The Love Programme is essentially about finding yourself and working out what you want from your life and who you want to spend it with. Lucy is trying to escape her past and her ex boyfriend Marcus who won’t let go of their relationship. Marcus has walked out on his wedding because he is convinced he should be with Lucy instead of his fiance. Paul is trying to piece his life together in the Scottish Highlands, trying to forget about Hannah. Each is confused about what they want in their lives but circumstances force each of them to face their fears and figure out what and who they want in their future.
Tell us a bit more about the hero/heroine in The Love Programme.
Lucy and Marcus were childhood sweethearts and had an on again/ off again relationship for many years. Even when they were apart Marus would never stop interfering in her life so she is desperately in need of some time away, a bit of an escape so she can work out what she wants and how she feels about relationships. She’s confused and needs the chance to be able to sort herself out.
How did you research The Love Programme?
The Love Programme is set in the Highlands of Scotland and I used to live in Scotland a few years ago and fell in love with the scenery, all the lochs and snow-topped mountains. I visited loads of places and took photos and based the fictitious locations in my novel on these real places.
Is The Love Programme the first in a series or a stand alone novel?
There will be a prequel to The Love Programme in the form of a novella which will be released by Astraea Press soon.
When and where is your favourite time/place to write?
First thing in the monring before the day starts seems to be when my mind is flooded with ideas but I can write whenever and wherever I get the chance so I always try to have a pen and notebook nearby so I can jot any ideas, bits of scenes and dialogue down so I don’t forget them.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I’ve always wanted to write. At school I wanted to be a journalist but discovered I wasn’t pushy enough to do that job! I worked in travel for years and started researching and writing brochures and promotional literature then I wrote non fiction articles for magazine, then short stories and evolved into writing novels.
What was the last book you enjoyed and why?
I adore books and have shelves full of them. The most recent book I finished and totally loved was Carole Matthew’s A Cottage by the Sea. The book was pure escapism and you felt as though you were there on the Pembrokeshire coast with the characters. All of the people in the book felt like friends and I was sorry when the book came to an end.
Which authors do you admire?
Most of them! I’ve discovered in the last 10 months that authors are an incredibly friendly, supportive and wonderful bunch of people.
Describe yourself in five words.
Impatient. Hopeful. Obsessive. Loyal. Shy.
I have written some other books and am in various stages of editing/submitting to publishers etc with them and have my fingers crossed I will be fortunate enough to get more books published.
Zanna Mackenzie lives in the UK with her husband, 4 dogs, a vegetable patch that’s home to far too many weeds and an ever expanding library of books waiting to be read.Being a freelance writer and editor of business publications is her ‘day job’ but, at every opportunity, she can be found scribbling down notes on scenes for whatever novel she’s working on. She loves it when the characters in her novels take on minds of their own and start deviating from the original plot! Formerly a travel agent and therapist (she has qualifications in clinical aromatherapy, crystal healing, naturopathic nutrition and herbalism) she loves walking the dogs and gardening – that’s when she’s not writing or reading!
The Love Programme is out now, published by Astraea Press. Purchase your copy: Amazon UK.