Here is my interview with Caleb Pirtle III

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.

Caleb Pirtle III

Fiona : What motivates you to write, and how do you get started?

I write for one reason. I can’t keep a secret. I am totally obsessed with hanging around my characters and finding out what secrets they carry with them, what secrets are buried deep in their past. More often than not, those secrets are tangled together to form the basic plot of the story. I don’t care if my hero is tall, dark, and handsome or blonde, sexy, and beautiful. If they don’t have a secret worth keeping and worth stealing, they never show up in the novel. When I start writing, I have already gotten to know my characters and their secrets, so I simply write the first sentence and see where it takes me. I never know the ending until I write my last sentence. And I am a strong believer of Ernest Hemingway who says that a good ending is one that leaves readers feeling as if they know more than they do.

Fiona : What’s most rewarding about writing?

The chance to take a handful of stick-figure characters and turn them into living, breathing men and women who think, scheme, love, and sometimes even kill someone or die. When someone dies, I feel as if I have lost a member of the family. Characters may be worthless and notorious without any redeeming values, but I gave them life, and still it hurts when they breathe their last. And in noir thrillers or historical mysteries, more than a few breathe their last.  My goal is telling a story not quite like it’s ever been told before. As the great Toni Morrison said, “Toni Morrison

said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”My ultimate reward is when someone buys the book and likes it well enough to leave a review.

Fiona : What is your favorite genre and why?

I love to write historical thrillers and historical mysteries. I live in the present, but I prefer the past. Maybe, it’s because I’m bored with the present. Life has its hardships still. Life has its conflicts still.But life is too easy for fiction.Need to go cross-country? Grab a plane.Car broke down in the middle of the desert? Call AAA roadside assistance. Scared on a lonely street in the middle of the night? Fish out a cell phone.Someone following you? Call 9-1-1.Where is the fear?Where is the panic?Where is the threat?’Where is the suspense?For me, it’s all buried somewhere in the dark and murky shadows of the past, which is why the novels in my Lincoln Ambrose series hav all been set during the early days of World War II, when villains wore the faces of evil, and we never forgot the way they looked or the travesties they committed, and we knew who our enemies were.

Fiona : Where do your character come from?

Lincoln Ambrose showed up the night I was watching a documentary on the History Channel about our government’s experiments with mind control during the 1930s. Subjects came from prisons, from insane asylums, from the military. Experiments were conducted with drugs, LSD, and electric shocks to the brain. I was sitting alone and heard a voice inside my mind. “That’s me,” it said. “They erased my memory and took my mind away.” “Why,” I wanted to know. “Without a memory,” the voice said, “a man has no fear. Without fear, he will try to doing anything, including the impossible, because he’s not afraid of the consequences. He doesn’t know the consequences.” Lincoln has now appeared in four novels.

The hero and heroine of my historical mystery series are based on the man and woman responsible for the East Texas oil boom in 1931. My home was Kilgore, the center of the boom, and I knew all about Dad Joiner and Daisy Bradford. He was old and crippled and broke, and he came to town promising to discover oil and make everyone rich. Most thought he was a fraud. Daisy was an aging widow who owned land. She gave Dad leases on her land because he might be a con man, but he was the only hope East Texas had. Dad and Daisy never had a romantic interlude, but Doc and Eudora have plenty in Back Side of a Blue Moon and Bad Side of a Wicked moon.

If someone really makes me mad, he will wind up in my next novel and usually shot to death by the fourth chapter. If I’m really angry, we bury him much earlier.

Fiona :  Who is the author who inspires you and why?

I really have been influenced by three authors, and they inspire me for the same reason: James Lee Burke, Raymond Chandler, and John D. McDonald. You can throw Dashiell Hammett in the mix as well. Chandler and Hammett were regarded as hard-boiled detective pulp fiction writers. John D. and James Lee wrote mysteries, which were casually tossed aside by so-called critics. Yet these writers proved that, regardless of the genre, an author can write with lyrical prose that borders on literary fiction. They all mastered the beauty and impact, as well as cultural nuances of the language.

Fiona : What do you look for in other people’s books?

I naturally gravitate toward thriller and mysteries because that’s what I write. But in any genre I read, I want two things: heart and emotion. I want to read a story that makes me laugh, makes me cry, makes me fall in love, or scares the hell out of me.

Fiona : What are you writing now?

I am finishing up a new experimental project for me. I am convinced, from all I read, that readers have short attention spans. They want books that can be read in one or two sittings. For most, the era of epics is over or at least suspended for a while. So I have written three noir thriller novellas. I released the first two as eBooks, Lovely Night to Die and Rainy Night to Die, and I am packaging all three together as an eBook and trade paperback book under the title Lonely Night to Die. I am also working on a nonfiction book about the human interest stories behind the Texas oil booms and plan to write book three in Doc and Eudora series about the East Texas oil patch.

Fiona : What kind of book would you like to be known for?

The genre would obviously be historical, and I’m partial to stories about families fighting their way through the hardships of the Great Depression, as well as the personal battles of those who fought one-man wars to gather intelligence just prior to and during World War II. However, in reality, I would like to be known as a writer who wrote with heart to touch someone else’s emotions. I want a reader whose nerves are as frayed as mine when they finish the last page of a book.

Fiona : What has writing taught you about yourself?

I learned early on that a writer should never try to tell the story or force characters to do something they don’t want to do. When I write, I don’t know the story and I don’t know the ending. I’ve become quite content to create interesting characters and turn the stories over to them. I simply follow along and write down where they go, what they do, and what they say. If I try to take over, my characters go on strike. In Bad Side of a Wicked Moon, for example, I had two murders in the first few chapters. It wasn’t until I reached page 256 when I found out the identity of the killer and what his motives had been. I was shocked. I hope everyone else was.

Fiona : How has your life experiences influenced your writing?

I have written all of my life from newspapers to magazines to films, to books, both fiction and nonfiction. I spent most of that time talking to strangers. At the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, I worked the police beat and was out night and day on wrecks, shootings, homicides, suicides, and deadly fires. I talked with all kinds of people when they were at their worst and emotionally spent. I’ve sat in jail cells with prisoners, singing with them, praying with them, reading the Bible with them, and hearing how they turned out the way they did. I knew they were lying to me, but the stories were awfully good. If I write about a shooting, I can still smell the scent of gunpowder, and often I can still feel the moist spot on my shoulder where someone has cried because someone they loved lay dead. Those emotions always linger on the edge of a scene I’m writing.

Fiona : What encouraging advice can you give new writers?

Don’t worry about the length of a book. Just write pages, chapters, and scenes. Just write short stories. Each chapter is a short story. Each scene is a short story. Each chapter and scene has time, place, characters, descriptions, emotion, dialogue, and some kind of conflict. As James Lee Burke says, “I sit down each day and write two scenes. They may be long. They may be short. But I write two scenes. And by the time I finish them, I know which two scenes I have to write tomorrow.” All novels are scenes and short stories piled up on top of each other. And when you come to the end, your characters will let you know. Put a final period, and it’s time to start editing.

