5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Jess Keating

Happy book birthday, How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied! I am so excited for this book to reach the hands of middle grade readers. I hope that you all get a chance to pick this book up soon at your local independent bookshop. It will not disappoint.

I’m honored to have the opportunity to chat with How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied author Jess Keating.

Today’s interview uses the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 framework.

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 How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied?

My book is about learning to be your bravest, truest self, even when you’re named after an anaconda and you live in a zoo! It’s also about quirky animals, best friends (old and new), sneaky twin brothers, mortifyingly embarrassing moments on live TV, first crushes, and a parrot named Darwin. [2 sentences]


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

I love making people laugh, think, and wonder. To me, writing is a magical way to connect people, no matter where they live, when they were born, or how different they are. Books are bridges from one person to another, and being a bridge-builder is pretty cool. [3 sentences]

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

Patience, patience, patience. [1 sentence]

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

I would love to have bread, milk, and blackberries for supper with Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail in Peter Rabbit’s world. Or write squirrel poetry with Ulysses. Or maybe visit with Ruby and Ivan?! There are too many amazing books to decide! [4 sentences]


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

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, because writing magic happens in the messy places! Read everything you can get your hands on. Imitating your favorite authors and their style is a fabulous way to get your story started. Save everything you write, because you never know when an abandoned seed of a story will grow into something HUGE. Carrying a notebook with you everywhere means you will always have a friend nearby.[5 sentences]

Thanks for stopping by, Ms. Keating! I hope you enjoy every single second of your book birthday.


3 thoughts on “5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Jess Keating

  1. Books ARE bridges, Jess 🙂 They are conversation starters and I love that about books! Loved your answers and the title of your book 🙂

    Thanks for the enjoyable interview, Jess and Colby 😀


  2. Great interview! I saw this book featured on one of the Marvelous Middle Grade Monday posts this week, and am determined to get my hands on a copy. The story looks irresistible!


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