Here is my interview with Arthur Mongelli

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 Arthur Mongelli and I am 40 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?
I currently reside in Orange County, New York.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I attended SUNY Orange and SUNY Binghamton before the travel bug took hold of me. I traveled pretty extensively in the US and elsewhere before setting down in Warwick. I started a career and met my wife, Brenda. The career imploded but the marriage stuck. She and I celebrated our tenth anniversary this year and we have a wonderful 3 year old daughter named Freyja.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just submitted the follow up to Harvest of Ruin to Severed Press for publication. I also have short stories that will be appearing in two upcoming anthologies.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I tried on a number of occasions over the course of a few years to sit and write Harvest of Ruin, but it never panned out. Being a stay-at-home father afforded me the time, during naps, to nail it down. So writing for me began in earnest just after Thanksgiving of 2015.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
It was a tough go trying to get traditionally published with a Zom-poc story this late in the game. I think that I considered myself a writer once I received the e-mail from Severed offering publication. That was when I first thought: I can do this. I am doing this. I think that once I traditionally publish another novel in a different genre, that is when I will call myself an author.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Conversations mostly, that and daydreaming. A good friend and former roommate of mine used to discuss in detail what we would do in different scenarios that movies presented. It wasn’t long before my daydreams turned into a plot.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Harvest of Ruin, from the beginning, was a trilogy. The story leaves room for further tales, but the story I have to tell at the moment, wraps things up at the end of three. The first book takes place in Autumn when everything goes to pot. The second takes place in winter and the conclusion in the springtime, so people can expect the titles (or subtitles) to reflect those seasons. The title Autumn was long ago claimed by another popular series of zombie novels. The word Fall is somewhat ambiguous, so I settled on Harvest. The Ruin part is self-explanatory. The phrase Harvest of Ruin is also from an old quote as well, something to the effect of: ‘when you sow the seeds of corruption, you can expect a harvest of ruin.’ That was a happy accident and fits quite nicely with the root of the bacteria I had laid out in the novel. The subsequent books will likely keep Harvest of Ruin as the story title and have subtitles. The second book is tentatively called Harvest of Ruin: The Dead of Winter.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I tend to be very descriptive, hopefully not overly so. When I write, I make no corrections on the fly, I do all of it in revisions and rewrites. Although, it allows me to write a draft fairly fast, it can be very challenging to basically rewrite the entire book 3-4 times to fill out the details and make everything flow.
The genre felt very hard at first, especially this late in the popularity of zombies. Many great authors have been hacking away at it for years now and have a stack of books in their series. As a new author with one book under my belt, it has felt difficult to get someone to take a peek inside. Thankfully, I fell in with a great group of folks at Reanimated Writers. They are all about helping one another succeed.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Well, as far as the subject matter, not very realistic at all. The zombie apocalypse is great to daydream about, but to me, the end will more likely be due to global warming, war, or a meteor even. Most of my characters are based loosely on someone. Either that or they are composites of people I know or have known. Some are based on myself at different ages and some are completely fictitous, based on an archetype.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
It’s always good to travel, it cultivates a sense of scale and perspective to things. Most of my travel for the writing process, however, happens through Google Maps and Streetview.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Severed Press handles that. They have been great as far as taking my input into account.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are a couple, though what is intended versus what is read often differ.

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?
As a stay-at-home father, most of my reading currently involves muppets or dinosaurs, I regret to say. I have always loved Kurt Vonnegut and his ability to convey deep meaning while being laugh-out-loud hilarious.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Eric Paddock, a friend of 20+ years. He beta read my books and has been a pillar of support and a great friend.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
It’s more of a career of convenience at the moment, though, I love doing it. I would love for it to evolve into an actual career.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nothing as far as the plot is concerned. The occasional format or grammatical error always bothers me, though.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Not so much in the writing, but at an event I attended. I was partnered with a couple wonderful ladies, both of whom had written bestsellers. They imparted the importance of Goodreads giveaways to me.

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

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just do it. Write without looking back. Revise until you hate your book, then revise more.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I’ll have a booth at Walker Stalker Con in NJ this December. Hopefully book 2 will be in print in time for it. Come visit.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Slow Burn By Bobby Adair

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I read voraciously as a child. The first I can recall reading (without being forced to) was probably It by King, right around when it came out, I think I was 11 or 12.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My sense of humor is pervasive in my life. I try to laugh at everything. Since I’ve become a father, I’ve turned into a sap. I well-up at TV shows and movies on a fairly regular basis.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
George Romero, I’d say. He was one of those influences that I always thought I’d have time to meet. I saw Dawn of the Dead for the first time when I was 7 or 8 and my love for zombies was born.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I have an extensive comic book collection (60,000 issues).

