MacKenzie just realized the bogeyman is real and he lives right next door. The only problem is she doesn’t know if she’s a part of his life, or he’s a part of hers. After the death of her father, MacKenzie discovered a letter that changed her life forever. Now with the knowledge she is Wiccan, she embarks on a journey to discover her true self. On that path she meets Damion, a man she is drawn to on a primal level. Since their chance encounter she has strange life-like dreams and tries to keep him at arm’s length. Not trusting her reaction to him, she relies on her instinct to lead her through their time together.
Tell me about yourself. What’s a day in your life like? I wake up at seven in the morning, get my ten year old son and his eight year old sister ready for school and out the door by seven thirty. Come home to wake up my four year old by eight to get her ready for preschool and get breakfast in her system (older two eat breakfast at school). By then my two year old twin terrors are awake and looking to be fed. Fight with all three of them to eat their breakfast, instead of feeding the floor (they do this every morning, apparently they feel the floor is very, very hungry). By eight forty five, I am out the door with my four year old to drop her off at preschool and head myself to work. Work for about three hours, pick my four year old up from her school and head home where the twin terrors are ready for lunch and again we go through the ritual of making them eat and quit feeding the floor (by the end of the day the floor will be completely full and it will only start all over again). By two in the afternoon (on Tuesdays and Thursdays) I am making sure that my husband is ready for school and out the door and waiting for my older two children to walk in the front door from their walk home from school, this usually happens around two fifteen/two twenty and is ALWAYS after I have gotten the twin terrors calm and the four year old to take her quiet time, but all of that is dust in the wind the minute the older two walk in the door. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at two in the afternoon I am patiently waiting for my children to finish saying good bye to their friends and make their way to the vehicle and get inside so that we can get home. By six in the evening, it is dinner time and the fight begins yet again about feeding the floor (that floor eats more than I do but my girls insist that it is very hungry). By seven it’s bath time and by eight it’s bed time, where the ritual of filling the sippy cups, diaper changes, fight to keep their jammies on (this is an all day affair as well, the outfit is the only thing that has changed) for the twin terrors and then the process of getting them into their beds, covered up and hugs and kisses for the night. On to the next room where my older girls have just finished getting their jammies on and are now in the process of fighting because the Pixie, my four year old, doesn’t want to sleep on her own bed but would rather pick on her older sister, the Imp, and try to sleep on her bed. So then begins the ritual of playing peace keeper, where I put the four year old on her bed, making a big deal with her hugs and kisses and how great her little toddler bed is compared to her older sisters full size futon bed (yea I don’t believe me either) and tuck her in, read a story and then move on to my eight year old for the hugs and kisses routine as well as a little reminder that she is the older sister in the room as well as bigger and she needs to be nicer to her sister, which ends with the Pixie sticking her tongue out at her sister and the Imp rolling her eyes at the injustice of it all. I rather look forward to the eight o’clock pm hour. That is when all four of my girls are in bed and I can get to the computer and actually get some writing done. By nine I am on a roll with whatever WIP I am working on and have to drag myself away to say good night to the Potato Chip, my son who is the oldest at ten years old, and do the whole half-hearted hugs and kisses for bedtime because he is much too old and much too cool to be giving mom kisses good night. After that, it’s writing for three hours (with some Facebook thrown in for good measure) and bed by midnight so that I can start the whole thing over again the next day. Though this schedule does change up a little bit on the weekends. But only a little bit.
When you were a child, what was your dream occupation? I wanted to be an actress.
Describe an incident in your life that’s helped mold you into the person you are today. When I was in eighth grade, I had a creative writing class as an elective. My creative writing teacher (Mr. Tyler, it’s funny how you remember the names of the people who have impacted your life in some way) was also my English teacher, but as my creative writing teacher he encouraged me to continue with my writing. He told me that I had a wonderful imagination :)
Who are your favorite authors? There are so many so I will just name a few: Laurell K. Hamilton, Dean Kontz, Stephen King, J.R. Ward, and so many, many more.
What are you passionate about? A lot of things, actually, but for this interview I will name just a few: My family, my writing, my work.
What would I find in your couch cushions? Change, kids toys, possibly your cell phone if you sat on my couch, the kids’ homework.
My couch eats everything.
What’s your biggest fear? That my imagination will dry up and I won’t be able to write anymore.
It’s 10:00 on a Friday night. Where are you? In front of my computer either writing or talking with friends on Facebook. On the rare Friday night, you will find me in a local bar supporting my local band Traveler in Pain.
What sets you apart from other writers? I’m not sure how to answer this question lol
We’re in a bar and I’m buying you a drink. What’ll it be? Long Island Iced Tea.
What are you currently reading? A few things, Dawn White’s “Wingless and Damned”, Madison Daniels “Ember”, Nathan Squiers “Crimson Shadows: Noir”, L.J. Smith “Night World Volume 2”, Kerri Arthur “Tempting Evil”.
How do you deal with rejection? I wait until I am alone and then I cry for about half hour (depends really on what rejection lol) then I get over it, pull myself up by my boot straps and move on :)
Where did the idea for your novel come from? I was reading one of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake books (don’t ask me the title because I really remember it off the top of my head lol) when the idea hit me for “Wiccan Lies”.
Do you have advice for aspiring writers? Never give up! It is so worth it if you keep trying!
What is the toughest criticism you’ve received as an author? That I am repetitive and the person reading the story couldn’t finish reading it because of that fact.
What does your main character think about you? Would he or she want to hang around you as their author? MacKenzie Spayde thinks I rock! No, really, she doesn’t really care one way or the other about me but yes she would hang around with me. We would go to the bar and get a few drinks lol
Who would play the starring role(s) if your book became a movie? Gabrielle Anwar.
If you had to choose one…which song would sum up your story? I really don’t know, but I want to say “Witchy Woman”.
Would you like to say anything to your readers / fans? Please bear with me as I try to get MacKenzie’s wonderful world written out for you reading pleasure. While you wait for the next book in the series, please keep your eye out for all of the new and exciting works I have coming out. Just to whet your appetite, you can always look for DJ Shaw on Amazon.com to see the anthologies that I currently have short stories in.
As a writer, it can be difficult to find enough time in the day to get everything done. Would you like to share your favorite ‘quick and easy’ recipe? I still haven’t found any ‘quick and easy’ recipes for getting through the day and having the time to write. I’m lucky I have such a great husband! He does most of the cooking in this house and helps round up the kids on the rare occasion that I need to write before the girls go to bed.
Anything else? Would like to let everyone reading this interview that I appreciate you all taking the time out to get to know me and please remember to look out for “Wiccan Lies” coming April 1st, 2013.
DJ Shaw belongs to the part of the Unseelie Sidhe that live in the Albuquerque, NM area with her husband, The Vengeance Demon, Terminal, the beast who stole her heart, and together they have spawned five children. They also own an Ocelot and four Hell Hounds. She loves to write about the experiences of her Dark Brethren, and some of her own. Please enjoy some of her adventures. You can contact her and sample some of her work on these pages:
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