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Margaret Blake

answers the Usual Questions

photograph, Margaret Blake, courtesy of the author; 220x279

Margaret Blake

Margaret Blake says, "I have been writing for about 25 years now and it was the simple inquiry of myself as in ... I wonder if ... that set me off."

Has your interaction with fans, for example, at conventions, affected your work?

I'm always influenced by the people I meet. It can be a simple quirky way of speaking or the way they dress that makes its mark in my mind. It's the simple art of observation.

Is there any particular incident (a letter, a meeting, a comment that stands out?

A whole moment is sometimes enough to give me an idea for a story ... for example, just today I happened to witness a family interaction that will make for a funny short story.

Do you have a favourite author or book (or writer or film or series) that has influenced you or that you return to?

I've got to admit that the Harry Potter series made a great impact on my children's writing. Being a big fan it suddenly dawned on me that the series would end ... and then what? So I started writing my own stories.

Who is the person you would most like to be trapped in a lift with? or a spaceship?

That's an easy one ... Johnny Depp; not because he's obviously very attractive to woman in general, but because anyone who is zany enough to play those wondrous characters as he does would have to have a great mind.

Who is the person you would most DISlike to be trapped in a lift with? Or a spaceship?

Now that's a hard one because the list is a long one. I don't like the lifts at the best of times. I think I'll have to pass on that one.

book cover, Merlin's School for Ordinary Children by Margaret Blake; 220x333

What would you pack for space? (Is there a food, beverage, book, teddy bear, etc that you couldn't do without?)

Juice, chocolate, a good book or two and my computer.

What is the most important thing you would like to get/achieve from your work?

I suppose I could say recognition or even see one of my books as a movie ... but I believe that if my stories could bring the joy of reading to children that would be enough.

What is the special satisfaction of your work?

Seeing it in print ... even if it's only one copy.

submitted by Margaret Blake

15 July 2014

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Just the facts:
Born: Germany, after WWII
Resides: Was Tasmania on the beautiful east coast until a month ago. I'm now in Queensland trying to get settled near Maryborough.

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