So to add to the joy, I have C. Lee McKenzie in the spotlight. Check out her smile:
Now, let's get to know her better :-)
Please share how you got started with writing?
I've always scribbled: notes, journals, poems, stories. I'm not sure how I started my first novel--a really terrible, rambling, cathartic beast--but then I read an article in the newspaper about "cutting," and that brought me up short. I knew I'd have to write about it, but I really thought I'd write an article. Instead, it wound up being Sliding on the Edge.
Got to love it! Start with one intention and end up with something far more than expected :-)
What is the title of your latest work(s) soon-to-come.
I have three manuscripts right now. One is a middle grade adventure fantasy that I've titled Josh Moody Meets The Aliens Of Murrg. (I should add that I'm not the best at titles.) The other two are YA's. Sudden Secrets and The Double Negative Kid. I'm still deciding how I'll handle publishing these books. I do a lot of procrastinating at this stage of a book. It's sort of my rest period.
Ah, Sir Procrastination...I know that fella all to well lol!!
If you could sit down and share a glass of your favorite beverage with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
I'd love to sit down to talk to Kenny Fargo. And, if I'm drinking with Kenny, I'll probably have to sip whisky. That's all he'll pour. He's one character I know has a lot left to reveal. Here's how he sounds when he talks to Kay, the grandmother in Sliding on the Edge. He's telling her what he thinks about Shawna, the newly arrived and very troubled granddaughter:
"That's gonna be a tough filly to break in." Kenny leaned against the kitchen door.
"How long have you been eavesdropping?" Kay asked as she turned up the heat under the potatoes.
He pushed away from the door and went to the sink. "She can do the work. That ain't the problem. It's the charming attitude that's gonna be fun to handle."
"If you've got any ideas on what to do, don't sit on you backside and keep it to yourself, okay?"
"I see she's brought your crabby side out," he said, drying his hands and pushing his boots off.
Kenny sounds like he'd make for interesting conversation...of course, after a little bit of whiskey, it won't really matter lol!
Would you consider yourself a plotter or a pantser?
I've called myself a semi-pantser, but I'm more pantser than plotter, that's for sure. I write a summary sentence when I have an idea for a book. I put that sentence into the header of my document and refer back to it or change it as needed while I write. Sometimes the sentence is almost the same when I've finished. Sometimes it's very different, but it does serve to guide me.
Were there any “darling” characters/scenes that didn’t make the final cut? If so, what?
In The Princess of Las Pulgas I had to re-write one scene a dozen times until I liked it. It's a pivotal scene when Carlie will either come to accept the new people in her life, or continue to be miserable and angry about what's happened to her. It's very different in the book than it was in all of those drafts. I haven't dumped any characters yet. They're very determined to stay once they're in a story.
Hard and fast with ‘the rules of writing” or more like “guidelines?”
I love to know all the rules because once I've got them in my head, they're easy to break--effectively.
What advice would you tell an aspiring author?
What I'd say to anyone who really wants to do something. Just do it. Enjoy it. Be prepared for a wild ride.
Hot button round:
Favorite snack? I'm kind of partial to peanuts, but pizza is right up at the top of my favorites.
Least favorite food? Anything sweet that's not a dessert.
Favorite color? Green? No, blue. Maybe red. Of course, purple is so yummy. Sorry. Could ask easier questions, please? LOL! I thought that was the easy question :-)
E-book or paperback/hardcover? I'm kind of whimpy on this answer because I love both. E-book when I travel. Paperback/hardcover when I'm in a comfy chair.Shop-a-holic or work-a-holic or a different kind of –a-holic? I'm definitely a work-a-holic. It's in my genes. Once I want to do something, I pretty much am on task until I wear out and collapse
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