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Who would win in a battle between a pigeon and a hamster?

Now my book, Dave Pigeon, is out in the world, I’m starting to get asked lots of questions at author events and in bookshops.

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I’m always quizzed on my inspiration for the book, whether or not I like my job and why pigeons but every now and then there is a question that catches me off guard and I thought I would share some of those with you.

Pupil: Do you ever make mistakes when you are writing?
Me: Oh yes. But that’s what’s so great about working in a team. Editors often help you spot mistakes. It’s always a good idea to have fresh eyes look at your work. Do you make mistakes?
Pupil: Yes but I just cross them out.

Parent [holds copy of Dave Pigeon]: Did you really write this book?
Me [blushes]: I did!
Parent: Could you sign it to my daughter?
Me: Of course!
Parent: Could you also sign this to my youngest?
Me [looks at book]: Ah. I didn’t actually write Nibbles.
Parent [looks at name of author]: Could you not just sign it as Emma Yarlett?
Me [awkward]: Err…
Parent: My youngest will be so disappointed not to have a signed book.
Me: Here’s a sticker of Dave Pigeon for your youngest.

Pupil: Do you have a pet pigeon?
Me: No but we do have a family pet hamster.
Pupil: Who would win in a battle between a pigeon and a hamster?
Me: I couldn’t possibly answer that! I love my hamster and I’m quite fond of pigeons.
Pupil: But you have to choose.
Me: Well, I suppose Gary is quite a trusting hamster so he probably wouldn’t sense a sneak attack from a pigeon so I guess a pigeon would win.
Pupil: We had a hamster once. I think it died.

Pupil: If you didn’t do writing what would your job be?
Me: Oh that’s a tough one. I couldn’t possibly imagine doing any other job.
Pupil: I think you could cooker. You look like a cooker.
Me: A chef? Wow, I’d never thought about it. In fact I’m a bit of a rubbish cook.
Pupil: But you could try.

6 thoughts on “Who would win in a battle between a pigeon and a hamster?

  1. There’s a book in that 😉 We could get a bundle of authors together and write one. My favourite on a school visit.

    Child: Are you rich?
    Me: No. Do I look rich?
    Child: You look posh.

    This was because of my skirt. None of the teachers in the school wore skirts.

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