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Brief about Margaret Mahy: By info that we know Margaret Mahy was born at 1936-03-21. And also Margaret Mahy is New Zealander Author.

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When I was a child I had a best friend who lived across the road from me. When her mother died unexpectedly it was like losing a member of my own family. I think I am still affected by the memory of that loss.

Tags: Best, Family, Mother

When you are reading, someone has done a lot of work on your behalf, someone has had ideas and has then written and corrected and improved them so that they can be shared.

Tags: Done, Someone, Work

When you are writing, of course, you have to do all that writing and correcting for yourself. When I was a librarian it was expected that I would know about a wide range of books.

Tags: Books, Writing, Yourself

Writing for young children I find I often use particular jokes with words and exaggerated, funny events, but some of these haunt the more complex stories for older children too.

Tags: Children, Funny, Writing

I hope I am not too repetitive. However, coming to terms with death is part of the general human situation.

Tags: Death, Hope, Human

In a way, the characters often do take over.

Tags: Characters, Often

There are certainly times when my own everyday life seems to retreat so the life of the story can take me over. That is why a writer often needs space and time, so that he or she can abandon ordinary life and 'live' with the characters.

Tags: Life, Time, Why

Every writer has to find their own way into writing.

Tags: Writer, Writing

I, personally, have found reading a continual support to writing.

Tags: Reading, Support, Writing

New Zealand is the only country I know well enough to write about. It can sometimes lead to complications.

Tags: Country, Enough, Sometimes

Anyone interested in the world generally can't help being interested in young adult culture - in the music, the bands, the books, the fashions, and the way in which the young adult community develops its own language.

Tags: Help, Music, Young

At the same time, I think books create a sort of network in the reader's mind, with one book reinforcing another. Some books form relationships. Other books stand in opposition. No two writers or readers have the same pattern of interaction.

Tags: Book, Mind, Time

At this stage I am not involved with young adults as closely as many other writers. My children are grown up and my grandchildren are still quite young.

Tags: Children, Quite, Young

Being a librarian certainly helped me with my writing because it made me even more of a reader, and I was always an enthusiastic reader. Writing and reading seem to me to be different aspects of a single imaginative act.

Tags: Reading, Single, Writing

By the time ordinary life asserted itself once more, I would feel I had already lived for a while in some other lifetime, that I had even taken over someone else's life.

Tags: Life, Someone, Time

Ellis's understanding of himself and the world around him certainly develops because of his adventures, and part of that development comes through recognizing other people for what they are.

Tags: Adventures, Him, Himself

I am really chained to my computer these days so I work in my bedroom, which is a room I have worked in for years and years. It is just as much an office as a bedroom, and during the day, my bed is rather like an extension of my desk.

Tags: Days, Rather, Work

I don't think I prefer writing for one age group above another. I am just as pleased with a story which I feel works well for very small children as I do with a story for young adults.

Tags: Age, Children, Writing

I had to wait for a long time before I could support myself with writing. However, being a writer is what I have most wanted to be, from the time I was a child.

Tags: Time, Wait, Writing

I once knew a house rather like The Land of Smiles - an old house occupied by a varied collection of young people, mainly students. However none of these people were true models for the characters in the book, though their way of life may have been.

Tags: Book, Life, True

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