYBODY and had to wear The Ugly Pants From The Nurse’s Office for the rest of the day and I’d… well, I’d change SOMETHING in that equation! And I’d go back to 1963 and buy a first printing of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE! And I’d… um, you know, after I stopped wars and stuff.
ABOUT BOY + BOT:
One day, a boy and a robot meet in the woods. They play. They have fun.
But when Bot gets switched off, Boy thinks he's sick. The usual remedies—applesauce, reading a story—don't help, so Boy tucks the sick Bot in, then falls asleep.
Bot is worried when he powers on and finds his friend powered off. He takes Boy home with him and tries all his remedies: oil, reading an instruction manual. Nothing revives the malfunctioning Boy! Can the Inventor help fix him?
Using the perfect blend of sweetness and humor, this story of an adorable duo will win the hearts of the very youngest readers.
Having spent time as a freelance travel writer, travel agent, coffee shop barista, bookseller, ship's steward, construction company contracts manager and Montessori preschool teacher, I have finally found my calling. I write historical fiction for young adults. I am represented by Catherine Drayton of InkWell Management.
When poet Thomas Wyatt offers to coach Anne Boleyn on how to shine at court, she accepts. Before long, Anne's popularity has soared, but more than popularity, Anne wants a voice. What began as a game becomes high stakes as Anne finds herself forced to make an impossible choice between her heart's desire and the chance to make history.
When her best friend marries Henry VIII, Kitty Tylney must learn to walk the fine line between secrets and treason, discovering that in the Tudor court, the price of gossip could literally be her head.