Kid Reporters

TFK Talks to Pam Flowers

Author Pam Flowers is best known for her beloved books about sled dogs

March 11, 2013
TROY COLLINS

Pam Flowers maps out her adventure for TFK Kid Reporter Faye Collins.

TFK:

What made you first want to start writing books?

FLOWERS:

I first started writing books when I was visiting schools as a storyteller. People would say, “You know, you really should write a book because that way you can tell us more stories than you could ever tell in a one-hour presentation.” So in 2001, I started with my first book Alone Across the Arctic. It’s still in print, still going strong. It was about going across the Arctic.

TFK:

How is Ellie’s Long Walk different from your other books?

FLOWERS:

This is about a journey with only one dog. All the others have been about journeys with many sled dogs in the Arctic. Also, this is also the only book I’ve written where I am not the main character.

TFK:

What inspired you to write this story?

FLOWERS:

At first I thought I would do this long walk with my dog just as a gift to myself, and I was going to retire. But then when I got home, I realized I wasn’t ready to retire. I wanted to keep going. So, being an author, I wrote a book about it.

TFK:

What do you like most about writing for children?

FLOWERS:

I really like being around kids because they’re so open to the future. You can tell them these stories that really happened and they don’t look at you like you’re making them up. I think that sometimes adults think that you might be exaggerating, but I’m not. And I really like that kids are trusting,  enthusiastic and so open to ideas and listening.

Kid Reporter
Faye Collins

TFK:

Is there anything else you’re currently working on?

FLOWERS:

I actually have another book coming out this October called Ordinary Dogs, Extraordinary Friendship. This is the first I’ve written that isn’t about a particular journey; this one is about many different journeys. It is about events that I’ve witnessed myself among my dogs, where they showed really good character traits like compassion, loyalty, friendship, courage, strength of character, things like that. They’re really very inspiring.

TFK:

So are dogs your favorite animal?

FLOWERS:

Oh yes. They’re my favorite animals. I like them because they’re so much like people. They crave affection, they want to be treated fairly and they want love. Like people, they also need a purpose to be happy. I think it is important for people to understand that when they have dogs, when they want to do something with them, that they pick the right kind of dog and they are reasonable about what they expect the dog to do. That way the dog isn’t too tired or stressed out all the time. Excellent dog care is how you succeed at these kinds of things.

TFK:

Do your dogs know how famous you make them?

FLOWERS:

I don’t think they have ANY idea of their fame, so that’s good! They might all want steaks if they knew!

TFK:

What will you do if your dogs run out of adventures?

FLOWERS:

Oh, I don’t think that can happen! There are too many things to do in the world. I don’t think we’ll ever run out of adventures.


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