Interview with Margaret Peterson Haddix

October, 2009
Margaret Peterson Haddix

What Readers want to know...

SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

MH: Peace

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

MH: Awful things happening to people I love

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

MH: Suddenly, just, even, and then

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

MH: Writing! Lucky me!

SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

MH: Depending on my mood, either 1. Home or 2. Someplace I've never been before

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

MH: Dr. Paul Farmer

SS: What do you regret most?

MH: 1. Hurting other people; 2. Making a fool of myself; 3. Doing things that both hurt others and make me look like a fool

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

MH: I hope it's something that I haven't done yet

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

MH: Thinking that I'm too busy to do things that are actually more important than the things I am busy with

SS: What’s your best quality?

MH: Empathy

SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

MH: Reading

SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

MH: Isn't that kind of the point of fiction? Getting to imagine being lots of other people?

General Questions

SS: What were your previous occupations?

MH: newspaper reporter, newspaper copy editor, freelance writer, community college instructor, substitute teacher

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

MH: writing fiction

SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?

MH: College--Miami University (the one in Ohio, not Florida) high school--Miami Trace High School, Washington Court House, Ohio

SS: What is your favorite movie?

MH: I have two: Pleasantville, and Steel Magnolias

Questions About Books and Writing

SS: Who are your favorite authors?

MH: Anne Tyler, Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kingsolver, Mary Doria Russell, Neal Shusterman, Cynthia Voigt, Edward Bloor, E.L. Konigsburg and many more

SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

MH: 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

Quick Start

SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

MH: Always so much to think about

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