Lillian McKinnon stops by to discuss Kismet and more!

I would like to thank Lillian McKinnon for taking the time to talk to us about her online serial fiction, Kismet.   



Kismet Playlist

When I write I like to listen to music that relaxes me and keeps me feeling upbeat. I’m not really into a lot of contemporary music, actually preferring music from the 1960’s era. I do like some modern stuff, but it tends to be niche music. The first time my friends access my playlists or come over and hear it through my speakers, they ask me, “Who’s that? That is so cool!” Then they introduce me to stuff on their lists they think I might like based on what they’ve heard. I like that because they discover music they won’t have heard otherwise and so do I. Below is a small sampling of my actual playlist.

Playlist name: Writing and Drawing

  1. Mrs. Robinson: Simon and Garfunkel
  2. Eleanor Rigby: The Beatles
  3. Scarborough Fair:Simon and Garfunkel
  4. Over the Rainbow: Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  5. Sloop John B. : Beach Boys
  6. Sound of Silence: Simon and Garfunkel
  7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps: Beatles
  8. Surfin’ USA: Beach Boys
  9. Hey Jude: The Beatles
  10. Little Deuce Coupe: The Beach Boys


What book do you keep by your bed?

I keep a Kindle and whatever manga I’m reading next to my bed. Right now I’m reading Eragon by Christopher Paolini. I love high fantasy and I also find inspiration that Christopher was a home educated kid like me who began writing this book at 15. The manga I’m also currently reading is Moon and Blood #4 by Nao Yazawa. It’s about a vampire and the girl he likes. It is sparkle free, too. Don’t get me started on sparkly vamps.

If you could have a conversation with any famous author, who would you want to get writing tips from and what skill of theirs would you like to emulate? 

Ah…I’m going to surmise you don’t mean famous authors I already know, like my Aunt Trish and Uncle Cody! (JP Barnaby and Cody Kennedy).  Hmm… I’d have to say that I’d like to speak to CS Lewis and JK Rowling. Their world building skills astound me.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?

I’d like to be like Samantha on  Bewitched. Twitch my nose and have my chores done. Fly where ever I want to go, or snap my fingers to get there. really awesome stuff, but ordinary enough that she gets to enjoy everyday life.

If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?

Don’t keep saying, “I’d like to…” Just sit down and get on with it already. It’s the only way you’ll accomplish anything, and you’ll surprise yourself at just what you can actually do.


The Three Fates, the last of a clan of nine tailed foxes and a Dryad are all that stands between a power hungry businessman and the power of a sacred tree. But when the fox believes he is a human boy, and the Dryad is himself captive to the businessman, how will they save the world? Will the red thread of fate that binds them together be enough, and can love really change the world enough to save it?

About the Author

Lillian McKinnon is the pen name for a rather sassy not quite 13 year old home educated girl who lives and plays in the Northwest region of England. She doesn’t like being told she can’t do things because she’s a kid, and woe betide you if it’s because she’s a girl. She’s active in Scouts and is avid about karate. She also enjoys long bike rides, photography, kayaking, abseiling, canoeing, swimming, and  is somewhat of an artist. She probably reads far too much, with bookcases full of novels and manga, a Kindle with an ever growing library, and online serials she avidly follows. She also has a fondness for vintage American sitcoms and modern sci fi and fantasy TV shows. When not reading, doing her educational assignments, writing, or indulging in her other hobbies, she spend time gaming with her younger brother, as long as he’s not annoyed her too much that day. Skill she would most like to learn next: surfing.

Where to find Kismet (and a special note):

Kismet is a free read, so rather than have the usual buy links up, below you’ll find two fund raiser links. One is for a homeless youth charity called Lost-N-Found Youth. Not every kid is lucky enough enough to have the support of a loving family, and LGBT youth are much more likely to face abuse and being kicked out on the streets. Lost-N- Found not only help youth out by providing shelter for as many as they can, but help youth get back into education and into society as contributing members. They also provide legal assistance where necessary, food, clothes, and so much more.

The other link is for a couple who are writers in the LGBT romance genre. Following emergency brain surgery, TJ and Eric have been traveling a long, hard and expensive road. Things are beginning to look up, with Eric soon to come home to TJ and their new home. They could still use the help and continued support of caring people though. I ask that those of you following the blog tour please consider contributing an amount to at least one of these causes, no matter how small or insignificant you feel that donation would be. Pennies all add up into dollars, after all.

Thank you,

Lillian McKinnon


Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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3 thoughts on “Lillian McKinnon stops by to discuss Kismet and more!

  1. I love Simon and Garfunkle too. My son loved Eragon and my girls are now reading the Divergent trilogy. This was a great post!

  2. I haven’t heard of Kismet before. I’ll have to give t a read. Thanks for the interview and playlist. There are some good songs I haven’t heard in a while on the list =)

    I never knew the appeal of sparkly vampires…I guess I’m more of a old school type (well..not as far back as Nosferatu but more of a Interview with the Vampire), lol.

  3. What a wonderful interview, Lillian! Great advice for young wordslingers-to-be! I am very proud of you! Thanks for the great post, PBA!

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