5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Amber McRee Turner

A few months ago I only knew Amber McRee Turner as the author of Sway.Getting to know Ms. Turner through on social media and through the words of her beautiful book Circa Now, I now call her a friend. Amber’s one of those friends you make as an adult that you wish you’d had your whole life. She’s that awesome.

I’m excited to see what young readers think of her latest book, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for Ms. Amber McRee Turner.

I’m hoping you enjoy reading Amber’s interview as much as I enjoyed interviewing her.


Today’s interview is of the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 variety.

Here are the rules:

1. I give the interviewee 5 questions

2. They have to answer

  • 1 question with 5 sentences
  • 1 question with 4 sentences
  • 1 question with 3 sentences
  • 1 question with 2 sentences
  • 1 question with 1 sentence

3.  They get to pick which question which question to answer with each number of sentences

4. Have fun!



1. Can you tell us a little bit about CIRCA NOW? (2)

CIRCA NOW is the story of a girl who longs to change her own story and a boy who needs to discover his, both of them seeking magic in a very special set of restored photographs. Together, the two find the true meaning of restoration, one pixel at a time. 

2. What is your favorite thing about being a writer? (3)

I get to collect random bits of information, like something a stranger says in a hospital waiting room, the colors swirling in an oily puddle on the parking lot, or the way a piece of a song makes my insides get all achy. Then I get to smush those bits together into something totally new. The glue that holds them is the question, “What if…?”

3. What’s the hardest thing about being a writer? (4)

It’s the same thing that’s the hardest about being a human. Revision. Improvement. Listening to other smart peoples’ advice on making my books better is almost as hard as listening to other smart peoples’ advice on making Amber better.

 4. If you could spend one day inside the world of any book which book would you pick? (1)

I’ve always wanted to be tucked into that giant moonlit bed with all those dogs in the blue middle pages of Go, Dog. Go! By P.D. Eastman.


5. What advice do you have for the young writers in my classroom? (5)

 There are lots of brown-haired women and lots of cancer survivors and lots of moms and lots of people who hate guacamole in the world, but I’m fairly sure that I’m the only brown-haired, guacamole-hating, cancer-survivor mom who once slipped in a puddle of dog spit and broke her tailbone and who had a chicken named Roy that got struck by lightning. All that is to say, my story is one-of-a-kind. So is yours. Tell it. With a pencil, with your voice, with colorful shapes, or with a harmonica – make sure you tell it.


5 thoughts on “5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Amber McRee Turner

  1. Awesome! I’ve loved getting to know Amber over Twitter lately, I’m not surprised her answers are just as great as she is. Anybody who wants to spend a day in Go, Dog. Go! is a friend of mine 🙂


  2. Having spent many an hour with Amber in Go, Dog, Go, I’m grateful to be here today to read this lovely interview and celebrate Circa Now’s publication!


  3. No kiddiing—these are some of the best answers I’ve ever heard in an interview like this! I can see why you feel the way you do, Colby 🙂

    Thanks for this, Amber. I just picked up Circa Now from the library today 🙂 Your answers have REALLY made me want to read it now! It got pushed way up in the TBR queue! 😀


  4. I loved the interview. I wish i had known her growing up. but i had the joy of growing up with her Mother, Some of her answers sounded so much like her Mother.like taking ideas and SMUSHING THE BITS TOGEATHER, Amber you have such a gift. Keep writing and entertaining and educating our children. Much love and success to you, ALYCE


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