Getting to Know the Author: Zanna Mackenzie

Heart ZannaMWelcome, Zanna. Let’s get to know more about you …

What is your genre? Why did you choose it?

Chicklit/contemporary romance. This is the genre I read myself and I wanted to write books I would want to read!

Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
In a way, yes. I have a main work in progress novel but am usually doing planning or edits on my other novels at the same time.

Do you work with a writing/critique group?
No.

Can you remember your first reading book?
Unfortunately no, but I do remember I was a huge fan of the classics The famous Five and The Secret Seven.

Oh, I loved those books!

Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?
No, not really. When I’m writing I tend to get completely engrossed in my work and forget everything else including the time!

Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.
Tidy, definitely. I feel a bit swamped if I have papers and notebooks all around me.

TheLoveProgramme 200 x 300 (2)Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.
I’m published in the traditional manner. Both of my novels came out in early 2013, The Love Programme was published by Astraea Press and How Do You Spell Love? was published by Crooked Cat. My husband persuaded me in August last year that it was time for me to send my manuscripts out to publishers; I’d never dared to before. Within one month I had my two books accepted by publishers and was offered contracts – I’m still in shock!

Wow! Congratulations. What a great shock, though!

Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?
Oh, tricky one. Probably Jill Mansell, Nell Dixon and Christina Jones.

What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript.
Be patient, be a perfectionist and just keep persevering.

If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?
In How Do You Spell Love? it would be the actor Paul Walker for the character of Alex and actress Keri Russell for Kat.

In The Love Programme it would be Josh Dallas for Paul and Jaime Ray Newman for Lucy.

I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?

The only thing which comes to mind is when I was fifteen and my sister who was manageress of a shoe shop had invited me in to do some Saturday work as a trial to see if I wanted to help out in the school holidays. She had taught me how to fetch the customer’s requested shoes from the stock room, present them to the customer and ask if they would like to try them on. This was going fine until, later in the day, a man asked if we had some slippers in a size four in the stockroom. I found the slippers and took them to him, and automatically asked if he’d like to try them on – the problem was they were pink, fluffy women’s slippers! Fortunately he was really nice about it, said no thanks they’re a present for my wife, and laughed it off! After that I decided working in a shoe shop wasn’t going to be my chosen career…

Ha, ha! I would not have kept a straight face if he had tried them on, though!

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Book Info:
Title: The Love Programme
Genre: Contemporary romance
Book blurb:
Thanks to an embarrassing incident involving a wedding and her ex-boyfriend Marcus, Lucy has to leave her home town in a hurry and needs a place to escape to for a while.
Best friend Fiona is convinced now would be a good time for Lucy to get herself a new life with some potential for romance thrown in. Fate seems to agree when Lucy is given the once-in-a-lifetime chance to star in a TV show and be a contestant on The Love Programme – two weeks of luxury living on a grand Highland estate coupled with, she hopes, fun and romance in wildest Scotland.
When Lucy meets Paul – the young, handsome owner of the Highland estate – she thinks she may have found the love of her life but who is the mysterious Hannah and what part does she play in his life? When she discovers that Marcus is planning to follow her to Scotland to win her back Lucy has some serious soul searching to do. Does she have a future with Paul, with Marcus or is she yet to find the man of her dreams?
Buy The Love Programme on Amazon

Author bio:
Zanna Mackenzie lives in the UK with her husband, 4 dogs, a vegetable patch that’s home to far too many weeds and an ever expanding library of books waiting to be read.
Being a freelance writer and editor of business publications is her ‘day job’ but, at every opportunity, she can be found scribbling down notes on scenes for whatever novel she’s working on. She loves it when the characters in her novels take on minds of their own and start deviating from the original plot!
Formerly a travel agent and therapist (she has qualifications in clinical aromatherapy, crystal healing, naturopathic nutrition and herbalism) she loves walking the dogs and gardening – that’s when she’s not writing or reading!
Zanna has written two novels, The Love Programme (Astraea Press) and How Do You Spell Love? (Crooked Cat Publishing) and both were published in early 2013.
Find out more about Zanna at:
www.zannamackenzie.blogspot.co.uk
www.zannamackenzie.co.uk
Twitter: @ZannaMacKenzie
Facebook: www.facebook.com/zanna. mackenzie
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About Glynis Smy

I live in the UK, in the seaside town of, Dovercourt~Harwich, where I enjoy writing novels. I've written historical romance/suspense, Medical romance and my latest WIP is in the crime genre. The Victorian era fascinates me and the best part of writing a novel is often the research. Proud writing moments in my life: Shortlisted for Festival of Romance Fiction 2014 New Talent Award Reaching second round of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Maggie's Child: reached #1 Amazon best-seller: Historical Romance Victorian /February 2014/ebook & book paid list. May 2014 #3 Historical Romance Victorian, and #25 in Historical Romance paid top 100 best-seller list. Top 100 in three categories on Amazon UK best-seller listings in 2015. Seeing my books in a Suffolk (UK), library. Over the years I've written short stories in a variety of genres. I've also won a few poetry contests, my first was at the age of twelve, (a poem about the Bangladeshi war). I also won a children's short story competition where the prize was a first-aid box, I was so proud but my husband found it amusing because we owned two pharmacies. My articles have been published in magazines both in the UK and Cyprus. I am also featured in various places on-line. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters.
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3 Responses to Getting to Know the Author: Zanna Mackenzie

  1. Denise Covey says:

    Hi Glynis! Hi Zanna! Be patient, be a perfectionist and just keep persevering. The best advice!

  2. What a great result, having both manuscripts accepted by publishers so early in your submission ventures! Congratulations. I agree with Denise that your three “P’s” (patience, perfectionism, perseverance” are good advice.

  3. I do like that manuscript advice, Zanna!

    And that slippers story is one you can make use of for years to come…

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