Interview with debut novelist Jean Mckie-Sutton

Today’s guest is debut novelist Jean Mckie-Sutton to tell us a little about her novel The Fruits Of Our Sins.
Bio:
Jean
Mckie-Sutton rose through the ranks of the insurance industry before heeding
her own heart and pursuing her passion for writing. She grew up listening to
the stories that elders recounted about the women in her family, and it is from
these dominant, yet richly flawed matriarchs that she draws inspiration for her
writing. 

In
addition to her debut novel, The Fruits Of Our Sins, Jean has published two
short stories, “Stella’s Silent World”, and “When The Bough Breaks”.
  She is also a featured author in “Sister To
Sister: Black Women Speak To Young Black Girls.”

Jean
lives in a suburb of Philadelphia with her husband and three children.
Welcome, Jean. Please
tell us about your current release.
This
novel tells the story of two young women, Madeline and Sybil, who experience
abandonment and betrayal within their own families at a very young age. Their
lives soon become intertwined in heated confrontation by the birth of a child –
a child that each claims to have a right to. For one woman, possession of the child
represents redemption; for the other, the repetition of generational sin.

The
Fruits Of Our Sins

chronicles the deeply flawed relationships these women have with their parents,
the impact of those relationships on the direction of their lives and
ultimately the lives of their children as they attempt to flee from, yet
reconcile, the abandonment and betrayals of their youth.    
What
inspired you to write this book?
I’d have to
say I was inspired by my family. Although this novel is not at all
biographical, developing the story lines of the characters helped me reconcile and
understand some of the troubling, life-changing decisions made by the
matriarchs in my own family.
What
exciting story are you working on next?
I’m
glad you asked! I love talking about my next project. I’m in the middle of a
collection of short stories focusing on family relationships – mostly
mother/daughter relationships that involve transformation after overcoming
steep obstacles. I hope to finish the collection later this year.
The
second project I’m considering is a sequel to The Fruits Of Our Sins. I hadn’t initially planned on writing a
sequel, but so many people have asked, I feel the need to at least consider the
possibility. 
When did
you first consider yourself a writer?
Although I’ve
been writing ever since I was a young child, I did not consider myself a writer
until I published my first short story back in 2010. It was titled, Stella’s
Silent World, and it was about a young woman meeting her birth mother for the
first time.
Do you
write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like?  If not, what do you do other than write and
how do you find time to write?
Trying to
find the time to write has always been a challenge. For many years I worked
full time. With three kids, it was hard to find quiet writing time on a
consistent basis. I’d sneak in the hours on weekends or while on vacation. Now that
I work part-time, I manage to write a few hours a day while the kids are in
school during the school year. With the kids home during summer break I find
myself writing more and more in the evenings after they’re asleep and the house
is quiet.
What would
you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I often
wake up in the middle of the night for no reason at all. It is during these
moments that I experience my most creative insights. I keep a pen and table
bedside so I can capture the rush of ideas that seems to come for nowhere.
As a child,
what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to
be a brain surgeon until I discovered I wouldn’t finish school until I was
about thirty. In my teens I wanted to be a CIA agent. Instead, I ended up in
the Insurance Industry for nearly twenty years. My dream of actual pursuing a
writing career began during this time.
Anything
additional you want to share with the readers?
I’d like to share a quote to encourage others
to follow their dreams as well:
When
you
follow your bliss, the universe will
open doors where there were walls
.” — Joseph Campbell
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Thanks for stopping by, Jean. Readers, if you’d like to read more about Jean, you can stop by her other tour stops.


3 thoughts on “Interview with debut novelist Jean Mckie-Sutton

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