Today I have another fine author with us. Author Mackenzie Crowne and I have been keeping tabs on each other for a while (what can I say? she’s visits my hometown frequently) and right now, we’re release buddies–wait, that sounds odd doesn’t it? What I mean is her book released on Kindle the same week as mine so since I’d heard about The Billionaire’s Con for a while, I simply had to get her here for the scoop.
Why don’t you tell my readers a little about yourself and your work, Mac? How did you first become acquainted with the romance genre?
Mackenzie Crowne: I come from a huge Irish clan. Lots of siblings and cousins and I love and enjoy all of them. I’m a wife, mother and grandmother. I’ve been married to that cute guy from high school for more years than I care to count. We have two boys, and though I’m not sure how we pulled it off, we managed to raise them into fine men. As for the romance genre, I’ve been a romance junkie since I was a teenager and would read a romance, out loud, to my best friend, every weekend at the beach each summer.
What was the inspiration for The Billionaire’s Con?
Mac: Honestly? Meggy, the heroine, was the inspiration. She came to life as a secondary character in another story (Cara O’Shea’s Return spring 2014). As Cara’s best friend, Meggy just wouldn’t shut up. I fell in love with her, but she kept pestering me to fill in her history more completely until I couldn’t stand it. Her story came out first. Cara’s is actually a prequel in which Meggy plays a big, juicy part.
Congrats on your upcoming release! The Billionaire’s Con is your third published work. Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Mac: #1. Keep writing with an eye toward improving your craft. The more you do something, the better you get at it. I’m not kidding. I constantly look back at work I finished earlier, sometimes just a couple of months ago, and cringe thinking, wow, if I only knew then what I know now.
#2 ties into #1. Start building your social media peer group right now. Follow your favorite authors, especially those who are up and coming. Search for them on FB and Twitter, and befriend them. You’ll need contacts for promotion when you get that contract and romance authors are the most generous people in the world. Not only will you make some incredible friends who understand the concept of voices in your head, their blogs are treasure troves of knowledge and information. And hit up some editors blogs while you’re at it, like the one at The Wild Rose Press. Yeah, that sounds like a shameless plug, but you’ll find free, shiny gems there. I promise.
#3. Don’t be thin skinned about your writing. You WILL meet an editor who will rip your work to shreds, but if they are any good, they will tell you why and help you put it back together so it shines. Suck up every drop of knowledge from these experiences. You’ll be glad you did, and so will your readers.
Good advice. If you weren’t a writer, what career might you have pursued instead?
Mac: I can’t imagine not writing, but if I couldn’t, I probably would have ended up on the stage. Not that I’m one of the beautiful people. Hell no. Think Carole Burnett at a beauty contest. I’m the daughter of an Irishman who was never happier than when in front of a crowd. Blarney flows in my veins.
Now that The Billionaire’s Con, is out, what can curious fans expect from you next?
Mac: Why thank you for asking. Cara O’Shea’s Return and That Dating Thing are two lighthearted contemporaries coming down the pipe, but it just so happens, A Song for Sophie hit the virtual shelves just last week, available at Amazon. Beau is the bad boy of country music, Sophie is his balls-to-the wall assistant. Put them together, and watch the sparks fly
Now for a fun question: If you were a celebrity chef, what would your signature dish be? Can you share a recipe with us?
Mac: Oh, I’m not much of a cook. In fact, my friends tease me about having to dust my over before popping that frozen pizza in. But let’s see. Hmmm. Okay, I’ve got a recipe that’s easy enough even I can pull it off. You’ll need sliced bread, butter and a toaster…Oh, never mind. Any recipe I share would probably give you food poisoning.
*giggles* I’m sure that’s not the case. Let me just give that hubby of yours a call and see what he has to say about this…. Thanks for being with us today, Mac. Before you go, where can my readers learn more about you and your work?
Mac: Thanks so much for sharing your blog with me, Juli. You’re a peach! The Billionaire’s Con is available at Amazon. I can be found at my home on the web at mackenziecrowne.com, FaceBook and Twitter, or visit my Amazon author page. Stop on by. I love making new friends.
Chef Meggy Calhoun realizes her long-held dream with the opening of Boston’s hottest new culinary experience. Crazy-busy with her new restaurant, she can’t deny a fascination for her hunky new tenant. But will her secret connection to one of New England’s most powerful families poison her recipe for success, and leave her heart flambeed?
Trevor Bryce Christos would do anything to protect the woman who raised him. Even seduce a beautiful con artist disguised as a chef and bent on cashing in on his family’s wealth. Taking up residence in Meggy’s carriage house while disguised as a writer doing research on small town New England is the perfect ploy to catch her at her game. But when the truth of her parentage is revealed, and his ruse exposed, he’ll need the townsfolk’s help with spin control if love is to remain on the menu.
“We had a leak.” She jumped the last two steps to land on the floor, jamming the roller into the pan at the foot of the ladder. “The plumber is there now, dealing with the aftermath.” Reminded of the calamity in her kitchen, she turned a glower on the silent man and quirked a brow. “And you are?”
“Oh, I’m sorry.” Jill rolled her eyes at Meggy and made the introductions. “Meggy Calhoun, this is Trevor Bryce. He’s a writer who’s interested in renting the carriage house. Mr. Bryce, Meggy is one of the owners of Palmer House. She’s also the head chef.”
Fascinated, Meggy watched as the stiff lawyer vanished behind a wicked smile, a flash of white teeth, and dimples. There was nothing stiff about the penetrating gaze that met and held hers. The deep drawl of his voice, when he said hello, reminded her of the smooth slide of the aged whiskey found in Palmer House’s well-stocked bar. She glanced at the hand he held out, and flipped up her own paint-smeared palm. “Sorry, I’m a mess.”
Laugh lines crinkled the tanned skin at the corner of his eyes, and the soft core of femininity within her sighed in appreciation. She’d always had a soft spot for the Greek god type. Looking at Trevor Bryce, she had a sudden craving for feta cheese and ouzo.
Thank you for being with us, Mac! Best of luck in all your endeavors! Folks, if you’d like to learn more about Mackenzie Crowne and her fine works see her site at: mackenziecrowne.com. Until later, then! Keep reading!