Talkshow Thursday: Meet Kathy McKinsey
Linda: Welcome to my blog. It’s such a pleasure to have you. Congratulations on your upcoming release next week, Millie’s Christmas. This seems very different from your first book, All My Tears. What was your inspiration for this story?
Kathy: I wanted to establish a project to make me write every day. It was December, so I chose to do a Christmas story. I started without any plan of what the story would be, except that I decided to write it in the POV of a kitten. Then God gifted me with this fun story.
LM: Research is an important part of writing any book. How do you go about doing research for your stories?
Kathy: I am growing in doing research. I use the internet, and I’m getting better at asking other people to give me information about things they are expert at.
LM: What do you do to prepare yourself to write (e.g. listen to music, set up in a certain location)?
Kathy: I’m still trying to get myself to write daily. So, as soon as I’ve finished whatever first things I need to do in the morning, I’m working on just sitting down in my armchair and writing.
LM: What was your favorite book or author when you were growing up?
Kathy: Whoa, that’s a long time ago to remember.:) I had to think about it. I learned to read braille when I was eleven, and then I could read as much as I wanted. Before then, my mom read to me, and she was a busy lady, a farmer, and mother of four. Plus, she had to work with me on my school work. So she couldn’t read just fun books to me a lot.
A fun memory I have is when she read MY FRIEND FLICKA. She would often read things from the book to my dad the next morning, things that had to do with farmers’ lives.
LM: What is something you have always wanted to learn how to do?
Kathy: this is another tough one. God has given me the gift of doing many of the things I wanted to do. Such as writing.
But also, as a blind person, He has given me the opportunity to do things I may have feared I couldn’t do, such as raise children, have a job, cook and bake, make pretty things—by crocheting and knitting and drawing tactile pictures using braille characters.
I have been allowed to do so many of the things I wanted to do.
LM: Here are some quickies:
Favorite place to visit:
Kathy: Summer, because I hate to be cold. The Sound of Music. I love to visit my children’s and my mother’s homes.
LM: What is your next project?
Kathy: I am working on another collection of women’s fiction novellas, to be published in 2021.
LM: Where can folks find you on the web?
About Millie's Christmas:
Millie, an orange kitten, shares about her first Christmas. Her best friend Ruthie, six years old, teaches Millie about Christmas-food, decorations, music, presents, and Jesus! Millie's friend Bruce, the family dog, also helps her celebrate Christmas, and sometimes gets her in trouble.
When Ruthie's big brother Jake breaks his ankle, Millie learns about sad things, like divorce, when Jake can't visit his mommy for Christmas. Millie watches Ruthie's family love each other through the sadness and find joy in Christmas.
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