Here is my interview with Kim Michelle Ross

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?

Kim: Hello, Fiona, and hi to everyone reading your blog. I’m Kim Michelle Ross, and I’m somewhat reluctant revealing my actual age, other than saying my age is double and bit more to the years I’ve been married (almost 25).

Fiona: Where are you from?

Kim: I was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, and I still live there.

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

Kim: I’m married to Paul, and we have 3 boys, Daniel, Ryan and Caiden, and a golden retriever named Benny. I graduated from high school with a HSC, and though I matriculated to university I didn’t attend. Instead, it was easier on the hip pocket to study at Newcastle TAFE, WEA and Hunter Community College (basically one’s technical education and the others are adult education community colleges).

In late 1981 I undertook a 4 month laboratory traineeship at the University of Newcastle, and by early ’82 I was offered the position of research assistant to the senior lecturer in Genetics – and overseer his cancer research projects. I began first year of Laboratory Technician (that’s equivalent to a science degree) at Newcastle TAFE but sadly, three years later my boss passed away.

After that I took on a few different lab positions and even a stint as a landscape gardener labourer. In 1990 I gravitated from biology and into pathology and worked as a laboratory aid in a private pathology lab – department of cytogenetics (chromosome studies). Sadly by ’91 that lab closed but I was quickly snatched up by the Royal Newcastle Hospital as a Laboratory Technical Assistant, Grade 2, in the Blood Bank. Eighteen months later ( Nov ’92) I got married and 13 months after that (Dec ’93) I left the blood bank just prior to the birth of my first son, Daniel, son number 2, Ryan, quickly followed (Oct ’94) and a third son, Caiden, 3 years later (Apr ‘ 98). By then I was content to be a stay-at-home mum yet I still had aspirations of being a writer—that was, as soon as I found the time.

However, the time didn’t arrive till 2005 when my youngest child started kindergarten, and I finally began writing. I joined the Hunter Writers’ Centre, facilitated a writers’ group and joined another writing group dedicated to speculative fiction. Writing is a passion but it’s not my only passion, I also belly dance. Soon after my mother passed away in 2008, my good friend Libby, she’d been belly dancing for awhile, encouraged me to take it up—she thought I was a natural. Though I’d began dancing before I was 5, my mother taught me some ballet and tap before I started taking jazz ballet lessons, but I hadn’t been in a dance class since I was 18. Turns out my friend was right and after only 12 months of classes with Silk Caravan Bellydance School, I was invited into Silk Caravan performance troupe. Since then I’ve been performing as a professional belly dancer. But also dividing my time between writing and dancing. In late 2008 the troupe started planning a tour of Egypt for 2010. I then took on a causal job with Australia Post as a mail officer to pay for the trip/costumes. Egypt was awesome. It was pretty surreal being fitted and having costumes made in Cairo. The troupe is still performing in Newcastle and make regular appearances in Sydney.

And even with devoting time to motherhood, homeduties, belly dance, causal work and various writers groups, I somehow managed to complete 5 novels, start another 3, plus write many short stories and flash fiction pieces and I’m published in 7anthologies, plus 2 flash fiction pieces are published on an online web journal. I won NaNoWriMo 2013 and Camp NaNoWriMo 2014 with a paranormal-vampire Beatle themed romance romp. Recently our BGS Fantasy/Paranormal group released sample anthology, title ‘Tales of the Fantastic’ and it features 4 of my previously published stories. Another short story (it’s a Viking mini-epic) was accepted into the Iron Doves Charity Program Anthology and is due to be published by the Dragon’s Rocketship Publishers in Oct 2017. Another short story is also being publish Oct ’17 in the ‘Limitless’ anthology published by McGrath House. So the anthology count will be 9 before 2017 ends.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Kim: My latest news is, I submitted the first book of my unpublished ‘Netherrealm’ trilogy to Pantera Press, and I’m waiting to hear back. But I also joined an online writers group via Books Go Social. Our group formed BGS Fantasy/Paranormal, there are 12 members worldwide. Daccari Buchelli is the mastermind behind a sample anthology ‘Tales of the Fantastic’ and six of us, namely, Daccari Buchelli, Alex. E. Carey, Grant Lieshman, David Gilchrist, Caitlin Lynagh and myself contributed previously published work, novel excerpts and complete short stories.

‘Tales of the Fantastic’ a Paranormal/Fantasy Sample Anthology and it’s available to download for free on Amazon.com.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Kim: It began as a child. I’ve always had an overactive imagination and made up some unbelievable stories or I’d re-image the ending of movies and books if I didn’t like the way they ended. As a teen my grandmother gave me her cast-off Mills & Boon novels and I was hooked on romance. So at 16 I decided to be a romance writer. However, the stories and bad poetry I scribbled down in the back of my schoolbooks weren’t entirely about romantic fluff. Instead, supernatural creatures made their way into my tales and I thought maybe speculative fiction was my calling. When I was in my twenties I had an idea for a historical speculative fiction novel but then life got in the way and my writing was shelved till after my youngest son started school.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Kim: I submitted a flash fiction piece to the ‘Hunter Writer’, the Hunter Writers’ Centre’s monthly newsletter. The piece was accepted into the Dec ’08-Jan ’09 edition. But I didn’t feel like a real writer, even though my work was in print. It wasn’t till I held ‘Novascapes, A Speculative Fiction Anthology from the Hunter, Vol 1’, in my hand that I finally felt like a real writer and realised my YA sci-fi story was included alongside several award winning novelists and a host of local emerging talent.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Kim: I had a dream and the concept of that dream breathed life into a story about reincarnation. I eventually settled on calling it ‘Netherrealm’, since then the story kept on evolving and it’s gone through many changes, as well as maybe ten drafts. I really thought it’d be a novella and I’d struggle to make it reach novel length but I astounded myself and the story turned into a trilogy- approximate word count for each book 90-97k.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Kim: Oh, I have a long list of corny and bad romance-cliché titles before it clicked that the title should be a single word. There are two storylines, one set in 12th century England the other in the 21st century. I’d merged historical-contemporary with a dash of intrigue, romance and sci-fi/paranormal. I was mostly influenced by Norse & Celtic mythologies—the nether world, the underworld and the nine realms so I joined nether and realm to make ‘Netherrealm’.

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

Kim: I have been told that my style is unique but quite charming and I have a knack for speculative-romance. I do find it challenging at times, not so much the subject, but once I’m ‘on a roll’ I tend to forget grammar and put commas where they shouldn’t go—editing my own work is a total nightmare.

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

Kim: Well it is a work of pure fiction, but I have slipped in a few personal things  based on real incidences and created a character that’s a combination of every mean girl I’ve ever known.

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

Kim: When I first began my Netherrealm journey I didn’t travel but made good use of my imagination and weekly trips to the library to research historical facts and exhausted the internet to find photographs of the places I set the medieval and contemporary world. It wasn’t till ten years later that I finally had the opportunity to visit Derbyshire, England, and to stand inside the stone circle where my story actually begins.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Kim: Netherrealm is still unpublished but 3 anthologies featuring my work , Novascapes, Vol 1 & 2, and Sproutlings: A Compendium of Little Fictions were designed by a local Newcastle artist, Tallulah Cunningham. And the editor of The Three Drops from a Cauldron anthologies, Kate Garrett, chose the covers for those anthologies.

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

Kim: The message I hope to convey when Netherrealm is published: though the past cannot be changed you can learn from it, and never let anyone manipulate you into believing you’re not enough. Being beautiful isn’t about having a pretty face for true beauty is how you treat others.

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?

Kim: There are a few new authors that’ve grabbed my attention, Alex. E. Carey, Daccari Buchelli, David Gilchrist, Grant Lieshman, Caitlin Lynagh, Nyasia A. Maire, Amanda Markham, Tammy Loshaw-Berg, Chris Walters, Natalie Bennet, Rachel McGrath, Ivy Ireland, Sheree Christofferson, Morgan Bell. I have a long list of favourite authors, Anya Seaton, Nora Roberts, Sean Williams, Garth Nix, Michael Crichton, Stephen King, Marc Olden, Dean Koonz, Randolph Stow, Kate Forsyth, Jenny Blackford, Daphne du Maurier, Jane Austen, but I have to say it’s Anya Seaton because, her books ‘Green Darkness’ and ‘Smouldering Fires’ had the greatest influence on my writing and helped plant the seed for my ‘Netherrealm’ trilogy.

