Friday, December 28, 2012

CC Mackenzie in the house! PART 2


Hello world!

Today I'm back with my guest, the fantabulous CC Mackenzie! If you haven't read PART 1 of this interview, you may do so by clicking here.


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Now, CC has more to say so I'll let her take over :) ...


Do you read industry or writing related blogs? If so, can you share some useful links?

I read Joe Konrath - http://jakonrath.blogspot.co.uk/ - who divides opinion but he keeps his ear pretty close to the ground, encourages debate and is a very helpful guy to read if you’re new to self-publishing.

I read CJ Lyons, http://www.norulesjustwrite.com/blog/ – every writer should follow her blog imho. https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/?shva=1#inbox/13b840da876e16fa



Kristine Kathryn Rusch, http://kriswrites.com/

Writer Beware is a first stop shop for anyone even thinking about publishing, either traditionally or indie.  Run by Victoria Strauss it is up-to-date information on what’s happening now. http://accrispin.blogspot.co.uk/

There are plenty more, but these are a good place to start.

What do you think of the changes going on in the book industry (e.g., e-books vs. print books, and big publishers getting involved in digital publishing)? Where do you see the industry going?

Well, I’ll be honest; both sides of the debate need to work harder at working together. There’s too much throwing of stones and tossing of toys out of the pram from both sides and it is not helpful, so I don’t run in that playground. I go where the positive voices are like WANA (We Are Not Alone) run by Kristen Lamb http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/ and the WG2E Team http://thewritersguidetoepublishing.com/  run by Dee Dee Scott – they have facebook and twitter groups too who are incredibly supportive to a new writer and many are now published, including moi, and we’re there to help.

There is no ‘right’ way or ‘wrong’ way. There is the way that is right for YOU. And if that means self-publishing and being in control of the entire process and that’s right for you then fine. If it means submitting, reworking a manuscript until your eyes and ears bleed and that is right for you then that’s fine too. If it means finding indie success and a publisher calls and you accept an offer to go down that route that is fine too. Or if you say ‘no thank you’ to an agent or a deal that’s fine too.  Can you see a picture emerging?  The wonderful thing is that now authors have freedom of choice. At last authors are speaking to readers without the middleman. Authors are excited and so are readers and that can only be a good thing imho.

Boutique publishers are already springing up to service the writer and the reader – sort of like a halfway house. Not quite self publishing they take over the formatting, covers, blog, twitter, and facebook heavy lifting - leaving the author to write. At least that’s the theory so it should be interesting to see how it develops.

However, we writers are now running our own publishing businesses, servicing readers world-wide directly one on one and even selling directly to them too without using Amazon  & Co. I can see a sort of author co-operative future where writers collaborate, perhaps in their hundreds, to run book promotions for their fans. Readers love talking to authors who don’t only promote their own work but promote the work of others without backstabbing and negativity. I know this because that is what readers tell me. It’s an interesting and exciting time to be a writer.

And the world is shrinking. iTunes are in over fifty countries and counting. Kobo are spread even further but need to get their act together regarding their search engine. And the big kahoona, Amazon, is determined to be the winner in global Ebook domination. They run a business and are in it to make money, which I think makes them predictable so I don’t worry about how ‘big’ they’re going to be or not. I just want to find my readers. I believe in spreading my work everywhere and on all platforms. I believe that eventually everything will be held in the cloud rather than on drives or devices too.

What advice do you think aspiring authors should heed today?

Write what you want to read and cannot find. Learn your craft. It takes time to learn the craft, which is a never-ending work in progress and that is as it should be because readers demand and need change. And the READER must be front and centre of everything you do. The READER is God. AND once a book is out there it no longer belongs to the author, it belongs to the reader. If we can get our head around that reality, move on and keep writing, then we’ll do well.

What are you working on now?

Book three of The Vampyre Legal Chronicles, Gia’s song, which is based in New York. Outlining the next three novellas in the series. Final editing SOLD hopefully coming out in January and working on my futuristic UNTOUCHABLE series out in Fall 2013, which sounds far away but it’s not. And then my fourth Ludlow Hall book, which is due out early summer 2013.

What hero/heroine/villain/other character was the most fun or challenging to write for you?

