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Monday, 24 September 2012

Christy McKee

                                                                                      A Warm Welcome to Christy
 
Bio: "My addiction to reading emerged  when I was ten and down with measles. My mother, trying to keep me entertained,  brought home a stack of Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew books. Within days, I’d consumed them all and asked for more. That’s when it truly began−the pleasure of reading which would eventually lead to my writing.

I can’t pin point precisely when I knew I was different from everyone else−at least from my tight group of  hometown friends. Didn’t everyone have movies playing in their heads starring beautiful  characters leading adventurous lives in exotic places?  NO—they did not. Did that mean  they  were normal and I was the odd, slightly wacky duck?  My answer to that conundrum came when I attended my first writer’s conference in Savannah. Nervous about being on my own at the crowded event, a kindly writer from Texas took me under her wing and introduced me to at least a dozen writers.  Surrounded by so many writers who were so like me, I  fit  right in. I wasn’t an “odd” duck after all; I’d simply been in the wrong pond!

As a result of that conference, my desire and conviction to write blossomed. Still working a full time job at  a Louisiana cancer center,  I carved out time to write every night and on weekends. My first manuscript went through four incarnations, and a year under the bed,  before success came knocking.

Today my family and our two Labs—Lambeau, the Green Bay Packers unofficial mascot  and Gracie, who is just plain, sweet Amazing Grace—live  in a picturesque little town in Ohio wrapped around a lovely town square with an intricately carved gazebo where weekly band concerts take place all summer long."   

Here's Christy's latest release:  
Maybe Too Good To Be True

BLURB:  Gabrielle March is summoned to an oceanfront estate in Massachusetts by the matriarch of Atlantic-Hastings International where she is presented with a hefty block of shares as amends for a crime committed against her family. The stock—worth several million dollars—can give her the means to make her dream come true if only she can muster the courage to break free from her past and believe in her unique creative talent.    

Pierce Hastings, son of Gabrielle’s benefactress, grudgingly agrees to take her under his wing and acclimate her to Atlantic-Hastings.  Never one to mix business with pleasure, Pierce stuns himself when he ignores his own self imposed rule. Gabrielle’s complete lack of artifice, unvarnished honesty and quirky sense of humor are intoxicating to him―and he’s rapidly becoming addicted. He’s blindsided when Gabrielle confesses that, in spite of her growing feelings for him, she will never fit into his world of power and privilege and has no desire to try.

Before treating us to an excerpt, Christy Reveals:
From where do you get inspiration and what inspired you to write Maybe Too Good to be True?
Having children is such a blessing. I am sickened when I hear about a child who has been verbally/ mentally abused.  Part of the inspiration for Maybe too Good to Be True, came from my growing awareness of the damage done to children whose parents harshly criticize, humiliate and degrade them. In the back story, Gabrielle’s father wasn’t deliberately cruel, but he was controlling and manipulative, bullying her into doing what he wanted her to do. By the time Gabrielle became a beautiful, vibrant young adult; her self esteem and belief in her talent were badly eroded. Part of the story line is her struggle to become the woman she was destined to be.

In a couple of sentences, describe the hero’s character.  What do you like best/least about him?

Pierce Hastings is a shrewd, strategist who usually achieves his goals in business and his personal life. He doesn’t steam roll anyone; he simply finesses them into agreeing with him. As a friend, he is loyal, supportive, honest, and generous. His divorce knocked him off balance and he’s struggling to get his life and priorities together. His least attractive quality is his meddling—his family calls him the “fixer,” because he wants to make sure his friends or family get what they want. Pierce considers himself a work in progress, and he’s tackling his control issues. His most redeeming quality is the respect and friendship he shows to everyone, from the gardener to the governor of Massachusetts
—he treats them equally.

 And the heroine? How do you relate to her?    In spite of Gabrielle’s father usurping her self esteem, she is opinionated and not afraid to speak her mind.  She has an aversion to wealthy people who lead lives of privilege and make no contribution to society.  Unlike her, I grew up in fairly normal, two parent family. Having said that, I had a mother who pushed me to be the best, never satisfied with what I’d accomplished, knowing I could always have done MORE. As a result, I decided nothing I could do would earn her highest praise, so I shifted my focus to accomplishing my goals, for me.  Gabrielle and I had different upbringing, but we both need to concentrate on pleasing ourselves.   

Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? What would be your tips to overcome it?
     Absolutely.  Start writing anything.  Put two people in a coffee shop. The pretty waitress spills a pot of coffee on a cop. Write their conversation. It’s amazing how you can go from zero to “I’m writing” just by a simple writing prompt.

Do you have a writing routine?   
I write in three chunks each day: 9am to 1:30, 2pm to 5:30pn and 10pm to 12am. I have 2 Labs as my office assistants and have to feed them lunch and toss the ball a few minutes here and there. Usually I put my meals, breakfast and lunch, on a tray and eat in my office on my desk. I like to stay connected to writing all day. First thing, I check my emails and answer the highest priorities. Then I get off the internet—a huge time waster—and do nothing but write. My late night chunk is returning emails, blog stuff and some writing. This is my weekday schedule. If I’m at home on the weekends, I usually write four hours a day.



