Kevin McNamee is a writer and poet living in Yonkers, NY. He primarily writes for the children’s market. His work has appeared in Beyond Centauri and he has several children’s picture books being published by Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. His first book, “If I Could Be Anything” is available at www.amazon.com, or ask your local bookstore. Look for other titles by Kevin including The Sister Exchange, The Soggy Town of Hilltop, Lightning Strikes, Papa’s Suns, and more.
Thanks for being my first guest of the New Year, Kevin. I’m sure everyone would like to know more about you and your life as a writer.
- Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a “real” writer?
Somewhere along the way, I stopped doubting my ability. A rejection of my manuscript ceased to be a rejection of myself. A rejection letter became an opportunity to send my manuscript somewhere else. Comments and criticism became opportunities to strengthen my story, revise something unworkable, or something to ignore altogether if it didn’t fit with my vision of the story. I was able to refer to myself as a writer without feeling self conscious and … oh yeah, someone was willing to pay me for what I wrote.
Tell us about how you got started writing.
I first started writing in the second grade. I wrote a poem that was displayed outside the classroom and I liked seeing my poem and my name in public like that. I found that I took to writing naturally. Growing up, I was a constant daydreamer and would construct stories in my head all the time. Eventually, I started writing them down. Throughout my teenage years and throughout adulthood I always felt compelled to write. Although there were many, many times that I put creative writing on the back burner, I found that I was still writing at my day job; memos, procedures, proposals, requests, and I was receiving recognition for it. I realized that writing had been a constant in my life, but I wasn’t writing what I wanted to write. Now I make sure that I write what I want as well.
Tell us about your childrens book, If I Could be Anything.
Print ISBN: 978-1-61633- 011-8; 1-61633-011- 2
eBook ISBN: 978-1-61633- 012-5; 1-61633-012- 0
If I could be anything, what would I be?
I think that eventually I would be me.
What are you currently working on?
Right now, I have several stories in various stages of completion, one story that has been finalized and critiqued and needs a final revision, and a few that are finished and have been sent out to various publishers.
This book is available from guardianangelpublishing.com, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, or ask your local bookstore.
We look forward to seeing more of your books. How can someone find out more about you and your books?
To find out more about me, please visit my website at www.kevinmcnamee.com or my blog at www.kevinmcnameechildrensauthor.blogspot.com I also have a new child-friendly site with games and activities at www.kevschildrensbooks.com
January 1, 2010 at 3:42 am
Not really a comment. Okay, kinda a comment…lol
JFYI…and, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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Best of luck with your book,
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January 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm
I enjoyed the interview. I’m wondering what age group If I Could Be Anything is intended for?
Happy New Year!
January 1, 2010 at 5:14 pm
Thanks Jane. I’ll need to update my interviews with this information. This is a rhyming picture book and the age range is 3 – 7. Also, if anyone is interested, autographed copies of this book are available on my websites.
Have a Happy and Healthy New Year
January 2, 2010 at 5:48 am
Greetings, Kevin and Dianne ~
Great interview. This is a good post to begin the new year with. I learned a lot about Kevin’s background and about his book.
January 2, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Great interview. I totally agree with your perspective on critique, and the opportunities critiques present. People really need to know their story’s vision in order to appropriately assess comments, and figure out which ones to use. Too often that’s not the case. Such an essential point. Thanks for including.
Best of luck and Happy New Year,
January 2, 2010 at 9:19 pm
What a wonderful interview.
Kevin, your book sounds great – I love the concept.
January 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm
Enjoyed the interview very much.
Oh, Dianne, looking forward to meeting you in April.
January 2, 2010 at 11:55 pm
Writing for the little tykes I find is one of the hardest things to do. Kudos, Kevin.
January 3, 2010 at 1:05 am
Wonderful interview, Love the cover
January 3, 2010 at 3:46 am
Hi, Kevin, how have you been? You’re sure full of fun stories. This one sounds delightful. Good luck with your sales.
January 3, 2010 at 2:45 pm
I think that’s the key to turning things around, Kevin. Don’t take a manuscript rejection as a personal rejection. It’s hard, though. Harder still? Bad reviews! 🙂
January 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm
Thanks everyone for the comments and well wishes.
January 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm
Excellent interview. I certainly agree with Kevin. Rejection of your manuscript isn’t a rejection of yourself. We all need to remember that.
Love the book cover!
January 3, 2010 at 8:29 pm
Nice to meet you, Kevin! Your book sounds very interesting – who illustrated it? Do you only write picture books or do you write for older children as well? Do you always write in rhyme?
January 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm
Good job! We always need more excellent children’s books! The best to you in marketing and selling!
January 4, 2010 at 12:57 am
Wonderful interview!! I love the concept of your children’s book and I think the cover is fantastic! Very striking!
— Dallas Woodburn
January 7, 2010 at 8:49 pm
Thank you all for your comments and kind words.
January 27, 2010 at 7:00 am
Great Blog. Looking forward to our mutual book interview on Twitter. Let’s join forces in promoting it. What do you think? Sincerely: Gary Eby,MSW