He wrote about the witches of Oz in Wicked--yes, the one that inspired the megasuccessful Broadway show. And now he's gone and written a novel about tooth fairies! The world of make-believe gets all twisted and sophisticated in the mind of Gregory Maguire...and that's what we love about him. So we asked him to take our little pop quiz...
Who is your favorite writer that most people have never heard of?
William Mayne (for Earthfasts and IT); Mary Ellen Chase (for Loretta Mason Potts); Sylvia Cassedy (Lucie Babbige's House)
What kid or teen books rocked your world growing up?
Jane Langton's book called The Diamond in the Window. A fantasy set in Concord-- so persuasive that, forty years on, I am living in Concord hardly a stone's throw from where the story takes place.
Describe your ideal place to write.
Anyplace that is conveniently devoid of my own children.
Your life is a TV series. Name the theme song, one event that would be on the "best of" episode, and one that would be on the blooper reel.
My life as a TV series? Oy. Theme song, ONE LESS BELL TO ANSWER (only substitute EMAIL for BELL). "Best of" episode would be the first time I saw WICKED, in an audience of 1700 people all hysterically screaming with pleasure. "Blooper" reel. Hmmm. The time I introduced Lemony Snickett to an audience by confessing that, despite lots of rumors to the contrary, I was not he. He then walked up to the podium and contradicted me and said I was he.
Burger-flippers want to know: have you ever had a job that required you to wear a geeky uniform? Details, please!
YES: I was a dishwasher for Friendly Ice Cream in Albany, N. Y. If you want to know more about that indignity, read a story called "Chatterbox" in an anthology called I BELIEVE IN WATER. It is a fiction but it is very much based on a real experience.
We'd like to name a burger in your honor. What kind of fixins should it have?
The Maguire Burger would have guacamole, red onions, a small bit of melted cheddar cheese, and a frilled toothpick.