About Margaret Peterson Haddix
Q. Previous occupations
A. newspaper reporter, newspaper copy editor, freelance writer, community college instructor, substitute teacher
Q. Favorite job
A. writing fiction
Q. High school and/or college
A. College--Miami University (the one in Ohio, not Florida) high school--Miami Trace High School, Washington Court House, Ohio
Q. Favorite movie
A. I have two: Pleasantville, and Steel Magnolias
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Always so much to think about
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Awful things happening to people I love
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Depending on my mood, either 1. Home or 2. Someplace I've never been before
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Dr. Paul Farmer
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Suddenly, just, even, and then
Q. What do you regret most?
A. 1. Hurting other people; 2. Making a fool of myself; 3. Doing things that both hurt others and make me look like a fool
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. I hope it's something that I haven't done yet
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Thinking that I'm too busy to do things that are actually more important than the things I am busy with
Q. What’s your best quality?
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. Isn't that kind of the point of fiction? Getting to imagine being lots of other people?
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Writing! Lucky me!
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Anne Tyler, Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kingsolver, Mary Doria Russell, Neal Shusterman, Cynthia Voigt, Edward Bloor, E.L. Konigsburg and many more
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. I don't think I could possibly narrow my choices down to 5 favorite books, but if I remember right, these were probably my 5 favorite books when I was 12: She, the Adventuress, by Dorothy Crayder From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott