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.
Faith meets Zane she enjoys his company even though she can’t help wondering
why he’s so reluctant to talk about himself.
the past comes back to haunt her in the shape of Zane’s business partner Matt,
the guy who broke Faith’s heart years ago.
name do you write as? If it is not your given name why did you change? If it is
would you ever write under another name?
write under the pen name of Zanna Mackenzie. My real name is Suzanne Farmer and
I thought that sounded a bit boring so I wanted to change it to something with
a more lyrical feel to it!! My mum called me Zanna when I was little so I went
with that as my alternative first name and chose Mackenzie as my surname
because my husband and I used to live near Edinburgh and I always fancied being
gave you the idea for your book and how long did it take to write?
love setting my books in my favourite UK locations and have written books set
in the Scottish Highlands,North Yorkshire, the Lake District and now, in my latest book, If
Only You Knew
I had the ‘where’ and the key settings of the café and the extreme sports
centre, the characters and ideas just popped into my head. The original outline
plot idea and the eventual plot share some similarities but there were a lot of
changes along the way!
first draft probably took about four or five months. Then I read it through away
from the computer and filled an A4 notebook with comments about what needed to
be changed, what bits needed extra information, which aspects of the characters
needed fleshing out etc. I spent another few months working all these edits
into the manuscript. Altogether it probably took about 8 months, though not
working full time on it.
you plan your novels? If you do how long will this take?
start off with a setting, a plot, listing the key plot points and where they
occur in the story, and have detailed biogs for the characters. Then I start
writing and inevitably things take on a mind of their own and the plot deviates
and characters start behaving how they want to! I remember in one book a man
who should have been a minor character suddenly started getting ideas above his
station and decided he wanted to compete with the ‘hero’ for the attentions of
the lead female. I decided to let him try his luck and see if he won her heart
you would write a book in another genre what would you choose?
you should say that… I’m in the middle of writing my first romantic suspense
at the moment. As a child I was a tomboy and loved racing around playing with
guns so I’m thoroughly enjoying writing a feisty female lead for the book who
can be just as tough as the guy she finds herself working with to solve the
next in your writing life?
a little torn in a way. I have the aforementioned romantic suspense novella to
finish but I also have three incomplete WIPs in the contemporary romance genre.
I really need to pick one project and focus on it!
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