About Kirsten McKenzie:
I have worked in my family’s antique store since I was a toddler. I’ve gone from being allowed to sell 50c postcards in the corner of Antique Alley, a literal treasure trove, to selling $5,000 Worcester vases. The customers, the history and the stock from this iconic antique shop lead to my first novel – ‘Fifteen Postcards’.
I live in Auckland, New Zealand with my husband and two children.
What inspires you to write?
The unknown stories behind the antiques that come into my shop. At some point, everything in my antique shop was new, and desired by someone. What was the journey that those pieces took before they were sold to an antique dealer?
Tell us about your writing process.
I am fully a seat-of-my-pants type writer. I cannot tell you how my book will end. Even my book doesn’t know!
I use Storyist to keep track of the characters as they jump onto my page. And I keep a notebook beside my bed for those midnight flashes of inspiration!
And when I write, I always write a minimum of 500 words. I don’t write everyday, but I always write 500 words.
If I see or hear or read something that I think I might use later, I have another notebook for that.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I try to imagine how they would feel when I write something that affects them. I put myself into their shoes.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read, read, read. And share your journey with others. You would be amazed at how supportive people are wen you are following your dreams.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I submitted to several publishers. I wanted to try the traditional route first, and I was successful. Only five rejections before Accent Press signed me. I considered self publishing to start with, but I felt that I needed the expertise of a traditional publisher behind me to ensure success.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
From what I have read and seen, authors are still writing books, and people are still reading them. Literary festivals sell out, some authors are as successful as rock stars, and can fill the same theatres and auditoriums. The demise of the book store has been greatly exaggerated and the independent bookstores seem to be doing well.
I think we’re safe for another generation at least!
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Historical Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
Kirsten McKenzie Home Page Link
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