I finished reading Spin by international bestseller Catherine McKenzie and adored the comical path of the main character Katie Sanford. McKenzie’s popular novels are chick lit at its soapiest and most heartfelt. She has currently written three novels: Spin, Arranged and her newest book, titled Forgotten, about Emma Tupper, a young lawyer with a bright future, who sets out on a journey to Africa after her mother’s death.
A Canadian native, McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal. She attended law school at McGill Law School and practices law in Montreal. Was this a natural career path for this lawyer turned author?
I chatted with McKenzie on her leap from law to writing, what she is currently reading and which of her novels was easiest to write.
Q: With a law degree, how did you end up becoming a novelist? Did you always feel the urge to write?
A: I’ve always been a writer for as long as I remember. But it wasn’t ever something I thought about making a living doing; I guess because it was what I did for fun.
Q: With three books out, where do you get the inspiration for a plot?
A: Ideas come from different places, but my voracious appetite for current culture is often a good source.
Q: Which of your books was easiest to write and why?
A: I always remember Spin as being the easiest. I’m not sure why; I’m sure there were tough points in there, but it just seemed to flow. Maybe it’s rose colored glasses because it was the first one published.
Q: What are you currently reading? Anything on your current list or books you desire to read?
A: I just finished Stephen King’s 11/22/63, which I very much enjoyed, and a friend’s manuscript that I was lucky enough to read in manuscript format. I’m half way through the Steve Job’s biography and I should finish that before I start anything new.
Q: Most authors I know like to procrastinate. Are you one of them? If so, what do you do to keep yourself from writing?
A: I clean the house and make elaborate meals. At least I’m producing something!