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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Interview: Kinley MacGregor/Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Long and the Short of It is very excited to welcome Kinley MacGregor.

Kinley lives a life of extraordinary danger. She says just like "any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets, and a collection of swords that all the above have a major fixation with."

When she's not running interference or rushing off to the emergency room, she spends her time playing with all her imaginary friends on the computer. She has a lot of friends to play with, because there are more than ten million copies of her books in prints, in twenty-six countries. Kinley and her alter-ego, Sherrilyn Kenyon, have several series: The Dark-Hunters, Brotherhood of the Sword, Lords of Avalon, and BAD.

Kinley has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She wouldn't tell me exactly how long. As she said, though, "A long time." And she's been fortunate enough to never suffer from writer's block during all that time.

For her, the characters of her novels definitely come first. They are essential to the story. And, if you've ever read any of Kinley's or Sherrilyn's books, you will realize how her characters jump off the page. There's a good reason she's a New York Times best-selling author many times over.

One of those characters, Acheron, has his own book coming out this August (shhhh, Sherrilyn asks that we not tell him) and so this year is "The Year of Acheron." Stay tuned for a lot of fun as this long-awaited novel finally comes out.

I asked Kinley/Sherrilyn with so many books out, how she comes up with the titles? "I don't," she told me. "My wonderful publishers do."

Kinley/Sherrilyn is definitely not a morning person. "Night," she said, "is my favorite time to write or do anything really!" So much so, that at midnight the day before the interview she was "writing up a storm." And, when she's not writing, she's thinking about writing. Her "imaginary friends" keep her supplied with stories about them.

Be sure and check out Kinley/Sherrilyn's website, where you can discover so much more about this amazing writer. To read her complete story of how she came to be in the place she's at, read here.

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