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Eden’s Exchange Talks to Mackenzie Brown (@MackBrownBooks)

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.

Prince of the City cover frontThat’s dedication. Do you have any great extravagances?

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.

POTC-NINE LIVES (FC)That could very well happen, and I hope it does! What are some of your favorite curse words?

Bar-steward.

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).

Lost Boys cover (399 for FB)I know about that and agree. How would you define your style of writing?

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.

Book of Souls (E-FICTION MAG)What is your best advice for new authors?

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.


Great advice and difficult to do. What is the genre of your upcoming book, Annie’s War?

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.

Shifting cover -  500 dpi (E-FICTION MAG)What inspired you to write 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!

Readers, please visit Mack at all his virtual homes and buy his books on Amazon UK and Amazon US

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Connect To Mack 

Mack Brown profile

 WebsiteFacebook | Blog | Pinterest

 Twitter @mackbrownbooks

Find Mack’s book links here:  

Facebook: Prince of the City

Lost Boys (The Black Knight Series) | The Shifting

The Book of Souls (An Imelda Stone Adventure) 

Prince of the City -The Cat’s Whiskers | Prince of the City -Nine Lives

Book trailers for “Prince of the City – The Cat’s Whiskers” & “Lost Boys”

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.

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Eden’s Exchange Talks to Erotica Author @MelissaKCraig

Melissa Craig is a beautiful woman, and I don’t just mean on the outside. She’s funny, playful, and could easily be the heroine in any one of her own books. We met originally on Twitter and I have great respect for her as a writer of erotica. She’s one of the best, so I’m thrilled she agreed to be interviewed.

Learn more about this fascinating woman and her books. Continue reading

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Eden’s Exchange talks to @TobyWNeal #author #interview

Toby Neal is a very busy woman living amongst the lush palms and beautiful sand and sea of Hawaii. She’s the author of close to a dozen books and counting. Learn more about this fascinating woman and her books. Continue reading

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Eden’s Exchange talks to @C_W_Schultz #author #interview

C. W. Schultz is the pseudonym for American writer Calen Sifferman, and we met on Twitter just before he was heading overseas. I liked his bio and invited him for an interview.

Please give Calen a warm welcome and add him to your networks. Continue reading

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Eden’s Exchange talks to John Anstie (@PoetJanstie) #author #interview

I remember the exact moment when I met John. It was on twitter August 2011. I was having a conversation with another Englishman about the London riots, and John interjected and suggested I read his article on the matter.

I did.

The rest is history, really. We’ve been friends ever since, and have discussed numerous topics ranging from poetry to politics to music to the Royal Mail system. He’s helped me in a fundraiser for a fellow author, and he’s been a constant source of friendship.

For all these reasons, it’s my privilege to highlight John and his writing.

Please give a very warm welcome to poet/writer and consummate thinker, John Anstie. Continue reading

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Eden’s Exchange talks to @CPBialois #Author #interview

I love when relationships develop organically, as they are the ones that usually stick. CP Bialois is an author I met sometime ago, and he’s been a constant source of optimism and encouragement. He’s an extremely diligent and hard-working author, and I’m happy to offer him space to tell you more about himself.

Please give a warm welcome to fantasy author,  CP Bialois. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author @NedHickson #interview #humor

Ned Hickson is a terrific writer, and he does it with a sense of humor. On more than one occasion, I’ve done a spit-take while reading one of his blog posts.

It’s my great pleasure to introduce him to you, and I can’t remember the last time I’ve laughed so much conducting an author interview. Thanks Ned, I need to clean my computer screen again! That’s the last time I drink expensive scotch while I’m reading your stuff!

Please give a warm welcome to Jurnalist and funny man, Ned Hickson. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author Britt Skrabanek (@brittskrabanek)

I’ve met many authors via comments they left on my blog. That is how Britt and I connected. Of course, then I discovered we had friends in common, so I’m thrilled to showcase her and her work.

She was a lot of fun to interview and I’m sure you will enjoy reading more about her. Please welcome Britt Skrabanek to Eden’s Exchange. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author Anthony McManus (@Deepcaster)

Anthony McManus (Tony, I call him ) is an author who lives in Chiang Mai, a beautiful part of northern Thailand I had the pleasure of visiting years ago.

We connected after he read one of my books, and have been friends since. As in the serendipitous world of the social network, he also happens to come from my provincial birthplace of Quebec. Small world.

Please welcome Tony—a diligent writer, a man of many talents, and someone worth knowing. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author Angus Vieira

Angus Vieira is an author I met by way of mutual friend, screenwriter/poet Wally Lane. We read each other’s books and connected on Facebook. To say that he is an ‘interesting’ man would not do him justice. He is a unique blend of sexy and sassy, raunchy and sagely, and someone who does not mince words.

See what I mean by reading more about the one and only, Angus Vieira. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author E.N. De Choudens (@ENDechoudens)

Author E.N. De Choudens, whom I call Efrain, connected with me some years ago when he fanned my Facebook page. We chatted about so many things, including books. I learned he wrote in numerous genres: erotica; poetry; science fiction; and horror.

Coming from a Spanish background, I knew English was not his first language, but that never stopped us from having the most charming conversations. You will discover that for yourself in his responses.

