Do you write with a pen name? If so, what is it?
No, I don’t write with a pen name. If I did, I think I would be Mary MacLearn. I like the sound of it. It’s catchy. Plus, as a teacher, I like the last name MacLearn.
In which country were you born, and which one do you live now?
I was born and raised in Canada. My dad was in the military so we moved around when I was younger. We settled in Nova Scotia 34 years ago.
Which genres do you write in?
I like writing for children and young adults; mostly realistic fiction with a bit of fantasy (or at least a magical component). I especially enjoy writing children’s picture books.
How many books have you had published? (Feel free to name a few of the most recent)
Just one. My first picture book called Messy Jessy is scheduled to be released in December.
I have several stories I am working on. One piece is called Anything Can Happen in Mrs. Whynot’s Room. It is a fun story about a teacher who is encouraging her students to write about the everyday things in their lives. I could really use a book like this in my classroom.
Do you read hard cover, paper books, ebooks or audio? Or a mixture?
Hard cover and paper books. I never read ebooks or listen to books on tape. There is something alluring about crawling into bed (either with the three kids or by myself) and feeling the book in my hands.
If you could be a character from a book (not one you’ve written), which would you choose?
Hummm…that is hard. I would like to have Harry Potter’s magical abilities and I love how the mouse in The Gruffalo was able to outsmart the owl, snake, fox and gruffalo.
What are the first 50 (46) words in your latest book (ending with a period)?
There is a little redheaded girl,
neat and tidy as can be.
Clothes away, books picked up-
then for sure she isn’t me.
I wake up in the morning,
after wiggling through the night.
The blankets, they are everywhere,
and the sheets are way too tight.
The questions from a to l are for your main character in your most recently published novel:
a) Name: Jessy
b) Male or Female: I don’t know what that means. Oh…I am a girl.
c) Age: 3
d) What is their favourite colour? Purple, then pink.
e) What is their favourite flavour of ice cream? Moon mist
Now, back to you. A few quick questions:
Favourite colour: I love fuchsia and black
Favourite movie: I don’t watch many movies but it needs to be something light and funny.
Favourite song: I love country music. Our class theme song last year was Johnny Reid’s Today I am Gonna Try to Change the World. I also really like a new song out by Lee Brice called A Woman Like You.
Favourite musical artist: I would have to say that my favourite singer/songwriter is an eleven year old girl I had the pleasure to teach. Her name is Makayla Lynn.
Favourite ice cream flavour: I love chocolate peanut butter parfait.
Biggest dream you hope to accomplish before kicking the bucket: One thing I would love to do is spend some time at the Kripalu Centre focusing on healthy eating, meditation and yoga.
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