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

Kim: It’s hard to name one person, there are 3. Brian Joyce, playwright and former director of Hunter Writers’ Centre, he accepted my first story for publication into the ‘Hunter Writer’, and awarded me the 2010 Lit-Link Mentorship. I was  mentored by award winning speculative fiction author/poet, Jenny Blackford, she’s a not only a great teacher but a firm friend—in fact, it’s like having the best of both worlds as well as a perpetual mentorship that just keeps giving. Then there’s Cassandra Page (aka. C.E. Page) owner/editor of Invisible Elephant Press, Hunter Anthologies, she read my YA sci-fi story and asked me to expand it because, she wanted it to be included in Novascapes Vol 1, and she also included a paranormal romance romp story in Novascapes Vol 2.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Kim: Yes, I hope to. I have managed to earn royalties from the 2 Three Drops from a Cauldron anthologies, but I’d much prefer a steady income. Bestselling author is also a longed-for dream.

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

Kim: No, as I mentioned, ‘Netherrealm’ has undergone a few changes and I’ve added diverging storylines, yet the main story has never altered. However, it was first a duality and due to keeping it to a reasonable length I needed to split it into three. I also must rewrite the third installment simply because the world has changed since it was finished and it’s in need of a few updates and forwarded by ten years.

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

Kim: I’ve learned quite a lot since I first began writing. I seriously roll my eyes at my earliest amateurish offerings, especially the first drafts of ‘Netherrealm’. Although, I’ve surprised myself when I’ve found a few gems that have remained the same from when first written.

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

Kim: Good question. ‘Netherrealm’ is set in 12th century England during the 1135-54 civil war between King Stephen and Empress Maud, and in Australia and England between 2003 to the present day.

When I first wrote ‘Netherrealm’ I could see someone similar to Isla Fisher but she’d need to be blonde to play the protagonist Bethany de Lise, and her contemporary counterpart Dayna Barnes is a brunette (Bethany reincarnated). Dayna is Australian and she must be quite short but also curvy and Isla kinda fits being Australian and she could play a convincing medieval damsel. Though I doubt she’d be able to get away with being 15-22 but she’d be perfect as Dayna who ages from mid 20s to mid 30s. The same can be said for Alex O’Loughlin, he too is Australian and I see him as Beth’s great love and medieval knight, Gerrat de Ashbore, and Gerrat’s reincarnation Jared Ashbourne, he’s half-Australian-half-English but also too old to be 18-26, and Jared 19 to mid 30s.

I could picture either Kate Beckinsale or Angelina Jolie, maybe Megan Fox as the antagonist, Elena de la Chatelaine, but those actresses are also too old to get away playing 15-23 year old medieval lady. I can see Gerard Butler as Gerrat’s father Baron Tissington and his reincarnation James Ashbourne, Jared’s paternal grandfather. I can definitely imagine Sean Bean as Elena’s father, Andrew de la Chatelaine and his modern counterpart, Duncan Armstrong (he’s a Yorkshire man) and Cate Blanchet for Mistress Miriam and her reincarnation Marion Armstrong (also an Australian).

Now to only get it published.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Kim: Just keep writing. Don’t worry about how good or bad it is, just write. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Like everything the more you practice the better you become. Of course, it never hurts to take a couple of writing courses if you want but it’s not necessary. However, in my opinion no-one can truly improve or fully hone their craft without feedback. Join a writers group. Critique is a vital key to improvement and helps pave the road to publication. Plus, you can’t put a price on the importance of meeting likeminded people that you can forge lasting friendships with.

Also, attending writers festivals keeps you abreast of current publishing trends, attain valuable advice as well as meeting published authors, making contacts and getting your face known.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Kim: I’ll be grateful to have a following when ‘Netherrealm’ is published and people like it and can identify with my characters.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Kim: At the moment I’m reading ‘Phoenix’ by Daccari Buchelli.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Kim: That’d be a tossup between Little Golden Books ‘Alice in Wonderland’ or ‘Peter Pan’.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Kim: Comedy movies, books, TV shows, and sad movies, books, TV and oddly the news makes me cry—simply because it’s real. Also being happy makes me cry, and it doesn’t take much to make me cry. I used to cry whenever a publisher rejected my stories, but these days I just shrug and say ‘meh’ or ‘whatever’.

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

Kim: Earnest Hemmingway. That man knew how to live. It’d be great to pick his brains and absorb his knowledge of life. I think he’d have amazing insights, not simply about human nature but it’d be like plunging yourself into history. Then talk about great research—great characterizations you could create. Plus Hemmingway understood the writing process, the good bits and its pitfalls.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Kim: As mentioned belly dancing, reading and binge watching ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Walking Dead’.

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

Kim: I love comedy romances, fantasy, paranormal and horror movies, stuff like Bridget Jones’s Diary, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises, Robin Hood, and as mentioned, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Ripper Street, Fear the Walking Dead, Lucifer. I’m also sadly addicted to Aussie reality TV programmes, The Block and Master Chef.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Kim: I love Asian, French, Italian and Mexican food.

I’m quite partial to hues of blues, pinks, reds, and black.

I really like listening to music of the 60s, the Beatles, the Hollies, Herman’s Hermits. 70s, Bread, ABBA, Elton John, David Essex. 80s, the Cars, INXS, Cold Chisel, Blondie, 90s, Eurogliders, Baby Animals. I also get into a bit of swing and I love crooners, Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr and David Campbell.

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

Kim: I can’t imagine not being able to write down the things that pop into my head—what a nightmare, but if I couldn’t write maybe I could dictate it instead. Or, maybe I’d just concentrate on belly dancing.

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

Kim: She made stuff up and could shimmy up-a-storm.

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

Kim: I don’t have a blog but I can be found here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kim.ross.9279807

Facebook author page:  https://facebook.com/KimMichelleGroette25/

Twitter: @KimMichelleRos1 https://twitter.com/kimmichelleros1?lang=en

Amazon Author page: http://amazon.com/author/kmross

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kim-michelle-ross-5719a4102/       Smashwords Author page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/edit

 

Here is my interview with Diana Tyler

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 Diana Tyler and I’m three months shy of 31!

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

I grew up in Tyler, Texas and have lived in San Antonio for the last six years.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I just released my second young adult fantasy novel, Age of the Ashers!

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I honestly can’t remember a time when writing wasn’t my foremost passion. Sure, I claimed, as many children do, to want to be a thousand different things when I grew up, including archaeologist, marine biologist, and barrel racer (a horseback sport here in the south!), but I always maintained that I would “write on the side.”

 

I wish I knew what made me want to be a writer, but I’m convinced it was a proclivity I was born with. My grandpa was an actor, drama teacher, and playwright, so maybe it’s in the genes. I also wish there was a romantic story I could share, something about how I listened to a TED Talk that changed my life by encouraging me to pursue my dreams, or how I ran into Stephen King near his home in Maine and showed him a short story that he thought was fantastic and I’ve written ever since. But my story’s pretty boring, unfortunately. I’ve always loved writing more than anything else and, despite countless doubts, fears, and frustrations, I’ve kept at it.

 

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I decided to major in screenwriting. That’s when writing went from being a hobby I loved to a passion I wanted to turn into a career.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My first non-fiction book was inspired by (rather obviously) my own life. I struggled with anorexia and depression for several years and was able to conquer it through my Christian faith. I wanted to help other young women who are battling similar giants and give them hope that they, too, can be overcomers.

My first fiction novel, Moonbow, was inspired by a screenplay I wrote in college. I wanted to make it a fantasy rootedin Greek mythology. The characters and setting changed entirely, but the general story and themes remained the same.

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The Moonbow is an over-arching (no pun intended) motif in the story. It seemed like a natural fit!

 

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

My latest book, Age of the Ashers, is mostly all made up, which is a good thing considering it’s full of monsters, meddlesome gods, and takes place in a dystopian universe! However, the two siblings, Chloe and Damian, were definitely inspired by pieces of my own life. Like them, I lost my father suddenly and felt as though my world was turned inside out and upside down. I can also relate to Chloe’s introversion and her insatiable curiosity, which sometimes lands her in trouble!

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

I haven’t had to travel yet, but I do reads lots of books and articles and watch tons of documentaries and YouTube videos that help me tremendously with my research.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Book Cover Café and Five J’s Designs have both worked on my covers. I can’t recommend them highly enough! (The former designed Moonbow and Age of the Ashers, and the latter designed my Perfect Fit series, Pour Me Out, and Immeasurable.)

 

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

I never like to reveal my messages, at least not in my fiction. I like to let the reader decide what the message is. I think that’s one of the beautiful things about stories – each individual takes away something different from 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?

 

Gosh, how does anyone pick a favorite? I might just have to go with the two whom I remember really making an impact on me in high school: Barbara Kingsolver and Michael Crichton. Kingsolver’s lyrical, poetic style blows me away, as does Crichton’s mastery of tension, pacing, and big, satisfying pay-offs.

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

Joanna Penn of thecreativepenn.com and The Creative Penn podcast. I don’t know her personally (I hope to meet her in person one day), but her inspirational – and educational – blogs, podcasts, and YouTube videos inspired me to go forward with indie publishing back in 2013. I still listen to her show every Monday. I always learn something new!

