The Five Questions: Carolyn Macker

Carolyn Mackler by Sarah Klock

“Can’t you let the pigeon drive the bus? Just once??!”

Carolyn Macker is the author of Best Friend Next Door and the upcoming, Infinite in Between. She will be joining Lori Goldstein, Anna Schumacher and myself at the July 1 Teen Author Reading Night at the Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library.

  1. What’s the surprising inspiration behind one (your choice) of the characters or stories you’ve created?

In my new YA novel, Infinite in Between, all of my characters, boys and girls of varying levels of popularity and dorkiness, are all pretty much me. Does that sound like Sybil? It’s just that there are so many parts to a person and, as a novelist, I get to expand my personality quirks into entire people. 

  1. If you could rescue one obscure book and make it more widely known to the world, which book would you choose and why?

Goop Tales. Classic kids book circa 1904 with all these round-headed kids who are mostly nice but have one very naughty trait like “Badinskool” and “Nevershair.” I used to read it at my grandparents’ house when I was a kid. It has a much more, shall we say, fierce take on childrearing. 

  1. You can ask one question to any author, living or dead. What would you ask and why? 

Mo Willems. Can’t you let the pigeon drive the bus? Just once??!  

  1. What’s the best (or your favorite) feedback you’ve received from a reader?

When my readers tell me that they hated reading until they read my books. Or that one of my books saved/changed their life. That makes me stop everything in my day and just be grateful I get to do what I do. 

  1. What’s the worst writing advice you’ve received from a teacher?

Write neater. Stay in the lines. Work harder on illustrations.

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