Since my favorite scene in Disney’s Sword in the Stone is the Wizard’s Duel, can’t I simply be a shifter who can morph into any animal, like Anny Cook’s Ardent Angels series?
If you could go anywhere in the world you wanted tand do anything you wanted to (pretend you have money, time, and health enough) where and what would it be?
I’ve always wanted to travel to
If you were all-powerful, what would you do with that power?
Restore common sense and courtesy to people.
If you could interview God, what would you ask?
Hahahaha…why do allergies exist? Which denomination of Christianity comes close to ‘getting it right’? Seriously, I think once I meet Him, all questions will instantly be answered.
If you could live in any time period, when would that be? Why?
Although I love the Civil War era, I’m too fond of modern conveniences.
When you were a kid, what did you want to grow up to be?
A nurse, an archaeologist, an entertainer. In college, I was going to save all the abused children in my little corner of the world. But as an author, I get to be anyone I want.
What annoys you most about stories you read? Have you ever thrown a book against the wall? Why?
The only time I’ve come close to throwing a book against the wall is when the main characters refuse to listen or talk to each other. Sometimes I want to insert myself into the story, lock both characters in a room together, and not let them out until they’ve resolved their misunderstanding.
What is your favorite type story to read?
I’ll read anything which catches my attention. Contemporary, historicals, Regency, medical thrillers. It just depends on my mood.
What does your family think of your writing?
My mom is proud of my writing ability, though she’s not cracked up about the language I’ve used. My kids refer to my books as ‘Mom’s Porn’, and my husband can’t wait until my royalties allow him to get a new truck. On some level, they’re proud of me.
What do you do to promote your books? Do you find promoting easy or difficult?
I promote on chat loops; I’ve done blog interviews, and been interviewed on blog talk radio. And when my alter-ego does book signings, she very nicely hands out my bookmarks and excerpts of All She Ever Wanted.
The most time consuming part is the chats, so I try to pick times when I’m not having family issues. And sometimes my husband gripes about the booth rental fees at the festivals, plus the long hours. But I enjoy meeting people and talking about my work, as well as encouraging other writers.
If you decided not to write any more, what would you do in its place? Why?
If I had the money, I’d open a bookstore/coffee shop. And I don’t think I’ll ever stop writing; my head threatens to explode when I don’t get a chance to write down my thoughts or ideas for stories.
What was the most difficult thing you ever found about writing?
The waiting. Waiting for the acceptance/rejection. Waiting for sales info. Waiting for feedback. Waiting for inspiration to return.
How do you come up with names for your characters?
Most of the time the characters tell me their names. But I’ve been known to use the phone book or HS yearbook for a random name.
How long did it take you to get published?
LOL…from the time I sent off the first submission letter to acceptance letter…five months. Which is rare. My alter-ego tried for ten years before going the self-publishing route, and now she’s been trying for two years on the electronic publishers. She’s getting close, and it’s a friendly rivalry that my first one was snapped up so quickly.
What type of music do you like to listen to? When you're writing?
Musically, I’m all over the place. I mainly listen to Top 40 or soft rock, but occasionally I’ll get into the mood for heavy metal, alternative, or thanks to my father’s influence, classical. So I’ll listen to Def Leppard, Journey, Neil Diamond, Mozart, Amy Grant, or even Frank Sinatra in any given day. And my son also got me hooked on Disturbed and Six Days Grace.
What is your biggest obstacle to writing (if any)?
I have a tendency to wait for the mood to strike before I’ll sit down to write.
Where can your readers find you online? In person?
I have a blog http://kenziemichaels.blogspot.com and am posting at least once a week; I share a website with my alter-ego www.mollydaniels.com (it’s currently under construction, and will hopefully be up and running soon) as well as Face book www.facebook.com/mollyjdaniels and MySpace www.myspace.com/mollyjdaniels. Molly also posts daily on her blog www.mollyjdaniels.blogspot.com and shares my news with her readers. In person, they can catch me at hopefully the RomantiCon Convention in October, or at any festival here in southern
If you could sum up yourself in one word, what would it be? (mom and writer excluded) Why?
Creative. Work in progress is three words. If I don’t write, I get crabby. I also like to cross stitch, sing and dance to music, and I’ve even been known to be happy with a coloring book and crayons or paint when my kids were little.. I can’t draw, but I used to love paint-by-number sets.
About how much do you write in a typical week?
My goal is at least 500-1000 words a day, but I’m happy with whatever amount comes out of my fingers!
What is your favorite activity (besides writing and reading)? Your favorite color? Your favorite food? Your favorite animal?
Watching TV or going out to eat. My favorite color is yellow; favorite food is a tie between pasta and chocolate; I’m a cat and dog lover.
Is there anything else you'd like to tell your readers?
I welcome feedback! Let me know what you like and don’t like about my stories. And if you’ve been bitten by the writing bug, go for it! Don’t let anything or anyone get in the way of your dream. I’m living proof that perseverance pays off.
Thanks so much for being my special guest Kenzie This was a lot of fun.
Thank you for having me Ashley! You’ve asked some unique questions.
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