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

For me, yes. For others, writing is a hobby they enjoy doing every now and then, when the muse strikes them or when they find a block of downtime on the weekends. It’s therapeutic, carefree, and doesn’t involve the overwhelming business side that most of us writers dread so much. It’s sort of like what tennis is for me – recreational, relaxing, but nothing more.

I’ve chosen to pursue writing with all my heart because there’s nothing on this planet I’d rather do than spend my time crafting stories and sharing them with others. Even if I have to put on my business/marketing cap every once in a while!

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

No, ma’am! No regrets so far.

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

Definitely. I have an entire Pinterest board (https://www.pinterest.com/dandersontyler/novel-trilogy-the-petros-chronicles/) that features some of my research for the novel. Any time you’re writing about a different culture and/or that culture’s religion, you’re going to learn loads of fascinating things. Becoming better acquainted with ancient Greece was one of the highlights of writing the trilogy.

 

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

Jennifer Lawrence if she was younger. Chloe is 18. Regrettably, I’m not up to date on my teenaged actresses!

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

I love this piece of advice from Joanna Penn: Find a balance between creativity and consumption.

Don’t feel like you have to choose writing mode over read/research/learn mode or vice versa. I strongly believe that writers should be in the practice of writing as close to daily as possible, so letting other activities – even advantageous ones – get in the way of creating is detrimental.

 

Even if you have a lot to learn about the publishing process, don’t wait to write until you’ve figured out your game plan. Even if you have to research The Revolutionary War for your next novel, don’t wait to start outlining until you’ve read your mountain of library books. Even if you want to write three novels in the next three months, don’t neglect your fiction-reading time, as reading fine work makes us finer artists.

I’ve found that balancing creating time with consuming time keeps me productive and allows me to learn and digest new info and material at a manageable rate.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

If you’re a fan of Greek mythology, I’d love to have you join my newsletter as I’m always eager to hear your feedback and receive suggestions on what to write about next! You can sign up here: http://www.dianaandersontyler.com/signup/. I run fun giveaways every month! I typically share exclusive short stories, too.

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty. I always read in whatever genre I’m currently writing in, and right now I’m working on a Contemporary Women’s novel that’s a bit Chick Lit as well.

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, I don’t, but it was probably something by Steven Kellogg, Jan Brett, or Maurice Sendak! I loved (and still love!) their illustrations.

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Laugh: My husband. And puns. I’m a sucker for witty puns! I also crack up regularly at viral animal videos…

Cry: The Gladiator soundtrack. It gets me every time I hear it. There are actually quite a few songs that can make me tear up, even just thinking about them. It’s the strong memories they evoke, whether bittersweet, poignant, or sad, that make me cry.

 

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

Homer. The Iliad and The Odyssey made me fall in love with Greek mythology. I would love to hear what his writing process was like, as well as what his advice is for aspiring writers!

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

When I’m not writing novels, I love writing poetry, as well as online articles (I occasionally contribute media-related articles to movieguide.org and health-related articles to charismamag.com). I also love reading (a “duh” answer for writers, I know, ha!), working out, playing tennis and table tennis, working crossword puzzles, and playing board games – Cranium, Scrabble, and any trivia-related game are my all-time favorites!

 

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

I love epic fantasies, such as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I also love historical fiction, like Gladiator and Braveheart. I love biopics, like Schindler’s List and Walk the Line. Pixar and Marvel movies are always a hit with me, too. I guess it’s safe to say I’m game to watch pretty much anything as long as it’s a good story.

My favorite TV show is Gilmore Girls. Currently, my husband and I are really into Arrow.

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Foods: When it comes to healthy food, I love salmon, roasted Brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes. For a not-so-healthy choice, I love anything with chocolate and/or peanut butter, ora juicy burger!

 

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

Oh my goodness! I can’t imagine it!

 

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

This is from one of my favorite songs, “All the Way My Savior Leads Me,” by Rich Mullins:

 

“When my spirit clothed immortal
Wings its flight through realms of day
This my song through endless ages:
Jesus led me all the way”

 

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

I sure do! http://www.dianaandersontyler.com/

Here’s the link to the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Age-Ashers-Petros-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B074MF4PM4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502830176&sr=8-1&keywords=age+of+the+ashers

 

Here’s my Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Diana-Anderson-Tyler/e/B00HIJHFZO/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1502830259&sr=1-2

 

 

Thank you so much for hosting me! I’ve had a lovely time and hope your readers enjoy it as much as I did!

 

 

 

Here is my interview with Bianca Pheasant


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

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we?

 

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Tell us your name.

My name is Bianca Pheasant

 

What is your age?

I am 32 years old

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was bred and raised in South Africa and am currently living in the Limpopo province

 

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

I’m a simple being really.  I am married – have been for the last ten years – and have one daughter.  I am a bit of a tattoo freak a lover of all things reptilian.  I have a full-time job which means I only write part-time.  My goal is to change this.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My first novel has been sent to the printers today!  I’m so excited.  Besides that, I have reached the half-way mark of my current WIP

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing since high school really.  Poems, music and short stories but it wasn’t until May 2016 that I decided to write a novel.  The reason for this was because I found a series of murders that took place in Krugersdorp – an area I grew up in – fascinating and decided to write about that.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When my first novel was completed

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

As stated before, a series of murders took place in a town near my childhood town.

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The group that was caught for the murders all had the slogan tattooed on their bodies or they wore dog tags with the slogan on.

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

Not really.  Once an idea originates in my head I just go with the flow.

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 the book is about 80% fact and the rest fiction

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

No, I just do a lot of research on which ever topic I write about

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Southern Stiles

 

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

Only that people are not always as they seem and occultism is operating right under our noses.

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 like Christine Bernard.  Her writing is really good and I see the two of us as being in the same boat.  No, let me rephrase that.  A life raft on a raging ocean of big fish writers would be more accurate.

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

None at the moment; unless Amazon counts

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

At the moment the possibility looks bleak but I will struggle on until it happens.

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

I would definitely plan my marketing strategies better.

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

I am learning all the time.  If it’s not building my vocabulary it’s how to do better marketing

 

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

My lead character would definitely have to be played by Channing Tatum or Ryan Gosling

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Never give up.  No matter how difficult the road and how obstacles comes your way.  If you love writing, that is exactly what you should do.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

What out for the upcoming series ‘Mama’s Retribution’

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Walls of Ainsley by SJ Lynn.

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Probably a title from Gooesebumps

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Movies make me cry a lot.

 

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

I would love to meet Anthony Hopkins.  Since his role in Silence of the Lambs I am hooked on his persona

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I play the guitar when I don’t write

 

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

I love watching thrillers.  Documentaries about serial killers are my forte

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I don’t have a favourite colour; it changes almost every single day.  I listen to a wide variety of music.  Anything from rap to classical; just not jazz.

 

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

I would probably be in therapy for not being able to write.

 

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

Here lies Bianca’s body but her spirit lives on in her stories.

 

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

They can pop in at www.biancapheasant.co.za

Here is a link to my ebook on Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071ZWB95F

Amazon Author page is : amazon.com/author/biancapheasant

 

 

 

 

Here is my interview with Via Mari.

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?

Thank you for the opportunity to get acquainted with you and your readers. My name is Via Mari.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born in the United States but raised in both the U.S. and England growing up.

 

 

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

I live in the Midwest am master’s prepared and enjoy spending my time writing, and traveling both for fun and research.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

This past year I decided to take the plunge and finally publish and while it’s been challenging I’m so glad that I did.

 

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I can remember reading and writing from the time I was very little. My parents would buy me the spiral bound note books and I would fill them up over and over. I think my mom still has them in a hope chest somewhere!!

 

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Maybe last year?

 

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve always written stories but always just filed them away. What encouraged me to publish was a network of likeminded individuals.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

When I was trying to determine the name of the Degrees series I was thinking about heat or another word for something hot. When I started thinking about the progression of a relationship that I could see Chase and Katarina having it just came Degrees of Innocence, Degrees of Acceptance, Degrees of Control and Degrees of Power.

 

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 if I do have a particular style although many reviewers reference descriptiveness and extreme romance. I think I’m still finding my way and love the reader’s feedback.

 

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

Totally fiction!

 

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

I love walking around the cities that I write about taking in the sites, smells and sounds before and during the time I am writing about them.

 

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Suzannah Safi created each of my four covers and was excellent to work with. Her intake process allowed her to see exactly what it was that I was envisioning very quickly and efficiently. I would recommend her work to anyone looking for cover or art designs. http://www.suziedesigns.net

 

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

I wanted to show readers another side of alternative sexual relationships.

 

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

A group of ladies that I met when networking have been the most encouraging, supporting me in all of the madness that comes with the territory.

 

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, if you are familiar with the Degrees series you know that Katarina’s best friend Jenny has a story of her own. This is told in the Torzial Series which I hope to have out in the next few months and have just begun working on The Mafia Bosses Daughter.

