MK Schiller is a hopeless romantic in a hopelessly pragmatic world. Writing is her passion, but with a full time life and two busy teenagers, it proves difficult. But in the quiet dark of night, she sits by the warm glow of a computer monitor, and attempt to conjure up passionate heart-warming stories with plenty of humour.
She started imagining stories in her head at a very young age. In fact, friends started making requests for stories where they were featured as the heroine and the object of their affection was the hero. You’ve heard of fan fiction… this was friend fiction.
Even with that, it took many years to realize her dream. She hopes you enjoy my stories and always find The Happily Ever After in every endeavour.
Everyone tells him he needs to move on, but how can a man function without his heart?
Ten-year-old Caleb Tanner wants nothing to do with Sylvie Cranston, the annoying weird girl who moves next door to him and gets him in trouble for swearing. But at twelve, they become friends when he teaches her how to hook a fishing line and she shows him the value of a selfless act. At fourteen, he falls in love with her.
At sixteen, she dies.
Or so he’s told. But Cal never believes it. Sylvie has become part of his soul. He knows her like the steady beating of his own heart. He’d know if she was dead. Cal looks for her, prays for her and finally he just waits for her.
Nine years later, she walks into the community college English class Cal is teaching. Only this girl claims her name is Sophie Becker and she doesn’t know him. Cal knows better. He’s determined to get the girl he loves back—and protect her from the danger that took her away all those years ago.
The worst part of being a kid was that you never knew how good you had it until it was too late.
Childhood was simple. My parents told me it was because I didn’t have bills to pay or mouths to feed, but it was more than that. It was because nothing was planned. When you didn’t plan for it, you didn’t worry about the consequences. They just happened naturally without the coercion, manipulation or mindfuck games that came with becoming an adult.
I never planned for Sylvie Cranston to be my best friend. I never expected her to be the muse in all my dreams, or the girl who later haunted my nightmares. I certainly never planned to fall in love with her, but that was exactly what happened.
Everyone told me I needed to move on. That was like asking me to pierce my own flesh and crush my empty, beating heart. They wanted me to toss it away and continue to breathe. How could a man function without his heart?
MK is On the Bench
What was the first book you had published?
The Other C-Word which came out with Totally Bound in September.
What was your initial reaction when offered that first contract?
I screamed, chanted, cried, and had a dangerous case of perma-smile.
Of the books you have written is there one that holds a special place in your heart and why?
I think The Other C-Word because it was my first…and you never forget your first, am I right? D* –
Are you a disciplined writer or do you have to wait for the muse to arrive? Do you have a ritual that gets you in the mood?
I write when the need strikes me. It strikes me too much, and so it’s hard to prioritize. Sometimes, laundry gets shafted in the process. I listen to music, read, and watch movies – that always helps when I’m in a slump or need to take a break.
What was the last book you read?
Stinger (signs of Love) by Mia Sheridan – I highly recommend it too.
What are you working on now?
I’m writing a love story about a trouble girl and an amazing hero – wow, sounds like most of my books.
What genre would you like to try and write that is different from your own?
I’ve had an idea rolling around for a paranormal romance. I’ve written about 50k into it, but I’m struggling with some of the finer plot points.
When you receive edits are you Teary and Disillusioned or Feisty and Focussed?
I’d say Feisty and focused. I’m lucky in that my editor will tell me what she likes too, so it’s always nice to get one of those comments.
What is one thing in your books you’d like to try?
I’ve never written BDSM, but I’d like to put a scene like that in one of my future books. I find it very intriguing.
Now for some hard hitters with an Aussie flavour!
A sport /sportsperson that you watch? (C’mon there must be one) OR An embarrassing sporting memory.
I love football. Besides the thrill of watching, it’s physically fit men in tight pants fighting over an oblong leather ball. Makes you wish you were a ball.
Favourite Aussie Author/Actor /Musician?
Can I say Keith Urban (I know he wasn’t born there). I love country music and he does it differently. Lucky, Nicole Kidman. *D – Aussies always claim the famous Kiwis its what we do
Your view on Vegemite?
This is a very controversial topic. I’ve never had one but I love Men At Work’s song, Down Under which mentions this delicacy.
Formal dinner party or backyard barbeque?
I like to attend the backyard BBQ, but I like to write the formal dinner party.
Adventure holiday or relaxing by the pool?
Relax at the pool with a good book.
Favourite Aussie holiday place or one you’ve always wanted to visit?
The Gold Coast….but it’s one of the most expensive destinations in the world so I better sell some books!
Thank you, Donna for having me on your blog today. I love your questions, and if I’m ever down under, I’m going to look you up!