Author Mackenzie Brown and I met sometime ago on Twitter and Facebook. He was genuinely sweet, so I invited him for an interview. I’ve also learned since then he’s extremely patient. He had to fill out the responses for my interview twice as the first document disappeared into the ether. Darn Internet!
It’s all the more reason I am happy to give Mack space on my blog to talk about himself and his books.
Please learn more about this lovely author and connect to him.
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Welcome Mack! As an introduction, tell readers how your best friend would describe you in 20 words or less.
So laid back he’s almost horizontal!
Good one! Are you a full time writer or do you have a day job?
I work as a self employed contractor during the day and write evenings and weekends.
I love Lido Di Jesolo in Italy, (near Venice) and visit as often as I can. It’s like a second home to me.
Nice, I’ve never been to Italy. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I hate my crooked teeth and I’d have them capped if I could afford it.
What profession other than your own would you like to try?
Singer…I sound okay in the shower…but then again….
:D What is one thing you want to do before you die?
Easy answer…have an international bestseller.
That’s a new one for me. Do you have a motto you live by?
I try to enjoy the little things in life.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Rearing two healthy, happy, teenage daughters.
What makes you laugh, and I mean, REALLY laugh?
Billy Connolly…simply the funniest man alive.
I think he’s terrific too, let’s talk a little about your writing. What motivates you to write?
The idea of writing one perfect passage.
What are your favorite and least favorite parts of being a writer?
Favourite part is the first rewrite, when the real work starts. Least favourite formatting for Kindle etc (Argh! Can be quite frustrating and time consuming).
Fast paced, multi genre.
Do you outline, plot and structure, or do you just sit down and write?
Outline notes for each chapter, but plenty of flexibility allowed for inspiration and creativity on the hoof.
Are you working on another book now?
My next release Annie’s War is with my proof reader now. This is the true story of my Grandparents’ lives, set between 1914 & 1945. My plan is then to complete the five part Prince of the City Series of five short books. Book one and two are already published.
If you start a project, always finish it. Even if you feel it is the biggest pile of crap you’ve ever written. When completed, walk away and leave it to simmer for a few weeks. Then go back to it with a fresh pair of eyes and begin the first rewrite, the most important part of the process for me.
Love story/Biographical novel about my grandparents dramatic lives, set between two world wars.
Why should people read it?
This book is an extremely poignant story and anybody who likes a passionate drama, should enjoy it.
My Grandfather told me his part of the story before he died, but my Grandmother’s stories were virtual family folklore and spoken about often at family gatherings.
What is the best way for someone to support your book, aside from buying it?
Re-tweet or re-blog any postings about the book.
Yes, sharing on any of the platforms is always helpful. Let’s have a quick lightning round to finish off.
Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? Easy answer…my laptop!
Me too! Favorite place you’ve traveled to or would like to travel to? I’d love to one day embark upon a grand tour of Europe.
Name a food you can eat every day. Pasta.
Salty or sweet? Salty.
Cat/dog/other pet? Oh cat for me. I have a female black cat, called Snoz. She wraps us all around her little paws.
Favorite style of music? Jazz.
The best gift you’ve ever received? A bicycle when I was ten years of age, my parents assured me they couldn’t possibly afford.
Favorite season. Spring, when the ground beneath our feet is alive with new life.
That’s beautiful, Mack. Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?
I feel honoured to have so many friends within the literary community and love how we all help each other, which is as it should be. Long may it continue!
I’m with you there, Mack. Thanks so much for coming by Eden’s Exchange and answering each question—twice. You’re ace!
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Connect To Mack
Find Mack’s book links here:
Facebook: Prince of the City
Mackenzie Brown was born and raised in Liverpool, UK, where he lives with his wife, two daughters and pet cat. With five published novels already under his belt, Brown is currently working on the third chapter of a new series of detective stories set in 1940s Liverpool and is soon planning to publish a novel documenting the early lives of his grandparents, set between the first and second world wars.
Mackenzie Brown’s inspiration for writing was borne out of wartime stories shared with him by his grandfather and personal hero, Angus Mackenzie Brown, a character featured in this upcoming book.