Tell us a bit about your current project.
Anomaly is a dystopian novel, set in a future where the world has been destroyed by nuclear war and the only survivors are scientists who determine to create a new world. Their world is inhabited by people whose ability to think, question, and feel is removed. They each have a job to do to help the State run smoothly. Thalli, however, is an anomaly. She questions what she is taught, she is not content to be just her pod Musician. She longs for more. And she gets more, but not in the way she expects.
With the clarity of experience what advice would you offer up to the wet-behind-the-ears you if beginning this writing journey today?
Write! If you have an idea, a desire, then go for it. Don’t let excuses keep you from writing. Write ten minutes a day, if that’s all you can do at first, but do it. Don’t edit, don’t fix your errors, don’t rewrite. Get the whole thing on paper, then you can go back. It won’t be perfect. No manuscript is. But it CAN be written. You CAN do it.
What gives you the greatest writer buzz, makes the trip worth the hassles (besides coffee or other substances, or course)?
Krista McGee’s passion to see teens excited about serving God is a driving force behind her novels. Ever since college when she spent a summer working at a youth camp, McGee knew she wanted to invest in teenagers. Since then she’s been involved in a variety of youth ministries and currently teaches at a Christian school in Tampa, FL.
McGee broke into the writing world during her time in Spain. A friend encouraged her to submit an article to a Christian girls’ magazine, and it got published. Once her family moved back to Tampa, she got the idea for her first novel, First Date, a modern take of the story of Esther. Her subsequent books, Starring Me and Right Where I Belong, are based on Rebekah and Ruth.
When Krista McGee isn’t living in fictional worlds of her own creation, she spends her days as a wife, mom, teacher and coffee snob.
Learn more about Krista McGee and her books at kristamcgeebooks.com. Readers can also become a fan on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.