Coffee & Conversation with Ann McCallum!

Happy Friday, everyone!

Have you finished Week #1’s Conference Challenge yet? What?!? You haven’t? Come on now, you better get to it!

Have I finished Week #1’s Conference Challenge yet? Well . . . um, you know, not exactly . . . I mean, I did think about it, does that count? No, it doesn’t? Okay, okay, fine. I’ll get to it today. Geez. Pushy people around here. 😉

Until then, I’m happy to once again have the lovely Ann McCallum joining us in the cyber cafe! Ann is the author of Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry minds, and she’s also going to be our next ABC Speaker next Saturday at the  Twinbrook Branch of Montgomery County Public Library!

Join us as Ann shows us how to make math not only fun, but delicious. As the award-winning author of two math fairy tales, a history/mystery math project book and her latest book, EAT YOUR MATH HOMEWORK: RECIPES FOR HUNGRY MINDS, Ann has found ways to make math appeal to readers of all ages. Ann herself says it best: “My sincere hope with the books I’ve had published so far is to get kids to really, really love math. Just like broccoli in cheese sauce (Would we enjoy the plain, steamed variety as much– I think not), math and food or math and anything fun is a winning combination.”

Ann will entertain, and enlighten, us with a presentation, hands-on activity, and a Q&A. As always, this event is free, and books will be available for purchase. There will also be refreshments on hand: perhaps Fibonacci snack sticks, tessellations two-color brownies, or variable pizza pi! So come hungry for information as well as treats! Please RVSP, so we’ll be sure to have enough books and food on hand.

When: Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 2 to 4 PM
Where: Twinbrook Branch of Montgomery County Public Library, 202 Meadow Hall Drive, Rockville, MD 20851

Awesome, sounds like another great ABC!

And from the first time Ann had visited us in the cyber cafe, (click here to see her interview,) we know her favorite coffeehouse beverage is Diet Coke,

and her favorite snack, which is a tie between popcorn, oatmeal cookies, and really good cheese …


. . . so now that she is comfy in the cyber chair with her goodies, let begin with some new interview questions!

First off, Ann, what was your favorite book as a child?

I remember being so entirely whisked away by books that I would consciously slow down during the last chapter. Then, when finished, I would still be so enthralled that I would draw a scene from the book or take a walk to process it. I can remember several favorites: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, The Hobbit, On the Beach…

If you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now? 

Being an astronaut! I thought that would be very cool. Unfortunately for that career path, I grew up in a small and remote town in British Columbia, Canada, and to become an astronaut was, well, like shooting for the moon (Sorry- couldn’t help that very bad pun!)

You’ve been locked in a bank vault with that guy from The Twilight Zone, so you finally have time to read!  What’s the first book you crack open?  (And don’t worry—no one stepped on your glasses.)

Um, how would I be able to actually read at a time like that?? If it was an empty bank vault (With good lighting and yes, my reading glasses handy), then I would read a middle grade novel because that’s what I’m working on now and I like to see how others have tackled this, OR, one of the Newbery winners that I haven’t gotten to yet.

For one day, time travel is a reality and you have the opportunity to visit any famous deceased author you want.  Who do you pick?

Off the top of my head, Dr. Seuss, but there are many, many others I’d love to meet as well.

You magically find a $100.00 bill in your box of cereal.  In what frivolous way would you spend it?

Total, total mad money?

Yep, total, total mad money.

Okay, something expensive (And on sale since it’s only $100) to wear. Or, expensive perfume or new and fun boots, or…

If you were only allowed four words to sum up your best advice or writing tip for new authors, what would it be?

Live an adventure—write! (But just four words was hard!)

Awesome, thanks for stopping by again, Ann, and we’re looking forward to seeing you at the ABC Event!

Happy writing/drawing, everyone! 🙂


About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger/vlogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and Joyful Miles, mom of two awesome boys, wife of one fantastic husband, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She loves run-on sentences and adverbs. She also still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that.
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3 Responses to Coffee & Conversation with Ann McCallum!

  1. ediehemingway says:

    What a fun interview! I just saw Ann at the NYC conference last weekend and look forward to her ABC event next Saturday.

  2. Pam says:

    Great interview, Ann! And one of my favorite books as a kid was The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, too

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