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Recent favorite shows: American Gods, TWD, GOT, Shameless. I really enjoy a lot of the Netflix originals that have been on as well., I love movies (Lynch, Kurosawa, Tarkovsky, Besson are my favorite directors) Favorite movie of all time has to be Bergman’s The Seventh Seal.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Foods: Chicken-fried tofu, kale, bread, pasta and potatoes. Color: Black. Music: Hawkwind, Church of the Cosmic Skull, The Sword, Noothgrush, Dystopia.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Live off the land, build my own house.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
He was an asshole. Funny as hell, but an asshole.

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

Www.arthurmongelli.com

https://www.facebook.com/Arthurmongelliauthor/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16716158.Arthur_Mongelli?from_search=true

https://www.amazon.com/Arthur-Mongelli/e/B07145Y42J/

 

Here is my interview with Joni Morton

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 everyone my name is Joni Morton. And as you all know ladies don’t tell their age. I’ll just say I’m old enough to know better..

Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born and raised in a small town called Cleveland Texas; it’s 40 miles north of Houston. My family migrated to the USA from Stuttgart Germany generations ago. So although being a Texan, I feel Europe runs through my blood.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am married to my best friend. He is also the smartest man I have ever known. He has always given me anything I ever needed or wanted.
We had two sons. My oldest got killed in a car accident in 2007, which has been very hard on my family. My youngest son has the sweetest soul I have ever seen.
I have written stories for as long as I can remember, but wanted more knowledge so I went to a community college for creative writing.
I love music and I make my own music videos, using my own music.
I have never been attracted to crowds, and absolutely love being alone with my own ideas and thoughts.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I am normally working on 3 or 4 books at the same time, my mind never stops and when I get an idea I can immediately start something new in the blink of an eye.
These are some of many of my books.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing stories when I was about 5 year’s old sitting in a crepe myrtle tree. I was always imagining far away places, and would pretend I was in Italy or Greece or Hawaii. Always looking for ancient things or living by the sea.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I still don’t know if I’m a writer I just write things I think people are interested in and things that I can go back and look up later. It’s like sharing a song on facebook to your self, so you can go back later and hear it again.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My inspiration to write my first book, was after my son got killed and my mind would not stop thinking, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t talk to people anymore, I went a little mad actually. So to tame my thoughts I started digging up some old things I had written on paper, started playing around on the internet to see what was out there. One day sitting at the dentist office I was playing on my phone and saw on Amazon I can self publish. So that’s actually how I got my books out there.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I have many titles and they just literally pop into my head.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t really have a style; I feel like my brain is hard drive that needs to be filled with information, I am curious about many things. I write about things that interest me and things that I would want to tell my best friend.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My first book Makayla and the Prize Egg is based kind of on my personality. A girl with a kind heart who loves helping animals and others.
Twas the Week Before Christmas is the funniest book I have ever written, I would have to stop laughing at my words before I could continue.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I travel all over the world for ideas for things I write, and never leave my house.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I design my own covers and I find all pictures for my books.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Kindness will reap great rewards.

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?
Once upon a time I had a huge family, then one day it seems everyone is gone. After my son got killed I don’t know why I started thinking of people that survived the holocaust. I felt so alone with no one in the world, and I could imagine how they felt after losing all of their family.
Now my kindle reader is filled with nothing but holocaust stories, these people truly inspire me to come from such depths and to still be awesome people.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I have no one but me, but I’m sure if my mom were alive she would have been my biggest fan!

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I see writing as a way to escape real life. I truly don’t like not having my family anymore. I don’t see it as a career; I see it as a way to keep my mind busy.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not really I like them the way they are.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Follow your dreams, and always go the way your heart tells you.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Enjoy your life, read what you love.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Now I am reading The Berlin Deception by Jeffrey Vanke

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Now that was a long time ago! But I do remember reading Old Yeller about a thousand times! In about the sixth grade.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My husband makes me laugh, and I don’t think I have anymore tears in me.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I honestly don’t think there is anyone that I would truly love to meet. The most important people to me are in my life now.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I can honestly say I don’t love writing, I mainly write for my self and most days I’m not in the mood to write. I love making music videos, I love making video games, I love being alone with no stress, just to meditate or to think. I love studying ancient things, Greece, Italy, Pompeii amazes me!

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I will watch any movie with Mark Wahlberg. But mostly only watch science, and ancient history. I should have been an archeologist!

