Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome author Kathy McKinsey to the Inspired Prompt. Kathy first published over 30 years ago, and is now jumping back in where she left off with her newest book, All My Tears, a story of hope, healing, and love.
Hi, Kathy So glad you could join us. First question:
Tell us a little about yourself?
Kathy: My husband Murray and I are enjoying more time together now that I work at home and he is nearing retirement. We have five adult children who make us smile and tempt us to be proud. They are delightful and competent individuals, and we really deserve little praise for that.
Writing has been my dream since I was a pre-teen. I wrote many short stories in my teens and had a number published in magazines. Then for over thirty years, I put writing off due to college, raising a family, and work. I said I’d write again when I retired.
Then I had to stop working early due to health reasons. God showed me that if I didn’t use this time to write, I’d just be silly.
So writing has become a new career for me, and I thank God for the excitement that is keeping me away from retiring.
What do you love most about the writing process?
Kathy: I enjoy developing relationships—parents and children, married couples, siblings, younger people with elders. I like to have fun with dialogue, adding humor when possible.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Kathy: I probably have ten or twelve story ideas that I’ve saved to work on later, but I’ve only started writing one or two of them.
If you could give advice to your younger writing self, what would it be?
Kathy: Make time to write, even though you’re busy. You can work in a few minutes of writing each day if you’re determined to.
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Kathy: For me, as I came back to writing after many years, my shock was how much I needed to learn. I had been published as a teenager, so I was pretty sure I already knew what I was doing. I had a big surprise coming.
What does literary success look like to you?
Kathy: I will have two books published this year, which have taken me over six years to write. This is a dream fulfilled. I am a slow writer, and it will probably be several years before I have another book ready.
Future Projects or WIP you can talk about?
Kathy: The next story I’m just beginning will take place in a farming community. I grew up on a farm, but I’ve lived in cities for almost forty years. This is a challenge for me, but I am excited to watch the story and setting develop.
Thanks so much for joining us!
Kathy McKinsey: A Christian, wife of 27 years and counting, shamelessly proud mother of five, vision rehabilitation therapist, author.
Kathy grew up on a pig farm in Missouri, and although she’s lived in cities for nearly 40 years, she still considers herself a farm girl.
Kathy’s been married to Murray for 31 years, and they have five adult children. She’s had two careers before writing—being a stay-at-home-Mom and working as a rehabilitation teacher for the blind.
Now she lives in Lakewood, Ohio with her husband and two of her children. Besides writing, she enjoys activities with her church, editing for other writers, braille transcribing, crocheting, knitting, and playing with the cat and dogs.
Contact Kathy at: Kathy.firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet five women who struggle with life’s deep sorrows. Beth fights to recover from alcoholism and to mend her relationships with her family. Ann doesn’t believe God will forgive her. Kathleen wrestles with a years-old fear and with saving her marriage. Cassie needs to learn to deal with chronic depression. Martie finds herself the single parent of the eight-year-old niece she barely knows when the child’s parents die in a car wreck.
See how God gives them the gifts of hope, healing, and love.