 

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

The verdict is still out on this. If I’m honest it was extremely difficult for me to end their story.

 

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

Most definitely Chris Pratt!

 

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

As a good friend of mine encourage me, “just keep writing.”

 

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I would like to tell them how much I appreciate the support and love they have for the characters and stories. It is the best feeling in the world when you receive a review or note from a reader letting you know how much they enjoyed the story.

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I love to walk, garden and travel.

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

My favorite foods are Fish and Chips with malted vinegar, salt and vinegar potato chips, shrimp and lobster. I LOVE seafood!! My favorite color is the turquoise blue of the Caribbean ocean and I enjoy so many different musical artists that it’s really hard to narrow that down to a favorite.

 

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

I would read all the time. I seldom watch TV, although I do go to the occasional movie.

 

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

http://www.viamariauthor.com/

 

https://www.amazon.com/Via-Mari/e/B01MS3UU9C/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1502762286&sr=1-1

Chase Prestian sizzling hot alpha male billionaire will stop at nothing to acquire what he wants. Right now his sights are set on the innocent young consultant, Katarina Meilers.

Free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers or direct purchase:  Mature readers only.

Degrees of Innocence, Degrees of Acceptance, Degrees of Control and just released Degrees of Power.

 

Here is my interview with Erin Geil

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 Erin Geil and I am on the wrong side of 30, I’ll be 36 this coming year.

Fiona: Where are you from?

My hometown and current town is Morgantown, in the beautiful state of West Virginia.

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

I graduated from WVU in 2006. Stayed a little longer to get my Regents Bachelor of Arts Degree, I kept switching majors. I am an only child to very supportive parents. I create inexpensive jewelry on the side, mostly crystals. I’m a big animal lover with six cats that have strayed into my family’s hearts.

The dream is to escape my hometown for a few years to live in Portland, Oregon. I visited my then boyfriend, the only good part about the trip was the location and the energy of it.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

 

Right now, I’m completing the first book of a non-fiction series titled, The 30 Something’s Guide. The first book in that series is The 30 Something’s Guide: Abandoning Emotional Baggage. There is another poetry book inspired by wine brands, labeled, The Wino’s Dirge, and a series titled, A Girl’s Diary, taken straight from my own private diaries of my youth, with names changed to protect the guilty. And will be completing The Great American, a suspense-thriller novel.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began my writer’s life very early on, before I could hold a pencil or say all of my ABC’s. My mother played secretary as I expressed my rhyming poetry that mostly included bathroomisms. Shakespeare, I was not. From there on, I wrote short stories, usually creepy ones about dead bodies in closets, before I hit my teenage years. When the teenage years hit me, I got back into writing poetry and stuck with it. I even challenged myself to memorize two of Lord Byron’s poems, he was my favorite dead poet. I still have one of them memorized the other was three pages or more long, but I still know a stanza or two. I attempted writing several romance novels and could never get past page 70 before I would be completely bored to death with it. And then finally in 2005 I started a short story as an assignment for my first Creative Fiction class, called, The Great American, and some 300 and so pages later I have stuck with it, and been very proud with the results of my nearly teenaged “child”.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I think I’ve always considered myself a writer, even before having anything published. But, the first time I saw my then, short story, The Great American, in print on the pages of my alma mater’s, The Calliope Journal, I truly felt a bit more like a true creator. It was a high honor for me to be picked by my peers, along with others, to be in the journal. I can still remember how it felt to walk up to the table with the copies of the journal and taking one, feeling the weight of it in my hands. It was a surreal moment for me.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book was inspired by my need to share my life with others. To share those feelings of pain, love, and love gone horribly wrong, because most of us are able to understand that aching. And the more we understand each other, the better we’ll be as humans in general, is the hope.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The origin of the name came to me through two different experiences. One of those experiences involves my mother once again. My mother is originally from Pennsylvania and one day while on a drive she threw out the word “podunk” and I thought she was just making up words, until I googled it. I’m not sure if it originated in PA, but a lot of PA people readily know the word.

The second part answer is this: while myself and my then boyfriend were out on a drive we drove across this long patch of moon-crater like surface on the road. I then threw the two together, because I thought it sounded unusual and head scratching.

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

 

When I write poetry it’s mostly all free style, whatever comes to me, I put down. There are some exercises in college, specifically an imperfect sonnet, and two other poem styles that I challenged myself to attempt, one was using only words that start with the letter “w” and another that was alphabetic and used every letter, A-Z, first word starting with an “a”, second word a “b” and so forth.

 

My fiction on the other hand I try to structure it in the way that James Patterson does, it makes the words come alive and creates a different thrilling feeling inside the reader, at least it does for me. It’s literally like being on a rollercoaster, as cliché as that sounds. I don’t find anything too challenging, other than the fact that it’s taken me years to finally find the courage to let the public see my work, that is a bit challenging, but one must risk the chance of failure. If you don’t try you will always fail in your own mind. And I’m tired of failing in my own mind.

 

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

 

Most of my poetry is non-fiction or is inspired by events. My novel has a number of real dialogue filled moments. In the novel, even some of the fictional parts I wrote came true, which given what transpired was very tragic. It almost made me feel guilty because maybe it wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t put it out into the universe by way of my writing, but I’ve tried to let go of some of that guilt.

 

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

I would LOVE to be able to travel, but for now I just create when I’m in the throes of agony and blind love, or I feel a creepy urge to write something dark, there’s not much of a middle ground. Speaking of travel, I asked people in a writer’s group where they would go for a month to help inspire their writing, and there were some really long thought out elaborate answers that were incredible to read. If I could travel, I would love to go back to Oregon, just nowhere near my ex.

 

I do try to infuse my poetry with a story kind of narrative. Although I’ve written much more poetry than anything fictional, fiction is my love, and I probably love it more over poetry. But, both forms of writing are very cathartic for me, and absolutely necessary. I think my brain might explode if I didn’t let all those words out onto the page.

 

A person once said that I could be given any topic and write a poem on it and write it well. She said my poems reminded her of John Ashbery’s poetry, which was a very high compliment for me.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The front cover was designed by @Snizhanna and the back cover was created by @Lineartestpilot. Along with some formatting and fonts pulled from canva.com. And I also would like to give credit to Pro_Ebookcovers on fiverr.com who perfected and added some details to the front cover and spine.

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

My hope for the readers is that they feel the bond that ties us all together in the human race that we are. We all feel the same emotions. The exact situations may be vastly different. There is pain. There is love. There is anger. Each of us is diverse, but the core excitements and sorrows are the same. Be careful with who you love, be kind to someone who is sad. And although I’m not one to talk, do your best to find patience when the well is completely and utterly dry.

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 stick mostly to writers I’ve “known” for decades. My favorite writer is James Patterson, but King is pretty much tied with him, and then Sandra Brown. James Patterson just makes me feel the words more, I feel as though I’m a character in the book, not an important character, but still a character.

 

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

 

 

I’ve had several Professors that I took classes with encourage me a lot in my writing. One in particular Mark B., who told me I should submit my then short story as an entry into The Calliope Journal, had he not said it was worthy enough, I know that I would not have ever submitted it. I’m very grateful that he gave me that encouragement.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

 

I definitely would love writing to be a career, and that is my dream that I’m doing my best to make a reality at this time. My fingers, toes, eyes, and legs are crossed in optimism.

 

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

I don’t feel that I would change anything. I believe I’ve said everything in my writing that I wanted to say.

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

 

What I learned is that it’s important to share your emotions, that whatever your feelings are they are valid, and should be treated as valid.

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

 

For The Great American I’d want Joe Manganiello. When I first saw the trailer for True Blood Season 3 as soon as I saw the flash of his face, I thought how did “John” get out of the book? It was a bizarre moment, the exact flash of his face was dark so I couldn’t see that he had really dark eyes, my character John has really green glowing eyes, bordering unearthly.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Don’t stop. Rejections are almost mandatory in this profession. Editors throw them out like candy at a parade. Try not to let it sink completely into your soul. Write because you love it, write because it’s who you are, eventually someone will see the gift you have to offer. If you love what you create don’t shy away from that. Don’t stop.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

 

 

What I would specifically say to readers is take a day for yourself once a week, even if it’s just an hour out of that day, go somewhere and let yourself just be in your body. Go for a drive, and just give yourself a break to enjoy that time of solace. Energize yourself.

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

 

Right now I’m finding it a bit hard to focus, but I’m going to start reading, The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Goodnight Moon was the first book I ever read.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Just by thinking about this question I might cry, just joking. When I think too hard about the things I lack in my personal life, primarily my empty love life. My cats make me laugh, as well as Bob’s Burgers, King of the Hill, and good warranted sarcasm.

