Zacchaeus “Z” MacLeod
1. Would you recommend on-line dating?
Yes, definitely. Although it wasn’t really successful for me, I can certainly recognize it has a value and a purpose. People are busy these days and it does allow for looking at prospective partners without having to rely on the traditional methods – through friends and family, going out, etc… On-line dating allows for vetting of prospective partners and trying to find love is a scary prospect in a dangerous world.
Undoubtedly, this provides a safer alternative.
2. What is your pet peeve?
It is finding out that I am ‘normal’ or in any way resembling a ‘stereotype’. I love to be different and thrive on doing things my own way, and think its great when others do so too.
Another pet peeve is this idea of making ‘mistakes’. We all make ‘mistakes’ every single day and they offer the perfect opportunity to learn and grow.
3. What is the last song you listened to?
Odd that you should ask. Just as I got out of the car, the radio was started to play James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful”. Ordinarily, I would have changed it as quickly as possible but now it seems to have a new meaning for me. I listened to the full song and found that I actually liked it.
Please don’t tell anyone or any semblance of street cred that I had will be lost forever.
4. What is the last book that you've read?
Inferno by Dan Brown. As usual, he didn’t disappoint and I really enjoyed how he spun the story. Robert Langdon is a great character and really believable. Through him, Dan Brown brings the lost art of symbols to life and demonstrates their importance in the modern era by basing much of his books in fact.
5. What is your astrological sign?
I was a test tube baby so my sign is Pyrex! I guess that is an old joke but it’s still a good one.
This or That
This is a particularly brilliant question for me as I now live in Canada. Here, I have noticed that whenever you order a Coke at a restaurant, there is always an apology when they tell you that they only serve Pepsi. Makes me chuckle every time!
So, for that reason, it’s Coke for me.
2. Chocolate or Vanilla
Oh, what a quandary. If it’s milk shake, it’s chocolate. If it’s ice-cream, it’s vanilla.
3. Paperback or Ereader
I have an affinity for both. However, if I were pushed, I would still prefer the paperback.
4. Texting or Talking
Talking, every time. It baffles me no end that people will spend so long writing texts back and forth when they can have the conversation over and done in seconds.
Also, talking is more immediate and straightforward.
5. Social Media or Social Gathering
Social gathering for me. I love meeting people and hearing their stories, it gives me ideas for writing.
6. Coffee or Tea
Depends on my mood. I will drink both over the course of the day.
7. Thin or Thick
Thick, simply because it implies strength to me.
8. Fantasy or Reality
I like my fantasy mixed with a little of reality – and vice versa!
9. Dogs or Cats
I am allergic to cats so, for that reason alone, it would have to be dogs for me.
However, that said, I lived in Harbin, China for a year and visited their tiger park. The largest of its kind in the world. It was awesome but also rather terrifying but they cats were beautiful, graceful and elegant.
10. Outdoors or Indoors
I love travelling and have been very fortunate to have lived and worked all over the world. I couldn’t have done that indoors so it would be outdoors for me.
Top 10 Books
1. On Writing by Stephen King
A great and easy read from a master of the craft. This book gave me the confidence to just sit down and write.
2. The Millennium Trilogy by Steig Larrson
I finished this trilogy in 5 days and could not put them down. They were fast paced, intricate and wonderfully woven tales that wreaked havoc on my emotions. Brilliant books and so sad that he didn’t survive to enjoy their success. Sad for the reader too, that we will have no more works from him. RIP Steig.
3. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
This book was great although the film adaptation was disappointing in comparison.
4. The Marian Conspiracy by Graham Phillips
Probably the most controversial book to make my list but well worth it. I loved this book and, although some of the conclusions are a stretch to believe, it was well worth the reading for the historical facts alone.
5. Little Boss by James Mackay
I love biographies and this is one of my heroes – Andrew Carnegie. I also read his autobiography and, as you would expect, there are conflicts between the accounts. However, that said, Carnegie’s story is a genuine “rags to riches” effort and it is fascinating.
6. The Runaway Jury by John Grisham
Grisham at his very best, this had everything I look for in a thriller.
7. The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
Again, Grisham on top form and a genuine page turner.
8. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
I loved that J.K. Rowling had kids queuing up to buy these books. It encouraged their reading whilst stimulating their imaginations. Just brilliant, and I actually thoroughly enjoyed reading them too.
9. In The Name Of The Father by A.J. Quinell
This is the first suspense thriller that was recommended to me and had me gripped from the very first page. As a teenager, it also fuelled my imagination and I felt like I was with the main character through the whole book. I have enjoyed this genre ever since.
10. Kane And Abel by Jeffrey Archer
I am not a huge fan of Archer as a man but, as an author, he is a master storyteller and this is the perfect example of him at his peak. A very clever story, written in a wonderfully engaging and thoroughly enjoyable style. A book you can read over and