Interview with McKenna James, Author of Royally Loved
16 Jun 2020
Today we’re interviewing both halves of the Mckenna James writing team.
What can you tell us about your new release, Royally Loved?
Mckenna: Royally Loved is a box set that includes five full-length royal romance novels.
James: These books include forbidden romance, childhood sweethearts, secret babies, wrong side of the tracks, and second chance romance.
Mckenna: So there’s something for everyone!
What or who inspired you to become an author?
James: I started writing fan fiction for fun. So maybe Harry Potter, Twilight. Those inspired me for sure.
Mckenna: For me, it was almost an accident. I was a mommy blogger, and then I tried some flash fiction, and I eventually wrote longer and longer. But I was inspired by the Twilight series too.
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
James: J.K. Rowling for me. I’d ask how she found the fortitude to keep writing. It sure has paid off!
Mckenna: That’s a hard one. I’d probably ask Oprah to be on (because everyone would watch) and then I’d ask her how she picked the books for her book club. If she wasn’t available, I’d ask Reese Witherspoon the same thing. She has a book club on Audible now, and I listen to books all the time.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Mckenna: The idea phase. That part is so fun. Especially bouncing ideas off each other. The follow through parts I don’t love as much.
James: I enjoy the editing the most, the second draft where we pull everything together.
What scene from Royally Loved was your favorite to write?
Mckenna: Royally Schooled. This was just a rags to riches love story, and those are my favorite.
James: I think Royal Holiday. Parts of this book were inspired by The Nutcracker, so there’s a timelessness to it that really spoke to me.
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
Mckenna: That Maya Angelou quote: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
James: We want readers to enjoy our books and feel happy when they read them.
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