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

LINKS:

Secrets of the Dead: https://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Dead-Ambrose-Lincoln-Book-ebook/dp/B01N1TN0ZL/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1PS4624J5USRM&keywords=secrets+of+the+dead+caleb+pirtle&qid=1560799030&s=digital-text&sprefix=secrets+of+the+dead%2Cstripbooks%2C147&sr=1-1

Back Side of a Blue Moon: https://www.amazon.com/Back-Side-Blue-Moon-Boom-ebook/dp/B071XN6FY6/ref=sr_1_1?crid=14533OUE0RRKC&keywords=back+side+of+a+blue+moon&qid=1560799100&s=digital-text&sprefix=back+side+of+a+blue+moon%2Cdigital-text%2C144&sr=1-1

The Man Who Talks to Strangers: https://www.amazon.com/Man-Who-Talks-Strangers-Memoir-ebook/dp/B074RDPXY2/ref=sr_1_1?crid=36LX6PREK1FBX&keywords=the+man+who+talks+to+strangers&qid=1560799149&s=digital-text&sprefix=the+man+who+talks+to+%2Cdigital-text%2C143&sr=1-1

Website: https://calebandlindapirtle.com/blog/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CalebPirtle

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

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UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pirtle-III-Caleb/e/B007HB4YNO?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1560845696&sr=1-1

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Here is my interview with Nitin Sharma

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

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

Hi, Fiona.Thanks for having me here. My name is Nitin Sharma. I’m 37.

 Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m from Haryana, India.

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

In addition to an MBA in International Business, I hold a Master of Arts degree. Probably I’m going to earn a PhD in future.I’m single and work from home. I spend most of my time reading, writing and editing (which basically means re-writing). I’m a constant learner (Do we ever stop learning, BTW?)

 Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Apart from the two novels I’ve been working on, I’m trying my hand at short stories, too. My first one, ‘The Tribe’, is expected to release soon!

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Well, stories have always been a part of my near-reclusive existence.That same passion led to writing. My first book was published in 1912.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

After writing five books on competitive exams and language learning, I started writing fiction, only to realize that I had so much to learn! (Even though my first book ‘Group Discussion: More than 100 topics covered’ has helped thousands of students around the world.) Slowly and gradually my writing improved and it’s going to get better in future. So, I’d say that I’ve become a writer quite recently.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

There were already multiple books on the subject of group discussion, but their language wasn’t really student friendly. So, I decided to write a unique book that would not only motivate students but would also give them points on a large number of common topics. I’m glad that readers loved my book.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

My titles should be able to give the reader some idea of what the book is about. For instance, the title of my first book tells the students that there are more than one hundred topics in it, while my first fiction ‘Dear Office, You Suck!’ gives the reader a general idea that it’s a light comedy. However, the same strategy might not be applicable to thrillers and fantasy.

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

It is my intention to make all my books unique in some manner. My writing style is flexible and it keeps changing according to the demands of the genre. I write horror, YA fantasy and comedy. Every time I read a nicely written book, I learn from it, and that learning adds to my writing style. I’m a constant learner.

I’d say that writing for children is fairly challenging because sometimes we authors fail to see the world through their eyes.

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

Yes, I do use my own life experiences in my books, but then I have lived so many lives, thanks to all the books I’ve read and all the people I’ve met!(A secret: When I meet an interesting person, he/she might end up becoming a character in my book!Although some of their qualities might differ.)

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

Not necessarily.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Most of the covers were designed by professional artists that my publishers hired, while two of them were designed by my own brother.

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

Usually, but not always. For instance, the sole purpose of a horror story could be to entertain the reader. One of my stories carries an implicit message against racial hatred.

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?

Although I have many favourites (Philippa Gregory, Stephen king, JK Rowling, Yann Martel, Dale Carnegie), the way JK Rowling created an entire fantastic world for the reader has thoroughly impressed me. Any writer that enables me to see the world differently impresses me. Recently I read ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’ by Sophie Kinsella and liked it.

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

My MBA faculty supported me, and so did many of my friends.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Definitely.

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

Every writer learns more and more with the passage of time. Probably there would be more details in my earlier books. Language might be a bit different, with longer sentences.

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

One book, no matter how well written, cannot impress everyone. A bitter truth!

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

I’d be grateful if Russell Crowe and Laura Dern agree to act in the movie based on my upcoming novel.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Never stop writing. Never give up.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Dear Reader, I love you.

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

The Hunger Games (For the second time!)

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, but I guess it must have been a comic book.

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Apart from good acting or writing: 1) When a bad politician makes a blunder, I laugh. 2) When a good person is taken away from us, I cry.

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

I’d like to meet Stephen King and ask him where he gets his vast imagination from! I’d also like to meet some great leaders from the past to know where they got their strength from.

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I enjoy playing badminton.

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

All good horror or epic movies (Howling, Gladiator,The Lost Boys…)

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I love Indian and Italian food (Chaat, Gulab-jamun, Dosa, Pasta… mmm!) Blue is my favoritecolor, and I love heart-touching music (including Japanese and Chinese classical music.) Songs by Survivor band, Celine Dion, Kishore Kumar are some of my favorites.

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

I’ll be a singer, perhaps. (But my voice would require a great deal of modification for that.)

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

Lying at a quiet place near a lot of water.

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

A Student Forever.

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

https://www.facebook.com/authornitin4u/

Here is my interview with Shannon McRoberts

 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 Shannon McRoberts and I am 39 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from? 

I am from Kentucky in the USA

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

I graduated college in 2001 with a major in Psychology and a minor in art\sociology.  I  started my day job that same year.  I am the mother of one 10 year old daughter and 4 cats.  I have a husband as well.  I am looking forward to the day when I no longer have to work my day job!

Fiona: Tell us your latest news. 

I have a new book out for pre-order.  It is book 2 in my new series Monster Hunter Tales.  It’s an Urban Fantasy series and marks my return to writing.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing? 

I started writing at an early age.  I started drawing little books when I was as young as five.  I began writing poetry at age 13.  I didn’t really consider prose writing until around 2004.  I had an idea and wrote the story The Secret of Genetic Corp X.  When I let a friend read it, they raved about it.  Then I decided maybe I should write stories.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer? 

I’ve always been an artist and a poet.  I guess I consider myself a writer as of the date I finished Gen X.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I had a thought about what would happen if you had all your memories taken away, but still were able to fully function as a human.  It was kind of a small take on our sense of self.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title? 

It just came to me.  I was trying to be mysterious LOL.

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

I guess I do have a style.  I couldn’t begin to articulate what it was, though.  I am not good with putting things into “classifications”.  I like to write about women, weapons, and magic.  I tend to stick to fantasy.  I write epic, urban, and I’m working on a supernatural/paranormal trilogy right now.  My biggest problem with writing is just finding the time to do it!

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

I’d say all the characters have a part of me in them.  I’m sure some of my experiences have colored the prose, but I never set out to write those into the books.  I’m more likely to use personal experience in my poetry.

