Project Chickens before the Eggs – Lesson 95 – Good Egg Interview with Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot is a talented writer who has a great flare for humor, together it is a combination that makes her unstoppable in the literary world. She is the absolute personification of well written “chick”-lit.

As the mother of two daughters, trust me. Meg’s books pepper just about every room of our house, from the glittery covered Princess Diaries (which had my youngest daughter, Emma asking me for months if there was just the slightest chance that maybe her Dad was really someone else who just happened to be a King somewhere, anywhere? Please? – sorry honey, we are what we are), to the rules of Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls– about a spunky nine year old who tries to impose order on her life by using rules,- and which is a must read series for anyone in Upper Elementary or Middle School, to the new Insatiable (for us adult readers who like to be grabbed by a book’s first few pages) described by Meg as “a vampire dramedy – meaning that it’s a comedy but also a drama (and a romance).”

If you are female, heck if you’re human then you know about Meg’s writing and the movies based on her books. Somehow (probably due to her enormous writing talent) she captures perfectly the initial insecurities of girls as they stumble on their path to achieving inner strength. Her characters laugh, cry, trip on their own feet, and they also succeed. Big time.

There is perhaps no one on earth who writes a better girl-power story than Meg. Which is why as a mom of girls, I absolutely adore her, she brings goodness and perspective to the lives of girls everywhere who may not yet understand that they don’t need a father who is a King in order to be a princess (are you listening Emma?)

And Meg is truly the epitome of a good egg! When I initially approached her about this interview this was her response:

“Oh my gosh, this is the funniest request I’ve received in a while. I love this idea and would love to have chickens (although I live in Key West where chickens roam free around the island and we deal with chickens roosting in our trees all the time . . . I just wish one would leave me an egg once in a while). I’ll try to get to this when I have a chance. But I’m on a book tour right now, and things are very busy, so can I have a couple of weeks to get back to you?”

What did she think I was going to say? No you can’t have the extra time?! The woman (who just happens to be a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author) was on a book tour! Now I’ve never been on a book tour myself but I’ve spoken with enough authors who have and trust me, the word whirlwind was invented just to describe a book tour’s pace.

I waited and emailed her again a few weeks later.

And she couldn’t have been more gracious, more enthused, and more helpful. Who knew that not only did Meg “completely” love chickens but she really, really wanted one named after her.

So Meg, for all your help, cheerfulness and goodwill, for adding so much joy to our lives, let me add a little joy to yours. Meet your namesake chicken now living a charmed life as a little princess up here in New Hampshire.

Meet our beautiful Meg-Cabot chick

Meg Cabot Good Egg Interview

What is the best advice an older relative or family member gave you?

My father (who passed away of throat cancer at age 53. He had a smoking habit) always told me: “Never pass a bathroom without going in. You never know when you’ll find another one.” He was so right! Every time I see a bathroom I think, “There’ll be another one later,” and there never is! (Even better advice: DON’T SMOKE).

If you were given one wish to use anyway you wanted, what would you wish for?

Ha. Besides more wishes? OK, maybe not.

I once woke up once in the middle of the night when I was 6, looked out the window, and saw my best friend’s house (she lived across the street) burning down! Everyone got out all right, but it was really close, because they didn’t have smoke alarms. They lost everything, and she had to move away, and I never saw her again.

After that, every time I saw a falling star, I would always wish that “nothing bad would ever happen to anyone.”

I know that’s kind of dumb, because of course bad things happen. But I kind of feel like my wish IS coming true, because it seems like every day someone, whether it’s a teacher, or a doctor, or a scientist, or even a blogger, helps make someone’s life a little less bad. So my wish does seem like it’s working.

If you were allowed the use of a large billboard over a well traveled road, what would you put on the billboard?

Everything’s going to be OK.

What’s the passion that drives you to get up every morning?

Well, honestly, it’s not passion so much as the fact that my cat won’t shut up until I get out of bed and feed her. Then once I’m up I remember how lucky I am to have people who actually like reading my writing. It’s like a dream come true!

What is your ideal dinner? What would you eat and with whom would you share it?

Well, there’s ideal, and then there’s the reality! 2 years ago I got diagnosed with celiac disease. So I don’t get to eat my ideal foods anymore (anything with wheat-gluten in it, so French bread, pasta, cookies, cake, Rice Krispy treats, soy sauce, Ding Dongs, etc)!

If it was my last meal, and it didn’t matter what was going to happen later, I’d have nothing but gluten: pizza, fettuccineeAlfredooo, a real French baguette, German chocolate cake, bagels, Krispy Kreme donuts, cheeseburgers WITH the bun, onion rings, BEER, ANYTHING fried, all that stuff you see on TV and probably don’t even think twice about eating that people with celiac can’t eat. You name it. I’d eat it.

