**Author Peek** Interview with Kenna McKinnon

**Author Peek** Interview with


Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.

Hola, I’m a senior Canadian woman author, have written all my life since I could first print and at the age of five rhymed “stars” with “Mars” to impress my cousin. My first paid article was published only in 2010 and a couple of years later, my debut novel, SpaceHive. Cheryl Tardif from Imajin Books took a chance on me six years ago. That was my first venture into eBooks and eventually print. Since then I’ve had two children’s books released by a small press and was also self-published. I recently signed with Creativia, which I like very much.

Toronto, Ontario was my birthplace. My parents brought me west when I was an infant. We subsequently lived on a small farm in the Peace River country of northeastern British Columbia, Canada. In 1963 I moved to Calgary, Alberta where I met my first husband, who died in a motorcycle accident in 1971. Before his death, we lived in Oklahoma City, USA for three years during the mid-1960s and then moved back to Canada and Edmonton, Alberta, where I’ve lived ever since. I have three wonderful adult children and three grandsons. One of my children, my son Steve, died in September 2012 of aggressive esophageal/stomach cancer.

My interests are quite broad and I’m interested in health and fitness, cooking, drumming, caricatures, church and volunteer activities.  I’ve owned my own medical transcription business since 1999 and work at home.

1. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?

I write various genres but prefer mystery, I think, although I don’t read a lot of mysteries. The character of Annie is drawn from my own experiences with schizophrenia. I also like fantasy, which appeals to me because I can use the length and breadth of the universe as a canvas on which to write from pure imagination and, I hope, a bit of science and talent.

2. Are you a plotter or a pantser (one who writes “by the seat of your pants”)?

Both, I would say. I began by writing from the seat of my pants but have more recently begun to write outlines.

3. What is your favorite part of writing?

I think the beginning is my favorite part, where there is a fresh outline and characters/plot to develop. It is quite exciting to me to sit down to a blank page and begin to fill it with a story.

4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?

I already am a medical transcriptionist and do it well, I think. I don’t know if I would choose transcription. It just sort of happened over the course of my career that I fell into administrative work. I might be a student again and study archeology, but my age makes it unlikely that it would be a viable alternative.  I plan to retire in four or five years. I like to travel.

5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?

Lunch, I think. I sometimes don’t eat breakfast but I like salads, soups, the sort of thing one would have for lunch. I also like to cook, and often stock my freezer with meals.

6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? Why?

The female characters because I understand the female characters better than I understand the male, and I also like strong women protagonists.

7. If you had a superpower, what would it be, and how would you use it?

I would like to be very strong and lift vehicles off people who are in accidents, or rescue them from cave-ins or natural disasters.

8.  Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?

Maui, Hawaii, in a condo overlooking the ocean, with a trade wind stirring the coconut palms and men and women in colorful shirts and shorts surfing in the distance, or riding their bicycles down a scenic road just within my line of vision, eating a fresh pineapple and with a coconut drink in my hand, perhaps sitting in a 1950s style diner.

9.  Do you have any rejection stories to share? Reviews that meant something special to you?

Oh, I’ve had a lot of rejection slips in the early days before self-publishing and the internet. All reviews mean something special to me but I think the best was from my sister, who suggested she would like to see a sequel to Blood Sister, and that Annie was a character she would like to see again in a mystery. I modeled Annie Hansen after myself, and a couple of friends, so that meant a lot to me that someone close to me would like her that much.

10.  Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?

My next book is a paranormal/fantasy trilogy of novellas called Den of Dark Angels, and it was published in June of this year by Creativia. I’m quite excited about it as it’s my first venture into paranormal. It’s a bit of horror, too, I think, in places. I’m working on a novel about a dragon and a princess called The Smallest Red Dragon, an adult mildly erotic story. That is my WIP. I haven’t progressed very far with it.


Be sure to come back to read more about Kenna and BLOOD SISTER on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!


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Links to Kenna’s website, blog, books, etc.


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Amazon Author Page:

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Thank you, Kenna, for sharing your story with us. Don’t miss the chance to read these books!

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7 Responses to **Author Peek** Interview with Kenna McKinnon

  1. Tammy Hall says:

    Holy cow, you are one busy lady! I loved this interview with you. I love the cover of Blood Sister and based off of the cover it makes me want to read it. I am going to go check out your books. Thank you for sharing some of yourself today. I truly enjoyed it.

  2. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Kenna, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I, too, started out as a pantser but found the need for some kind of structure so I didn’t run off the rails too far. The technique I use is very similar to outlining. Just enough “plotting” but doesn’t squash my inner pantser. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to visit with us today, Kenna!

  3. Good morning, Karen and Kenna.
    What a good interview and introduction! It’s fun to see what you write in so many genres. Best of good fortune in your books.
    I lived in Victoria for seven years, b back in my school days and beyond.

  4. Mari Collier says:

    Excellent interview. My suggestion? Read Blood Sister. You’ll find plenty of surprises and a mystery that won’t unravel. Plus, a new hunk turns out to be a love interest.

  5. Some of the links are “not found”, Karen, and lead to another one of your pages. Either I gave you the wrong links by mistake or there’s something going on that directs them back to your page. Sorry, I’ll take another look at the links I provided. In the meantime, the Amazon link works to Blood Sister, and readers may enjoy a preview of the book right there. Not that autographed print books will be available from me soon, and all you have to do is let me know on my Facebook page that you’d like one plus postage. https://www.facebook.com/KennaMcKinnonAuthor/?fref=ts

    • Karen Docter says:

      Good morning, Kenna. I’m not sure how that happened but all of your links except the Amazon one didn’t translate properly in the blog. Took two tries but they’re fixed now. Cross your fingers!

  6. bn100 says:

    interesting superpower

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