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

I hate travelling and I hate researching.  That is why I don’t write things that are too realistic LOL.  I have one book that I am using my trip to Washington DC  to help me with layout and landmarks.  But mostly I like to write about impossible things or something I can make up.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I designed some of my covers.  For instance, my first fantasy series has the covers I designed for it.  So does my poetry book.  Other covers were purchased from Atlantis Book Design and Katzilla Designs.  To Kill  A Siren and To Stop a Fae are examples.  I bought a cover from Katzilla to redo The Secret of Genetic Corp X.  It will match the to be released sister book.

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

I write more for escapism.  To give young adults and women like me a story we could relate to.  Growing up in the 80’s, I didn’t know what representation was.  I just knew that I was mad there weren’t more female warrior figures for me to like.  While I liked Barbie, I preferred She-Ra, Red Sonja, or The Golden Girl and The Guardians of the Gemstone.  They say write the book you want to read; so, that is what I am trying to do with each book.

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

My favorite author is Anne Rice.  It was her books that made me realize I liked reading.  Sadly, my personal reading time is often cut short between working full time and creating not only books, but also art and poetry!  My TBR is about seventy million miles long!

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

My friend James.  He encouraged me to pursue publication.  He believed in my work even if I didn’t.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career? 

No, because I’m almost ready to retire from my day job.  Writing is more of a treat for me.  Just like making art.  I hope to one day gain a consistent income from my efforts in art, poetry, and writing, but it’s not a “career” for me like my day job is.  Perhaps because it’s always been a part of my life?  I definitely treat it like a business though.  I’m putting time in learning my craft and building a platform.

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

No because I finally learned how to get the books the way I want them BEFORE I publish them.  I’m talking months of agonizing back and forth and nitpicking things.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?  I learned a bunch of things! 

I actually wrote four books in 2018 while taking some courses for writers.  Working through that course and then another plotting course helped me become an even better author.  In fact, I’m still learning.  I recently picked up another book on writing technique.  It’s amazing what you can learn on the internet and through books these days.  I’ve learned more in the last year about writing than I did in 16+ years of school.

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

Oh gosh.  I don’t know!  Maybe somebody completely unknown.  You know I read an article the other day that made fun of an even earlier article that bemoaned the casting of Tom Hiddleston as Loki because he was supposedly a nobody.  Now look at  )    him LOL!  (No really, go stare at him

Fiona: Any advice for other writers? 

Learn your craft, but be careful where you learn from.  Some people will take your money and run.  Some people have no clue what the frick they are doing.  Trust your gut and keep writing.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I need a maid so I can have more time to create… so please buy my books and art   to pay said maid LOL

Fiona: What book are you reading now? 

I think it’s Stein on Writing.  It’s the book about writing.  I lucked into a gift card and got it as an ebook b/c it was highly recommended!

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read? 

Not really.  I do remember the first story I enjoyed my mom reading to me over and over.  Just bits and pieces.  It was The Five Chinese Brothers.  The little illustrations of the brothers stick in my mind.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry? 

Too many things to single them out!

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

I used to be able to answer this question, but as I have grown I just don’t know who I would want to pick to meet.  Unless maybe   Jit was future me

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies? 

Art, poetry, writing, sleeping…sometimes working LOL

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

I like things like Fairy Tail, my favorite anime/manga, Xena, Buffy, Sabrina, The Avengers movies, Wonder Woman…things like this.  The fantasy elements.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music? 

I like tacos, the color blue, and bands like Disturbed.

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

I already had that future.  For five years I didn’t do anything.  I binged watched TV and wallowed in some kind of art block.  I played RPG games on my phone and my computer.  I worked overtime.  It was awful.  I’m glad I am back to creating!

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

Probably with my daughter.

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

Too morbid, next question please LOL.

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

Yes!

You can come find me at www.shannonmcroberts.com

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Here is my interview with Kyra Quinn

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 Kyra Quinn, and I’m 26.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in a little suburb we called “Mental Hill.”

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

My childhood was interesting. My parents divorced when I was four, and it led to a lot of moving back and forth between houses and families. Around fourteen, I went into foster care. I kept up good grades and graduated top of my class, but the constant stress and moving around definitely made it hard to make and keep friends. Eventually I graduated and went to college out west to study psychology before realizing I wanted to use my interest in the human mind to write.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

The first novel in my dark fantasy series, Daughter of Nightmares, released on May 3rd! The second novel in the series, Son of Saints, comes out this fall.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I don’t remember exactly when I started writing stories, but I do remember getting kicked out of my math lesson in fourth grade for writing a story instead of solving the problems on the board. I had to miss the Valentine’s Dance that day to make up the missing math problems. So, elementary school sometime?

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

That’s difficult to answer. I’ve considered myself a story-teller for as long as I can remember. Even my conversations are laced with story. I hesitated to call myself a writer for years, though. I didn’t have anything published or a fancy literary agent.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

In my freshman year of college a professor scolded me for not “writing what I know.” She had a preference for creative non-fiction work and told me often it would be a waste of my potential to write fiction. When I sat down to plot my first novel, I wanted to prove to people that even escapist fiction can address heavy and sensitive subjects if it’s handled with care.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Poor Lili has a complicated family life, to say the least. Family, both by blood and “found family” also plays an important role in the series. Since the prequel novella ended up with the title Mother of Darkness, Daughter of Nightmares felt like a perfect fit.

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

I’ve been told my writing style is very “conversational.” I’ve had people tell me reading my work feels as if I’m sitting them down and telling them a story, especially when I write in first person POV.

As for challenges, almost every project I work on comes with a fun new challenge. With Daughter of Nightmares, blending first and third person point-of-view turned out to be tricker than I’d anticipated. With the psychological suspense novel I’m releasing in October, I had to find a way to deal with a few heavy topics and themes in a sensitive and considerate way. That project is still with sensitivity readers to ensure I do the best job possible with the representation. While I’m all about pushing boundaries and stepping outside of comfort zones, I try to do so with the right intentions and as tactfully as possible.

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

My series is pretty fantastical. I don’t know anyone who’s fought in a holy war or survived an apocalypse. The characters may have small traits and quirks based on things I’ve seen in real life, but the events of the plot are mostly derived from imagination and various mythologies.

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

I love to travel, but I don’t get the chance to much anymore. I do most of my traveling between the pages of books while my kids are still young.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I hired a talented graphic artist named Nancy to create the cover. Her portfolio mentioned a love for gothic art, so I knew we’d be a great fit.

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

There is, but I haven’t quite revealed it yet. There are still five more books in the series to come. I’d like to think the “message” will reveal itself naturally within the course of the series.

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 the trad published authors as much as anyone, but I’ve spent the last two years immersing myself in the indie publishing world and all the talented authors involved. I particularly love Jim Butcher, Shayne Silvers, and Michelle Madows. They do such a great job with balancing the world-building and character development that it’s hard not to look up to them.

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

I had a teacher in elementary school who always loved my work, even at nine. She always pushed me to pursue my love of writing and put my stories out into the world.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes. I give more hours to this career than I ever did at a “real job.”

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

Oh, sure. The beauty of hindsight is realizing all the things you could have done better after it’s over, right? In the book itself, I don’t think I’d change anything. But if I had a do-over, I’d definitely have spent more time planning the launch and organizing some sort of event around it.

