Here is my interview with Tonya Brooks

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?

Tonya Brooks. I’m 39 + shipping & handling (lol)

Fiona: Where are you from?

Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

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

I’m a teller of tales, a dreamer of dreams, and a weaver of words. I’m a coffee addict, dark chocolate connoisseur, and lover of all things romance. I love to read, loathe cooking, have extremely eclectic taste in music, and a wicked sense of humor. My soul mate and I are still on our honeymoon after 37 years of marriage and raising two rambunctious sons.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Hurricane Florence devastated North and South Carolina with catastrophic flooding and left thousands without homes. In an effort to assist with the relief effort, my fellow author C.E. Black and I created Head Above Water: A Paranormal Romance Charitable Anthology To Benefit Hurricane Florence Victims.

The anthology is only available during the month of November and one hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to charitable organizations focusing on the rebuilding process.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I had been a voracious reader since the age of 3 (yes, three!). When I was 16 a friend loaned me her favorite romance novel and I told her I didn’t like the ending. When I explained how I would have ended it, she said, “I like that better. You should write a book.” So I did and that’s how my passion for writing began.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When the words poured out of me faster than I could write, type or dictate, I realized that writing was as necessary as breathing. That was when I knew I was meant to be a writer.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The inspiration for the first book I published happened in 1993 while I was listening to a song, ‘The Night I Called The Old Man Out’. I was intrigued by the thought of a badass father with a tender heart and the Bad Baker Boys were born soon after. I chose the pen name Tonya Brooks as a tribute to the artist whose song inspired me, Garth Brooks.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I try to use a single word or a line from the book that describes the story in a nutshell.

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

I’m a pantser which is challenging since I’m all about schedules and organization in every other area of my life. I write contemporary, historical regency, paranormal, military suspense and romantic comedy. Every genre I write has its own particular voice or writing style and they differ so greatly that it’s almost like a different person wrote them.

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

I do pull from real life experiences on the odd occasion, and I’ve even given a couple of characters mannerisms similar to people I know, but my books are pure fiction.

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

I haven’t yet, though it is an option for the future. So far I’ve only based my characters in locations that I know well.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I make a (really bad) mock-up of the image in my head and my graphic design artist, Crystal Cuffley creates the perfect cover. I’ve also used Envy Designs and both are a joy to work with.

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

Yes. I hope they realize that no matter what they have to go through to get there, the happily ever after is always worth it. I’m living proof of that!

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?

Sadly, I haven’t read any new authors lately. I read a variety of genres and have favorite authors in each. I want a story that grabs my attention from the beginning and keeps it till the last page. I want to feel as if I know the characters personally and have a vested interest in what happens to them. If an author can convey that, I’m hooked for life.

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

One of my oldest friends was my biggest cheerleader and fan. She never stopped encouraging me to write, mainly because she wanted to read them! lol

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes. I’ve been a full-time author since March 2017. I can’t imagine doing anything else now.

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

I wouldn’t change one word. My readers loved it just like it is. Thankfully!

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

I did, actually. Since the plotline loosely touched on the topic, I researched genetic modifications through biotechnology and how genetic engineering changes the genetic makeup of cells, including the transfer of genes within and across species boundaries to produce improved organisms. At one point I think my eyes bled from brain overload!

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

Oh, wow. The last one was a paranormal romance about a muscular blonde lion shifter so, it would have to be Chris Hemsworth.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Listen to your characters. It’s their story, let them tell it the way they want to. You’ll produce a better story and its much less stressful than trying to make them do something that you want them to do.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I have the absolute best readers in the world. They stood by me during a personal tragedy and encouraged me to take the time I need to heal. I couldn’t appreciate them more. Love y’all!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m about to start Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I don’t remember the name of the first romance novel I read, but it was by Barbara Cartland way back in the day.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I have an irreverent sense of humor and it doesn’t take much to make me laugh. I rarely cry, but animals and children can get the waterworks flowing.

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

Lucille Ball. She was a gracious, glamorous, and hilarious lady, and one of my idols as a child. Hence my irreverent sense of humor!

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Other than reading? Hubby and I take walks on the beach to collect seashells and enjoy trying new restaurants.

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

I love action films with humor. Red, Red 2, and all of the Expendables top my list.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Seafood. The blues and aquas of the ocean. My taste in music is eclectic. I’ll listen to pretty much anything except rap, bluegrass and Southern gospel.

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

Nothing. My soul would shrivel and die.

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

Sitting on the beach with my soul mate and our son.

Fiona: What do you want written on your headstone?

My tagline. It’s all smoke & mirrors till… The End.

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

https://www.tonyabrooksauthor.com

Amazon Author page USA https://www.amazon.com/Tonya-Brooks/e/B00KHVYRTW/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tonya-Brooks/e/B00KHVYRTW/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1542737578&sr=1-2-ent

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Here is my interview with Anne Goodwin

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

 

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

Thanks for hosting me, Fiona. I’m Anne Goodwin and I turned 60 this year.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I live in England, between Sherwood Forest and the Peak District National Park.

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

I have four degrees (!) and not a single one in creative writing, although my background in psychology is perhaps equally useful in my current career.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I’m now about to publish my third book and first short story collection with micro-press Inspired Quill.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always written ever since I could shape my letters with a pencil, but it took a bereavement – a.k.a. midlife crisis – for me to dare to take that seriously. I wrote about this in the week I published my first book.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I ought to have a better answer than this, as I’ve written a few posts on the writer’s identity for my blog tour, but it’s probably when I set up my website to keep track of the various short stories I had published in online magazines.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I can identify three areas of experience that fed into my first novel: the exceedingly long time it took me to make sense of my own painful adolescence; a newspaper report about a middle-aged woman, a high-achieving academic, who had died of anorexia nervosa without any of her colleagues or family being aware of her condition; discovering, halfway through its validity and after travelling to about a dozen different countries, that my passport had the letter M in the box for sex.

My current book came about at the invitation of my publisher at a time when I had around sixty short stories published without considering submitting them as a single-author anthology.

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

My debut novel, Sugar and Snails, is about a woman with a marginalised identity – and the title is a big clue to what that identity actually is. But as readers have enjoyed the process of discovery, I can’t say any more!

Identity is also the unifying theme of my collection, originally entitled Becing Someone. But my publisher pointed out that the stories encapsulate the process of developing, losing and reclaiming an identity and we agreed the title Becoming Someonewas a better fit.

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

I write accessible literary fiction, also known as book group fiction. Character and situation come to me more easily than plot. I think writing for publication is always challenging, but I hope I improve with each book.

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

I draw a lot on my own experience for my writing, but it’s much more at the level of themes and emotion than things I’ve actually done(although such experiences do emerge occasionally in my fiction, though not particularly significant events in my life). But, because of the sensitivity of the issues in my debut novel, and I knew readers would wonder about it, it’s an issue I thought about a lot, perhaps best summed up in this guest post from a couple of years ago.

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

I usually draw on settings and situations I already know, but a return visit was ruled out when I set my debut novel partly in Cairo fifteen years before I got to visit. No such complications when I took a fruitful research tripto Cumbria where I grew up for what I hope will be my next novel.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Vince Haig designed the covers of my first two novels; I had some ideas, which I actually thought were good ideas, but what he came up with was so much better both times. The cover of my latest book was off-the-peg from Paper & Sage Designs. I’m delighted with all three perfect packages for my words.

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

Not surprisingly, given my background, I write a lot about psychological issues and mental health. But there’s no message; most of all, I want readers to be entertained.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

Reading around 150 newly published novels a year, a five debuts have made it onto my favourites list for 2018: Jaroslav Kalfar’s Spaceman of Bohemia; Olga Wojtas’ Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar; Sally Magnusson’s The Sealwoman’s Gift; House of Stone by  Novuyo Rosa Tshuma; and Tracey Emerson’sShe Chose Me. There doesn’t seem to be a pattern to what I like: the first two are funny and quirky, the other three more serious reads.

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

Probably my publisher, Sara Jayne Slack from Inspired Quill who has been so encouraging and adept at pushing me to deliver my best. But before I connected with Sara, it was my therapist who supported me to follow my dream.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, definitely,and I love that I’m embarking on another career after twenty-five years as an NHS clinical psychologist. Fortunately I also have a pension so don’t have to make money out of it, although it would be nice!

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

Can I give two contradictory answers? Yes, because even a couple of months, weeks or days since it was last scrutinised, I’m a different person and there’s always something that could be improved. No, because it’s been closely edited – several times – and it’s now for readers to pronounce judgement and for me to move on to my next book.

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

That there are hundreds more ways of addressing identity than I’ve been able to cover in my book.

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

I can’t envisage any of my short stories being filmed but I’ve had my eye on Tilda Swinton for my debut novel.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Don’t listen to advice from anyone who thinks they know what’s best for you – not even this!

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

If you’ve enjoyed a book by a relatively unknown writer, do consider posting a review anywhere online. It really helps! Also, if you can’t afford to buy new books, why not borrow a copy from your public library? Not only would you be supporting a valuable community resource that is increasingly under threat, but you’d be making a small contribution to the author’s income at no cost to you. Authors might only get a few pence when their books are borrowed, but that’s more than they get when you buy second-hand.

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m about to read The Key by Kathryn Hughes as, according to the blurb, it has similar themes to the novel I’ve recently finished writing and hope to have published next.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Not really, but it was probably the first in the dreadful series of Janet and John primers at infant school.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Hard-core capitalists who complain about specific examples of inequality, as if they don’t understand their own creed. Makes me both laugh and cry.

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

Once a year, I lead a guided walk through Jane Eyre territory in the Peak District. I’d love Charlotte Brontë to join us one day!

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Reading, walking and singing: the first two also help with my writing and the second keeps me (relatively) sane as I sing soprano in a mixed voice choir. I’m also a volunteer Ranger Peak District National Park.

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

I enjoy dark comedy but rarely watch TV – too busy reading!

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Mmm, so much depends on my mood. But my go-to comfort food which is so easy for lazy cooks like me is a simple dish of rice and lentils. And, as a musical accompaniment, I love classical chorals and Leonard Cohen.

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

It’s taken me so long to embrace my identity as a writer, I couldn’t imagine giving it up unless I were incapacitated in some way. As I write with voice recognition software, that might mean I’ve lost my voice; a miserable prospect, given how much benefit from choral singing, but not as bad as losing my mind.

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

Thanking the people who helped me get this far.

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

Ha, no need for a stone! I’ll probably be cremated and scattered to the winds.

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

I’ve had a website for about ten years – http://annegoodwin.weebly.com/ – with a blog about reading and writing peppered with psychology –annegoodwin.weebly.com/annecdotal.html– since early 2013.

If you go there right now you’ll find a few goodies:

  • My debut novel is discounted to 99p or equivalent (Kindle version) throughout November at/SugarandSnails
  • If you subscribe to my author newsletter before 19th November, you’ll be in with the chance of winning a signed copy of my anthology.
  • If you use Facebook, I’d love to celebrate with you at my online book launch where, the more people participate the more I’ll donate to Book Aid. If you’ve a moment to spare on 23rd November, do drop in!

 

 Becoming Someone published23rd November, 2018by Inspired Quill

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-908600-77-6 / 9781908600776

eBook ISBN: 978-1-908600-78-3 / 9781908600783

 Amazon author page viewauthor.at/AnneGoodwin

Author page at Inspired Quill publishershttp://www.inspired-quill.com/authors/anne-goodwin/

Facebook launch in support of Book Aid Internationalhttps://www.facebook.com/events/285314412085573/

Becoming Someone blurb

What shapes the way we see ourselves?

An administrator is forced into early retirement; a busy doctor needs a break. A girl discovers her sexuality; an older man explores a new direction for his. An estate agent seeks adventure beyond marriage; a photojournalist retreats from an overwhelming world. A woman reduces her carbon footprint; a woman embarks on a transatlantic affair. A widow refuses to let her past trauma become public property; another marks her husband’s passing in style.

Thought-provoking, playful and poignant, these 42 short stories address identity from different angles, examining the characters’ sense of self at various points in their lives. What does it mean to be a partner, parent, child, sibling, friend? How important is work, culture, race, religion, nationality, class? Does our body, sexuality, gender or age determine who we are?

Is identity a given or can we choose the someone we become?

 

Becoming Someone bio

Anne Goodwin’s debut novel,Sugar and Snailswas shortlisted for the 2016 Polari First Book Prize. Her second novel, Underneath, was published in 2017. Alongside her identity as a writer, she’ll admit to being a sociable introvert; recovering psychologist; voracious reader; slug slayer; struggling soprano; and tramper of moors.

Website:annegoodwin.weebly.com

Twitter @Annecdotist

 

Becoming SomeoneFacebook launch https://www.facebook.com/events/285314412085573/

An online party to celebrate the publication of my first short story anthology, Becoming Someone.

Drop in at your own convenience wherever you are in the world, I’ll be here to entertain you from morning coffee to pre-dinner drinks.

The more actively people participate, the more I’ll donate to Book Aid International.

Sugar and Snails promotion My debut novel is discounted to 99p or equivalent (Kindle version) throughout November viewbook.at/SugarandSnails

 

Here is my interview with Sonya Weiss

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.

Sonya Weiss

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

The Millionaire’s Revenge Contract, the third book in my Indulgence series with Entangled Publishing released on November 12.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing as a child and always have after that.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I don’t know when exactly I thought of myself as a writer. I just simply wrote. I think when I sold my first piece it started to sink in that maybe I could do this.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

There wasn’t inspiration so much as just the need to put stories down on paper. My first manuscript was lost in a move. I was a teenager and it was 500 handwritten pages (front and back!) of angst and drama. LOL. I don’t know why I thought 500 pages was a good idea-it just seemed like the goal to do at the time and so I did.

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

For my first book-it was based on the drama in the book. After that-titles are usually based on something linking to the book.

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

My writing style is trial and error LOL. Keep what works, get rid of what doesn’t. Challenging-hmm…I’d say that happens when I run into plot holes. I’m a pantser not a plotter so I can write myself into a corner sometimes.

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

None of it’s realistic. A writer is always somewhat shaped by his or her life experiences but the stories I write are fiction only.

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

Not usually but I do research.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I’m not sure-it would be someone within the publishing company.

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

Not really. I write to entertain.

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 have too many authors, both new and established to pick just one 😊

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

That would be my circle of fellow writers. The writing community is a supportive group.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes.

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

 No.

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

That’s a tough one…let’s see…Chris Pine, Milo Ventimiglia, Jesse Metcalfe

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Just write. Don’t worry about what’s “hot” in the market. Write the stories that matter to you.

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, but I do remember the one that stuck with me. It was The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Funny pet videos/stories about abandoned animals.

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

Lucille Ball-I admired her.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I sketch or read.

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

That’s a long list! The Flash, Arrow, reruns of The X-Files, LOST, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill…my favorite movies are romantic comedies.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Pizza, chicken enchiladas, cheesecake, mauve, red, almost any kind of music.

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

I’d be a scientist trying to figure out what went so wrong that I’m no longer a writer LOL.

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

With family/friends

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

You are standing on a trap door.

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

https://sonyaweiss.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Sonya-Weiss/e/B00JG6XB46/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1542324291&sr=1-2-ent

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Here is my interview with Suzanne Eglington

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 Miss Fiona and Greetings Readers, my name is Suzanne Eglington and I carry a young at heart lifestyle.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I am from Massachusetts, USA and currently reside in North Central Massachusetts

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

Some fun facts about me are; I am a romantic at heart, I have two great kids, I am a Field Hockey Mom. If I could spend time with one dead celebrity it would be Julia Childs. I used to be cooking or baking every day, now with the teenagers and their sports we often eat on the go. Currently our favourite meal is wonton soup; especially with the cold New England weather setting in.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My book news is I have a recent release called, The Dating Policy. I am bringing back the office romance. I will be running a goodreads giveaway just after Thanksgiving and ending before Christmas.

My current work in progress is a romantic suspense/thriller. While my first 5 books have been erotic romance (The Dating Policy does have some spicy scenes to keep you warm at night) this current book I am writing is venturing away from the bedroom to reach a broader audience. It is a macguffin style, everyone is going to be chasing the same thing all for different reasons, mostly greed. I should be completed by Christmas. Then I am in research for the next YA Fantasy Romance. Watch my blogs on goodreads for hints as I started to introduce my cast of characters.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing in 2012. I have grown as a writer since then and continue to learn and better my craft. I love entertaining my readers, awakening emotions, drawing them in to satisfy a thirst, they did not know exists.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I first considered myself a writer when I finished my first manuscript. That was an amazing moment. Never will I forget that feeling of accomplishment.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

It was something I wanted to try while I was home with the kids in their first years. It turned out to be an epic fail, ha haha! When they were a little older, I was able to take my writing career more seriously, now this is the only thing I want to do. I love playing God, Queen and Ruler. What I say goes. It’s a great world my mind lives in.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

My title reflects the conflict. The Dating Policy is about a corporate policy that is forbidden amongst co works. When you are working long hours sometimes the only place to meet someone is at work so I did the catch 22 with this book.

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

I hope my style reflects situations my readers could actually believe this could happen. I like to throw in humour, and sarcasm. I like my bad boys to be misunderstood. I like my women independent but realize relying on someone isn’t such a bad thing. And I like both male and female to have a HEA or HFN ending.

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

In The Dating Policy there is one scene that Mallory thinks Todd is asking her on a date. This scene I borrowed from my parents shortly after they met. The basic idea is there, my father was much more crass back then as I doctored it up, but fifty eight years later, and they are still in love must have been not so bad after all.

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

I love writing at my kitchen table researching the internet. I have travel quite a bit in my twenty’s and thirties so I have seen my fair share of this earth.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My best author bud and I design my covers so far. It’s usually my props, her kitchen table, a bottle of wine and her high school daughter who is in a graphic arts tract putting it all together.

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

Yes, live, laugh, love: try to explore outside your comfort zone and if you fail, just remember; acronym for fail is- first attempt in learning.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

Jane Austin, Patricia Briggs, Jeannine Frost, and Charleen Harris and Stephanie Meyer. I love paranormal and classic stories to read on my own time. Oh and any cook book. I love cook books.

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

My friends gave me great encouragement, but I have to say. I did this on my own. It was my drive and desire. I was going to make this happen. I knew this is what I wanted to do.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes and as soon as I can transition to becoming a full time writer I will and I am just as excited to entertain my readers with more stories every year.

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

Not with the content.

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

Yes, my naughty characters would not let me get a whole lot of sleep, while my fingers were dancing over the keyboard late into the mornings.

