Interview with Susan McCaskill

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in England, and moved to Canada with my Mom when I was nine. I always had an active imagination, holding conversations with fairies and people no one else could see.
When did you first start writing?
In grade five. I used to write in a notebook when I thought my teacher wasn't looking-but he was! As "punishment," he made me spend an hour writing after school, and then read what I had written to the class the next day. At first, I didn't like it, but then the kids started asking for more, and it kind of snowballed from there.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, I love the Harry Potter series, but it`s a male protagonist; I wanted to write a book with a female protagonist, and that`s where the idea for Penelope came from.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Trying to even find an agent these days is harder than finding a publisher!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The world I escape to for the time I am writing. I lose track of time, and sometimes, my thoughts come faster than I can write.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, I don`t have any at the moment, except for friends and family, as my book isn`t published yet.
Who are your favorite authors?
Philip Pullman, J.K. Rowling, Anne Rice and J.R.R Tolkien, just to name a few.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading or designing historical costumes.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes; it was called "The Mystery of the Whispering Pines." I was very much into Enid Blyton then, and patterned my books after hers.
What is your writing process?
I usually lie down and close my eyes; that`s guaranteed to get my mind churning! Then I just sit and write longhand until the ideas run out.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oh, my gosh; that`s a hard one! All the Harry Potter series, but that`s more than five! The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and His Dark Materials Trilogy. I can`t just name five! I like that the Dark Materials has a strong female character in Lyra. I love that Harry overcomes all obstacles thrown in his way, and I just love the fantasy element of Lord of the Rings.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Toshiba tablet, and I love it.
Describe your desk
It's actually the kitchen table when I write longhand! And I have a table that holds my laptop by the window in the room we euphemistically call the library.
Published 2013-10-04.
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Books by This Author

Penelope Parker: Witch In Training
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,040. Language: British English. Published: December 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Penelope Parker is a ten year old girl with a problem; she has just been expelled from school! Now what on earth could a ten year old girl have done that was serious enough to get her expelled?