Here is my interview with Rania Battany

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?

Hi! My name is Rania Battany and I am 37 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I am from Melbourne, Australia.

Fiona: A little about yourself (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I am married to the love of my life and we have three children, a dog and three chickens. Before I become a mum, I worked in events and performance, with my qualifications being in Event Management and Theatre. Many years ago, I wrote poems and screenplays for local theatre.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I am about to release the third book in my Stolen Hearts Series, which is a steamy contemporary romance series following four separate interracial romances.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I have always been a writer in some capacity. As a child and teen, I wrote poetry. In my twenties I wrote screenplays. Finally, I wrote my first novel in my thirties. I write because I have to … because it’s the only way to get the conversations in my head to stop!

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I considered myself a writer from the moment I started writing. I considered myself an author when my first book was officially published.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

It is a funny story. I woke up one morning and an idea just popped into my head—like a lightbulb switching on. I felt so compelled to get the story out of my head that I wrote 4000 words that day!

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

All my titles come from a line in one of my books.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Everything I write is based—in some small way—on something that has happened to me or someone I know. In saying that, I always embellish that element for the sake of my story.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

No. I’m fine to write without travelling.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I use an Australian cover designer named Lana Pecherczyk. I have also designed some of my own covers, too.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes. I loved to write about flawed characters finding love. That is the message I want everyone to take from my books. No one is perfect. But everyone deserves to find someone that loves them.

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?

My favourite author at the moment is Jennifer Probst. She writes sexy, contemporary romance with characters that have intense chemistry.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

The Romance Writers of Australia. The other authors/members have been an integral part of any success I’ve achieved.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes. Currently, it doesn’t earn me a full-time income, but that is my long-term goal.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No. My latest book, Call me Lucy, is one of my favourites that I’ve written.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Sure did! I overcame my fear of judgement and wrote the book I wanted to write. I learnt that in the past I had allowed what other people would think of my writing to dictate how and what I wrote.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Hmmmm, I’m not sure! My male lead is Middle Eastern with dark tan skin and striking features and my female lead has Ocean blue eyes, a petite frame and white skin. If anyone knows of someone …

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Network, network, network! There is so much to learn from more experienced authors and the pool of information is invaluable.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I love hearing from my readers, so please, say HI now and then!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Right now, I am reading Waiting for you by fellow Aussie author, Jasmine Stevens

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Books that highlight how dating can go wrong make me laugh and any thing emotional makes me cry!

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

From the past, I’d like to meet Jesus, simply because I don’t think there have been many other people throughout history that have been so influential. From the present, I’d like to meet Prince Harry (who may not be a Prince any longer?) to discuss what life as a modern-day royal is really like.

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Yes! I love gardening. It’s more than a hobby, it’s a lifestyle.

 Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I don’t watch TV shows. As for movies, I enjoy anything fun and light-hearted.

 Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Favourite food is a Middle Eastern dish. It is stuffed Lebanese zucchini in a rich tomato-based sauce. My favourite colour is probably ruby. My favourite music is soft pop or singer/song-writer stuff.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Grow a garden that is productive enough to feed my family of five.

 Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

I will hang out with my husband and three kids, perhaps playing boardgames or going for a walk through one of the beautiful parks in our area.

 Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

That I was loved.

 Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

 Yes! My website is https://raniabattany.com

I have recently released a new book called Call me Lucy which is an Amnesia, Enemies-to-Lovers romance. You can find more details about the book and the series on my website.

My latest book Call me Lucy is out now. I have attached the cover and the links here:

AMAZON AU: https://amzn.to/2O5T8BG
AMAZON US: https://amzn.to/2XuYqtt
AMAZON UK: https://amzn.to/2QDCdIm
AMAZON CA: https://amzn.to/3340Ro2

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Rania-Battany/e/B07MGCNKPL/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

 

Here is my interview with Michelle D. Rayford

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?

My name is Michelle D. Rayford and I recently celebrated turning 50.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I’m married with two grown daughters. I graduated from Columbia College with a BA in Business Administration. I work full time for the Department of Transportation.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Latest news. I’m working on my sophomore novel, Settling Up, which should be next month if all goes to plan.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing since elementary school. In fact, I won a district wide writing contest in the 5th grade.  I have a ton of notebooks and scraps of papers with stories and poems dating back years. It didn’t become serious for me until around 2014 or 2015. I started taking every class I could find online and around my city.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When my first book, Moment of Truth, was finished. I knew I could do it and began to really take it seriously.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I have several stories I’ve started and put aside for one reason or another. Moment of Truth came about as an “What If” question. What if a woman was married to the wrong man? The story developed from there.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

For Moment of Truth, the title came to me as the climax of the story. The truth always comes out as the saying goes and, in that moment, things change.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

When I first begin writing a book I strictly free flow. Only once I have a good feel for the main character do I prepare an outline. Of course, it’s subject to change because the characters take over and reveal some situations or motivations I hadn’t planned for.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

The story is realistic as it involves real, everyday people dealing with real issues. But none of it is my own experience.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

With the advent of the internet, it makes learning about different places easier. I do like to experience things first-hand because you can’t get the full sensory feel from a computer screen. When funds allow, I do like to travel to the place or thing I’m writing about.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My covers are designed by Woodson Creative Studio (www.woodsoncreativestudio.com).

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I would say the overall message is to live your truth. Whatever that is.

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?

There are so many authors that are new or new to me that I love. My absolute favorite author is Maya Angelou.

Some other favorites are Jodi Picoult, Eric Jerome Dickey, Nora Roberts, Terry McMillian, Walter Mosley, Naleighna Kai, London St. Charles, James Patterson, Karin Slaughter, J. L. Campbell.

I could go on and on. All of them share the ability to really draw you into a story. It’s something I study and try to incorporate in my own work.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

When I was just getting started, I only had my own desire to create. Once I became published and started interacting on social media I met my Tribe. It’s called, NK Tribe Called Success and it’s a group of like minded writers who support each other.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes. I work a full-time job now but in three to five years, I hope to solely focus on writing.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Not really. My latest book is a short story titled Not That Nice.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I’m currently writing my second novel and I’ve learned I need set schedule. Mostly, I write whenever I have some free time. I need to schedule writing time like any other appointment.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

I hadn’t really thought about that one. I do have an image in mind for all my characters but they are not necessarily actors/actresses. For the main character in Moment of Truth, I could see Nicole Beharie playing the role of Adrienne.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Be persistent. Don’t stop learning and perfecting the craft of writing. Don’t let fear keep you from fulfilling your dream.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I normally have two books going at the same time. I’m reading “Children of Virtue and Vengeance” by Tomi Adeyemi and “King of Chatham” by London St. Charles.

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

It was either something by Beverly Cleary or Judy Blume. I read all of their books and stayed in the library.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My husband and daughters can always make me laugh. I’m a big cry baby. I’ve been known to cry at commercials.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Maya Angelou and Oprah. Maya Angelou because she was a great writer and I could learn from her. Oprah because she started with nothing and became recognized by one name.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Reading, writing and playing video games.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I can’t miss “How to Get Away with Murder”. This is the final season and I don’t know what I’m going to do. I enjoy watching comedies and action movies. I’m a big fan of the Avengers and the Marvel Universe.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I love seafood and lasagna. My favorite color is purple and I love 80’s music.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Read. Maybe being an editor or book reviewer. It would definitely involve books.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

Probably trying to get that last book out. (LOL) Seriously, spending time with my hubby and my daughters making sure they will be alright.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

She didn’t let fear stop her.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

My website is: www.michelledrayford.com

Readers can find me all over social media at the following:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2M14lAC

GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2H2Bm0E

BookBub: www.bookbub.com/profile/michelle-rayford

Twitter: https://twitter.com/M_Rayford

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichelleDRayford/

Newsletter: http://bit.ly/SubscribeMDR

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/mdrayford/

Moment of Truth – http://bit.ly/MomentofTruthMDR

Not That Nice – http://bit.ly/NotThatNiceMDR

Here is my interview with Stjepan Varesevac Cobets

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Greetings Fiona

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

My name is Stjepan Varesevac Cobets. I’m 54 years old

Fiona: Where are you from?

From Croatia

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

Happy married. High school graduated. I work at a cement factory as a regular worker.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I’m ready to publish a new novella. It doesn’t have a name yet, it’s under consideration.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing at the age of fourteen. Somehow it’s easier for me to convey thoughts on paper.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I will only consider myself a writer when I live off that job. For now, it’s just a hobby for me.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I had dozens of diaries with hundreds of poems and decided it would be nice to put it in one collection of poetry.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The titles for poetry collections are mostly titles of one of the poems in the collection. For everything else, I make up names, that’s not a big problem for me.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I try to have my own personal style. But so much has been written and I’m not even sure if it’s my style anymore. I write poetry, science fiction, fairy tales and now I will write fantasy, everywhere I need to use different styles, combining genre is not a problem for me at all.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I am realistic in poetry and many readers find themselves in some poems. In the other genres that I write, everything is pure imagination.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

No. I just look at the world around me. Traveling is not something I need for inspiration, it should be a pleasure because you usually go on trips to rest and recharge your batteries.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Some I did on my own and some paid to make me.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes, there is always a message in my books.

