SATURDAY 16th MARCH 2013
I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Michaelene McElroy, author to ‘The Last Supper Catering Company’.
Michaelene McElroy makes her debut as an author with The Last Supper Catering Company. She lives on four acres in the woods on an island in the Puget Sound of Washington State where magic is ever present.
Genre: Literary Fiction/Elastic Reality
The Last Supper Catering Company is the heartwarming story of B. Thankful Childe-Lucknow. Turned out with red corkscrew hair, one eye brown, the other green, and gifted with the power to hear the voices of the departed, B. Thankful is cast aside by the town, and lives an isolated upbringing in the woods with Big G, Little G, and Tyler Lucknow.
Tragedy, followed by the discovery of a long-forgotten paint-by-number picture of the Last Supper, thrusts B. Thankful from the safety of everything she has ever known.
Beyond the boundary of her sheltered life, B. Thankful discovers the world’s hard edges as well as its beauty. More importantly, with the help of a cast of quirky and tenderhearted souls (both earthly and heavenly), she discovers why God made her special.
Now get snuggled with that cuppa as we catch up with Michaelene….
Hi Michaelene and welcome! It’s great to have you here.
Gemma, thank you so very much for inviting me to be your guest at Cuppa and a Catch Up. Your lovely cup and saucer logo have inspired me to enjoy a cup of tea while I answer your questions.
The inspiration for the Last Supper Catering Company came from a piece on NPR (National Public Radio) on death row inmates and their last supper requests. While listening, I heard a young girl’s voice, steeped in the way of the South, ask me what I would choose for my last supper. I sat down at the computer and B. Thankful began to tell me her story.
How would you compare writing this book with anything you have previously written?
The Last Supper Catering Company is written in first person, which made the experience much more intimate. Although I couldn’t get “into the minds” of other characters, I came to know my main character in a way I had never perceived possible, especially since B. Thankful is the personification of how the world could be.
How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurred you on?
I began writing heavily burdened poetry in high school, during the turbulent 60s – Vietnam, civil rights – to survive what I perceived as the madness of the times. I recently came across these old poems and noticed, even then, my writing was edged with hope.
How do you organize your writing time?
I don’t organize my writing time, and I only write when I’m joyful at the thought of sitting down and spending time with the characters that come to visit and tell me their story. From personal experience, I find if I try and force a schedule, my writing becomes convoluted, the story manipulated by a need to accomplish a goal, as opposed to finding the truth. I prefer an organic approach, much like gardening. I have to tend the soil, plant the seed and give it time to germinate. If I pluck them too soon, they may be lacking that special bloom I’m looking for.
Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?
I live in the woods on an island in the Puget Sound (Washington State), so I’m comfortably locked away from the hectic world of Mainland USA. My writing space looks out over my property, which is a blessing and a curse at the same time. I maintain the four park-like acres that I own by myself so I see what needs tending to on a daily basis. When I’m not writing, you’ll usually find me power washing decks, building birdhouses, running behind the mower, trimming the field. My creativity is tied to physical movement, so my characters run along by my side and we hash out their problems (and mine) as I work. My creative juices also flow in the area of chocolate. I’m currently developing a line of chocolate and lavender confections for a local shop in town.
And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know.
I’ve always wanted to be a chanteuse.
Thank you for being here today, Michaelene.
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Love Missuswolf xxx
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