LC Kanon is a native of Chicago, Illinois and has lived and worked in various locations across the country. A first-time author, LC was driven to write after reading far too many thrillers with damsels in distress. Compelled to meld the drama of chick lit with action and suspense, LC began writing and never stopped. Her first book, “Spring Break,” mixes coeds and cartels in a bloody romp through Mexico. When she’s not writing, LC enjoys watching kung fu, taking long drives, and walking along sandy beaches.
What inspired you to write your first book?
At some point every reader puts down a book and thinks, “this isn’t that great, I can do much better.” Then the writing process begins and you find out it is, in fact, very difficult to write a book and you feel bad for making fun of every book you hated. I had to see if I could do it, and once you get the first one done you feel this huge sense of accomplishment.
What books have influenced your life the most?
The most influential books have been the ones that have either kept me up at night reading, or those that have stayed with me the longest amount of time after reading them. I remember reading Night Train by Martin Amis and being obsessed with it for months after. That to me is the height of influence, when a book transforms your reality and infiltrates your mind as you go through your day-to-day routine.
What are your current projects?
I’m thinking up a sequel for my book Spring Break, which would take place 10 years after the events of the novel. It’s a fun part of the creative process and I haven’t put anything down to paper yet. A lot could happen.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
No one can critique me as hard as I critique myself. There is nothing anyone can say that I haven’t already thought
What has been the best compliment?
That a reader was up until 2:00 am reading Spring Break. I’ll never get tired of hearing that kind of feedback—to me it’s the highest compliment.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
In this digital age there is no excuse to not write and publish your work if you wish to. Do it because you are compelled to—because you love to—and keep going.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
I’m very organized and structured which I think helps churn out word counts when I need to complete a novel
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
I should be easier on myself and let go of my mistakes—but that’s hard for me
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Just how grateful I am to share my stories. It’s been a wonderfully fulfilling experience writing my book, and I hope I continue for years to come