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?

I read new and old authors. If I started listing them, I would need a whole page, and if I told you how many more I needed to read at least two more pages.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

None other than friends and family. Eventually, I embarked on an adventure (not knowing what awaited me) of an indie writer, and now my readers with their reviews and advice help me write even more.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

It’s still fun for me, I’m 54 and I’m no longer excited that it will be my career.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I would change a lot, the first thing would be to learn English to perfection. I would have fewer problems with grammar now.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I try to be better at writing, which is constant learning.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Orlando Bloom

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write and learn

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Try reading my books, you might like them

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

The Songstress (Records of the Three Realms, #1) by Joshua Killingsworth, The Divided Nation (The Infidel Books, #1) by Angela R. Watts, The Jacq of Spades (Red Dog Conspiracy #1) by Patricia Loofbourrow, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf and  Cursed (Cursed Magic #1) by Casey Odell

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

It was a very long time ago and I really don’t remember which book I read first.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

There are times in our lives when we laugh and when we cry. But there are books where I laugh and books that bring me sadness.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Nikola Tesla. He is a genius and I would love to talk to him about this time we live in.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

My garden, drawing, and writing.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

The Expanse, The Witcher, Star Trek, and many more series

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Pasta, blue, hard rock

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

I would work in the garden

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

I would live that 24 hours quite normally because death is imminent.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

I don’t think about that at all. I will leave it to those who remain behind me. But it would most likely be the year of birth and the year of death and my name, possibly some serious picture.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events, and special offers?

Unfortunately, I don’t have a blog, but I do have an author page on Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook

Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Stjepan-Varesevac-Cobets/e/B01CJOFMPC

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stjepan-Varesevac-Cobets/e/B01CJOFMPC?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_fkmr0_1&qid=1580001353&sr=1-1-fkmr0

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14172768.Stjepan_Varesevac_Cobets

Here is my interview with Lady Willow

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?

Hello, my name is Lady Willow and I am 45 years young.

Fiona: Where are you from?

was born in Dayton, Ohio. I lived some of my childhood travelling between Tampa, Florida and Dayton. In my eyes I am from both places. 

Fiona: A little about yourself (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I am a mother of 10 beautiful children (6 are biological). I have 7 grandchildren. I have been married for over 14 years (second husband). I dropped out of high school at the age of 16 due to being a teenage mother. I later finished my high school diploma at the age of 26. I attended college at 29 and received my A.A.S. in Hospitality Management and certificate in Restaurant Management a few years later. Two years after that, I received a B.S. in Humanities. I currently have 7 classes remaining to receive my Masters in Human Services.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Currently, I am writing a book of poetry. I was battling depression and anxiety. After countless failed attempts at recovering from it, I decided to share my experience. I poured my heart out onto the pages. With each word I wrote, I released a bit of my trapped sorrow. The taboo feelings associated with mental illness seemed to hinder my healing. I felt trapped in an endless spiral of nothingness. One day I looked in the mirror and knew I needed change to occur immediately. That’s when I made a decision to do what I did best, express myself through writing.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

 I knew from a very young age that I had a vivid imagination. I remember writing a poem about money in the 6th grade that caused a roar of laughter in my teacher and classmates. That feeling caused nothing but joy within. From that time until I became an adult I could hear books inside of my mind. It was as though they were dying to come to life! I could look at an object and a life story would emerge. The older I became, the more elaborate the stories in my mind became.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I knew I was a writer for the first time when I brought my English professor to tears over a scene I wrote about. Each week we had to write a paper and share it with the entire class. At first, I was hesitant to share my writing, but after seeing my teachers and classmates reactions, I knew it was my destiny to be a writer. Not only my destiny, but I knew deep down that I was one!

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

When I was 16 years old my first born son passed away. It was so difficult to handle emotionally, physically and psychologically. I was admitted to the hospital for a week on suicide watch. Once released, I made my way home only to realize that I had become a zombie. The once happy little soul had turned into a walking shell of nothingness! I longed to join my baby boy on the other side! I had almost forgotten that I was a mother to another child. The only thing I knew for sure was that I was in total despair. One day my daughter asked when was the baby coming home and I lost myself in my world of tears. I could not answer her because I did not know myself! The only solution I had was to forget that he existed! I dusted myself off and moved on with my life, well if you could call it that! I was married to my first husband two years later. We had four more children after my baby left this world. After years of my children asking about their brother, I decided to call the hospital and ask some questions I could not before. The hospital told me that my baby was in Calvary Cemetery. I kept the information trapped inside for a year. I finally decided to call the cemetery and ask them to mark his grave for me. It was pure torture to pull up to the tiniest site there. Pinwheels played in the wind of the lifeless playground! I fell to my knees and had a supernatural experience! I knew I had to write about it.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The title came about because I wanted to know if my son was safe. I wanted to know if he thought about me. I wanted to know if he knew I was his mother. I wanted to know if he felt my pain. Thus inspiring the title, I Need To Hear from You. 

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I write in different genres because I wanted to reach a larger audience. I also use the word Johnson in every book that I write past, present or future. The only challenges I think may be an issue is writing books that are too many pages. I know a lot of people hate reading. That is why I write short stories. I want those people to enjoy what I write. The complaints that I receive are usually that my books are too short and they wanted more. I guess that can be seen as a compliment.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I would say 90% of the book is real. I wrote in the masculine, feminine and the voice that I thought my son would have. For me as a female to share my male side would seem a bit out of this world, but it was how I wanted to express my experience! This book is based on the death of my child and how I responded to it. It shows my long walk on the healing road.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

The only travelling I did was to the library to have a quiet place to write.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I came up with the scenario of my book cover. I aided the help of a photographer that I have used on another book. I use the same model as well. In the book it mentions leaves and wind as a way to release and recover, so that inspired the book cover.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

That it is alright to grieve and heal on your own terms. Take your time! Slow and steady wins the race. It is alright to have various emotions rather people understand it or not.

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?

I would have to say myself because I know the work I am putting together. I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I know it’s going to impress myself and my fans once I am finished.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

My Professors. They have always encouraged me to be the best writer I could be. I am truly grateful for that. 

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Not at all. It is my passion and my art. I think if it became a career I would resent the process. It would become a chore, not my fun stress reliever.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No. I express my thoughts to promote my own healing. To change anything would have caused my path to be different from its current direction.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

That I am stronger than I give myself credit for.  

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

My youngest daughter Tyanne. She has been through the same pain. I know her emotions would come from losing her son. Each tear she dropped would be true and raw.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Be yourself. Write what is inside of your heart. If no one is interested in your work that is their loss. Have fun. Do not be too strict on your expression. Take breaks. Walk away when needed.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

 Try to have an open mind on how to heal. This book is just a small piece of the greater scale on healing.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Embracing Lilith.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

 Are You There God? It’s Me Margeret.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

What makes me laugh is telling myself corny jokes. What makes me cry is knowing that I want to save the world, but I cannot!

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

 I would like to meet the innocent part of myself that never lived! I would like to know how she would have lived in peace. I would like to hug her. I would like to know how she would explain love to me. I would like to know where did she hide to stay safe. Lastly, I would like to know do she think that I can ever have a healing that she only knows!

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I love earthing (walking barefoot in nature), reading, writing, listening to music, bookstores and painting.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

 I love horror movies, who dunnits, documentaries, Love stories and romantic comedies.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

My favorite foods are pinto beans and rice. my favorite color is black! My favorite music is heavy metals, classical, R & B, light rock and chamber music.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

 I want to raise rabbits. I am afraid of them, but I will give it a try. :’)

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

 I would get a variety of foods and movies and spend it laughing, eating and playing with my husband, children and grandchildren.

 Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

She loved harder than anyone ever could! 

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

 I am Ladywillow Ty’Shawn on Instagram. Willow Ty’Shawn Munchkin Cooper on Facebook and Tierra Cooper on You Tube.

Buying link USA https://www.amazon.com/Need-Hear-You-Lady-Willow-ebook/dp/B00K1QNJTM/ref=sr_1_2?qid=1579996841&refinements=p_27%3ALady+Willow&s=digital-text&sr=1-2&text=Lady+Willow

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Need-Hear-You-Letter-Healing/dp/1496158989/ref=sr_1_11?keywords=I+Need+To+Hear+From+You+Kindle+Edition&qid=1579996883&s=books&sr=1-11

Here is my interview with Maya Nicole

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?

