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

If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing twice.

Margaret Mahy
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.
Margaret Mahy

Family!... You might just as well celebrate battle, murder and sudden death.

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

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.

Margaret Mahy
Every writer has to find their own way into writing. Margaret
Margaret Mahy

For in some ways the world was like a shopping centre, and he himself was a doubtful customer, often ineffectual, being talked into buying things he didn't want, things indeed which nobody in their right mind would want to buy.

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.

Margaret Mahy
My theory is that I decided to be a writer when I was about seven, but of course it is not as simple as that. Like most writers, I had to work at other things to earn a living and wrote mainly in the evenings, often very late at night, for many years.