Meet the Author

Patricia MacLachlan

Portrait of Patricia MacLachlan

Although she has lived in Massachusetts most of her life, Patricia MacLachlan was born in Wyoming. She still feels a strong connection to the wide-open prairie. "I carry around a little bag of prairie dirt with me, like a part of my past," she says. This love comes through strongly in her books Sarah, Plain and Tall and Skylark, as does another of her loves — the sea.

When asked how she gets her ideas for writing, MacLachlan says, "I do not think up topics. They tap me on the shoulder." Characters, in particular, tap her quite often, and she begins to have conversations with them. "We talk in the car, we talk in the bathtub or in the shower. We talk sometimes when I'm in bed at night and the lights are off and I'm thinking." From these dialogues with her characters, a story begins to take shape.

Patricia MacLachlan says that young people who want to be writers should be readers first. She also recommends writing every day, even when you don't want to. "The more you do it, the stronger you get at it…. But I don't love to do it every day. Children are really interested to hear that I don't love to write every day because neither do they, so we have something in common. But it does help you tell your story in a more efficient way, if you write every day and get better at it."

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Other Books Written by Patricia MacLachlan

  • The Sick Day
  • Through Grandpa's Eyes
    (illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray)
  • Arthur, for the Very First Time
  • Mama One, Mama Two
    (illustrated by Ruth Bornstein)
  • Tomorrow's Wizard
  • Cassie Binegar
  • Seven Kisses in a Row
    (illustrated by Maria P. Marella)
  • Unclaimed Treasures
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall
  • The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt
  • Journey
    (illustrated by Barry Moser)
  • Three Names
    (illustrated by Alexander Pertzoff)
  • Baby
  • All the Places to Love
    (illustrated by Mike Wimmer)
  • What You Know First
    (illustrated by Barry Moser)