An Interview with Author MC Goldrick

TIMEFLIES: The Maiden Journey

1. Please tell us about your work.

I never work. I only play. I guess that makes me a play-right?
Seriously, I do work sometimes. Sometimes, I slip into old habits and forget that playing is more fun and efficient. I remind myself that my approach will decide my experience. So be it washing dishes or writing, I make sure to play with both. I make bubbles with the dish soap and dive into lands of make believe with my writing.

My writing is diverse, I write for kids and adults. The stuff for grown-ups is still in progress and includes both fiction and non-fiction.
So far, the items I have published are for kids and include:
  • The TIMEFLIES series. Middle-grade fiction about kids who travel through time houseflies. (Two books: The Maiden Voyage and Play it Again, Sam)
  • I Spy with my Little Fly series. Look & find joke and fact picture books (Four books: PupsLadybirdsEaster & Pizza, the last of which is forever free.)
I also run a small press, MotherButterfly Books, and publish other authors. 

I play (aka work) like a butterfly and flutter from project to project so I currently have many things on the go. Here are a few of them.

2. What is new work in progress?

Set to go on sale October 1st is a beautifully illustrated picture book called Brad was Sad. It is about a little boy, Brad who learns from his dog Plaid, that we get to choose how long we stay in a feeling such as sadness. 

TIMEFLIES #3 Mission Accomp-Lish-ed is in progress. In it, the trio travel back to world war two era to uncover family secrets. 

Another novel I recently completed, is the first in a series called Wee the People. It is about a girl, Robin, who is able to communicate with the Wee (nature and fairy realms). She is tasked with delivering messages to humanity in order to save the planet and avoid a war against humankind. This is not quite middle-grade. In the first book Robin grows to be a teen. The following ones will be older so it is more YA and adult. 

A different type of book I'm writing, is a philosophical venture called ONE thing or an Other. It is for adults, and explores how our world view impacts our life experience. It contains concrete and etheric advice. It is written with humour and heart and will be published under another pen-name.  

These are just a few of my current projects but there are more and will continue to be more. I love writing and will do it for as long as it brings joy.

3. What inspires you to write?

Why do I write? Love is the answer, now what was the question? (John Lennon).

Love and fostering the normalization of love through empathy is at the heart of it all. Empathy is innate, but like a muscle it needs to be strengthened. Use it or lose it. We all need to be empathetic, to be able to put yourself in another's shoes, to look out of their eyes. Stories do that. Once the story is over the reader can bring that to their lives. I've heard from readers that they can never look at a fly the same way again. That's not something I'm trying to do. It's not the aim, but it is the result. I see it and I know it helps. 

I am inspired to write by the same thing that inspires anyone to create. The etymology of the word inspiration itself holds the answer to the question. 
INSPIRATION: c. 1300, "immediate influence of God or a god," especially that under which the holy books were written, from Old French inspiracion "inhaling, breathing in; inspiration"

When I write, it's more like I am reading. I am tuning into a story that already exists. I am finding out what happens as I type it. I appreciate that I get to enjoy this process of bringing stories to life. 

What am I reading now? I read like I write. I always have at least three books on the go at once. With two kids I read with every day, that number increases. Here are a few books I am reading now, alone and with family. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. Stuart Little by E.B. White. Wonder by A.J. Palacio. Ask Until it is Given by Matthew David Hurtado anDiary of Steve the Noob By Steve the Noob.

5. Where can we learn more about your work

You can learn more about my books by following me on AmazonFacebookInstagram and my website

To be perfectly honest though, I'm not into social media. Prior to publishing my books I abstained. Once I became an author I understood that to not use social media is akin to not being in the phone book back in the day. So I set up all my accounts and learned the ropes, posting diligently, but I mostly don't go there. I'm an outdoorsy, active person. I stay off my phone except for the basics and if I'm at my computer I want to be writing more stories. So if you reach out and don't hear back that's why. Please know I appreciate you reading. Without readers I don't get to be a writer. So thank you so much. The best way to connect is through leaving a review. It warms my heart and helps other readers find the books.

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