About Mac Barnett
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. janitor, camp counselor, substitute teacher, executive director of an educational nonprofit, manager of a convenience store for time travelers
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. I spend all day looking for my keys
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. "Where are my keys?"
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Walking my little brother's poodle
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Walking my little brother's golden retriever
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. CadburyÂ MiniÂ Eggs.Â (VERYÂ IMPORTANT:Â I'mÂ notÂ talkingÂ aboutÂ theÂ largerÂ eggs,Â sometimesÂ calledÂ CadburyÂ MaxiÂ Eggs,Â withÂ theÂ grossÂ fakeÂ yolkÂ andÂ too-sweet-creamÂ eggÂ white.)Â WhyÂ areÂ theseÂ availableÂ onlyÂ atÂ EasterÂ time?Â IÂ haveÂ toÂ stockÂ upÂ everyÂ springÂ withÂ enoughÂ tinyÂ chocolateÂ eggsÂ toÂ lastÂ meÂ theÂ wholeÂ year,Â andÂ thenÂ IÂ endÂ upÂ eatingÂ thatÂ year'sÂ supplyÂ inÂ threeÂ days.Â It'sÂ insane.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. James Joyce, Jorge Luis Borges, Jon Scieszka, David Foster Wallace, Judith Viorst, Arnold Lobel, Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, Tomi Ungerer, James Marshall, Ellen Raskin, Nicholas Mosley, Ernest Hemingway, Flann O'Brien, Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss, Edward Lear, Mother Goose, Chris Ware, and on and on and on
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. The Stinky Cheese Man, Infinite Jest, The Stupids Step Out, Ulysses, A Moveable Feast
Q. How did you come to write Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity?
A. After it became clear I was never going to make it as an actual private detective (I am allergic to fingerprint powder), writing this book seemed like the next best thing.