Madeleine L'Engle

How did you come up with the idea of Meg in A Wrinkle in Time? I love her so much. She's someone I feel like the majority of teen girls can connect to.

Madeleine L'Engle responded on 09/18/2016

Hi Jessica, thanks for this question! Madeleine always said that she was Meg, so she didn't have to look far for an idea! As a girl she was awkward, myopic, and also needed to "find a happy medium." She'd admit she was also stubborn and impulsive and fiercely loyal.
Remember when Meg says "I hate being an oddball. It's hard on Sandy and Dennys, too.I don't know if they're really like everybody else, or if they're just able to pretend they are. I try to pretend, but it isn't any help." And her mother answers: "You're much too straightforward to be able to pretend to be what you aren't." That was Madeleine.
The Mrs Ws were the first characters to come to her though, on a cross country camping trip in 1959, driving across Arizona's Painted Desert. And Sandy and Dennys get their own story in Many Waters, because nobody is "really like everybody else."

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