Our Between Tweens series wraps up with Madeleine McLaughlin, who lives in eastern Canada and has been writing for twenty years. At first, she published poetry and later moved into flash fiction and short stories. Her new e-book, Beggar Charlie, is to be released by MuseItUp Publishing in the summer of 2014.
What drew you to writing for tweens?
MM: It is an age I tend to think about the most. It’s hard because you can’t write about anything that’s too old for them, so I find it challenging and I like to do things that challenge me and make me work hard.
What is your favorite thing about Beggar Charlie?
MM: Just the fact that I set out to do the ‘accent’ and the publishers liked it. It’s like getting accepted in some kind of club when someone appreciates what you do.
What is your greatest ambition?
MM: I’d like to have established a reputation by the time I’m sixty-five. I’d like to be making some money by that time.
What gives you the creepy-crawlies?
MM: Evil people because they look just like everyone else and you can’t tell just by looking.
If you could give a bit of advice to your tween self, what would it be?
MM: Don’t just rush out and do what you want. You have to listen to people older because they know more, especially that there are things that a kid can do that they’ll regret for the rest of their lives.
Find Madeleine McLaughlin on her blog.
Hop over to Sandy Carlson’s blog to see how I answered her questions!