Kinloch Series #1
Welcome to Kinloch, and the hottest winter Scotland’s ever seen.
Zoe’s always played it safe, just as her parents wanted. But when her great-uncle dies and leaves her a ramshackle cabin in the Scottish Highlands, she decides it’s time to change her life.
Upping sticks seems like a good idea in her cosy London flat, but the reality is very different. There’s no electricity or running water, the roof leaks and there’s no front door. If that wasn’t bad enough, she’s moved up in the depths of winter and her scorching hot neighbour wants her out.
Rory’s got a fifty thousand tonne problem. If he can’t make Kinloch castle profitable, he’s out of a job. He needs a clear head, but there’s someone living in the cabin he saw as his own and she’s turned his world upside down.
Rory needs Zoe out of Scotland, and out of his life. The trouble is, she has no intention of leaving.
Let the games begin…
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I have to write first thing in the morning without any distractions. That means getting up before the rest of the family and definitely not checking social media or emails! I like to write at the dining room table as my office was too much of a tip, but now I’ve moved into a new office which currently doesn’t have any visual clutter so I’m looking forward to writing my next series there!
– Do you have a certain ritual?
My writing ritual is more about what I don’t do than what I do. I have to have silence and nothing around me that is distracting. I like to get up and then immediately start to write.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Only water. If I have any food then it totally distracts me! I tried to give myself a reward system with chocolate but that totally backfired as I just ate the lot within ten minutes… When I write I need to get in the zone so food and drink gets in the way of that.
– What is your favourite book?
Eek! I don’t have one and I love too many! Maybe Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett, or Miss Buncle’s Book by D E Stevenson.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
Maybe women’s fiction, but I think there are so many sub genres within romance that I’d like to explore some of those first.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Yes of course! But it’s never a whole character, it might just be one tiny thing they once said that made me laugh, or something about someone’s physicality that was really interesting. For example, one of my oldest friends has amazing crazy red hair, and so that was part of the inspiration for Zoe. And I have two close friends called Zoe who are strong and fiery and amazing, and so some of their personality is in the Zoe of Highland Games.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
No, but I should. If I’m out, I leave voice notes for myself on my phone.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
Horror because I’m such a wuss and it gives me horrific nightmares.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Terry Pratchett, but unfortunately he is no longer with us.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you choose and why?
America, because it is so diverse and fascinating. And I speak the language…
Thank you, Evie Alexander and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Evie Alexander is the author of sexy romantic comedies with a very British sense of humour. She takes a method approach to her work, believing her capacity to repeatedly fail at life and love is what has given her such a rich supply of material for her writing.
Her interests include reading, eating, saving the world, and fantasising about people who only exist between the pages of her books. She lives in the West country with her family.