Sunday, March 1, 2009

WELCOME MY GUEST AUTHOR, KEVIN MCNAMEE


Thanks for stopping by Kevin. You have so many different books ready to be published with Guardian Angel Publishing. We are very excited for your success!

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a writer and poet living in Yonkers, New York and I’ve been writing since I learned the alphabet. The first thing I remember writing is a poem in second grade. I always liked the creative writing assignments in school. As I grew up, I put writing on the back burner while I pursued other interests. But I discovered that the thing that I was getting the most recognition for at work was my writing (memos, proposals, instructions, etc.) Gradually I realized that I really was a writer. Writing has always been a central theme throughout my life.

To find out more about me, you can visit my website at http://www.kevinmcnamee.com or you can visit my blog at http://www,kevinmcnameechildrensauthor.blogspot.com/

What dream fulfilled would make you dance?

Cue the music, I’m already dancing. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a kid and I’m finally seeing that happen. I am, who I always wanted to be.

How would you describe your style of writing?

Most of my work consists of children’s picture books. Picture books by their very nature need to be short and to the point. Every word needs to move the story along. I do try to incorporate humor into my work whenever possible. I also try to write my children’s stories on multiple levels so there’s something entertaining for the parents to read as well. My goal is to create a story that children and adults would want to read together.

Can you tell us which is the most interesting book that you have
written and why?

I don’t know if I could single out any one of my books as the most interesting. To me, all of my stories were interesting, even the ones that I realized are unfixable. It’s all helped me to hone my craft and to become a better writer.

How do you come up with your characters?

Usually, I come up with a storyline first and then I create characters to fit the story. Being that I write picture books, my characters are action driven. Illustrations will show the characters’ physical characteristics and their surroundings. So I don’t really focus on those aspects. But I am very focused on the character’s behavior.

How do you come up with your stories?

All of my stories answer the question “What if?” Sometimes, I’ll overhear something that will start the ball rolling. Other times, I’ll just let my mind wander and a good idea will pop into it. When I was a child, I was a constant daydreamer and I still am. So, that seems to work in my favor when it comes to writing.

Do you have a favorite character?

I don’t think that I have a favorite. Every story that I’ve written had a character that behaved differently because that’s what the story called for. Some were silly and some were serious and they were meant to make you laugh or cry depending on what the story was about.

What projects are you working on now?

Right now, I’m trying to revise a rhyming picture book that I’ve been working on. I also have two other prose picture books that I brought to the writers’ intensive at the SCBWI Winter Conference. I received some great feedback on these manuscripts and I’m in the process of revising them as well. For the uninitiated, SCBWI stands for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating
your books?

How some stories take on a life of their own. More than once, my stories have taken a path that I didn’t originally choose for them. Sometimes I decide that a character wouldn’t act a certain way or take a certain course of action, and I wind up exploring the unknown along with my characters.

Which of your books is available now? Where can we buy it?

Unfortunately, my books aren’t available yet. I have six picture books under contract with Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. I expect my first book, The Sister Exchange, to be released within the next few months, and my next book, If I Could Be Anything, to be released by the end of the year.

Thank you for your contribution to the children's book market. We are all looking forward to the release of your books. Good luck.

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12 comments:

Vivian Zabel said...

Thanks for the great introduction to Kevin, Kathy.

Welcome, Kevin. I'm anxious to learn more about you and your writing.

Vivian
http://vivianzabel.blogspot.com

Nancy Famolari said...

Great introduction. Kevin, your books sound like something kids will love.

Kevin McNamee said...

Thank you Vivian and Nancy. I'm very happy that Kathy is hosting me and giving me the opportunity to introduce myself.

Kevin

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

Hey, Kevin, I'm a fellow New Yorker.

I like the idea of creating stories around the 'What If?' idea. Looking forward to learning about the books that will be coming out soon.

Great post, Kathy!

Karen

Donna M. McDine said...

Kathy and Kevin...fantastic interview. Kevin...we live a stones throw away from each other...I'm right in Rockland County, Tappan, NY. Excited to meet a fellow GAP author, just signed a contract for my storybook. Best of luck.

Thanks,
Donna McDine
Marketing Manager
www.storiesforchildrenmagazine.org

Mayra Calvani said...

Great interview, Kevin and Kathy! It's funny how your writer nature never lets you escape from your real destiny. I'm happy to know that you're now doing what you love most.

Mayra

Sally Murphy said...

Great interview. Six books in production? Wow!

Kevin McNamee said...

Thanks!

It's nice to see some fellow New Yorkers out there too.

Mayra, it is funny how my writer's nature never let me stray too far. I consider myself very lucky.

Kevin

Cynthia Reeg said...

Good luck with all your books at Guardian Angel Publishing, Kevin!

kathy stemke said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and getting to know Kevin!

susiesawyer said...

Wonderful interview! Thank you, Kathy, for showcasing this wonderful author. It's apparent by Kevin's thoughtful answers that he has worked hard honing his craft and learning what makes a marketable picture book. He has a great skill for combining his talent with the written word and all the "rules" a picture book writer is supposed to follow. I've had the pleasure of knowing and working in a critique group with Kevin for several years, and I am so thankful for the knowledge he's shared along the way. I'm so happy that you've shed a light on him and his talent. No doubt we'll be seeing a LOT more from him in years to come!

Susie Sawyer
www.susiesawyer.com

Kevin McNamee said...

Aw Susie, you're making me blush. Thanks for the kind words.

Kevin :-)