I use the pen name Maya Nicole. How did I come up with it? It’s a little bit of nostalgia and a little bit of my real name. I would love to use my real name, but I teach elementary school and the last thing I need is for my students and their parents to find my fast burn reverse harem romance novels.

I am 34 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I am from central California. I transplanted from the southern end of it to the northern end. Vastly different from each other! I moved north to go to college and never wanted to leave.

Fiona: A little about yourself (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I went to UC Davis and have my multiple subject teaching credential and two master’s degrees (MA Education & MS Reading). I teach full-time at a low income, high needs elementary school.

My family lives about 4-5 hours away. I have discovered that I am a lonewolf type of person. I have a dog that is a rescue and he is spoiled rotten.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My 4th book is going to be released January 22. I am currently working on my 5th book which will be part of a trilogy (but possibly a longer series). My first book is also currently being recorded for an audiobook.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I have always been a writer.I remember my teacher in Kindergarten showing my mom a story I wrote. It was probably only a few sentences long, but it was the first time I remember an adult commenting positively about my writing.

I also wrote N Sync fanfiction during my teenage years. It was a nice escape from reality.

I have randomly been writing over the last few years. I’ll start stuff but then never finish it. I finally had an idea that I couldn’t stop writing.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I was five… but if we’re talking about when I thought I could make this into a career… about six months ago when my first book came out.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

There’s this really boring stretch near Lodi on I5 North between Stockton and Sacramento. Sam Smith’s ‘Pray’ came on Pandora and then my mind just started coming up with ideas. I also had just binged watched a season of Lucifer so he was on my brain.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The books in my trilogy for Celestial Academy are commonly used angel words: Ascend, Descend, Transcend. My next trilogy is Infuse, Defuse, Transfuse. I guess I have a thing for verbs as titles.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I have tried several times to write in present tense, but I prefer past tense by a mile. I would say my style is pretty straight forward and to the point. I LOVE writing multiple POVs. I don’t think I could ever just write from the female’s perspective now that I have drank the multiple POV Kool Aid.

Reverse harem has quite a few challenges… instead of just the female and male dynamics there are multiple males you have to juggle and make unique. Four seems to be a good number for me, but I might try five males in my current work in progress.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

There are quite a few little Easter eggs from my life in my books. For example, the main character loves Flair pens and I have a major problem with Flair pens… I have hundreds. I think all author’s draw on their experiences and mold them into their work.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

No travel. I did take some “field trips” on YouTube though. There is a scene in Ascend where they are chased, and I went on Google maps so I could describe the turnouts going through the mountains. I try to be as accurate as possible about locations.

My current work in progress is my own creation so no field trips are required.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Celestial Academy’s covers are from Original Book Cover Designs. Widow’s cover is Jessica Allain at Enchanting Covers. Infernal Council is Avdal Designs Book Covers and Custom Artwork.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

In the trilogy, Danica goes through a lot of personal growth. She has combination ADHD which includes being impulsive and distracted. She has always struggled with school and the choices she makes. The biggest overall takeaway I would love for reader’s to take away from Danica’s story is actually a quote from Lucifer in book 1, “You don’t need wings to fly.”

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?

I unfortunately do not have a ton of time to read with a full-time career and writing which is also shaping up to be a full-time career. Most of what I read are authors I’ve been reading but am devouring their backlists. However, I am intrigued by Erica Woods writing.

I love L.J. Shen (out of my genre) and C.M. Stunich (in my genre). Their storytelling is top notch and I eat their books right up.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

The Reverse Harem Readers and Authors group on Facebook is so incredibly supportive of authors. I don’t think any other genre has the level of support we do.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

It could be if I really wanted it to be. It is a big life decision to leave a salaried position that has retirement, disability, and medical insurance.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

This is a loaded question! Right now, I’d say no. I pour my heart and soul into my writing. The thing is, once a book is released and people start criticizing it for whatever reason, I want to go and change things or start doubting myself as a writer.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

That I booked my editing dates too close together.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Camila Mendes (Veronica on Riverdale) was my look inspiration for the main character.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Find other authors in your genre to connect with and don’t be afraid to ask for help! Most writers know what it’s like just starting out and can offer words of wisdom.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you for supporting me and my books!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am listening to Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy and reading Credence by Penelope Douglas

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I remember the first chapter book I read was Socks by Beverly Cleary

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

What doesn’t make me laugh or cry? I cry all the time over the smallest things. A team celebrating a win? I cry.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

This question has always been a hard one for me to answer. I actually don’t know, if I’m being honest. Oprah? I feel like she would give good life advice and just be fun to hang out with for the day.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Reading and writing.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I got rid of cable so I mostly watch Netflix. I like dramas and docuseries.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Food? That’s a tough one. I love a good sandwich. Also, I LOVE Hot Cheetos even though they are really bad for you. Color? Orange and cyan. Music? I listen to everything

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Teach

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

First, I would get rid of anything embarrassing in drawers and then spend the rest of the time with family.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

She didn’t want to be buried.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

http://www.mayanicole.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/mayanicoleauthor/

Amazon authors page USA www.amazon.com/author/mayanicole

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Maya-Nicole/e/B07VXCZXNC?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1579620754&sr=1-1

Link for book 1 of my trilogy:    mybook.to/book1Ascend

Link for new release Widow:     mybook.to/widow

Link for series starting in March   mybook.to/infuse

 

 

Here is my interview with Teresa Kuhl

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?

I am Teresa Kuhl. I will also answer to Tigger, a nickname I earned in a writing group I share with Jana. I’m presently 53, but will be celebrating a birthday soon. Happy Birthday to Me!

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born in Virginia, but bounced back and forth between Virginia and Tennessee for a while. I consider myself a bit of a nomad.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

My life? Well- it is fairly quiet, and that’s the way I usually like it. I don’t handle excess noise well at all! I did attend college at Christopher Newport for a year after I graduated from high school before Real Life ™ knocked me for a loop. I did return to college again, this time at University of Phoenix Online where I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Business management. It’s a fascinating field, but be prepared to spend whole nights with textbooks and research materials! I do enjoy music and reading, and indulge in roleplay both via email and in real time. I also enjoy creating art or crocheting. My husband- a true knight in shining armor!- and my kitties keep my busy. He, my mother, and Jana and friends have all encouraged my writing.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I just finished arranging for a hardcopy version of Pluto’s Promise to be made available. It will be live soon. I also recently finished writing another story- which I will tell you about when it’s live!

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always been a writer. My very first story was about how my best friend at that time and I helped Paul Bunyan save his friends from a flood of pancake batter. It may sound like a silly thing, but it was something I could do for pleasure without getting into trouble.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

That’s a hard question to really answer: Reading has always been a part of my life, so writing was a natural extension of it. The statement I Am A Writer started standing out a bit more, I think, back in the 80’s when I decided I needed to do something with all the stories in my head. Some of them will probably never get published, but who knows?

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Which first book? I have several in the works, including a couple I started before Pluto’s Promise. About Pluto’s Promise, though- I always wondered what might happen if a group of astronauts, upon learning that those in power behind them were less than honourable, decided to go rogue. That’s not exactly the premise behind the tale, but I did decide to explore the subject.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Stories about lunar and Marian colonies have been written forever, by some amazing authors. I decided I needed to move a little bit further out in the solar system. Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter, and Uranus aren’t exactly viable worlds for us humans. Thus, I chose Pluto to be the destination for my adventurers. Considering what they left behind them, they needed something to hold onto. Thus, they needed a promise.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I’ve ghost-written for a few writers experiencing difficulty in my writing groups, so I have learned a certain amount of flexibility. My biggest challenge is that I’m very picky about what words I use for my characters: Some of them literally don’t think like anyone else, so it is hard to describe what is going on in their minds. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

A few characters are loosely modelled after people I know, and I did do some research about the setting because I wanted it to be reasonable instead of a whole lot of flim-flam.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Most of the time, I travel via the Internet. Road trips aren’t often in my plans, much as I would enjoy seeing some things in person.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I designed the one for Pluto’s Promise, but do have an artist in mind for my next story.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I didn’t think about that while writing the story, but I think the thing I most want my readers to see  is that we must learn to work together. If we don’t, we stand to lose everything. There is one thing that sticks in my mind with every story I write: I believe that the collective subconscious of the human species is aware that there is a huge problem, and is frantically searching for solutions.

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?

