Wednesday, April 30, 2014

@Marie_McKean on Her Favourite Things & Writing #Paranormal #AmReading #AmWriting

Do you find it hard to share your work?
Absolutely. Someone once told me that he thought it would be easier to stand naked in the middle of rush-hour traffic and sing in Japanese than to share his story with others. I completely agree. When you write something, you cannot help but leave a part of yourself interwoven with the words. So when its put out there for people to either love or hate it can at times feel like a personal attack. That said, you’ll never know if you never try.
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
My husband is very supportive. I couldn’t do any of it without him. And there are a few friends I could never keep writing without. I guess I couldn’t keep going without any of the people I have in my life that I do now.
Do you plan to publish more books?
Yes! I have a new YA series that I will be releasing soon, as well as the sequel to Born of Oak and Silver called Born of Ash and Iron that will be released in October 2014. In addition, I also have a few other stories that HAVE to be written, so I’ll be getting to those as soon as I can.
What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time…
I am fortunate enough that I get to be a mother and not have to work. My time is completely focused on my family. Writing is a hobby. I’m just lucky enough to have a husband that doesn’t mind me spending money to make that hobby as good as it can be.
If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?
Anthropology, Mythology, and Folklore. My interests lie in people and the traditions and stories that shape who they are. I’d love to do a masters degree in any of those emphases someday.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Montana. I’ve always found it so beautiful, and I love the space that it offers. I try at least once a week to convince my husband that that is where we should be living.
Tell us about your family?
I am happily married to a man who makes me laugh everyday, and have three wonderful children who are both the bane and light of my existence. I don’t think I could live without any of them. I also have a dog, Huckleberry, who is my comrade in everything. Really, I have the greatest life. I’m lucky.
How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
I write on my laptop, but always have a pen and paper handy for those random ideas that come around and must be written. I’ve written entire chapters before using a notebook and pen, but of course, if I could choose between the old-fashioned way and my laptop, I’d choose my laptop.
How much sleep do you need to be your best?
Not much. I can usually do just fine on 6 hours a night; but only for a period of time. I will crash eventually and sleep for 8-10 hours for two nights and then will be back to 6 hours again.
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
My husband, you rock my world. Emm, HP, Toni, Andrea, you guys are the best! Katy and Weston – Best. Editors. Ever.
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
If I can make one person feel the way I hope my writing does, than that’s a success. If I get more than one, well, that’s even better.
All that you can do is make the most of what you’ve been dealt—fight a good fight, resist being beaten by circumstance, and hope that somehow, despite it all, you’re able to accomplish the impossible.
But even then you cannot change the fact that you were born cursed.
I am one of those unlucky few upon whom the Curse of the Four Fathers has fallen.
It is I who must bear the burden of having a life that is unchangeably intertwined with the Fae. A sorrow made all the more great by knowing that where they are tragedy, loss, misery, and despair most assuredly follow.
As a Druid it is my responsibility to uphold the boundaries that keep the worlds of the Tylwyth Teg, and our own, separate. As a man it is my only ambition to protect the family and woman I so desperately love.
The only problem: I’m not sure this curse will allow for me to do both.
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Genre - Paranormal Fantasy, Horror
Rating – PG-13
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