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After the Interview: Things I Wish I’d Said!

Posted on: January 30, 2010

I wish I’d said:

 I would  have loved to said something that was funny and smart that would make others laugh and think at the same time. However, I have a rather dry sense of humor and I forget the punchline  to jokes all the time.

I wish I’d said:

 I love crafts and doing them with my niece and nephews. I think I had more fun with it than they did. I’ve done them for years and will probably continue to do them until the arthritis in my knuckles stops me from finishing them.

I wish I’d said:

I love animals, dogs, cats, horses, but not bugs, mice and snakes. Those make my skin crawl.

I wish I’d said:

How the words in the stories I read as a child painted pictures in my head and then splashed over to my heart. They lifted me up and carried me away to places I couldn’t even imagine existing. 

Reading grounded me and kept me safe when my life wasn’t so secure. It let me dream I could be anything and do anything that my heart desired.

I wish I’d said:

I helped raise some of my nieces and nephews and I fostered that love of reading.

I wish I’d said:

Each and every day, I know just how blessed I am. It makes me a good friend to the people I am lucky enough to know.

I wish I’d said:

I’m so glad to have such an awesome faith. When I was at my lowest point, I did what may well be my best writing thus far.

I wish I’d said:

I like encouraging other writers because I know what the encouragement offered to me has meant to me. I love the pay-it-forward philosophy. the writing community rocks. 

I wish I’d said:

How heart breaking my job at the Social Services was and how typing reports about those kids made me a better person.

Since I didn’t on the interview, here are the things I wish I’d said.

3 Responses to "After the Interview: Things I Wish I’d Said!"

Yes, these are all brilliant responses, but your interview was good too– just the way it was. You are like me. I tend to take less credit than I deserve for the accomplishments I make. So, sit back, take a deep breath and smile…. You did great! 🙂


You are too kind. Thanks so much for the nice comments. I will sit back, take a deep breath and smile.

By the way thanks for checking out the blog.

Peg Finley/peg366

Thanks for checking out the blog. I had my very first interview earlier that day and I was feeling a little nervous. I know the more I do the better I will become at it.

As you can tell I like writing for the sake of writing. I am not looking for a paper for an academic success. I’m writing to be the best writer I can be. The ultimate goal for me is to become a sucessful picture book author and that comes from my working hard to develop my craft.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Peg Finley

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I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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I love the children's movies Wizard of Oz and the Neverending Story. Both movies make me feel the lesson that hope is alive and well. After seeing UP this past week, it just might have a chance at being added to this list.

I love the cool colors of blues and purples.Those colors are peaceful for me.

I love The Velveteen Rabbit. Even as an adult, I still feel the urge to cry when he becomes real. I know, silly, but a good book can make me laugh and cry as it takes me on a magical journey.

Authors and Illustrators:

Authors, Author/Illustrator, Illustrators that I know and/or Like.


C= Children

MG= Mid Grade

T= Teen

YA= Young Adult

A= Adult


Bonnie Adamson *

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Natalie Babbit

Molly Bang

Bonnie Becker

Jan and Stan Berenstain

Judy Blume

Tracey M. Cox

Linda Crotta Brennan *

Jan Brett

Janie Bynum *

Eric Carle

Pam Calvert

Nancy Carlson

Beverly Cleary

Kevin Scott Collier

Sharon Creech

Doreen Cronnin

Tomie dePaulo

Kate DiCamillo

Kathleen Duey *

Dotti Enderle

Jan Fields *

Denise Fleming

Mem Fox

Kelley Milner Hall

Amy Heist

Kevin Henkes

Ellen Jackson *

Jeff Kinney

Jackie French Koller

Ursula K. LeGuin

Leo Lionni

Lois Lowry

Mercer Mayer

Robert Munsch

Laura Numeroff

Linda Sue Parks

Dav Pilkey

Patricia Polacco

Peggy Rathmann

Bethany Roberts

David Shannon

Aaron Shepard

Donna J. Shepherd *

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Jerry Spinelli

Diane Stanley

Chris Van Allsburg

Rick Walton *

Lisa Wheeler

Mo Willems

Karma Wilson *

Audrey Woods

Jane Yolen *

Favorite Websites:

Favorite Blogs:

• ShelfTalker: A Children’s Bookseller’s Blog
• Alice’s CWIM Blog
• A Fuse #8 Production
• Cynsations
• Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent
• Editorial Anonymous
• Miss Snark’s First Victim
• Writing for children and teens

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