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My favorite food is Italian.
My favorite color is blue, mainly sea blue.
I love any music accept country, can’t take those cheatin songs! But currently I’m in love with House Music.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I want to live on a secluded island, with the sea surrounding me, with tanned feet sunk into sugary sand. To feel free from everything! My husband told me we can move to Belize in a few years!

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Love the people in your life with every fiber of your being, because in the end there truly is no happily ever after.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes please visit my author page on amazon.com and my social media page.
Amazon.com/author/jonimorton
The social media address is
https://www.facebook.com/ghostwrite1/notifications/

I’m thinking of doing a give away for my book ‘Twas the week before Christmas, at Christmas time!

 

Here is my intervew with Anirban Bose

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

Hi Fiona thanks for giving me this opportunity

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

My name is Anirban Bose. Well I am in my early thirties.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born in the coastal town of Puri, India famous for its rich cultural heritage and a religious town known the world over for the Jagganath Temple and its annual Car Festival known as the “Rath Yatra”. Currently I am in Kolkata (The city of Joy), India.

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

In terms of education I am a graduate and have more than 10 years work experience in the accounting field. My family lives in my hometown of Puri and I always wish to see them whenever I can.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I am currently working on my second novel and also on the sequel of my first novel; in short I am working simultaneously on two novels both of different genre.

 

 

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I remember writing short stories while I was in school. I always had a passion for reading and writing from my school days. My responsibilities had previously stopped me from following my passion for a very long time, but then finally in 2017, I decided to follow my passion and started writing and then after 34 days I completed my first novel, “The Forbidden Gift”. With the publication of my first novel, I managed to fulfill my dream of becoming a writer.

 

 

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

My dream of becoming a writer was tugged deep inside my mind and all I needed was a spark. Then one day in mid- April, I had written a short story which my niece read and loved it. It was she who encouraged me to pursue my dream and become a writer.

 

 

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My favorite authors Ruskin Bond and Agatha Christie’s books inspired me a lot and their writings were a source of inspiration to write my first book. My writings are basically for children and young adults with inspirational overtones and with a message for friendship, love and sacrifice. I wish children and the teenagers would get a chance to read my book and like it.

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

A friend of mine suggested the title along with some other titles which she had in her mind after she read my draft. I liked the title and hence decided to use it.

 

 

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

My writing style is inspired from the writing style of one of my favorite author Agatha Christie. I tried my best to make it quite easy for my readers, who are basically children above the age of 12 years and young adults.

 

 

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 purely fiction, a figment of my imagination, but some of the writings and characters were based on my experiences with actual people. Karan’s character is loosely based on my own, the problems he faced in school like bullying was based on my own personal experiences.

 

 

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

I never travel before or during the process, as it would divert my focus from my writing.

 

 

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Since my first book was self-published, I had at first selected some pictures and had sent it to my publishing company who had then selected the best picture and did the final layout and designed my covers.

 

 

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

I just want my readers to enjoy reading my book and identify themselves with some of my characters.

 

 

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 all time favorite authors are Agatha Christie and Ruskin Bond. At present no new authors have grasped my interest.

 

 

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

I don’t have one but three entities that have supported my commitment to become a published author. My best friend Smita Nayak and Prajakta Walimbe and also a close friend and an artist in her own right Deepika Mahalakshmi.

 

 

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

For me writing was always a part of my life. Every day I write whatever ideas come into my mind. Writing makes me happy, it’s my Zen. I do see writing as a career.

 

 

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

In terms of content no, but I am open to feedbacks from my readers.

 

 

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

I am quite an impatient guy. I get restless very soon. But writing my first book instilled two new qualities in me, patience and perseverance.

 

 

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

I haven’t yet given it a thought.

 

 

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Follow your dreams, stop listening to what others had to say but do have faith in your instincts because you never know what the future have in store for you. So be patient and have faith in your abilities and of course on God.

 

 

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Never stop dreaming. Nightmares turn into reality if you doubt your own abilities. Be patient and always give your 100% in whatever you do.

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

My friend suggested me a book “Into the woods”. That’s what I am reading now.

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Yes, “The adventures of Sherlock Holmes”

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I am a very emotional person. In our hectic life when everyone is busy running after something or someone, smile and happiness are rare commodities. But I am lucky to have an awesome family who always make me smile and laugh whenever they feel I am sad or in a gloomy mood. Whenever I see an old person in the streets begging, I feel it very hard to control my emotions.

