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Siren Song by Rebecca McKinney - Book Tour


Siren Song by Rebecca McKinney @BexMcKinney @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours #SirenSong

Synopsis:

A man who glimpses other people’s inner worlds, and a woman who can foresee death. Can they trace a missing girl before the worst happens?

Harrison Jones is a university lecturer with a secret: he moonlights as a psychic detective. Amy Bell is a paramedic who has the uncanny knack of knowing things are going to happen before they do. From their first accidental meeting on an Edinburgh bridge, both of their lives are destined to change.

Harrison invites Amy to help him investigate the disappearance of a beautiful young singer. The search will lead them into the murky world of human trafficking, from Edinburgh to the streets of Athens, and into the darkest corners of the human mind…

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The eBook will be only 99p for the duration of the tour.


INTERVIEW

1. What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
Chronic self-doubt and impostor syndrome! That nagging feeling of not being good enough.

2. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Be true to what you want to do and don’t let other people convince you not to do it!

3. What book do you feel is under-appreciated? How about overrated?
It’s all so subjective. There are hundreds of thousands of under-appreciated books out there, and only a very tiny number that receive much publicity. I often find books on literary awards lists overrated, although I REALLY don’t want that to sound like sour grapes. I try not to judge others for what they choose to read. If you find a book you love and connect with, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of it.

4. Favorite childhood memory involving books?
Many. Gazing at the gorgeous colour plate illustrations in our ancient family copy of Little Women… When I was about eleven or twelve, my mother bought me Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel and I consumed it with wicked delight. It contains some pretty explicit sex scenes. I doubt my mother knew about those at the time… Crying with laughter the first time I read The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy…

5. If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why?
Am I allowed to say Jamie Fraser (from Outlander)? His dinner diary is probably full for the next several centuries. If not him, then… Rivers, from Pat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy. He’s a fictional representation of a real man (anthropologist, psychologist, army doctor during WWI), and she portrays him with such deep compassion and brilliance. He’s a fascinating character.

6. What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance?
The Shire.

7. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
Absolutely. I used to imagine myself tucked up in some candlelit tower, writing with a fancy pen.

8. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Empathic. Curious. Scatterbrained.

9. What is your most unusual writing quirk?
I think I write male characters far better than female ones. I’m sure there’s probably a deep psychological reason for this, but I don’t want to go into that right now…

10. What’s one movie you like recommending to others?
It’s not for everyone, but The Right Stuff—based on the book by Tom Wolfe, about the early space race and Nasa’s Mercury programme. As a snapshot of a historical time, and as a character study, it’s both fascinating and hilarious. I was always a bit of a space and airplane geek as a kid. Right now, I’d highly recommend Black KKKLansman—Spike Lee’s film based on the true story of a black cop who infiltrated a local branch of the KKK. Absolutely essential viewing.

11. If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?
I have three cats… two mini tigers and a mini black panther. That’s probably enough for the time being.

12. Have you ever met anyone famous?
In around 1997, I spent a really drunken night in the Oxford Bar in Edinburgh with the writers Iain Banks, Andrew Greig and Alasdair Gray. They must have come from some literary do, and we all ended up singing socialist songs together. That kind of thing happens in Edinburgh. It’s one of the things I love most about the city.

13. What is the first book that made you cry?There is probably something that makes me cry in every book I read, so I honestly don’t remember. I cry very easily.
14. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?Too long. I’m not good at planning, and I don’t have as much time as I’d like. I wrote the first draft of Siren Song in about three months, actually, but it’s taken me A LOT longer to edit, rework it and go through the whole process.
15. What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
Probably a black cat… Or maybe an owl.
16. What are your top 5 favorite movies?How to pick just five?
17. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?It would be truly horrifying to find myself in that situation. I guess I would probably go looking for others.
18. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?Samwise Gamgee or Katniss Everdeen. You know they’d always have your back. Or maybe Iorek Byrnison, from Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials… I mean, who doesn’t want an armoured bear at their side?
19. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?Read and write. Repeat, ad nauseum. Also, try to find yourself a supportive community of other writers to share work with. Write the stories that interest you, not what you feel others want you to write. It’s a craft like any other; very few people get good at it without hard work and practice. Don’t give up.
20. What book do you wish you had written?The Shipping News, by Annie Proulx.
21. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself!I spent my first few years of life in a log cabin in a teeny town called Eldorado Springs, Colorado. It only had a single loop of dirt road going through it, and a beautiful natural spring water swimming pool where I learned to swim.
I was horse crazy between the ages of 7 and 17. I spent hours a day at the barn, and I got on far better with horses than I did with other kids.
My dad was a physicist and my mother an artist and art teacher, so I grew up with the two influences of art and science. I think they’ve both shaped me very powerfully.
I came to Edinburgh to study social anthropology in 1994, met a man and never left. I’m still married to him. We have two kids, three cats and an expanding collection of musical instruments.
The first short story I ever published was based on the men who used to drink in a bar I worked in. On quiet shifts in the bar, I used to write stories on bar napkins.
In my alternate life I do community development work for a charity and have also recently trained as a counsellor.
I sometimes pick up the guitar and sing, but I’m not very good.
My happiest places are in the woods, on the top of a hill, or on an empty beach. Also, my kitchen on a cold winter night, cooking something delicious.
I own a pair of cowboy boots and can make a MEAN magarita.
22. If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?In all honesty, right now, I’d probably go back to a time and place where I could live in a small tribal group and concentrate my efforts on surviving and keeping the gods happy. Ideally somewhere not too cold. Polynesia, maybe, before the coming of Europeans. It’s easy to romanticise, but that sounds pretty nice.
23. What is your favorite genre to read?I’m very fickle—I bounce between genres a lot, depending on my mood. I love anything from fantasy to literary fiction. If the characters and story are engaging and make me think, I don’t really mind what the genre is. 
Author Bio
Rebecca McKinney is a writer, therapist and community development practitioner, living and working in Midlothian, Scotland. She shares her home with her husband, two teenagers, three cats, and a growing collection of musical instruments. 

Previous novels:
The Angel in the Stone: shortlisted for the Highland Book Prize, 2017: Sandstone Press
Blast Radius: 2015: Sandstone Press



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