10 Questions With Jill MacLean

We asked local author Jill MacLean our 10 Questions and this is what she had to say:

What was the last book you read?

This Is Water: Some Significant Thoughts Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life, by David Foster Wallace. It’s about empathy. One of the essential qualities, I believe.

What was your favourite book growing up?

The Black Stallion

What literary character do you most relate to?

Billie Jo, Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

“Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away.”  Name that book.

From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (I cannot tell a lie. I had to Google it.)

Describe your ideal day off.

Solo canoeing at 6 am with the mist rising from the lake. Brownies and coffee ice cream for breakfast. A morning in the garden with everything blooming and no blackflies. Three-cheese pizza for lunch. Another brownie? In the afternoon, sit on a porch swing with Virginia Euwer Wolff (first choice) or one of her books (second choice). Just before supper, write the perfect poem. Supper cooked by a visiting chef who also does dishes (think big). A cellist playing in the background. All my family and friends in attendance. Quite possibly another brownie. A moonlit paddle and a barred owl calling from the forest. Stars. Thousands of stars.

If you could attempt any profession but your own, what would it be?

Jazz dancer.

What would your pirate name be?

Pigswill MacChain

What is your favourite word?


Who do you want to be when you grow up?

Do I really want to grow up?

What is a Woozle?

A mysterious beast with small feet who walks in circles accompanied by a Heffalump

Jill MacLean is a two-time winner of the Ann Connor Brimer Award for her outstanding contribution to children’s literature.  She sets her books in the Atlantic provinces: in Nova Scotia where she currently resides, and in Newfoundland, a province that she has toured extensively.

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