Random Interview Saturday! Tessa Tanda


The H. L. Burke Random Interview is not like other interviews. The questions are all over the place. They have no purpose. Their purpose is their lack of purpose.

There are nine questions because cats, but these nine questions are subject to change without notice, so the questions one person answers may not be the questions answered by the next author.

Today's author rides in on a majestic turtle panda! It's Tessa Tanda!
Tessa Tanda

author biography

Tessa Tanda’s Children's Books are humorous, interactive, and educational picture books full of fun activities for 3- to 8-year-old kids. The goal is to have fun together while learning something new.

Tessa Tanda is the author and illustrator of the 'Help to Save' picture book series. Tessa Tanda is a pen name. Tanda is a fantasy creature, the combination of a turtle and a panda. (See the logo)
Tanda also plays a role in some of the fun activities.

Tessa Tanda always liked to make up stories and invent new games for the kids in her family. Via her books, she likes to share these stories and games with children all over the world. 

A 5-STAR review from one of her readers: "Kids love puzzles and Tessa Tanda's book is filled with them. They are fun, clever, original, child-friendly, educational, exciting, and there are enough of them in the book to keep kids interested for days.[]"

The Interview!

When cats take over the world, how do you plan to win their good graces?
That’s a hard one because no cat is the same, one likes to be cuddled while the other hides away, another likes to hunt, another likes it food to be served (and only this brand…). So, this will take some investigation to make sure I will not start at -10.

If you could elevate any of your senses to a super powered level (super powered hearing/seeing/smelling) which would you choose and why?
Definitely super powered seeing; I would go crazy by all noises amplified around me and smells easily become overwhelming (I might faint). For Super vision I only see positives.

Who wrote the book of love?
That must be Elvis Costello, I love his song ‘Every day I write the book’.

What's in the box? What box? How should I know!? You're the one standing there with an imaginary box!
You should think outside the box than the most creative ideas will come to you! That how I get my inspiration for my books.

If you were to plan a “literary crossover” where the casts/worlds of two books (or series of books) were to combine, which would you choose and how would it go down?
Well I guess I would give a starring role to ‘superman’ in ‘the godfather’, so he can make sure the mob will have to operate without the violence.

If you had to build a house without conventional materials, what unconventional materials would you use? (Gingerbread is inadvisable because it attracts snacking children)
Re-use of green bottles for the walls (not see through but still it will make it light inside with a nice glow), and on the roof grass should be growing.

You have to either change your hair color or your eye color, which do you change and to what?
Hair color, I’ve already changed it a few times; once it turned green (not to be repeated). I prefer copper red.

If you could live inside a theme park ride, which would it be?
Droomvlucht-Dark Ride in the Efteling (NL) It is magical.

If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?
What is the key to happiness (all over the world)? If only I knew the answer to this one, maybe start with loving and accepting yourself…

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