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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Author Z.A. Maxfield interview and give-away

I’m excited to have the sweetheart of the m/m romance genre with me today. Z.A. Maxfield has to be one of the most beloved of the m/m authors and having had the pleasure of meeting her and even having lunch with her at Gay Rom Lit, I can tell you that she deserves to be called those things and more.  She has a holiday story out at MLR Press right now called A Picture Perfect Holiday.

Welcome! I’m so excited to have you here, ZAM. Oh, can I call you ZAM?

1.     How did you get started writing m/m romance? Did you always want to be a writer?
I did always want to be a writer, I used to stay up late at night scribbling furiously in longhand (I still love an ultra sharp no. 2 pencil with a pristine eraser like nothing else) until my mother made me turn out the lights.

2.     Did you have any early influences either in this genre or any other?

I think my first love was romance, and my favorite author in romance is Laura Kinsale. She was so crazy good. I just love her work. I still reread them and believe she was simply the best, ever. Unbelievably intricate plots, heroes to die for, prose that sings. Crazy good.

3.     What is the hardest part about writing for you?

For me, writing is a series of different jobs. It's not just
writing, but writing consistently, editing, rewriting, submitting, the publisher/editorial process, promotion, and accepting other people's opinions about the work. The hardest part is promotion, by far. 

4.     Does any one of your books hold a special place in your heart?

Crossing Borders was my first, and it was such a flight of fancy.  I never imagined that I'd get it published, much less put into print or that anyone would buy it. That it's been embraced the way it has was unbelievable to me.

5.     Tell us a little about your Christmas story. Is it a new story or related to one of your other books?

I have a Christmas story with MLR called A Picture Perfect Holiday, and the characters aren't from any of my other novels. I was determined to create a story that warms you like a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter day. I also have a Hanukkah related story coming out from Loose Id on December 20th, and that one is a novella length historical, set in 1955, which is a little darker and more bittersweet in nature. That one is called Secret Light.

6.     Do you have a writing quirk? (ie computer has to be facing a certain way, cup of coffee on the left, certain music playing, etc)

If I had a quirk right now it would be writing on my laptop in bed (because it's been cool here.) That has to end soon, though, because it's so lazy, I can't even stand myself. I don't like to have music playing, although I often listen to music to set a mood. Once I start writing though, I like quiet, otherwise I write to the music, and not the story, if that makes sense.

7.     Do you have any writing or reading squicks? Things you don’t like to read and can’t see yourself ever writing? 

I have to laugh about this. I'm squicked by twincest. (That's because I'm the mother of twin boys.) I have friends who find it really sexy. I just can't do it. I'd never sleep again. *shudders*

8.     There’s been a lot of talk about the genre just rehashing old themes and nothing new being brought into it by new authors, what are your thoughts on that? 

I think there's nothing new. What each author brings to the party is his or her experience, voice, mindset, originality, and creativity. Ultimately, it's up to readers to decide what they want to read, and many, many readers find comfort in themes that are familiar. For example, I can't pass up a cozy mystery. Just how many eccentric British nationals can you bring in to solve the poisoning crime in a different way? I don't know. I just know I haven't reached my limit yet.

9.     What’s next on your plate? What are you working on?

I have three big projects in the works, a romantic comedy, a darker romantic suspense story, and a super seekrit project with Heidi Cullinan. I have a couple more in the works I'm not talking about yet, in case I jinx them. Stay Tuned!

10. Finally – a few quick choices:
a.     Coffee or tea Coffee
b.     Dog or cat Dog
c.      Beach or mountains Beach
d.     Pecs or abs Abs
e.     Smile or eyes Smiles
f.      Cowboys or rockstars Rockstars
g.     Who would win in a fight – vampires or werewolves? And why. Vampires would win a fight because their very nature is in opposition to creation and it makes them tough, sneaky motherfuckers.

