McKenna Dean

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I convinced McKenna Dean to answer my 10 Nosy Questions after I found her book Snowfall. Trust me you will love her.

10 Nosy Questions

Describe your life in a nutshell.

I asked my husband to nutshell it for me. He replied with “A life of caring intensity tempered with a dash of rage.” It made me laugh, so there you are. He added later that I was “deeply professional and level-headed” which made up for the fact that some people consider me a pushover because I don’t always stand up for myself.

What book do you recommend to everyone – even people who don’t ask?

I simply adore the London Celebrity series by Lucy Parker. I’m currently torn between Pretty Face and the Austen Playbook as my favorite. But I can’t imagine limiting myself to one book to recommend. That’s picking one word or one song. There are too many that bring joy to my life to pick just one.

Which of your quirks have you written into a character?

Sara Atwell (Ghost of a Chance) is a fangirl. Ellie West (The Panther’s Lost Princess) will sing any chance she gets. Morgan Delaney (the upcoming (Better off Red Series) reorganizes shopping carts into the correct sizes/ lanes in grocery stores. (Come on, how hard is it to put them in the right slots? And think about those poor employees who have to drag them inside again …)

Have you written someone who was rude into a book so you could get eternal payback?

Not specifically rude, but someone who created issues for me? Yes. Just being rude isn’t worth the time and effort, but overbearing bosses, mean girls, and problematic ex-boyfriends had better watch thier step! 🙂

Which book boyfriend would you run away with?

Mine, or someone else’s? I love Anna Butler’s Rafe Lancaster, but seeing as he’s gay, I don’t think he’d run away with me. I adore Lord Peter Wimsey, but I’d mostly want to have tea with him and listen to him talk piffle. Lucy Parker writes some delicious grumpy heroes that are marshmallows with the right woman, but I’m pretty sure I’m not the right woman.

Buy my own Rian Stirling (Better Off Red)? Well, lets just say i’m going to enjoy writing that series. *happy sigh*

Have you ever taken a book-cation?

Not specifically, but my ‘Must Have on a Desert Island’ book is Gaudy Night by Dorthy Sayers. On a trip to England a few years back, I wandered the streets of Oxford punching my husband on the arm saying things like, “Look, there is the bridge where Lord Peter Wimsey proposed to Harriet Vane!”

^ Personally McKenna Dean ^ That so counts.

What Fandom do you geek out over?

If it’s sci-fi you can count on me. Pretty much any fandom with the word “Star” in the title. Also Marvel and Sherlock Holmes (in almost every incarnation).

Does anyone in your family read your books? If they do can they look you in the eye at Thanksgiving?

My husband is one of my biggest supporters. He not only reads my books, he helps out with all kinds of things: formatting, website design, anything I don’t understand that is IT related. We met online, and he read some of my stories before our first date. They don’t scare him off, and that’s when I knew he was a keeper.

How many more stories are rattling around in your brain trying to get out?

At least ten right now. Ideas arent’ the problem. Finding the time and energy to write is.

What did you have the most fun with in your last novel?

I can’t tell you because it’s a spoiler, but suffice it to say it amused me to present something as one thing, only to have it be the exact opposite.


Cover of Bishop Takes Knight by McKenna Dean
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A gutsy heroine, a reluctant hero, a cute dog… and three rival shifter gangs on the hunt for mysterious artifacts. What could go wrong?

New York, 1955.

Former socialite Henrietta (Rhett) Bishop, destitute after her father gambles away the family fortune, takes a job at Redclaw Security. But Redclaw is no ordinary operation. Part detective firm and part enforcement agency, Redclaw regulates matters involving the growing population of shifters who have emerged since the onset of the nuclear age.

Peter Knight is a nuclear scientist shatterd by the death of his wife. Blacklisted by the government and scientific organizations, he drowns his sorrows while searching for the people behind his wife’s mssurder.

When Rhett is assigned to recruit Knight, their meeting is more than either bargained for – a rival organization will do anything to secure Knight for themselves. Following a lead to locate a missing cache of alien technology stolen from Redclaw, Rhett is thrown back into her previous glittering life with Knight as her pretend boyfriend. But when someone from the past turns up to start a bidding war on the artifacts, Bishop and Knight wind up in a fight for their very lives.


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