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Although the American flag is given the highest respect, diplomacy takes on a new meaning as the author slips and slides through the darker side of consular work on foreign soil. This is the premise of Jenny McGill’s new book, Drama & Diplomacy: In Sultry Puerto Vallarta. We interviewed Jenny to find out more.
Thank you for this interview, Jenny. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
In my mind, I’ve probably been writing since I was in lower-school. I used to dream I had written something, but upon awakening, I couldn’t remember what I had written. I wrote articles for my high school newspaper. On my first job as a secretary for an insurance company, I was responsible for writing an in-house weekly newsletter to boost the morale of the door-to-door salesmen. My boss chastised me for using the word ‘beautiful’ in a newsletter directed to men! This is my first published book, but I have written occasional articles for newspapers in Mexico, and I currently contribute a monthly article to Mexico’s biggest English e-zine, Mexconnect.
Do you write full-time?
That depends. Apart from my daily household chores, I write almost every day, and then I may take a break for a few days and communicate and interface with friends.
At what point in your life did you make up your mind you were going to become a published author?
About two years ago, in 2006.
Was there anyone in your life that you can give credit to helping pave the way?
My husband liked how and what I wrote, and he encouraged me in every way, even to making the bed and cooking a few meals from time to time. Very few people knew I was writing a book, but those who did encouraged me to keep plugging away. The Senior Editor at Mexconnect offered me her shoulder on several occasions.
What was your favorite book to read as a child?