Today I have the honor of welcoming author Lesa McKee to my blog. She’s introducing her Operation Space Cats series of books. Welcome, Lesa!
How would you describe your book to someone who has not yet read it?
LESA: Aristocats fun with Veggietales values! An out-of-this world adventure that’s filled with faith, friendship, & fun.
Is there a message in your book you want your readers to grasp?
LESA: Yes, a message of faith & trust in God. I added a short poem that sums up the lessons in the book in a fun way, and also a short Q&A section at the end of the book for parents and kids to go over with scripture to match up with key parts of the story.
How much of the book is based on real life (either yours or someone you know)?
LESA: I didn’t plan it, but in hindsight I realized one of the cats on the space team, Sir Cavias, walks with a limp due to an injury (like me), and struggles in his faith over it.
I didn’t realize I’d written part of my own ordeal into this character until afterward! Farlo’s silliness, and the overall humor is so me too.
How did you get the idea for the story?
LESA: I was inspired by a contest for The Space Kitties Anthology. I entered it into the contest and was pleasantly surprised it was one of eleven winners. I also kept in mind my sweet grand-darlings.
Which came first, the title or the story?
LESA: I came up with the title pretty close to the beginning. I wanted something catchy. I already thought of them as my space cats when I started the story. And the team is always going on missions so the title came pretty easily to me. I thought the sub-titles should have a common thread to tie them together, so I went with always starting the sub-title with the word ‘the’ and making it a three-word phrase. So far I have:
Operation Space Cats, The Rescue Mission
Operation Space Cats, The Missing Spaceship
Operation Space Cats, The Time Tunnels
Operation Space Cats, The Starlight Diamond
Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
LESA: That being a lifelong avid reader does not prepare you to be a writer. I really thought that at the beginning. Over time, and with much studying, I realized there was so much to learn. I joined a critiquing site, and that helped me more than anything. I also followed a couple of really good blogs on writing. I learned the rules of writing, and I’m so glad I did. It improved my stories greatly.
What genre have you not yet written but really want to try?
LESA: As you’ll see in my answer below, I love writing in different genres. So maybe a devotional book, or a cozy mystery. I’ve always thought about writing about my father’s life, and his identical twin brother.I grew up fascinated by their amazing bond.
What book are you reading right now?
LESA: My fellow indie authors’ books. I’ve become a huge supporter and fan!
What’s up next for you?
LESA: I’m planning to continue writing my space cat tales. I’m working with my amazing illustrator now on drawings for book two, Operation Space Cats, The Missing Spaceship, which I will be releasing spring 2017.
I also have a Christian historical romance novella series ‘Bridal Falls’ in the works, a spec fic short story series, Sky, and a short story rhyming book, Little Chick, for the younger kiddos. I’m working on learning how to draw so I can do my own illustrations.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
LESA: If you’re new to writing, I highly suggest joining a critique group. And follow a few good blogs on writing. Other writers are your best friends, so don’t be afraid to ask questions, or for help.:)
That’s great advice, Lesa, and so true. Some of my best friends are other writers I’ve met along this publishing journey! Thanks for visiting us and telling us more about you and your writing.
~Every child should have a story-teller in their life.~
Hi! I’m Lesa. That’s Lesa as in Lisa, only with an E.
I grew up at my Grandmother’s knee, listening to the French folk tales my animated Grandma Ida shared. A love of stories was born and my imagination took off!
I started out as a songwriter, and over the years wrote skits and plays for church. It wasn’t until I became a grandmother myself that I decided to write my first short story. Inspired by my own grand-daughter, I set out to write stories filled with faith, friendship & fun.
I entered my very first story in a contest and was pleasantly surprised it was one of eleven winners! This story, Operation Space Cats, The Rescue Mission is now featured in the Space Kitties Anthology.
I decided then and there to turn the story into a series. Each book will be filled with beautiful full-color illustrations, and amazing child & cat friendly covers. Operation Space Cats is in the works, and the series is coming soon!
When I’m not writing (or editing) you’ll usually find me with a good book in hand, a little gardening shovel for planting container flowers, or playing with the grand-kiddo’s. It’s a fantabbielous life! 🙂