Sixteen Questions Kids Ask Writers

“Did you write that book?”

“Are you rich?”

“Do you know that guy that wrote The Hobbit?” (A question which at least indicated the grade four boy asking it had read The Hobbit.)

“Do you know J.K. Rowling?”

“Can I go to the bathroom?”

“Are you J.K. Rowling?”

“What’s a spear?”

“Did you come in a limousine?”

“Um … I forget?”

“Is that cop car yours?” (Instant +10 coolness if the answer is “Yes.” Sadly, I’ve come down in the used car world since then.)

“Um … I forgot again?”

“Do you use webs?” (Apparently some current paedogogical theory about How to Write. The correct answer is, “No, that’s Spiderman. I type,” followed by a discussion of the writing process.

“Do you know Rick Riodan?”

“Do you know any authors?” (In evident despair at my failure to regularly partake of cocktails with Rowling and Riodan.)

“Are you famous?”

And, from a small mob, after cornering me in the hall in pursuit of autographs, “Who are you?”

And this, folks, is why it’s a Good Thing, if you’ve invited an author in for a class visit, to actually read them a book by said author beforehand, and perhaps to have them write down for themselves a question or two they’d like to ask about it or about writing … because although these are funny, at the end of the day they are not (other than the “webs” one), very useful.


About K.V. Johansen

The author of Blackdog, The Leopard, The Lady, and Gods of Nabban, epic fantasies from Pyr, I also write for teens and children, including the "Torrie", "Warlocks of Talverdin", and "Cassandra Virus" series, and the "Pippin and Mabel" picture books, as well as a couple of short story collections and two works of adult literary criticism on the history of children's fantasy literature. I have a Master's degree in Mediaeval Studies, and read a lot of fantasy, science fiction, and history. Blog at
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2 Responses to Sixteen Questions Kids Ask Writers

  1. pugmantis says:

    You do reply “yes” to the famous questions, right?

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