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

I would love to meet my father’s father. He died when my Dad was 9 years old. I was always curious about what he was like. Even wrote a short story about what meeting him would be like.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

 

The hobbies that I have are making inexpensive jewelry, playing video games, watching movies, Netflix, amateur photography.

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

 

I enjoy watching Bob’s Burgers, Game of Thrones, Aquarius, American Ripper, King of the Hill, Batman: The Animated Series, Ghost Adventures, The Lowe Files, The Dead Files, basically anything about anything that’s dead. I also like comic book movies.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Some of my favorite foods are chicken pad thai, sushi, sesame seed chicken lean cuisines, grilled chicken salad.

My favorite color has always been red, red, red. However, I wear mostly black, and my car is black. Go figure.

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

 

If I couldn’t write I would have tried harder to last as a psychology major, so I could have been a criminal psychologist, psychologist, or profiler.

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

On my headstone it would read: Winter Came

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

Right now I’m just using my facebook account. I’ll get something snazzier at a later date.

https://www.facebook.com/erin.nicole.10441

https://www.createspace.com/7177321

https://www.amazon.com/Podunk-Moon-Anthology-Erin-Geil/dp/154675234X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502742952&sr=8-1&keywords=Podunk+Moon

Here is my interview with Skye McNeil

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! I’m Skye McNeil and I’m 27 years old.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

Skye: Originally, I’m from Ohio, but now I’m more of an Iowan.

 

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

Skye: I have an Associates of Science in paralegal studies, but would love to go back to school someday to finish my bachelor’s degree. I have two cats, both rescues, and two dogs, one rescue and one too cute to be a rescue. I’m married and have an adorable daughter.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Skye: My book, Appointed By Fate, is coming out September 30, 2017 and I’m beyond ecstatic for everyone to read it.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Skye: I began writing stories as a child, but didn’t write my first full-length novel until I was seventeen years old. I write to explore new worlds and to fall in love over and over. Who doesn’t love that?

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Skye: I first considered myself a writer when I finished my novel at age seventeen. My English teachers even edited the first versions.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Skye: My first book, currently unpublished, was inspired by Scotland as it’s a historical set in that country. I like the idea of leaving a legacy for my daughter. My grandparents inspired me to write and share it with others, so I hope to follow in their footsteps.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Skye: The title Appointed By Fate was created due to the story of an attorney who was given/appointed her first homicide case. Fate makes its debut as you read.

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

Skye: I write predominately romantic suspense and romantic comedy. I like to read books that keep you on the edge of your seat, but still manage to make you fall in love with the characters. At times, it’s difficult to attain a good balance.

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

Skye: In Appointed By Fate, there are a few realistic scenarios included. For example, I am also from Ohio and grew up playing with a boy from across the street. There is quite a bit of truth in this story since it stems from my childhood.

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

Skye: I don’t get the chance to travel as much as I’d like. I try to write about places I’m familiar with so I can visit them if they’re nearby.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Skye: My publisher Hot Tree Publishing takes care of the cover, but I did choose the model 😉

 

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

Skye: I want my readers to know that life doesn’t go as planned and that’s okay. Life has a way of showing you sometimes the best things happen when you least suspect.

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?

Skye: I am a big fan of Cristina Hodgson lately. She has a unique style of writing. She’s new to me, but has been around for some time. One of my favorite writers is Maya Banks. The Scottish historical novels are my personal favorites, because men in kilts…yum.

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

Skye: I’d have to say my friend, Zach, really encouraged me to pursue writing. He’s been a constant cheerleader as I work through my career.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Skye: Yes! I’m still fairly new as a published writer, but there’s nothing I’d rather do than write full-time.

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

Skye: Good question. I don’t think I would. The love triangles in Appointed By Fate are stellar in my biased opinion.

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

Skye: I did a ton of research on criminal law procedures. Of course, it helped for writing the story, but it’s also helpful for my current job as a paralegal.

 

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

Skye: Oh, sigh, that’s a writer’s dream come true. I’d have to say, Katherine McPhee for Joci and Chris Pratt as Cameron.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Skye: Don’t give up. The rejection emails sting, but if you keep going, you’ll get there. It’s an uphill battle even after you sign on the dotted line.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Skye: Book 2 in the Mobster files will hopefully be out sometime in 2018, so there’s more Cameron and Joci to come!

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Skye:At the moment, I’m reading Taming a Jackaroo by Sidney Valentine

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Skye: It’s been so long, but I vaguely remember reading a book about Pocahontas.

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Skye: I hate when animals die in movies or shows. That always makes me cry. As for laughing, I’m pretty easy going. I enjoy wit and banter over jokes.

 

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

Skye: I’d really love to meet my ancestors. They all traveled from Europe and the UK. To meet one of the founding members would be incredible. I want to understand where I came from and why I am the way I am. I think meeting a great grand-somebody would help me piece it together.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Skye: In my free time, I enjoy photography and playing volleyball. Of course, reading is a fun hobby of mine as well.

 

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

Skye: Currently, I’m obsessed with Game of Thrones. I’m also enjoying the show Hooten and the Lady. It’s hilarious.

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Skye: My favorite food is pizza; favorite color is blue; and favorite music is country.

 

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

Skye: Though, I hate to think about a time when I cannot write, I would love to travel the world if it came to that.

 

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

Skye: Head in the clouds, heart on the ground.

 

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

Skye: Yes! My website/blog is www.skyemcneil.com and I have several social media accounts my readers can catch me posting.

https://www.facebook.com/skyesthelimitwriting

https://www.twitter.com/Skye_McNeil7

www.instagram.com/mcneilskye

https://www.goodreads.com/skyemcneil

 

Here is my interview with Mia Jones

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 Mia Jones and I’m a fifty going on thirty-year-old.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

The state of Iowa in the United States. I say it that way so people who live outside of this country understand. There are some people who live in the US and still are confused when you say Iowa.

 

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

I am definitely a country girl. Big cities and crowd’s give me headaches. LOL.  I have a college degree in criminal justice but ended up being a preschool teacher and now author. I have been married for twenty-seven years to a wonderful man and we have three awesome sons, three dogs and two cats. My husband won’t let me get chickens or a goat yet.  But I keep trying. My most favorite thing in the world is my family.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I’m excited to tell you I have a new book, First Sight, coming out in September.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing when I was a teenager. Like so many teenage girls, I had a tough time and was bullied. My home life was not a supportive atmosphere so I spent a lot of time alone with my imagination. Sadly, it’s only this year I started to publish my work.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Good question.  I’m not sure when I’ll get to the point in my career when I don’t get a peculiar feeling when someone calls me an author or writer. I hope that’s not weird.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Loneliness I think. I had an overactive imagination and was alone a lot. For some reason, writing calmed me and made me feel good. Maybe it’s because I could pretend to be someone else and be somewhere else. I wonder what Sigmund Freud would say?

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

My book, The Courage to Move On, I decided was the best name for Lexi’s story. She’d lost so much and didn’t want to move on until Jace dropped into her life. But she still needed to find the courage to let go of the past and move forward.

My second book was titled, First Sight because Garrett’s first look of Jessica changed the course of his life.

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 style really. I know I love writing romance but I find it sometimes hard to put the emotions of the characters into words I need to express their feelings the way I want. I’m getting better at it though.

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

None. I really do have an overactive imagination.

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

I have never had to travel for one of my books.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I do. I have a picture in my head of what I’d like to have the cover look like and my editor sends me copies of ideas and I pick the one I like or she sends more. I have to be really satisfied before I pick the cover.

 

 

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

I still believe in true love and that there is someone for everyone out there and to not give up.

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 not found a new author yet because I have a limited amount of time, but I plan to keep looking. I have always enjoyed Linda Howard books. She has a way of telling her story, the way she describes each scene that makes it hard to put the book down.I also enjoy Sharon Sala, Julie Garwood and Sandra Brown, among many others.

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

My close friends.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely.Or should I say I hope so?

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

Always. I’m never totally one hundred percent pleased. I could read it through fifty times and change something about it.

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

            Yes. My writing is progressing more towards alpha, strong male characters.

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

            I have no idea.  Is that bad?

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

            Don’t ever stop writing. I talk to women who can’t get their books published and I always encourage them to keep trying.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

            Keep reading. I’m getting better with every book.

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

            More Than Need You by Shayla Black.

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

            Yes.Where the Red Fern grows. Unfortunately, I was in my school library when I finished the book. I cried so hard I scared the librarian.

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

            Oh god, I would say just about everything. I’m very emotional. People can’t cry in front of me without me crying with them. No one will go to the movies with me anymore unless it’s a Disney movie and that can be iffy for me.

           

 

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

            Linda Howard. I have so many questions I’d like to ask her.

           

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

            I love to be outside. I love to garden, horseback ride, hike and be with my familyand my animals. I also scrapbook, quilt, cook, and don’t forget read, read, read.

