Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Tuesday Tangent with ZAM (Z.A. Maxfield)

Hello Cup O Porn readers! It’s a pleasure to be here today to answer some questions about my latest release, Hell On Wheels, and to talk about my other work, and what I like to read.

My Blog Tour giveaway plan is as follows:

1. Comment here for the chance to win an ebook. My assistant William will randomly pick a winner for each blog I visit, and that person will win an ebook of their choice from my backlist.

2. For the Hell On Wheels Tour Rafflecopter giveaway, I will be awarding one lucky reader with a 25.00 gift certificate for Amazon. The giveaway will conclude at midnight on December 8th, at which time we’ll choose a winner.

3. There are many ways to enter, and some can be done more than once. Give yourself lots of chances to win by following along the blog and commenting. Blog Tour itinerary.

Now, for the questions!

1.   Tell us about the books you like to read. Do you prefer in the genre or outside the genre? Is there one book that you read that's stuck with you over time? 

I read everything from cookbooks to non-fiction, to classics to mystery to romance, het and gay. It just depends on what I like. I love the author Joan Didion, the non-fiction book Pentimento, by Lillian Hellman has stayed with me forever. I adore Laura Kinsale and re-read Agatha Christie just because it’s cozy. Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby amazes me every time I read it.

2. What is your favourite style of music? Any unknown or lesser known artists that you might like to share? Do you listen to music while you write and is it the same music you would listen to when not working?

I guess I mostly listen to whatever my older kids put on my phone. One loves alternative, the other dance, hip-hop, trance, a capella vocal music and dubstep. We have weird bands we like Steam Powered Giraffe. I dunno.

3. What's your favourite movie? Do you have any little gems that you might like to recommend? Do you have a comfort movie? A movie that others might term a "guilty pleasure"?

I love to watch ballroom dance movies like Strictly Ballroom and Shall We Dance. Goofy Bollywood films are my guilty pleasure.

4. What is the oddest thing to have inspired your writing?

I think simply seeing a young man carrying a large bouquet of Stargazer Lillies at Anime Expo would qualify. My kids and I were waiting in a very, very long line, and I saw him walk past. I pointed him out, and made up a story to pass the time, and that turned out to be basic outline for Drawn Together.

5. To someone who wanted to try ZAM for the first time, which book would you recommend as a good starting point?

For the true ZAM experience, I recommend either My Cowboy Heart which is a glimpse into the sentimental side of my work, or Hell On Wheels, which explores those quirky characters and comic situations I love to write about.

Thanks so much for having me here today, I hope I’ve entertained my readers and maybe touched some hearts along the way.

Happy holidays and have a wonderful, healthy new year!

Hell on Wheels
Nash is the reliable one in the Holly family, the guy everyone counts on to keep things going. His genius twin brother is off at university, so Nash runs the family’s auto repair business and cares for his partially-paralyzed little sister while his crackpot father invents. His life seems mapped out for the foreseeable future, however much that might chafe.

So when Wolf’s Landing actor Spencer Kepler-Constantine lands in his life, Nash is ready for a diversion. Spencer is in the middle of a very painful, very public divorce and isn’t ready for a relationship—not that Nash wants one. But they both need a friend, especially one with benefits.

As they grow closer, Nash starts to see his family in a whole new light. Do they really need him so badly? Or does he simply need to be needed? Then Spencer’s ex reappears with a grand romantic gesture, and Nash has to figure out what he wants—and how to get it—before Spencer’s gone for good.

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.”

Readers can visit ZAM at her website, Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.


  1. Thanks for the interview and contest. I loved My Cowboy Heart!

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  2. Thanks for the interview and giveaway. I'm looking forward to both of the new books!

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  3. Can't wait to read this one. Thanks.

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  4. I have to agree about Laura Kinsale. Her Flowers From the Storm is still with me all these years later. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. BEEFCAKE is a must for all m/m lovers...I like to say it's what MAGIC MIKE should have been. It's the story of Robert Mizer, who formed the Athletic Model Guild (basically a ruse to photograph nude men) in the '50s. It doesn't know whether it's a documentary (there are interviews with Joe D'Allesandro, Jack LaLanne, and countless unknown models), a screwball comedy, a melodrama, or what, but that's part of it's charm. It's educational (the censorship and persecution he endured was astounding) and sexy as hell (there's a TON of full-frontal, and the guys are very appealing). I also love MIRACLE (cutest cast of hockey boys ever) and the French THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE (a romcom about a suicidal girl and the knife-thrower who rescues her--it's sweet and warped in equal measure).

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  6. Wonderful Q&A. I love learning more about the author.

  7. Fun interview! Thanks for sharing! amaquilante(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. Another great interview. I think having some guilty pleasure movies is what makes life fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. Great interview with awesome answers! Thank you for the chance at the giveaway!

  10. Congratulations on the new release. Sounds really good :)
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  11. Looking forward to reading this! Thanks for the giveaways and congrats on the release!
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  12. Enjoyed the interview! Looking forward to reading the new release! Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. I enjoyed the interview and can't wait to read this story.
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  14. I like hearing about what inspires stories. Interesting how Drawn Together's idea came about!

  15. Sounds like an enjoyable story but then again, it's a ZAM! What's not to like! Congrats on your newest release and thanks for the giveaway!