Margaret Bechard and her brother Marc.

about me

I was born in Chico, California, the youngest of six children. This is a picture of me and my brother, Marc. When I was six my family moved to Ontario, in Canada; we lived there, first in Pembroke and later in Toronto, for the next ten years. So I am, maybe, just a little bit Canadian.

I loved to read when I was a kid, and I read a lot. I read all the Nancy Drew books and the Hardy Boys books; I especially liked the Adventure series by Enid Blyton. But my favorite book was Alice in Wonderland. When I was about twelve I counted up, and I figured I had read that book seventeen times. Which seems a bit strange, thinking about it now. I also liked to play games where I could pretend to be someone else. My friends and I spent a lot of time playing elaborate games based on our favorite TV shows, like Bonanza and Star Trek. I probably spent most of third grade pretending to be a horse.

We came back to the United States when I was sixteen, and I graduated from high school full circle, back again in Chico. I then came to Portland, Oregon to attend Reed College.

I still live in a suburb of Portland with my husband, Lee. This is a picture of Lee. Although he is a computer engineer, he loves to fly more than anything else in the world.

Margaret Bechard's husband, Lee.
Margaret Bechard's three sons. We have three sons: Alex, Nicholas and Peter. They are all grown up now, as you can see from this picture, which was taken at Nicholas’s wedding in 2008.

I always wanted to be a writer, and I started my first novel when I was seven years old. (I didn’t finish it.) But it wasn’t until I had kids that I started to think that maybe I could write stories for younger readers, and I also found the stories I really wanted to tell. Writing is hard and frustrating and sometimes I just want to be a barista at Starbucks. But then there are those moments where everything comes together, when my fingers are typing just a little bit faster than my brain is working, and then I know why I always wanted to do this. Writing is, for me, a bit like solving a puzzle, and I love that moment when I finally start to see the pieces come together and I can see what the picture will be. I think writing also allows me to connect back to that kid who loved to lose herself in the world of a book, and who loved to pretend to be someone—or something—else.

When I’m not writing, I’m busy teaching writing. I also still love to read. I like to travel and I like to fly in the little airplane on nice days when I can see the ground. Most of all, I love spending time with my family. In September, 2009 we added a new member. Barney is a Shetland sheepdog and the first dog I have ever owned in my whole life. Maybe I will put a dog in my next book. Margaret Bechard's dog Barney.