Sunday, January 24, 2016

LSLL Blog Tour: PENNIES FROM BURGER HEAVEN by Marcy McKay - Author Interview

 Pennies from Burger Heaven
by Marcy McKay
Genre: Literary Suspense
Publisher: SkipJack Publishing
Date of Publication: December 28, 2015
# of pages: 340

Eleven-year-old Copper Daniels is homeless and alone. She spends her nights sleeping beneath the cemetery’s Warrior Angel statue for protection, and her days battling the mean streets of Remington, Texas, hell-bent on discovering what happened the night her Mama disappeared. While Copper and her rag-tag group of friends find danger at every corner, two horrors are certain: her Mama’s really missing and someone’s after Copper, too. 

In the tradition of The Lovely Bones and Room, Pennies from Burger Heaven tells a dark story through the eyes of a child. With wit and wisdom, Copper Daniels will steal your heart, then break it in two.
 Awards for Pennies from Burger Heaven: 
*Winner – Writers’ League of Texas: Best Mainstream Novel 
*Winner – Frontiers in Writing: Best Mainstream Novel  
*Winner – Frontiers in Writing: Best of Show
Praise for Pennies from Burger Heaven
“Against the gritty backdrop of an inner-city ghetto rises the unforgettable voice of eleven-year-old Copper ‘Penny’ Daniels, offering poignant and heartbreaking insights into the horrors and trials of homeless life on the streets, finding heaven where you least expect it, and help in those you never thought to ask.” A.G. Howard, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Splintered Series
“At once disturbing and exhilarating, heartbreaking and heartwarming, Pennies is the story of an undying love between a mother and daughter. It grabs you by the heartstrings from the start and won’t let you go, even after you’ve read the last word.” Ken Oder, author of The Closing and Old Wounds to the Heart
“Debut novelist McKay infuses Pennies from Burger Heaven with wit, charm and moxie, so much so that the achingly beautifulness of Copper Daniels’ life sneaks up on you. All of this wrapped around a mystery that is fast-paced and rife with tension, with a satisfying series of twists. Can’t wait for the next Burger Heaven novel.” Pamela Fagan Hutchins, author of the Katie & Annalise mystery series

How long did it take you to write Pennies from Burger Heaven?
Seven years. I’d been writing 13 years before that, so I’ve more than paid my dues. That makes this moment especially sweet.

To which authors/works would you compare Pennies?
Pennies won several writing contests and it’s been compared to The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold), Room (Emma Donaghue) and The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman).

Will you describe your writing schedule?
I drag myself to my computer around 5 am and write until 7 am until my kids and husband wake up for school and work. That’s my only guaranteed writing time each day. I do contract work as a facilitation consultant (staff trainings and strategic planning sessions for boards and businesses), then go off to do that. Sometimes, I can sneak in more writing time, but it’s never guaranteed.

Where do you get ideas for your novels?
I don’t choose my stories; they choose me. I know that sounds woo-woo, but it’s true. I hear a whisper in my head, followed by a shiver up my spine, then an idea needles at me until I write it to completion.

Do you prefer reading eBooks or print books?
It depends. If it’s an amazing book that’s everyone’s talking about, I want to hold it in my hands. If it’s a story I’m not sure about, then I’ll buy the eBook (it’s cheaper). However, when traveling it’s nice to just pack my Kindle, and not lug around heavy books.

Marcy McKay knew she wanted to write stories the moment she read about Oompa Loompas in the fourth grade. She’s an award-winning short-story author and copywriter, as well as a freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in Writer’s Digest, Accent West, Roots & Wings, The Write Practice, Write to Done, and Positive Writer and Jane Friedman. Marcy lives in Texas with her husband and two teens, who all still like her…most of the time.  McKay is a member of the Writers’ League of Texas and the Texas High Plains Writers. 

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for spotlighting my novel here today. You have a great site! Marcy McKay