Madeleine L'Engle
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How many books did she write?


Madeleine L'Engle responded on 03/20/2017
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She wrote more than 60... her published works can be found here: http://www.madeleinelengle.com/books/

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Did she have siblings?


Madeleine L'Engle responded on 03/14/2017
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Madeleine was an only child.

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What inspired you to write? Was it a book? A friend? A teacher? A trip, journey, or other defining moment? Did you always want to be a writer or did it just happen by 'accident'? What continued to inspire you to keep writing?


Madeleine L'Engle responded on 03/03/2017
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Madeleine always wanted to be a writer, ever since, she would say, she could hold a pencil. Her father was a journalist, novelist, and critic, so he was an early inspiration, and as an only child, she spent a great deal of time alone with her books, and when she had finished them, she made up her own stories. You can read more about her practice and journey as a writer in the Crosswicks Journals.

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Are you a Christian? Or did you write the book and then became a Christian?


Madeleine L'Engle responded on 03/03/2017
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Madeleine was a Christian, and you can read about her faith and writing in Walking on Water and The Crosswicks Journals.

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More Austins & O'Keefe's please! :-)


Madeleine L'Engle responded on 03/01/2017
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Madeleine died in 2007, so sadly there will be no more Austin or O'Keefe stories from her. How about some fan fiction?

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Did A Wrinkle in Time inspire Startrek ?


Madeleine L'Engle responded on 03/01/2017
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You'd have to ask Gene Roddenberry!

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Was your childhood rough?


Madeleine L'Engle responded on 03/01/2017
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Madeleine died in 2007, but she spoke and wrote about her childhood as being solitary and lonely, but full of books and writing. A biography by her granddaughters is coming in 2018.

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What was your childhood like?


Madeleine L'Engle responded on 03/01/2017
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Madeleine died in 2007, but she spoke and wrote about her childhood as being solitary and lonely, but full of books and writing. A biography by her granddaughters is coming in 2018.

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How did you learn to write characters with such depth?


Madeleine L'Engle responded on 03/01/2017
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Thank you! Madeleine died in 2007, but she would say a writer has to write every day, and that it takes practice. She reflects a lot on her writing practice in Walking on Water and A Circle of Quiet.

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How did you come up with A Wrinkle in Time? I am reading it now in gifted and I'd like to know where you're inspiration came from.
Meredith


Madeleine L'Engle responded on 03/01/2017
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Madeleine died in 2007, but she would say that she never quite knew where the inspiration came from , except that she was writing about a universe in which she hoped to believe. There are references to the tesseract in her journal as early as 1954, and the names Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who, and Mrs Which popped into her head during a drive through the Painted Desert. She would also say that "inspiration comes during the work, rather than before it," and that a writer must read other writers, write every day, and keep a journal.