Hi, Kenzie! It's great to have you here and to be a part of your ongoing tour - Wishing you much success and sales with your latest release, EDGES! Let's start with my questions...
1.) What is the strangest talent you have?
I have the ability to diagnose medical problems. So you’re now thinking I must be a doctor or nurse. I’m neither nor have I ever studied anything in the medical field. I have helped multiple friends and family members who have questions about themselves or other people. I’m correct most of the time. That being said, I’m not able to tell you if someone has a terminal illness. This has been going on for most of my adult life. It’s even leaked over into helping people diagnose their pets especially dogs. Crazy, I know.
2.) What is the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?
Well, that’s a loaded question because I’m not a big fan of Halloween. I don’t know why really just that I don’t care for dressing up as someone else. My favourite costume though had to be clown outfit my mom made for me when I was seven years old. I loved the fact that she sewed it together and it looked really good.
3.) Are the titles of your books important?
Yes. The titles and the cover are important to the book. I like straight-forward titles that don’t give away too much. For my books, the titles are an overarching theme for the lead character in the book. It has to do with something they have to overcome or face. You have one shot at getting a reader to pick up your book and want to read it. They need to be asking questions before they ever crack open the cover.
4.) If you’re struggling with a scene or difficult character, what methods help you through it?
The method that helps me is to write everything that comes to mind about the scene or the character. If a scene is difficult to write, I force myself to move forward and write about a subject that may be uncomfortable. Sometimes I walk away, digest, and come back to it. I write as much as I can purge out. I can always go back and edit it down.
One character I had difficulty writing about was Brock from Truths. Because of where the story was going, the reader needed to hate him. But I also felt like we needed to understand him as well. That can be a difficult balancing act. I find that sketching out all the details of your characters ahead of time can really make the difference in writing difficult scenes.
5.) Do you prefer dog, cats or none of the above?
I’m 100% dog lover. My husband and I used to have two dogs, Nikko and Koda Bear. They ruled the house, so to speak. Anyone who is a real dog lover understands when I say, they were are fur babies. Nikko was my writing muse. There was a bed in my office that he used to sleep in and keep me company. He was my little shadow. I keep his picture next to my computer. I find myself looking at it often hoping he is still my muse. I miss them both terribly and one day we will have dogs again.
6.) Who’s your favourite author? Why?
I have several favourite authors. My current favourite is Pepper Winters. Her writing style is something to behold. The way she manipulates words, carves them up and then pieces them together is a gift. There is never any doubt who her characters are. She gives you a front row seat to their inner thoughts, demands, sorrows, and joys. Her ability to push and pull her characters creating conflict is wonderful and keeps the story fluid. I can only aspire to write like her someday.
7.) Do you have a pet peeve?
I have a real problem with people who have no manners. It’s such a simple act to say kind words to achieve a goal. Please, thank you, holding the door open, hi, how are you? All seem to be something people can’t be bothered with anymore. I wonder if it’s a product of electronic devices. Are we so used to short, concise thoughts and sentence fragments that we’ve lost the ability to be genuinely nice? I hope not.
8.) Do you remember your dreams when you wake up in the morning?
When I’m in the middle of writing a first draft, I have ideas that come to me before I go to sleep at night and first thing in the morning. Thank God, I remember my dreams. The entire Art of Eros series came to me as I woke up from a dream. I think dreams are essential for a lot of reasons. It gives us insight to things we may not think of or want to remember. Some people write them down and come back to them later to reflect. Some dreams are just silly and that’s okay too.
by Kenzie Macallan
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Leigha Luccenzo is a strong, confident woman who has her life perfectly under control. But her nightmares have returned after a long absence. They are kept hidden from everyone. She comes home to find her apartment in shambles, the possible doing of her ex-lover Sydney. Layers of lies start to peel away. Her world begins to shift and unravel.
Dean is a hard edge man who has an appetite for beautiful women, fast bikes, and shattered souls. His secrets bind him, keeping him from any real relationship. They latch onto him from his past like locked chains. He sees behind Leigha’s armor. Convincing her he can help becomes his mission. He hopes she’s strong enough to handle what lies beneath, unlocking his guilt.
Through events out of her control, Leigha’s forced to face her demons.
As other people’s secrets get entangled in her own, she struggles to get to the meaning of her nightmare. Can Dean help her uncover her truth?
He put his hands down slowly, saying Leigha was out of her element. This isn’t what she could deal with right now.
“I think we need to slow down. There’s a lot going on.” The crack in her voice exposed her nerves. Her fingers twisted together.
He pushed his chair back and walked toward her in nothing but jeans and bare feet. He scooted her back from the table and knelt in front of her. He pushed her robe to the side, exposing her long legs. She leaned back and gripped the arms of the chair.
“I’ve lost too much and I’m not willing to lose any more. Life burned a hole in me and you filled it. You understand and listen to me without judgment. We have something I’m holding on to. I’ve never felt this way. Not even…” He swallowed his words, bowing his head. His fingers gripped onto her thighs.
She sat there stick-straight like a cornered animal with nowhere to go. His words struck her. She tried to hold onto her little bit of control. The only words missing from his speech were ‘I love you.’ She was thankful they weren’t said. She would be the one to decide what they became, but she couldn’t deny the hold he had on her.
His head came up as his eyes locked onto her. “I know you’re scared. I can see it in your eyes. I’ll give you time. Just meet me halfway.”
He got up and held out his hand. Without a word, she took his strong hand as the tether strengthened.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Kenzie lives with her husband in New England. She has been fortunate enough to travel all over the world to places like Africa, Greece, Switzerland, Holland, France, England and, of course, Scotland. Edinburgh is one of her favorite places. Creativity seems to be part of her soul as she paints portraits, takes photographs, and bakes. They have all added to her overactive imagination especially writing about strong women and alpha men. She looks forward to adding to her adventures and yours through secrets, strength, and passion.
-- NOTE: The book will be $0.99 during the tour.
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE
Kenzie Macallan will be awarding All-New Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.