Author Interviews

4 Questions With New York Times Bestseller Annie Barrows

(This interview is part of my 4 Questions Project, where I get the chance to chat with authors and tell stories of people, life, and adventure. Be sure to check out previous interviews here!)

One of my favorites reads discovered through book club was hands down The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Seriously, it’s a fabulous read and now one of my favorites, so if you haven’t read it, you need to. It turns out that Annie Barrows is a fabulous children’s author as well! So to say I was excited she responded with a yes to the interview would be an understatement! So enough from me, let’s get right to the good stuff!

Annie Barrows is the author of the children’s series Ivy and Bean, as well as The Magic Half. She lives in northern California. She also wrote The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society with aunt Mary Ann Shaffer.

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1. What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined 5 years ago?
Five years ago, I would never have believed that I would find myself in some of the places I’ve been on tour. Bloomington, Indiana, for instance. I didn’t know anything about the place, but there I was, driving from a reading in Indianapolis to a reading in Evansville, Indiana. What’s between them? Bloomington! Home of the University of Indiana! Home of the Hoosiers! One of the five most beautiful college towns in America, according to studies! Well, who knew? Of course, I got out of my rental car, ate lunch at a Bloomington eatery, and inspected the local bookstore (very good), but more importantly, I got lost, meaning I really saw a place I’d never been before. I got a chance to imagine myself there (because it seemed highly likely that I’d never find my way out). And now, intimate with Bloomington, I am a more informed and interested person. That’s pretty good.

2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
If I could go waaaay back, I wouldn’t waste my time being intimidated by writers. I’d go ahead and write. The world is filled with people who say they’re writers and then don’t write and people who are too scared of the idea of writing to write, but a person who actually sits down and puts stuff on paper is a rare bird.

3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
I am very happy every time I see someone who is not employed by my publisher and to whom I am not related reading one of my books.

4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
What children want is not wrong.

Thank you so much Annie! It was lovely having you on the blog!! If you want to connect with Annie, be sure to stop by her website! And if I see anyone reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society I’d be instant friends with them too!