We love this TED from 2010 by author Maggie Stiefvater. Reposted on her Tumblr account when she was asked by a follower: “I want to be like you when I grown up. How do I do that?”
The response is brilliant.
Our favorite line: “There’s a very fine line between brilliance and deviance.”
Maggie Stiefvater calls herself a 28-year-old with a serious Peter Pan complex. Her debut novel, Lament, is a skillful blend of magic and ordinary life. Her second book, Shiver, was featured on the New York Times top ten list. She’s been a waitress, a calligraphy instructor, a technical editor, an artist and a musician. She’s now an award-winning professional novelist. Her duo subjects — faeries and werewolves — are geared to different age levels. For her, faeries pull up lost connections with nature, lost innocence and magic. Werewolves, on the other hand, are metaphors for the loss of personal identity, a phenomenon, she says, of our increasingly homogenized world.