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Friday, June 8, 2012

Meet Mackenzie Crowne

Time for another Adventure in Authorland. This time, fellow Wild Rose Press author, Mackenzie Crowne,  takes centre stage.

Sorry about the pics, Mac  

 What inspired you to write your first book?

To tell you the truth, I began writing down the stories in my head when I read one too many, really bad books. I figured, geez! If this person got published, I shouldn’t have a problem. How naïve I was. LOL But once Id begun, I found I couldn’t stop writing, despite the occasional rejection letter. I forged ahead with an Ignorance is bliss attitude, and Im so glad I did. I spent the next years developing my voice and learning the craft. I hit a writers block wall when my dad died, and didn’t write for nearly five years, until I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Dads spirit was heavy with me as I went through the various, nasty treatments, and I swear at one point, he chastised me for walking away from something I love. As soon as I felt well enough to think clearly, I began writing in earnest. Gift of the Realm was the first story in my renewed effort. 

 Do you see writing as a career?

 Id love to say, yes, I do, but I know how competitive the industry is. I also know myself. If I allow myself to get bogged down by the concept of writing as a business, Im afraid Ill eventually burn out. Losing my love of writing would be like losing a part of my soul. So, while I wont gripe over any financial success I find through my writing, I continue to focus on telling my stories for the simple joy of the process.
 In which genre do you prefer to write and why?

 I prefer to write contemporary romance, as those are the stories I reach for most often when I want to be entertained. However, any genre in romance does it for me, as long as the characters are engaging and the story is an interesting one. While most of my stories are contemporaries, I do have a couple of suspense manuscripts tucked away in a drawer. Gift of the Realm is the only fantasy Ive attempted. I find it amusing my odd departure gained me my first contract, but satisfying too, since I wrote the story with Dad in mind. He always loved a good fantasy tale.

 Can you give us some details about your upcoming release/s?

 My next release is a light-hearted contemporary romance. THAT DATING THING, available the first week of June, is a love story set against the backdrop of Wall Street greed. Sounds odd, I know, but I love the juxtaposition of financial crimes and heart-warming romance. Add a thirty million dollar inheritance, a rambunctious Great Dane, and a sexy, assistant district attorney with political ambitions, and Rylee Pierce, the only daughter of Wall Streets most notorious stock swindler, is in for the ride of her life.

 Have you ever travelled to a place and come away with a story unexpectedly?

 All the time. Gift of the Realm came from a visit to our ranch on the side of Mt Graham near the New Mexico border. My husband and I were headed to the ranch one night when I spotted a beam of light off in the distance. Someone must have crested a hill in their vehicle, because suddenly, the twin beams shot up into the sky like a door of light only to disappear a moment later. Just dont ask me how I went from a door of light to a fairy door within a ring of stones, because even I cant explain the path of my imagination on that one.

 If you could have any super hero power, what would it be?

 The power to heal. As a breast cancer survivor, I wouldn’tt wish the treatment necessary to beat the disease on my worst enemy. Wouldn’tt it be awesome to cure those women facing mastectomies and poisonous treatments before they had to actually experience them?

Tell us something about yourself, Mac

I’m a wife, mother, and grandmother. My husband and I have been blessed with two rambunctious little boys who we managed to raise into wonderful men without any disfiguring mishaps. Dirt bikes and ESPN are the order around our house, and life at the ‘Testosterone Ranch’ more closely resembles one of today’s wacky reality shows, than yesterday’s Leave It To Beaver. I’m one of eight kids, raised just north of Boston. My childhood was blessed with hordes of family and friends and I’m happy to report, that continues to be true today. I moved to Phoenix as an adult because living in the southwest feeds my soul. My love of books, specifically the romance genre, has been a lifelong affair, both as a reader and a writer. A bout with breast cancer sharpened my resolve to see my stories shared with others. As of today, I am a four-year survivor, living my dream.

My friends call me Mac. I hope you will too.

You can find me @ Mackenziecrowne.com

Gift of the Realm is available @ The Wild Rose Press& Amazon

6 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for having me, Jean. And no sweat on the pics. Folks can pop over to my website if they want to see my cover or my mug. And I'M the one who is sorry. Thanks for putting up with my chaos for the past week.

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  2. Hi Mac! **Waves madly** Great interview, ladies. I loved hearing how you first came up with the germ of the idea for THE GIFT OF THE REALM. Awesome. Loved that story. Ladies, you won't be disappointed. I'm reading THAT DATING THING right now and enjoying it immensely. Good luck to you, hon.

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  3. Hi Vonnie! *waves back* Thanks so much for the kind words. high praise coming from you.

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  4. Hi Mac,
    I love that idea that as an avid reader you suddenly think I can do that too, and then find writing-to publishable standards-isn't quite as easy as that! I've got to take more time out to read these days and get that TBR pile way down low.

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  5. Funny how that happens, huh Nancy. I still say there are some really bad books out there. But, they are great for my self-esteem.

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  6. Hi Mac! Lovely to see you here downunder! :)
    I'm sorry - but I just can't see you as a grandmother! How on earth can that be true?? I think the southwest is doing wonders for you :) I loved hearing how your dad's spirit was the one that helped you see your path in life at last. He would be so incedibly proud of you. I hope all the riches you deserve come your way too. I'm looking forward to checking your books out! I love it when dogs make a cameo in stories.

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