Margaret Dilloway has been a writer ever since she learned how to write. In high school she was a California Arts Scholar in creative writing and she won a National Council of Teachers of English writing award. She practiced writing in a variety of forms, such as being a theater critic and a contributing editor for two weekly newspapers, doing technical writing, and writing plays, before publishing three critically acclaimed books for adults: How to Be an American Housewife, The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns, and Sisters of Heart and Snow. Her research for Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters included a trip to Japan and a samurai sword-fighting class. Dilloway lives in southern California with her husband, three children, and a goldendoodle named Gatsby.
From Dilloway's Q&A with Deborah Kalb:
Q: How did you come up with your character Xander and with the idea for retelling the story of Momotaro?Visit Margaret Dilloway's website and blog.
A: I'm half Japanese and my mom would read me this Momotaro picture book when I was little. The book only skimmed the story and I thought it could go much more in-depth and be relevant to today's events and a Western audience.
I wanted to create my own legend based on the story, using a character who would be half-Japanese, like me, because I never saw ...[read on]
Coffee with a Canine: Margaret Dilloway and Gatsby.
The Page 69 Test: Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters.
My Book, The Movie: Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters.