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I love a good romance. Nothing warms my heart like feeling that true love still exists in the world. And when you couple that romance with paranormal, the hair on my neck stands in anticipation. What a great combination. And so, today I’m happy to introduce Lawna Mackie, author of ENCHANTMENT, a magical romance, set to make your heart tingle.

Hi, Lawna. Can you tell us something about yourself?

Hi, C.K. Thanks for sharing your blog with me. A bit about me? Well…I have always believed in fairy tales and when I got tired of the old ones I made up my own. Each story would have a hero and heroine, but they were anything but typical.

I devoured my first romance novel when I was a teenager. I couldn’t read them fast enough. Years later I stumbled across my first paranormal romance…an injustice would be done if I tried to explain my joy when I found this genre of romance. My passion was finally in print.

Now, with the help of my bizarre dreams and crazy imagination, I have started to write and intend to share my stories with you. I hope you’ll love them as much as I do.

I am truly blessed. My husband is my inspiration and soul mate. We live on a small acreage in Didsbury, Alberta, with our most beloved companions, Dozer, Daisy and Mandarin.

Happy reading everyone and please stop by to visit me.

IMPOSSIBLE TO HOLD – December 19, 2011 released through Liquid Silver Books
http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com

ENCHANTMENT – January 13, 2012 released through Muse It Up Publishing
http://museituppublishing.com

The books sound wonderful, Lawna. So what got you started writing paranormal romance?

My love for reading inspired me to write a story. When I discovered paranormal romance as a teenager, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Many years later while my husband and I were on summer holidays, which included a trip to the Enchanted Forest in British Columbia, I took the leap and started writing. That was the start and I haven’t looked back. I was hooked.

What inspired this book?

That’s easy! Mountains, water, camping, animals and my husband…not necessarily in that order. Surrounding myself in all those things typically causes me to dream. My dreams are creatively crazy and I always have to write about them. For my novel ENCHANTMENT, I somehow created a creature called a Hippo-dog-burrowing owl. Go figure! I called him Threeo because of his three parts and now he lives within my world of Enchantment.

When I’m not writing I work fulltime and love spending time with my family. I have three furry critters: Dozer, my Alaskan Malamute, Daisy, my Bichon Shitzu, and Mandarin the Bengal cat. We love to go camping and fishing.

How does your writing influence your life-and how does your life influences your writing/book?

I don’t find the act of writing difficult, but I do find the discipline needed to find the time to write difficult. Therefore, surrounding myself with others who write is a huge influence. My fellow writers are my very good friends. I admire how they work fulltime, have children and manage many other tasks plus juggle time to write. My hats off to them! On the flip side, because of writing, I’ve become very determined. My dream was to become a published author, but now that I’ve accomplished that my focus is to become a New York Times Best Selling Author. NEVER GIVE UP. ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS.

Give us a sneak peek into the writing of Lawna Mackie…what’s in every book/story and why?

For me it’s all about love. I’m thrilled to write romance, but you’ll also find some very bad villains and bizarre creatures. I don’t think there could ever be enough love in the world so I like to write about it.

Where did you grow up? Do you live there still?

I reside in Alberta, Canada and grew up in the Canadian Rockies.

How much of you is in your books, and what?

Oh…that would give a lot away about me, but I guess I’d say that readers would find my love of animals/creatures, and just how much I’m a sucker for love and happy endings. I enjoy writing about good and evil and the struggles for each type of power.

What would you want people to take away from your book?

First of all I’d like them to be entertained and whisked away into another world where love and goodness eventually prevails.

What is your favorite part of the book and why?

Definitely my favorite part is the first encounter between the hero and heroine and the tension, conflict and anticipation that builds between them. I also like the crazy characters I introduce like, Catz in ENCHANTMENT, and Baja who is a Sea Horse in my novel IMPOSSIBLE TO HOLD. They are quite the characters! My writing is meaningful when I write something that makes me cry…either out of happiness or sadness.

Do you have a specific type of writing process?

I’m a pantser through and through! I never outline or plot, so I write by the seat of my pants. I’m inspired by my dreams and go from there. The story just grows.

Finding time to write is the difficult part. I write at night, first thing in the morning around 5:30 AM, and on the weekends. I have many places I write around my house. I’ve recently purchased a small writing desk that I can roll around and pick up. It’s great because now I can write outside on my deck or on the lawn and still be ergonomically correct.

I also write by hand a lot, especially when I’m distracted on my computer!

What a great interview, Lawna. It’s been such a treat to have you on my blog. Thanks for joining us today. And thanks to all our readers for stopping by to visit!

Cheers!

C.K. Volnek