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

Of course! Research is one of my favorite parts of the writing process, and I always walk away with a ton of new knowledge. The particular setting I chose meant educating myself on everything from the etymology of certain phrases to when gunpowder first came into existence. It was a lot of fun!

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

I’d love to see Kaya Scodelario as Lili.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Stay curious. Hemingway once said, “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” There is always more to learn, more to practice, more to study, and more room to grow. The more questions you ask about the world around you and why things are the way they are, the more you’re bound to learn.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

My readers are some of the coolest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. I’ve spoken to people from all walks of life in the last few months, and all of them have amazed me with their kindness and stories about life. If I could tell them anything, it’d be thank you for joining me on this adventure and being so encouraging and supportive. It honestly means the world to me.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Nothing Returns by Phil McDermott

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

My older brother gave me a bunch of his old Goosebumps books to keep me busy one summer. I don’t know if it was the first book I read, but I know Night of the Living Dummy was the first book to give me nightmares.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I’m told I have a terrible and dry sense of humor. I do find myself amused by sarcasm and snark more than I should be. Crying is different, though. I cry more when I’m frustrated or angry than from sadness.

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

I’d love to meet Mark Twain and pick his brain some. While I’m nowhere near as humorous as him, I’ve always loved his work and how unafraid of criticism he was when he published it. I’d also love to ask where he came up with Letters from the Earth.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Sure! When I’m not locked away working on a project, I love to do crafty things and entertain guests. Days out visiting art galleries and studios are always a blast. I also enjoy cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, music, and the occasional video games.

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

I enjoy shows and movies where I learn something new. True crime shows and documentaries, historical films, and science fiction are often right up my alley. I also love urban fantasy shows like Supernatural and Lost Girl.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

My wardrobe is made up entirely of black, so that’s probably my favorite color. When it comes to music, my tastes tend to jump around a lot depending on the project I’m working on. I listen to everything from film scores to punk rock to bluegrass and indie. I also have a soft spot for hip-hop and rap. I consider the more lyrical rappers amazingly talented modern poets.

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

Die?

Just kidding. If I weren’t a writer, I imagine I’d study psychology again and try to find work as a therapist or mental health advocate.

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

Clearing my browser history so my parents don’t think I have a side gig as a serial killer, then taking my kids down to the beach to spend one last day playing together.  

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

I’d love to have a ouija board carved into the headstone. Come chat with me and keep me updated on current affairs and memes!

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

I do! You can find my website at http://kyraquinn.com.

My Amazon link is USA amazon.com/author/kyraquinn,

UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kyra-Quinn/e/B07P1RZZJZ?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1560635072&sr=1-1

and my books can be found here.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07P417TFP

https://www.amazon.com/Mother-Darkness-Renegade-Guardians-Fantasy-ebook/dp/B07P3ZZPCC/

Here is my interview with Yvonne Robertson

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?

Yvonne Robertson, 55yrs

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born in Orkney, grew up in Lesmahagow and lived in Kirriemuir, Glamis and been in the US since 2007

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

I have been married to Neil for 34 years and we have two boys, the youngest now married. I worked at many different things, nursing, working with special needs kids, 8 years in human resources before I decided to become an author

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I have a new book coming out on June 22nd, its the second in a five-book paranormal series but readers won’t have to wait long for the others as I am writing the last one now.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I wrote poetry and short stories since I was about 7 or 8 years old

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have always considered myself a writer but I became an author when I published my first book

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

It’s a contemporary romance trilogy and it’s based in Atlanta GA and the highlands of Scotland. Moving to the states gave me the idea to write a transatlantic love affair.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It’s called Cuckoo in the Nest and the story is about triplet sisters who were born in Scotland but raised in the US. They find out from their father on his deathbed that he and his late wife may not have been the natural parents of one of them but they don’t know which one he was talking about. Each book tells a different sisters story.

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

In this new series, I decided to write the female MC in the third person and the male MC in first, thats been a little challenging at times.

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

The characters are fictional but the places are very real although names etc have been changed, people I know recognise the places I am talking about.

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

For the first series, I knew the places very well but in the third book, they honeymoon in Jamaica which I have been to several times, always best to write about what you know. However, for the paranormal series, you need to build the worlds although they don’t go off-world until book four.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My publisher has some fabulous designers that she uses.

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

They are very romantic and often sexy and I think most people like a little escapism from time to time.

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 am reading a series at the moment called ‘Children of the Gods’ by I.T. Lucas that I am loving and I have a ton of favorites, Blake Pierce is another. I love that although they have both written many many books, they still find something fresh to bring.

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

I have a lot of friends that have been awesome getting the word out about my books and there is one woman who I only got to know when we both signed for the same publisher and she has supported me unconditionally, sharing my work on social media, writing honest reviews, etc, even though she is building her own brand too. Her author name is Nicola Jane and she hails from Nottingham.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely, I am loving it.

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

Probably not, I am happy with the storyline.

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

I learn something with every single thing I write and although I am very grateful for all the people who love my books I have to accept that there will be people for whom it’s not ‘Their cup of tea”

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

In this paranormal series, I would have Sierra (Book 1) played by Rachel McAdams and Greer (Book 2), played by Sophie Turner.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Keep plugging away, it is a lot of hard work but I think it’s worth it. Writing the book is the easy, fun part, the rest is endless rounds of editing and fact-checking.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I love to engage with my readers and have many of them as friends on social media so I think they already know I am an open book.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Just started a brand new series by Blake Pierce, Book 1, If She Knew.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Apart from fairy tales, I think it may have been The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Charlottes Web or maybe even Paddington.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My husband makes me laugh, he really is quite funny although I wouldn’t tell him that! A lot of things make me cry, books, movies, even some of my own characters.

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

Apart from family members who have passed, I would love to have met Leonardo Da Vinci, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer…..wow! Arguably the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I do lots of crafty things, knit, sew, make soaps, flower arrangements and I mini garden, i.e. pots and hanging baskets.

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

I have a quite diverse taste in what I watch. I like British period dramas but I also love superhero movies like Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and feel good stuff like Bridget Jones.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Anything Mexican, love the colour pink and music ranges from Eagles to Abba

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

I guess I would work in HR, it’s what I know best.

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

With my family

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

Reach for the Stars and your Light will Shine Forever

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

Its down for maintenance but will be back up soon:-

http://yvonnerobertsonauthor.com/

https://www.facebook.com/authoryvonnerobertson/?modal=admin_todo_tour

Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Yvonne-Robertson/e/B07GQ7J3NQ/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Yvonne-Robertson/e/B07GQ7J3NQ/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Newest Book Link:-

UK:-https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vampire-Brides-Have-Yvonne-Robertson-ebook/dp/B07SGPFW45

US:-https://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Brides-Have-Yvonne-Robertson-ebook/dp/B07SGPFW45

 

 

Here is my interview with Nola Nash

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 Nola Nash and I’m 43 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and spent a lot of time in New Orleans. Since 2000, I’ve lived in the Nashville, Tennessee area in the small historic town of Franklin.

