Ask the Author: Wendy McLeod MacKnight

What would you like readers to know about you? 

Oh gosh! I live in New Brunswick, Canada, which is a beautiful province on the east coast of Canada, have two children, love to, cook, garden and travel, adore middle-grade fiction!  


What is your book about for those who haven’t read it? 

The Copycat tells the story of Ali Sloane, who’s been forced to move many times during her short life. Every time she does, she copies the other kids in order to fit in. Then her parents move to Saint John, New Brunswick, and she may finally have a chance to put down roots, make real friends, and meet her long-lost family. But her family has a secret: some members are Copycats, with the ability to change into anything at will. When Ali suddenly becomes a copycat herself, how will she ever fit in at her new school and find her place in the world?  


What has been your inspiration for writing it? 

I moved a lot when I was a kid, and struggled to fit in at times! And I love Saint John!

What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write? 

I love when Ali changes into C. S. Lewis at the library! 


What books or authors inspired you to become a writer? 

Oh my gosh! Books by Madeleine L’engle, L.M. Montgomery, Philip Pullman, Kate DiCamillo… so many!  


What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book? 

Read, read, read, and know that it takes a long time to be good at your craft, but you’ll get there! 

Wendy McLeod MacKnight wrote her first novel at age nine. After a successful career working for the Province of New Brunswick, her debut middle grade novel, It’s a Mystery, Pig Face! was published in 2017. Her second book, The Frame-Up, set at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, was published in 2018 by Greenwillow Books/Harper Collins and in 2019 by Crown Publishing in Taiwan. Her next book, The Copycat, will be published by Greenwillow Books in March 2020. To learn more about Wendy and her books, visit or say hi on twitter @wencymacknight. 

My social media: 

Twitter: @wendymacknight 

Instagram: @wendymcleodmacknight 

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