 

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

            Big Brother. I like watching how all the personalities mix and the drama. I don’t like drama in my own life but it’s fun to watch others every once in a while.  I also love the real cops shows, and shows that make me laugh like Big Bang Theory and Modern Family.

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I love seafood, pizza and a good Iowa steak and sweet corn. I don’t have a favorite color but I know I don’t like orange and a green I call vomit green. Not to wear or have in my house. I love love country music.

 

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

            Oh wow. I’ve been writing for so long I can’t imagine my life without it. But if god forbid I’m unable to write, I’d probably work with horses or in the criminal justice field some way.

 

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

I loved and I was loved.

 

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

            I have a facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Mia-Jones

 

Here is my interview with Suzi Stembridge

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 Suzi Stembridge and Hush! I was a pre-war baby, by which I mean not really an interwar baby but a child born just before the outbreak of WW2.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I live in Yorkshire on the Pennine hills, where I was born and have lived for much of my adult life. My mother was born in Cheshire and my father half Scottish so I am not one of those ‘born and bred in Yorkshire’ types!

 

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

I am married with two adult children. When I was eight years old I was ata school in North Wales. I rather enjoyed my school days and loved it when I lived by the sea with the mountains of Snowdonia, nearby. It was a great place in which to grow up and it has influenced my adult life. I seemed to miss out on the opportunity for a University degree; in the late fifties girls weren’t offered higher education; they were expected to get married and have children.So in my late thirties I started an Open University degree graduating with a B.A (Hons) and this was one of the most challenging and satisfying times of my life, particularly as at the same time I had just taken on another job in travel. Most of my work has been with travel.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

We pretend we are retired but to be honest we are so busy that I don’t know how I found time to run our tour operation, a company I called Filoxenia – because it took our clients to remote and unspoilt regions of mainland Greece and the much quieter islands.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing and when did you first consider yourself a writer?

I always wanted to write from the first efforts published in the school magazine and a few articles in other journals and the press when I left school. I even wrote a childish book when I was a young child soon after the war years called “Mary Land-Girl.” Throughout my career as an air-stewardess, then working on a motor racing magazine where I was allowed to contribute, I dreamt of writing; then writing brochures for a travel company, selling their holidays and finally writing our own brochures for our own company Filoxenia. It all made me wonder if I would ever find time to write the stories I had dreamt of writing since I was a child, a teenager and a young adult…so many false starts!

My mother’s maiden aunt was always encouraging her to write and this was probably passed on to me. My mother left me a long letter with reminiscences of her childhood in Cheshire and this became the basis for my third GREEK LETTERS novel THE EYES HAVE IT which begins with a story through a child’s eyes in WW1 and which after several letters moves to Greece.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Writing was always something I was ‘going to do’ but before I started the travel companies I took time out to have children, (women often did in those days) and during this time I drafted out three books, which became the first three books in the COMING OF AGE QUARTET. CAST A HOROSCOPE the first of these books drew heavily on my memories of life as an air hostess. It is not autobiographical but it certainly inspired much of the setting for this book. Eventually this book became the basis for the series JIGSAW, two quartets.The second quartet THE GREEK LETTERS QUARTET is the one which most of my readers read first;this covers a two hundred years period as a family saga but each of which is an independent book with its own story.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

JIGSAW had to be the whole series title because each book fits together with the rest! THE GREEK LETTERS QUARTET – Before – And After – The Eyes Have It – Much More Than Hurt – is supposed to read as one sentence! Each book revolves around letters sent to the UK from Greece.

Of the COMING OF AGE QUARTET – ‘Cast a Horoscope’, ‘The Scorpion’s Last Tale’for a darker book set at the time of the Colonels’ Junta in Greece, ‘Bright Daffodil Yellow’only ‘The Glass Class’ is a significant title because it gathers up the lives of the family as they reach middle age and find life is probably more precarious than they would have wished.  In many ways ‘Much More Than Hurt’,the last book in THE GREEK LETTERS QUARTET,which was written last is the best book to read last and emphasises how life is probably always a struggle.


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

I like to write to a literary style, probably influenced by my English teacher who is still alive and delighted that I am writing. Writing history is always challenging and most of my research was done from books, checking facts against two or three sources and always seeking, if not primary sources, then sound secondary sources. I started writing before the days of the web and we have a huge library inherited from my great-grandfather which was the inspiration for the second quartet and a reason to set the books in the early 19th-20th centuries.

The most challenging thing is my style does not fit an accepted “marketing model” being part factual history, part historical fiction, part thriller, part travel and part family saga with all the nuances of romance, broken relationships, marriage and children.


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

Most importantly I have tried to keep all the books ‘of their time’, and as an example ‘The Scorpion’s Last Tale’ has a fearless young teenager travelling alone from Yorkshire to Greenwich to attempt to solve a case of false imprisonment,in the 1970s the time of the Colonels’ Junta in the early 1970s.Nowadays kids would not be as brazen, but back then they were not as streetwise but equally they were not surrounded by the dangers of modern life and had more freedom to act on impulse.

I believe a writer always ‘draws’ on their own personal experiences where research can leave a void. Furthermore I think each of our characters contain some of our own character, perhaps with a modicum culled from people around you, even several people going ‘into’ a single character. Perhaps the ‘baddies’ come from the imagination and likewise the ‘hard-to-write’ violent or unimaginable scenes are drawn from imagination. Some of my characters are far from my own character but in this case I have to imagine how it would feel to be like this/or experiencing that, how it would feel for example to be male, homosexual, or a child.


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

I have been so lucky to travel widely, mostly in Europe and extensively in Greece, all to do with my career, so yes, our experience of travelling all over the Greek mainland and many of the quieter islands has played a part in the scenes in the novel. Additionally our travels, over much of southern Europe, Arabia and the UK, have added to the locations and I make it a rule to try to portray everywhere as accurately as I can. I become very annoyed when I read other authors’ works that are written with an author’s licence!

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I not sure whether this is hubris, foolishness or good common sense to save money, but I design my own covers with the help of photographs taken by my son and in the case of paperbacks with the additional help of the publisher. Apart from anything else I find it fun to play about with artwork! It is hangover from designing and placing my own photographs in our Filoxenia brochures.

 

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

Well yes there is! I wanted to shout loud and clear about how magnificent is the Greek countryside, the warmth of the people and the richness of the culture to encourage people to travel there and support a nation known for its hospitality and forget the many problems in its economy.

I wanted to write a history of two centuries, for readers to have a chance to consider the mores and fashion of previous generations, particularly set within a framework of travel, eventually majoring on travelling in Greece. I believe we have lived in an age from the time of Jane Austen which is coming to/came to an end with the millennium.


Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? 

I particularly like Jeffrey Eugenides, Ian McEwen and William Dalrymple. Also I read a lot of the books of my contemporaries, such as Kathryn Gauci, John Manuel, (particularly his novels), Rebecca Hall, Effrosyni Moschoudi, because they succeed in setting the scene very convincingly.

Fiona: Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

My favourite writers have always been Patrick Leigh Fermor and Lawrence Durrell.  The poetry in their prose is magnificent but nowadays some consider the writing dated.


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

The support I have got from other writers, particularly “indie” writers has been tremendous. The fact that I don’t play “bridge” or walk huge distances in groups of retirees has meant that many in my generation don’t understand the excitement of days spent indoors, hours spent bent over a computer!


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

That was a pipe dream! I even started the Open University thinking I could ‘hide’ behind it, avoiding the need to attend endless coffee mornings and thus have time to write! Problem was that the OU was very, very hard work, and with two children and a growing career in travel I was only postponing ‘a career in writing’ pushing my dream occupation into an even more distant future.

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

I would edit them again, if I could afford it, this time with a younger editor! I think everything has changed so much in the last few years we might need to look at things from a different angle!

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

An enormous amount about Greek history and the culture of Greece. And a lot about life itself and how history really does repeat itself!

 

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

Well, as I tend to think of the books as one that is quite a question, but taking GREEK LETTERS Volume 1, I think that Tom Hiddleston would make a good job of Ioannis Nafrides, providing he could cultivate a good Greek accent.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

If you feel the need or urge to write then just find time to do it.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Authors always appreciate reviews and if readers take the trouble to contact the writer that is always a bonus.

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Don’t laugh. ‘Kind of Blue’ by Ken Clarke.  He always comes across as a liberal, who like me believes Brexit is great mistake. I’ve only just started it but I find the way politicians think and behave fascinating and so far this book is pretty insightful about the inner workings of Parliament and the EU and very honest about the fudges and mistakes made. Next week it might be something quite different such as Donna Tart – The Goldfinch or Jen Barclay – Falling in Honey.

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

It was the story of Theseus and the Minotaur and it was read to us. I was about 8.

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My husband has a wicked sense of humour and wit.

 

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

Socrates. Why: because we all have to dream we are descended from someone.