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

I’m married with 3 kids ages 21, 17, and 13. My two adorable nephews who are 9 and almost 6 call me Auntie Penguin. 😊I have a Master’s Degree in Education, so my day job is teaching 8th grade English. I also co-direct the plays and musicals at the middle school where I teach.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

If everything stays on schedule, the ARC for my debut book, Crescent City Moon, will be coming out this month for reviewers and the folks who will be doing book blurbs for it. It is scheduled to officially launch this fall, which is great since it has some creepy parts with all the magic and voodoo.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

It seems like I’ve been writing my whole life. When I was little, I read constantly then wrote my own stories. They were awful, but they were the seeds of what I get to do now!

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’ve considered myself a writer for a long time, especially since I began writing the manuscripts for the novels that will be releasing over the next 12 months. It wasn’t until I signed my contract with my publisher, Pandamoon Publishing, that I really considered myself an author. It doesn’t seem like much difference between the two words, but to me there was a huge difference.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Crescent City Moon is of course inspired by New Orleans. The city is so full of magic and mystery. When I was young, I would walk the streets of the French Quarter and the Garden District imagining what stories those old buildings could tell. From there, it was just natural that I would start writing the stories I imagined there. Because the city is my muse, I try very hard to do her justice. I don’t “Hollywood-ize” the history or the voodoo. The truth about New Orleans tradition is so much better than what Hollywood tries to do to it.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The title Crescent City Moon came from the nickname for the city of New Orleans, Crescent City, and then adding the haunting magic of night-time there. So, blending the Crescent City with the Crescent moon was just natural for me.

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

If there is anything specific about my style of writing, it would be my passion for immersing the reader in the setting. Description can be cumbersome in some books and drag on forever, I try to sprinkle it more through the dialogue as the characters move through the setting. And, writing description, for me, feels more like poetry, especially with a setting like old New Orleans. The challenge is not to get bogged down in that and slow the pacing down.

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

Being a paranormal mystery set in the late 1820s, the only real-life experiences of mine that are in it is the setting and my love for the French Quarter. There are real people and certainly real places that pop up in my novels all the time. The real experiences come from some of the magic and voodoo rituals. To describe them well enough for the reader to fully experience them, I needed to experience them myself so I could find the right words to describe not only what was happening, but the sensory experiences that accompanied it. To do that, I did a lot of research, practiced some of the candle magic, herb magic, and voodoo spiritualism myself. I also have a dear friend who is a medium who did a séance with me and let me experience that so I could write about it. And they really are full sensory experiences, from the feel of the wax of the candles to the smells of the herbs, to the sensation of not being quite alone in a place.

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

I do travel to New Orleans any chance I get and work some research into those visits. Crescent City Moonis the first book in a series and I have another series set in New Orleans that is coming out in the spring. Sylvie’s Pen is the first book in that one. It’s an American historical with quite a bit of sass and romance set in the 1850s in New Orleans. It’s important for me to not only feel the place I’m writing about, but to get the fact straight. I take tons of pictures and use them all the time, not just for the visuals I’m trying to create, but to remind me of how the places felt, smelled, and so on. Another series, launching next summer, is a globe-trotting time travel adventure. For that one, I’ve drawn on some of my own experiences, but have had to interview folks and do a lot of research about the locations I haven’t been able to visit – yet.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Pnadamoon Publishing has a fabulous graphic designer, Don Kramer, who does the cover work for all of our books. However, the photo being used onCrescent City Moon, as well as the other books in that series, I took in Lafayette Cemetery on a visit there. The cemetery is one of my favorite places to go and I’m glad I had some shots that Don could use. Of course, he makes them look incredible when he’s done working his design magic with them!

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

If I had to give a message to the series, it would be to embrace the magic inside you.

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

New writers that I’ve been loving recently are Tomi Adeyemi, author of Children of Blood and Bone, and Rin Chupeco, author of The Bone Witch. But my favorite author is Jack London. Has been for years. Reading his work forever is probably where I developed my love for poetic description. As much as I love his work, if I had to choose a favoritte book of all time that I could read over and over (and have already read 8 times) it would be To Kill a Mockingbird.

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

That would have to be the amazing friends and staff at the school where I teach. They have given me such encouragement and are so excited about any publishing news I have. Our librarian is even going to have me as one of our author visits once the book is available for the kids to buy and me to sign for them.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

It’s such a long-shot for any author to be able to write for a living. I hope that one day it does become a career for me, but I also know how rare that is. I can be hopeful while still being practical about it.

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

Honestly, I don’t think I would change anything. I’ve worked on it for years and have woven so much of my heart and soul into it that I don’t think I could or would do it any differently.

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

I learned so much about the true nature of New Orleans voodoo and the rituals practiced, as well as the purpose behind them. Most people see it as a dark and creepy thing full of curses and sticking pins in dolls to make victims feel pain. In truth, that’s not what it’s about at all. You can thank Hollywood and uniformed sensationalists for that. It’s actually a practice of protection more than anything else, with a deep and rich history that is quite fascinating to learn about. Sure, there are some darker elements and a few curses for good measure, but not nearly as much of that as people think.

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

I get asked that one periodically, and I really don’t know. There are some great actresses out there, but I really haven’t settled on a dream cast for the book. Probably because I don’t watch a lot of movies. There just isn’t much time for that when you’re writing 3 novel series!

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write with your heart. When you love what you’re writing, others will too. It comes through the words you choose and the characters you create. When you are trying to write with your head, it becomes forced and it shows in the work. I know, I’ve done it, and had to scrap 7,000 words of a sequel because my heart wasn’t in it. It seemed like time to get the sequel done, so I started writing. But it wasn’t good at all. Once I started again when my heart was in it, it began to take shape organically and it’s so much better!

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Read, review, and connect! Writers need reviews, even just “It was great!” It helps the writers you love show up in the searches so other readers can find them. And connect. I’d love to hear from my readers! Social media has been a wonderful way for readers and writers to engage and that builds a vibrant community.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Right now, I’m reading Killer Secrets by Sherrie Orvik. It’s a fast-paced murder mystery and I’m loving it so far!

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Probably Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. My mother used to read those to me and my brother at bedtime and eventually, we took over the reading part. I loved those books!

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I laugh at my kids and nephews all the time, especially when they are all together. They are so silly and fun. I cry (happy tears) at videos where someone is showing kindness to someone who is struggling. Sad and angry tears come from seeing cruelty to others or animals.

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

A person from the past would definitely be Jack London, just so I could thank him for the inspiration to write the way I do. From the present, there are several. An author I’d love to meet is Margaret Atwood. But I’d also love to meet Jimmy Fallon or James Corden because they’re hilarious.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

In the warmer months, I have a vegetable and herb container garden on my deck that I love tending to. During the school year, as a teacher, there isn’t much time for hobbies, unless you count directing the shows.

