Today I will be interviewing my twin sister, debut author MacKenzie Morganthal. Her new book, Not Abandoned, was released on May 30, 2015. I am going to be interviewing her with some fun questions in the beginning and then I’ll get to the more serious questions. ;) Ready?
Bella: Thanks for joining us for an author interview, Kenzie!
Kenzie: Thanks for having me, Bella!
Bella: First, what is the last song you played on your iPod?
Kenzie: We As Human “I Stand”
Bella: Apples or grapes?
Kenzie: Ooh, two of my favorites! I’ll say apples
Bella: Name an animal that’s name starts with each letter of your name. (example, K-kangaroo, etc.)
Kenzie: K- koala, E- elephant, N- numbat, Z- zebra, I- impala, E- elk
Bella: What is the last book that you read?
Kenzie: “I Dare You” by an extraordinary author that I know ;)
Bella: Skydiving or scuba diving?
Kenzie: Skydiving, because what’s life without a little daring adventure? ;)
Bella: And now to the more serious questions! What is the first book that you ever wrote about?
Kenzie: I started with writing many short stories, but my first “book” that I attempted to write was a story about three different girls who met at a stable where they all took riding lessons. It was a lot about horses and how the girls found their way to God. At the time, I was pretty obsessed with horses, so it was only natural that I included them in my stories. ;)
Bella: How did you come up with the idea for your debut novel, Not Abandoned?
Kenzie: Funny thing is, I normally prefer to formulate a plot and story idea completely in my head before I even start to write it out on paper. But God challenged me to write “Not Abandoned” and formulate the story more so as I went along, instead of all right at the beginning. So the idea for this story came to me as I just started writing.
Bella: Who is your favorite character in Not Abandoned?
Kenzie: Haley Hampton, the college student/police officer in training. She usually acts more on emotion than logic, which is how I tend to be. She’s also very stubborn and determined. She has a kind heart, and when she sets her mind to something, not much can stand in her way.
Bella: If you could choose one word to describe Not Abandoned, what would it be?
Kenzie: That’s tough. I would probably have to choose “Redemption”. While the story deals with the horror and tragedy that human trafficking is, it also highlights God’s saving redemption. And His mighty power to break every chain.
Bella: Tell us about how you first found out about human trafficking and why it matters so much to you.
Kenzie: I first found out about human trafficking from my sister (wonder who that could be?). While it was heartbreaking to hear of this atrocity, God did not personally place the burning desire in my heart to do something about it, until I heard an interview with a trafficking survivor. Hearing that young girl tell her story hit me right between the eyes and made me cry. That’s when I knew I had to get involved in the fight to end modern-day slavery.
Bella: Are you already planning a sequel to Not Abandoned? J
Kenzie: I am, yes. :) I was working on it rather steadily for awhile, but it’s come to a stand still for the time being. All in God’s timing, though! Right now my progress is 72 pages and almost 18,000 words. :)
Bella: Where can you purchase Not Abandoned?
Kenzie: If you head on over to my website there will be a link there that will take you directly to my CreateSpace e-store, which is a division of Amazon. My website is, www.kenziebooks.weebly.com. “Not Abandoned” is also now available in eBook form! If you prefer reading eBooks instead of print copies, the Kindle edition is available at the Amazon Kindle store. :)
Bella: Thank you, Kenzie! ♥
As Kenzie said, Not Abandoned is now available on CreateSpace, an Amazon company. You can also learn more about Kenzie and her book by visiting her website: www.kenziebooks.weebly.com
Thank you for reading! Go check out Not Abandoned! It’s a must-read novel!
Isabella Morganthal (20) is a homeschool high school graduate who loves Jesus with all of her heart. She is a drummer, writer, creative arts director, and modern-day abolitionist.