Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The Forger and the Thief by Kirsten McKenzie - Book Tour

The Forger and the Thief



wife on the run, a student searching for stolen art, a cleaner who has lined more than his pockets, a policeman whose career is almost over, and a guest who should never have received a wedding invite. Five strangers, entangled in the forger’s wicked web, amidst Florence's devastating flood of November 1966.

In a race against time, and desperate to save themselves and all they hold dear, will their secrets prove more treacherous than the ominous floodwaters swallowing the historic city?

Dive into a world of lies and deceit, where nothing is as it seems on the surface…

Purchase Link - https://www.books2read.com/forgerandthief

Author Q&A
1. What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
Social Media...

2. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Learn how to plot.

3. What book do you feel is under-appreciated? How about overrated?
Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library should be required reading for everyone.
I find most books by sports people to be overrated, unless they have overcome some adversity. Most of them haven’t.

4. Favorite childhood memory involving books?
Reading and rereading all Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books, and imagining myself on those adventures. My father was an antique dealer so used to bring them home for me.

5. If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why?
If you’d asked me about which author, I would have said Ernest Hemingway, in his home in Havana, Cuba. Mainly because I’ve been there, and would love to drink on the patio with Hemingway. As for a literary character, I’d choose Tyrian Lannister from George RR Martin’s Fire and Ice series (Game of Thrones). He is by far and above the best character in the series. I love him.

6. What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance?
Send me up Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree! Then I’d get to eat Moonface’s toffee pops all the time, and travel to weird and fantastic words whenever I liked. And if the Magic Faraway Tree was full, then I’d have to choose Jasper Fforde’s literary world he created for his Thursday Next series. So much fun playing with all the fictional characters from everyone else’s books!

7. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
No, I wanted to be an air hostess, for years, until my mother told me I’d have to clean up other people’s vomit…

8. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Kind. Concerned. Supportive.

9. What is your most unusual writing quirk?
My best ideas come at 11pm every night. Drives me mental. I have all day. But my brain generally won’t think of them until 11pm. So I have to have a notepad next to the bed. I have, many times, leapt out of bed to write a whole chapter before I forget it.

10. What’s one movie you like recommending to others?
Midnight In Paris. See it!!! It’s got Hemingway, and Fitzgerald, and Picasso, and all the greats. So good. And the soundtrack is perfect.

11. If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?
A German Shepherd. I had one as a teenager, and he stole my heart. I’d happily have another one. And I’ve promised my children we’ll have one in the new year (just don’t tell my husband, as he doesn’t know yet...).

12. Have you ever met anyone famous?
Ken Follett once replied to one of my tweets! And I met Lee Child at a signing. He was very charming. I met David Walliams at a signing with my children. I asked him if his hand ever got sore from signing, he said it was more his shoulder. You’d think I could have come up with something more exciting to ask him!

13. What is the first book that made you cry?
I’m not sure I can remember the first one. But the worst cry I ever had, apart from when Dobby died in Harry Potter, was the book Jessica by Bryce Courtenay. I read it on New Years Eve one year. I was barely able to function. I think I locked myself in my room for half an hour as I tried to get my crying under control.

14. How do you select the names of your characters?
Now I choose at least one name from people who have reviewed my books, who I have interacted with online. That’s where Nicole Pilcher came from, and Rhonda Devlyn. I do ask permission first though!

15. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
I’d go to the beach, sit on the sand, and watch the waves.

16. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Finish your book. You can’t edit something which isn’t finished. And believe in yourself.


Author Bio:


A full time author, Kirsten is a former customs officer and antiques dealer, and who has also dabbled in film and television.


Her historical time-slip series - The Old Curiosity Shop Series, has been described as 'Time Travellers Wife meets Far Pavilions', and 'Antiques Roadshow gone viral'.

Kirsten released her bestselling gothic horror novel Painted in 2017, with her medical thriller - Doctor Perry, following in 2018.


Her latest thriller - The Forger and the Thief, is set in 1966 Florence, Italy, amidst the devastating floods. Kirsten lives in New Zealand with her husband, her daughters, two rescue cats.


Social Media Links:

BookBub www.bookbub.com/authors/kirsten-mckenzie 


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