It’s funny you should ask that. I thought Rosie; the secondary character from Reckless Nights In Rome would be easy since I knew her so well. But noooooo. It’s been a challenge writing the love story of Alexander and Rosie because why haven’t they got it together before now? So I had to dig really deep into both their motivation and emotional conflicts. And then add in a life changing even for Rosie and her need to move on and get a life. Hitting the right note was hard because they know each other too well (they think). So it’s been like writing an emotional iceberg - what’s on the surface is nothing compared to what’s hidden underneath. And Rosie’s naturally funny and mouthy and brave. Except where it comes to her own heart, her own needs and her own fears. There’s nothing like dreaming of something for years and years and then getting it. In some ways the reality might not reach a person’s expectation but exceeds them in others.  A bit like real life! And again, Alexander’s an alpha, hehehe. I love bringing a man to his knees.

But the best fun has been my paranormal series and the futuristic one coming next year. I’ve had a fabulous time with those.

How do you juggle work, writing, chores and family/personal life? Do you have a secret to time management that you want to share with readers?

I don’t is the honest answer. I juggle many balls in the air and just make sure it’s the ones that bounce I drop. I wish I had two of me. My expectations for myself tend to be unrealistic and I take on too much. I have three children now in their late teens and late twenties and they’ve been incredible. But sometimes they need their mother to be their mother. My husband is amazing. He’s taken over all the grocery shopping and cooking.  He’s not into romance, ahem. But he’ll listen to me talking about characters and motivations etc. He does all the techie work for me along with formatting, links and dealing with the distributors.

Do you have a ritual that you follow when it comes to writing?

I try not to touch the Internet until I’ve my daily word count under my belt. Except for today! Thank you for that, Natalie! My keyboard is an extension of my brain and since I touch type I use a DAS keyboard for MAC.

How would you describe your writing voice?

A fun, fast, emotional read.

What message do you want to send readers with your writing? How do you want readers to remember you?

I want a reader to have fun, be pulled into a story that is pure escapism from the real world for a short time, but leave them with a sense of completion at THE END. I hope they remember me as someone who didn’t shortchange them.

The best part of writing and getting your books published?

Speaking to readers who love the story and meeting soul mates.

The worst part?

Not having enough hours in the day and dealing with the downside of the Internet, the trolls and spam.

Where do you see yourself, career-wise, in 5 years’ time?

With my Paranormal Vampyre series rocking along with the Contemporary romances and bringing readers across genres.

Name something you like to do when you’re not writing – a hobby, maybe…

I dance, a lot.  Spend time with my family, read and listen to music.

What is your philosophy of life? Who is CC Mackenzie?

Never live with regret. Life is not a dress rehearsal; we can’t go back and do it again if we get it wrong so lose the fear and follow your heart.

Movies – drama or humor? Do you have a favorite?

Humor. Leap Year! Loved that film even though the hero needed a big boot up the ass!

Favorite music and artist?

I love a cross section from Classical to Adele. I listen to anyone and anything that is talented.

What’s your color and why?

Blues, across the spectrum. They’re calm and cool, everything I’m not!

Ice-cream or cake? Flavor/type?

Ice-cream, triple chocolate with fudge or toffee.

Ideal vacation spot?

The Indian Ocean.

Favorite season?

Spring.

Favorite holiday?

Hemingways at Malindi on the Kenyan coast. Love it.



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About CC Mackenzie:

C C MacKenzie is a wife, and mother of three, based in South Cheshire, U.K.

Since childhood, she dreamt of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her careers in banking, fitness, interior design and construction. Reckless Nights in Rome is her first novel, followed by 'A Stormy Spring' in August 2012 and Run Rosie Run in December 2012 .
C C MacKenzie is currently finishing three more Contemporary Romances due for release in 2013. She is also working on a vampire paranormal saga.


The first one of The Vampyre Legal Chronicles, Big Trouble In China, is out now!

Find her here:

Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/CCMzie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ @ccmackenzie1
Email: ccmackenzie56@gmail.com


LAST CHANCE TODAY - PRIZE ALERT!!! CC IS GIVING AWAY AWESOME PRIZES TO 10 LUCKY WINNERS! IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY, DON'T FORGET TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RAFFLECOPTER DRAWING INCLUDED IN PART 1 OF THIS INTERVIEW. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO TAKE PART.

~ Natalie G. Owens ~ 
No Rules. No Formulas. Just a world of love, mystery and fantasy!