Author Revealed

About Jorey Hurley

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 8/22

Q. Previous occupations

A. Textile Designer

Q. Favorite job

A. Mom

Q. High school and/or college

A. Menlo School, Princeton University, Stanford University

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Um, I don't really have one. NPR?

Q. Favorite movie

A. A Pixar short called Dug's Special Mission. It's the prequel to "Up".

Q. Favorite television show

A. David Attenborough's Life of Mammals

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Mother of two draws a picture every day.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working --- Pablo Picasso

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Sunshine, water, kids, husband, and dog.  And a good cup of coffee.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. fear.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. right where I am.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Beatrix Potter

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. David Attenborough

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. xo

Q. What do you regret most?

A. adolescence.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. spanish fluency and a great tennis game.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. my kids.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. problem-solving

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. A bird, temporarily, then back to myself.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Hermione Granger

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Count Dracula

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Julia Child.  "Let's eat!"

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. tardiness.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Anything in, on, or near the water.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Reviewing luxury beach resorts! But Writing and illustrating kids books is pretty awesome.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. humor, empathy, curiosity

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Tacos.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. 5 songs chosen by someone with better taste in music.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. For picture books: Don FreemanBeatrix PotterTaro GomiSteve JenkinsLois EhlertMo Willems

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. For picture books:The Story of FerdinandCorduroyPeter RabbitI Want My Hat BackDon't Let the Pigeon Drive the BusHarry the Dirty Dog

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Need a House? Call Ms. Mouse.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Do it everyday.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. I'll let you know once the book is out!