I’ve got author Kate Danley here with us to answer a few questions about herself. She primarily writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and Penny Dreadful stories, plus play-writing! So far, Kate has published 15 novels, 5 short stories, 1 collaboration, and 12 plays. For today, we’ll be highlighting a book from her Maggie MacKay series- The Ghost and Ms. MacKay (A Maggie MacKay Holiday Short Story). You can find out more information about it at the end of this post. There is also a giveaway, so be sure to check it out!
Now, for the interview…
What is the longest you’ve ever stayed awake? Why?
I once was an actress in a film called “My Turn”. We filmed in a movie theater and could only get into the space after the last movie ended. But since it was a small indie project, I had to keep my office day job. So, I think I went three or four days without sleeping. I went straight from work to set and then from set to work. I started seeing things out of the corner of my eye that weren’t there and falling asleep in between blinks. When I finally was able to grab a whole two hours of sleep, it felt like I had slept for a week.
What is your beverage of choice when you first wake up? What happens if you can’t get it?
I am a coffee addict. In the words of Jeff Bezos, you haven’t had enough until you can thread a moving sewing machine. I get zombified without it.
Name a few of the TV shows you like to watch.
If anyone is looking for shows to add to their streaming queue, I highly recommend The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Green Wing, X-Files, Moone Boy, Bluestone 42, Friday Night Dinner, Episodes, The Great British Bakeoff, Fixer Upper, and Agatha Raisin Mysteries.
If you could witness any event in history, what would it be?
I sure would have loved to have seen an original Shakespeare production at the Globe.
If money were no object, what kind of car would you get?
A Morgan Aero Supersports… or Herbie the Lovebug
Name a mystical creature you wish you could have as a pet.
Not so much a pet, but I’ve always been fascinated by the Gnome books and illustrations by Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet. I would love to walk out into my garden to discover a family of gnomes had taken up residence.
What would be your ideal writing retreat?
Annie Dillard has a gorgeous book called The Writing Life. Her ideal writer’s retreat is a cinderblock office with no windows. Because the room itself is so unremarkable, you are forced to retreat to the page and create a wonderful world in your imagination. Some writer friends of mine have taken to booking week long cruises, but they just stay on the boat (with its lack of Wifi) and write. I know that when I’m in the UK, I am so moved by the art and history and people that I come back to my hotel room and am up till all hours because the Muse won’t let me sleep. So, perhaps a quiet little room in London looking out over the rooftops, no internet or phones, with tickets to a West End show every night.
Thanks so much for being here with us today, Kate. Glad to have fellow coffee addict drop by and love your idea of an ideal writing retreat!
Kate Danley began her writing career as an indie author in 2010. Since then, her books have been published by 47North, she spent five weeks on the USA Today bestseller list, has been honored with various awards, including the Garcia Award for Best Fiction Book of the Year, and her Maggie MacKay series has been optioned for film and television development. Her play, Building Madness, won the prestigious Panowski Playwriting Award.
Her works have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Canada, and the UK. She has over 300+ film, television, and theatre credits to her name, and specializes in sketch, improv, and Shakespeare. She wrote sketch for a weekly show in Hollywood and has performed her original stand-up at various clubs in LA. She learned on-camera puppetry from the man who played Mr. Snuffleupagus and performed the head of a 20-foot dinosaur on an NBC pilot. She lost on Hollywood Squares.
You can visit her at: www.katedanley.com
Kate is doing an an Audible giveaway of Queen Mab (narrated by British actor Julian Rhind-Tutt). For your chance to win, be sure to leave a comment below by Tuesday, October 18th. One lucky person will be contacted shortly after that to get their prize.
The Ghost & Ms. MacKay
A Maggie MacKay Holiday Short Story
It’s Halloween and Maggie’s mother is throwing a haunted house… as in, she’s invited all the ghosts of the neighborhood over for a party. Unfortunately, one of the ghosts is not in high spirits and, in fact, is wanted by the Other Side’s finest. It is up to Maggie and Killian to find out what caused this soul’s unrest and return him to his happy haunting ground.
This story originally appeared in the Nightshade anthology.
WARNING: This short story contains cussing, brawling, and unladylike behavior. Proceed at your own risk.
The first book Maggie for Hire is available free on all platforms. https://books2read.com/u/m0xMPm