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KWL – 198 Incorporating Mythology and Folklore into Your Writing with Skye MacKinnon

#198 – Incorporating Mythology and Folklore into Your Writing with Skye MacKinnon

Skye MacKinnon is an international bestselling author who writes across multiple genres, from science fiction to fantasy to paranormal romance and even children’s books. Skye joins us on the podcast this week to discuss writing in different genres and how she  incorporates her love of Scottish folklore and mythology into her work no matter what she’s writing.

Skye MacKinnon is an international bestselling author who writes across multiple genres, from science fiction to fantasy to paranormal romance and even children’s books. Skye joins us on the podcast this week to discuss writing in different genres and how she manages to incorporate her love of Scottish folklore and mythology into her work, no matter what she’s writing. She also talks about her experience co-writing series with authors she admires, and why she decided to go wide. 

  • Skye tells us how she fell in love with Scotland, why she loves Scottish folklore and mythology, and how she incorporates them throughout her writing
  • She talks about how she started writing, what drew her to self publishing, and why she decided to go wide
  • Skye discusses her different co-writing experiences, how the process of co-writing changed from series to series, the inherent challenges of having multiple voices telling one story, and how these opportunities came about
  • Skye explains how marketing Reverse Harem romance novels has become more challenging, how the RH market itself has changed since she started writing, and the common misconceptions people have about the genre
  • She talks about the breadth of genres she covers in her writing, from falling in love with science fiction and fantasy, to writing books she’d want to read, to finding surprising success writing children’s books
  • Skye shares some advice for writers who are new to indie publishing including different methods to build an audience, why you should be intimately familiar with the genre you want to write in, why looking at books lower on the bestseller list can be more helpful than looking at the top of the list, and why you should consider going wide

Useful Links
Skye’s Website
Isla Wynter’s Website
Catnip Assasin Series
Seven Warden Series (co-written with Laura Greenwood)
Infernal Descent (co-written with Bea Paige)
Partridge in the P.E.A.R.
Daughter of Winter
The Day Grandpa Bunny Forgot Ben’s Name
The Little Llama Learns About Christmas
Academy of Time
The Witcher
Debbie Cassidy


Skye MacKinnon is a USA Today & International Bestselling Author whose books are filled with strong heroines who don’t have to choose.
She embraces her Scottishness with fantastical Scottish settings and a dash of mythology, no matter if she’s writing about Celtic gods, cat shifters, or the streets of Edinburgh.
When she’s not typing away at her favourite cafe, Skye loves dried mango, as much exotic tea as she can squeeze into her cupboards, and being covered in pet hair by her two bunnies, Emma and Darwin.

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