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I am a children's writer from the Virgin Islands. Growing up there was like living inside a history book; an imagination stimulator. Consequently I've been writing for just about forever. I am a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and a member of SCBWI.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

An Interview with Anansi

And now, live on our stage, 
ANANSI THE SPIDER! 
Fabulous art work by Adrienne Saldivar!



Anansi is getting so excited about having his stories published he thought it would be fun to do some interviews. So let's give him a warm round of applause. This is his first interview and he might be a little shy.

Who you calling shy?


Well, I thought maybe dangling in front of an audience might make you a nervous.


No sir, not me! I love attention. Go on, ask your questions. 


All right, let's start out with your nicknames. How many do you have?

I have plenty name they call me by, and some not so nice, but mostly people call me,  ’Nansi, Hanansi, Bru’ ’Nansi, or Brer Anansi. No matter what they call me, we all know who they mean. There is only one Anansi and that's me!

Do you watch much TV? 
Only when it have something good on.

And what would you consider a good show? 

Iron Chef, Rachel Ray…anything to do with cooking or eating food.

Oh, so you like food. (Anansi snorts) 

That would be an understatement. 

Do you have a favorite scent? 
FOOD. Any kind of food smell good to me!

If you had a million dollars you could only spend on yourself, what would you do with it? 

Oh, that's easy. I’d build me a big, big house, with a big, big kitchen and I’d fill it with enough food so’s I’d never be hungry again.

What one place have you visited that you can’t forget, and want to go back to? 

My grandmother  kitchen.

Do you trust easily? 

Do you know who you talking to? I is ANANSI. If you think I am going trust someone like Tiger…well, nothing at all go so.

Do you generally think before you act, or act before you think? 

Well now, it all depend on the situation. Sometime I got no time to think up a plan. Sometime I got to act quick, quick, like when Tiger looking at me as if I were he food. 

Is there anything that has made you unhappy lately? 

The only thing make me unhappy is when there ain’t enough food to fill my belly.

Do you have a good body image? 
I is the most handsome spider in all the world. Why just look at the curve of my back and my fine long legs. You ever seen anything so handsome as me?

What is your favorite fruit? 
Oh now, this one hard. I like them all, you know, like mango, guava, sugar apple, tamarind, genip, sour sop, hog plum, mammie apple….

I get your point. What about websites, are there any you visit daily? 

I love the ones up in the rafters. I go there every day. You get a good view. The ones in the corner is best. That's where you ketch the most fly.

What have you been seriously addicted to lately? 

I addicted to only one thing, and that is food. If I don't get enough food in my belly, I likely to get hungry. Being hungry make my belly growl and I don't like that sound at all, at all. So food is it,  any time of the day or night, I is up for eating.

What’s your favorite item of clothing? 

I is a spider, why I would want to cover up my beautiful self with clothes?

Do you think Rice Krispies are yummy? 

If it food I sure to like them.

What would you do if you saw $100 lying on the ground? 

I would grab it up quick, quick and take all my friend out for a big fancy dinner.

Even Tiger? (Anansi stares at the ceiling, thinking.) 

Yes, even Brer Tiger, because he have been known to give me food.

What items could you not go without during the day? 

My cooking pot and some food.

What should you be doing right now? 

I should be thinking up some way to sneak into Brer Tiger kitchen and steal some of he food.

Well thank you very much, Anansi. Would you like to come back? 

I would love to come back so long as you have some food. 

I'll be sure to have something for you. Would you be willing to answer questions from the audience? 

Sure, sure! I love to talk.

So, audience, do you have any questions for Anansi? 
Don't be shy. Leave your questions in the comments and I'll be sure to bring Anansi back. 

21 comments:

Barbara said...

Hello Anansi, Why don’t all spiders look like you? Most of your relatives frighten the life out of me, but you look very friendly!

Isis Rushdan said...

What a cute interview!

LTM said...

Yay, Anansi! These are such great stories--can't wait to see what you do with them. Ha ha--the webs up in the rafters... ;o) <3

Robyn Campbell said...

Anansi, you're a very cool spider. Don't you just love Bish? Well, you do. Don'tcha?? (Spiders usually creep me out. But you are so lovely. I cannot quit staring at you.)

Bish that artwork is BODACIOUS!!!!!!! You are right to do this. You're on your way woman!

LynNerdKelley said...

I love Anansi's distinct voice. And the comment about his favorite websites, what a crackup! Let's see, my question for Anansi is, how old are you, and who is your best friend?

So nice to meet Anansi. Great interview, Bish!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cocky little fella and with a food obsession to boot!

Vijaya said...

What a great voice ... but I still don't quite trust him, even though I'm very fond of spiders.

Anansi, tell me why you don't get rid of all those cockroaches. I can't stand them. Where are you when I need you?

Ghadeer said...

Adorable!

Kelly Polark said...

Love it and the illustration!!

cleemckenzie said...

Well, Anansi does seem to be a splendid specimen. How did he come up with that fabulous color combination? I have to say he's a one of a kind spider.

Great to learn about him here today.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Me thinks Anansi is hungry. :D

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi, Bish! Enjoyed the interview with Anansi. I don't think he's shy, just a bit hungry.

Susan Oloier said...

What a fun interview. I have a song on my ipod called Little Anancy by Asheba. It's pretty catchy!

Jess @ The Secret DMS Files o Fairday Morrow said...

Great interview with Anasi! Now, I'm hungry- lol!

J.L. Campbell said...

Perfect. Exactly the way I'd expect an interview with this sly fellow to go.

Talli Roland said...

Aw, what a cutie! I want some mango now.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That was cute! I bet Anansi is fond of 'web'sites in general.

Anne Gallagher said...

Congratulations, he's beautiful!

Love the interview! Love the voice.

Carol Kilgore said...

So cute and clever! Anansi is quite a talker :)

Medeia Sharif said...

And I thought spiders only ate bugs.

This was a cute, fun interview.

Marcia said...

That website question totally cracked me up.

Anansi, why should my grown daughter become a little less fearful of your kind?