February 23, 2014

Interview: Zanna Mackenzie author of If You Only Knew @ZannaMacKenzie #RLFblog #contemporary

If You Only Knew 
Genre: chicklit / contemporary romance
Author: Zanna Mackenzie
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Interview with Zanna Mackenzie

Why did you write this book?
The characters popped into my head and wouldn't shut up! I had lots of ideas and scenes in my head for If You Only Knew and I knew I just had to tell the story.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I would say it is mostly chicklit / contemporary romance though I have read some thrillers.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
I loved Becky Bloomwood from Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series and also Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. In some ways I think they're similar – they both have a mischievous side which endears me to them.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
Yes, I love films and TV and have quite varied tastes. My favourite film is probably The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, it's a fantasy, thriller, romance and I think the chemistry between the two main characters really fizzes. With TV programmes I like all sorts, from period dramas to science and nature programmes. I'm very keen on series like Hart of Dixie, Nashville, Parenthood, Gilmore Girls and Once Upon A Time.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
My next book (my third novel) is launched on February 7th and is called If You Only Knew. I have another two books planned and partly written so I'm loving working on those again. They're both in the chicklit/contemporary romance genre. One looks at the downsides of dating someone famous and the other has a mystery feel to it when the main female character finds herself having to investigate her family history to find answers to questions about her future.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Would you have the courage to feel the fear and fall in love anyway...?
Faith owns The Coffee Pot in the outdoor adventure sports mecca of Derbyshire's Peak District. She hasn't had a man in her life for a while, as she has been too busy serving cakes to weary rock climbers and mountain bikers to find time for the complications of a relationship with the male of the species.
Then Zane and Matt arrive on the scene as the new owners of the Carrdale Adventure Sports Centre.
Dating Zane, she soon discovers he's not the Mr Perfect she thought he was; and why is he so reluctant to talk about his past?
As for Matt – well, to Faith he isn't Matt at all because he was a completely different person when he broke her heart all those years ago.
With her new boyfriend and her first love running Carrdale as business partners – Matt out to cause trouble and Zane keeping secrets – Faith struggles to keep the peace between them whilst trying to figure out how she feels about the two men in her life...


This couldn't be happening.
Zane had said his business partner was called Matt. She was sure of it. Yes, he'd definitely just introduced him as Matt. But the man standing before her wasn't Matt.
It was Aaron.
Faith wiped her hands on a tea–towel. She wanted to speak, but couldn't get her brain into gear enough to make her mouth form the words.
She'd thought Aaron was gone from her life.
It looked as though she was wrong.
She took a step back, wrapping her arms around herself. Suddenly she felt cold and shaky. Aaron was back? This was impossible.
Yet here he was, standing in her kitchen. She felt dizzy and light-headed.
How should she react? Should she admit they knew each other? Why had Aaron changed his name to Matt anyway? Would he prefer it if the fact they knew each other was kept quiet?
But she knew she couldn't keep something like that from Zane.
As she debated what to say and do next, the room remained awkwardly silent. Zane was looking at her questioningly.
What should she say?
Come on, think, woman. Think.
Too late. Aaron spoke first.
"Faith, it's amazing to see you again after all these years."
OK. So he didn't want to keep it a secret that they already knew each other.
"Aaron," she managed to say. "This is a bit of a shock."
"That's an understatement," Matt said, stepping forward to pull her into a hug.
"Hang on a second," Zane said, pushing into the room. "Aaron? That's your proper name isn't it?" He raised enquiring eyebrows at Matt. "What's going on? You two already know each other?"

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Author Bio

Zanna Mackenzie lives on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border 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!
If You Only Knew is Zanna's third novel; her previous books, The Love Programme, and How Do You Spell Love? were both published in 2013.

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