With my husband, of course.

Do you have any favorite chicken stories or memories?

Far too many! I live in Key West, Florida, known for its beautiful free-range (literally)chickens, who roam the island and are the cause of some famous chicken “wars” (some people find them charming, especially the fluffy baby chicks, but they literally do cross the road for absolutely no reason, and frequently tie up traffic).

My favorite funny chicken story:

One night, around 2 in the morning, my husband and I were riding our bikes home from a late dinner (that’s what’s fun about living on a tropical island: you can ride your bike everywhere) when we turned the corner onto a dark, quiet side street.

As soon we did, we heard a woman screaming.

“NO! STOP! NOOOO! AHHH! GET OFF!”

I couldn’t see her, but I was sure from the alarm in her voice and what she was saying that a woman was being raped. I pulled out my cell phone and started dialing 911, pedaling faster toward the direction of the screaming and trying to figure out how we were going to help her.

“STOP! NO! GET OFF! NOOOO!”

My husband is a pretty big guy and also can get pretty riled up when he’s mad, so I figured he’d be able to take the guy, at least until the cops got there.

As we got closer I could see the girl, standing in the middle of the street.

The thing was, I couldn’t see her attacker.

“GET OFF! I mean it!”

She was screaming at her parked car.

“GET OFF! I REALLY MEAN IT! GET OFF NOW!”

Sitting on the roof of her car was a Key West rooster.

“It’s not funny!” she yelled at us, when we pulled over, laughing. “I’m scared of chickens. AND HE WON’T GET OFF!”

Interview Bonus!

As an added bonus, Meg sent the following photo of Florida Gulf dolphins. She had wanted to send a photo of Key West chickens but she couldn’t find a good photo that she’d taken. Looking at photos of the ocean is very relaxing when you’re in a car, she says.

Key West Dolphins in the act of NOT harming any chickens

Meg also assures me that these dolphins pose no threat what-so-ever to chickens.

Thanks for being such a good egg Meg!

About Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot (her last name rhymes with habit—as in, “her books are habit-forming”) is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over twenty-five series and books for both adults and tweens/teens, selling over fifteen million copies worldwide.

Her Princess Diaries series, which is currently being published in over 38 countries, was made into two hit movies by Disney. Meg also wrote the Mediator and 1-800-Where-R-You? series (on which the television series, Missing, was based), two All-American Girl books, Teen Idol, Avalon High, How to Be Popular, Pants on Fire,Jinx, a series of novels written entirely in email format (The Boy Next Door, Boy Meets Girl, and Every Boy’s Got One), and a chick-lit series called Queen of Babble.
Meg is currently writing a new middle grade series called Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls, as well as an edgy new YA series, Airhead, both of which are out now, and the Heather Wells mystery series for adult readers (Size 12 Is Not Fat/Size 14 Is Not Fat Either/Big Boned).

Look for Insatiable, Meg’s first paranormal romance for adult readers, in bookstores now, and Abandon, the first book in her new paranormal romance series for young adult readers, in April 2011.

Meg divides her time between Key West, Indiana, and New York City with a primary cat (one-eyed Henrietta), various back-up cats, and her husband.

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6 responses to “Project Chickens before the Eggs – Lesson 95 – Good Egg Interview with Meg Cabot

  1. Fabulous addition to the literary flock, Wendy! I’m a big fan of the Princess Diary movies, but am ashamed to admit I haven’t yet read the books. However, your description of Meg’s work and how wonderful it is for girls has inspired me to put a bunch of her books on my (and my daughter’s!) reading list. Since my daughter is only six, I’ll get to read the books first. I’m thinking they’ll do me some good … I may be forty, but I’m still a “girl” at heart & I can use all the feel-good stories I can get! Thanks for the smile and the tip.
    🙂

  2. Gina

    I’m heading out to buy Insatiable now, and I can’t wait for her new YA paranormal romance series in April! I can think of very few authors who are able to successfully capture the voice needed to write for such a wide range of ages, which puts Meg Cabot in the good company of Judy Blume. My 11 year old daughter has the entire Allie Finkle series on her ‘keeper’ shelf, and at the middle school library where I volunteer, Meg’s books are always moving – the kids love them!!!

  3. Hey sis, adventure, travel, animals and dazzle all in one read! Congrats to Meg and her princess chicken. No doubt Emma will take good care of that one!

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  5. Linda Benson

    Hi Wendy –
    Loved the article and interview! This whole series is so entertaining – I just love it!

    And I too will be checking out Insatiable!

    -Linda

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