world building in urban fantasy

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.

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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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