PG13 Dark Author Interview for October…McKenna Gardner

McKenna, welcome, where are you from?

I currently hail from the Phoenix Metropolitan area, but I’ve lived in several different places in my life. I was born in Idaho, and have lived in California, Kentucky, and Arizona, but in about 25 different locations. And no, I wasn’t in the foster care system. 😀

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Idaho is my neighboring state. If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?

I have a bit of an obsession with the Regency era. I would like to visit there for a year as a working class citizen, then as an upper class member, then as one who would regularly attend court. And then I’d like to do it again.


LOL awesome, may I came with? If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which one would it be? What food would you serve?

Well, first off, I wouldn’t serve it. It would be selected by my character and I would ensure that the dining service was included, which would allow me to stare ridiculously into my main hero’s intelligent eyes. I would most prefer to dine with my hero from my historical fiction which has not been published yet, but is under contract with Hamilton Springs Press/Xchyler Publishing.


Can’t wait to hear more about him…If you could travel anywhere, on earth or off, where would you go?

I’m not a terrific fantasy writer, so I think I would select an ‘on-earth’ option. Probably Ireland, England, or Germany.


I plan to visit those places too. Describe your dream writing spot.

I would like to write on a foam cloud. Y’know, one that provides soft support wherever you need it for that moment, but could switch to another spot with just a silent thought. And one that would allow me to type with my arms relaxed at my sides. And my eyes closed. You might think I would benefit from a voice-activated writing program, but I hate listening to myself speak when I’m trying to formulate ideas. Oh, and the cloud would be silent and the perfect temperature. And maybe have a system where I didn’t have to take bathroom or kitchen breaks.


Don’t we all…How did you find enough commitment to complete your book?

Well, since my short story was only 30 pages, it was pretty easy. However, I did edit the book and that takes a great deal of commitment. It helps immensely when the other authors are as fantastic as mine were. For my current works in progress, I find that my commitment is directly related to the support I feel from those that love me.


Me too. What is the name of the Anthology?

Is called: A Dash of Madness: A Thriller Anthology


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Scary…Give us a back blurb of your book.

(From Goodreads)

One man’s crazy is another man’s norm.

Eight bizarre stories explore twisted perceptions and challenge conceptions about right and wrong. With a fascinating dive into several unstable minds, the authors examine different avenues for exposing warped cognition and mutilated logic. Each delivers a disquieting glimpse of reality.

Reformation: With a fresh start in life, the last thing freed inmate Todd Jefferson wants to do is live someone else’s, until the pros outweigh the cons.

Mouse and Cat: Mouse knows his place: among the filth and remnants of mankind. When given a chance to change his fate, his choice reflects more than just the intentions of his heart.

Stunner: As a stranger in a new town, Marin Overstreet is forced to confront a past she didn’t know existed, and defeat the man sent to silence her forever.

Five Humvees: Three lives, three errs in judgment. Countless consequences reside within this twisted military thriller.

Morningside: Back on duty, Detective Morningside must defy the odds and solve the impossible by delving into the criminal mind.

Kissed a Snake: Abandoned as a child, Jason only wants to understand his father’s reasons. And to kill him for it. However, learning the truth leads to anything but satisfaction.

Fogo: A neighborhood arson, a broken home, and an overactive imagination are the least of Renata’s worries, especially when her dreams creep into her real life.

Proxy: For Bret Maher, death is a perk on the job. But when he takes on a new contract with guaranteed success, he may get more than he bargained for.


They sound awesome…What kind of research did you do for this book?

Not a ton. I have been to Florence, where the prison is located, and I’ve lived in Chandler before. I did a little bit of research on certain psychological conditions, but otherwise, it’s a pretty straight-forward story.


Any special appearances or events coming up that you want to mention?

I will be at the “Drive to Thrive Writing Contest Award Ceremony”, representing one of the judges, Penny Freeman, who is the Editor in Chief for Hamilton Springs Press/Xchyler Publishing. I line edited the book she has chosen to have available—Shadow of the Last Men: Book I of the NEXT MAN Saga, by J. M. Salyards.


Where can we find your books?

Thank you so much for the opportunity Anna.

Your more than welcome McKenna. Good writing to you. 🙂


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