“I loved to read when I was a kid, and as soon as I realized that an actual person got to make up the books I loved so much, I decided that that was the job for me.” – Margaret Haddix
Born on this date in 1964, Haddix grew up in a family of voracious readers on a farm in Ohio. She was so enamored with writing that she not only read everything she could get her hands on but started creating her own works in 2nd and 3rd grades.
She said there was never anything else she wanted to be than a writer. She earned degrees in English and Journalism at Miami University in Ohio, first writing for the school newspaper and then for area newspapers in both Ohio and Indiana. She enjoyed reporting but switched to fiction in the early 1990s, doing creative stories inspired by her work as a reporter. While she had a bumpy start – her first works were rejected multiple times – she finally found her niche with Young Adult and Children’s fiction and now has more than 30 books on the market.
Among her many writing awards are the International Reading Association Children's Book Award and several American Library Association listings for Best Books for Young Adults for “The Missing” and “Shadow Children” series. She’s also been selected for Readers' Choice Awards in 29 states.
“Generally I finish a first draft in 2-6 months, then I set it aside for a while so that when I come back to it I can read it with fresh eyes and figure out how to improve it,” she said about her prolific writing style. “I know I have to write a story when the story keeps me awake at night, teases at the back of my brain all day, just won’t let me go. And that’s why I became a writer.”
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