Sunday, May 1, 2011

Interview and Giveaway with Loucinda Mcgary

Welcome to Jagged Edge today!
Would you like to tell us a little about yourself?
Thank you so much for inviting me to join you on your blog today!

My two great passions are travel and writing. So far, I’ve visited 47 states and more than 25 countries. I like to incorporate some of the fascinating places I’ve visited into my stories. I’m the author of three romantic suspense novels from Sourcebooks. Two of them are set in Ireland and one takes place in Venice, Italy. They also each have some different paranormal elements.

You can find me online at Romance Bandits (www.romancebandits.blogspot.com), my personal blog Aunty Cindy Explains It All (www.auntycindy.blogspot.com), FaceBook (http://www.facebook.com/#!/loucinda.mcgary) and of course my website (www.LoucindaMcgary.com).

What inspired you to write?
I’ve always been a storyteller, and a voracious reader. When a book didn’t end the way I wanted it to, I would make up my own ending. Eventually, I began making up the whole story.

What authors influenced you as a writer?
From the time I was a young teen, I’ve loved reading the great old gothic romances of Phyllis A. Whitney, Victoria Holt and especially Mary Stewart. Some of my readers have mentioned seeing similar elements in my work to these wonderful authors and I couldn’t be more pleased.

Your favorite character?
All my heroes. I’m always in love with my heroes. If I don’t love them, how can my readers?

What is your favorite Quote?
I love quotes and am constantly discovering new favorites. Here’s my current one: There is no rehab for stupidity. – Chris Rock

What is one book everyone should read?
Everyone’s tastes are different and I wouldn’t presume to know what everyone likes, but I do love the idea of everyone reading. People should read the book that most interests them, that compels them to keep turning page after page. And when they reach the end, they should be able to close the back cover with a satisfied sigh. I hope my books accomplish this great feat for my readers.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be?
No doubt about it, Middle Earth from J.R.R. Tolkien’sLord of the Rings. A nice comfy hobbit hole sounds delightful.

What is the one thing that every writer needs to have or do?
Every writer need to grow skin thicker than a rhino to shield against all those rejections and negative reviews! Unfortunately, these do not get any easier to take the more you get. I thought they might, but so far this has not been the case for me.

Are your books different to your personal favourite books by other authors?
Not really. My stories and characters do have my own personal filters and slant but basically they are suspenseful adventures about falling in love.

What led you to writing in this genre?
I write the kind of books I like to read.

What inspires you the most when you write?
My characters. I know far more about my characters and their back stories than ever makes it between the covers of my books. All of my stories start with one or more of my characters. Once I get to know these people, then I begin to develop the plot.

As far as what inspires me to create my characters, literally anything and everything. For example, my bookThe Treasures of Venice was originally inspired by a piece of music from an early 20th century opera, The Jewels of the Madonna. Usually my inspirations are a combination of things. My newest book, The Wild Irish Sea was inspired by my interest in twins and Celtic legends about selkies.

How long does it normally take you to write a book?
My first two books, The Wild Sight and The Treasures of Venice each took me about a year to research and write. Since The Wild Irish Sea was also set in the north of Ireland, I was able to use some of my research from The Wild Sight, so it only took me 9 months to write.

What are you most excited about this year?
The sudden upsurge of books being offered directly to ebook readers. I believe this gives both readers and writers many wonderful opportunities they’ve never had before. I haven’t taken the plunge and purchased an ebook reader yet (am I the last person in the known universe?) but I have hopes for a Mother’s Day or anniversary present.

What book do you wish to see come out as a movie?
Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, doesn’t everyone?

Funniest question you have ever been asked?
How do you research your love scenes?

Answer: I have a rich fantasy life.

What happened while writing one of your books that you did not expect?
While doing research for The Wild Sight, I ran across a genetic anomaly called the Niall Marker, which I knew I had to include in my story. Over a year later, after I’d sold the book and was waiting for it to be released, I was watching a show on PBS about African American’s tracing their roots. The show’s narrator was shocked to learn that he had ancestors from Ireland, and the reason he knew this was because he discovered he had the Niall Marker!

LAST QUESTION:
Was there a question you wish I would have asked but didn't?
What are the best things about being a published author?
Readers and fan mail! I want to be able to entertain readers the same way the books I’ve enjoyed reading have entertained me. I am always so pleased and gratified to learn that someone read and liked one of my stories.
I’m also amazed that people in such far away places have discovered my books. I recently received a post card from Andorra! I’ve also heard from readers in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Malaysia. I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of the thrill of hearing from readers.

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16 comments:

F.a.Ellis said...

Great interview!
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Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Thanx! Glad you enjoyed it and best of luck in the contest.

AC

Cindy Sample said...

HI Cindy. Your interviews are always so inspiring. But I can't decide between working on my WIP or packing for a trip to Ireland!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hi Cindy!
(Aunty waves to her lovely chaptermate!) Yes, I'd much rather be in Ireland myself. But you can't disappoint your fans! I know readers are "dying" for your next installment of your mystery series. ;-)

AC

Dee Brice said...

Yo, Cindy!
Great interview! As always.
Dee

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hi Dee!
(Aunty waves madly at her awesome chaptermate)

Really appreciate you dropping by to say hi! :-)

AC

Patricia said...

Hi Aunty Cindy! What a lovely day to blog. I didn't know that that you and I shared a love of Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt. I think I have every one of their books with yellowed dog eared pages displayed proudly on my book shelf.

Also, what a fantastic quote from Chris Rock!

Thanks for a nice interview. Now back to my WIP.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hey Patricia!
(Aunty waves at another FABULOUS chaptermate!)

I always say I want to be Phyllis Whitney when I grow up. She lived to be over 100 and published her last book at 93!

I saw Chris Rock on Letterman not long ago and when he said that I just howled with laughter. ;-)

Thanks for stopping by,
AC

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Waving Auntie Cindy. I am with you - I fall in love with your heroes, too!! You know I love your stories and when I start one of your books, I usually don't set it down until I have finished.

Fun spending time with you on this beautiful sunny day.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hey Paisley, M'Dear!

(Aunty waves back!) Thanks so much for dropping by to say hi. I really appreciate all your wonderful support of me and my books! I'm guessing your favorite of my heroes is Keirnan Fitzgerald since a certain Scot of Irish descent served as my "model" for him. ;-)

Glad the sun is finally shining in your neck o' the woods!

AC

jennifertanner said...

Hola AC!

Outlander and the successive books would make terrific movies as would your books. Who would play Keirnan?

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hi Jen!
I was very apprehensive when the announced Lord of the Rings was being made into a live action movie. But even if it wasn't exactly like the books, I thoroughly enjoyed it! I suspect this will be the case when/if Outlander ever gets made. I actually hope they cast an unknown as Jamie because I like not having previous roles influence my viewing pleasure. So that's what I'll say about who would play Keirnan. If I had my way (and of course I wouldn't), it would be an unknown actor. Then again, if Gerry Butler were available to play the part, I wouldn't kick up much of a fuss. ;-)

AC

Evie said...

Hi Loucinda!!

Great interview :) I really enjoyed it, you asked some very interesting questions!
Thanks for a chance to win a book!

Hugs!

jo robertson said...

Great interview! I learn more about Cindy with every one I read. Have read all of this talented authors books!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hi Evie,

Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed the questions Kati asked too.

Best of luck in the contest!

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

AWW! Thanks Jo!

You probably know waay more about me than most people want to know. ;-)

AC

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