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Maps, endless Greek travel, dogs and animals, gardening, cooking, entertaining, meeting new people.

 

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

Travel and history programmes, gardening, very good dramas and series, architectural programmes, opera, art programmes

 

Fiona: Favorite foods:

Fish in particular, particularly fish caught locally from the sea in Greece, meat in moderation; Dishes made with plenty of vegetables and fruit.

Colours: all colours, especially purples and blues. I love a medley of colours, paint boxes, kaleidoscopes, reels of cotton, rainbows, and summer gardens. Perhaps I am not a writer at all, more of a frustrated artist.

Music: opera, classical, Beatles,Frank Sinatra, twenties/thirties and sixties music, jazz, most music providing it is tuneful.

 

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

Much as I do now, being older I cannot work at a screen for more than 2 hours at a time. So I mix it with housework, walking, gardening, writing and of course reading.

 

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

Not really a headstone, simply an aged flat rock in a small wood where my family would scatter mu ashes and put a small plaque inscribed with the names of my husband and myself and saying “Keepers of this land” plus the dates of our tenure here at our small farm house.

 

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

Amazon co.uk https://www.amazon.co.uk/Suzi-Stembridge/e/B004RBSC2G/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1502717998&sr=8-1

Amazon com https://www.amazon.com/Suzi-Stembridge/e/B004RBSC2G/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3?qid=1502717931&sr=8-3

https://wordpress.com/posts/authorofgreeknovels.wordpress.com

www.greco-file.com

 

 

Here is my interview with Kacy Hart

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 Kacy Hart (that is my pin name, real name is Shelli Goins) I am currently 29 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Born and raised in Arkansas. I grew up in a small town called DeQueen, currently reside in a bump in the road town called Winthrop.

 

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

I am married, I have two beautiful little girls. I graduated college with my Associates degree in Criminal Investigations and my Bachelors in Criminal Justice. I also work for my local Sheriff’s department. I look forward to seeing where my writing career might take me.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I will have my third novel released in September, Falling for Fate’s Desires is the second book in my Vampire Romance Fated Hearts series. I love when I get to release a new book. I will have two other books released late this year and early next year.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing when I was in high school mostly short stories and poetry. I stopped writing for a few years, as life just did not allow the time. I started writing again in 2014 and 2015 when I decided to start writing novels.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I think I considered myself a writer when I held my first printed book in my hands. It was like, hey this is real. I did this. I was a little star struck with myself for a minute. Then I was ready to do it again. Each book is like that, when you hold that finished copy in your hands it all becomes real.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I just had an idea one day what I thought would make a great book. A story just started playing itself out in my imagination. My best friend is also an author I had told her I would ghost write the story for her. She told me go ahead and get it started, a few chapters in she informed me I wasn’t writing for her I was writing for me. I won’t lie I freaked out just a little bit. I never was one to be the center of attention. After that first book come out we had a joint book signing. I almost passed out when I had to talk to people. Thankfully with her help it doesn’t bother me near as much as it did.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The first title I brainstormed, anything and everything that I thought would be a good title. I checked Amazon to see if the title was taken and picked which one I liked best. I’ve done that with both novels.


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 certain writing style. I just write what comes to mind. I honestly write all over the place. I cover paranormal romance, paranormal suspense. I am working on a romance called “Her Fatal Affair”. I am also writing a Christin Fiction called “From the Lion’s Den” and I will be writing another next year that is completely based on a true story called “Little Girl Broken”. I write based on what the story needs.

One thing I find challenging at times is writing love scenes. I want them to be descriptive with out the usual clichés but at the same time I want it to be tasteful. Not everyone who reads romances wants to be reading light porn. Finding that fine line with out using the same words over and over is sometimes interesting.

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

It depends on the book my paranormal suspense “Pulled into the Darkness” has quite a few real life events and locations I’ve been to. My less paranormal books that will be released later this year and next year have a lot more personal experiences. “Little Girl Broken” will actually be the life story of someone I know.

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

Some places I’ve been to already. Some I have had to do a lot of research on. Falling for Fate’s Desires has some back history on my Vampires. I’ve had to learn a bit about Europe in the 14th Century. I also had to brush up on my history when it come to early settlement of the U.S. and he rein if Hitler.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I had Sami Hensler design Fighting Fate’s Desires, I designed Pulled into the Darkness, I designed the cover for Falling for Fate’s Desires with the help of my best friend Mary May.

 

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

My vamp series is mostly for a good read but if there was one message it would be you always have a choice no matter what life throws at you. It is your choice what you do with it.

Pulled into the Darkness the message there is evil really does exist. It is one of those good vs. evil kind of books. Complete with demon fighting and all kinds of bump in the night sort of stuff. There is good and bad all through out this world, you just have to decide with side of the line you are on.

From the Lion’s Den the message will really be it doesn’t matter how far down you fall you can get back up. When you hit rock bottom, blackest night, hardest storm, God can help you get right back up.

Little Girl Broken is all about overcoming. Of all the bad things that can happen to one person you can still overcome it. All the heartache and scars everything it doesn’t have to define you, it doesn’t have to hold you down.

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 to read new authors works, I love to read books by authors who are self published. Being that I do this myself I try to support others as well. One author I like right at the moment is Nora Ash. Her books are Paranormal and lean more to the erotic side but I like her writing and her stories. Of course, I love Mary May, not because she is my best friend but her books are amazing. I beta read for a few other authors giving feedback where I can. Another author I enjoy is Penny Richards she has quite a few good books out.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

That is defiantly my dream and will one day be what I do. I will write to my hearts content. I love writing I love the stories that just come to life. So why not turn my love into my career.

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

I wouldn’t change anything, but that is the beauty of self publishing. If you need to make changes you can. Just upload it as a revised edition.

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

I learned you can not write while watching Game of Thrones. I also learned a lot about the history of the world, I hadn’t realized my history class was so narrow. I honestly spent hours and hours researching so my history would be as accurate as possible.

 

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

You made me think on this one. Okay more than think I had to break out my phone and really look.

Fighting Fate’s Desires: Kellan Lutz and HeydenPanettiere

Pulled into the Darkness: Jesse Metcalfe and Mandy Moore also Jason Momoa would have to be in there too.

From the Lion’s Den: Matthew Gubler and Elle Fanning

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

For brand new authors I would say don’t be afraid to start writing you get better as you go. See advise from seasoned writers, and always hire an editor.

For seasoned writers I would say help the new writers. We are all on the same side. There are plenty of readers to go around.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I love feedback. Leave a review or send me a message or email. I hope you like the stories that my imagination comes up with.

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Right now I am reading The Green Heist. Just started it so I’m not sure how it is yet.

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The first book I remember reading for pleasure was The Frontier Bride. It remains one of my go to books. I was about 15 and after that I loved to read. My boyfriends mother gave it to me and when I started reading it that evening I stayed up until 5am to finish it. I regretted that later in school the next day.

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

It is easy to make me laugh, I laugh at the little things. It is harder to make me cry but some times it happens.

 

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

This might sound very cliché but I would defiantly want to meet Jesus Christ to look into his face.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Besides writing, I love to read, I sew, I make hairbows, I go fishing/hunting and camping with my family.

 

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

I love all the CSI series, Criminal Minds, Game of Thrones. My favorite movies include A Walk to Remember, The Lake House, and San Andres and The Fast and the Furious movies.

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I love to cook but my favorite is seafood. Pink is my favorite color. My music is about like my books just about all genres.

 

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

Have a lot more time on my hands. But I think my life might be dull with out the extra stories floating around in my mind.

 

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

She Lived

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

I can be found on facebook

@kacyhartnovels

 

I can also be reached through Bluelilypublishing.com

Blue Lily Publishing also has a monthly newsletter where we send out updates not only or our authors but for other authors. It is a wonderful way to keep up to date on some of the latest publishing news. Sign up and keep in touch.

https://www.amazon.com/Pulled-into-Darkness-Escape-Book-ebook/dp/B017ECI1D4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502702291&sr=8-1&keywords=kacy+hart

https://www.amazon.com/Fighting-Fates-Desires-Fated-Hearts-ebook/dp/B00TGCNOGA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1502702506&sr=8-2&keywords=kacy+hart

 

 

Here is my interview with Catherine Townsend-Lyon

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:

Hello, Fiona. My name is Catherine Lyon and my pen name I use is Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon.

What is your age?

I will be 55 come this November 26th, 2017. Yes, I was born on Thanksgiving Day.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

I am currently living in Phoenix, Arizona, USA by way of the Great State of Oregon. My dad was a career USA Air Force military man, so I was born on the East coast of New Jersey. At 7 we moved to Southern California where I was raised until age of 25. Then I moved on my own to So. Oregon and lived there for over 26 years. It is where I met and married my loving husband, Tom. Now we live in Arizona temporary for my husband job. We hope to move back to the Oregon Coast in a year. We couldn’t have children, so our three CATS are our babies, Mr. Boots, Ms. Princess, and Mr. Simon. Lol.

