Friday, August 2, 2013

Mackenzie Brown


Location: Rainhill, Merseyside, UK


Question:  How long have you been writing?
Around twenty years for my own pleasure, but seriously for about five years.

Question:  What was the name of the first book you ever published, and when was it published?

My first book was, "The Shifting", 2011.

Question:  Was this book published by a publisher; or did you self-publish?

I self-published.

Question:  Tell our readers about this very first book.  (For example:  What was the inspiration for writing it, and what was it about)?

It was an attempt to write a book I would personally like to read. Like most writers, I have many ideas, but for some reason this story stayed with me and those that do invariably demand to be written. I like the idea of keeping the reader in the dark for long periods and the book represented a challenge for me personally. Part of the story takes place in Victorian London and I knew I’d need to work hard to get the period right, but I wasn’t sure I could pull it off.

The story involves a missing boy who turns up at a disused farm and, although he’s been missing for almost a decade, he hasn’t aged one day. He has no memory of where he has been; he only knows his life is in grave danger.

Question:  Can a person still buy this book?  If so, where?

The book can be bought for Kindle worldwide via this one link; 
But also in paperback via Amazon at; UK.The book WAS recently re-released after I arranged to have it, edited, proof read and reformatted.

Question:  How many total books have you published?

Three in total, with a fourth due for release by the end of next month. But, by the end of the year I hope to have another two titles released.

Question:  List all of your titles;

The Shifting

The Book of Souls

Lost Boys

Prince of The City; Part 1 (Coming soon)

The Cat’s Whiskers (Coming soon)

Question:  Any future writing projects in the works?  If so, tell us about it, and any pertinent dates to go with it.

"Prince of The City; Part 1", "The Cat’s Whiskers", is due for release in August/September. My latest work involves 1940s detective Vic Prince, and is based in war torn Liverpool in Spring of 1940, and will be a five part series of ten chapters per release. It will be followed by Part two, (current working title "Nine Lives"). I’m also planning to edit and re-write a book charting the early lives of my grandparents between 1914 and 1945. This I hope will be released by November of this year.

Question:  What is the title of your current book, and tell us a little about it.

My most recent release is "Lost Boys" and tells the story of a serial abductor of pre-pubescent boys, and is set in the turbulent political backdrop of early 1970s Liverpool. Famous criminologist Delbert Walsh whose own son is missing is convinced his only son is a victim and despite his struggle with alcoholism, he is closing in on a suspect, with the help of four local children.

Last question, if someone comes across this article and reads it, what would you like to tell them about why you think they should try reading your book or books? (Basically, what can you offer them in the way of information or entertainment).

     I realize writing competes with so many mediums these days, and for that reason I attempt to make my stories fast paced and not overly descriptive. I also try and connect my reader to the central characters. Personally, when I’m reading I will stick with a story, as long as I can establish and maintain an emotional attachment to a character, or characters. I also like to continue stories involving the same characters, and for that reason I intend to write stories involving the central characters featured in all of my works to date.

Anything else you'd like to add that I didn't ask you, but you would like to share with our readers? 

Through various social mediums it has never been easier to communicate with a writer you like. I would actively encourage any and all readers to contact me with any and all questions. I’m happy to give advice and answer questions about writing in general. I’m also happy to supply copies of my books to reading groups if any are interested.

Finally, I’d like to encourage readers to leave a review when they’ve finished a book. We live or die by our reviews and why wouldn’t you want to share a great experience? I make it a point to leave a review after every book I’ve completed. Thanks.

My website;

Blog Writer's Note to Author:  I can tell you have a great passion for what you do.  Your stories sound highly captivating and intriguing.  I can tell that you are definitely an up and coming author with many good stories to tell in your future.  Good luck with your future writing projects, and thanks for the interview.



  1. Great interview. I've been following Mackenzie for a while, on Twitter. I haven't read any of his books yet but they're on my wish list.

  2. Great interview. I enjoyed learning more about Mackenzie and his books.

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    1. I agree. Mackenzie is truly an amazing and highly interesting author.

  4. I've been following Mackenzie for a while on Twitter too and been eying his books for just as long. Glad I took a break this morning to find out more about them. Great interview. Mackenzie, since I'm here, I have a confession. For some unknown reason I'm always tempted to call you Mac. Does anybody call you Mac?