Wednesday, December 9, 2015

MR. PIG LIVE. . . with Fairday & Friends!

Welcome to my hit daytime talk show, Mr. Pig LIVE! I'm your host, Mr. Pig. Today's guests are from Begonia house. What is Begonia House? 

Let's have look, shall we? Roll the clip. . .

Please welcome…

Fairday, Lizzy and Marcus. . .

the sleuthing stars of THE SECRET FILES OF FAIRDAY MORROW by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2015)

Mr. P: So, let's begin with an easy question: What are your full names?

Fairday Theresa Morrow

Lizzy Elaine Mackerville

Marcus Ronald Brocket

Mr. P: Lovely. What one word best describes you?

Lizzy: My mom says I have moxie, so that’s what I’m going with.

Marcus: Brilliant.

Fairday: Well, I’ve been called a Wordcaster, so I would pick that. It isn’t a word you’ve heard before, but if you keep up with the DMS, you’ll find out what it means soon!

Illustration © Roman Muradov

Mr. P: Wordcaster? How intriguing. Speaking of intriguing, do you have a belly button?

Fairday: Yes!

Lizzy: You betcha.

Marcus: No way, I’m not telling.

Mr. P: Sorry, I don't write the questions, I just ask them. Moving on: If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you bring?

Fairday: Well, if we were stranded together, that would actually be awesome. Especially if we were able to bring what we want; books, bedding, excellent food and drink, and our imaginations of course. What could be cooler? As long as we’re rescued at some point!

Mr. P: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Fairday: I would want to fly or be invisible- they are such cool powers! I can never decide which one I’d want more. Just think of all the possibilities! How about both powers, then I don’t have to choose. ;)

Lizzy: Oh, move things with my mind, for sure. That would be super cool.

Marcus: Time traveling is the way to go. That’s what I’d want, either using my mind or with something like the Tardis, that would ROCK!

Mr. P: What are you reading right now?

Fairday: I just finished a graphic novel, and next I’m reading The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall. I can’t wait to get started!

Lizzy: I just picked up A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord at the book fair, and I’m really excited to read it.

Marcus: I’m reading Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading, and it’s awesome. I was so jealous that that Lizzy and Fairday got to meet Tommy Greenwald at the Connecticut Children’s Book Fair, he’s a great writer.

Mr. P: What is your favorite word?

Fairday: Melancholy. I don’t know why. I just like the word. 

Lizzy: My favorite word is betwixt. I think it sounds magical!

Marcus: Boom. I like to use that word when I win.

Mr. P: Boom! What is your least favorite word?

Fairday: I don’t like the word hanged, because I think it should be hung- same with sneaked and snuck.

Lizzy: Moist is gross.

Marcus: Ennui because I can never remember how to say it.

Illustration © Roman Muradov

Mr. P: What is your favorite sound?

Fairday: I love the sound of rain. It’s the best to fall asleep to. My parent’s friends have a house in Vermont that has a tin roof, and the sound of rain coming down on it is magical.

Lizzy: I like the sounds of the city. It’s always bustling with activity, and if you stop and listen, there’s so much to hear- your imagination can carry you away. Sometimes I’ll open my bedroom window and just listen to all the people on the street below.

Marcus: My dad plays the bass guitar in a rock band on the weekends, and he’s amazing! The sound the guitar makes vibrates right through your bones.

Mr. P: What is your least favorite sound?

Fairday: I hate the sound of a fork scraping on a plate.

I can’t stand the sound of people tapping anything.

Marcus: Squeaking Styrofoam is the worst.

Mr. P: *Shudder* I agree, Marcus. Share one thing that most of our readers don’t know about you.

Fairday: My name was made-up by my mom, who grew up in Nantucket. She remembers the fisherman saying, ‘Just waitin’ on the fair day t’ morrow’ when the weather wasn’t great, so she named me Fairday, because my eyes are stormy gray, and she loves the island.

Lizzy: I look just like my Aunt Forsey, my mom’s sister. I saw a picture of her when she was my age, and we are identical. We also have a strange psychic connection. One time, I fell down the stairs at school and hurt myself pretty bad. My mom was in the nurse’s office before she could even call. When I asked how she knew, she said Forsey had called her in a panic, worried that something had happened to me. 

Marcus: My dad works in the FBI, and he shows me all sorts of cool things, like how to pick a lock and use infrared light to reveal hidden clues. Both skills have come in handy, just ask my DMS partners. They know how useful I am when we’re on a case.

Mr. P: If you could dine with three characters from other books, who would they be?

We all agree: Harry, Ron, and Hermione at the Three Broomsticks!

Mr. P: What is in your pocket right now? 

Fairday: This is a cool question. Let’s see… I have three dollars and my worry rock.

Lizzy: Bobby pin and chapstick.

Marcus: I feel like I have to quote Pepe from the Muppets here- “I have some loose Jello again.” Ha!

Mr. P: What was it like working with Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson?

Fairday: I love them! They’re such cool ladies. I mean, they have some weird ways of communicating when they’re editing, but they manage to get it all done. Jess can’t resist turning a phrase, especially around Halloween, and Stephanie reads so many books, you’d be amazed. ;)

Lizzy: OMG, they’re hilarious. Meetings are a whirlwind of creativity and organization. BUT, they like to just hang out too, and if you get them going on a book they like, see ya later! That conversation can go on for hours, especially if Hogwarts is involved.

Marcus: I like it when they argue over editing. There was this comma situation that inspired a 45 minute debate one night, and we all had to suffer through hours of punctuation drama. BUT, Stephanie and Jess collaborate like a good team, and it’s cool to see how they can be honest with each other and work at improving their writing They are getting pretty good too!

Mr. P: We couldn't agree more! Let's roll the credits while Nina, our caterer, whips up a Literary Lunch for our guests. (Scroll down or click here for peek at the menu! )

L to R: Authors Stephanie Robinson & Jessica Haight
Jessica Haight is a true New Englander, with a deep desire to be near the ocean and a love of the four seasons. She enjoys drawing while standing up and cultivating magic in her garden. She easily floats away in the pages of a good story and is still waiting for her owl from Hogwarts. Jessica lives in Connecticut with her charming fiancé, James; their dog, Jack; their cat, Bill; and a very entitled bunny named Alice.

Stephanie Robinson lives with her husband in a quiet town, though it is not as quaint as Ashpot. After teaching fifth grade for almost fifteen years, she is now enjoying her role as a school media specialist. One of the many benefits of her job is that she learns something new every day. When Stephanie isn’t working, she spends her time creating stories, getting lost in books, and traveling to new places.

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  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful interview with Mr. Pig. We are thrilled to be visiting your blog. :) ~Stephanie and Jess