Meet and Greet Monday: Zara Stoneley

  MGMondaysGood morning. It’s Meet and Greet Monday!
With us today is Romance Author, Zara Stoneley.

Welcome, Zara!

Hi Kacey, and thanks for inviting me over *g*


Did you always want to be an author?

I’ve always written stories, but it wasn’t until fairly recently that I believed I could make a career out of it. I consider myself very lucky that I can now call myself a published author – it’s my dream job!

Name one quirk you have.
I’m not sure I’ve got any I’d own up to – my cat’s very quirky though!

What are you a collector of?
Books! I have more books than anything else, although on a much smaller scale I also collect thimbles from all the places I’ve visited.

If we were to come over to your house for dinner, what dish would you make us?
I love cooking. I’d probably do scallops, black pudding and pea puree for starters followed by a nice steak.

If you were given an all-expense paid, five day/night trip to anywhere, where would you go?
The Amalfi coast – Italy is one of my favourite places, I went to Sorrento a couple of years and would love to go back and visit some of the places along the coast.

What is your favorite section in the current book you’re writing? (approx.10 sentences.)
This is at the start of ‘Surrender Your Soul’ – it just sums up the kind of character Kezia is, she’s great, fun and determined!

‘Shit.’ Whoever said climbing gates in a maxi dress was possible had got it wrong. Seriously wrong. Or maybe no-one had been stupid enough to say it.
Kezia Martin clung on to the top of the wobbling timber and considered her options. Rolling off was a definite possibility, except the driveway looked like it had a high ouch factor. Even given the fact that she was a million miles from sophisticated, gravel face was not a good look. But there didn’t seem to be an option B. Apart from the ‘split your dress at the seams’ one, and she did actually like this dress quite a lot. And as it made up fifty per cent of her going out wardrobe, she wasn’t ready to sacrifice it, and neither did she want expose her thighs or worse to the world.

Who/What are you currently reading?
I’m trying to meet two deadlines at the moment so I’m not managing to fit in any reading at all!

What do you find most challenging about writing?
Finding time. I like to get stuck into my story for a few hours at a time and find it very difficult stopping and starting to fit it in round my family and part-time job. I am also very impatient and hate all the waiting.

What publishers can we find your stories at?
I’ve been published by Xcite Books, Breathless Press, Lyrical Press (as Susie Medwell) and have self-published. I’ve also just signed a contract with a publisher that I am very, very excited about. I should be able to tell all very soon (I am finding it SO hard keeping quiet on this one!) – check out my website, as soon as I can tell I will!


A Note from Zara:Zara Stoneley author photo
The book that is featured here today ‘Good Enough to Trust’ is the second story in the Good Enough series and I must admit, when the final story ‘Making It Good Enough’ is published I will be really sad to say goodbye to the gang. I feel like I’ve grown up with them – laughed, cried and cheered them on.
In all my previous books I’ve concentrated on just two main characters, but knowing this was going to be a series of three books meant I could have a group of friends and explore how their friendship and different backgrounds affected their relationships.
Good Enough has four characters – Holly, Sophie, Dane and Charlie and it has been so much fun getting to know them all. ‘Good Enough to Share’ introduced them all, but the story revolved mainly round Holly. This book follows Sophie’s journey and the final book… well the details will be on my website shortly and it will be available before Christmas.
I love reading, and writing, a series of stories, but I do like it when each one is a complete story in itself. What about you? Do you prefer stand-alone stories, linked books or books in a series where you have to read all of them?

Cover-Book-Good Enough to TrustBlurb – ‘Good Enough to Trust’ – an erotic romance (Book 2 in the series – Book 3 out soon)
Do you trust the boy you loved, or the man you might?
Sophie has only one thing on her New Year’s resolution list – sorting out her life.
But with a hunky farmer, his sexy brother and a herd of bullocks to deal with, how is a girl supposed to keep her mind on her mission?
Facing up to the man she once loved, and the family she lost, is something fun loving Sophie isn’t going to dodge second time round though. She always knew that retracing her steps was never going to be easy, she never realised that risking her heart again would be even harder.

And when there’s two men to choose from will it be easier to trust the man she’s never stopped loving, or the one that might give her the new start she needs?

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Where to find Zara –

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