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Writing for Her Best Self

Aug 27, 2012

“Judy Moody was in a mood. Not a good mood. A bad mood. A mad-faced mood.” So begins author Megan McDonald’s book Judy Moody Was in a Mood, about a spunky third-grader who is so not ready to go back to school after summer! Judy doesn’t want to brush her hair every day. Or memorize spelling. Or sit next to Frank Pearl, who eats paste in class.

Can you relate to Judy’s moodiness?

Writer Megan, who has penned more than 60 books for children and young readers, sure can! “I’m certainly moody, like she is,” Megan admits. “Judy has a strong voice and always speaks up for herself. I like that.”

Perhaps it was growing up as the youngest of five sisters, barely able to get a word in edgewise at the dinner table, that shaped Megan’s many moods. “When I was 8 or 9, I’m told I began to stutter,” she says. So Megan’s mom gave her a copy of Harriet the Spy and a small spiral notebook and told her to write things down, just like young reporter Harriet. And moody Megan became a writer!

Megan says one inspiration for her writing comes from Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon Low, who wrote:

So it is that the Scouting Spirit

Rises within you and

Inspires you to put forth

Your best.

Megan adds: “I write to discover what I’m thinking and put forth my best self.”

On the The Studio, Megan takes you behind the scenes to show how she creates her stories and characters, and shares what it takes to be a writer!