Interview mam Kirsty McKay

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I am really glad you’ve accepted my interview. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
My pleasure!

Can you tell us a bit more about how you became a writer?
As a child, I always enjoyed writing, but found it hard work, because, let’s face it, it is hard work. I began writing seriously as an adult when I had to produce material for a theatre company I was involved with. I wrote a few plays for children, then I realised I’d like to try writing books.

Was it difficult for the first book to find a publisher?
My “first book” to be published was actually the third one I wrote. The first book I wrote hasn’t seen the light of day and probably never will! I was definitely learning my craft with that one. My second book was Ogres Don’t Dance, and it took a long time for it to find the right publisher, probably about 10 years from the time I first started writing it. By the time I’d written my third book, Undead, I had a strong feeling that it would get published, I just kind of knew. I sent the finished manuscript to an agent, she signed me, and we sent the book out to a few publishers. Luckily, quite a few publishers were interested and so it was dream-come-true time.

Could you describe literature in three words?
Entertaining. Escapism. Provocative.

Is there a book you would never read? Why?
I’d try anything once.
What’s your favorite book?
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. It’s so damn moody, spooky andnorthern, just like me.

Favorite quote?
I have an awful memory for things like this. But I always remember this from Eloise by Kay Thompson: ‘Kleenex makes a very good hat.‘

EBooks or paper print?
Ooh, both.

What inspires you?
Weird people. My husband. Walking the dog. Movies. Snow. Nature, generally.

Imagine you were given the opportunity to meet a book character in real life. Who would that be?
Please explain.
This is an impossible task. Can I meet my own characters? But that would be incredibly stressful. What if they don’t like me? Actually, maybe fictional characters should stay fictional.

What’s your worst nightmare?
Although I absolutely love water, I have a fear of drowning. In terms of actual nightmares, I have a recurring dream that I’m an actor in a play and I can’t remember my lines. It’s very stressful, rather than actually horrifying.

The best decision of your life was?
Marrying my husband, having my kids. Two things I never thought I’d want to do! Soppy, but true. Other than that, just always trying to march to the beat of my own drum.

I can’t wait to read your next book. Are you currently working on a project? Is there any release date to reveal?
Thanks!I’m working on another YA novel – don’t want to give too much away, but it’s definitely in the same vein as Undead in that it has a very high spook factor. I’m really excited about it and hoping to finish it soon, but who knows when it will be out – watch this space!

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