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

The Golden Girls is my go-to. Love me some Sophia! But, weirdly, I also watch an awful lot of Star Trek: Next Generation and Voyager. Out of character for me, I know.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

My favorite food, being the south Louisiana girl that I am, is boiled crawfish. Hands down. No question about it. Favoritecolors are green and blue. Music is my jams from the 80s and 90s, unless I’m writing. When I’m writing, I always listen to reggae. It has a beat that keeps my fingers moving and the thoughts flowing, but I can’t understand most of the words, so it’s not distracting.

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

I’d be teaching, I suppose. It’s what I do now when I’m not writing, so it seems like a logical choice.

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

Go to New Orleans, eat lots of crawfish, and hug on my family.

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

She loved, she created, she dreamed.

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

My website is https://nolanash.com/, but for the most up-to-date information, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are great places to find me. My Instagram and Twitter are both @nolanashwrites and have a street team Facebook group called Nola’s Second Line. It’s a public group and I’d love to have fans join the fun there! You can also find me on Goodreads. Once the book launches, I’ll have my Amazon Author page set up as well. Look for that this fall!

 

Here is my interview with D.H. Jonathan

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 D.H. Jonathan, and I am 52 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m originally from Fort Smith, Arkansas, but I have lived most of my life in Fort Worth, Texas.

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

I have a Bachelors degree in English and a Masters degree in library science.  I’ve been married for just over 20 years, and I have two sons and one granddaughter.  In 2001, I won $32,000 on the prime time game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire where host Regis Philbin took quite an interest in my part time job as a nude model for art classes.  My Hot Seat appearance can be seen here:

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My new novel Life Models is being released on June 21st!

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing about 4th grade.  I was never very outgoing, didn’t make friends easily, and writing was an escape.  I could write about characters who could be anything.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I don’t know.  I guess I’ve always considered myself a writer even during times that I wasn’t writing.  I was always thinking about what would make a good story.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I started a lot of ambitious projects when I was a kid but never finished anything.  I was 20 when I finally finished my first novel.  It was 1986, and my step-mother had gotten me this electronic typewriter thing.  If you used regular paper, it required a lot of ink ribbons, but if you used thermal paper, it could print on it forever.  Unfortunately, that thermal paper faded over time, so my first completed novel no longer exists.  The paper got so white that I threw the pages away a long time ago.  But it gave me a sense of satisfaction that I had finally finished something.

 The first book I published for anyone other than family was The “Volunteer”, and I made it available because it had acquired quite a following on the Internet message boards where I had first posted each chapter as I wrote it.

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It just always was The Volunteer, although the main character was a very reluctant volunteer for the project in the book, so I put that word Volunteer in quotation marks in the title.  That didn’t help the book come up in search results, let me tell you.

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

 Both The “Volunteer” and Life Models are written in a first person point of view and are written in an almost stream of consciousness style.  My current work is different in that it’s from a third person limited point of viewwith several different POV characters.  With first person, you must keep your perception limited.  You can’t go into other characters’ thoughts without breaking that point of view.  It’s much easier to switch points of view when writing in third person.

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

 Talking about Life Models, the story is about two people who meet while modelling nude for an art class together.  I have modelled for art classes for 34 years, so many of the situations that come up are based on things that happened to me while modelling.  I have had to share the modelling platform with nude strangers a few times, although I never developed any romantic relationships with any of them.

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

I don’t have to travel, but I like to.  For Life Models, everything happens in the north Texas area where I live, so no travel was necessary.  Most of The “Volunteer” happens at a fictional university in the Coachella Valley of California, and I based the descriptions of the place on two vacations my wife and I took to a resort in Palm Springs in 2011 and 2012.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

 The cover of The “Volunteer” was designed by a fan who had read the book as I posted it chapter by chapter on the Web.  He lives in the UK and remains anonymous, although he goes by the moniker SliceReality on DeviantArt.  The cover for Life Models was designed by an artist in Sri Lanka whom I met via fiverr.com.  He goes by the name sam_4321 there.

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

 I think in both novels, the characters ultimately just want to have the freedom to be themselves even if what they do is considered outside the norm.

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?

 In my reading life, I have been on a multi-year quest to have read every winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Novel/Fiction.  I’m currently reading the winner for 1942, Dragon’s Teeth by Upton Sinclair.  When I finish that, I will only have two more Pulitzer winners to go to have read all 92 of them.  So a lot of what I read is older.  I did just order the new Blake Crouch novel yesterday, Recursion.  I loved his last book Dark Matter.

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

 My writing critique group, Trinity Arts Writers Workshop.  B. Michael Stevens, whom who have also interviewed, is a member of that as well.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

 Writing as a career has always been my dream.

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

 Life Models was written over the course of six years, and twice it meandered into territory that I didn’t want it to be.  I backtracked on it twice, throwing out over a hundred pages each time, to get it back to where it needed to go.  So I wouldn’t change anything at this time.

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

 Persistence.

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

 The male lead in Life Models is so much like me that I’d want to play it myself.  But I’m not an actor.  Of course, people say I look like George Clooney, so perhaps we could have a slightly younger Clooney play that part.  For the female lead, I’m not sure.  She is beautiful, but she’s not beautiful by conventional standards.  There was an actress whom I thought was great in the Melissa McCarthy movie Life of the Party.  Her name is Jessie Ennis.  Of course, I don’t know if either actor would be up to doing the nudity in the scenes in the life drawing classes.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Read a lot and write a lot.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

 Thank you for all your support.

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

 Like I said earlier, I am reading Dragon’s Teeth by Upton Sinclair at the moment.  I’m also in the middle of listening to audiobook edition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey during my commutes to and from work.

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

 I don’t remember what I read as a child, although Walter Farley’s Stallion books come to mind.  I do remember the first book I ever chose to buy for myself with my own money.  Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

 Lots of different things.  I was flipping through things on the TV yesterday and saw a shot of Steve Harvey and just had to laugh.

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

There are lots of people I would love to meet.  But just throwing a name out, I’ll say Arnold Schwarzenegger.  It is a difficult thing to be a huge success in one field.  To be a success in three areas: bodybuilding, acting, and politics, is truly a rare thing.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I read a lot, of course, and I’m a huge baseball fan.  I also volunteer in my church nursery.  I’ve always loved babies, and quite a few people call me The Baby Whisperer.

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

I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I did get caught up in Game of Thrones.  I have also loved the first two seasons of Stranger Things.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I love a good ribeye steak.  My favoritecolor is purple.  In fact, I am typing my responses to this interview in purple to distinguish them from the questions.  For music, I usually listen to classic rock from the time of my youth, late 70s and 80s.  My wife and I are going to a Heart concert in a couple of months.

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

I would still be modelling for art classes.  I have also been told by two different people that I have a great reading voice.  I plan on recording the audiobook version of Life Models myself, and, if it works out, I may branch out in narrating other audiobooks.

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

Now that I have a granddaughter who is not yet 2 years old, I have often felt that my time with her is too fleeting.  So I would have to spend it with family.

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

I’m not sure I will have a headstone.  I have modelled for art classes for almost 35 years now, and quite a few of those classes have had me posing next to a skeleton.  I’ve often thought that I would like to have my skeleton used for drawing after I’m gone.  I don’t know how to make that happen.  But it would be cool to have people keep drawing me for decades after I died.

