Today we welcome the ridiculously talented Meg Rosoff to the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight! You may know her from the incredible How I Live Now (currently being made into a movie!), but we’re here to chat about her new book, Picture Me Gone. About a girl, her father, and her father’s missing best friend, Meg manages to pull us into an unlikely story with brilliant writing and a complex narrative. Trust us, you won’t put it down after you pick it up, so before you do, stay here a minute to get to know Meg!
Name: Meg Rosoff
Novel: Picture Me Gone
Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? I have too many favourite authors to list, but if I had to choose just one, right now, it would be Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies. I think she’s a genius.
What’s your favorite thing about your book? It’s a very quiet book, but it packs a big punch and wasn’t a nightmare to write. My favourite character in it is probably Honey the dog.
If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? Black Beauty.
Where do you write? [Photo of workspace optional.] In a tiny office in the front of my house in London. It overlooks the street so I can watch the urban foxes creeping around looking for discarded sandwiches. My dogs lie under my desk and keep my feet warm in winter.
Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? Homer. The Iliad and the Odyssey are crammed with adventure, tragedy, brutality, war, love, passion, the works.
Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? I do tweet but forget everything I’ve ever tweeted the instant I post it. So who knows?
What is your favorite season? Definitely autumn. I was born in October and love cool days and pumpkins.
If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? I have to go into the middle of London this afternoon so I think I’d choose that. Quicker than taking a bus, and anyway, the universe scares me.
Do you have any writing rituals? I walk the dogs, clean up the kitchen, answer my emails, and when I’ve run out of ways to waste time, I start to work.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?Lying in a hammock with a good book.
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? The Clash, July 1978. I couldn’t hear anything for a week.
What are you currently working on? I’m promoting the film of How I Live Now, touring for my new book, Picture Me Gone, and kind of, sort of, circling around, contemplating a new book.
Thanks Meg! Can’t wait to read what you’re sort of, circling around, contemplating writing!