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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Author Spotlight!! Riley Mackenzie @authorsrileymac

Author Spotlight!

Riley Mackenzie
Author Interview

What prompted you to write your first book? 

In our opinion, the romance world was missing a splash of medicine. Write what you know.

Is there anything or anyone in particular that you draw inspiration from? 

Ummm YES! How about everything!!!! Every tiny detail in our books --down to a restaurant or our favorite drink or vacation spot or simply the humor from one of our characters –it ALL means something—you are getting little snippets of our lives!

Which story has been your favorite to write?

Oooo tough one….We like to say that Beautifully Awake was our vision, but Beautifully Done was our ideal.

Is there a book concept you’re just dying to write?

Guess you’ll just have to wait and see…..the suspense …it must be killing you! Lol!

Which character of yours, is your favorite?

Hands down Sierra. She is a combination of all of our friends—their humor, sass, and craziness.

Do you have a favorite book?

Nope, besides there are two of us we would never be able to agree! Ha! But every author who has given us a “feel” has been added to a list of our favorites, our inspirations. We call it our Gold Standard. Please visit our goodreads blog to check it out!

Who is your favorite Disney character?

Can we change this one to Superhero?
Wonder Woman! J

Do you have a method to your writing process? Outlining, etc.

We share a brain, let’s start there. Then we discovered the beauty of a shared Google document. Ingenious- we can both type at the exact same second. Before we start writing we have literally talked out the entire novel- every character, every scene, and every nuisance. Then whoever has free time (or needs a little less sleep that night) starts writing, the other jumps in- edits and then continues this viscous cycle --along with 2000 plus texts and phone calls – until we are done. Then the editing process is its own scary beast. And luckily we have an amazing editor.

Have you ever gone back to book you’ve published and wished you could have changed the ending or some other major aspect of the story?  

We got a little carried away with some nicknames in our first book ….”baby” to be exact ….so we did go back and re-edit J

What is the one piece of advice you’d give to new writers?

Take your time. And don’t be afraid to ask for help. The indie world is a wonderful group of people who are more than willing to help you navigate. 

About Riley Mackenzie

Yep. That's an “s.” There are two of us!
We’re East coast girls separated by Long Island Sound who met in Physician Assistant School and have been besties ever since. We can safely say that thirteen miles of water does not get in the way because we talk or text, no exaggeration, at least 150 times a day. No, really, we do—about everything and nothing. Shockingly, we never (we mean never) run out of things to say. Umm, ever. We definitely laugh A LOT and we’re a tad sarcastic. And if we’re being totally honest, one or two people might have, on occasion, used our names and ‘dramatic’ in the same sentence. But it’s hard to trust the sources since they married us. 
It only took twelve years, two husbands, five kids, two dogs, and a two-week vacation in Cape Cod later to decide the romance world needed a splash of medicine. Write what you know.
So you can easily find us at 4 o'clock on Bank Street beach with a glass of cold Prosecco brainstorming. And guaranteed if we bump into you, literally, it’s only because our iPhones are glued to our hands (totally out of our control) either writing or editing our next novel (and yes, it is possible to do from your iPhone, we mastered it … damn those straight quotations). 
When we are not working on our book or reading the latest angsty romance on our kindles, you basically name it and we have it going on. Soccer, lacrosse, golf, swimming, dance, gymnastics, football, chess, baseball, basketball, skiing, ice skating, school, homework, and more school. 
Oh yeah, did we forget to mention our careers in medicine?

Needless to say, we realized fast that something had to go, so we opted for sleep. It’s completely overrated (yet so AMAZING) and delirium makes everything funnier. Good thing we share a brain and can pretty much complete each other’s sentences (definitely weird, we know), otherwise it might have taken us two years to write Beautifully Awake rather than one. 

So that’s our story, who we are … just add AUTHORS to the list!

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Books by Riley Mackenzie
Beautifully Awake
By Riley Mackenzie
Release Date: September 26, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Diagnosis: Sleep-running

Treatment: Truth

Prognosis: Beautifully Awake

Lili Porter hates the rain. Bad things happen in the rain. As a small town social worker dedicated to protecting children, she is forced to start over to escape her rural disaster. Determined to follow her father’s advice—head up and chin high—Lili finds herself in a new city, taking on a new system, this time healthcare. In doing so, she gets something she never expected, an intimate behind-the-scenes look at life in the hospital. 

Lili learns that a surgeon’s hands have the power to heal more than physical wounds. And a prescription for truth can cure three years of sleep running and leave you beautifully awake.

Beautifully Done
By Riley Mackenzie
Release Date: July 16, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Diagnosis: Borrowed time

Treatment: Trust

Prognosis: Beautifully Done

Asher Craig drives fast, flies high, and screws hard. But make no mistake, he’s a gentleman.

He learned way too young that we’re all on borrowed time. Fair or unfair, you only get one ride. He vows to live for the moment because it’s the only time he owns. The past is beyond his control and the future may not exist. With his only loyalties being his family, he thrives for that edge where plunging over is always in the realm of possibility.

When a beautiful familiar face tilts his axis, he re-examines everything and realizes that second chances are overrated and a lifetime of firsts are irreplaceable. In the end, it’s not her medical degree but his trust that needs to prove that the ride together is worth it ... until it’s Beautifully Done.

***Author's note*** 
Contains spoilers from Beautifully Awake. We highly recommend reading Chase and Lili's story first. For readers 18+

Beautifully Awake Trailer

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