November 3, 2013

Contemporary: Finding Zoe | Interview @Diane_Saxon #RLFblog

Finding Zoe 
Diane Saxon, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Finding Zoe, Book #3 in your Atlantic Divide Series. 

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Cover artist: Lyn Taylor
Length: 50,000 words
Heat rating: Spicy
Returning to England after eleven years, Cormack Blunt stumbles across the woman who he thought was lost to him forever. The woman he had never forgotten. And he realizes that the sweet young girl he once knew has managed to keep a secret from him.
Zoe Chance can't believe that the young man she loved eleven years before, now a famous movie star and action hero, has turned up out of the blue and wants answers. Not only that, he wants her son too.
Forced to confront him, she realizes that it isn't a fight to keep her son that causes the problem but the fight to keep her own heart.
Buy links:
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Cormack Blunt/Mac Swann -- Age 32, He's the same guy, Movie Star name and real name; Black Hair, Brown Eyes; Action Hero Movie Star
Zoe Chance -- Age 28, Red Hair, Strange Green Eyes; Veterinary Surgeon


Which character in your current book do you think readers will like the most? Why?
Mac. Definitely Mac. He was introduced in my very first story, which I never had published. I absolutely loved him and he kept working his way into my mind, but it wasn't until I wrote Bad Girl Bill that I realized what Mac wanted to do. He is so human and vulnerable even though he's a tough, gorgeous action hero movie star. And he makes me laugh.
Why do you write?
Because for years I've had characters in my mind who weave stories and sometimes don't let me sleep, so I started to let them have their say.
When you write, what things do you want close at hand? (Coffee, water, chocolate... pictures of gorgeous hunks for inspiration...?)
Coffee. Coffee. Eeeks – coffee.
I hide the chocolate away. That's for when I finish writing as a reward.
Pictures of gorgeous hunks don't really inspire me, they might give me a little thrill when someone posts them on my FB, but my heroes are already in my mind.
When you're not writing, what would we find you doing?
I never stop. I'm a busy person, but I love everything I do (apart from ironing)
When I'm not walking my dog, feeding chickens, kittens, and a big ginger cat,
you'll find me in the kitchen baking, making jams, chutneys and cooking or in the garden, presently picking damsons, and apples. We've had a bumper crop this year, hence all the jam making etc.
But there is nothing better than settling down at the end of the day with a good book and a glass of red wine.
Are you a plotter, or do you prefer to make it up on the spur of the moment?
I find this a difficult question, because I had no idea, until I sent my first book to the publishers that I was supposed to plot.
Plot, you say?
People asked me, do you have a story board, sticky notes all over the wall? And I panicked and thought – "I'm doing it wrong – how do I put this right?" I ran around like the proverbial headless chicken until I realized I do plot. I develop a story in my head and instead of writing copious notes and confusing myself with little bits of paper, I tend to sit and write the entire skeleton of the story in one go. Then I pad it out, add layers.
I take my Dalmatian for a couple of hours walk each day, and normally come back with a scene in my mind which I try to get down straight away.
Any advice for new authors?
Love what you do, and be BRAVE. Submit your manuscript. I have heard of so many authors who have completed manuscripts and are too scared to send them. Do it, take the chance.
What aspect of your life do you write into your books?
Humour. I laugh so much and real life is very funny.

Previous Books

Loving Lydia, Atlantic Divide Series, Book 1
Bad Girl Bill, Atlantic Divide Series, Book 2

Books Coming Soon

Flight of Her Life

Find Me Here


  1. A very interesting interview, Diane. I love this story it kept me entertained all the way through.

    1. Thanks for being here, Daisy!

    2. Thank you so much for dropping by Daisy, and I'm thrilled you enjoyed Finding Zoe.

  2. Great excerpt Diane! Love it! Just one question - do you share the jam?

    1. Minds of a feather... ;) I wondered the same thing.

    2. Heh heh, yes with neighbours, family, friends, I can't give it away fast enough, I have a glut of it this year. You're most welcome, if you want to come and get some :)

  3. Your excerpt made me smile - as ususal & you were your usual witty & charming self.....Mmmmm

    1. Thanks for popping in, Heather!

    2. Heather thank you for popping in, I love a little suspense and a lot humour. I hope you enjoy.


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