Full Interview found here: http://mkmcclintock.blogspot.com/
What inspired you to write this book?
There was a short story competition based in ancient Greece or ancient Rome. They wanted gritty and dark and erotic, which are all not me. I’ve been a public defender. I’ve stared men in the eyes who committed felonies, and no, my spirit is not broken because of this. My optimism remained, and I realized, a story where the hero has a good heart and soul makes him even more heroic. I had retold my story of Theseus based on the Greek Myth, but I put my own spin on the myth. I prefer action adventure stories where the hero stays himself. Dark is for my baddies.
Did you plan to be a writer or did it just happen?
No. I was always told I was super smart, and I hated reading about death and rape in high school English classes. Do they make the students read happy books? Anyhow I intended to make money in my future and my parents always told me to take the straight approach. I worked in engineering and then became a lawyer. All this time, though, I was penning fan fiction stories to fix shows that entertained me. I should have seen the signs years ago. Upon leaving my job that I hated, I needed to find a new career. I was told to get another job that would combine these two, I needed to write scholarly articles. I stared at the screen. Did I want to write something that bored me to tears, or did I write my own story? Then a student bill from evil Sallie Mae came, forcing me to realize I do have to pay my bills (which I do) and do something I enjoyed. At that moment, I realized I had to sell my stories as that made the most sense for me.
What inspired the idea behind Mything You?
The Greek Myth and the nun who read it to me in high school telling me life is hard and then you die. I want to shout back, no! Life is good.
Without giving it all away, please tell us a little something about how Ari is going to get through their biggest challenge.
Ari has to learn to be herself and go after what she wants.
Will you share with us a short preview of an unfinished sequel to Mything You?
I’m writing the sequel now. It’s about Antigone who will not get a tragic ending, and can help save Thebes. If you read Mything you, you’ll hear mention of the hero. What the book will be called, I don’t know.
What three words would best describe Theseus.
Adventurous, a little too sure of himself, and sometimes vain. Three good words are loyal, forgiving, and sweet. (I went over the limit.)
Which character will be the most difficult to part with?
Ari. She’s such a fun relatable characters, whose unjaded. Part of me sees her as friend.
What kind of research was involved for Mything You?
Are you joking? Tons of research. I spent more hours reading mythology than you can imagine.
Do you have to be alone or have quiet to write?
I can focus in a whirlwind or alone. My best writing is probably a mixture of both. I probably have ADD. I need two hours here. Two hours at home. Two hours there. I have to keep moving to writ.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
Yes. I have written unreleased series and this book is intended to be a set. Different stories.
What do you have in store next for your readers?
I’m a sci fi girl. Roddenbury’s Star Trek was so great because he had this world where humans didn’t have to live through this hell on earth in order to be amazing. I miss that message. I intend to write more short stories set on a space ship while coming up with my mythos. Not every character has to fall in love, because it’s a ship. My short stories are to help me learn characters and what happened to get my people on the ship. I can’t write a kick butt sci fi adventure without knowing my characters, intimately. A ship needs 8-10 major characters. I do have a story for the engineer alien girl that will come out before I finish the sequel to Mything You. I swear I have ADD, so bear with me.
Is there any place and time in the world and in history that you would like to visit?
My trip to Greece was cancelled a week before the trip because my BFF since first grade lost her job, and needed the money. I want to go to Greece because of all the ancient mythology.
What appeals to you most about your chosen genre?
Science Fiction is often based on mythology, but so many people don’t know the myths. I get the sad depressing nature of how the Greek tragedy was supposed to release pathos fo the viewer, but I don’t like depressed. People will pan that choice, but to me it’s harder to ignore the literary bent that requires stories must break the human spirit because life is hard. I don’t believe that. Life is what you make it and good exists.
How do you feel about book trailers and do you have any?
I hate power point presentations and so many have that feel of power point presentation. The ones that are amazing must know someone or have money to get a real commercial. I wish I knew more people with film connections, and I don’t want to put my name on something that isn’t interesting. My eyes glaze over on power points, and I don’t know actors for a fun, do it yourself, funny trailer either.
Best Christmas present? Finding something mom actually wants and not just says ‘thank you, I love it.’ I could give the woman a rock, and she’d say that. Every year it’s a challenge to get her to own up to what she wants.
Favorite smell? Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Oh and flowers, but the smell of chocolate and peanut butter makes my stomach flip in excitement.
Favorite series? Lately Once Upon a Time. I love Snow White, for the first time in my life, her story rocks.