Interview With Author Cheryl Carpinello

1. How is this book different from other Egypt books?

In Tutankhamen Speaks, King Tut tells stories of his life, his loves, and his losses.

2. How did you develop the idea of this story?

There are so many different ideas about Tut's life and especially how he died. After seeing the Tut exhibit in 2010, I thought it would be interesting to bridge the gaps in Tut’s history with his own stories of growing up.

3. When writing Tutankhamen Speaks, what was the hardest part?

The hardest part was walking that thin line between fact and fiction. Tutankhamen Speaks is historical fiction, but I needed to include enough factual information to make the fictional part plausible.

4. If you could go back in time to any place and/or time, when would it be and why?

I would go back to the ancient world and the civilization of Atlantis. I don’t know if Atlantis was real or not, but the literary descriptions of its beauty and of the depth and scope of the Atlanteans’ knowledge would make it one of the wonders of the ancient world.

5. Why do you think it’s important for children and teen books to have history in them?

Historical fiction allows young readers to go inside history instead of just looking through the window of the textbook. By encountering real people or fictional characters in a specific historical era, young readers gain a deeper understanding of the time period. 




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