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J.Z.N. McCauley is an award-winning fantasy author residing 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 Rituals Trilogy, A Bell Sound Everlasting, The Zinnia Queen, and more. Among several works in progress, she is currently writing an epic fantasy series for which she is seeking literary representation to publish traditionally. Her email: contact [at] is where she can be reached, or through her contact form.

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1. What was the first book that inspired you to be a writer?

The first book that inspired me to write was the Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

2. Who was the first author who inspired you to write?

The first writer that inspired me to write was Louisa May Alcott. Also, I want to add that the first fictional characters who inspired me were Josephine March from Little Women and Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. The latter character also being a fictional character I am most like, from childhood to adulthood.

3. What is your favorite book?

My favorite books are The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Count of Monte Cristo, and The Phantom of The Opera. Honestly, though, I have many more favorites.

4. Where are you from?

Right now, I live in Connecticut, one of the New England states, with my husband and kids. But I’ve lived all over the U.S.A. as well as two other countries. I’ve also traveled quite a bit.

5. Is it true you went to school and lived in Japan? Were you ever a fan of anime or manga?

Yes, I did. I miss the food, art, language, and everything! And yes, I was a big anime and manga fan even before then. I still am actually, but mostly with older stuff or remakes of them.

6. You say you’re an artist as well, what kind of art is it that you do?

I’ve had a life-long interest in various forms of art. Many mediums I learned from taking art classes at a local art museum for over six years as a child, then continued during and after my teens. Now I mainly do digital painting, but I still sketch or use charcoal from time to time.

7. Do you plan on writing books forever?

Yes! I’m going to write books for the rest of my life! I plan on writing many books and book series under J.Z.N. McCauley, so if you like my stories then definitely keep in touch! And I have lots of other artistic plans to pursue in the near and far future.

8. Your initials are so unique; I’m going crazy with curiosity, what do they stand for? Why did you choose to use initials instead of your name or a pen name?

I decided to use initials because both of my favorite fantasy authors do, including one who also had four names like me (J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis). I’m sorry the curiosity is driving you wild, but you’ll have to just let it fly away. Feel free to call me J or JZN (or how we just say the last name for many authors, like “Tolkien,” you can say “McCauley,” haha)

9. I’m an author too, can you review my book?

I would love to consider reading and reviewing your book, however, I’m a very busy person and the little time I do have set aside specifically for reading is pretty much already filled to the brim with my TBR pile. If I decide to read a book for an author, and it turns out the book isn’t my cup of tea, then I will not leave a review out of consideration to the author who asked me. (I only rate books on Goodreads five stars, and that’s only if I absolutely loved them. That in no way means I think less of the books I do not review, their authors or the hard work they put into them. My not reviewing simply means I’m trying to help them by not harming their ratings.) I can’t make any promises if I will read it, nor can I promise a time frame, but I will give each request careful consideration, so please bear that in mind if you still want to ask me. Feel free to DM me on Twitter or Instagram for that sort of thing. Thanks!