Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Meet Kevin McNamee - Writer and Poet

Kevin McNamee is a writer and poet living in Yonkers, NY. He primarily writes for the children’s market. His work has appeared in Beyond Centauri and he has several children’s picture books being published by Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. His first book, “The Sister Exchange” is due to be released in 2009. He is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

When Kevin isn’t writing, he spends his time playing hide and seek, at the insistence of his four year old daughter, and at his day job, at the insistence of his wife. When time permits, Kevin also enjoys fossil hunting, home-brewing beer, and gardening. He is currently engaged in an epic battle against roving gangs of crazed squirrels who are digging up everything in sight. Kevin notes that the squirrels are winning.

To find out more about Kevin, visit his website at or visit his blog at

I asked Kevin a few questions about his writing.

What is going on with your writing these days?

Right now, I have several stories in various stages of completion, one story that has been finalized and critiqued and needs a final revision, and a few that are finished and have been sent out to various publishers.

What are your future goals for your writing?

I’ve been focusing primarily on picture books and I would like to branch out to middle readers and Young Adult novels. I have two middle readers in various stages of completion.

Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

There’s no such thing as a typical writing day for me. I try to do something writing related every day. But what I’m doing may vary. Sometimes I’m writing new material, sometimes I’m revising, sometimes I’m critiquing, sometimes I’m researching, sometimes I’m promoting. Due to the demands on my time, I’ve needed to adopt the philosophy of doing what I can, when I can.

Why do you write?

I first started writing in the second grade. I wrote a poem that was displayed outside the classroom and I liked seeing my poem and my name in public like that. I found that I took to writing naturally. Growing up, I was a constant daydreamer and would construct stories in my head all the time. Eventually, I started writing them down. Throughout my teenage years and throughout adulthood I always felt compelled to write. Although there were many, many times that I put creative writing on the back burner, I found that I was still writing at my day job; memos, procedures, proposals, requests, and I was receiving recognition for it. I realized that writing had been a constant in my life, but I wasn’t writing what I wanted to write. Now I make sure that I write what I want as well.


  1. First off congrats Kevin on your new contract with Guardian Angel. Fantastic news. Writing for children is such a thrill and eagerly looking forward to your book.

    As for writing poetry, my hat is off to you because this area is and continues to be one that is difficult for me.

    Loved the interview and finding out about your career.

  2. I can't wait to see Kevin's books in print!

  3. It was great to meet Kevin today, Nancy. I'm awed that he writes picture books; I do middle grade, and pbs look beyond me! Best of luck with your sales.

  4. Kevin,

    The crazed squirrels' battle sounds like a perfect topic for a PB. Let us know how the battle progresses.

  5. Thank you all for the comments and I will definitely keep everyone apprised on how I'm getting along with the squirrels. :-)


  6. Kevin, congratulations on your upcoming book. It sounds really cute. It's always nice to meet a fellow poet.

  7. Welcome, Kevin. Thanks for sharing about yourself with us.

    Good job, Nancy.

  8. What a great team Kevin and Nancy make. As a writer of rhyming stories myself, I take my hat off to Kevin. This is not as easy as it looks.

    Margot Finke

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  9. Thanks for all the great comments. I appreciate them and I know Kevin does, too. I think it's so exciting to get to know new authors this way!

  10. Great interview, Kevin! Good luck with your various works in progress!

  11. Kevin...wonderful interview. Congratulations on your contract with GAP. We are practically neighbors...I live in Rockland County. We should get together over a cup of coffee/tea. Let me know. I've included my email below.


  12. Nancy, wonderful post. And, Kevin, congratulations on your contract.

    My grandson would love fossil hunting! He's into dinosaurs.


  13. Good luck Kevin-you write in what I think are the two hardest areas--picture books and poetry.

  14. Great Interview Kevin! I enjoyed learning about you and your work. Good luck with your future plans!