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.

-Margaret Mahy
Margaret Mahy

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.

Margaret Mahy
In a way, the characters often do take over.
Margaret Mahy

I don't want to die, really. I'm interested in what happens next, so I've got to keep on.

Margaret Mahy
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.
Margaret Mahy

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.

Margaret Mahy
People can say what they like about the eternal verities, love and truth and so on, but nothing's as eternal as the dishes
Margaret Mahy

Perhaps every time anyone is praised it means that someone else somewhere is going to be ignored

Margaret Mahy
They are imaginary characters. But perhaps not solely the products of my imagination, since there are some aspects of the characters that relate to my own experience of a wide variety of people.
Margaret Mahy

The novels take longer to write than the picture book texts, and they do take a different sort of concentration. However, a very short, simple story that works well is just as exciting to me as any longer and more complex book.

Margaret Mahy
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.