There is Jana, of course: We pretty much grew into our powers as writers together. Too, last year I had the amazing fortune of getting an e-book from Rachel Rawlings. I highly recommend that you read her Jax Rhodes series. Be aware that there are a few rough spots in the book not suitable for anyone under 18.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

The writing group I mentioned several times, Elysium, helped me to develop my writing skills so I could write something besides fantasy and science fiction. The group offered several different ‘environments’ to write in, from worlds of tech to modern fantasy to even something like high fantasy. It was very good practice. One of my fellow writers- a fine man by the name of George Jungle- insisted that I gather my stories and publish them. He died several years ago from complications from brittle bone disease, but he always thought kindly and highly of us. I consider it an honor to write in his memory.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely! It’s what I do best.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I might tweak a few technical things and try harder to find a professional editor because several passages didn’t exactly feel right. Otherwise, no.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Yes, I did. I learned a lot about how Pluto compares to Earth in terms of gravitational force and escape velocity. The people at NASA were very helpful in supplying images that I could use to check against the scenes I was writing, and kept me from some massive mistakes that would have come back to haunt me later!

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

I haven’t even considered who would act in a film made of Pluto’s Promise! I would need several performers, though: The protagonists don’t act  alone.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

If you have a story you want to write, write it. You can go back and correct the spelling and grammatical errors when you’re done.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

If something isn’t broke, don’t fix it. But if it is broken, fix it and don’t be afraid to try new things. And don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do something!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m presently reading Elfquest, a graphical novel by Wendy and Richard Pini. Before that, I read Nature’s End by Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I think the first book I read was a great big beautiful book of Bible stories, with a lot of lovely pictures. By the time I started 1st grade, the Run Spot Run books had nothing to teach me- except maybe diction.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I dare you to not laugh at the antics of a cat chasing a toy all over the house! Or a dog wiggling all over himself because he’s so happy to see you! Or some of the old classic Bugs Bunny cartoons: Modern youngsters really get cheated because they don’t get to watch some of the old stuff. As for what makes me cry- I try not to think about that too much, though there are things that bother me. I do cry over the ending of Robin Hood, where Robin dies in Little John’s arms.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

I can think of several. One of them is an amazing woman named Maya Angelou. She was a poet, as renowned for her wisdom as her poetry. I had the honor of following her for a while on Facebook. Her last post about two weeks before she died was about how she had cancelled a speaking engagement at the advice of her doctors: She had heart problems. But she told us she felt stronger every day.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I read, write, and roleplay a lot. I also indulge in art: The Paintshop Pro program is a wonderful thing! Too, I crochet and have made several afghans, scarves, and a few other items.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I seldom watch television. When I do, I prefer educational program, British comedies, and good mysteries. Once in a while, I look up old episodes of The A Team, Doctor Who, or Star Trek.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

My musical tastes are a bit eclectic: From classical to old and modern country to pop to Celtic to rock and metal to even a little bit of new wave. You won’t catch me listening to rap, though! Yuck! Red and blue are my favorite colors. Sometimes I deliberately use others so I won’t get stuck in an artistic rut. Food? Ahh, marvellous subject! Tex-Mex, Italian, pizza, good hamburgers! I used to work in a Delicatessen and learned recipes for wonderful toasted subs and sandwiches, and for gazpacho- which is a wonderful cold vegetable soup.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

I would find a way to record words or otherwise create. If I don’t, I might as well be six feet under.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

Mountain-climbing. I got to do that a few times. The wind was scary, but the views were spectacular.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

She did what she loved, with no regrets.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Not yet! That’s next on my to-do list.

Amazon Authors Page USA

https://www.amazon.com/Teresa-Kuhl/e/B07D25KRYD?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3&qid=1579606961&sr=1-3&fbclid=IwAR0ol82lf84Hf39MUoYNGmnHxG8ec4cBGhGp_5UvaOwb6IKPB3K5H-GLn8g

Here is my interview with MarZé Scott

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?

Hello, All! I’m MarZé (pronounced mar-ZAY) Scott and I’m celebrating forty-seven years young.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born in Nashville, Tennessee, but was raised in Ypsilanti (ip-si-LAN-tee), Michigan, a small city about thirty miles outside of Detroit.

Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e., your education, family life, etc.).

I’m the proud mother of five amazing children, who I affectionately refer to as “The Royals” and caregiver to my grandmother who lives with dementia. I don’t currently have a blog, but I often us social media (Facebook particularly) as a platform to talk about my adventures and struggles with caring for a grandparent who was once very independent.

I attended college late in life. I attended Washtenaw Community College, graduating with an Associate Degree in LiberalArts in 2012. I transferred to the University of Michigan and graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Language Arts. I celebrated four years of single living at the new year.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I had the honor of participating in writing the series, Kings of The Castle, as a contributing author to the anchor book and writing the sixth installment of the series, King of South Shore, which released December 13, 2019. That’s still pretty exciting.

I’m working on a couple of new book releases for 2020, starting a podcast, and designing some merchandise.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve loved to write since elementary, but with family becoming my priority very early in adulthood (I married at 20 and became a mother at 22), writing was put away for caregiving. My imagination became very frustrated, as it pertained to creating for myself, and stayed that way for a while.

I started writing in 2015 as a way to make my “me time” productive. I don’t like lengthy times of empty spaces, and writing was a way to relax and still be doingsomething.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I first considered myself a writer when I shared a very rough first draft of my first novel with a friend. Her eyes grew wide as she read the first chapters in front of me. When she looked up from the text, she said, “This is good—really good. You should consider publishing.”

I was absolutely floored and proud all in the same moment.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

While attending community college, I had a class in criminology. In one class we discussed adult sentencing for minors in the American Justice System and the subject of that topic was a girl named Cyntoia Brown, a sex-trafficked sixteen-year-old who had been convicted as an adult of killing one of her “clients”. It was one of the saddest accounts I had ever heard.

Gemini Rising was the “alternate” story of this young girl’s life.

I thought of the life of this young girl and “What if” questions arose within myself. What if she had different guardians? What if she didn’t kill that man? What if she had an advocate? What if love found her? Questions turned into images in my head of how her life would’ve been and I wrote the story that came to mind with an alternate outcome.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I love studying astrology, but strangely it had nothing to do with the choice of the title. When I thought of the name Gemini, I thought of a two-sided personality. Aisha Mosely, the protagonist of the story, had to live a double life in order to survive her circumstances. Her “Rising” is the result of finding herself and the strength she needed for her story to change.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I don’t think I have a specific style of writing though I’m often told that my writing style is poetic. I just write what comes from my head and heart.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

None of Gemini Rising is based in my reality or anyone I knew, only supposition of what someone’s life would be like living with those circumstances.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

I don’t have to travel to craft my works, though I’dlike to. Seeing a place for yourself, and experiencing the sights and smells, and vibes brings a more realistic feel to the text. I like when experiences seem to jump off the page when an author writes about a place he or she has visited. It’s a goal to be able to travel for the purposes of book writing

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My cover designer is the phenomenal J.L Woodson of Woodson Creative Studios.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

There are a couple messages, though I didn’t plan it that way.

In both Gemini Rising and King of South Shore, the message is no matter how bad your life starts, it doesn’t have to remain that way, nor does it dictate your future.

Happiness is its own reward and one that everyone deserves.

There may be more, but those are the ones I found when I read the book.

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?

I’m very much a nonfiction reader. I love a good biography and I’m a self-proclaimed textbook nerd. With that being said, I have only a few fiction writers I enjoy reading. However, I’m a tad bit biased when it comes to my love of new fiction writers as these authors helped me understand how beautifully written fiction can be felt.

I love romance author Elle Wright. Her characters a relatable. I love the way she writes a sex scene.

I also enjoy reading Sheryl Lister. Her romances make me feel warm and fuzzy.

London St. Charles writes characters who are like people you know.

J.L Campbell writes great mature romances that are set in her homeland of Jamaica.

Naleighna Kai is my favorite contemporary romance author. I’ve read several books in her catalog. I enjoy the realness of the characters, but thoroughly enjoy how dark life situations bring about the happiest outcomes. AND she writes about older woman/ younger man romances, something I don’t read in more traditional romance fiction and I love it.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

One entity that supported my commitment to become a published author was my social circle. I have encouraging and supportive friends. These friends grew into my tribe. Naleighna Kai has a group called the Tribe Called Success who further motivated me to write for more than just one book and to consider using my talent for more than personal pleasure.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Indeed. It’s my career and one of my creative outlets.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

If I had to change anything about King of South Shore, I would’ve written in more of Kaleb and Skyler’s backstory. I think I short-changed that information a bit.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

While writing Kaleb Valentine, the protagonist in the King of South Shore, I had to learn about Chicago crime syndicates. He was a former gang member, so I had to research gang rivalries, which gang wore what colors, and how the gangs identify themselves within the organization and in the outside world. I had very limited knowledge on that lifestyle. Honestly, it’s still pretty limited. I only scratched the surface. There was a great deal more to research.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

If King of South Shore were made into a movie, I think Don Omar from Fast and Furious or Laz Alonzo from Jumping the Broom would play Kaleb Valentine. Amanda Seals would be my choice for Skyler Pierson.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write from the heart. Never force the words to come. You nor the reader will enjoy the experience.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I love you all! I greatly appreciate your love and support. MUAH!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I just purchased The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison. I can’t wait to dig in.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The first book I read was The Cat in The Hat. I was an early reader at age 3.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I find humor in everything, so lots of things make me laugh. Missing my mother makes me cry.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

I’d love to meet Prince. He was a musical genius and quite mysterious. I’d love to sit in on one of his live jam sessions.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

When I’m not writing or doing family time, I enjoy traveling, meeting up with friends, or creating. I’m also a makeup artist and when time permits, I love to sew, paint, and bake.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I like the series This Is Us and Pose. I watch Netflix a lot. My favorite shows are Black Mirror and The Glow up. I have watched the Black Mirror series several times. I like old school animations like The Flintstones. I’m a huge fan of the Marvel Comic Universe films. I’ve seen all but one of the installments.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

I love all kinds of food! I often tell people if it doesn’t bite me back, I’ll probably eat it.

