Interview with Mackenzie Daniek

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have fun getting silly with my 2 boys, aged 6 and 13. They keep me on my toes everyday. I also work as a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse, teach Home Care Aides and Certified Nursing Assistants and enjoy quiet dinners with my wonderful husband.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I follow several blogs of people who are big readers. Crystal Paine (Money Saving Mom), Jon Acuff and Andy Andrews frequently talk about the books they are reading. I also browse through Amazon top sellers.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Only five? That's hard.
Harry Potter for obvious reasons (it's awesome and full of imagination)
The Traveler's Gift because I love that I get self-help, a history lesson and a great story all in one
The Final Summit because it is the sequel to The Traveler's Gift and the lesson and story are just as amazing
The Hunger Games was a great series with both an imaginative story and a powerful warning
Breakthroughs. I love the colorful history of medicine and health. Just when we think we've got it all figured out, we find out we're wrong.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm constantly reading non-fiction books to challenge myself, but nothing beats cozying up in a blanket and jammies with a great piece of fantasy or mystery. The stories in books are so much more complex and richer than any movie possibly could be. My favorites are books those that mix some realism and fantasy.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm pretty in love with my Kindle Fire. I've tried several other tablets, but I always go back to the Kindle.
Describe your desk
Messy. I've read organization books about the importance of a clean desk, but I'm always most comfortable with lots of papers and trinkets around me. For some reason, I'm able to find things better when my desk has papers galore than when they are stashed in a file somewhere.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up all over the United States. My mom was an amazing strong woman who raised my sister and I on her own. We moved around between Nevada, California, Idaho, Virginia and Washington in order to get help from family or allow my mother to follow a better job. Because mom had to make every penny stretch, we often did not have TV or movies. So the library was home to me. I'd read a book a day and it would allow me to escape another move or change and I could always have whatever book I wanted. I take all the lessons from all the books I've read and places I've lived into my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since at least the 3rd grade. I had an amazing teacher who encouraged me to journal and she gave me my first journal. I think she wanted me to write out my emotions and thoughts, but I used it to write stories and characters.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've been in the nursing world since I was 14. Simple caregiving tasks are wired into my brain. But the more and more I talk with family members and even skilled nursing assistants, I have come to realize that being a caregiver comes with very little education and understanding. The caregiving world has become very complex and it's only going to get more complex, so I wanted to write in simple terms some differences between different caregivers, different care settings and tips on hard to do tasks.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on another caregiving book focused at the formal-paid caregiver (the ones that work in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities or professional home care settings). It's a small flip book with normal values, tips for communication and a place to write down important reporting information to give to the next shift.
Who are your favorite authors?
I can read anything from Phillipa Gregory in one sitting. I'm fascinated by the history of English royalties and I love the way she takes history and turns it into a great drama.
Andy Andrews is great to read. He's so positive and he turns self-help into fantasy.
I love the way that Jon Acuff writes. When I read his work, I feel like I'm listening to him speak. he's full of humor and some sarcasm which completely suits my personality.
Published 2014-02-10.
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Books by This Author

Six-Word Lessons on Exceptional Caregiving - 100 Lessons to be A More Compassionate & Creative Caregiver
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 7,590. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Aging
“This book is like having a personal assistant! I feel heard, supported and guided .” This is what the author’s clients are saying about these 100 creative and useful tips on how to manage all the complexities of caring for someone with chronic illness or a difficult aging process. Get practical advice for handling the hectic and sometimes thankless job of caregiving.