1) Tell us a little bit about yourself--both something we learn from [the story] and something that readers might not guess?
It won’t take you long to learn that I’m a travel vlogger. I’ve spent the past fifteen years living out of a suitcase as I’ve explored the world, and I wouldn’t trade a day of it. The one thing I always keep in my suitcase is a bag of coffee beans. That’s right, I’m a coffee snob.
While I love coffee, and ice cream has become one of my favorite treats, I can’t stand coffee-flavored ice cream.
2) How did you first meet your writer?
Meeting and collaborating with Rebecca was never what either of us had planned. She was planning on telling someone else’s story, and I was fine with that, until I realized there were certain people I’d never get to meet if she didn’t give me the time of day. It took some work, but I finally convinced her I was the best person to tell the story. It made sense for her to work with me, since I was heading back to the area after so many years.
3) Want to dish about him/her?
Rebecca isn’t what I expected an author to be. Sure, she has an office to work in, but she wrote most of The Yarn That Binds in weird places: sprawled on the couch, in the car, sitting in the hallway outside a class her daughter’s taking. The biggest surprise was that she doesn’t drink coffee. I thought everyone liked coffee.
4) Why do you think that your life has ended up being in a book?
My life has been a huge adventure, and I’ve always documented it. When I was young, that meant a journal. When I grew up I recorded videos, for myself at first, then to introduce people to all the places I visited. When I came back to Clear Creek, things took a turn toward crazy, and isn’t that the sort of thing people want to read?
5) Who's your favorite character? Why?
There are so many people in Clear
Creek that I’ve missed while I’ve traveled, and getting to know them again is
high on my list. One person I hadn’t thought about in years is the person I end
up staying with. There’s more to Brandon than I remembered.
6) Who's your least favorite character? Why?
Oh, I try not to make snap
judgments, and I don’t want to influence you before you have a chance to get to
know them yourself.
7) What's next for you?
There’s a lot more going on in Clear Creek than I expected, so I’ll probably be here until things are settled. My vlog has taken a bit of a hit with viewership, so sticking around might give me a good chance to figure it out.
About The Yarn That Binds
A Rocky Mountain Yarn with Small Town Charm
Jemma hasn’t been to the tiny Rocky Mountain town of Clear Creek in years, but when her grandmother tells her something strange is going on, Jemma drops everything to return and help untangle the clues.
She arrives to flashing lights, a house full of police, and the news that her grandmother has been killed with her own yarn. After learning she inherits everything, Jemma is faced with the choice of casting on a new life by reopening her grandmother’s yarn shop, or returning to her live-out-of-a-suitcase life as a travel vlogger.
One thing’s for sure — she’s not leaving town until the mystery of her grandmother’s death has unraveled. But when the deputy in charge of the investigation ignores clues Jemma stumbles upon, she decides to do her own poking around. Because her grandmother was right — there is something strange happening in Clear Creek.
About Rebecca McKinnon
Rebecca McKinnon enjoys playing with her imaginary friends and introducing them to others through her writing. She dreams of living in the middle of nowhere but has been unable to find an acceptable location that wouldn’t require crossing an ocean.