Author InterviewsInterview with Michelle Marie McNiff, Author of Pedro Pan

Interview with Michelle Marie McNiff, Author of Pedro Pan


What is the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Pedro Pan: One Child’s Journey to America?

The book presents an important part of the history of Cuba. More than 14,000 children left Cuba without their parents to embark on freedom flights to escape oppression and tyranny. In my book, the vivid imagination of one child, who flew away like Peter Pan to a rural farm in Iowa. Pedro Pan: One Child’s Journey to America, is a story about the country, culture and resilience of an immigrant boy and his family. The book is dedicated to my Cuban family who traveled on free flights to the United States of America.

If you had to choose theme songs for the main characters of Pedro Pan: One Child’s Journey to AmericaWhat will they be?

“America” ​​Neil Diamond

What is your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

Historical literature and yes, it’s my favorite genre to write because it allows me to travel back in time.

What books are on your TBR stack right now?

Journey in the World (Anthony Bourdain and Lori Wolver) The Stranger in the Lifeboat (Mitch Album) The House of Love (Adriana Trigiani)

Which scene in your book was your favorite to write?

Farm scenes when the animals talk as they befriend Pedro, the new farm boy.

Do you have any weird writing habits? (Lucky cups, cats on knees, etc.)

Well, like most writers: drinking coffee, coffee, and more coffee. But I have interesting mugs with inspirational quotes for my writing.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy that you live by?

Follow your happiness and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls. (Joseph Campbell)

If you could choose one thing that readers will remember after reading your book, what would it be?

Always hold on to your dreams and never lose hope like young Pedro.

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