Meet The Author Monday – Kirsten McKenzie

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I want to thank you stopping by to talk with us today, Kirsten. Let’s kick things off with a little background. What brought you to the world of literature?
My father was an antique dealer, so my bedroom was stuffed full of hardcover copies of almost every Enid Blyton book ever printed, and numerous other classics. I always had something to read. It’d because of Enid Blyton’s books that I developed a love of reading and storytelling. And its because of my father that my books are stuff full of antiques!

That sounds like an exciting childhood. What genre, or genres, really draw you in?
Sweeping historical fiction, in the vein of Edward Rutherfurd’s huge tomes – London, Paris, Sarum etc. His storytelling is incredible especially the way he weaves all the threads together.

I’ve never been one to read fantasy books, until I read George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones series. His descriptive details are perfect.

And Stephen King of course. All his books, even the ones I have to read with my eyes closed because I’m too scared…

Of course the King of Horror. One of my all time favorites as well. Is there any particular event that brought you across that line from reader to writer?
The Discovery of Witches series by Deborah Harkness are the books which inspired me to write. Is there anything more exciting than the ability to slip through time? To meet someone inspirational from the past?

Deborah Harkness has a wonderful series there. I have read some of her work. Have you chosen a specific genre or are you dabbling in more than one? 
I’ve written two historical time slip books, and I am about to publish my first horror novel. So yes, you can safely assume that I am dabbling in genres now.

A double threat then. How has your publishing journey been?
My first two books were published by Accent Press in the UK.
My horror novel will be published by Squabbling Sparrows Press in New Zealand due to it being a horror novel, and not historical fiction.

That’s great. When you aren’t taking on two genres, what fills your time?
My Twitter bio sums it up really:

Author. Actor. Antique Dealer. Mother. Wife. World Traveler.

I love traveling. I’m a full time author. The mother of two daughters. And the wife of a husband. I don’t do as much acting now as I did before publishing my books. And I will always love antiques, and the thrill of stumbling across some piece of treasure hidden in a drawer or a forgotten box.

Sounds like you have a full plate. I understand you have a story you want to share with us about your father’s antique shop. Please do.
When I was little, I was allowed to sell 50c postcards in the corner of our family antique shop. Then I progressed to being behind the counter. After my father died, my brother and I ran the shop together. Now I write about the things in the shop, and the customers, and the treasures, weaving stories around them. Its a passion, and it filters through to all aspects of my writing. A reviewer once described my writing as “Antiques Roadshow gone viral”.

Certainly looks like you have some interesting reads for our To Be Read pile. Thank you again for stopping by today Kirsten and I wish you luck with your work. If anyone would like to follow Kirsten and her work, you can do so at the following links.
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