I love how with today’s character interview it’s a little bit of a twist.
You see, she’s the writer and author of this book. Pretty cool, right?
I mean it’s different too, but a fun different (especially when you meet her in a moment). It’s not every day you get to interview a journalist who decided to do something with some stories a person told her once. *winks*
Let me introduce you the story she heard and wrote followed by the Scottish informative, Kimberly McNeil!
About the Book
Stories never end. They just get bigger.
You only have to turn the page.
Meg Mitchell lives in a castle, but she’s no wilting princess. Raised in an alien world by adoptive parents, she spends her time fighting Centaurs, training as an Andai warrior, and chilling in her favorite willow tree.
But when Meg uncovers her birth father’s journal, she discovers a cousin she didn’t know existed. Meg and her little brother and sister travel through an interdimensional rip to San Francisco to search for their cousin, setting off a chain of events no one could have foreseen.
When her sister is kidnapped, Meg enlists the help of teenage detective Barb Taylor and her genius little brother Jim. Following clues dropped by a mysterious benefactor, they embark on a cross-country adventure to rescue her sister and find Meg’s cousin.
Family is everything to Meg, but not all is as it seems. In her quest to reunite her family, she may lose more than she ever imagined.
– Hi Kimberly! Super excited to be chatting with you today!
Yeah, hi. We’ve got to make this quick. I’m on deadline, and I haven’t got time to faff about.
– Don’t worry, I’ll keep my questions short! Since you’re a journalist, I’m curious what was the most interesting piece you wrote? What about the funniest?
Do journalists have fun in America? Clearly you’re not understanding how this line of work goes. And right now, I’m the wee heifer of the agency. The most interesting piece I’ve ever done is a piece of drivel about sweeping streets in Carlisle. But someday I’ll get a better story. You watch.
– That’s a bummer, though I look forward to you getting that better story one day! I could imagine it’s much closer then you imagine. 😉 What do you think about the places the Storyteller tells you?
Oh, that mad rocket. She’s off her onion. Telling tales of crazy worlds and talking fox people and—she’s mad, I tell you. Barking. But if a place like that even existed, it would be pretty fab to walk in it. Not that I believe her, mind you. She’s mad.
– Haha! Well, I guess time will tell if she really is or not. Could you imagine going through an interdimensional rip? Do you want to?
One of those great swirling holes? You’re mad. I wouldn’t jump into something like that for a pint of the best Guinness in Carlisle. Sounds terrible.
– I’m right there with you! Definitely sounds horrible to jump through one of those things! What’s one of your fondest memories growing up in Scotland?
Have you ever been to Scotland, lass? I’m not sure fond is a word I’d use for anything there. That being said, I do have loads of memories from my auntie’s farm. We had cows and chickens and sheep, and in the mornings Auntie would make me pudding and beans with my toast. It’s a good breakfast for the chill in the highlands. But I didn’t say they were fond memories.
– Unfortunately, no I haven’t, though that breakfast sounds like I might be missing something. 😉 What do you plan to do next with everything the Storyteller has told you? I noticed you had a website where you have shared a few things she’s said.
Ah, you found that, did you? I was hoping nobody would see it. I don’t believe her. That woman is mad, barking mad. But—she’s good at telling stories. That’s why I wrote down what she told me. Since she’s determined to tell me all her made-up stories, I might as well do something with it. Maybe make a bit of cash on the side. We journalists don’t get paid much, you know.
But it doesn’t mean I believe her. I told you. She’s mental. I told you that, right? Right.
Funny, though. I think my publishers might actually think she’s on to something. But I’m learning that you Americans will believe anything if it’s written down.
– I’m excited to see what story she tells you next! Thanks so much for chatting with me, Kimberly!
Aye, you’re welcome. Oi, and do me a favor, would you? It’s important to my publishers that I talk about this book like it’s something I’m passionate about, but don’t go telling folks I actually believe what the old loon in the cape and cowl has told me. I’ve got a reputation.
– I can’t make any promises, but I certainly try! Haha! 😉
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About the Authors
I’m Scottish, raised in Balquhidder on my aunt and uncle’s B&B. I’m a journalist with BBC Cumbria now, and I was unfortunate enough to meet a mad cloaked woman at the White Raven some time ago. She decided I looked like someone who cared about her story, and I guess she was right. Because now I’m telling everyone, and I’m not even sure I believe it yet.
Amy Williams is a novelist, freelance writer, founding member of Crosshair Press LLC, and professional nerd. You can find most of her work under the name A.C. Williams, but she also writes young adult fantasy (The Legend of the Lightkeepers) under the pen name Kimberly McNeil. Amy is single and lives in her family’s 100-year-old farmhouse on five acres in the middle of the Kansas prairie. She loves cats and drinks far too much coffee.
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