My favoritecolorsis purple, emerald green, and turquoise.

Like food, I love all kinds of music. I’ll listen to anything from jazz, to R and B, to heavy metal, to rap. It all depends on my mood. I’ve been listening to a lot of Lo-fi lately.Chillhop Café is my favorite.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

That future is hard for me to fathom. I suppose in a life where writing is done a lot less, I’d use my time learning how to film and produce short films. It’s an interest I’ve had for a while.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

If I had only 24 hours to live, I’d call all of my friends and loved ones and invite themto a celebration that night. I’d prepare my family a huge meal of our favorite things to eat for breakfast. We’d go hangout at Riverside Park—it’s my refuge as I love to hear the river roll. We’d talk about all of the good times. All of the folks I invited would come and play cards, bring the speakers and a playlist of all of the music we like to listen to. We’d all sing at the tops of our lungs and dance. Everyone would get a hug (I’m big on hugging). At the end of the party, my family and I would go back home and chill while I’d fight my sleep so that could spend just one more minute with them.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

MarZé Scott—She was proof that unicorns and angels lived among us.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

I have a website in the works. However, I can be found on Facebook where I have a personal profile as well as an author page. I’m also on Instagram and Twitter.

Facebook- MarZé Scott, Author page @marzescott

Instagram- marze_fab

Twitter- marzefab

Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/MarZe-Scott/e/B07FW8S656?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1579606758&sr=1-1

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/MarZe-Scott/e/B07FW8S656?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3&qid=1579606839&sr=1-3

 

 

Here is my interview with Jennie L. Morris,

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?

Jennie L. Morris, and I’ve reached “level” 34!

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born in Ohio, but now reside in Kentucky.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I’m one of 5 children. We grew up on a beef cattle farm in NE Ohio, where we used to make maple syrup, can vegetables from our garden, bottle-feed calves, the works. As a nature lover, I went to university for biology, and got a MA degree in anthropology, focusing on human osteology and primate evolution.

My husband and I’ve been married 13 amazing years, we have a ridiculous boxer named Sir Archibald Nubbingting III, and I realized I like being in my 30’s. We like to travel, seek out old, creepy places to explore. I enjoy walking in graveyards and cemeteries, drinking copious amounts of tea, and collecting perfumes and tarot cards.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

In 2020, I’m involved in many anthologies and novella projects. Currently, I’m involved in a great anthology called Asylum. Each author has a story about inmates set in an upper-class Victorian-era asylum. Also, I have a novella called Blue’s Night Out, releasing in February. It is part of a collection of books called The Donut Shop Series. Each book is loosely based on a donut flavor, I chose Blueberry Cake donuts. It’s a historical romance set in the roaring 1920s!

Aside from writing, I hope to get more visibility for my publishing company, By Quill and Lantern Publications.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

In high school, I started a terrible romance novel that no one will ever see. Plus, I wrote broody, teenage poetry. I set writing aside when I went to school, but it’s always called to me.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Am I a writer? I don’t know. I think anyone who enjoys putting pen to paper, or telling stories in anyway is a sort of writer.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I wanted to see if I could do it. And then I started, and loved writing the story, and couldn’t stop.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

My first published story is entitled “Drawn in Shadows”. It’s about an anatomist, who visits a scandalous part of the city to draw human subjects.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

 I don’t know about style, but I tend to write historical fiction with a dash of romance. Usually in the second person. Last year, I’ve branched out, and dabbled in science fiction, contemporary fiction, a little paranormal historical fiction, which has been fun.

For me, some of the hardest part is finding the right details. I am a stickler for being accurate. I can spend hours researching one specific thing, because as a reader, I hate sloppy research. When there is a glaring historical inaccuracy, it drives me crazy.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

 None, I don’t like using real life people for my stories. Sometimes I will use places I’ve been or lived, like Eastern Kentucky or Northern Ohio, because they can be authentic, but I try not to put friends or family members in books. This is fiction, I write to get away from real-life.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

No, but it certainly helps! Like I previously answered, having been to a place or visited another location that’s similar helps with creating an authentic atmosphere. Though I don’t have unlimited funds, and I’d love to travel all over the world, I will look at pictures, read about climates, topography, anything useful I can get when writing about a place I’ve never visited.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

 Several different graphic designers. I love their work, and tend to stick with them. I also design my own.

 Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

 Maybe that romance isn’t all flowers and chocolates, and you don’t lose your individual self when you find “the one”. Sure, I read the sappy romances, but my favorite “romance” books are about men and women who have real lives. Things don’t always work out right away, hardship and responsibility have to take precedent over “swooning”.

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?

New authors: I’ve been reading non-fiction lately, and I’ve enjoyed Hallie Rubenhold, Leanda de Lisle, and Jason A, Ramos. Favorite writers: Do we have all day? Contemporary: Diana Norman, Tracy Chevalier, Philippa Gregory, Dean Koontz, Ray Bradbury, and Matthew Reilly. Classical: Jane Austen, The Bronte Sister, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare.

Each of these writers have an individual voice, and I’m envious of their skill in one way or another. Who doesn’t want to be as witty as Shakespeare? Or write romance like Austen? The brooding Brontes, with Rochester and Heathcliff. Masters of their craft.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

 My friend, Natalie-Nicole Bates. She’s been there every step of the way. Though she lives in England, I don’t think I would have been brave enough without her support.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

 Ha! A career, sure…a pauper’s career.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No. I am happy with it.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

 I learned about prohibition, jazz music, trolleys in New York City, and cocktails.

 Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

 For my female main character:Jessica Brown Findlay

For my male main character:George MacKay

For my female supporting character:Margot Robbie

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

 Never give up. Don’t get discouraged. If you feel the passion, beating in your chest and churning in your brain, keep at it. And never stop learning. You don’t know everything about writing, and you never will.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

 Thank you for reading my work, it truly means everything! Time is precious, and for you to spend it with my stories, there is no better feeling for an author.

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

 The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

by Hallie Rubenhold

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

 I think it was an Amelia Bedelia book.

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

 The corny jokes my husband tells, I usually laugh so much I cry.

 Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

 My great-grandfather and great-grandmother. I know, two people. But their story of how they came to USA is fascinating, it’s a true-life romance.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I’m learning to play the hurdy-gurdy (not well), reading, making perfume, traveling, talking to my dog.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Dramas, period movies, documentaries, crime shows, war movies, an occasional sappy romance.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Italian; gray, blue, and black; punk, Celtic, darkwave.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Do research, maybe work at a museum.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

With family, eating all my favorite foods, sharing my favorite memories.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

I’m not here, move on.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

I do, here my social media links. I’m most active on Facebook and Instagram.

 Website: www.jennielmorris.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/authorjennielmorris/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorJennieL.Morris/

Facebook Readers Group: www.facebook.com/groups/JLMTeaAndBooks/

BookBub: www.bookbub.com/profile/jennie-l-morris

GoodReads: www.goodreads.com/JennieLMorris

Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Jennie-L-Morris/e/B07H7SZ1CL/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jennie-L-Morris/e/B07H7SZ1CL?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1579606544&sr=1-1

BIO:

As a self-proclaimed Anglophile and research geek, it’s no wonder Jennie L. Morris writes Romance and Historical Fiction with a flair for realism. Her love for learning led her to obtain degrees in Anthropology and Biology, which she often relies on during her writing process. Coming from NE Ohio, and raised on a small beef cattle farm, life was anything but ordinary growing up.

Jennie now resides in rural Kentucky, among the bluegrass and dazzling horse farms, with her amazing husband and their boxer Archie. When she isn’t reading or writing, she is feeding her tea obsession or perfume addiction, letting the scents and flavors fuel her creative fires.