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

This is probably the hardest question for me because I do not watch television much. I am not current on series, shows or movies, so I would need suggestions and help with that.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Yes, don’t forget to shower. Ha haha.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?  

Thank you for allowing me to entertain you. My goal is to give you lasting characters that you will fall in love, feel compassion for, hate, not trust and just want to shake with frustration.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am reading about Greek Gods for research in my YA novel out before summer.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Sadly I do not. I know the first book that brought emotions to me was, Of Mice and Men.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

As I enter into menopause… everything!

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

Julia Childs. I love to cook. I love to watch reruns from time to time of her shows. I am a huge Julia fan.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I am a text book addict. I love learning. I also love cooking books. Those are the only collection that has been carried from move to move since I was first out on my own. I like to think that sentimental, but I actually think I am a cook book hoarder.

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

I like action movies and chic flicks.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Pasta, red or black and Imagine Dragons

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

Learn programming and build websites.

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

Every second with my kids and boyfriend. Laughing, talking, reminiscing, drinking wine, in front of a campfire. Telling them where I buried the stack of money.

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

THE END

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

I have my goodreads blog Just follow me Suzanne Eglington on goodreads. My twitter handle is @suzeglington  or visit my amazon page Suzanne Eglington or you can email me at suzanneeglington@gmail.com I will have a non publisher hosted website by the end of 2018

 Amazon Authors page USA  https://www.amazon.com/Suzanne-Eglington/e/B01E5NNMRA/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1542314510&sr=1-2-ent

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Suzanne-Eglington/e/B01E5NNMRA/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3?qid=1542314590&sr=1-3

 

Here is my interview with Kate Hawthorne

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’m Kate Hawthorne and I’m more than thirty, but less than forty 😉

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born and raised in San Diego, California and I’ve lived in Los Angeles for twelve years.

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

I’m a wife, mom, boss, author…I have a toddler who keeps me on my toes, a wonderful husband, and a yappy eleven year old Jack Russell Terrier. I have a day job, so when I’m not there, or out and about with the family, I try to write some kinky love stories.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

On Nov. 6, I released Future Fake Husband, a collaboration I worked on with E.M. Denning. It’s the second book we’ve written together and I’m happy to share it reached #1 in gay fiction, so that’s been exciting for us!  It’s free in KU – http://mybook.to/ffh

In addition to that, I’m ramping up for an early December release for the third book in my current series, Giving Consent.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing my whole life. I used to have journals everywhere when I was in junior high and I’ve actively journaled most of my life in addition to writing poetry and short stories.  I never entertained writing to publish until 2017 when some friends of mine strongly encouraged it. His Kind of Love, my debut novel was released in January 2018 and I’ve never looked back.

I’ve always loved writing and I think it’s one of the easiest ways I can express myself.  Writing fiction has allowed me to create new worlds and that’s so fulfilling.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Even with eight published titles I still don’t really sometimes. I think most writers suffer from impostor syndrome. I’m working with a great narrator to have my books put into audible and I think the first time I listened to chapters from His Kind of Love to proof it really hit home that I’m a writer.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I wasn’t satisified with anything I was reading, so I figured I’d write the kind of stories I felt the market needed. I’ve always wanted to write BDSM into my stories, but was hesitant to lead off with that. My first series gets kinkier as it goes on, and my second series is much heavier with that content.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The title for my first book was such a struggle. The manuscript itself had at least three different working titles. I was actually set on something different, even though one of my author friends had advised against it. His Kind of Love just popped up as a line one of the characters had said and it fit perfectly.

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

I’m sure I do have a style that is specific to me, but it’s not something I think I could point out.  Content wise, my characters like to have sex, which some people see as a negative, but I see sex as a vehicle for characters (and people) to learn about each other and get to know their partners and themselves better, so I use that in my stories.

I think romance is hard sometimes because you really want to come up with conflict points for your book that seem organic to the plot and the characters, so it’s really important that you’re in tune with the story that needs to be told so nothing seems forced.

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

I pull a lot more from my real life than most people would think…I don’t intentionally base characters off people I know, though I’ve seen a lot of myself in one particular character I’ve written, it didn’t start out to be intentional.

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

I write from things I know and places I’ve been. That’s why most of my books take place in Los Angeles. I’m familiar with the landmarks I’m writing about. All of the dates my characters have been on are dates I’ve been on. The night may not have turned out the same for me as it did for them, but there’s bits and pieces in there.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My first cover was designed by the immensely talented Dana from Designs by Dana, and the rest of my covers, including my collabs with EM Denning have been done by Samantha Santana from Amai Designs.

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

I think especially with the BDSM I lace into my stories, I want people to see kink as something natural and accessible.  So often, the power exchange dynamic is written on the page as such an extreme thing, but there’s nuances and variances to those kinds of relationships in real life.  I’ve had people tell me after reading my books they’ve been able to realize things about their own sexuality they didn’t before because they found the journey of one of my characters to be relatable and that means the world to me.

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?

This is such a loaded question. LOL. I think Leta Blake is an absolutely phenomenally talented author. The Heat of Love books have created an amazing omegaverse and her characters are just so vibrant.  When I read her books, I feel like I’m 100% invested in their lives, like they were real people. One of her recent releases, Any Given Lifetime, which is a love story that involves reincarnation is one of my top reads of the year.

I’m probably biased, but EM Denning is also another favorite of mine. I met her when she asked me to beta read the first book in her Desires series, which are also kink stories, and I saw so much of my own experiences in her characters. She has such a strong understanding of the psychology of BDSM and D/s and is able to convey it on the page with a relatable ease that I really appreciated reading.

Also, Sierra Simone, who is a queen and there isn’t a thing she could write that I wouldn’t love. She writes in first person, which I generally don’t enjoy, but her storytelling is so captivating that the POV fades away and before you know it, you’re wrapped up in whatever world she’s created.

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

Oh, 100% EM Denning and Lynn Van Dorn. My first novel is dedicated to them. EM made me write, and Lynn made me write better.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I do see writing as a career. Unfortunately, living in Los Angeles, it’s not something I can have as a full time career because the cost of living is astronomical, but it’s a goal to work toward for sure. Writing is hard work and anyone who thinks otherwise is fooling themselves.

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

My latest book, no.  My earlier books, maybe.

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

I actually spent a lot of time researching the California penal code trying to figure out what offenses would get a character more jail time than others.

