For this interview, we are pleased to share answers from Nancy Johnson, professor, children’s/young adult literature and English/ language arts education, Western Washington University:
Which celebrity, living or not, do you wish would invite you to a coffee shop?
Eleanor Roosevelt and Michelle Obama. I’d do my best just to listen … and learn.
Favorite city to visit?
Favorite country is Vietnam. Favorite “city” in Vietnam is Hoi An. It’s magical!
Tea? Coffee? Milk? Soda? What’s your favorite go-to drink?
Coffee (dark roast) … no sugar, no cream.
What’s your dream vacation?
A pile of books, lots of sun, a beach (and nothing to grade!)
What gives you shivers?
Spiders and snakes. It’s irrational, I know, but they creep me out (even the teeny-tiny, nonpoisonous ones). And aerial acts (circuses, the Blue Angels, etc.).
Your favorite candy as a kid …
Movie theatre candy = Jujubes
Drug store candy = candy cigarettes (Seriously! They looked so cool—and so did we—but they tasted like chalk.)
What’s the strangest tourist attraction you’ve visited?
It’s not really a tourist attraction but … when we were kids, my Dad and my best friend’s Dad took us on a field trip to a sewage treatment plant.