Sunday, December 15, 2013

Would You Rather with Zanna Mackenzie

Please welcome Zanna Mackenzie, author of How Do You Spell Love?

About Zanna:

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’s novels include The Love Programme (Astraea Press) and How Do You Spell Love? (Crooked Cat Publishing). Her next novel, If You Only Knew, is to be published in early 2014 by Crooked Cat.

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Would you Rather... with Zanna Mackenzie

Chips, chocolate or cheese? 

Cheese definitely. I love cheese and would happily eat it every day except I have a slight lactose intolerance so it’s a once-a-week treat. On the weekend my hubbie and I have cheese, biscuits and a huge bag of Kettle Chips each in front of the TV – favourite meal of the week! 

Bridget Jones, Becky Bloomwood or Carrie Bradshaw? 

Becky Bloomwood. I love Sophie Kinsella’s books and I have all of the Shopaholic books. My favourite is Shopaholic & Sister, mainly because I can really relate to her sister Jess and also because it’s set in Cumbria – one of my favourite places for a holiday.

Camping or spa vacation?

Not so long ago I would have opted for the spa vacation but this past year I’ve developed a strange desire to try out one of these quirky glamping breaks where you stay in a yurt or a shepherd’s hut.

Water or Mountains?

Tricky one. I love being next to the water and find it really relaxing but I’d probably have to go for the mountains option as I love hill walking.

Dogs or Cats?

As we have 4 dogs in our household I think I’d better say dogs!

Dine out or take away?

Take away – it’s cheaper, quicker and less hassle.

High heels, sneakers or flip flops

I’d go for the practical and comfy option – though in my case with 4 dogs to walk and a very muddy garden it’s more likely to be wellington boots than sneakers.

Physical book or ebook?

Physical book. I’m not much of a techie/gadget person and have to spend all day in front of a computer for my job so when I read it’s for relaxation and I don’t want to be faced with yet another electronic device – just a proper, old-style paperback!

Paperback or Hardcover?

Paperback – easier to hold when you’re reading in bed.

Pen or Pencil?

Pen – preferably with blue ink. There’s something off putting about black ink I always think.

Mad Men, Downton Abbey or Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey – I love period dramas. Though, given the choice, I’d prefer BBC’s The Paradise to ITV’s Downton.

Lipstick, lipgloss or chapstick? 

Chapstick. I have a particular brand I get mail order and am never without it. I stockpile it in a basket at home and have lipbalm in all my coat pockets.

Facebook or Twitter

Facebook. I find it easier to keep track of what’s happening than Twitter plus you can say more in a post!

Plot your entire novel or fly by the seat of your pants? 

I’d say plot. Though the plot I end up with when the book is finalised is usually pretty different to the plot I started out with so maybe in truth it’s a bit of both….

How Do You Spell Love?

Make A Wish…
Kat can’t help wishing there was more to life than this. What happened to her dream job? What happened with Nathan?
Summer is wondering where her life is going too… battling the developers of a controversial housing estate and working out why boyfriend Rob is increasingly distant.
When the developers win the battle and move into town everyone’s life is turned upside down.
Kat meets building site project manager Alex. She enjoys his company far too much, even though he’s on the town’s most hated list.
Summer meets Tom who has plenty of relationship troubles of his own, so things could get really complicated. 
Soon everyone is keeping secrets, lives change and hearts are broken. Is everything falling apart, or does life just work in mysterious ways…

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