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

This is funny because one of the takeover games we like to do sometimes is, if you could cast your book with porn stars, who would it be. Haha.  I’ve never put thought into what main screen actors I’d want to play any of my characters.  I think if we were to cast my last release, Future Fake Husband with porn stars, it would have to be Calvin Banks as Cole and Troy Accola as Rhett.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Don’t quit and don’t go on goodreads. LOL. In all honesty though, I think one of the most important parts of writing is having reliable beta readers who aren’t trying to kiss your ass and will give you the feedback you need. You can’t grow in your craft if you’re writing in a bubble.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For reading, for buying, for reviewing, for spreading the love, and for being so wonderful.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I just finished Broken Halos by Aimee Nicole Walker.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Definitely not. LOL.  I mean I definitely had a huge collection of Little Golden Books when I was a kid. As a teen though, I remember really loving Desiree by Annemarie Selinko.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Everything, I’m such a crier. That Subaru commercial with the guy taking his old dog on the bucket list day makes me bawl my eyes out every time. I’m definitely a happy crier…family reunion videos, golden buzzer compilations on Americas Got Talent, winning the Great British Baking Show… As for laughing, I love childish humor. I think Super Troopers is the funniest movie ever made.

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

I’ve never been good with these questions *hides*

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I don’t even have time for hobbies since I’ve started writing. I used to be an avid rock climber, but haven’t been able to pick that back up since I was pregnant. I like being outside and active as long as I’m not in the sun.

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

Outlander, The Last Kingdom, Vikings, Boardwalk Empire, Law and Order, Family Guy.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I love a good cheeseburger and rootbeer float. I have simple tastes. My favorite color is green and I listen to country music most of the time, but I grew up listening to punk so I switch back to that a lot, too.

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

I can’t even imagine a world where I didn’t have this in my life. I’d probably read a lot more? But I don’t ever want to lose this.

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

Definitely with my family.

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

Kate’s words made someone’s life better.

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

Sure do! www.katehawthornebooks.com or they can join my facebook group http://facebook.com/groups/hawthornesharem

 Amazon authors page   USA  https://www.amazon.com/Kate-Hawthorne/e/B0791M6HFZ/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1542191068&sr=1-2-ent

UK   https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kate-Hawthorne/e/B0791M6HFZ/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

Here is my interview with Debbie Allen

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?

Debbie Allen. I just turned 61

Fiona: Where are you from?

Born in Detroit Michigan. Lived in Macomb Michigan since 1995

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

I live with my fiancé of nearly 25 years. I went to truck driving school but never got a job at it.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.  

Don’t have any right now

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve actually been writing stuff since high school. I was published in some school products and once in Reader’s Digest many many moons ago.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’m a writer? LOL I guess the first time I wrote “THE END” in my first book.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Actually, it was the model on the front of my first book. I looked at pictures of him and started writing a story in my head. Though, it is sort of an auto biography, because some of the events really did happen to me.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I had given up finding someone to love and had quit trusting in love, which is the title of my first book, Trusting In Love.

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

I write erotic romance. Anything goes. I’m not into BDSM and shifters and that kind of kink though.

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

My first book is very realistic; I lived through some of the events that were hinted at. Somewhere just what I wanted to do to the person that abused me.  And most of the rest is pretty much just out of my mind.

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

No.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I did to a point. I bought the photos from photographers and then did the rest.

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

The first book, yes, DON’T let yourself be abused. Get out of that situation. The second book, no, it was just pure writing.

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 love Marie Force’s Gansett Island series. But I have this habit of haunting legal free book sites to the present total of over 23000 books on my ereader. Yes, you read right, that’s thousand. I’ve maybe bought 500 of them. The rest were legally free.

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

Several author friends online, namely Maggie Adams.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I would love it, but because of some health and time issues, I can’t devote as much time to it as I’d like. Plus I have all those books to read.

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

I might. I restarted it about 15 times, so I think after that many it should be ok.

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

Yes, I need to learn graphics I think.

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

Oh geez… For Jenna, I’m not sure who I’d want… For Brad, I want Gerard Butler, and if that’s the case, I’ll play Jenna myself… LOL

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

If you feel that you need to rewrite a scene, do it. If you feel it’s right, leave it, continue on, and wait a few days and go back and reread it, like you’re proofing it. If it still works, keep it, if something doesn’t feel right, try again.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Enjoy… that’s what it’s there for.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

About to finish Highland Heartbeats series and move on.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, the first book I remember is my Fuzzy Duckling book that had an actual fuzzy duck picture on the front, he had frizzy felt or something on it.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Most anything can make me cry these days. Someone dying in a movie or book, someone falling in love, my own writing can make me cry. As for laughing, I have a bit of a bizarre sense of humor so most anything can make me laugh that might offend others.

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

Wow..no, not really unless it’s a celebrity.

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Lately, reading and more reading.

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

CSI, Expedition Unknown, Mysteries at the Museum. Movies, I’m rather varied on those, anything from White Christmas to Harry Potter

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I love meat. Chocolate. Bacon. Color, hot pink, deep pinks, bright pinks. Reds, teal.

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

Read. But I’m going to need solar panels, a plug and WiFi or satellite in my coffin or urn for all those books I get.

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

Stuffing my face with chocolate. I’m gonna die anyway, so might as well enjoy it. Or maybe  steaks. Or both, and reading while I eat.

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

I don’t think I’ll have one, I want to be cremated

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

No, but here are some links to various spots.

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1DjM2jD

Author’s Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/1QS7hyQ

Dare to Ride

Amazon Link: USA  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/198778961X/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1

UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dare-Ride-Debbie-Allen-ebook/dp/B07C631831/ref=sr_1_2?&ie=UTF8

Trusting In Love

Amazon link: USA  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZQ4OWV8/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00ZQ4OWV8?&*Version*=1

 

Here is my interview with Cherié Summers

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 Cherié Summers and I’m 53 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida and still reside here.  I’d love to move to another city and I have my eye on Atlanta, Georgia for retirement. It’s a city I love visiting.

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

I currently live alone with two cats, Cleo and Morgan. I have one daughter, Kayla who is 31. She’s my traveling companion. We enjoy going to music concerts and pop culture conventions together. I have a degree in public relations from the University of North Florida and I have a day job which I prefer not to mix with my creative job of writing. I also teach bellydance through my local community education program and enjoy portrait photography.

 Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I’ve just released myfifth novel, Eternally Wild. The first I’ve published on my own. It’s a paranormal romance which is a genre I NEVER saw myself writing in. I was pulled into it by a force greater than myself…yes, I believe paranormal activity was involved. It came in the way of inspiration from a musical icon whom I’ve admired since the 1980’s. Michael Hutchence was lead singer of INXS and passed away in 1997. In the summer of 2017, I dreamed of meeting his ghost, and woke up thinking that might be a great story idea. At the time, I was getting ready to release my third novel in my Love on Fire series and wrapping up the fourth.  Next thingI know it’s November 22nd, the 20th anniversary of Michael’s death, and I could feel this energy all around me pushing me to write the ghost story. I began writing during the Thanksgiving holidays and finished the rough draft in about four months.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always loved writing. It came easy for me in school. I love playing with words and writing assignments were something I enjoyed. I wrote the first draft of A Melody for Adrian in 1983. I rewrote it many times before actually getting serious about having it published. I was fifty by then and had already written the sequel, Adrian’s Melody, in 2005.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Probably when I was a teenager, because I was taking it more seriously andalso writing creatively for fun. Ibegan thinking of going to college for journalism. My first publication came at age 28. It was a short story for a children’s magazine about my favorite animal, the gorilla.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Another dream. This one about Billy Idol. I was mad in love with him. He is the muse for Adrian “Bolt” Hall.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Play on words. Adrianis lead singer of the punk rock band, Lightning. He meets the woman of his dreams named Melody.

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

The challenge with writing a series is maintaining continuity. I have storylines that started in the first book, that are being played out in the fourth. I love bringing back old characters and reintroducing them. As for the paranormal romance, at first I asked myself, ‘can I do this’? Someone suggested I read books in that genre to get ideas, but when I thought about that, I decided it was better to go in fresh…it’s fiction after all…I can do what I want. I doubted myself a lot as I was writing. One doubt was the idea that a ghost could touch people and have sex. Then I watched one of my favorite movies, The Crow, with Brandon Lee. In it, he returns from the dead and he fights, hugs, and touches people. I thought to myself, I’m okay with this. And again, it’s fiction.

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

All my books have some elements of my real life in them.

In Love on Fire, Adrian is a young man whose mother walked out when he was young. His stepmother was abusive and because of it, he’s full of anger. I experienced similar childhood trauma.  Melody’s best friend, Annette, is based on my high school best friend. The band’s manager was created from my male best friend in high school. Of course, Billy Idol was the muse for Adrian and a few other musicians were muses for the band. John Taylor and Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran, Brian Setzer, and Jon Farriss of INXS. My characters look like them.

In my latest, Eternally Wild, Michael Hutchence was the muse for Caesar Blue and Jon Farriss the muse for Johnnie Vega. I included quite a few Easter Eggs for INXS fans. Melanie living in Atlanta was because I’d like to live there. She buys vintage style dresses because my daughter wears that style.

And the names of my characters almost always come from friends and acquaintances.

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

Not specifically for the books but going to music concerts certainly helps when writing about musicians.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My Love on Fire series covers were designed by artists my publisher chose and I’ll admit I’m not fond of them. Eternally Wild was designed by me. It was my first foray into self-publishing and I needed to keep costs low. Most romance books these days have a hot hunk on them. I wanted to express more of what the story was about. The photos I used were not high resolution which gives the cover a ghostly appearance. You see Caesar on stage and you see Melanie and Johnnie together. I wanted to express that they were brought together by Caesar. There are dolphins on the back of the paperback because they are a part of the story. Hopefully, I captured the vibe of the book in the cover. If not, I’ll slap a muscular hunk on the next one.

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

The running theme in all my books is the strength of friendship. In Love on Fire, Adrian’s family is lost to him, so his family is his band, and through four books (so far) they have survived some horrible events through that strong friendship.

In Eternally Wild, you have Caesar and Johnnie who are best friends, but very different. Caesar is this sort of hippy, free spirited, lover of life, while Johnnie is the wild, crazy, bad boy of the band, an addict who’s just a mess. Johnnie’s childhood started his downward spiral, but Caesar’s death made it worse. Caesar’s return to the living is to save Johnnie from himself.

I love that I’ve created these heterosexual male characters who love one another and who aren’t afraid to say it. They will hold one another and cry. They’re masculine and highly sexual but also human beings who love and care for one another.

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?

 The funny thing is I love writing romance, but I love reading criminal psychology books. My favorite author is Johnathan Kellerman because that is his genre. I’ve also read a lot of books on serial killers. Lately though I’ve been reading biographies and autobiographies from my muses. Billy Idol’s “Dancing with Myself”, John Taylor’s “Into the Pleasure Groove, INXS “Story to Story”. I read them AFTER my own books were written so I would not accidentally use anything from them.

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

My friends have supported me even more than family. My mother hasn’t read my books, nor my daughter (I think it’s the sex that freaks them) but my friends have been great. They’ve bought my books and reviewed them for me.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I do want to be an author who can make money selling books. I love my stories and my characters and I want others to discover them and love them just as much as I do.But right now it’s a ‘side gig’.

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

I received a not so good review that made me rethink things. She felt the book was rushed. And one element (Johnnie’s recovery) is sort of rushed and it bothered me even as I wrote it since addiction is a serious topic. I hadn’t planned on making a sequel, but then someone crawled into my head and gave me an idea for a 2nd book. Telling the new story from Johnnie’s pointwould allow me to explore his addiction in more depth.

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

That I can write paranormal romance. I can self-publish and have full control over the process.

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

I’veactually thought about this for Eternally Wild.My first thoughts, Aidan Turner as Caesar Blue, and Luke Evans as Johnnie Vega. But Caesar is forever 28, and Aidan is a bit older and I think I’d want someone more youthful. Caesar is described as ‘achingly beautiful’. I discovered this gorgeous model named Victor Seitz who is just that. He’s a bit young but maybe in five years he’d be perfect!

As for my series, haven’t really given it thought. I’ve had a few reviewers say it would make a great TV series. So much DRAMA!

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Keep writing. Don’t give up. When I’m working on a novel, I write a bit each day. Even if only one sentence, it’s progress.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I need more of you!

