In Hollywood Interview

“Caitlin McKenna And Her Big Fake Irish Life

Caitlin McKenna is the author of four novels, “My Big Fake Irish Life,” “Manifesting Mr. Right,” “Logging Off,” and “Super Natalie.” She is an accomplished chick lit genre writer, and just wrote her first dystopian science fiction novel, “Logging Off” after she had a vivid dream detailing a world dominated by technology. She is also a seasoned actress and based “My Big Fake Irish Life” after her experience as an American actress who completely changed her identity in order to book more acting roles. McKenna is also a voice over actress and casting director and splits her time between her writing and acting work.”

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Super Natalie is already getting stellar reviews!

Amazon Reviews on Super Natalie:

5.0 out of 5 stars Super Book! October 5, 2013

By Integrity Counts

“Super Natalie was spooktacular fun to read! Without giving away too many riveting details, I have to give five stars to Caitlin McKenna, who has written another great book. She is so skilled at getting the reader to identify with her characters – they are funny, real, and so well-constructed that I kept thinking about them even after I finished the book. It’s great to find an author who has consistently created stories that are compelling, charming and filled with plot twists that I could never predict, but are always exciting.”

5.0 out of 5 stars Super Natalie September 29, 2013

By Joan

“Natalie can see and talk to the dead. I enjoyed reading all the difficulties she has in her life with her special gift. I couldn’t put the book down as it is fast reading and it shows what happens with her many jobs, her love life, and her family. The comedy though out the book makes it a fun book to read.”

Caitlin’s newest book, “Super Natalie” is out!

Super NatalieSynopsis:

Natalie Dalton can’t hold down a job. It’s not because she is constantly late, has a terrible work ethic or doesn’t try. It’s because she is plagued with a gift she’d rather give back. Natalie can communicate with ghosts—annoying, persistent ghosts who choose to have a word with her at the most inconvenient times, often at work with bosses and colleagues around.

Fired from her umpteenth job and nearly out of cash, Natalie accepts an offer to appear on the low-brow, sensationalist TV talk show, World’s Weirdest Hobbies, to discuss her unusual ability, but more importantly to collect a paycheck. Unfortunately, a spirit appears as she’s being interviewed and ends up embarrassing the host of the show by revealing a juicy secret. The host goes ballistic and the clip of his attack goes viral, which catapults Natalie into the limelight and lands her a reality series as a paranormal investigator.

With her financial future secure, it looks like Natalie’s life is finally going to run smoothly for a change. Then she meets Ryan Emery, a gorgeous, sweet, funny guy who is working on her new series. Natalie could really fall for him except for the fact that Ryan is a major skeptic. He doesn’t believe in ghosts and never will. This presents a problem when a persistent spirit wants Natalie to give Ryan a message—one that will dramatically change his life. Now Natalie must somehow get Ryan to believe. Can she do it without ruining a potentially great relationship?

As Natalie carefully navigates her precarious situation, she suffers a loss which makes her question her own beliefs. With both of their lives turned upside down, Natalie and Ryan lean on each other and soon learn that what they truly need cannot always be explained with logic and reason.

In the process of writing a new book!

I can’t believe we are halfway through May already. Been doing a lot of voice over work on movies and TV series. I’ve recently finished working on Fast & Furious 6, Man of Steel and The Internship, all out soon in the theaters. I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to catch Bates Motel, the new A&E series, but it’s creepy good. I looped the first season and now it has been picked up for a second season. Yay! It’s a great show. I work with a group of fantastic people, so I’m looking forward to doing more voice work on another ten episodes.

I am finally back to writing. I had to make a decision on whether I was going to write another science fiction novel or another chick lit. Chick lit won due to great sales. Thank you, everyone! So, for those of you who enjoyed, My Big Fake Irish Life and Manifesting Mr. Right, I’m currently writing my third chick lit about a girl who sees ghosts. I will keep you posted on the release.

I do have some good news for those who enjoyed reading my dystopian, science fiction novel, Logging Off. It is currently optioned with a great producer who is working hard on getting it made into a movie, so fingers crossed!

Hope you all have a fun, relaxing and safe summer.

