Today Lovely Books Shines The Author Spotlight On…
Catherine A. MacKenzie
Catherine A. MacKenzie escapes from her mundane world by writing poems and short fiction. Although she writes all genres, she often veers toward the dark, composing fiction most women can relate to. Though at first reading her stories may appear bizarre, they are so ominously real that one wonders what lives hidden within her mind. Cathy has been published in various print and online publications. She has also self-published several poetry and short story collections, available as e-books and print books on Amazon and Smashwords.
Cathy also paints, pastels being her favourite medium and her grandchildren her favourite subjects. She lives with her husband in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The couple winters in Ajijic, Mexico, where her works have appeared in local publications.
Visit Cathy’s website at www.writingwicket.wordpress.com to discover more about this author and where to purchase her books.
How long have you been writing? When did you decide to become an author?
I wrote in high school and earlier, but after marrying and having children, life got in the way, and I never thought too much about writing. And then my first two granddaughters were born, and I was so wonderfully moved (I never thought I’d have grandchildren) that I wrote each of them a long poem. That was in 2007. I wrote a lot of poetry after that, but didn’t get into short stories until around 2010. I’ve been writing non-stop since then.
How do you find inspiration?
My first inspiration came from the births of my grandchildren. Now, I don’t know exactly…stories just come to me.
How do you go about writing a book? Do you have any schedule, tricks or tips to share?
I haven’t attempted a novel yet. I’m not sure I’d have the patience or figure out enough to say. I write short fiction, from the very short of a couple of hundred words up to around 10,000 words. I’ve had two or three a little over 10,000 words. Currently expanding a short story into a novella, which I hope to be over 30,000 words.
What kind of books do you read? Who is your favorite author?
I don’t seem to have the time or patience to read novels any longer. I seek out anthologies or short stories. I like Joyce Carol Oates. Her stories are sometimes weird (no offence to her!) like mine. I don’t really have a favourite author. I should, but I don’t.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a novella at the moment, hopefully to be published in time for Christmas 2014. It’s an expansion of two short stories. I hope it will end up being close to 40,000 words. When I’m not writing, I’m editing, formatting, and publishing other authors’ works. In between that, I enjoy my grandchildren.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I’d love to live forever. Who wouldn’t, right? Of course, I’d want to have all the faculties and mobility I have now.
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what kind of music?
I listen to talk radio. Don’t ask me how I write and listen.
Who is your favorite villain?
If you had to pick between receiving a million dollars today, or $1000 a month for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
A million today.
If you could take anyone out for coffee, dead, alive, or fictional, who would it be?
My two grandfathers, one of whom I never met.