Please welcome Efrain and find out more about this dedicated and talented man. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author Laurie Smith (@L27wsmithSmith)

Laurie and I connected via our blogs sometime ago, probably through our love of music.

Having worked as a police officer and in the prison system, he’s the writer of three novels (so far) in the “Death” series.

All the way from the land down under, please give a warm welcome to Laurie Smith. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author Bill Kirton (@carver22)

Bill Kirton and I met via RB Wood’s Word Count Podcast a few years ago.

How time flies. Bill is fun to know, and he’s a terrific writer and storyteller.

Please find out more about this talented man, and his wicked, dry sense of humour. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author Fiona Quinn (@FionaQuinnBooks)

I am so excited to have author, Fiona Quinn, on my blog. I’m a huge fan of her and her writing.

When I set out to write a mystery, her wisdom and experience were invaluable to me. In this interview, you’ll find out how she shares her knowledge with authors.

Now, let’s learn more about this fascinating woman and her book, Virginia is for Mysteries.

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Read an Exchange with Author @RaymondBolton

Raymond, welcome to Eden’s Exchange, so thrilled to reconnect after writing with you as part of the collective Black Ink, White Paper. Recently, I had the pleasure of picking up your book, Awakening, The Ydron Saga.

Now we get to learn more about you and your writing.

Readers, please sit back and enjoy!

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Read an Exchange with Author @DiBartoloJoseph

Serendipity played a role in my connection to Joseph DiBartolo, or Joey, as he has asked me to call him. I’m happy to share my space, so you can learn more about him.

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Read an Exchange with author @MWeidenbenner1

I love discovering new authors. When I put a call out for mystery/thriller writers to interview, Michelle answered the request, so here she is. In reading her responses, I discovered we had one odd thing in common. She loves oatmeal! I can’t think of many people who would say that. Let’s find out more about Michelle and her writing. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author Christoph Fischer (@cffbooks)

Christoph, welcome to Eden’s Exchange. You’re a generous author who conducts many interviews on your own site, which makes me especially happy to have you as the first author interviewed under my new format. I hope you have fun, and thanks for bringing a drink along too. :) Continue reading

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My Author Interview Series gets a Makeover

Inside the Author’s Mind was an interview series I started Dec. 10, 2010 to highlight indie authors and their work. It also provided insight into different writers’ minds.

It’s been one of my most popular posts and is run on Fridays.

I’m streamlining the series to give it a fresh look. The questions will focus on the author as a person, while providing a platform to sell their work. I realize how important it is for writers to make connections via the networks, and the interview format is a great way to do it.

As I’m moving into the genre of psychological mystery/thriller with my new book, I invite authors of this genre to be interviewed. Feel free to leave a comment with your contact information if you wish to participate.

Of course, I will continue to feature writers of all genres, as I’ve done from the beginning. I will contact them directly.

Since this is a makeover, I thought it would be nice to give the series a new name. I’d like to introduce:

eden’s exchange

Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Like a conversation …

the conversation

No, not THAT type of conversation!

More like this, by the fireplace, an exchange of ideas … fun, relaxed, and informative. We can even roast marshmallows if you like. ;)

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Photo courtesy of SquarEstate

Look for the new format next month, and feel free to visit previous years’ interviews. It’s been a privilege to interview these wonderful writers, and I encourage you to connect to them.

Interviews of: 2010/2011 | 2012 | 2013

~eden

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Props to the people I interviewed in 2013

I hosted 47 authors in 2011, the first complete year of my blog.

I expanded the segment to other creatives with 44 interviews in 2012.

In 2013, I continued to share amazing talent on my blog. Read them if you missed their interviews initially. They’re wonderful people to have as part of your social network.

 Click on the name for the interview. 

 Profession and/or Genre  Name
 Mystery/Thriller/Humour  John Dolan
 Crime/Paranormal  Tim Dittmer
 YA Fantasy/Romance  Raine Thomas
 Editor and author of poetry  Loren Kleinman
 Women’s fiction  Erin Cawood
 Romance/Contemporary fiction/Short stories  Cameron Garriepy
 Memoir/Crime thriller/Romance  Billy Ray Chitwood
 Paranormal Romance/Celtic  Shannon Macleod
 Contemporary Fiction  Lance Burson
 Erotica/Romance  Layna Pimentel
 Editor and author of urban fantasy/Flash fiction  Annetta Ribken
 Thriller/Suspense  Everett Powers
 Historical fiction/Humour  Nicole Chardenet
 Paranormal/Suspense  Sheilagh G. Lee
 Filmmaker and author of non-fiction/Poetry  John T. Trigonis
 Satire/Politics/Humour  Christoph Paul
 Literary Podcaster/Social media brand manager  Lydia Aswolf
 Actor/Producer/Biographer  Gregor Collins
 Science fiction/Fantasy  Matthew Bryan
 Editor and author of short stories/novellas  Jennifer Wingard
 Publicist and author of multiple genres  Anne Chaconas
 Speculative fiction/Horror/YA  Jessica McHugh
 Urban paranormal/Epic fantasy  J.H. Sked
 Short stories/Aspiring novelist  Timothy Bryant Smith
 Victorianesque fantasy/Science fiction  MeiLin Miranda
 Noir crime/Personal development non-fiction  Joe Hefferon
 Instructional non-fiction/Science fiction/Fantasy  Matt Posner
 Historical Fiction  Mary Ann Bernal

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