 

 

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

I have an unusual life today. I’m an author of my first debut memoir titled; “Addicted to Dimes, Confessions of a liar and a Cheat.” This happened by all (God) intervention. Lol.  My life had been awesome as my husband and I worked hard to accomplish our dreams. My education had been some college, and a 1981 grad from San Gorgonio High School. I worked in a retail store part time through high school but when I graduated I was hired at a local little bank in our city. After, I spent 20+years in the banking industry. Then, after banking I worked three years as a clerical receptionist for a debt collection company. This is about the time I got tangled into gambling. That is what my book/memoir is about. What happened to me when gambling addiction and alcohol abuse took over my LIFE. It not only devastated me and my family financially and me personally, but it almost cost me my life twice by 2 failed suicide attempts. People will need to read my book for “The Rest of The Story.”

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news:

Let me fast forward to today and the latest news? Since my first book, (paperback) released and then the e-book in May 2013, I have been on a wild ride! Lol. So many doors and blessings have come from the book and the hard work I put into maintaining 10 ½ years of recovery time. I am known for two things throughout social media. Advocating recovery from gambling addiction and helping others have hope.

The second? An expert on how and where authors can promote all their books on social media and press. I enjoy helping authors be successful in book promoting and teach them free how. I am also back writing again. I was asked to co-write with a former American NFL pro football player who is also in recovery. We are writing his Memoir together.

 

 


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?& Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I loved writing songs and poems as a young teen as my way to break through my bouts of depression. I never dreamed of being a published author in my life time! Lol. WHY I began writing again is when I read a newspaper article about a woman that was found at a Casino hotel room dead. She was staying there and must have had a gambling problem and had shot herself and left a note to her family behind. It said something about she was sorry to her family. News never report on deaths by suicide due to gambling. As I read the newspaper, tears came down my eyes as I KNEW how hopeless and lost that woman must have felt when she pulled the trigger and killed herself. It was like I was reading about myself.

That story lit a fire in me to write down on paper andsee everything my own gambling addiction had taken from me. That is how my book came to be. I wrote and purged for a year! It was a healing process and to forgive myself as to move on in my life as my addiction and my past does NOT define the woman I am today. Many living in recovery say; “Hate the Addictions, NOT the Addicts.”We can turn our lives around to have a beautiful life in recovery.

 

 

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I think when I began my advocacy work shortly before my book released. I was being asked to write articles about gambling addiction and recovery of a more personal experience. I feel sharing one’s story and experiences with this cunning addiction and how to recover is just as informative as learning education, tools and the “medical” side of it.

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?


I get asked this all the time! Well, the “Addicted to Dimes” part my publisher came up with from what I shared in my book about “slot machines” as I think you here in the UK call “Pokies?” “The Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat” part is what I came up with as THAT is what the poor habits and behaviors of the addiction had turned me into a Liar and Cheat. So, I confessed and was making a public “Amends” to all I had hurt when I was within my gambling addiction. Also taking accountability as well.

 

 

 

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

 My writing style by book reviewers and others in the publishing industry have called it, Raw, Real, In-depth, unpolished, (not meaning the editing), as one Top Amazon Book Reviewer said; “It was if we were talking over coffee as she took me on her life journey as if two friends talking and was fascinating.” My biggest challenge was writing as NOT to sound as I laid blame on others, or making excuses for the past poor choices, but give a clear in-depth insight as to the “Why & Underlying issues” to the roots of how many turn to addictions for reasons some don’t understand. I write what I feel.

 

 

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

Since my book is a work of nonfiction and is a memoir, all of it is real and based on my life experiences with issues that have touched my life. Some? Of course, addiction and recovery, also mental health challenges I still struggle with today, and how my past childhood trauma and abuse played a part in my turning to gambling addiction to “cope and escape” the past hurt and pain as it came back in my adult life. Many turn to addiction for many reasons. To process past pain, it need to be done and in a health way, not through any type of addiction.

 

 

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

Traveling was not needed. I did do much research, interviews and gathering and ordering public records and documents of my family members to make sure what I shared was true and factual.

 

 

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Both my paperback and different e-book front cover was designed by a fabulous graphic designer from Southern Oregon, Sonny C. Van Kempen. She had to paint the dimes in by hand on the covers for them to look real.

 

 

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

Oh my, there are MANY. I think the most important messages are to let others know it IS possible to recover from gambling addiction or any addiction but gambling is still such a silent addiction no one knows about and we need to TALK about it. The other is why I advocate anywhere I can, so others who are stuck in the “cycle” of this addiction can have HOPE. That SUICIDE SHOULD not be an option to stop problem gambling. I try to raise more awareness, educate, and inform the public, and help shatter stigma.

 

 

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?

When it comes to other addiction books about recovery from gambling addiction? I would have to pick Author, Arnie Wexler who has written a couple books, his latest is titled; “All Bets Are Off: Losers, Liars, and Recovery from Gambling Addiction.”He has helped many recover and has advocated on national TV on Oprah, 60 Minutes, and CNN. I like that he doesn’t “sugar coat” addiction in any way.

 

 

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

 I’d have to say my publisher, The Kodel Empire Group, and owner Steve Laible. He was pushing me to publish and release my manuscript in book form as to help others who are suffering from gambling addiction and knew my story would help others. Also, my many readers and friends I have met along the way including social media. They all help me be accountable and keep me in recovery with their support!

 

 

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

YES. Before I started writing and my new project with Vance, former NFL pro, I was offeredand hired by “In Recovery Magazine” to write a new column called “The Author’s Café.” I did interviews with authors and wrote about their books for print. I did this for two years from home and loved it! I did however, just resign in March 2017 from the magazine to be able to co-write with Vance. And it is where Vance and I met.

 

 

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

Nope, I would change nothing. I think I would have added more, but I didn’t want to write a novel, lol, just a memoir.

 

 

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

Too many learned lessons to list! I learn something new each day as I am co-writing with Vance and it has been so much fun and an honor to work with my first ‘Famous Sports Pro.’ Writing many articles for recovery publications and now co-writing has helped me become a better and more seasoned writer.

 

 

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

My goodness NO. Lol. I am sure they could find someone more suitable and much more attractive than I! Lol.

 

 

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

YES. You don’t have to be a professional writer, journalist, or a New York Times writer to begin a writing career!That is one thing I have learned. I have self-taught myself many things as a writer and book marketer. You can get yourself a good writing aid and learn on your own like an ‘Expert.’

 

 

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

PLEASE DO BOOK REVIEWS. Lol. One of the greatest challenges as an author is to get readers to leave a book review on Amazon or where your books are sold online. It can help us as writers as well. Readers need to know how much book reviews help with elevating our books rankings and tells us what changes we need to make as a writer. Good or Bad reviews are fine if they give us honest feedback.

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am just starting a new mystery read by Author, Kim Carter titled; “Murder Among the Tombstones” as I just finished book one of this series titled; “Sweets Dreams, Baby Belle.” She is an incredible mystery suspense writer.

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Yes, I do. The Holy Bible which was given to me by my Aunt Anna.

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Good books, a good movie, and sometimes? My depression…Lol. (I do have a good sense of HUMOR).

 

 

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


Wow. There are many. But I think most important would have to be JFK, John F. Kennedy the 35th United States President. He was assassinated in November of 1963. I was a few days shy of turning 1-years old. Why?  He was the first President who fought for Civil, Racial, and Human Equality in our country. He worked with Dr. Martin Luther King to hopefully make this happen before he was and Dr. Martin were killed. We need another President like him today with all the unrest and violence happening all over the world. Not “the reality star” President America is stuck with now.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I enjoy gardening, cooking, river rafting, and writing.

 

 

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

My Two Favorite right now are “Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” I am addicted to both!

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

 Since I am half Italian on my mom’s side, I love Italian food and love cooking it. My fav colors are Purple, Dark Pink and Black together. My favorite music is Zen/New Age when I write. Old School R&B, and LOVE “Adele and Mary J Blige”

 

 

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write.

What would you do?
READ or SING!

 

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

“No LongerAddicted to Dimes” Lol.

 

 

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

I have two blogs. And all updates and events are listed on both Recovery and one for Readers.

Recovery Starts Here: https://catherinelyonaddictedtodimes.wordpress.com

Cat Lyon’s Reading Den Blog: https://anauthorandwriterinprogress.wordpress.com

My Book Link: https://www.amazon.com/Addicted-Dimes-Confessions-Liar-Cheat-ebook/dp/B00CSUJI3A/
The E-book is currently on sale for $3.10 USD on Amazon through September 2017. “Addicted to Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat”

Readers can also find updates on my Author Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/CatherineLyonAddictedtoDimes/