BOOKS:

THE ALBION SERIES

Drawn in Shadows (Book 4)

Get drawn into the shadows of the heart.

As a medical student, Mabel Blackwood knows all the anatomical features of the human heart, yet she’s never felt its racing pace conjured by the meeting of a single glance until she encountered Henry Grier. Born amongst the dregs of society, Henry entertains at one of the most prestigious bordellos on Carlyle Street. Will his unconventional past push away scholarly Mabel or will Henry’s free soul transform her into something much more?

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A Yuletide Premonition (Book 5)

Fate remains unwritten when all is given to love.

Jasmine Loveridge has no illusions about her life. With the spiritualism movement on the rise, she works more than ever, donning her fortuneteller costume each night to perform for the pinnacles of society at their Christmas gatherings. She needs the money to care for her brother and ill mother. After an accidental encounter with Mr. Draven McKellis on Carlyle Street, she encounters the admired entrepreneur unexpectedly while working a Christmas party. His penetrating gaze disapproving of her profession from across a candle-lit table covered in her tools of the trade.

A dangerous premonition concerning Mr. McKellis forces Jasmine to risk more than her reputation. Obliged to reveal the truth of her inherited abilities to the skeptical man, Jasmine’s disclosure turns into an unlikely friendship. Outside the scrutiny of high society, Draven is a man full of fancy, hopes, and dreams. Jasmine falls for this gentle, inquisitive soul. But she can never forget her station. Though her heart beats for one man, this is no fairytale. She expects no happy ending for a Carlyle Street gutter rat, no Yuletide miracles. A life of a spinster is her destiny.

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The Absent Thread (Book 6)

Is her heart worth his life?

Dr. Ezra Blackwood, renowned surgeon, has the respect of his colleagues near and far, but a mystery surgical catastrophe leaves him shaken. Uncertain of his skill and of his path, he retreats to Carlyle Street and to The Albion, a place of refuge where the demands of his profession are far away.

Lost, Ezra finds no solace in the drinks and gambling that so often soothed him in the past. He is a haunted man, unable to forget or forgive himself for his failure. Not even the arms of a long-acquainted lover can ease his heart. But a chance encounter with Adelia Barker, owner of Barker’s Bakery and Café changes everything. The proud, independent woman sparks a fire in Ezra that he thought lost forever. Her fighting spirit reminds him not everything is easy, some things take sacrifice.

But how much will Ezra be willing to sacrifice for this woman?

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SHORT STORIES:

Apparitions of Elizabeth Robinson (FREE BOOK)

Elizabeth Robinson.

An Elizabeth Robinson has lived in the hills of Eastern Kentucky as long as people have built permanent settlements in the lush, green forests. While the mountains recover from the War of Northern Aggression, the simple folk seek the healings of the Robinson women. Three generations, working the ways from the old country, live in isolation.

The youngest Elizabeth Robinson, a healer by happenstance, despises her role in the family. She longs for freedom, the wilderness of her youth, an escape from a dark secret. Alone in the forest, she stumbles upon the ghost of a Yankee soldier, Samuel Henry.

Determined to help Samuel pass beyond the veil, Elizabeth brings him back to her mountain home. Turning of the wheel of fortune, prosperity changes to misfortune for the Robinsons, and a menacing figure lingers like a thick fog. Generations, built on lies, force Elizabeth to face a bleak reality and make the ultimate sacrifice.

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Better the Devil You Know

An immigrant, Fredrick Wolf has to succeed at Morrow Academy of Anatomy and Science. Not only succeed, he has to prove to his peers that he belongs, that he isn’t a poor local Dr. Morrow accepted out of pity.

Fredrick is willing to do anything to procure a prime specimen for their special assignment. Calling upon his uncle, his partner in crime since their move to England, Fredrick plans to use his uncle’s position at the local gaol to select the perfect candidate.

But not all prisoners are the usual drunkards or petty thieves. Some possess dark secrets, especially the man known in Clayton Bridge as Eugene Wallaby. Biding his time, Eugene sees young Fredrick’s murderous plan as a means of escape, but only if Eugene can survive the night.

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ANTHOLOGIES:

Our Christmas Nook Anthology: Volume I

Enjoy this collection of holiday super short stories: these easy, quick reads are meant to entertain, introduce you to some new authors and get you in the holiday spirit. The challenge has been set for authors…four holiday-related prompts have been provided and authors respond by filling this collection with super short stories (max 5,000 words). Mixed genres, mixed point-of-views, there’s something in this collection for everyone!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WP5ZRRS/

Asylum: An Anthology

The year is 1890. The Barrow Haven Asylum is a private facility in rural England housing some of the country’s wealthiest insane. Some inmates are truly insane, some banished by family members, others perhaps feigning insanity and with questionable agendas.

Ten stories of shock and suspense brought to you by ten of your favorite authors.

 

Steamed: A Steampunk Anthology

Welcome to STEAMED! Stories of romance, fantasy, and science fiction featuring the tinkerers, dreamers, and inventors of Steampunk.

A collection of eight amazing stories by eight of the most talented and adored authors of Steampunk. It’s sure to get you Steamed.

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Chaos and Paw Prints

Several Authors have come together to help raise funds for the Perry (County) Pet Pantry. They have added short stories alongside poetry to build this book and show their love of animals. Join us in our stories and poetry. Contributing authors are: Amy Underwood, Athena Kelly, Brooke Hodges, Bruno Stolte, D.M. Purnell, Dab Ten, E.S. McMillan, Jenna K Rai, Jennie L Morris, J.V. Stanley, Karen Williams, Kimberly Jeffs, Marsha Black, Michael Mann, Paul Moore, Steven Evans, and Thomas Maupin.

 

Bad, Bold…And Beautiful: A Paranormal Anthology

Ten amazing women authors.

Ten stories of paranormal powerhouses.

They’re bad, they’re bold, and they are beautiful!

And we’re not talking just about the authors.

Perfectly Poisoned Anthologies brings you ten stories of the paranormal featuring powerful, kick-ass heroines who take no prisoners. There’s no fight they won’t win, no argument they’ll back down from. Not to mention these feisty ladies of fiction are damn sexy. When these women get ready for action, you better stand back!

 

We Know the Truth, Do You?

What’s in Area 51? Is the government hiding aliens? Elvis? Maybe the set of the Apollo moon landing? Do you know?

We do.

Join this multi-genre group as they explore the hidden recesses of Area 51 which up until now have only been whispered conspiracies. Don’t bother with the raid. Stay home, read these awesome stories and learn all you need to know.

The truth is just a page-flip away. (Heat level varies.)

* All proceeds will benefit US veterans

 

Samhain Secrets

A cold wind. The whisper of voices when nobody’s there. The turning of the world from the light of summer toward the dark days of the Dying Time. These are the heralds of Samhain, the Witches’ New Year.

Halloween.

Within these pages you will find creeping chills and fears made real. Come inside… only if you dare.

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Here is my interview with Michael Pogach

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?

I am Michael Pogach, and I’m 44 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I grew up in the Philly suburbs. I’ve also travelled a great deal and lived in Southern California for a bit. Currently, my family and I live about 50 miles north of Philly.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I went to Penn State and got a BA in American Studies. After a few years off traveling, I went to grade school at Arcadia University and got two MAs, one in Humanities and one in English. I’m a writing and literature professor, but this is not what I set out to do originally. For a long time I worked in auto shops and motorcycle shops. Getting these degrees were incremental steps towards finding a career that let me have cleaner hands at the end of the day.

On the family side, my wife and I just had our second child, a boy named Rowan. He joins his five-year-old sister, Coraline (yup, like the book). So things have been a little hectic around here with the newborn. Not much writing getting done, though I swear I’m going to get back to it this week (I totally did not say that last week, and you can’t prove it).

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Aside from the arrival of kid number two, the big news is my 3rd novel comes out on February 11. It’s the 3rd Rafael Ward novel and will be called The Tyrant Gods.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

As far as I remember, I’ve always written. I always had a notebook nearby, jotting down character names or backgrounds. I played some D&D when I was a kid, which helped with envisioning characters as people. If you ask my mom, she’ll tell you when I was in elementary school every story I wrote or told ended with everyone dying. So writing dystopian novels now seems like the natural next step.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Near the end of my first master’s degree I got invited to share a story at a workshop with Tobias Wolff. The story I brought to that workshop wasn’t very good, but it got some great critique and Wolff talked about theory and writing endings that are deserved, and for the first time in my life I began thinking of writing as more than simply slapping the words down. I got really into creative theory and started trying to write stories that could stand on their own as publishable. That story I shared with Wolff ended up being the second story I ever had published.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I figured why not. I’d gotten halfway decent at writing short stories, with a few of them published, so when my writers critique group (a bunch of author friends from grad school who I still work with today) decided to do our own mini NaNoWriMo one year, I went for it, trying to write a sci-fi Indiana Jones adventure. Four years later it had turned into a more involved story and was picked up by a publisher, and here I am.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Oh man, I hate coming up with titles! They all sound like reject gang names from Grease 2 to me. I stress over them. I make lists. I scream at my computer. I walk the stacks at bookstores for inspiration. It took two years to settle on The Spider in the Laurel as the title of my first novel, taking it from an obscure Herman Melville poem. I’m still not sure I love it. That said, I do like the title of my second novel: The Long Oblivion. That’s also a line from a poem, Virgil’s Aeneid. Which has locked me into a pattern for this series. Now every book in the series needs to take its title from a poem. Because I obsess over titles.

