Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Thanks for having me on your blog, Fiona. I’m Victoria Theia and I’m old enough to know better lol. (early thirties)
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born and live in rainy England. (I haven’t met the queen, and I don’t drink tea….)
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie; your education, family life, etc.)
I was a complete book and learning nerd at school and loved homework which was why I went for my teaching degree. My homelife is a busy one, spent with people who drive me crazy and who I completely adore.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My eighth book released on September 13 and is called Manhattan Sugar. A contemporary romance between my sweetest hero yet who is eager to please and a former party girl who is riddled with anxiety and an intense hunger for love. I’m so in love with these two that I’m sad their story is now over.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
It was completely by accident more than a handful of years ago now on social media. It started as Black Dagger Brotherhood fanfiction with good friends of mine and I fell absolutely in love with telling stories and how they made me feel. I’ve always loved reading romance so it was a natural progression to telling my own.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I still pinch myself every time a reader reaches out and contacts me. I don’t think I fully believe I’m the writer they’re enthusiastic to talk to about my books.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Up until that point I’d only ever written short vampire fanfiction, so when this ego-wielding strutting biker president came to me it was quite a surprise. I knew I had to write his story and it became a challenge to myself to fulfil a dream of writing a full novel from start to finish. I had no intentions then of ever publishing it.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
He is a dirty biker, and his girl goes through a journey to deliver her from ruin. So the title for this book came to me pretty early on. It doesn’t always happen that way.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
My style is I just do what the voices tell me to, as crazy as it sounds. I’ve always written out of order. Most often the epilogue is written before anything else and then whatever scene I see first that is what I write before I forget it. I tend to have weeks worth of conversations with the main characters before the book has begun—getting to know them, taking notes and lines of dialog to use later in the chapters. And then the fun starts by piecing everything together.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
For my latest book Manhattan Sugar I based a lot of India’s anxiety struggles on personal experience. How I’ve felt at certain times when life is a struggle, and that overwhelming fear of failures. She’s my most real heroine yet. While she is completely fictional and not biographical, I did want to give her real and raw emotions and I think every woman who reads her can identify with certain qualities of her struggles and inner fears against her own self doubt and fight to control everything she carries with her daily and feeling weak asking for help. Or at least that was my hope when I created her.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Nope. I go as far as my sofa to write and let my imagination run wild.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
So far I’ve designed all my book covers myself. You become a jack of all trades being an indie-author.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I like to include messages of hope in all my romance novels. To relay that whatever struggles and relatable problems my characters go through to reach that happy finish that it does and will get better eventually. I hope that with each novel that message is understood with each page. I’m a great believer in love and all that it encompasses for a better life.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Oh, my gosh. I would be here all night listing my author goddesses I worship. I am constantly in awe of the authors I come into contact with especially on social media.
Lauren Cooper. Leigh Lennon. Jess Bryant. AJ Daniels. Maren Lee. Tessa Bailey. JD Robb. JR Ward. Amber Barden. Layla Frost. Dee Ellis. Tessa Elaine. Ruby Rowe. The list could go on and on of the ladies I admire for their amazing work ethic and their ability to make a reader happy with their epic stories.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I am grateful daily for the ongoing encouragement from Lauren Cooper and AJ Daniels. Every new author should have these two in their corner. And my good friend Elisha who sees everything I write in its raw form and though it’s rubbish she’s a tremendous cheerleader of all that I do. I’m not sure if people realize how a kind word of encouragement and their ability to always say the right thing when it’s needed even if they don’t realize they’ve done it, how it can carry a doubting author into finishing difficult chapters. So, I am completely grateful for the people I do have.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would be on cloud nine if that happened. It’s what I’m working hard toward as a goal. Writing is a very solitary endeavor and it suits me completely lol.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Short answer; yes. Long answer; I am never 100% satisfied with any of my writing projects. If I were to open Manhattan Sugar’s Word document now I would want to change certain words and paragraphs and whole scenes. I think it’s healthy to feel this way because it helps me strive to be better with the next book.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
How to set goals and stick to them no matter how busy life is. I want to be an author so that means I write, regardless of situations or excuses I might give. I also learned not all book heroes have to be a$$holes to be liked. I was super worried about Gray during the crafting of him. And a bonus; never have my heroine obsessed with cereals, because I’ll crave them all day long.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
My muses for Manhattan Sugar were: Margot Robbie and Rodrigo Guirao (look him up, ladies!! )
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
-Keep writing. It sounds simple (and redundant to say to another writer) but even if you stumble into writer’s block or you write yourself into a corner it’s easy to give up. Keep writing. Write a brand new scene that has nothing to do with your book or project to get your flow back.
-Never be afraid to reach out to other writers who have had more experience in the game to ask questions on marketing, publishing and promotion.
-Never think you’re doing something wrong if you don’t fit into the “author do’s and don’ts.” You write your way. If that’s 400 words a day or 13 thousand. No two authors are alike. You’re doing amazing in your craft, never forget that.
-Drink a lot of coffee. So much coffee. And then drink some more.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
You have made my dreams come true and I can’t find the words to fully express how joyful and happy it makes me when you tell me you like my characters or a certain book. You mean the world to me and I hope to always give you heroes to fall in love with and heroines you want to be friends with. Thank you so much for giving me a chance.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m about to fan-girl and start Layla Frost’s latest book “Give In.”
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Oh, my gosh. I wish I did! I’ve read since I was a little girl. I would devour book after book from the school library but some of my favorites were by Enid Blyton (The Naughtiest Girl series) and Jill Murphy (The Worst Witch series)
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I don’t cry often, but I love to laugh a lot. And I find silly things the funniest.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
For pure selfish crush reasons I’d do most anything for a good long chat with Wentworth Miller. Book related I grew up reading my first romances by Jackie Collins so I would have loved to have met her because I admired greatly her style of writing in long hand. Not that I could do it, but she was a queen.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Does internet stalking information about Wentwoth Miller count? No? Then reading. I read a little something from my bursting at the seams kindle library every night before I sleep.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Lucifer. The Flash. Arrow. Prison Break. The Big Bang Theory. Game of Thrones. The Great British Bake Off. The Blacklist. And any romantic comedy movie! Currently loving To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
CARBS! Pink and poppy-upbeat music that makes me feel good.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I’d still make up stories in my head. The voices are wild and don’t ever give me peace.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I think I’d be a monster if I didn’t say with loved ones. But I’d hope I was stuffing my face with as much chocolate as I could at the same time.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
“Nothing good comes from stalking Wentwoth Miller… look where I ended up.”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
You can find me at all these places:
Author page: https://bit.ly/2x1eZRJ
Reader group: https://bit.ly/2NFfc6z
Amazon page: https://amzn.to/2x72IdH
Manhattan Sugar is on sale now! – https://amzn.to/2LZD7gQ
Hope you enjoy the Not-So Sugar Daddy.