Thursday, May 24, 2007

An Introduction

This is my first blog as a Harlequin American Romance author. I am so excited to be here, and to be one of this year’s debut authors. In a few weeks I’ll be shamelessly trolling the book stores, looking for sightings of The Man for Maggie. It’s a June release and yes, I’m counting the days!

A little about me. I’m not sure, but I might be the only Canadian American author. I am the product of a Canadian mother and an American father, with a huge network of aunts, uncles, and cousins that spans the border and both countries, coast to coast. No matter where I go, it always feels like home.

I live on Canada’s west coast, in a city with miles and miles of coastline, gorgeous beaches, beautiful gardens, and virtually snow-free winters. Really, it’s paradise, and I am so fortunate to be where I am.

I’ve read romance and dreamed about being a Harlequin author for what seems like forever. Finally started writing about eight years ago, and after six full-length manuscripts and four Golden Heart finals, here I am.
The Man for Maggie is a story about two very different characters, one who leaps without looking and another who has both feet firmly planted on the ground. Writing this book was a lot of fun, although not without its own ups and downs. It started as a short contemporary, was lengthened for American Romance, and then needed to be shortened again. Math was never my best subject but after all that adding and subtracting, I finally came up with the right answer! Two secondary characters from this book have a story of their own. With This Ring will be out in December.

Huge thanks to everyone at Harlequin American Romance for the warm welcome I’ve received. Can’t wait to meet all of you in Dallas!

Lee McKenzie


Anonymous said...

I had to laugh at your math difficulties, Lee. I completely relate. Love words, can't count 'em.

I can't wait to pick up my copy of The Man for Maggie!


Christa said...

Hi Lee
I'm in Ontario. When you visit your relatives it there a lot of research on those trips added in?

Susan Lyons said...

Congratulations, Lee. I can't wait to read A Man for Maggie.

Would you care to share some of your writing process tips? Any particular resources you recommend? How do you juggle writing with other commitments and still stay more or less sane?

Anonymous said...

Lee, I can't imagine how excited you are waiting the last days before The Man for Maggie hits the stores.

Good luck!


Marin Thomas said...

Hi Lee

welcome aboard American! Ladies, I've read The Man for Maggie and it's a terrific story. Fun characters and the hero is definitely sigh-worthy :-) Don't miss it!

The Preacher's Daughter
*Summer Lovin' anthology* June 07

Diane Perkins said...

Whoo hoo, Lee!
It is allllmmmost here! I can't wait for my first sighting of A Man for Maggie. I'll snap it up. First books are a joy.

You stuck with it, paid your dues and won the prize! Now the real gratification comes--when you get that first fan letter!

Kiki, aka Esri said...

Yay, Lee! Looking forward to it!

Lee McKenzie said...

Thanks Rachel, Sheryll, Diane and Kiki/Esri for stopping by!

Christa, I love to travel, and I definitely try to make the most of every research opportunity. I also love to visit family. When I attend the RWA conference in Dallas this summer, I'll meet my Texas cousins for the first time.

Interesting questions about the writing process, Susan. I find it's important to write everyday, and to try to make it a top priority everyday. Not always possible, but I'm working on it!

Marin, you are so sweet for saying such wonderful things about The Man for Maggie. Thank you!

Hugs to all,

Linda Warren said...

Welcome to American. I can't wait to read A Man For Maggie. Congratulations!
Linda Warren