Wrapping up our three-part Q&A with novelist and screenwriter Kathryn Mackel, member of International Thriller Writers, Inc. She was on the screenwriting team for Left Behind: The Movie, and Frank Peretti's Hangman's Curse. The acclaimed author of The Surrogate and The Departed, she resides in Boston, Mass., with her husband. Her latest novel is The Hidden (WestBow Press).
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WHAT ONE THING ABOUT WRITING DO YOU WISH NON-WRITERS UNDERSTOOD?
That it’s hard, ugly, lonely work. And that a sale doesn’t guarantee wealth.
WHAT ONE THING ABOUT WRITING DO YOU WISH OTHER WRITERS UNDERSTOOD?
That it’s hard, ugly ... oh wait. You all know that, don’t you?
FOR THE WRITER WITH A NEW BOOK, WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE BEST THING TO PROMOTE IT?
I don’t know the answer to that. I’ve tried everything, including spending thousands on a wonderful publicist. And I still am not sure what a writer can do that will make a difference.
I’ve enjoyed internet promotions. For Outriders, we created an online aptitude test to see what role one might fill in serving the new Ark. I don’t know that it sold any books but readers have enjoyed it. (Birthrighters.com)
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND JOINING AN AUTHOR GUILD LIKE ITW?
If you have the time to participate -- definitely. It’s hard to keep up relationships and promotional efforts, and still keep writing. A writer needs to choose one or perhaps two organizations, and be fully involved. I made the mistake of scattering my efforts and all I’ve reaped is a lot of self-imposed guilt at not doing enough!
OF ALL THE FINE AUTHOR ORGANIZATIONS AVAILABLE, WHAT ABOUT INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS DO YOU FEEL SETS IT APART?
They "get" how to promote. It’s an excellent model for niche promotion. And professionally presented.
BONUS: THE MUNSTERS OR ADDAMS FAMILY?
How I wished the bonus was "YANKEES or RED SOX?" But if I must ... Addams Family for sure. Not even a choice. (The proper question would be: "John Astin or Raul Julia?" For me, it’s Raul Julia hands down. And could Christina Ricci’s Wednesday be any creepier?)
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Many thanks to Kathryn Mackel! Visit her online at KathrynMackel.com. Her novel The Hidden is available from Amazon and other fine retailers.
KATHRYN MACKEL, PT 1
KATHRYN MACKEL, PT 2
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