Mary McCoy

Katie Stanford

Mary McCoy lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son. She works as a librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library. She is the author of Printz Honor Book I, Claudia.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Owlstone Crown by X. J. Kennedy

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“If I were a different kind of person, I might say that this whole incident is a metaphor for life in general: things get broken, and sometimes they get repaired, and in most cases, you realize that no matter what gets damaged, life rearranges itself to compensate for your loss, sometimes wonderfully. Actually—maybe I am that kind of person after all.”—Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Elena Ferrante
Jennifer Egan
George Saunders

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I became a writer because it gives me a way to keep track of all the things I’ve thought, all the things that have been important to me, and all the people I used to be. Those things change more often than you’d think they would.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Find a way to make the story you’re telling so fascinating to yourself that you can’t imagine putting it down.