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Blog Tour: C. Lee McKenzie and SLIDING ON THE EDGE

Please welcome C. Lee McKenzie, author of the YA novel SLIDING ON THE EDGE, which was released last month.

About the book:

Shawna Stone is a heartbeat away from making the worst mistake anyone can. She’s close to taking her own life. Kay Stone is a grandmother Shawna has never known, and at sixty-four Kay feels there is little left in her life to look forward to. When they are thrown together they circle each other in a crucible of secrets and distrust until saving a doomed horse unites them and gives each a reason to live.

An Interview with C. Lee McKenzie:

Me: What were your favorite books (or types of books) as a teen, and what was it about them that appealed to you? What, on the other hand, would make you put a book down?
C. Lee: I was into adventure when I was a kid. Anything with swashbuckling in the title got my attention and if there was a pirate on the cover that book was mine.

Me: Have your reading tastes stayed the same, or have you discovered new loves and peeves (and if so, what are they)?
C. Lee: I'm so not into swashbuckling anymore. I've discovered I really like either something waaaay scary a la Stephen King or something deeply troubling a la Cormier.

Me: What was your favorite part of writing SLIDING ON THE EDGE, and what was the hardest?
C. Lee: The scenes between Shawna (my young main character) and Magic (my horse) were my favorite parts to write. I just closed my eyes and talked to the horse and he talked back. The hardest was the beginning of my book. I must have re-written that a bazillion times.

Me: Did you draw on any people/places/experiences from your life while writing?
C. Lee: I drew on my grandmother some, not physically, but her stamina and her capacity for loving her work. I did put in a small piece about spice cake because my grandmother always baked me a real-from-scratch spice cake for my birthday. Now I miss that cake every year. Nobody can make a cake like my gram.

Me: What was the most exciting moment during the publishing process? The scariest?
C. Lee: Well, of course, the phone call was a heart-stopper, so it qualifies as the most exciting and the scariest:
"Hello. Is this Lee?"
"Well, I'm calling about your book."
That was me dropping the phone. After I retrieved it it was useless because I couldn't talk and I kept nodding when the publisher asked me questions. It's a wonder she bought the book.

Me: What are you working on now?
C. Lee: I'm working on another YA with an edge to it. It's fairly new, so I don't where it's going at the moment. Well, nowhere actually until I get these interviews completed and finish sending off my ARCs. It's a busy time as everyone who's about to be published knows.

Hope you enjoyed getting to know C. Lee! More interviews to come later this week. :)

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