Caitlin

Manifesting Mr. Right Paperback

Hey Everyone!
Good news. Manifesting Mr. Right is now available in paperback for only 10.99.  It can be found on Amazon at:
http://www.amazon.com/Manifesting-Mr-Right-Caitlin-McKenna/dp/147833097X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

You can also find it at Barnes & Noble, at:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/manifesting-mr-right-caitlin-mckenna/1111650513?ean=9781478330974

Cheers,

Caitlin

To My Avid Readers!

I’m so glad you all are enjoying my chick-lit books. I wasn’t going to do a paperback on MANIFESTING MR. RIGHT like I did on my other two books but because of all the requests you’ve sent me, MANIFESTING MR. RIGHT will be available in paperback in about 8 weeks. I’ll keep you posted! Of course it is currently available in the e-book format on Amazon and B&N, along with my chick-lit MY BIG FAKE IRISH LIFE, which is about an actress stereotyping herself in order to get work in Hollywood. LOGGING OFF, my dystopian, science fiction thriller is also available in e-book and paperback format.
Hope you all are having a great summer!

Cheers,

Caitlin

News: Manifesting Mr. Right is coming soon!

Hi Everyone,

I’m sorry I’ve been absent for a while. Just wanted to let you know that my next chick-lit,Manifesting Mr. Right, will be available for sale late June or early July. I will keep you posted. I’m only releasing the e-book right now, but if enough people ask for the paperback, I will publish one. Selling the paperbacks are a little more difficult because the page count actually sets the minimum price. I had wanted to sell my paperbacks under 10 dollars but I’m not allowed. I would owe Amazon and Barnes & Noble money for each book sold. LOL.

I was able to lower my paperback price on my science fiction thriller, Logging Off, to 11.99–so if you haven’t bought the 99 cent e-book and would like a paperback, check it out. Still waiting for the price change on B&N, but Amazon has it updated.

One more thing. YOU GUYS ROCK! I just wanted to thank all of you who have bought My Big Fake Irish Life and Logging Off. Thank you soooo much! And for those of you who have left such wonderful reviews, I am so very grateful. You, alone, are driving my sales on Amazon. I truly appreciate all of you.

Talk to you all soon!
Caitlin

St. Patrick’s Day

I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I hope you will be enjoying it with your family and friends. In honor of the day and everyone Irish, and everyone who’d like to be Irish, here are a few of my favorite Irish Blessings:

“May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

“May God grant you always…
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you.
Laughter to cheer you.
Faithful friends near you.
And whenever you pray,
Heaven to hear you.”

“May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.”


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, Everyone! I hope 2012 is starting out well for all of you. I seem to be off and running and am already behind schedule on a few things. Some of you have been asking me when my next novel, Manifesting Mr. Right will go on sale. I’m aiming for the beginning of summer. I’d like to say it will be out sooner, but unfortunately, I’m in the busy time of year for my voiceover work, which means my writing time often gets hijacked.
It does become a little challenging, bouncing between two time-consuming careers, especially since I’m the type of writer who does not work from an outline. I write stream of consciousness, which is great when I’m outside on my laptop, pecking away at the keyboard for several hours at a time. Not so great when I get interrupted and have to stop writing for a couple of weeks. It would be much easier to pick up where I left off if I worked from an outline. But I just can’t.
I remember when my screenwriting professor in college told the class that every writer worked from an outline. No exceptions. Naturally, our assignment was to write an outline for our screenplay over the following 3 weeks. After our outlines were approved, we’d spend the rest of the semester writing the screenplay. Sounds simple, right?
I tried to write an outline, honestly I did, but it didn’t feel organic to me, and it came out predictable and contrived. After a week of struggling and with my deadline looming, I remember sitting down with my hands positioned over the keys and I just began typing. I knew what my story was about and I knew the ending, but that was it. I kept my mind open and I soon heard my characters speaking to me. I wrote the screenplay in twelve
days, then quickly put an outline together from that, which ended up being so much better than my first attempt. Not only did I get an “A,” but doing it backwards taught me how to
write a synopsis.
I guess it just goes to show that there is no one way to do things. Everyone is different, so why wouldn’t we all have different ways of working? It’s all about process and what works for you. To me, my way of writing is exciting—not knowing where my characters are taking me. Kind of like life.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson wisely stated, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” Enjoy the ride.