Margi Preus is a New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book, Heart of a Samurai, the Minnesota Book Award winning West of the Moon, and Shadow on the Mountain, a Notable Book for a Global Society. New in 2015 is Enchantment Lake, a northwoods mystery, and The Bamboo Sword, which Bookpage says is “historical fiction at its best.”
“Margi Preus has a remarkable ability to create fascinating, page-turning stories that transport readers to faraway times and places. Whether she’s evoking Norway during World War II or 19th century Japan, Preus combines impeccable research with strong characterization and plot—the very elements that draw readers into history and spark the curiosity to learn more.” Bookpage, Sept. 2015
An interview from Duluth-Superior Magazine, in which I was asked the famous “Proust questions.”
What is your most marked characteristic?
Other than being able to touch my elbows behind my back, do you mean?
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I would like to claim responsibility for my two exceptional children.
When and where were you happiest?
I’m pretty happy right now: on the screen porch of our cabin, sun setting, the lake still, loons yodeling and a phenomenal mayfly hatch happening before my very eyes.
What is your greatest regret?
If “regret is illumination come too late,” as Joseph Campbell suggested, I regret to think how much illumination I’ve missed out on.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Although I generally prefer being out of doors, right now I am happy that I am separated from these mayflies by screens.
What is your most treasured possession?
Where would you most like to live?
I’m living there.
What is your greatest fear?
Helicopters and rattle snakes. Fortunately, I am rarely near either one.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
This is a painful questionnaire.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Un-thinkingness. Which is not the same thing as un-thoughtfulness. There’s probably a real word for it that I’m not thinking of.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Patience. But that’s the only virtue I can think of at the moment.
What is your greatest extravagance?
What’s on your ipod?
Audio books. I don’t remember which ones because I forgot where my ipod is.
What is your favorite journey?
The one I take every day out to my little writing house.(pictured above)
What is it that you most dislike?
Unnecessary noise. I mean that in the broadest possible terms.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
I like something whirring around in the cranial cavity.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
I like a woman to have the same size feet as me so I can borrow her shoes.
What do you most value in your friends?
that they are willing to be my friends.
If you were to come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
After experiencing this hatch of mayflies, I think the odds for all of us are pretty heavily weighted toward some kind of insect.
How would you like to die?
I don’t care, as long as I don’t have to be there when it happens. (sentiment courtesy Woody Allen)