MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR MCKENSIE STEWART!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is McKensie Stewart. The name of my book is called Shattered: An Emily Graham Novel. The Emily Graham series is categorized under Lesbian fiction.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Wakes up from her life confused about how she ended up marrying Brendon, the Senator for the State of Pennsylvania when she loved someone else in college. Kyndall the matriarch of the family wants her son to be President of the United States, but he lives a reckless life, escorts, booze and heroine which makes her dream of the White House more difficult every day. She hires a hitman, Gregory to clean up Brendon’s mess. Emily decides to follow her heart but chances of her reconciling with her true love is shattered by the secret that is uncovered.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I decided to write about topics that are often avoided or controversial which could provide great discussion in a book club.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes, I am a planner decided on the Emily Graham series and there are several characters will have a spin off book. Oliver Hall, the detective will have a detective series. In book two, there is a housing community called Sweetbriar which is a swinging community that will be its own series.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I am editing the second book in the Emily Graham series it’s called A Mother’s Love
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I think character names are important in a book because it tells you a lot about the person. A name can tell you an age rage of a person depending on the popularity of a name during that time. I have a character in Shattered by the name of Pearl, the name itself is an older name that you don’t hear in recent years. In fact, she is an older character in my book. I have another character, Kyndall, her name means royalty the way it is spelled.
Where do your ideas come from?
I am cynical and may see something on television on in real life and say “that turned out good but what would happen if….”
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I do have a book trailer for Shattered. I think book trailer’s can be a great marketing tool for authors. Videos get more views on social media.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Writing the first book is my greatest accomplishment. Seeing a story I created in print means so much to me.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I feel free to write what I want. I don’t want to be censored in what I write, nor do I want someone to tell me what I should write. Writing is a creative process and if I was told what to write I may get writer’s block or create something I wasn’t proud to attach my name.
Have you always liked to write?
I found myself writing 3 years ago when I moved to Charlotte, NC. I changed jobs and had more time as I call it to “think” and be quiet. Once I did, I created Shattered. The book isn’t based on anything I am familiar or people I know.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
My second book as I mentioned is the second in the series. This book uncovers a botched investigation of a couple of murders in the first book. It becomes a struggle of wills between two of the “clean up men” to stay in good favor with their employer. Kyndall knows they want her approval, so she asks them to do the unthinkable, to kill her son Brendon. He causes her heartache and gets tangled up in a swinging community in Charlotte, NC., her dream of the White House out of reach.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I enjoy writing Dave Banks, the professor from Temple University who loves or lusted after Emily when she was a student. He is a jerk to all those around him to be closer to Emily. He dismisses his wife and tells her how much he wants to be with Emily.
In book two, I enjoy writing Eliza Richards, she is a spunky older lady that has her wits about herself when others want to discredit her because she is older. I make her a strong woman she had to endure a tragedy with her husband and now finding the murderer of her friend.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
My fans can find me every Friday, I host The Writer’s Edge with McKensie Stewart on The Fishbowl Radio Network (FBRN.US) in the grey stream 3:00 pm-5:00 pm CST. They can visit my website www.mckensiestewart.com. I am on Social Media as McKensie Stewart.
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️