Broken Pieces

Jack Canon's American Destiny

Author Interview – Madeleine McLaughlin

How long have you been writing? Oh, forever. Not stories but journals. I’ve always been a great one for writing down thoughts and troubles and feelings.

When did you first know you could be a writer?

I’m still catching on that I can actually do this and get some kind of response. There’s nothing better than working on something to the end and having other people say they like it. It’s like they’re accepting you for yourself. That’s not what they’re doing but that’s how it feels.

What inspires you to write and why? My life and the people I’ve met. Also, I need an outlet for what goes on in my mind.

What genre are you most comfortable writing? Something a bit dark and a bit scandalous, like a mother who kills her child or something. Not that I like those kind of people but I’ve taken courses in psychology and like to think of why someone would behave the way they do. Why does someone call the police on their neighbors because of hatred. Some people just deal with what they’re given in life. So why do some people strike out? Why do some people need to be leaders? And on and on, you get the idea.

What inspired you to write your first book? I just wanted to tell a story.

Who or what influenced your writing once you began? Other writers. I loved travel books and have always wanted to try my hand at one. I’ve practiced a lot with things that happen close to home because in travel you don’t just write about where you’ve been but how you feel about it, along with some bio and smells of the place etc, etc. The reader needs to see the world you’re in.

Who or what influenced your writing over the years? Everything I’ve read, every writer.

What made you want to be a writer? I just needed an outlet for my thoughts and something to work on that was interesting.

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? In most long works, there comes a point where it doesn’t work or what you thought would work, doesn’t. So then you have to go back and start from the beginning to see where it starts to go wrong.

Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? It taught me to keep at it no matter what, even when it seems like the best place for your story is the trash, don’t! Keeping at it will teach you how to turn something that isn’t doing it into something that is. It means learning how to excise whole paragraphs in order to get your story back. If you never learn how to take out large parts, I don’t think you’ll ever write.

When Kevin learns of his mountain town’s evil past, he must struggle to understand his father’s part in it and how it affects himself.

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Genre – Horror

Rating – PG

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