Author Interview by Jodi: Home the Hard Way by ZA Maxfield with GiveAway


Hi, Z.A. Maxfield coming at
you from lovely sunny southern California where I’m blogging about my latest
release, Home
The Hard Way
. You’re going to want to follow along the whole blog
tour, Here.
Here are some Smoocher’s
Voice interview questions. Away we go!

Jodi:     Thank you for taking the time to answer
some questions for our readers. Tell us a little about yourself.
Z.A.:     My blog pretty much says it all, I’m a
native Californian, a wife, a mother. What my blog doesn’t say is I’m addicted
to romance novels and m/m is like crack for me. I think I started out just
writing so I could afford books!
Jodi:     What made you choose to
writer in the male/male romance genre for your stories?
Z.A.:     Male/male,
male/female, female/female, ménage…They’re all simply love stories to me. Who
loves whom and why is always part of a larger story which includes characters
and events, both inside and outside their control, and so I don’t really
differentiate. I started writing m/m because those were the stories I had in my
heart at that time. Maybe tomorrow I’ll have other stories to tell. One never
Jodi:     Are
your characters complete fiction, or are they modeled after real people?
Z.A.:     I
think we all write from our experience. What we know goes on the page. Scene
settings, events we’ve experienced and our knowledge of human nature play out
in stories, but I don’t think I model characters after real people. (Unless
they tormented my daughter in middle school…)
Jodi:     Who are some of your
favorite authors?
Z.A.:     I
love Joan Didion and Lillian Hellman. I have such author crushes on both those
women. Their words fueled all of my writerly dreams. Not that I will ever
achieve that level, but I figured I ought to have to have a star to steer by…
Jodi:     When you start a book, do you already
have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?
Z.A.:     I guess it depends on the book. I start
out with an idea, but that evolves. Rarely is my first instinct correct. In a
sense, I aim for the target and adjust on the way. 
Jodi:     When
and why did you begin writing?
Z.A.:     I
started writing in fifth grade. I was Mooney-eyed and intense. Hopelessly in
love with the lead singer of a boy band. I figured if reality wasn’t cutting
it, I’d just live in the cave of my imagination. I probably still live there to
some extent today.
Jodi:     Is there anything you find
particularly challenging in your writing?
Z.A.:     I
think that most authors, when they start out, have no concept how much
marketing is involved in writing. I mean, for some reason, I pictured a life spent
staring contemplatively at the sea when I wasn’t actively writing. And…. NOPE.
That is not my life. Between social media and conferences and blogging and
newsletters—simply pressing the electronic flesh and helping other writers do
the same—wow! Who knew there would be so much to do?
Jodi:     What’s the most difficult
part of writing your books?
Z.A.:     Almost
all authors talk about the saggy middle of a piece. We normally have a terrific
idea to start with and we know how we want something to end, but sometimes it’s
hard to go from point A to point Z!
Jodi:     Which of your books was the most difficult to write?
Z.A.:     I’d have to put Home The Hard Way right up on the
top because I must have dusted that off, started over and then put it back in a
drawer ten times. But mysteries require more planning and more thinking, even
if they’re less a mystery and more romantic suspense, and I had to make sure I
was doing the fetish aspects of their relationship justice. Thank god for
wonderful editors like Sarah Frantz. She pulled me off the ledge a couple
Jodi:     Which of your books was the most fun to write?
Z.A.:     Drawn Together
is still my absolute favorite because Yamane wrote
Jodi:     Do you have any advice for
other writers?
Z.A.:     Oh,
my gosh! Lucky you! There’s never been a better time to be a writer. The
Internet is full of information you’d have had to spend a lifetime gathering
and cataloging and there are independent presses popping up like crazy. Agents,
while delightful, and old school profit algorithms that have kept niche writers
from achieving their dreams of publishing longer dominate the landscape. If you
write in a niche that only three people care about, you can get your book into
the hands of those three people and maybe they’ll tell their friends.
My advice is this: write
like no one will ever read the book but you! Write to please yourself. Write to
delight yourself. Write one book and then before you even type the end, write a
second and a third. Study your craft wherever you can afford to. Read
everything you can by writers you admire.
Go forth and be joyful,
for there’s room for everyone.
Jodi:     What do you like to read?
Z.A.:     While I’d love to say that I only read Booker Prize winning
novels and the classics, I am a romantic fool, and most always choose books
with love stories in them.
Jodi:     What is for you the
perfect book hero?
Z.A.:     I
like damaged heroes. I like flawed men, and men who have the opportunity to
reverse their course and win, but choose not to, for whetever reason. I like
Tragic Heroes. The weird thing is, since I love romance, I always want to see
them redeemed. Maybe that’s really why I write. I want to take my tragic heroes
and tell their stories with a happy ending!
Jodi:     What is your inspiration
for your most recent book?
Z.A.:     The
inspiration for my NEXT book with Riptide is Lori Witt’s idea about a small
Northwestern town that becomes a tourist attraction because of a televisions
show (about Werewolves) being filmed there. Actors. Car mechanics. Crackpot
inventors… Who could resist?
Jodi:     If readers have not read
any of your books, where is a good place to begin?
Z.A.:     People
usually either start with
Crossing Borders, which has been called an m/m gateway drug, or the St.
Nacho’s series.
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Here’s the blurb for Home
the Hard Way
Dare Buckley
has come home—or at least, he’s come back to Palladian, the small town he left
as a teenager. After a major lapse in judgment forced him to resign from the
Seattle PD, Palladian is the only place that’ll hire him. There’s one benefit
to hitting rock bottom, though: the chance to investigate the mystery of his
father’s suicide.
Dare also
gets to reacquaint himself with Finn Fowler, whose childhood hero worship ended
in uncomfortable silence when Dare moved away. But Finn isn’t the same little
kid Dare once protected. He’s grown into an attractive, enigmatic stranger who
neither wants nor needs what Dare has to offer.
In fact,
Dare soon realizes that Finn’s keeping secrets—his own and the town’s. And he
doesn’t seem to care that Dare needs answers. The atmosphere in Palladian, like
its namesake river, appears placid, but dark currents churn underneath. When
danger closes in, Dare must pit his ingenuity against his heart, and find his
way home the hard way.
Read more
about Home The Hard Way:

About the Author – Z. A.
Maxfield started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked
back.  Pathologically disorganized, and
perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she
dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. Three things reverberate
throughout all her stories: Unconditional love, redemption, and the belief that
miracles happen when we least expect them.

If anyone asks her how a wife
and mother of four can find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s
amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”


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