LC Kanon is a native of Chicago, Illinois and has lived and worked in various locations across the country. A first-time author, LC was driven to write after reading far too many thrillers with damsels in distress. Compelled to meld the drama of chick lit with action and suspense, LC began writing and never stopped. Her first book, “Spring Break,” mixes coeds and cartels in a bloody romp through Mexico. When she’s not writing, LC enjoys watching kung fu, taking long drives, and walking along sandy beaches.
1. How did you come up with the title of your book?
My book, about a group of coeds who run into a drug cartel while on vacation in Cancun, was always titled Spring Break in my mind. Sometimes I launch my idea with the title first and this simple title appealed to me. I loved the contrast of the college spring break rite of passage linked with the twisted nature of the story that actually unfolds.
2. What is your writing environment like?
Very quiet, I am super sound sensitive and need dead silence to write. I also have a little bit of everything around me—pens, lip balm, etc.—so I don’t think of an excuse to get up and wander around the house.
3. What is your favorite quote? Why?
“The person who says it can’t be done shouldn’t interrupt the one that is doing it.” I just like it for its simplicity and truth.
4. How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
My family is filled with writers and readers, so leisure time was spent going to the library or bookstore, and our quiet time spent reading was balanced with not-so-quiet time for playing and creativity. I think it’s a crucial mix and it certainly honed both my creative and practical sides.
5. What inspires you to write?
A good story. I love opening the paper, reading something and going “hmm.” Life is inspiring in that way.
6. What do you consider the most challenging part about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
The editing process is always the hardest. Every time I re-read the book I have a different feeling about a passage or section and it never feels “done.” That and when the narrative just doesn’t seem to work, a plot issue or a character didn’t come out quite right. That’s always frustrating.
7. Did you learn anything while writing this book? If so, what was it?
I learned that I could even shock myself with some of the things that happen to the girls in Spring Break. I really was surprised how dark I took it in places.
8. What have you done to promote this book?
Blog tours! Seriously, bloggers have been so supportive! I’m constantly amazed by their commitment to their blogs and the writing community. They are a huge asset. Local book groups are also a great opportunity to get out there and talk about the book.
9. What are some of the best tools available today for writers?
The Internet. You can hire an editor online, you can self-publish—the opportunities are endless!
10. Is there anything else you would like to share?
Only that I’m grateful for the exposure and encourage you to pick up a copy of Spring Break today! Please don’t be a stranger, and tell me what you think at LC.Kanon@storygirlpress.com