Posted in Author Interview, Books, God's Lessons

Author Interview with MacKenzie Morganthal, author of “Not Abandoned”

Hello Readers! I hope you had a good Independence day and weekend. =) Did any of you get to see any fireworks? I was house-sitting, so I didn’t see any on the 4th, but our town puts on fireworks this next weekend along with their parade. So I’ll see those, most likely! :)

Today I have a special treat. My lovely and talented kindred spirit, MacKenzie Morganthal, has agreed to do an author-interview with me today! Isn’t that exciting? I am really glad you guys can get to know this gal – she is someone I hold as dear as a sister to me. So, without further delay, please enjoy this interview with…MacKenzie Morganthal, author of her newly released, “Not Abandoned”!

 

Welcome back to my blog, Miss MacKenzie! I’m truly delighted to have you here for this interview. :) I know you’ve been here before, and have thus shared a bit about yourself, but in case anyone is reading this for the first time, would you please introduce yourself?

 

Thanks for having me back, Rae! :) Sure, I’d love to. I’m an eighteen year old, homeschool graduate, and I love to write pretty much anything. I love the Lord with all my heart and have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. When I’m not writing, I love to keep busy as a worship leader and Creative Artist. My debut novel “Not Abandoned” just came out at the end of May, and that was a huge dream come true for me! :)

Amen! It is a dream come true indeed, and I am so happy for you!

How long have you been writing for and what first spurred you on to write?

 

I’ve been writing for around eight years. My Mom is actually the one who first encouraged me to write. She gave me an assignment in about 4th grade to write a short story about what I was learning in history. If you can believe it, I didn’t really want to do the assignment at first! But my Mom kept encouraging me to do it, and once it was completed, I fell in love with writing. So I’ve been writing ever since and I have my Mom to thank for that ;)

 

Your new debut book, “Not Abandoned” is about the heavy subject of human trafficking; where and how did you first find out about this terrible crime?

 

I first found out about human trafficking from my sister. She had read a book discussing this topic and then had shared the information with me. While the news was heartbreaking to hear, it wasn’t until awhile later when I heard an interview with a trafficking survivor that God placed the burning desire in my heart to do something about this atrocity.

 

Do you have any ‘tips’ for people about how to get involved in putting a stop to this modern-day slavery?

 

Well, the first tip I would say is definitely to educate yourself. Take time to learn about trafficking and make yourself aware of what is actually happening in the world around us. The first step in stopping modern-day slavery is prevention, and you can’t have prevention without awareness and education. Another tip I have is to get involved with one of the many great organizations fighting against human trafficking. That’s what they’re here for, and they’d love to help get you involved in the fight to end this! One of my favorite organizations is the A21 Campaign. :)

These are really good tips of help – thank you! 

How long did it take you to write “Not Abandoned”?

 

Haha, ya know, I actually can’t remember the ‘exact’ date that I started writing it. How terrible of me. :P When I first started writing it, I didn’t really think it would go anywhere or I would ever even finish it. But a few months after that is when God really placed the desire in my heart to continue with this story. So it was around mid-January of this year when I really started working devotedly on this story, and I completed the first draft on February 23rd. :)

That’s not terrible of you, worry not. I have projects like that. And wow, that’s a fast write, Kenzie! Although, I already knew you were a super fast writer – you got talent girl! God-given talent, and what a blessing it is that you use it for His glory!

Do you have a favourite character from it that you relate to most?

 

Definitely Haley Hampton, the college student/police officer in training. She’s strong-willed, and very determined. When she sets her mind to something, not much can stand in her way! She’s got a kind heart, and can be a bit daring. She also has a habit of jumping into things without always thinking them through. Most of my friends, especially you Rae, can attest to the fact that I tend to do that too, more often times than not. ;)

Haha, funny. ^.^ And also, Haley’s my favourite character too – she’s a great character!

You self-published: did you experience any troubles going that route, or are you entirely happy with it?

 

There were definitely some bumps in the road, but in the end I’m entirely happy with my decision. In the beginning of my self-publishing journey, I was trying to mostly go through the process alone and figure everything out myself, and I don’t ever recommend doing that, haha. I got in touch with some awesome authors who have already gone through the process and they were able to help tremendously, which I am so thankful for! So my advice to anyone else going the self-publishing route would be to ask lots of questions and seek help from others who are in the business. It makes it a much better experience than trying to figure it out alone. :)

Good idea – I’m definitely keeping that in mind when I publish too. :)

What are your writing plans for the future?

 

Right now I am in the process of writing a sequel to “Not Abandoned”. I’m about 72 pages and almost 18,000 words in, so we’ll see where this one goes. :) I also regularly enjoy being a monthly magazine columnist for my sister’s e-mag, and also a bi-monthly columnist for a friend’s e-mag.

Yes!! I cannot wait for this sequel. I love it already (yes, be jealous readers, because I’ve already read some of it! ;)).

Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to answer these questions, MacKenzie! I wish you a heart-felt congrats on your new release and look forward to many more of your splendid, God-filled books!
Thanks so much, Rae! :)

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That was fun, wasn’t it? Below you will find more information about the author and her book. Please do check it out!

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Human trafficking… These two words will change four different lives forever. Especially for Haley, a police officer in training, who is thrust right into the heart of an organized human trafficking ring when a family friend is mysteriously abducted. Once the problem hits even closer to home, Haley will stop at nothing to see justice prevail. With no way out once trapped inside the trafficking ring, is there any hope for rescue? When trouble arises and Caryn’s life is compromised, will she be able to survive or will help come too late? Strength is tested and trust is broken in this mystery of seemingly impossible rescue and God’s loving redemption. After hearing those words, human trafficking, these girls will never look at their lives the same way again… and neither will you.”