What is the best writing advice you have ever received?    I don’t know who said it, but I believe it. Don’t get it right...get it written.

What would you most like to accomplish this year?   
I want to finish my next contemporary, Too Close for Comfort and write my first paranormal, a dark ghost story.

What is your culinary speciality?   
First, let me say that my husband is a much better cook than I am. However, the few things I do cook are pretty good. My favourite is beef Stroganoff. Heavy on the wine, lots of fresh mushrooms, served over wild rice with asparagus on the side.
Any exciting plans for the near future?    Just a few short trips. We’re going back up to Green Bay, Wisconsin to see the Packers play. Every year during the holidays we go up to Chicago to stay for a few days to take in the Christmas lights and decorated store windows. Michigan Avenue looks magical with its thousands of twinkling white lights.
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And Now A Taste of Christy
             “The fact is, Mr. Hastings, it is not a reporter’s job to be favorable. They are in the business of finding and reporting the truth.”
            "Nobly put, Miss March.” The woman certainly didn’t pull any punches.
            “I hope this will put you at ease, Mr. Hastings. I own the newspaper. It’s been several years since I single-handedly set out to ruin anyone.”
            Sarcasm, even with a lovely Southern accent, was still sarcasm.
            "I see.” Pierce sounded duly impressed. “That’s certainly an accomplishment for such a young …” He froze when her eyes narrowed. What the hell was wrong with him? He careened from one blunder to the next.
            "Tell me, is it my age or the fact that I’m a woman that bothers you?” Her face was considerably more colorful than the rest of her and he knew it had nothing to do with the heat.
             Pierce was no chauvinist and certainly had no prejudice against successful females. After all, he’d been married to a talented trial attorney. Hadn’t he put his wife through law school? Hadn’t he supported Glenna in every way until she made partner in her firm and then announced that she’d changed her mind about having children and, by the way, she didn’t want to be his wife anymore either.
            "I didn't mean that you weren't responsible.” His eyes returned to the very entertaining Miss March who had just snapped up the ball and was ready to run with it.
            "What would someone like you know about responsibility anyway? You've probably never put in an honest day’s work in your entire over-privileged life. Flying around the world trying to stay one step ahead of reality. One of these days you’re going to have to come down to earth and see what it’s like in the real world.”
             Where did the woman get her information? She’d obviously pegged him as some sort of wealthy derelict. Fired up, she was something. Misinformed maybe, but she had balls of steel. "For a newspaper woman, you’re lacking in your facts, Miss...."
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Follow the rest of Christy's tour here

LINKS:
http://www.christymckee.com   http://christymckeewriter.blogspot  http://twitter.com/ChristyMcKee  BUY link MuseItUp
Pleasure to meet you Christy!
 Christy will be awarding a digital copy of Maybe Too Good To Be True to a randomly drawn commenter at every stop and a $30 Amazon GC to one randomlydrawn commenter during the tour.
LEAVE A COMMENT TO ENTER THE DRAW

17 comments:

  1. Pleasure to have you here, Christy!

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    1. Hi Megan,

      It's my pleasure to be here today. I'm looking forward to meeting your visitors today.

      Christy

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  2. Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden were favorites of mine. Enjoyed the interview. The book sounds great. Best wishes to Christy on the rest of her book tour.

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  3. Good morning Susanne,

    It's so nice to meet another fan of Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden.

    Christy

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  4. I loved reading the questions and answers, thank you.

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    1. Hello Ingeborg,

      Megan asks some great questions. Nice to see you today!

      Christy

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  5. I've never read any Trixie Belden books--crazy! This was a fun interview...

    vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

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    1. I don't even know if you can find Trixie Belden books any more. There are so many choices for young adults today.

      Thank you for coming by today. It was a fun interview for me, too!

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  6. I remember reading Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew books when I was young. I loved those books! I still have some of them on my bookcase. Enjoyed reading the excerpt and your interview. :)

    TOPSAIL246(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Annalisa,

      Hang on to your Nancy Drews and Trixie Beldens. One day they might be worth something.

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    2. Congratulations Annalisa,

      Your name has been drawn to win my ebook, Maybe Too Good to Be True. You have also been entered in the drawing for a $30 Amazon gift card on Sept. 28 at the end of my blog tour.

      Christy McKee

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  7. I am always happy to see a character evolve into the person she or he was meant to be. It is always so sad when I see a child who is being emotionally hurt by a parent.

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  8. MomJane,

    I am truly amazed when I hear some of the terrible childhoods many children endure and yet they rise above all of it to succeed in reaching their goals.

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  9. Megan,

    What a great day. Good interview and nice comments. Thank you for having me.

    Christy McKee

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  10. I remember reading Nancy Drew books when I was young. They also started me on my path to being a voracious reader. Congrats on the new release. It sounds fantastic. Thanks for the great interview and excerpt.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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  11. I always love the Christmas lights. A great interview & excerpt thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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