For this interview, we visit with Pamela S. Turner, children’s book author with two new books out in 2016, Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune and Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World’s Brightest Bird:
Which celebrity, living or not, do you wish would invite you to a coffee shop?
Sir Richard Francis Burton, the Victorian anthropologist, translator, linguist, and African explorer. I’ve had a huge crush on him ever since I read The White Nile.
Most cherished childhood memory?
Getting my first library card at age four. Mom said I couldn’t get one until I could write my own name, so I learned in a flash.
Tea? Coffee? Milk? Soda? What’s your favorite go-to drink?
Why isn’t “margarita” one of the options here?
Your favorite candy as a kid …
Abba-Zabba … or maybe Bit O’ Honey … or maybe Big Hunk … no, wait! Cotton candy. I still love cotton candy. I have the taste buds of a three-year-old.
Is Pluto a planet?
No. But Pluto being demoted from planethood is a wonderful lesson in how science works. In science data matter, not tradition.
Best tip for living a contented life?
I think Buddhists have the best motto of all: “compassion for all sentient creatures.”
Your hope for the world?
That we will find a way to live within our ecological means and not muck everything up for ourselves and for all other sentient creatures.