J.C. McKenzie: Science Geek Turns Author BSW003_180918

“Do you ever wonder where writers get their ideas?

Today I’m talking with J.C. McKenzie, who is a High school, math and science teacher by day and an urban fantasy and paranormal romance author by night. She’s the creator of the Amazon, best-selling dark fantasy, saga, The Carus Series, set in post apolcalyptic Vancouver. She’s the author of 9 books, soon to be 10 and is an unapologetic science geek.

Which brings me to today’s topic: Science Geek to Author.

Show Highlights

  • the life of an unapologetic, science geek
  • her fascination with the “weird stuff” in the world
  • how her love of science transfers into her writing; into world building and creating dynamic characters
  • how all life experiences translate onto the page (with a touch of espresso)
  • form rejections and how not to be crippled by them

Book Mentioned:    The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

J. C. McKenzie

JC. McKenzie is a book-loving, gumboot-wearing, unapologetic science geek. She’s the author of the Carus Series, an urban fantasy five-book saga published by the Wild Rose Press. Born and raised on the West Coast, J. C. sets the majority of her books in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance with sassy heroines and brutish, alpha-type men.


J.C.’s Latest Release – The Good Griffin

  •                It’s more than hex appeal

He’s a good griffin, with a bad temper…
Detective Damian Charming yearns to sweep a certain feisty lynx shifter off her feet. Every time he tries to talk to her, however, he sticks his foot in his mouth. He doesn’t mean to sound condescending. Life would be easier if Lucy admitted he knows best, especially now that someone in town has threatened her. He’s a good griffin (mostly) until someone messes with what is his.

She’s an unlucky lynx with no time for trouble…
Lucy May hates Stillwater detective Damian Charming. Sure, he helped her with a horrible situation and has looks to rival the gods, but he also views lynx shifters as inferior supernatural beings. When someone targets the business she worked hard to create, though, Lucy turns to the one man she knows will mercilessly unearth the culprit.

It’s more than just hex appeal…
When a hex sends the town in a storm of sexual shenanigans in the middle of the investigation, Lucy realizes just how bad she has it for the griffin. Now she needs to convince Damian her feelings are true and reel him in before his need for vengeance destroys the entire town.

The books in That Old Black Magic world and Heart’s Desired Mate Series can be read as stand-alone stories and in any order.

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amzn.com/B07GJBVXS3

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/the-good-griffin

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940155664208

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1429028596


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Next Week

Next week’s podcast is an interview with Abigail Owen, An Author Helping Other Authors.

J.C.’s Favorite Cocktail:

– white rum
– fresh mint
– lime juice
– sugar
– soda water
– ice
smush the sugar, mint and lime together, add a shot (or two) of rum, add ice, top off with soda water. You can replace the lime with any smushable fruit, like raspberries or blueberries, and taste the yum.
great and refreshing for hot summer days

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16 comments on J.C. McKenzie: Science Geek Turns Author BSW003_180918

  1. Thank you for hosting me!!

    1. admin says:

      Hey, J.C.
      You’re most welcome.
      Thanks for being my first guinea pig. It was great fun.
      all the best,
      Jo-Ann aka your Mom

    1. admin says:

      Thanks Jennifer. It was a lot of fun talking with J.C.
      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. It means the world to me.
      all the best,

  2. Hex appeal? I LOVE it! Sounds like a fascinating read. I, too, taught for 30 years and I admire your tenacity in the classroom and your ability to still find time to write.
    Best wishes!

    1. admin says:

      Hi Susan,
      Thanks for commenting. I too am impressed with the way J.C. can do both teaching and writing. It seems the stories spill out of her.
      all the best,

      1. Thank you Susan! I’m not getting much work done right now with the start of the next school year, but I really enjoy it. Writing is my outlet for all the crazy that goes on in the day 🙂

  3. *ahem* you forgot to list under books mentioned: Foundations of Mathematics 11 by Canavan-McGrath et al 😂

    1. admin says:

      That’s too funny.
      I have to say, Dad likes the plot.

  4. Loved hanging out with you via the podcast airwaves, Jo-Ann & J.C. Your passion for writing and all things creative (or geeky/unusual) was inspiring. I’m ready for my mojito now 🙂

    1. admin says:

      Hi Jacqui,
      Thanks for being here and sharing our virtual cocktails:) We really appreciate you commenting.
      all the best,

      1. Thanks Jacqui! It’s only lunch and I’m ready for my mojito, too! Lol 😂

  5. Ilona Fridl says:

    JC, I love the idea of the book! Great interview! Got to know you a little better.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Ilona,
      Thanks for commenting. We love that.
      all the best,

      1. Thank Ilona! I really enjoyed getting interviewed. It was a new experience for me.

  6. Jodie Esch says:

    What fun! A dynamic mother-daughter duo! I found it interesting that J.C’s love of science bloomed at such an early age and that she’s been able to sustain that interest over the years.

    And bravo for balancing the life of a teacher and the life of a writer!

    All the best to both of you!

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