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

Yes, I do.  It is http://dhjonathan.com.  Thank you so much!

Amazon Authors links USA  https://www.amazon.com/D.-H.-Jonathan/e/B01J4GHF1W/

UK https://www.amazon.com/D-H-Jonathan/e/B01J4GHF1W?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1560414305&sr=1-1

Here is my interview with Haven Rose

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 pen name is Haven Rose – I liked how it flowed – but my actual first name is Elizabeth. I’ll just mumble my age. *winks*

Fiona: Where are you from?

NE Ohio.

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

In real life, I’ve been happily married for over twenty years to my high school sweetheart.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

In May, I released my eleventh book, Pieces of You.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started in September of 2017. Ironically, I’d never thought of becoming a writer, though many had encouraged me to do so, but have always been a voracious reader.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

You know, I don’t remember there being a particular moment when it hit me, because, honestly, it still seems a little surreal at times.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My husband was listening to a bluegrass band he likes and there was a line in one song that stuck with me. Within a couple minutes of hearing it, I had the plot for my first book, Grave Secrets, a romantic suspense story.

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

That was actually pretty easy considering what the story revolved around.

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

Not that I’m aware of, though I always write safe, if that helps. (For a book to be considered such, in my opinion at least, there is no cheating, no om/ow scenes within the story (whether the Hero and heroine have met yet or not), and neither are with others after meeting.

As for anything particularly challenging, nothing springs to mind at the moment, so I guess that’s a good thing, right?

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, to be honest. I sprinkle names of family members and friends throughout them, as well as pet names/descriptions/personalities, conversations between my husband and I, or a joke he’s shared, things like that.

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

I haven’t so far, just doing online research as needed, but I’m not ruling it out.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My designer is fantastic! I use Fanderclai Designs.

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

Again, it depends on the book. It could be something as simple as believing love at first sight exists, or that family doesn’t always mean someone you’re biologically connected to. Perhaps it’s that life is short and you should enjoy every moment you can, live it to the fullest, and don’t let anyone tell you how to be you…no one knows you better than yourself.

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

 New authors…quite a few actually, but I don’t want to risk forgetting anyone so…

My favorite? I adore Misty Evans’ books. She writes it, I read it. I think it’s her style, how she connects all the threads so you can’t always figure out the mystery, and her characters are always intriguing. My go-to-reread from her is Fatal Vision, the fifth book in her SEALs of Shadow Force series. That Hero and heroine stole my heart and haven’t given it back.

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

A FB friend I’ve become incredibly close with the past two years, who is also now my PA, Tonya. She’s been unbelievable since day one. I told her my idea for Grave Secrets andher first response was, “OMG!,” followed immediately by “You have my full support.” I will never forget that.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Definitely.

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

No. I adore Caden and Rooney from Pieces of You just as they are.

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

To follow my instinct.

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

That is a hard one. I honestly have no clue.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Chase your dream. Don’t let anyone, including yourself, stop you from reaching for the stars. If nothing else, at least you’ll know you tried, and that right there is a win.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for allowing me to share my stories.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Haven’t decided yet as I’m currently editing my fourth of July release.

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I wish I could remember.

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My husband always makes me laugh.

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

Truthfully, I’d love to meet my paternal grandfather. He died when my mom was eleven months old, but he saw some things in his lifetime.

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Reading, crafts, and our garden.

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

I’m looking for a new show as Game of Thrones just ended.

 Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Pizza, yellow, and anything with a beat or lyrics that catches my attention.

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

I’d focus on my second job, editing.

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

With my family.

 Fiona: What do you want written on your headstone?

That I loved and was loved.

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

Not yet, but I’m working on a website. Until then, I do have an author page on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/authorhavenrose/ – and Amazon – USA  https://www.amazon.com/Haven-Rose/e/B079YBGCW3/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

UK    .https://www.amazon.co.uk/Haven-Rose/e/B079YBGCW3?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1560069850&sr=1-2

 

Here is my interview with Natasha Tynes

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 Natasha Tynes. Do I really need to tell you my age? Just kidding. I’m 42.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born in Amman, Jordan and moved to the US in my late twenties. I now live in the suburbs of Washington, DC. I’m a naturalized American citizen.

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

I’m an award-winning Jordanian-American author and communications professional based in Washington, DC. My byline has appeared in the Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post, and the Jordan Times, among many other outlets. My short stories have been published in Geometry, The Timerbline Review and Fjords. I’m the recipient ofthe  F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival award for short fiction.

I have a master’s in International Journalism from City University in London. I’m married and have three children and one hamster!

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My debut novel They Called Me Wyatt will be published in June 2019 by California Coldblood Books, an imprint of Rare Bird Books. I’m also currently working on my second novel which also be set between Jordan and the US and revolves around residents of a building in Amman who all immigrated to the US.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Early on. Very early one, in elementary school. I was probably nine or ten years old. My teachers noticed my talent, and I always got compliments on my writing. I knew it was my calling most of my life. That’s why I pursued journalism as a career, because I was attracted to the writing aspect.  I only started writing fiction in my late twenties after I read a profile of Yiyun Li in the Washington Post. I was really impressed by the fact that when she moved to the US she hardly knew any English and that she first majored in science, and later  onswitched her major, pursuing her love for writing.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I think I really started calling myself a writer when my very first short story was published in aliterary journal. Before that I would call my self a journalist or a columnist. I guess, I always wanted to have a fiction piece published before I gave myself that title.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

As cliché as it may sound, the idea of my first novel came to me in a dream. I dreamt that I was pushed over a roof of the building and woke up in the body of a three- year-old boy

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I had a number of titles in mind. I did a bit of crowdsourcing and I asked my friends about their favourite one. That’s when I settled onThey Called ME Wyatt

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

I think I do have a specific writing style. I like to write from the first POV perspective. My main characters are usually opinionated, snarky females who have a dark sense of humour.

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

My book is based on my experience growing up in Amman, Jordan then immigrating to the United States. Many things in the book were inspired by my upbringing, my immigration journey and the people I met along the way. The book has also some supernatural elements that will leave the reader wondering if magic really exists.

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

Since my novels are mostly based in Jordan, I do travel between Jordan and the US when I can. Although I’m based in the US, I try to go to Jordan every summer, mostly to see friends and family, and also to keep my memory of the city fresh so I can accurately capture all thedetails of life there.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Award-winning South African designer Dale Halvorsen.

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

I think the biggest takeaway I want my readers to get out of my book is better understanding of the identify of Arab women and the struggle they face both at home and elsewhere. Also a better grasp of the hurdles people face when they move to a different country and how they battle issues of identify, race, and the need to belong. It’s like being in purgatory. You don’t belong anywhere anymore.

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 really love the work of Jhumpa Lahiri, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and ImboloMbue. They all deal with race, immigration and the need to belong in a foreign land. These are issues that are close to my heart.

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

Yes. I belong to a group of writers who meet once a week to critique each others’ work. They have been instrumental in shaping my latest book. They read and critiqued every single chapter in my book more than once, and for that I will remain forever grateful.

 Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I do see it in my future. Let’s just hope that my novel does well.

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

I don’t think I would.

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

Yes. Writing and publishing a book can really test your patience. It’s a very long process that has many steps. Be patient, read, edit, repeat. You will get published eventually but it won’t happen overnight.

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

I would like to have a Jordanian actress play the lead. I can’t think of one on top of my head, but since my novel is set in Jordan, I would hope that the casting team would make it a priority to pick someone from my hometown.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

It’s not too late to start writing your first novel. By the time my debut novel will be published, I will be almost 43. If you have ever had that dream of writing a book, do it, don’t put it aside. Start writing now and stick to a daily routine.  Show up to write rain or shine. Don’t wait for inspiration. Writers’ block is a myth.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Two things. First, people, even those from the same racial and cultural backgrounds, are not homogenous. Second, believe in magic.

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Guapa by Saleem Haddad. I’m really enjoying it. It’s about a homosexual young man coming of age in an unnamed Arab city.

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I remember the first book I read in English. It was Super Fudge by Judy Blume

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Conversation with childhood friends.

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

I would love to meet Chinese-American author Yiyun Li. Mostly because her writing journey was what inspired me to pursue fiction seriously.

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I like to read, of course (non-stop). I also like to run and hike in the woods, and experiment with new recipes.

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

I love real crime shows like Dateline. I guess no surprise here since I wrote a murder mystery.

 Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I love Asian food, the color purple andKacey Musgrave.

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

I can’t imagine that future.

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

I would spend it with my husband and my three children. We might order pizza, watch a movie and cuddle on the sofa.

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

Probably a quote from one of my books. If that’s not possible, I would like to have this on my headstone: “She tried her best”.

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

Yes, http://www.natashastynes.com

Here is a link to my novel on Amazon. 

 

Here is my interview with Eden Gruger

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

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

Hi Fiona, My name is Eden Gruger, young at heart middle aged woman (45)

Fiona: Where are you from?

The lovely, scenic and unexpected Essex, England

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

I live in London with 2 cats, 2 dogs, 1 husband and no children.  School wasn’t the best days of my life, so I didn’t continue with education then; but went on to do an Open University degree later; which was the best, most challenging, interesting experience.  I know that funding opportunities have changed since then, but if you have the chance to study with the OU then take that chance.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I published my first book ‘Down With Frogs’last August, and that has been really well received.  It’s a collection of candid, humorous, occasionally tragic short stories about being in, ending, and the aftermath of, the modern romantic relationship; each story is told by a different female narrator.  It’s been a busy time getting out there, talking to people and spreading the word about that, whilst trying to writing my second book ‘Laughing at myself’; if I can make my deadline it is due out at the end of this year, so watch this space.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

When I learnt to read and realised that it was someone’s job to make up the stories  I have always written, there are stacks of exercise book sin my parents loft that are my childhood stories, and I have folders and folders of work on my current laptop and her predecessor.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I set myself the target of finishing a collection of short stories and making them into a book by August 28th, 2018, before that it was considered my hobby.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Hearing all my friends talking about dating, realizing that finding the right partner – not the one that ticks the boxes you think that you have, but the one who accepts you just as you are, is actually pretty hard for a lot of people.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I wanted a play on words around you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince. There was a film some time ago called Down With Love, and that must have been hiding somewhere in my brain, the two got together and Down With Frogs was born.  It is a way of saying ‘no more frogs!’ we want to avoid dating anymore rubbish boyfriends.

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

I write in a tidied up version of the way I speak, people who know me who have read the book say it was like having me there reading to them, to which my standardreply is don’t read on the toilet then.  It is hard to try and be funny, it is better to be yourself.

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

Some of my characters and stories have grown from the grain of a real person or an experience or are a combination of real characters and truths’.  However, my imagination has always carried off on a tangent.

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

I don’t have to travel for my material, but I do use it for inspiration, and to give myself a break from everyday life to be able to concentrate on writing.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Being the control freak that I am, I did myself using an online template provider.  Then a lovely friend who knows about marketing and branding gives them the once over.

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

Just that we all struggle.

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?

David Sedaris is my inspiration, he can be funny, candid and blunt, but you still feel connected to the people he writes about.  He is brutally honest at times, and don’t we all wish we had the confidence?

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

I did a 10 week creative course for women called ‘Peaced Together’ (it’s all over the world, so look it up! everyone should do it).  Part of the message was to look at who you really are – what is your purpose, and that is what made me realise that writing is the only job I ever really, really, wanted to do.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

It is a more like a calling, you might never make any money, its not an easy way to pay the bills, and people can tell you to your face that you are rubbish – which doesn’t happen in most other jobs.

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

Yes, I have an issue with discipline and procrastination, the more people that ask me how the next book is coming along the more creative my excuses for not meeting my deadlines have become!

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

Lesley Manville is a fabulous actress, she is a chameleon and would be able to play all the lead characters and capture them all.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Don’t wait to get your work out there, starting blogging and getting feedback, work on achievingthe 10,000 writing hours.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Yes, thank you for giving me your time and attention, it is an honour for me to be able to have anyone read my words, let alone pay to read them – I thank you.

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I have just finished reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – wow, just wow it made me really question myself, and it is a good book that can get you thinking like that.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Growing up in the 1970’s it was the Mr Men, I used to ask my dad to bring me one home every day. Mr Tickle was probably my favourite.

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Animal’s being hurt, ill or sad, so no animal rescue programmes.  The secret life of the zoo makes me blub on a regular basis, when Gavin the anteater died I was sobbing.

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

For purely entertainment purposes Freddie Mercury (from Queen),he was incredibly talented and intelligent.  I find his music is energetic, soulful and impossible to ignore. I would listen to him sing and then we would have afternoon tea together with his cats.

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

My garden and two allotments – one for fruit and one for salad and vegetables, keep me busy, reading of course, and I have recently learnt to crochet.

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

Crime thrillers, detectivesshows like Vera Brenda Blethyn is fabulous,

 Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Indian – Chana Masala, Mushroom rice and Sag Aloo. Favourite coloursblue and green. And I enjoy all music (except heavy, heavy metal)what I listen to is dependent on my mood.

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

Wow, that’s a horrible thought, I would have a second hand book shop

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

Cuddling my husband and dogs, there is no-where I would rather be

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

A wife, an eccentric, a friend, loved and missed.

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

I sure do, my blog features all my news, current projects, and interviews (just like this one!) https://edengrugerwriter.wordpress.com/   , my publishers page http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/eden_gruger   and there is my Facebook page @edengrugerwriter.   Currently have a special offer for American readers at https://thirstyauthor.com/book.php?s=1&b=23806

 Amazon buying Link UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Down-Frogs-Eden-Gruger/dp/0244705984/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1559914163&refinements=p_27%3AEden+Gruger&s=books&sr=1-1&text=Eden+Gruger

USA  https://www.amazon.com/Down-Frogs-Eden-Gruger-ebook/dp/B07S85PH55/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Eden+Gruger&qid=1559914211&s=books&sr=1-1