What books did you love as a child? Why?
I loved the book Secret World of Og. The names still stick in my head. The Pollywog and the critters called Ogs.
Who are your favorite authors? How did they influence your writing?
My favorite authors are Sherrilyn Kenyon and Christine Feehan. Their novels always transported me to another place. Paranormal romance stuck in my heart.
When did you decide you wanted to be a writer? Why did you decide to write?
I always dreamed of being a writer, but never really decided to embrace the thought until about four years ago.
What are the joys of writing for you?
I love being swept away when I write. I love my characters and the journey they make throughout the novel.
What are the obstacles of writing? How do you overcome them?
Finding the time to write is the largest obstacle for me. I overcome that with the help of my wonderful husband who gives me all the support and space I need. He’s always by my side helping me to succeed.
What is your favorite genre to read in? Write in? Why?
I love paranormal/romantic fantasy. I read it and I write it. I also love historical romances. My Christmas novella Quinn’s Christmas Wish is a bit of both. It’s a paranormal within a Christmas story.
How would you describe your writing style? How did you develop it?
Good question. I think there is a genuine innocence about what I write, but I also love fantasy creatures and I’m not scared of scary villains. I’ve always thought of my life as somewhat of a fairy tale so I think I share that in my writing.
What was the inspiration for your book?
I’ve brought to life an animal that lives in my heart. It’s a memory that has lived with me for many years. I’ll have to save that story for another time.
What were the challenges of writing your story?
Quinn’s Christmas Wish takes place in 1912, so that was challenging for me…it is an historical with paranormal elements, something I haven’t attempted to write before.
Tell us about your book
Quinn’s Christmas Wish is a magical paranormal Christmas novella. It’s a heartfelt story about compassion, love and the hardships found in a town called Bandit Creek. Here is a review I copied from Amazon. It gives a good description of the story:
“Loved this book! The connection between Samuel and Amanda was immediate. Such a fiery romance between the two. Poor Quinn with all his trials and heartbreak at least is finally able to find a friend in the most unlikely place, Jazira, a fantastical talking wolf. Jazira is able to survive in this world only due to the kindness of Quinn, Samuel and Amanda, but gives back more than what she has received. Lawna made me cry twice with this story, once in despair, and then again in happiness! Looking forward to Ms. Mackie’s other two books coming out in December and January, and looking forward to more Bandit Creek Books!”
Here is the Amazon link.
What did you learn about yourself from writing this book?
I learned that I really enjoyed writing a historical paranormal romance, and I enjoyed the youth aspect of this novel.
What advice do you have for other writers?
Don’t ever give up! This is a quote from one of my co-workers that holds a lot of meaning: “Congratulations for doing what many only think about!”
What do you wish someone had told you about writing that you learned the hard way?
1. Write because you love it.
2. Write what you love to read.
3. Enjoy writing because editing isn’t fun.
What is your next project?
I can’t wait to start my next novel. It will be a paranormal romance called Rooted Remains.
What are you reading now?
I haven’t started anything new at the moment, but I’m looked forward to it around Christmas time.
Anything else you’d like your readers to know?
Quinn’s Christmas Wish and the conception of Bandit Creek Books was done in conjunction with a fantastic group of authors. I encourage everyone to visit Bandit Creek at www.banditcreekbooks.com.
Quinn’s Christmas Wish
A Bandit Creek Paranormal
As far as twelve-year old Quinn is concerned Christmas has lost its magic. Since his father’s death life has lost its sparkle. His mom is now a widow struggling to put food on the table. Quinn is no help, and the mysterious illness afflicting him only makes things worse. Even Christmas, complete with decorated trees, ribbons and bows has no meaning…then along comes Jazira.
Jazira doesn’t know what happened to her former self, the eleven-year old little girl. She drowned, didn’t she, along with half the other folk of Bandit Creek in 1911? Somehow, she’s grown four furry legs complimented with a large wolf head and body. Scared and alone, she reaches out to Quinn and a strong bond is formed. Jazira learns Quinn, and his mother, are threatened by a wealthy powerful citizen of Bandit Creek. She is determined to protect her new family, no matter what.
Christmas Eve finds Quinn staring up at the adorned tree and muttering a quiet prayer. Will the Spirits of Christmas grant his wish, or will the evil surrounding Bandit Creek prevail once again?
From the Author:
I devoured my first romance novel when I was a teenager. I couldn’t read them fast enough. Years later I stumbled across my first paranormal romance…an injustice would be done if I tried to explain my joy when I found this genre of romance. My passion was finally in print.
Now, with the help of my bizarre dreams and crazy imagination, I have started to write and intend to share my stories with you. I hope you’ll love them as much as I do.
I am truly blessed. My husband and my animals are my inspiration. We live on a small acreage in Didsbury, Alberta, with our most beloved companions, Dozer, Daisy and Mandarin.
Happy reading everyone. I sure would love to hear from you. www.lawnamackie.ca
Quinn’s Christmas Wish – December 1, 2011 available through Amazon and Smashwords.
Impossible to Hold – December 19, 2011 released through Liquid Silver Books http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com
Enchantment – January 13, 2012 released through Muse It Up Publishing http://museituppublishing.com