ZAM has graciously offered up a copy of her holiday story, A Picture Perfect Holiday, to one lucky commenter on my blog, OR, you may choose any of her holiday titles or anything from her backlist.  BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOU NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS IN YOUR COMMENT. J


If you don’t win and haven’t already done so, you can pick it up at MLR Press A Picture Perfect Holiday

Be sure to check out Z.A. Maxfield’s website for information on how to buy her other fabulous books, too. (if you haven’t read Drawn Together yet – DO!) Z.A. Maxfield


  1. Hi K-lee - I'm not entering (I think I have ZAM's entire backlist!).

    Could you add contest end dates to these posts? I'd love to promote them in linkity, but that's hard to do without knowing when they end. Thanks! :)

  2. Hi Chris - sure I can do that and I'll leave them open longer than a day then. Total newbie at this. :)


  3. I read some excerpts of ZAM's books on Gay Day. I enjoyed them all and now have so many of her books on my wish list. thanks for the giveaway.


  4. Crossing Borders! I haven't reread that book in awhile. Awesome interview ^__^

  5. Great interview and a new romance author to check out. I haven't read anything by Laura Kinsale, but now I'll have to check her out.

    The Hanukkah related story sounds fascinating - I'll look for that one too.

  6. I love ZAM's books. Haven't read the new one yet. Thanks for the giveaway and the interview.


  7. I am a huge ZAM fangirl. I always look forward to a new book she has written. Thanks for the giveaway. Heather

    sassycyclist at bak dot rr dot com

  8. Sign me up!! I love ZAM! Great interview K-lee!!


  9. "like a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter day"

    That sounds awesome. I look forward to hearing more about the upcoming projects, too.


  10. oh I just love her books. ZAM is one of my favourite authors in the mm genre! Great interview!!

  11. Y'all are just so very nice. Thanks so much. It's so nice to see some folks around here that I know and also to meet new ones. If anyone has any questions I didn't answer, let me know, I'll keep an eye on this... Thank you so much!!

  12. I HEARD HIM EXCLAIM is still my most fave Christmas story EVAH. {squishes ZAM} EVAH!

  13. Great interview :)
    I love the St Nacho series and Drawn Together.


  14. Not entering the contest, but I wanted to say I loved "A Picture Perfect Holiday." So cute!

  15. Great interview! I can't wait to read A picture perfect Holiday!

  16. I'm a Zammer! Loves me my girl. : )

  17. I absolutely love ZAMs books. Some of hers were some of my first M/M books I ever read. She's an auto-buy author for me. Looking forward to these new Christmas stories.

  18. It's great to hear about the new ZAM books. And now you've also made me want to go back and reread Laura Kinsale. Thanks for the interview.

    rebeccaclunes (at) sky (dot) com

  19. Thanks for all the comments, guys. ZAM and I appreciate you stopping by.

    Tomorrow is the lovely Kaje Harper, followed by the fabulous JP Bowie who has 4 give-aways on Friday.


  20. Love ZAM *total fangirl*.

    Awesmazing Interview

  21. Congrats on the new releases looking forward to reading them

    Sarah S


  22. Very funny post :-) I really loved Drawn Together and can't wait to read A Picture Perfect Holiday!

    smaccall AT comcast.net

  23. Thanks to everyone who responded! Happy Holidays to all of you!

  24. Hi, I hope it's not to late to enter the contest?

    I actually have most of her books but not the holiday stories...


  25. I'm such a big fan of ZAM's work! I'd love to be entered if there is still time! :)


  26. It appears that I am late to the party in reading ZAM's books. Please enter me in the contest, I would love to read your books.


  27. Already on my wish list to join all my other Z A Maxfield books. Thanks for the giveaway.


  28. Aww I'd love a good holiday book to read


  29. Sweet! I didn't miss it! Signing up for a contest here! Love ZAM's stuff.

    I'll go read the interview now, lol.

    Erica Pike

  30. Forgot to add the email addy! That's what I get for being too excited about a contest, hehe.

    eripike at gmail dot com

  31. Actually the only books by ZAM are the newest holiday books so please count me in.

  32. hey - thanks for the great stories - family unit and the coda series are my favs - which is unusual for me becasue I cops and spooks and puzzles and myteries and things so thank you. Minne - mannu18@hotmail.co.uk

  33. Annnnnd the winner is.... Stacey Jo.
    ZAM will be in touch very, very soon. :)

    Don't forget to check out the last few interviews and give-aways. Today is the fabulous Missy Welsh.