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MacKenzie Morganthal is an eighteen year old, Christian, Homeschool graduate. She loves writing, music, and most importantly Jesus. She resides in Pennsylvania where she keeps busy as a freelance author, worship leader, and creative arts director. She also loves going to concerts, and all things chocolate. While some people say she can be a little crazy, she always takes that as a compliment. She has been writing stories for eight years, and “Not Abandoned” is her first self-published novel.

CreateSpace estore: http://www.createspace.com/5427955

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/069243688X

Website: http://www.kenziebooks.weebly.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14073307

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Posted in My Abba Father, Pinterest, Spiritual beliefs, Writing

Uniquely You

 

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I read something on a pin recently (Not the above image), and while I did not agree with all of it, there was something that stuck out to me and that was in not becoming someone you’re not just so can keep or please the other person interested in you.

Now, this can be in reference to a friend or a romantic relationship. And I think it is sometimes far too easy for us girls to be forged into someone else because we like them and want them to like us. We like what they like – their interests become our own. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it becomes dangerous when we feel we must *change* to be of any interest to the other person, and I don’t think that is right – in our eyes, or in God’s.

You see, God made us unique individuals – and yes we know this, but I think we need to be reminded of it because we can sometimes forget among the hustle and bustle of daily life. We weren’t created to become someone else – we can be *compatible* to someone else, but that is not becoming them.

I am going to pretend for a moment that I have a boyfriend (:D) to give an example.

My boyfriend’s name is Bob. I really like Bob – I might even love him. But I’m worried that I am not enough for him. I’m not feminine enough like Cindy, I’m not strong/tough enough like Sally. I’m just *me*. But is that enough? Without hardly thinking, I start to compare myself to the Cindy’s and Sally’s of the world. And I try to be like them so that Bob will like me more. Because he may only like someone like Cindy, or someone like Sally. I have to become like them for me to “hold up” in Bob’s eyes. Soon, I begin to think that Bob’s a jerk because he only likes *those* kind of perfect girls, and I struggle with the fact that I *know* I can never become that – I know I can never be perfect. So it’s Bob’s fault, right? Because he can’t just be interested in me, can he?

Well, now I’m putting my preconceived notions onto Bob and he has no idea what’s happened.

Maybe he would be more compatible with Cindy, or Sally, but that’s not a fault of mine, is it? No. You see, here is my point: God will bring us the right person. Someone who won’t want us to change from us being ourselves. Our “job” is to just be who God created us to be – beautifully and uniquely us – and glorify Him as we serve Him. Our ultimate purpose on this earth is to love and serve Him – He will take care of all the rest as He loves and teaches us.

I don’t need to change to have Bob love me. Sally doesn’t need to change to have someone love her. Cindy doesn’t need to change to have someone love her. We have a Greater One who loves and cherishes us and joys in us especially when we are exactly as He created us. If Bob is who God has planned for me, then Bob will love me not who/what I am trying to be like. Just me. And that will be more than enough, and the same goes for me of him.

 

And He won't let any man cut in unless God has chosen him.

 

 

Thank you indulging me in my example and pretend boyfriend – it helped me to get my point across. I do well when I think in examples. =)

So yes, please remember: You can only be you. God’s unique and peculiar treasure. You are enough. He will orchestrate your whole life if you let Him, and He will bring your future to pass. Trust Him in everything.

And be uniquely…you.

 

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Hehe, I like these birdies.

Posted in Writing

A Writerly Update

Ah yes, I am actually writing a normal post! And about my writing, no less :D It has been a while, and so I thought ‘why not?’ (anybody thinking of the quote from “Leap Year” when the icky fiance’ says that? XD)

So yes, my writing…

I am only working on a couple projects now – of writing, that is. The biggest news that I have to share here, is that a few days ago, I FINISHED the story of my heart – the novel that has taken me over 4 years to write! It’s all done. Two full notebooks, and lots of pencil stubs later, it is complete.  And I cannot even being to express how exciting, and sad, and amazing that is for me! I don’t feel like I will ever be done with this story though. It’s too close to my heart to ever really be over. =) Next step for that one comes typing it up on the computer and then editing…I’m not exactly sure when I will start that mountainous project.

Currently, my Beauty and the Beast retelling is in its second stage of editing. After that, I imagine I will give it one more read through, and then start the publishing process for that one. So exciting! Even if it isn’t till later this year, or even next year, it’s still exciting that I will be published in the near future!

I am also currently writing a short story for a contest through Homeschooled Authors.

 

You’ll just have to wait and see what Jane Austen story I am retelling. =) I am also writing this one by hand because my laptop has not been behaving properly. That’s okay though, because I felt that it is God’s doing to have me writing it by hand. It gives Him even more control. :)

I’m also working on another writing project that is my “typical” medieval-y/village-y setting. Fantasy, but not really. Hard to explain. =) I’ve sort of set this beloved story on back-burner until I finish my short story, which I’m hoping will be soon, because I miss that other story which I refer to as “M and A Story” online. =) Once everything is all done and published, I will share names, details, etc.!

I’m editing a couple of friend’s books as well, so that’s fun…

I think this about wraps it up for a writerly update! Not much else to say… =) If you’re a writer, what are you working on at present?