Nancy Deswik MacCreery

Biography

I try to write the type of books I love to read -- with action, humor and usually a touch of romance.

Most of my writing is done on the deck of a whitewashed beach house furnished with a jungle of plants, a well trained parrot and several blue-tailed skinks. The skinks are welcome guests as they scurry about keeping the insect population in check.

When not dipping my toes into the water, watching the waves or tripping over shells on the beach, I'm sailing into the sunset with my mysterious man on his 40' teak wood sailboat.
But not for long, as it doesn't have wireless! I'm a bit addicted to the Internet...

Of course, very little of the above is true -- what did you expect from a writer of fiction?
My life is not that interesting, but my characters have enough adventures to keep things lively.

Seriously, I hope you enjoy reading "The Essence" -- I'm working on a sequel. Please let me know what you think of my books and if you like them, please consider writing a review. Reviews are one of the main ways independent authors can get their books noticed and are very much appreciated.
If you have any other comments or questions about the books, please send them to me at my gmail address, NDESMAC, with "book comment" in the subject line or post on the Facebook page listed below.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
I have quite a few; I love to read history and biographies as well as fiction. Some of my favorite authors include Doris Kearns Goodwin ("Team of Rivals"), Tom Clancy ("Sum of All Fears") and the classic -- Jane Austen ("Pride and Prejudice", "Sense and Sensibility").
What is your writing process?
My writing process is evolving and hopefully getting faster, as I am finishing novels more quickly as the series progresses.
New ideas are never a problem for me -- I usually have several stories started at once -- which may be another reason it takes a long time for me to finish a novel. (Okay, it is a major reason…)
I start with characters and a basic plot, but as I write, the characters sometimes change the story. I realize that may sound odd, but I have to imagine characters in all types of situations to really get to know them. I had a writing teacher that used to say "take your characters with you wherever you go". It works! Sometimes the scenes I envision wind up in the book as part of the plot.

I also do a great deal of research -- for example in "The Essence", General Nicolai Hewzenko was inspired by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk; and though Nicolai's country is fictional, I researched Yugoslavia and Afghanistan before creating it.

Most of the writing goes smoothly until about three-quarters through the story. I usually know how I want it to end, but I have to think hard to get that last portion of the story to converge and peak so the ending makes sense to the reader.
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Where to find Nancy Deswik MacCreery online

Twitter: nancesays
Facebook: Facebook profile

Where to buy in print


Books

Unexpected Impact
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Series: Scoops and Schemes, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,570. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Adventure » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Sophia’s life has hit an all time low. Just as she chooses her career over her long distance relationship, she’s laid off from her job at Personna magazine. When she manages to land what appears to be a glitzy public relations assignment, challenges arise with the colorful CEO and danger lurks when she gets too close to the truth behind the profits.
Finding Thanksgiving
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Price: Free! Words: 4,950. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2009. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Family
In this short story, a young woman transplanted to North Carolina finds she has more challenges to finding her way around than most. But although she’s often at loss for words, don’t underestimate her -- she may make the best of the situation.
The Essence
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Series: Scoops and Schemes, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,060. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2009. Category: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
In this fast-reading, humorous romance and adventure novel, Sophia Smith Dubonnet struggles to prove her worth as a magazine feature writer. When she finally gets what seems like the perfect assignment -- interviewing a reclusive dictator -- events begin to spiral out of control. Will she get her story, or will the story get to her?

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  • Baiting & Fishing on Dec. 12, 2011

    Intriguing story! Ray is an engaging character, someone you’d like to spend a day fishing with. Fun to read -- great twist at the end.