Interview: Peggy Eddleman, MG Author

Peggy EddlemanPeggy Eddleman is the author of the middle grade post-apocalyptic adventure SKY JUMPERS (Random House), and the forthcoming THE FORBIDDEN FLATS (Random House, 9/23/14). She lives at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains with her three hilarious and fun kids (two sons and a daughter), and her incredibly supportive husband.

Besides writing, Peggy enjoys playing laser tag with her family, doing cartwheels in long hallways, trying new restaurants, and occasionally painting murals on walls.

You can find Peggy online at

Let’s see how Peggy answers the Proust Questionnaire!

What is your idea of happiness?
A content and happy family.

What is your favorite song? When do you first remember hearing it?
My favorite song changes so frequently, so it’s so hard to pick one! A song that I had a really strong love for instantly, though, was Viva La Vida, because it always made me want to write the book about this fallen king. I first heard it at a water park with my kids.

Which talent would you most like to have?
Artistic. It’s something that has always interested me, but I haven’t ever spent the time to get good at it. How awesome would it be to be able to draw your characters?

Sky Jumpers CoverOn what occasion do you lie?
I don’t. I’m awful at it! If you get a compliment from me, you can rest assured that it’s genuine.

What is your present state of mind?
Thrilled. I’m surrounded by friends, having a write night.

What is your motto?
The key to happiness is to always look on the bright side of things.

What character trait do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty, being inclusive, being non-judgmental, and having a passion for life.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
In writing: like and just. (I have to go through in edits and delete them like crazy!) In online conversations: Hahahaha! (Because people are funny.) In real life: Dude. (I probably shouldn’t use that so much, especially when I’m not referring to guys….)

Your favorite painting?
One my son made when he was seven. It’s abstract but still tells a story, and has bold colors and kyle paintingshapes. I framed it and hung it on our wall as soon as he brought it home from school.

What is your favorite journey?
One my husband and I took recently– to New York City. I had never been, and I absolutely loved it there.

What is your favorite time of day?
Early morning.

With which literary hero or heroine would you most like to share a coffee?
Gen from The King of Attolia, because I find him fascinating.

What do you need to achieve before you can die happy?
To raise my kids to become capable, happy adults.

Who or what is your first love?
My family. They are amazing, and mean the world to me.

What’s the last dream you remember?
I was a character in an movie– a thriller, I think. There was a really tense situation with bad guys, and a really gruff character on my side said something funny that was so unexpected to everyone– even the gruff character– that gave us the opening we needed to win. It was ready-to-go movie stuff, people.

What’s your madeleine?
The smell of bread baking, because come on– it’s one of the best smells on the planet. Breaking bread is something that my mom did all the time when I was growing up, but something I rarely do, so the smell really takes me back to my childhood. And I’m rather fond of my childhood.

Without thinking, in one word: what is life?