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

A book called Candy, by Caddy Rowland. She’s an online friend I met through a Billy Idol fan group on Facebook.

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The Babar Books. I loved those as a kid. I read them over and over again.

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Those rescuing animal videos on Facebook always make me cry. The show Grace and Frankie makes me laugh out loud. I’m getting older so the old age humor cracks me up.

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

Well, I’ve met Billy Idol, Jason Momoa, Norman Reedus, James Marstershmmmm. So, let’s go with my muses for Eternally Wild, Michael Hutchence and Jon Farriss. Jon is the drummer for INXS and I have interacted with him on Twitter. He has the most gorgeous smile I’ve ever seen! It makes me smile! But given how much I flirt with him on Twitter, I’m probably not allowed in Australia on his wife’s orders.

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Photography and bellydance

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

I am a total The Walking Dead fan girl. I am obsessed with that show. I’ve been to two Walking Dead conventions and have met most of the cast. All amazing people!  I also love Game of Thrones, Luther, True Blood, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Project Runway, The Fall, The Killing, This is Us. As for movies, Last of the Mohicans, Desperado, Man on Fire, P. S. I Love You, Braveheart, Legends of the Fall, The Crow, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Lord of the Rings/Hobbit series

 Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Chips and Salsa, Cheese pizza, Cheesecake, Paneer butter masala. Red, black, and hot pink. 80’s music all the time, Billy Idol, INXS, Hall and Oates, Duran Duran, Stray Cats, U2, Prince, The Cure, Culture Club…..etc etc!

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

Spend more time with my camera.

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

With my daughter looking at photos and reminiscing about our travels. Listening to my favorite songs

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

Never given it any thought. I don’t have a clue. Maybe my website address? I can still sell books when I’m gone.

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

www.cheriesummers.com

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

Twitter: @cheriesummers18

Pinterest: cheriesummers18

Instagram: cheriesummers18

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2dhwEKZ

 

Here is my interview with Kris Johnston

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?

Kris Johnston, 46

Fiona: Where are you from?

Southern California

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

I`m a single mom of 6. Three of my kids are grown (one even has a child of his own), and the youngest three live with me. I have a degree in Administration which I received in my late 30s, while pregnant with my last baby. So, see everyone? It`s never too late to go after what you want!

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I just released my latest book, Sideshow: A Love Story, and it launched as #1

New Release in all of its categories on Amazon.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing as a child. I always wrote little poems and stories for my loved ones, and it stuck. I`ve been writing my entire life but only began self publishing around 3 years ago.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

As a teenager, I began to explore a lot of dark poetry and dark fantasy novels, and these resonated with me at the time. Once when I was hanging out with a group of friends, someone said, “She's the writer,” and for the first time, I actually believed it.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I had a group of friends who were artists, and their drawings and sketches were so compelling I felt them in my soul I used the art pieces to create my first published work, “This Beautiful Curse.”

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The book is told in rhyme (sort of like a dark Dr. Seuss for grown ups), and it tells the story of a lover`s betrayal who is then cursed.

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

My only method is to write what I feel and what inspires me. I do begin with something similar to an outline. I will spend weeks making little notes, figuring out my characters and their back stories, etc., before I begin writing the actual words. The only thing I actually find challenging is when I have to research a topic I don`t know anything about. There is pressure to make sure you get it right, and you can find a lot of different things about one subject on the internet!

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

Since most of what I write is Fantasy or Paranormal, there are not a lot of events based on my own experiences. I do, however, like to add an aspect of humanity and realism to my work, so I draw from my own past painful relationships or failures, to give my stories an edge.

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

No. I have 3 young children I`m raising alone, so sadly I do not travel much.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I`ve worked with two different designers. Kristyn McQuiggan of Drop Dead Designs created my most recent cover for Sideshow, and Leanne Louise of Bound 2 Be Covers designed my YA PNR books, The R.I.P. Series.

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

Yes! No matter how impossible a situation, no matter how dark your life may seem, there can always be a Happily Ever After.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write from your gut and your heart. Don`t try to force anything, it will never be believed by your readers. Most of all, dont give up! The market is so saturated, it`s hard to find your audience but they are out there!

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you for taking a chance on me. I hope you enjoy the brief escape I've given you! There is more to come!

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

I`m a big fan of The Handmaid`s Tale, Bob`s Burgers, and Schitt`s Creek. I love finding something good on Netflix or Hulu. I`m also a big fan of The Great British Baking Show.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Mexican food; Black & purple; Rock

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

Hmmm. I have no idea! Cry for eternity?

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

Cooking for all of my kids, hanging out and laughing, enjoying each other`s company.

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

Amazon author page- www.amazon.com/author/krisjohnston

Sideshow Universal link

https://books2read.com/u/3G9qMO

The R.I.P. Series Universal links

Rest in Peace, Roz (Book 1)

https://www.books2read.com/u/mVB6Ll

Rage in Pain, Roz (Book 2)

https://www.books2read.com/u/bP5xnA

Rise in Pride, Roz (Book 3)

https://www.books2read.com/u/3G9vqa

This Beautiful Curse-

https://www.amazon.com/This-Beautiful-Curse-Gothic-Fairy-ebook/dp/B016B63F3U

Here is my interview with Tom E Shelby

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?

Tom E Shelby I am 55 years young

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m from the North East of England

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

I spent most of my life in the military. I now work in Information Technology for an American Global Company. I studies various subjects with the Open University whilst working full time.  I am married with 2 children. I love the great outdoors and am a keen cyclist.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I will be releasing my first book under this new Pen name in February 2019. The title of the book will be Messiah. It follows the early days of a dysfunctional young man who has had a difficult upbringing. It will follow him as he turns into a charismatic man who has his own take on the bible and its teachings. Over time he will build up a following and set up a retreat where he can build the perfect environment for his twisted beliefs.

It is a dark erotic tale of manipulation and depravity.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing in 2015

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I considered myself a writer after I published my first book

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My father and friends inspired me to write my first book.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The title of my first ever book was inspired by my own transition from civilian life into the military. I am sorry but as I want to keep that part of my life separate from erotica I will not give the title.

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

My writing style is very descriptive and writing in the first person gives me the ability to get in a characters head and bring out his or her emotions. Writing as a female I find is the most challenging part of writing erotica for a male author. Or indeed as a hetrosexual male any homosexual scenes can be a little difficult

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

Most of what I have written previously under my real name and other pen names has been 90% based on my own experiences the other 10% is fantasies I would like to try out.

