Author Interview: Mallory McCartney

Last week I reviewed Heir of Lies and this week I have the honor of interviewing the wonderful author! Mallory McCartney is an author living in Ontario, Canada. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys catching up on her never-ending TBR pile, walking her three dachshunds with her husband, binging TV series on Netflix, and drawing. Some fun facts about McCartney:

  • She went to college for the Fine Arts.
  • After college she went to Australia and New Zealand to become a registered yoga teacher.
  • After returning to Canada, she worked as a dog groomer for 5 years before focusing on her WIP.
  • Her husband encouraged her to turn her attention to the Black Dawn series.
  • She is a tattoo enthusiast. She has a full Tim Burton sleeve on her left arm, the chakras on her right arm, and a Star Wars/Harry Potter/Supernatural chest piece. She also has both feet done as well as having a Donnie Darko and Sherlock Holmes piece on her right leg.

To learn more about McCartney and the Black Dawn Series, read our full interview below!

Q) How long have you been writing?

A) I have been dabbling in writing since public school but it wasn’t until 2012 that I
really poured myself into writing, and I was first published in 2017.

Q) Why do you write?

A) I write because it is my passion. I cannot see my life without writing, and I
absolutely love creating and exploring my characters and worlds.

Q) What books would you put in your top three favorites and why?

A) Oh, that is a hard question lol! I would say my top three favorite are –
1) IT- Stephen King
2) Daughter of Smoke and Bone- Laini Taylor
3) Throne of Glass- Sarah J Maas

Q) Who is someone that inspires you?

A) My husband continuously inspires me. He is my rock and helped me see that
writing was a path I needed to follow. He is my best friend and especially in
recent years with my diagnosis of several chronic illnesses, has been my
steadying force day to day.

Q) What inspired Heir of Lies and the Black Dawn series?

A) This is a tricky question, because Emory’s story I feel has always been with me, I
just needed to be in the right place in my life to write it. I was inspired to write
about friendship, and different forms of love and how that can grow, change or be
tested as the characters grow older. I knew I wanted to add that into a fantasy
world, where humans had different abilities and slowly the Black Dawn Series
came into vision.

Q) Were there any books or stories that influenced the Black Dawn series?    

A) There weren’t specific books that influenced the Black Dawn series, but I really
admired the writing of Tamora Pierce, Christopher Paloini growing up. As I found
my voice as a writer later in life I discovered that I craved to write a fast paced
and action saturated, character driven plot.

Q) Can you give us any preview of what to expect in the sequel to Heir of Lies?

A) Queen to Ashes was one of my favorite books to write in the series. Definitely
get ready for an action packed ride, and the characters go through some serious
growth in the sequel that sets the stage and tone for the third book.

Q) Emory’s character and struggle to remember who she is/discover herself was
something that resonated with me. What inspired Emory?

A) Thank you! Emory was inspired by me wanting to have a flawed heroine, and
what that would really look like to me in this series. Having the element of her not
remembering her full past allowed me to really dig deep into her character and how she would perceive other characters. She loves fiercely, but she tries to
follow through on the decisions she truly believes is best, even if others don’t or
it hurts people she is close to.

Q) Do you have a personal favorite character from Heir of Lies?

A) I’m a softie for Adair ( 😀 ) but some others are Marquis, and Emory.

Q) Can you share with readers a little about your publishing journey? 

A) Of course! I was first published with a small indie publishing company, which
was a great starting point and learning experience but ultimately my calling was
self publishing. I currently run my own imprint, MM Books, to publish all my
works under.

Q) What advice would you offer other authors?

A) My advice I can offer is trust your gut and what feels like the best fit for your
work. This is different for everyone, but whether this is querying an agent,
traditionally publishing or self publishing, trust your gut of what your feels like a
best fit for your creative work.

Remember to follow McCartney on social media to keep up to date with her and her writing!

Instagram: @authormalmccartney
Twitter: @MalMcCartney

Order your own copy of Heir of Lies from Amazon here!

Published by Kayla E. Green

My name is Kayla E. Green. I am a librarian, young adult author, and poet living in North Carolina. I love reading fantasy, collecting books, drinking cherry coke, and pretending to be a unicorn. Follow my blog for book reviews, author interviews, updates on my personal writing journey, and more bookish fun!

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