Not content to simply win our favour by drawing a special dedication in our personal copy of the book, Madéleine provided not one, but two very special illustrations for this mini-interview. A drawing machine—and one of the nicest folks we’ve had the pleasure of talking to—we were excited to hear how the story arose from boredom at work (like all the best ideas), her desire to write something she would have liked to read in middle school, and what her five favourite books of all time are.
To begin with we wanted to ask you a little bit about your background, both personal and creative. We know you’ve studied in at least three different countries and speak several languages, for example. Who’s more well-travelled, you or Carmen Sandiego?
Finally... Congrats on your Stumptown award nomination! How do you feel about it?