Interview: Zenka by Alison Brodie

In advance of the publication of Zenka on 6th November, I’d hoped to bring you an interview with the lady herself, surely now the most famous Hungarian pole-dancer on the planet. Unfortunately, she declined to be interviewed as did gangland boss, Jack Murray. Luckily, Alison Brodie (who has some influence in these matters) was able to intercede and I’m pleased to say Trevor Stockman, Jack’s accountant and right-hand man, has agreed to give us the unvarnished truth about Zenka.

You can read his exclusive interview below.

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Zenka_FinalAbout the Book

Ruthless, stubborn and loyal. Zenka is a Hungarian pole-dancer with a dark past.

When cranky London mob boss, Jack Murray, saves her life she vows to become his guardian angel – whether he likes it or not. Happily, she now has easy access to pistols, knuckle-dusters and shotguns.

Jack learns he has a son, Nicholas, a community nurse with a heart of gold. Problem is, Nicholas is a wimp. Zenka takes charge. Using her feminine wiles and gangland contacts, she aims to turn Nicholas into a son any self-respecting crime boss would be proud of. And she succeeds! Nicholas transforms from pussycat to mad dog, falls in love with Zenka, and finds out where the bodies are buried – because he buries them. He’s learning fast that sometimes you have to kill, or be killed.

As his life becomes more terrifying, questions have to be asked: How do you tell a crime boss you don’t want to be his son? And is Zenka really who she says she is?

Praise for Zenka:
A riveting read. Powerful. Spicy.’ Midwest Book Review
5* ‘To say I loved this story would be a massive understatement’ Bloggers from Down Under
5* ‘Will warm your heart and chill your bones’ Tome Tender BlogSpot
5* ‘Top of my list for best fiction this year’ Lauren Sapala, WriteCity
5* ‘You won’t be able to put this book down’ Laura Reading
5* ‘Brodie nails it again. Intelligent wit and outstanding writing’ Charlie Elliott, author of Life Unbothered

Format: eBook (299 pp.)                Publisher:
Published: 6th November 2017    Genre: Suspense, Crime, Comedy

Pre-order/Purchase Links*
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*links provided for convenience, not as part of any affiliate programme

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Interview with Trevor Stockman (as told to Alison Brodie)

Welcome, Trevor. How would you describe the relationship between Jack and Zenka?

Explosive.

Could you elaborate?

They are equally hot-headed and tend to whip each other up into a state of Shakespearian melodrama. When they reach boiling point they slip into their native tongue. Luckily Jack cannot understand Hungarian, and Zenka cannot understand Cockney, or there would be tragedy.

I’m surprised that Jack wanted to be in her company if they were always arguing.

He admires the way she stands up to him. There is no-one else in his life who would dare argue with him. He also takes her advice. He wore rainbow-striped ties until she told him he looked like a pimp. But they also laugh together. I have found them in near hysterics, clutching their stomachs with tears streaming down their faces. Jack makes this strange hooting noise; Zenka squeals. Rather amusing to watch.

Jack was a father figure to Zenka, is that right?

Yes. Zenka made sexual overtures but Jack ignored them. He prefers woman closer to his own age.

How did Jack and Zenka meet?

Zenka’s neighbour sold her to the Romanians.   Jack hates the Romanians and the terrible things they do to girls. When he heard there was a new shipment in, he stormed the place and rescued ten girls, including Zenka.   Jack found jobs for the girls in supermarkets and bakeries. Zenka, though, would not leave Jack’s side and told him she would be his guardian angel.

What was Jack’s response?

He laughed and said to her: “You are only five foot two. How can you guard me?” She replied: “I might be small, but a grenade is also small.”

How would you describe Zenka?

She is the typical stereotype of a Slav. Driven to suicide one moment, deliriously happy the next. And, of course, passionate.

Where did Zenka learn to pole-dance?

She didn’t.

She claims she is the star performer in the Gentlemen’s Room?

She isn’t.

She wears wigs on stage, is that correct?

Yes. She has an inexhaustible supply, all in the most bizarre colours.

She plays the violin. That must be wonderful, listening to all those passionate Hungarian folk tunes.

No comment.

Why do you think Jack and Zenka refused to be interviewed today?

I think they must have had a falling out. But I don’t know why.

Well, that’s it from me. Thank you for coming in, Trevor.


AlisonBrodieAbout the Author

Alison Brodie is a Scot, with French Huguenot ancestors on her mother’s side. She is a writer and animal rights activist. Her books have been published in hardback and paperback by Hodder & Stoughton (UK), Heyne (Germany) and Unieboek (Holland). Alison is now a self-publisher.

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