Welcome to anything and everything you want to know about Marcy McKay or Pennies from Burger Heaven:
Long version: Eleven-year-old Copper Daniels is homeless and alone. She spends her nights sleeping beneath the cemetery’s Warrior Angel statue for protection, and her days battling the mean streets of Remington, Texas, hell-bent on discovering what happened the night her Mama disappeared. While Copper and her rag-tag group of friends find danger at every corner, two horrors are certain: her Mama’s really missing and someone’s after Copper, too.
In the tradition of The Lovely Bones and Room, Pennies from Burger Heaven tells a dark story through the eyes of a child. With wit and wisdom, Copper Daniels will steal your heart, then break it in two.
Short version: Eleven-year-old Copper Daniels is homeless and alone. She spends her nights sleeping beneath the cemetery’s Warrior Angel statue for protection, and her days battling the mean streets, hell-bent on discovering what happened the night her Mama disappeared.
Long version: Marcy McKay knew she wanted to write stories the moment she read about Oompa Loompas in the fourth grade. She’s an award-winning short-story author and copywriter, as well as a freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in Writer’s Digest, Accent West, Roots & Wings, The Write Practice, Write to Done, and Positive Writer and Jane Friedman. Marcy lives in Texas with her husband and two teens, who all still like her…most of the time. Marcy is a member of the Writers’ League of Texas and the Texas High Plains Writers.
Short version: Marcy McKay is an award-winning short-story author and copywriter, as well as a freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in Writer’s Digest, Accent West, Roots & Wings, The Write Practice, Write to Done, and Positive Writer and Jane Friedman.
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“Against the gritty backdrop of an inner-city ghetto rises the unforgettable voice of eleven-year-old Copper ‘Penny’ Daniels, offering poignant and heartbreaking insights into the horrors and trials of homeless life on the streets, finding heaven where you least expect it, and help in those you never thought to ask.”
– A.G. Howard, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Splintered Series
“At once disturbing and exhilarating, heartbreaking and heartwarming, Pennies is the story of an undying love between a mother and daughter. It grabs you by the heartstrings from the start and won’t let you go, even after you’ve read the last word.”
– Ken Oder, author of The Closing and Old Wounds to the Heart
“Debut novelist McKay infuses Pennies from Burger Heaven with wit, charm and moxie, so much so that the achingly beautifulness of Copper Daniels’ life sneaks up on you. All of this wrapped around a mystery that is fast-paced and rife with tension, with a satisfying series of twists. Can’t wait for the next Burger Heavennovel.”
– Pamela Fagan Hutchins, author of the Katie & Annalise mystery series
“[Pennies from Burger Heaven] gave me shivers on the first page…[Marcy McKay’s] writing is beautiful and emotional, without being sappy.” – Frontiers in Writing
“Unputdownable.” – Texas Writers’ League Annual Manuscript Contest
Awards for Pennies from Burger Heaven
*WINNER – Writers’ League of Texas: Best Mainstream Novel
*WINNER – Frontiers in Writing: Best Mainstream Novel
*WINNER – Frontiers in Writing: Best of Show
Sample Interview Questions
1. What inspired you to write Pennies from Burger Heaven?
2. How long did it take you to write it?
3. Describe your writing schedule?
4. What research did you do for this book?
5. Which authors would you compare Pennies?
6. Where do you get ideas for your novels?
7. What books have inspired your life?
8. What’s the hardest thing about writing novels?
9. What’s your favorite part about the writing process?
10. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
11. Do you have any advice for other writers?
12. Can you share anything about your current work-in-progress?
Contact Marcy McKay
Address: P.O. Box 1794, Amarillo, TX 79105