Today I have the honor of introducing a new to me author, so it’s my hope she will be new to you as well and we can both add a book onto our TBR pile.
Linda MacKillop holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild. Her articles and essays have appeared in magazines and journals such as The Philosophical Mother, The MacGuffin, and Relief Journal, and her writing has been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays. The Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon is her first novel. Her second novel titled Hotel Oscar Mike Echo releases June of 2023 for middle-grade readers. Linda makes her home in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.
Now for the fun stuff! I have to admit I am partial to my Fast Five. 🙂 So settle in as I hit Linda with rapid-fire.
CC: Sweet or Salty?
LM: Salty with a side of sweet.
CC: Print, E-book, or Audiobook?
CC: Coffee, Tea, or Other?
LM: Definitely coffee!
Morning Person or Night Owl?
CC: Favorite Holiday?
I think I definitely am falling into the neither category for Morning Person or Night Owl anymore. Although, I’m definitely not a morning person since I fell down the steps in my half-groggy state one morning in July.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
LM: When I was 16 years old and wrote a poem that caused me to sit back and feel like the words came from outside of me. The poem was on acceptance and taught me something new.
CC: It never fails to amaze me how our writing can teach us something–even when it “came” from our imagination.
What does your writing process look like from beginning to end?
LM: I’m a “pantser” trying to learn how to be a plotter. For anyone who doesn’t know those terms, I write by the seat of my pants, but this practice causes problems when all the threads don’t come together or need a major overhaul in the end. Usually an idea in real life strikes me, and I begin to ask myself questions: What if it wasn’t a young woman, but an older woman? What if this setting in Illinois was moved to Virginia? What if the character had a lot of regrets in their past? But my favorite part of the writing process is revision when I get to fine tune and smooth out language while fleshing out the storyline.
CC: What if statements are such a fun and sometimes dangerous road. All those stories and not enough time to write them all!
What has been the biggest challenge for you on your writing journey?
LM: Finding a plot line that is both original and compelling for readers to keep them turning pages.
CC: Ugh! That is just absolutely petrifying to think about. Both original and compelling is a miracle from God.
How have you seen God work through your writing journey?
LM: He has fulfilled my dream of publication in my later years. Let’s just say I’m a late bloomer.
CC: Considering God called Noah when he was around 500 to build the Ark, I think you’re still a spring chicken. 😉
Do you have any advice for those who want to write their own stories?
LM: Read lots of books, practice writing, and practice some more. Find your tribe of writers to keep you encouraged and growing.
Now I’m excited to talk about your debut, The Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon.
Eva wants to run away from her life–if only she could remember how.
Failing memory has forced Eva Gordon to move in with her granddaughter, Breezy. But Eva hates the bustle of Boston. All she wants to do is move back to her quiet, cozy Cape Cod home and be left alone.
Then Breezy announces she’s getting married, and they’ll be moving to her new husband’s rundown family farm, where he lives with an elderly uncle. They’ll be one big family–but only Breezy and Brent think it’ll be a happy one.
It’s all too much for Eva. Too much change, too much togetherness, too much of an over-crowded life she never wanted. But as her desire for privacy collides with her worsening memory, Eva may find herself in a pickle she can’t get out of. Can an unlikely cast of misfit characters step in to woo Eva from her self-imposed isolation?
CC: Where did you get the idea for The Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon?
LM: I have wondered for many years why some people in life could be such curmudgeons and difficult to live with, but also loveable. I’ve known a few of these people–but I’m sure to some folks, I am one of these curmudgeons!