May 28th, 2009


Today on the Blog Tour I'll be interviewing C. Lee McKenzie, author of SLIDING ON THE EDGE.

About Sliding on the Edge

Shawna Stone is a heartbeat away from making the worst mistake anyone can. She’s close to taking her own life. Kay Stone is a grandmother Shawna has never known, and at sixty-four Kay feels there is little left in her life to look forward to. When they are thrown together they circle each other in a crucible of secrets and distrust until saving a doomed horse unites them and gives each a reason to live.

About C. Lee McKenzie

A native Californian, C. Lee McKenzie has always been a writer, but to eat and make contributions to children's college funds, she’s also been a university lecturer and administrator. Lee’s written and published non-fiction articles, both in her field of Linguistics and Inter-cultural Communication, and in general readership magazines. For five years Lee wrote, edited, and published a newsletter for U.S. university professors who were managing global classroom issues. Since she turned in her academic hat and began writing for young readers, Lee’s fiction and non-fiction works have been frequently published in the award-winning e-zine, Stories for Children, and Crow Toes Quarterly has published her ghostly tales. Sliding on the Edge is her first young adult novel. Writing for teen readers keeps Lee in touch with the young members of her family, and allows her to re-visit those wonderful years in life when everything is possible. When she isn’t writing, Lee’s hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Los Gatos, California.

Me: Hi! Welcome. Thanks for stopping in. First question: What competes for your time and how do you manage to give writing the appropriate amount of time it requires?

Lee: I don't give it half the time it requires. It's a pretty demanding occupation or art or whatever you want to call it. But I do give it what I can, so between family and friends and daydreaming I manage to write something--if not everyday then at least four times a week. I count short notes in my notebook in that estimate. Oh, and grocery lists when I'm desperate to say, "I wrote something today."

Me: Haha. I think I'll count my grocery lists as well! What is your writing routine? Do you outline or write as you go? Do you fully sketch and develop your main character initially, or get to know him/her as you write?

Lee: Probably all of the above. None of my books have come to the page in the same way. With Sliding on the Edge, it fell out of my head in chronological order. It was like I was telling myself a story and couldn't tell it in any other way, except as it happened. With my next book, it came in chunks with the MC so clear in my mind that she guided me through the process. With this third one there are disconnected scenes all over the place. I'm already tearing out my hair, wondering where I'm going.

Me: What do you particularly love about the setting you portray in your book?

Lee:I love rural areas in the California foothills of the Sierras. So I guess that's what I like about the setting. It's quiet; there's space around the characters so they can ride horses or look across open fields. I'd live in Sweet River if I could find it.

Me: What actor or actress do you imagine playing your main character in a movie or T.V. version of your book?

Lee: I think Dakota Fanning (Secret Life of Bees) would do a bang up job of playing Shawna. I'm sure she could show a touch of vulnerability stowed underneath a hard shell.

Me: Excellent. Thanks, Lee and best of luck with SLIDING ON THE EDGE!

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