Today we’re pleased to welcome first time visitor Naomi MacKenzie to The Novel Approach. Will Parkinson asked Naomi a few questions, so enjoy and then be sure to enter for the chance to win a $25 Gift Card from Interlude Press OR one of five available e-copies of Lodestones.
WP: Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Naomi MacKenzie author of Lodestones.
Hi Naomi, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
NM: Hi there! Thanks for having me.
I’m a Canadian from the east coast, currently living in the Toronto area and pining for the sea. I’ve been writing for myself since I was very young, mostly poems and short stories. I have several novels on the go at all times, but Lodestones is my first completed novel.
Q: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
A: I would love to someday write full time. It would be a dream come true to have an entire shelf of my own books.
Q: How many published books do you have? Can you tell us something about them?
A: Lodestones is my first published book. It’s a YA novel with a large cast of characters: new friends, old friends, lovers, potential lovers. I think it’s a lot of fun.
Q: Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
A: There are really two main characters in Lodestones: Robin and Charlie. They’ve been best friends since their first year of college, and now going into their final year are starting to realize, or maybe simply admit to, feelings that run deeper. Their relationship is very sweet. They’re affectionate and supportive of each other. Robin grew up in a cold family, and Charlie with just his mom, so they’ve both been a bit affection-starved their whole lives. Neither of them have had a friendship like they share with anyone else. So they’re always learning. But I think they’re better at it than either of them believe themselves to be.
Q: What are you working on at the moment? What’s it about?
A: I have a few things in progress. One is an adult novel about a young woman reconnecting with her outcast uncle after discovering that he is dying. And also a LGBT YA series with supernatural elements. Haunted hotels and all kinds of spooky fun.
Q: Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
A: I usually set a goal of a thousand words per day, but I honestly rarely follow that rule. Sometimes I can’t manage more than a few paragraphs, and other times I will finish an entire chapter or more in one sitting. My muse and my energy levels are unpredictable. I think the most important thing is to work every day, no matter how much I accomplish. It forms a sort of routine. Even if my routine isn’t exactly routine.
Blurb: On the eve of a new school year, several groups of college students cross paths as they seek out a secret end-of-summer lake party—including Robin and Charlie, two inseparable friends who discover of the course of the twenty-four hours that their relationship is something much deeper than simple friendship.
About the Author: Naomi MacKenzie is a writer and photographer from the eastern coast of Canada. She considers herself a Maritimer first and a Canadian second, or so she told the standardized testing people in essay form during the eleventh grade. She enjoys vegan baking, walks in the woods and, contrarily, hiding from the sun. Lodestones is her first novel.
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