Tuesday, October 07, 2008

A David Mehegan Interview




By Amy MacKinnon

I have long admired the work of Boston Globe reporter David Mehegan. Part of my "dream big" scenario was to be profiled by him, he really is the best. He coaxes everything out of a writer. I'll never forget his interview with author Janet Fitch and how she revealed her struggle to write a follow-up to White Oleander. If such a writer as Fitch found it a challenge, then my anonymous struggle to write a first was okay. There have been so many over the years. And now it's my turn. He even called my agent and publisher, and really, their words will stay with me forever. Read it here.

He also recorded a podcast of me reading an excerpt from Tethered.

11 comments:

Usman said...

Amy,
I read the article and know so much more about you. Lack or faith thereof indeed seems to be a defining way to look at things, put them in perspective.

Kira said...

Great interview, Amy. Congratulations all around. I agree that Tethered is amazing. I don't know you so I didn't have the sense of it being outside of what people know about you. I have that sense with some of my writing. Kind of embarrassing that I am doing that. What will people think? So far, I don't have to worry.

You also gave Clara flaws that other writers might not have. God forbid, excuse the pun, that she might be real. She was very real to me. And best of all, the writing held up from first page to last (unlike some bestsellers I've read lately).

A tremendous accomplishment. Well earned.

Amy MacKinnon said...

Usman, I really let my guard down with this interview. It's David Mehegan, he's utterly disarming and sincere. I trusted him. As for faith, it's a journey.

Kira, Lisa warned me early on to be mindful of what I wrote because people would assume things about me. She was absolutely coorect, of course, but I didn't heed her advice. I just wrote for the story. I'm glad to ehar you're doing the same. I expect you'll have to someday worry about it. And thanks for your kind words about the book. Much appreciated.

Carleen Brice said...

Wowza all the way around!

Larramie said...

And all David Mehegan had to do was ask. ;) Thank you, Amy. Most of the pieces of your puzzle now fit together...I'd been missing one.

Amy MacKinnon said...

Thanks, Carleen!

Larramie, I know just what you're referring to!

Lisa said...

What an amazing interview! I am so proud to know you :)))

Amy MacKinnon said...

Lisa, I often feel the same about you. Did you know we also share the same favorite poem?

Therese said...

Another wonderful milestone achieved!

Tina said...

Amy, congratulations. I read the article and loved it.

Amy MacKinnon said...

Therese, I read your two-book deal on PM yesterday. Of course those of us who read your blog knew about it much earlier, but still. Talk about milestones!

Thank you, Tina. It is quite the twisty journey, isn't it?