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

No, I haven’t so far. If I have any research to do it is either speaking to people or the internet

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I have had a couple of people design previous covers., but I also have done some myself

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

It’s not really a message, but I try and highlight the kind of world we live in. We all have secrets and nothing is always as it seems.

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?

The person who grabbed my interest as a Dark Erotic author was

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

The Indie community has supported me in my work and various groups I am a member of. I am also a member of the Erotic Authors Guild

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I would love to write as a career but I can’t see that happening anytime soon.

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

As I am only about 25% through my first release under this pen name I can’t really answer that lol!!

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

So far I have learned that the world is a terrible place, but there is always hope.

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

I would like Gerard Butler to play the lead. I think he has the kind of voice that would do the main character justice.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Follow your dreams and never give up. Take advice from those who have been in the industry a while.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I hope that any books I write will be enjoyed by anyone who reads them. I can be a little dark and philosophical so beware.

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

A biography about Charles Manson

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The Hobbitt by JR Tolkein

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

A lot of things make me laugh. I am generally a happy person but I do like episodes of the Big Bang Theory.

Things that upset me is to see suffering in the world.

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

I would love to meet Stephen Fry who is an English comedian but also a very intelligent man. I think his converdsations and musings on life would be fascinating

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I love to walk in the hills, and to cycle. I keep myself generally fit. I love to read but don’t have time to do as much as I used to.

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

I love a British series called the Peaky Blinders about an Irish family in Birmingham.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Favourite food is Chines and Indian. I love the colour black and also checked waistcoats and have a collection of Harris Tweed. I love all genres of music but do love acoustic songs.

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

If I could not write I would still be involved in some shape or form. It would probably be supporting other authors.

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

A whole life cannot be accomplished in 24 hours but one thing surely you can do and that goes something like this:

You should spend the time with the person you love. You must tell them how much they mean to you, their smile, theirkindness, and the things in them which makes you believe in how beautiful life is.

I would enjoy my life to the maximum and break every legal rule

I will throw a big party for all my loved ones, and make everybody feel special. The last minute of my life I will be saying thank you to them all.

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

“If you are reading this you are probably standing on my balls. Ouch!!”

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

https://tomeshelby.wordpress.com/

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Tomeshelby-906739072868659/

 

Here is my interview with Liz Gavin

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’m Liz Gavin and I’m fifty-two going on fifty-three on November 29th.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Brazil and came to Southern California in September 2015 for my Master degree. I graduated in June of this year and am now teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in Palm Desert as part of my training program. I also teach English online and translate fiction and non-fiction works.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

On this past Halloween, I became a USA Today Bestselling Author and I could not be more thrilled about it. It’s been a year and a half of intense work toward achieving this goal. I can’t describe the joy I’ve felt when the list came outwith my name on it.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I published my first short-story in September 2013 as a test. I had always wanted to be a published author; but had no idea I could be a self-publishing one. I was introduced to the ideas when I proofread a self-help book on the topic for an author friend. In her book, she created a map for the beginner writer, which I followed and the results have been fantastic.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

There’s actually a cute story about that. I had been writing for a year when I spent Christmas in Kansas City with a Brazilian friend. Her husband asked me why I didn’t call myself a writer, to which I replied I was ‘only’ an indie author. He arched his eyebrow at me and asked, “Has anyone ever paid to read your books?” I laughed out loud and replied, “Yes, they have. Quite a lot of them, to be honest. But.I’m not under contract with a publisher or anything.” He shrugged and said, “If money has been exchanged, it looks to me as if you are a writer. Own it.” I’ve taken his advice to heart.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your latest book?

I’ve been a huge fan of rock and roll since forever. As a teen, I’d fantasied about being in a band and/or dating a rock star. When I started writing, I knew I’d eventually write a series about rock stars and it felt right to write about how the band got togethers as opposed to writing about a hugely famous rock star who finds love unexpectedly as a lot of the books in this troupe seem to be set up.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I love anything related to King Arthur and his knights, but I didn’t want to write a retelling of those stories in this series about rock stars, so I decided to use only Tristan and Isolt for the names of the main characters: Tristan and Izzie. When I outlined the plot, I decided to create a love triangle and a dark secret form their past as young lovers. I don’t want to give away much more of the story; but let me just say readers familiar with Arthurian lore will identify a couple of other play with names in the book.

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

A lot of my stories deal with themes like violence against women, low self-esteem, drug abuse, loss of family members, sexual harassment, or betrayal. However, I make a point of always giving the characters a chance to steer through those winding metaphorical roads to find healing and happiness at the end of their journey. Fair warning – It gets quite bumpy at times.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I’ve used different designers for different books: HFH Book Services, who is also my PA; OliviaProDesign and GermanCreative I’ve found them both at Fiverr. I LOVE their work.

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

I’m a romantic and I believe love conquers all, so I hope that’s what my readers will walk away with after reading my stories.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, it is my dream job. Actually, as a little girl I used to play with an old typewriter pretending I was writing novels. Well, that kind of shows how old I am, right? Lol Does anyone still remember what typewriters look like?

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

Nope. The whole Knight’s Edge series is close to my heart, written from my guts and I loved every excruciating moment of it.

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

That writing under pressure of deadline can be painful, but the pain might turn out to make a story great.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I paint oil on canvas. It’s therapeutic.

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

Gosh, the list is just too long. Lol I use movies and TV shows as rewards for completing projects. I’m a sucker for late night shows, namely Trevor Noah’s and Stephen Colbert’s shows. Today I started watching Big Little Lies and I’m hooked.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Italian food, purple, and rock music, not necessarily in that order. lol

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

I cannot imagine that. Sorry. It’s like asking me not to breathe.

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

Certainly. I love interacting with readers, so do come visit me at http://lizgavin.com.

In fact, feel free to stalk me. Here are some additional links:

Newsletter – https://emailoctopus.com/lists/44583e73-26c6-11e7-b170-0244cade5e89/forms/subscribe

Bookbub – https://www.bookbub.com/authors/liz-gavin

Amazon Author Page – https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00F5BJC7Q

Facebook profile – https://www.facebook.com/liz.gavin.54

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/lizgavinauthor

Twitter – https://twitter.com/LizGavin_author