(you should see me obsessing over naming a kid)

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I try to write fast prose, but I often get bogged down in the details. It’s hard for me not to keep working on a single sentence or paragraph for hours at a time. If I had to make a comparison for my writing style, I’d say it moves like Lee child’s Jack Reacher books, but I’m not as laconic as Child. When it comes to details I lean more towards Jason M. Hough or Neil Gaiman.

The hardest thing for me is keeping a manuscript moving. I get bogged down in small details on the first draft and have to remind myself to get the plot on the page. Fixing the details can be done later.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I draw from my own experiences a ton. In my first novel, every location except one across the US and Europe the main character went to was a spot I’d been to myself. If it’s somewhere I’ve never been, I do a ton of research. Even though I’m writing dystopias, I want the foundation of the setting to be tangible to the reader. I want the reader to feel the reality of the place beneath the fiction of the action.

As for characters, I sometimes use real people as inspiration, but more often it’s just a name or a single personality trait. That said, in each of my first three novels there is at least one character who is based on a real person that I included as an honorarium or reward for helping me out in some way. No spoilers. Go ahead and see if you can figure out who.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Travel definitely helps, especially for a novel that deals with other countries or exotic settings, but it’s not required. With my first novel, I’d been to all the locations, but with my second, I had never been to most of the various settings, such as Spain. But I do have a friend who lives in Spain. He was gracious enough to take some pictures for me and send me some local documents to help out. I got help with a few locals in my third novel as well.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The very first cover of The Spider in the Laurel was designed by M.S. Corley for my original publisher, who subsequently went out of business. The book and its sequels were then picked up by the folks at Crossroad Press. The current covers of The Spider in the Laurel and The Long Oblivion were done by Shawn King at STK Kreations. The cover of The Tyrant Gods was done in house by my publisher.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I just want to entertain. I want people to enjoy my books. If they want to look at the dystopian future I’ve invented and see a message about greed or faith or corruption or anything else, that’s great too. At the end of the day, each reader has to engage with a book in their own way. I fully buy into the theory that once the novel is published, I no longer “own” it. It belongs to the readers and their interpretations as much as it does, or maybe even more, to my own intentions.

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?

A newer author that has blown me away is Nnedi Okorafor. Her Binti series is just incredible. I don’t know if I can name a favorite author, but I can absolutely name my two favorite series: the Jack Reacher series, by Lee Child, and the Miriam Black series, by chuck Wendig. Both move so fast and have such unique voices. I could read those two series forever and never get bored.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

My writers group has been an integral part of my success. It started with four or five of us over ten years ago. At one point or another, at least fifteen or twenty people have been a part of the group. Today, it’s usually three or four of us meeting once a month to read and talk about our works in progress. There is no doubt in my mind that I would not be a published author without their input, revisions, and overall support.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Not currently. But it’s also not a hobby or a side gig. It’s a thing I have to do. My wife knows that if I don’t get to write enough I get stressed. If I have an idea nagging at me, I need to get it out. That said, if I were to suddenly start making tons of money doing it, I would definitely consider looking at it as a new career path. For now, however, I’m happy to keep improving my reach and fan base a little at a time.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I write each book on its own, with very little thought about how the next one will go. So, there’s always some small details I might smooth out or adjust once I start the next book in the series. But for now, I’m pretty happy with all three books as they stand.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I learned that walking away can be the best choice. I wrote about 50,000 words for The Tyrant Gods in the spring of 2018, but I got stuck. After a month or two of bashing my head against the plot, I walked away and finished a manuscript draft for a totally different novel completely unconnected to this series. Then when I went back to the Tyrant Gods in the spring of 2019, everything clicked. I rewrote that first 50k, and then added another 50k and finished the manuscript in about four months, which is incredibly fast for me.

I think writing is a little like working out. The rest time is just as important as the amount of weight or number of reps.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

This is such a cool “what if” question. I’ve gone over it so many times. Who would be the perfect Rafael Ward? Early 30s. Teacher-ish, but with a military background. More Robert Langdon than Indiana Jones, but also with the curiosity and willingness to rebel shown by Guy Montag in Fahrenheit 451. Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Daniel Radcliffe? Donald Glover? Oscar Isaac. Probably Glover or Isaac.

But for MacKenzie, the female lead in the novels, I’ve got it. I originally thought Zoe Saldana. Hands down. Now, however, it’s either Emma Stone or Sophie Turner.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Finish the first draft. Nope. Shut up. Don’t want to hear the excused. Finish the first draft! Then revise. Get people to edit and revise with you. Best rule for this: choose only people who never have, or never wanted to, see you naked as your editors and critique partners. That’s it. Finish. Revise until you want to burn it. Choose good critique partners. Do these three things and you’ve got a shot.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you. I never expected my first novel to sell 100 copies. All told, my first two novels have sold over 1100 copies and counting. These aren’t huge numbers, but they mean the world to me. Thank you!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I just finished Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy, and I’ve just started another Jack Reacher novel: Make Me.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I don’t. But I remember the first two series that made me want to close myself up in my room and read until the pages were gone, and to hell with the rest of the world. The first was Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicle’s of Prydain. The second was the Dragonlance Chronicles.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My kids. And my typos. Nothing is better than editing while listening to a five-year-old sing songs from Frozen II while correcting typos like “The sound of gunfire was little more than a poop.”

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

I kind of want to sit down with George Lucas in 1976 and just pick his brain. And maybe lodge some hint in there that Greedo shooting first is stupid.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

With two kids and a full time job and being an author, I don’t do much else besides read, waste money at Starbucks, and daydream about winning the 6 book contract lottery. Not too long ago, I rode and rebuilt motorcycles and played hockey. But these days, if I can squeeze in an hour or two a week of Assassins Creed or Red Dead Redemption 2, I’m a fairly happy guy.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Oh, how I wish I could go back and re-experience Game of Thrones from the start, all at once. That was such a great show. I just finished The Witcher and The Mandalorian. Both excellent. And for whatever faults there are, I love Star Wars.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Lightning round answers: Ice cream. Pizza. White chocolate mocha. Black. Blue. Red. Metallica. Black Sabbath. Volbeat.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

I think I build stuff. Maybe motorcycles. Or maybe I take up woodworking. Or welding. I’ve always wanted to learn how to weld properly.

 Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

With my family, my wife and kids, baking apple pies together and reading stories and laughing as much as possible.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

Father, husband, teacher, author.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

My website is michaelpogach.com. You can join my newsletter there for first glimpses, sneak peaks, freebies, and more.

And here are my links…

The Spider in the Laurel: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079QGVMLR/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i4

The Long Oblivion: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FB8K1NQ/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i3

The Tyrant Gods: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0837FKB93/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i1

Michael Pogach Amazon page USA : https://www.amazon.com/Michael-Pogach/e/B015NAIMWE

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Pogach/e/B015NAIMWE?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1579608859&sr=1-1

Here is my interview with Kate Ryder

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?

Kate: Hello, Fiona.  Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog.  My name is Kate Ryder and I’ve reached the age when – if I was an actress – I would knock off at least 10 years!

Fiona: Where are you from?

Kate: I was born in Middlesex, UK, but spent my formative years in Surrey.  I lived for a smattering of years in a cottage in Sussex with views of the South Downs before swapping South East England for Cornwall (Poldark country).

Fiona: A little about yourself (ie. your education, family life, etc.).

Kate: The only subjects that truly captured my attention at school were English and Art, and on several occasions I was asked to stand in front of the class and read out my latest short story or poem.  I left school at 16 to study acting. However, although it was an interesting experience and broadened my horizons, I quickly realised I preferred writing plays rather than performing them.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Kate: My latest news is truly exciting and a total surprise!  My time-slip romance, SECRETS OF THE MIST, was published on 19 September 2019. Almost 4 months to the day, it was ranked #1 in 3 different Amazon UK categories and achieved a No. 1 Best Seller’s Flag.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Kate:  When I was a child/young adult I could be found either buried deep in a book or with a pen and notebook in hand.  Initially I wrote poems, no doubt full of teenage angst, but then I progressed to short stories.  I clearly recall rewriting the ending to Frenchman’s Creek because Daphne du Maurier’s words were too hard to bear!

