Creative Writing at The New School

The Unseen Guest by Maryrose WoodMaryrose Wood, author of the acclaimed series, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, visited the School of Writing Tuesday March 5th to read and discuss her newest addition to the series, The Unseen Guest.

The fourth book of the series, The Interrupted Tale, will be published by HarperCollins on September 10th but, luckily for us, it's already available to preorder.

After a wonderful reading from her book, Maryrose Wood allowed the audience and the moderator, Patricia McCormick to ask her questions.

On the pressures of writing a series Wood divulged :

"You gain weight. You lose weight. It's very consuming."

"It's late–I'm working frantically. Nobody has seen this stuff. I read it out loud to my dog."

On writing a captivating narrative:

"If you keep them entertained, they'll go anywhere with you."

"Each piece has its own technical demands and you can't impose on them."

On the importance of writing for children:

"I really hope these books are like a gateway drug to the Brontës, The know [...] Eventually in your life you go to the opera and see Wagner and you're like it's Bugs Bunny."


A very big thanks to Maryrose Wood for offering her insight and delighting us with her reading. If you haven't already read the latest in the Incorrigible Children series it's available online or at your local bookstore.

Maryrose Wood is the author of The Mysterious Howling and The Hidden Gallery, the first two books in this continuing series about the Incorrigible children and their governess.

This forum was moderated by Patricia McCormick, author most recently of Never Fall Down, which was nominated for a 2012 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature.

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