Interview with Agnus MacGyver

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Well, my favorite book is EAST OF EDEN by John Steinbeck. I've always been a fan of his work, but this one is my all-time favorite book because it's the most moving thing I've ever seen, heard or read. It's explores the dichotomy of good and evil through a retelling of Cain and Abel. It's all about what it is to make mistakes and how often times the greatest gift anyone can offer is understanding and forgiveness.

My other favorites include PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen, JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte, and THE LONG GOODBYE by Raymond Chandler- I have read all of his books and it was difficult to pick a favorite. Philip Marlowe is the epitome of Noir/Mystery characters.Technically it's a play, but MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING by William Shakespeare is always a fun read.
What do you read for pleasure?
I tend to favor 18th century English authors like Charles Dickens and Jules Verne, but I do enjoy the occasional chick lit like Sophie Kinsella or Alisa Kwitney. I also love light, fun reads like Rick Riordan.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my Samsung tablet for e-reading, but I have my eye on a kindle too.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing for myself in High School after my English Teacher told me I was a skilled writer. At first my stories were all nonsensical because I would start writing before I really knew what story I wanted to tell. My first story that I had a clear vision for is still unfinished after almost 10 years because it's more of a learning experience every time I go back to it than a story I need to finish.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Kinglsey Clan is a series that was born out my desire to write a vampire a story. I am very pleased with what it turned into and how it allowed me to challenge the normal ideas of what makes a person good or evil.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I was applying to schools to transfer to from Community College, I started to realize that I didn't really want to be accepted to any of them. I wanted to write.

It's the thing that has always given me the greatest pleasure. It's something my brain knows how to do better than anything else. So, instead of joining the millions of authors trying to get representation and publishers, I would just do it myself.
What do your fans mean to you?
When I get some, man, they are gonna mean so much to me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to draw, which why you can see portraits I've sketched of my characters on my facebook and twitter pages.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me is being able to create a new world for my characters to inhabit. And being able to watch them grow and develop throughout the story.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I'm working on the next novella in the Kinglsey Clan series.
Published 2013-11-11.
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