Where Writers And Authors Meet Interviews:
Duchess Mackinnonwas our Featured Spotlight author on the week of December 2nd and visitors were encouraged to ask Ms. Mackinnon some of their own questions! Here is a link to that Spotlight! Feel free to ask more questions, and we might just be able to get Ms. Mackinnon back for a follow up interview!
Asked by Jo Linsdell:
What was the toughest thing you had to go through when writing The Endless Night?
The hardest thing was the death of my marriage. I started writing the book a few weeks after I got separated from my husband. It’s a long and complicated story that involved immigration. I actually had moments writing that were hard because I was actually a little jealous of my characters.
Do you always write from the same place or do you move around?
I move around. Sometimes I write in café’s, at home, or on pieces of paper when I don’t have my laptop around.
Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve always loved to read. I remember looking forward to learning how to read and it didn’t take me very long to learn. I was in the fifth grade when creative writing was first encouraged. It didn’t take me long to expand from the idea of writing a story to writing a book. Also my Dad was a huge inspiration. He used to tell great bedtime stories out of his head because he didn’t read very well.
Asked by Virginia Jennings:
Do you have any particular music you like to listen to while writing or do you need QUIET!?
I write to music. I have a huge range in genre. I wrote The Endless Night to a range that spanned from Tarja & Nightwish to Johnny Cash. The only thing I haven’t written to is gospel music but I wouldn’t rule that out entirely never happening.
Do you have any new projects in the works?
I am working on the second book which I have titled The 100 Nights. I am also working on a movie screenplay from a classic novel in the public domain. In between I am also working on a series of short stories. It will be a series. The first one is a short story featuring Beethoven. The second will be Chopin and the third Mozart.
Besides writing… what else do you like to do in your spare time?
I knit, spin, weave, and paint. I also love taking photographs.
If you could take any character on vacation- who would you take (from what book) and where would you go/ what would you do?
Well obviously I would take my lead vampire, Jared MacAllistair. We would tour Europe and he could tell me the real history from how he saw it as he lived through it all.
From Admin Virginia- Aww that is really cool! Someone else I know who knits! Thank you for taking some time to answer our questions Ms. Mackinnon. You’ve been a great sport 🙂
You can find Duchess Mackinnon’s book on Amazon here