Give this one a try, people! Sounds interesting.
The book is Destiny Fulfilled by Laire McKinney, an Adult, Fantasy, Romance.
Only love can save them…
Wren O’Hara is waiting for the day she succumbs to mental illness like her mother. When she is attacked by a psychotic client at work, and saved by what must be an angel, she fears the time for insanity has come.
Little does she know, her savior is an immortal warrior druid named Riagan Tenman, and that he will challenge everything she ever thought she knew about reality.
Now Wren must decide if the fantasy unfolding before her is true, or if she has finally lost her mind.
A chat with the Author.
Hi Laire, and thank you for being here!
Let’s start easy: do you have a day job?
I do have a day job. I work as a mental health and substance abuse therapist. It’s challenging yet rewarding work. I have worked for non-profits, drug treatment facilities and private practice, relishing in the uniqueness of each. I also have three children, a hubs who I’ve been with since I was a wee twenty-two years old, and a rescue pup. It’s hard to fit everything into a day, for sure, but I keep a meticulous planner (paper not digital) and have a set of highlighters that help me keep things separate and moving along a bumpy but not crater-filled path.
What started you on the path to writing?
I’ve always loved to read and started writing short stories in high school when I took an AP Lit class. I’ll never forget that incredible high I felt over writing something good. I got 100% on the assignments.
In college, I majored in English with a creative writing focus and had a particularly intriguing and provocative teacher who will forever remain an inspiration—not only for what she taught me about literature and writing, but because she was so fantastically unique.
After graduation, real life took over and I moved to a different state, got a job, left the job and went to graduate school to get a degree in social work. Cue marriage and two children, and you can see why I slid off the writing track. But when my third child was born and I was home nursing, carpooling, wishing I had more sleep, etc, I taught myself to write a novel. The second novel I wrote is Destiny Fulfilled, the first novel being so bad it will never come to the light.
What does a typical workday look like for you?
Fun question! And a little scary—on certain days, for sure. I wake up between 5:30 and 6:30. Drink coffee and listen to NPR while catching up on emails. At 6:30 the kiddos start rolling out of bed and the school morning chaos begins (On days I work, I’m in the office by 7:00 am). I do at least one if not two carpools then come back to a quiet and messy house. I clean, and that can vary in length of time, but I usually fizzle out and leave it for later. Needless to say, cleaning is not my favorite past-time. Then I sit and write until life creeps back in and errands need run and kids need picked up. Then the evenings are devoted to family, though I do take my computer to sports’ practices. I sit in the car and write. That time can be very productive!
How do you keep from resenting your duties when you have to stop writing to take care of them?
This is difficult, especially starting out when you don’t have the agent or the publisher or the sales to justify taking the time to write. I’m sure, though, even well-established authors have trouble juggling it all, but for the newbie, the dedication can be wrought with hammers constantly chipping away at it.
My suggestion is balance. If you’re feeling guilty or too pulled in different directions and can’t concentrate, it’s not the time to write.
If you’re obsessing over writing and it’s causing anxiety to not do it, then sit your bottom in the chair and go for it. Laundry can wait. Cleaning can wait. Phone calls can wait. Take advantage of the time you have. I write in the car all the time. Nearly daily, in fact. I run kids to so many activities, I slip my laptop, affectionately known as Poe, into my bag and off I go. Practices are the best because I just sit in my car and don’t feel I’m missing anything.
Has your environment or upbringing colored your writing?
I grew up in the beautiful, mountainous and enchanting state of West Virginia where the mist and the shadows and the folklore lay a perfect foundation for creativity. The landscape figures prominently in all my writing without fail. I have long since moved out of that area, but my family still lives there and my children ask to go visit often. I like to say, quite truthfully, the mountains are in my blood.
Do you have a hidden or uncommon talent that helps, or makes it harder, to write the story?
It’s not a talent, per se, but I am a very empathic person and can absorb people’s emotions, whether they be in front of me, or on the screen, or in a book. I can so easily slip into someone’s feelings that it makes it relatively easy to write a variety of characters.
What does your writing space look like?
Since I’m sitting in it now, this will be easy to describe! I’m sitting on a sofa, which is where I often write because I find it more comfortable than the desk chair. To my left is the said desk and chair, piled with crystals, small statues—two elephants and one buddha—three mini picture frames showing my great-grandmother, my grandmother and my mother. Books, of course, and two Himalayan salt candles that I light when I write. On the window ledge are lavender, bamboo and cactus plants, and sitting on the windowsills are bobble-heads of various Nationals’ players.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Read. Always read. I lose a lot of sleep because of reading. I lie in my bed at night with my kindle reading. When I want to sleep, I don’t put it on the nightstand. No, I put it under my pillow so when I awake during the night, I can whip it out and read a page or two, or more, before falling back to sleep. Sometimes I’ll read a few minutes when I wake up in the morning. On occasion, I’ll lose my kindle during sleep and I will wake up fully and in a panic to find it. I can’t just go back to sleep. On a deserted island, I’d take chap stick and my kindle.
What are your top three favorite books of all time?
I always love this question, and always find it hard to answer, but here we go:
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. And The Black Lyon by Jude Deveraux…and The Velvet Series also by Ms. Deveraux…and anything by Liane Moriarty. Wait, that’s more than three, but I’m sure you’ll forgive me!
If you were stranded on a deserted island and can have only 2 people with you, a person from your books and a person from any other book, which would they be?
Riagan Tenman—the immortal, warrior druid from Destiny Fulfilled. He’s crass and bold and selfish in the beginning but turns into one helluva sexy and endearing man.
Miles Montgomery from The Velvet Angel. *swoon*
Me and two men on a deserted island? Rescue, be damned!
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