Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and forty-fourth, is of young adult/MG, sci-fi/fantasy, poetry, short stories, mystery, nonfiction author, poet and interviewee Kenna McKinnon. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
She lives in a high rise bachelor suite in the trendy neighborhood of Oliver in the City of Edmonton.
She has lived successfully with schizophrenia for many years and is now a senior woman, member of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and the Canadian Authors Association.
She had three wonderful children and three grandsons.
Kenna is the author of SpaceHive, a middle grade sci-fi / fantasy novel traditionally published by Imajin Books; The Insanity Machine, a self-published memoir with co-author Austin Mardon, PhD, CM, including the latest research available at the time of writing; and DISCOVERY – A Collection of Poetry, all released in 2012.
Her books are available in eBook and paperback worldwide on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and selected bookstores and public libraries.
And now from the author herself:
When I was a child, adults loved to ask me what I wanted to be when I “grew up.” I wanted to be a writer. Many of my interactions in those days were with my imaginary stories about fabulous princes and princesses, wars and dragons, with which I entertained my two younger brothers and sister. When I learned in grade one to print and later write, I wrote them down.
A western Canadian weekly newspaper, The Western Producer, published young writers in a section called the Young Co-operators page. I was a lonely child and very shy, and sending away poetry and little stories every week to this paper was a source of much joy and learning. I first saw my work in print on those pages.
On October 30 this year, my second young adult / middle grade scifi / fantasy novel will be released by Mockingbird Lane Press, a traditional small publisher. I give the credit for the concept of BIGFOOT BOY: Lost on Earth to my friend and beta reader Judith Hansen from Michigan, who suggested a novel about an alien Sasquatch teen.
We talked it over and the story emerged—hairy, romantic Errl gets separated from his friends and is stranded on earth, where he meets Joe the trapper, Joe’s son Joey Jr., and Hunny, his true love, a local Bigfoot girl. The publisher of SpaceHive, Cheryl Tardif from Imajin Books, helped a great deal with the concept and the formation of the title. She has been a mentor to me in many ways.
I had fun with it, as I have fun with all my stories. That’s why I write. Anyone who writes for fame or profit and doesn’t write for the love of it cannot be a writer. Writing is too darn much work and too time consuming, one’s brain must bleed at times, and one’s coffee cup overfloweth. The rewards are intangible for many of us and certainly I write because I have to. Not that I have that much to say that hasn’t actually happened to me in experience, memory, conversation with others, or reading…wait, there’s the Universe!
I’m trying my brain in a genre new to me, a New Adult mystery starring a schizophrenic female private eye, set on an island off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. This will be submitted in February to an interested publisher.
I was trained to think at the University of Alberta by some very caring and brilliant professors. If I could make even one of them proud of me today, I would consider my labor of love accomplished.
You can find more about Kenna and her writing via…
- Her author’s blog: http://kennamckinnon.blogspot.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KennaMcKinnonAuthor
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KennaMcKinnon
- Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard
- SpaceHive Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/SpaceHive-ebook/dp/B008SYCHFG
- SpaceHive USA: http://www.amazon.com/SpaceHive-ebook/dp/B008SYCHFG
- The Insanity Machine: http://www.amazon.com/The-Insanity-Machine-ebook/dp/B009XMD0V2
- DISCOVERY—A Collection of Poetry http://www.amazon.com/DISCOVERY-An-Anthology-Poetry-ebook/dp/B008IHREX8
- Kenna McKinnon’s author page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kenna-McKinnon/e/B008M9WITM
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