An Interview with JZN Mccauley

Oak & Mistletoe 






A Druid Curse, A Prophesied Love, A Consuming Vengeance…




Catherine Green, along with her twin sister and older brother, travels to Ireland on a college graduation trip. Her vacation takes a permanent turn when she lands her dream job at an art and history museum on her beloved Emerald Isle. She meets a handsome stranger named Bowen, an expert of sorts on local ancient studies. Though their first meetings are turbulent at best, Catherine finds herself drawn to him.


Unaware that she is the key to breaking a hidden curse, Catherine unleashes the evil madman Conall and his druid followers, imprisoned since ancient times. Tragedy and loss ensue, sprouting within Catherine the deep seeds of rage that thrust her onto the damaging path of vengeance. Confused by the enigma that is Bowen, his mixed signals, and her own feelings, she is swept away with him on an unexpected journey surrounded by myth and long-forgotten knowledge. In order to stop the evil plans of Conall and his reunified army, Catherine must entwine her fate with peril. Her survival is trivial to her as long as Conall dies. She’ll do whatever it takes.
An Interview with JZN Mccauley
  • Why do you write?

I write because I feel creatively fulfilled by it. To focus on my imagined stories is one of the best things in the world!

  • What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

There wasn’t really only one thing that made me do it. I suppose largely it was my desire to accomplish a childhood dream.

  • Do you write full-time or part-time?

Usually full-time. However, depending on other responsibilities, sometimes I have to write part-time.

  • Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

Regularly I write in the mornings each day. And sometimes all day over the weekend.

  • Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?


  • Where do your ideas come from?

I don’t know! They just pop up! Often when I’m reading mythology or history. Sometimes it’s from a dream, or just looking at nature. A lot of the time they come from out of nowhere.

  • What is the hardest thing about writing?

I suppose stress makes it hard for me. The act of trying to overcome the stress.

  • What is the easiest thing about writing?

Actually seeing the story unfold in my mind and telling about it. That’s also the best part to me!

  • How long on average does it take you to write a book?

For a first draft, about a month without any breaks. For a finished manuscript, it depends on beta readers and my editor’s schedules to get their feedback to finish.

  • Do you ever get writer’s Block?

On occasion.

  • Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

Take a step back to relax. Work on something different. Sometimes pushing through it, just writing anyway works.




J.Z.N. McCauley resides in lovely New England, where she loves wearing jackets and boots in the unpredictable weather there. She is a wife and mother who enjoys life to the fullest. Also, being a nerd across many genres is something she expresses openly.


McCauley spends most of her spare time writing, drawing, or reading. She loves archeology, mythology, history, music and many other forms of art as well. Always having a variety of interests and talents, she could never pick just one. When the chance pops up to travel to any of her favorite places, she takes way too many pictures. Otherwise, she is exploring a mystical land in a daydream. Which all provides fuel to her immense joy of writing.




She is the author of the novella A Bell Sound Everlasting as well as the fantasy novel Oak & Mistletoe. She is currently writing The Oathing Stone (Fall 2017), a sequel to Oak & Mistletoe.




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