Jane Futa, who so kindly connected me with Kenzie McKay, had shared with me that she is a beautiful soul. And from this interview with her, you can see that was not wrong. She is an inspiration to us all, to be our true self and to live life fully. And perhaps, to be a little bit naughty sometimes. Just sometimes.
Please meet Kenzie McKay!
When did you start writing books and what was your inspiration for it?
I’m still relatively new. I published my first book in April 2022. Writing has always been a dream for me, but I told myself I could never do it. I finally got tired of listening to that voice and decided to try it before I just pre-emptively gave up. So I took the leap.
What was your first book that you wrote?
Candy. It also may be my silliest. It’s the story of a man who is magically feminized by his roommate because he won’t stop eating all the Easter candy. Easter 2022 was just around the corner, so I challenged myself to write a story involving Easter candy. This is what came from that. It’s not my bestselling book by any means, but I’ll always be proud of it because it’s the one I published despite all the anxiety and doubt telling me that I could never be a writer.hy did you decide to become an author?
I’ve always loved writing. I have journals full of stories that I wrote as I child, all the way through to adulthood. And always in the back of my mind, I dreamed of doing it professionally. But a loud voice in my head told me that dream was foolish. And I listened to it. Until I decided that I owed it to myself to at least try.
What has been the high point of your career?
The first time I pushed through all my self-doubts and clicked that “Publish” button. It’s such a nervous rush, pushing something that I created out into the world where others can see it and judge it. Over time, that rush has faded some, but it’s been replaced by the feeling I get when a reader tells me how much one of my stories means to them. It fills my heart to think that I’ve created something that has a positive impact on someone’s life.
What are your favourite stories to write?
As a closeted trans kid, magical feminization stories were always my favorite to read, and now as an out and proud trans woman, I love writing them. It’s great to write a world where the bodies we’re born into don’t have to be a hindrance in any way. Everything can be made right with a simple wish or spell, or even a curse could lead a character into a life they never imagined.
What is your favorite book that you have written?
They’re all my babies! My answer might change if you ask me this question tomorrow, but for now, I have to say Just Pretend. It’s a sweet story about two friends whose love for each other blossoms into something neither expected.
How do you keep your ideas and stories fresh?
For me, the key is to just take in a lot of other stories. Even if it’s something totally unrelated to what I write, there could be a tiny seed that settles in my mind and eventually becomes a full-grown story.
Do you have a writing routine?
I don’t. I do have a publishing schedule, so I know when things need to be finished. But I don’t have a daily routine to get me to those deadlines. I just write when I have time.
What’s the secret to a strong title and great cover art?
If you find the secret to a great title, let me know! Whenever I see a great title, I get so jealous! LOL! It’s a part of our art I have definitely not mastered.
Do you enjoy hearing from readers?
My readers are some of the sweetest and most wonderful people, and I love hearing from them!
Which authors inspire you?
This is going to sound so incredibly sappy, but every author who has the courage to show the world their art is an inspiration to me. That especially includes everyone who writes trans fiction. I’ve had the privilege to get to know a few of them personally, and they are all amazing people. On a personal level, Jane Futa has been great. We’ve become friends, and she is always willing to help me with any issue I have.
How much of your work is based on personal experience versus fantasy?
It’s a mix. Most of the spicy parts are based on fantasy. I’m really a boring sit-on-the-couch-and-just-cuddle kind of girl. But as a trans woman, I do have experience with things like wearing makeup in public for the first time and walking into the ladies’ restroom for the first time. I know the leaden stomach and racing heart that a lot of us feel in those moments. On the flip side, I also know the joy of living the life that I was meant to live. So my work is a combination of that. Maybe my jittery first trip into the women’s bathroom didn’t result in some gorgeous man lifting my dress and fucking me right there, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen for my characters! LOL!
What is your best selling book, and do you know why it sells so well?
The Girly Girl is my best selling book. It’s the story of a closeted trans woman finding someone who loves her for who she is, and that person pushes her to become the best self that she can be. I think whether we’re trans or cis, finding someone like that is the dream for lots of us.
Do you friends and family know that you are an erotic author? If so, how did they react when they found out?
There are two very close people who do know about this, and they are
incredibly supportive of me as an author and as a person. They were
surprised when they found out, but that quickly transformed into pride.
I’m exceedingly lucky to have them in my life.
What mistakes have you made in your career?
The biggest mistake in my career is the same as the biggest mistake in my life: Listening to that voice that tells me I shouldn’t take a chance. I used to think that voice was only trying to protect me from the hurts of failure, but it’s not. It’s trying to sabotage me by telling me I don’t deserve what I want. No one has the right to tell me that I’m not worthy of something, not even myself.
What have been your personal triumphs?
I’ve been extremely fortunate and have had several books that have done well in the ranks on Amazon, including a couple that topped the transgender romance category. I’ve been proud when that happens, but my biggest triumph is always when something I’ve written touches someone. Everything I write has a happy ending because we all deserve that. As members of stigmatized groups—whether that’s trans people or crossdressers or anyone whose gender expression is different from what society dictates—our lives can be challenging at times. I love being able to give someone a temporary escape from those difficulties and a hope that things can be better.
What advice would you offer a writer who wants to embark or a successful erotica career?
Naturally, my advice is going to circle back to that dreaded voice I’ve talked about a few times, isn’t it? It’s obvious that I don’t want you to listen to it. Ever. That voice is not your friend. But let’s go a step further. Replace that voice with mine: You can absolutely do this! It’s going to take work. Writing for a career isn’t the same as writing for fun. But if this is what you want to do, and if you’re willing to work at it, then I truly believe you can do it!