Mary T. Kincaid


Mary Kincaid

Mary Kincaid, Book Reviewer and Children’s Writer

My dear friend Mary Kincaid has an wonderful imagination and she is currently working on stories targeted mainly toward children. She is also an avid reader and recently decided to gear her blog/website to reviews. Be sure to check out what she has to say about the books she reads at http://www.marytkincaidauthor.com.

What makes you want to do reviews?

              I believe there is a need for a website to report on some of the books that are out there. There are excellent story tellers among us. So the question becomes: how do we find them? Where do we go to receive notice that they are available? I enjoy reading. I love that moment when a writer captures me and I immerse myself in their world. It is their gift to me. I can’t wait to see what they are going to show me, their experiences, their universe. We are able to share a little view of their world for a short time. I want us to give their stories a chance.

How long have you been writing?

              I have seriously been writing about a year. I have devoted myself to it for the last year. I have written in the past when I have been involved in something that drove me to bring the publics attention to a cause or a project. Now I want to share my interior world. Sharing is the driving factor. I have many things that I want to share.

How many hours a day do you write?

              As many as I can. Life has to be sustained and it takes some effort, but I spend most of my day writing, or thinking about writing, or reading someone else’s writing. I am at my computer early in the morning, and stay at it most of the day.

What is the single most difficult part of writing for you?

The technical part of writing is the single most difficult part for me. I spend a lot of time wrestling with commas, and participles. I am grateful for the good grammarians among us who are part of critique groups of which I am a member. I am trying to learn how to use the language correctly but there are lapses as the excitement of the idea takes over and I lose myself in my imagination.

Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

Inspiration is everywhere. My walnut tree in the front of my house just inspired a story that will probably be a series. I am getting ready to send it off now. My husband said to me, “horror of the walnut crop,” as he was contemplating picking them up off the lawn. That comment was my inspiration.

What do you like most about writing?

              I love the freedom of it. I believe that every writer is an anarchist at heart.  Every writer tries to build a different world for you. Some of the worlds work and draw you into them. These are the successful story tellers.

What do you like the least?

The lack of physical activity. The sitting still part of putting words on the paper. There should be a way to be more active when you are doing it. I take a break and go to a yoga class. Maybe when I am a better practitioner of yoga, I can take a break and stand on my head.

Brief personal bio

              I am a reader and a writer. I am working on all aspects of my craft. I enjoy reading and sharing the other writers that I have experienced. I have been an avid reader my whole life. My favorite American writer is Nathanial Hawthorne. He wrote beautiful passages of descriptive prose that have never been captured on film. Only words do him justice. My favorite British writer is Neil Gaiman with his wonderful stories of whimsy. I enjoy all types of story telling. I have a husband and two cats.