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Kate:  Even though I can now officially call myself an award-winning, best-selling author, I still catch myself feeling a bit of a fraud!  However, recently I had an appointment at the opticians and I noticed that my occupation was registered on my client record as ‘writer’ – that made me sit up a bit straighter!

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Kate: In 2001, my husband and I moved from Sussex to Cornwall to restore a 200-year-old cottage.  It had to be gutted and taken back to four walls – I lived on a building site for four years!  During the extensive renovations we discovered a time capsule, hidden by a previous owner. This sparked my imagination and made me consider past occupants and the lives they may have led over the preceding two centuries.  The seeds were sown for my first book during a chance conversation with an acquaintance who told me about a Dartmoor cottage she once owned that had an unusual internal stained-glass window, unaccountable cold corners and a shadowy presence.  At the time I was a member of a local writers’ group and I wove all these elements into a short story, which I read out to my fellow writers at the next workshop.  All were eager to find out what happened next, so I decided to see where the story took me. Three months and 85,000 words later, I had a novel!

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Kate:  I originally self-published the story as The Forgotten Promise, which is essentially what the tale is about – a promise forgotten over the centuries.  I was thrilled when the book received one of the first Chill with a Book ‘Book of the Month’ awards.  When I secured a publishing deal with Aria, the book was accepted (with further time-slip development) as the third of my four-book contract. As always with self-published works, a change of tile was suggested and Secrets of the Mist was agreed upon, which I was more than happy with.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

Kate:  I tend to write fiction with a strong romantic element and main characters that are both audacious and altruistic. My work, to date, spans the genres of Contemporary, Romantic Suspense and Time-slip but, being drawn to the psyche’s darker, more complex hidden corners, it doesn’t take too much imagination to envision writing a Psychological Drama.

I have written in both first person and third, and past tense.  My latest novel is written in the first person and present tense, which I found an interesting experience.  It will be interesting to see what my editor’s take is on it!  To date, the main challenge I’ve had is finding the time to write, as up until October 2019 I worked full-time.  However, that has now changed and I’m looking forward to a more balanced future in which I can write without the pressure of other commitments.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Kate: Both before and during!  I thoroughly enjoy researching a novel and this often necessitates visiting the area in which the book is set.  Being in situ allows me to absorb the atmosphere and get a sense of place.  For instance, with Secrets of the Mist, when considering where to set the book, my only criteria was that it had to be a hamlet with a village green.  Memories of childhood holidays spent fossil hunting along the bay at Charmouth took me to Dorset where serendipity played its part.  Due to roadworks, I was forced to follow a detour that took me to Walditch and whilst researching the village and the surrounding areas, I discovered historic events on which to pin the story.  Most of the historical elements are a true account, although I have exercised the writer’s ‘right’ to fictionalise with a slight tweak of location to fit the tale.

Once back at my desk, I use Ordnance Survey/Google to double-check. However, it’s important to ensure your characters’ actions/journeys are possible and nothing beats being in the setting. For instance, in my latest novel (recently submitted to Aria and due for publication in September 2020) I had the heroine sitting in her vehicle in the public car park and watching surfers in the sea.  But, on visiting the location, I found this wasn’t possible; a building blocks the view of the beach.  After a hasty rewrite the heroine now sits at a table in the beach café – which enjoys uninterrupted sea views – whilst indulging in coffee and cake.  She didn’t complain!

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Kate: One of Aria’s designers, Charlotte Abrams-Simpson, has done a brilliant job in creating a lovely cover.  Not only has she incorporated elements from the narrative but also she has given it a softly haunting feel, which is totally appropriate for the story.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Kate: All my books have conflict based upon following the crowd/doing what’s expected of you versus following your heart/intuition.  I suppose my message to readers is that it’s ok to branch out, trust in your instincts and forge your own path.

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?

Kate:  During the past couple of years, I have been knee-deep in writing and, consequently, have an ever-growing (and groaning) TBR list!  I’ve discovered many new authors but the following two novels have memorable stories, which will remain with me for a long time:

Julie Cohen’s Together is both brave in construction and content.  It has the most gorgeous cover and won the 2018 Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year.

Amanda Jenning’s The Cliff House, which I loved. Amanda is excellent at keeping underlying tension alive and she perfectly captured the atmosphere of the area in which the book is set.

My favourite writer is William Boyd – his writing can always be relied upon. Brazzaville  Beach will always have a special place in my heart.  It’s a book that made me forget I was reading.  Instead, I believed I was in the story along with Hope Clearwater, the leading protagonist, living her experiences and sharing her feelings.  After I’d finished the book, I was left feeling dizzy that the written word could do that!

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Kate:  When I first moved to Cornwall I had a weekly stall in our local, moorland market town’s pannier market.  I became good friends with a fellow stall holder (who had been a drama teacher) and she was extremely encouraging.  In fact, she became my beta reader.  I would write the next chapter during quiet times in the market and pass it to her for critical review.  She kept my resolve firm when I doubted the story would ever reach publication.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Kate:  I would like to think so.  However, I have a strong belief in variety being the spice of life and, for the past 15 years I have sold complementary health products for people and animals at fairs and on the internet.  I see no reason why this shouldn’t continue… alongside writing, of course!

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Kate:  That’s an interesting question.  With Secrets of the Mist my editor suggested I changed/added to the original story.  As The Forgotten Promise it was my debut novel and, therefore, my ‘baby’. I believed I would be very protective of it and not want to change anything but, as it turned out, it was a wonderful experience. It felt as if I was reconnecting with dear old friends who I hadn’t seen for a while and discovering more about them.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Kate: When I first wrote the book I had a very clear idea who I’d like to play the leads – Orla Brady and Jon Bon Jovi.  Sadly, they are now too old to play characters in their 30’s.  I believe Sam Heughan (Outlander) could portray Nick/Nat very well (if he could pull off a soft Dorset accent) and Sarah Greene (The Dublin Murders) could easily play the part of Maddie/Mary, as she’s naturally in possession of a gentle Irish lilt!

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Kate: For new writers I would say have belief in your abilities and never give up.  Publishing is a huge journey and when starting out you tend to be impatient for results.  My advice is to take a deep breath and go with the flow, whilst never taking your eye off the bigger picture.  If you write romance, join the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, which offers invaluable advice and support.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Kate: I’ve just read The Tuscan Secret by Angela Petch (a fellow member of the RNA) which I thoroughly enjoyed.  It’s based around a watermill in the Tuscan mountains and is a stunning tale, inspired by true events, about how the tragic consequences of war can echo through the generations, and how love can guide us through the darkest of times.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Kate:  I have always loved horses and as a child I would devour anything written by Monica Edwards.  The first book I read of hers was Wish for a Pony (how true at the time!) and I recall writing to her via her publishing company to say how much I enjoyed it.  I also (cheekily) included an excerpt of my attempts at a story. Bless her!  She wrote back – I’ve still got the letter – telling that enthusiastic child to continue with her writing as it was possible she had the makings of a writer…  Priceless!

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Kate:  I love to laugh and, often, people don’t quite get my quirky sense of humour!  Injustice makes me cry and poignantly sad films and books.  The Bridges of Madison County is a powerful book (and film) with its heroine having to choose between doing what is expected of her or following her heart, and  Frenchman’s Creek; again with the same conflict.  Interesting that my writing is all about striking out and forging one’s own path… maybe these beliefs were there from the start!

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Kate:  Viggo Mortensen.  He is a true ‘creative’ in every sense of the word – not just an actor but also a poet and artist.  I’m sure he would be fascinating to talk to and have an interesting take on life.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Kate: I’ve always loved animals and there has always been a pony or horse in my life.  Currently, I’m guardian to a gorgeous grey Arab gelding and, together, we are learning about Straightness Training®, which focuses on the development of both the horse and human in each of four areas: Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Kate: I like a good thriller. At the moment I’m binging on the TV series, The Americans, which is set during the Cold War period in the 1980s and is about two Soviet KGB officers posing as US citizens and a married couple.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Kate:  I enjoy Thai and Japanese food – it’s so clean and fresh.  A few years ago, I was fortunate to spend several weeks in Japan and the Far East. During this time, I ate very little meat and upon returning to the UK, I found it difficult to adjust to a western diet once again.

Shades of blue and purple are my favourite colours.  As for music, I’m open to all sorts but Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Phil Collins, U2, Fleetwood Mac, James Blunt, Coldplay and Adele spring to mind.  I also like folk rock.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

Kate: She refused to settle for ordinary.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Kate:  I can be found here:

Website:  http://www.kateryder.me

Twitter:  @KateRyder_Books

Facebook:  kateryder.author

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