About MK Lee:
M K Lee is an author of poetry, short stories, and novels, who thinks the world deserves more happy stories. When not writing, they enjoy the company of all creatures great and small, love watching amateur dramatics, and discovering the world one good coffee and great cake at a time.
What inspires you to write?
I like the idea of everyday adventures, and of couples who get together and stay together, facing any problems they encounter as a team.
So much of the media I watch prefers to create unnecessary drama within a couple, or will have characters with great chemistry but only ever tease about the possibility of romance instead of letting that chemistry lead to a relationship. I look at these things, and want to run in the opposite direction!
There is excitement in a solid relationship. There is an adventure in doing the mundane. I'm inspired to write these things because I think if you can't find joy in these small moments and are always waiting for the next big something, you're missing out.
Tell us about your writing process.
I'm not the most linear writer; what I like to do is write the scenes that I'm desperate to get down first, then reorganise them however they fit. This generally means I get a 'what if this happened' scenario in my head and I make a note of it, then write then another, until I have a bunch of things that need slotting together.
I do use a lot of spreadsheets to keep track of things, and I like to try to keep a fairly strict timeline so I know what is happening when. For me, this brings a story together easier, because I'm getting to know my characters and what they are doing in their lives at a certain time. So, I guess I lean far more towards being a seat of the pants writer but with a firm hold on my spreadsheets for guidance!
How do you develop your characters?
I get to know my characters as I write them rather than going in knowing who they are. I don't even find names initially! The person forms in my head to start with and I get a feel for the core of who they are, how they look, what they're called, and so on. Once I really start writing them into scenes is when I get to know them better, and often I find I'm a good third or so into a story before I really know them. It always feels more to me that a character is revealing themselves to me rather than me developing them.
Who are your favorite authors?
Hands down Marian Keyes, because there is something very beautiful about mixing comedy with drama and tragedy. Keyes has this way of making me want to know absolutely everything about all her characters; I aspire to have that kind of character development!
Another author I admire a lot is Tom Holt, who uses this incredible mix of comedy and satire to tell a story. I have reread one of his books so much I could probably quote it at you, it's such a cleverly crafted adventure.
What genres do you write?: contemporary romance, feel good, second chance romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook
Where to find out more about the author
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