Saturday, October 3, 2015

Can intuition solve crimes?

This week's' blog presents thriller writer, Makenzi Fisk  

She writes the fast paced Intuition series that takes us from Minnesota to Canada's mid west city of Winnipeg and on a crazy crime spree across states. Three elements make this story memorable: a smart police office, an intuitive girlfriend and a deliciously dastardly criminal. All that plus quirky, helpful animals.


Makenzi Fisk grew up in a small town in Northwestern Ontario. She spent much of her youth outdoors, surrounded by the rugged landscape of the Canadian Shield. Moving west, she became a police officer with patrol, communications and forensic experience before transitioning to graphic design. She now works for herself.

Her first novel, Just Intuition, earned her the award for Debut Author in the 2015 Golden Crown Literary Society Awards. Just Intuition was also a Mystery/Thriller Finalist in the 2015 Golden Crown Literary Awards and the 2014 Rainbow Awards. She is a Canadian Lesfic author, a member of ARWA and the GCLS.

Q & A with Makenzi

Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior 
Fatal Intuition is my fourth book, and the third in my current Intuition Series. My first book, Siren, was a rookie police story that my publisher tried to turn into a lesbian romance. It was awkward, to say the least. I finally self-published, but it is currently out of print. I don’t regret it because I learned so much, and I think the whole experience made me a better writer.

Is there a certain type of scene that's harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?
As I learned when working with an editor on my first book, romances are hardest for me. When I write anything beyond a kiss or hug, I squirm. Not so much because I’m shying away, but because what I’ve written sounds so absolutely ridiculous that I can’t take it seriously. Have you ever honestly listened to what people say during intimate moments? It sounds bizarre and kind of hysterical out of context. Hysterical love scenes are not hot, as far as I’m concerned.

What secret talents do you have?
I never realized before recently that I am not just a good speller, I am a constant speller. Sometimes I spell what I hear as someone is speaking. If I catch a brand new juicy word, I have to stop and spell that sucker in my head so I can file it away for later. I can spell entire sentences in rapid-fire sequence and thought everyone else could too. Apparently not, but at least one of my sisters also does this, so I have company in spelling heaven.

What is your biggest fear?
Especially with all the media hysteria these days, I am truly afraid of U.S. politics. Really. Little hairs prickling on the back of my neck kind of scared. Terrified of what the future might bring if human rights and common sense continue to be trampled. And ghosts. I am afraid of ghosts.

Makenzi's First two Intuition Books 

Just Intuition - May 2014 


Burning Intuition - January 2015

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Kalina - it's fun to talk to other writers isn't it?

  2. Hi, Makenzi - Where in NO are you from? I went to high school in Kapuskasing and college in South Porcupine.

  3. Hi Jayne, I grew up in a small town called Atikokan, west of Thunder Bay.

  4. Hi Makenzi, Excellent interview! I can empathize with your greatest fear. Let's hope that common sense will prevail. BTW...I'm also a Northern Ontario girl. I grew up in Sudbury. Joanne :)

    1. It's a small world and I'm continually amazed by how many NW Ont people I meet when I do book signings in Calgary Chapters stores. They always come over and I think it's because some of the backgrounds on my promo pics look like home. We're all homesick in one way or another.