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Another treat for you today as author Zoe Allison has kindly answered my interview questions and I’m sharing her responses here today. Read on to discover her replies and more about both herself and her latest book!
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
I liked the idea of a main character reconnecting with her unrequited first love, and discovering along the way that it wasn’t actually unrequited at all.
What is your writing process?
When I think of an idea, I get a fresh notebook and jot down the premise. When it comes time to start work on that story, I’ll do a sketch-like outline in the notebook of the story arc, what the main characters are like (and look like) and then a very brief note of what will happen in each chapter—but only the premise, I “pants” the details!
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
I use my MacBook, but I outline first in a notebook. I’m addicted to notebooks and I have one for each book idea.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
That’s a difficult one. I like all of my main characters for different reasons. When it comes to this book I love the MCs but I do have a special place in my heart for Meena— Eva’s mum. I like her eccentric tea obsession and the way she meddles with good intentions.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
Probably Meena! I’d like to be the meddling matchmaker and drink lots of tea and eat sweet treats.
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
I tend to be quite random with this. I’ll look up a baby names website and then scroll until I see one that I like the sound of, and that I can picture my character having.
Thank you so much for answering my questions! I’m another notebooks and Mac user, though my daughter has a much bigger collections of notebooks than I do!
Read on to discover more about Zoe’s book Second Chance at First Love and more about herself, too….
Second Chance at First Love
Eva Mathers is a successful woman, except for when it comes to matters of the heart. When she returns home to Yorkshire as a pending divorcee, she realises her childhood friend and first love Damon Evans is also newly single. It’s a pity he’s never noticed her romantically and had no idea that she was in love with him at school. But at least they can support each other as friends again.
Damon is attempting to adjust to life sharing the kids with his ex. His reconnection with Eva is strong, but she was always too good for him and made her indifference clear after they drifted apart during their younger years. In any case, she still seems to be hung up on her charismatic ex-husband. Eva is hiding things from Damon, secrets from her past. He wants to be there for her, so why can’t she let him in?
Eva is dealing with trauma, but she won’t confide in her loved ones. Can Damon help her break down her walls before it’s too late and they miss their second chance at first love?
Zoe lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. A medic by day, she started writing in her spare time as a means to counter burn out and found that this was a balm for the soul.
She is a fan of the romantic genre and its ‘happy ever after’ ethos. A sharp contrast to what she can, at times, see in her day job. Zoe is keen for the female lead in romantic fiction to disabuse stereotypes and walk on an equal footing with her male counterparts. She prefers male leads who do not display signs of toxic masculinity and believes that positive masculinity is much more attractive to women and healthier for men.