 

 

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

Actor Jim Carrey. His versatile acting has always made me laugh. I hope that one day I could meet him personally and thank him for his admirable work on screen.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Besides writing and reading books of all genres, I am into photography also. I love to click pictures of people on the street (Street Photography) capturing their emotions.

 

 

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

I like watching comedies show and also cartoons.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

My dad is an amazing cook and everything he cooks is my favorite. My favorite color is Blue and for me music is an essential part of my life apart from writing. When I am relaxing, I love anything that is groovy but when I am writing, I love to hear Vangelis.

 

 

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

That would be my worst nightmare. Please don’t say that…

 

 

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

“A writer ordinary who dared to dream..”

 

 

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

Right now I don’t have any blog but I intend to have one soon to stay connected to my readers, share their stories and experiences and also to interact with them

My social media accounts are given below where my readers could get in touch with me :

https://twitter.com/anirban4u82

https://www.facebook.com/anirban4u82 (My Fb profile)

https://www.facebook.com/Anirbans-stories-509058859300596/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel (My FB PAGE)

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17030088.Anirban_Bose

Links for my debut mystery thriller novel, “The Forbidden Gift”:

https://www.amazon.com/Forbidden-Gift-Anirban-Bose/dp/1947429604/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501226635&sr=8-1&keywords=the+forbidden+gift

https://www.flipkart.com/the-forbidden-gift/p/itmevvc26ssxh4zx?pid=9781947429604&srno=s_1_1&otracker=search&lid=LSTBOK9781947429604HFD7XD&fm=SEARCH&iid=3fc517cf-b67a-46ee-aff6-e86d6ce6cb0e.9781947429604.SEARCH&qH=e25b8fd72b789a1e

https://www.infibeam.com/Books/forbidden-gift-anirban-bose/9781947429604.html#variantId=P-M-B-9781947429604

 

(My book video)

 

Here is my interview with Belle Brooks

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

 

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

Belle Brooks. I’m 34 years old.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

Belle: Queensland, Australia.

 

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

Belle: I’m a mother of three beautiful children. I’m married to a man I have loved for almost sixteen years of my life. Before I started a family, I was in the hotelier business, and ran / part-owned two sites. I enjoyed this work immensely. However, writing is my greatest love and passion, and it’s currently how I spend my days in between the chaos of family life.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Belle: I have some exciting news. I’m approaching my one-year anniversary as a published author. To celebrate this momentous occasion for me, I’m publishing a book called Winner. Release date: August 8th, 2017. Genre: Contemporary Romance. On September 5th, I will publish the second book in the Game of Life Series. Genre: Suspense Romance and Psychological Thriller. Busy times ahead.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Belle: I have been writing since I was 17 years old. Well, all my life really, but this is when it became a strong need. I did it at first for healing purposes and then it became my life.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Belle: Probably when I published my first children’s book (under the name Belinda O’Brien) and it was very successful.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Belle: My first published novel, which is Thirty Days: Part One, is not the first book I have ever written … It’s probably more like the tenth. I chose this as my first publication because I like to write outside of the box and I felt this book did exactly what I had intended it to do. I also wanted to have a lot of fun with it, and really do something left field. This series (The Thirty Days Series) was also written with a message I felt compelled to share. I felt it was a great way to break into the market, and after receiving seven reader’s choice awards for this series, I believe I made a rewarding choice for me.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Belle: That was easy. The story line is based around a thirty-day window in time.

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

Belle: I think we all do, even without realising it. I write what comes to me, and never try to plan a story. I don’t write to a formula or certain genre because I feel if the story is running clearly in my head, it’s the easiest way to get it down on paper with the most impact.  Challenging … setting deadlines for myself. I like to complete a book before I set publication dates, but sometimes I get a little ahead of myself and do that beforehand. I don’t like to rush my work.

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

Belle: Whether I like to admit it or not, my stories will always contain aspects and emotions from my own personal experiences. It’s probably how I know to write them. There are scenes, normally much more dramatised then the real world, in some of my books.

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

Belle: I do a stack of research for my books, but I will not write about a place I’ve never visited unless it’s a fictional place I have created in my own mind.Though these fictional places will always have some resemblance to places I have visited.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Belle: Soxsational Cover Art has created all my covers except one.
Cover Me Darling created the cover for Always You.

 

Fiona: Is there a message in each of your novels that you want readers to grasp?

In all of them, yes. I feel this is a huge purpose for my writing. I like to leave a message within the pages for readers to walk away with once it’s over.

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?

 

Belle: I honestly do not like to name authors or favourite books. I think this is because authors are so unique. It’s like finding a gem. There aren’t any two the same. Every gem has beauty and rarity, and every one of them brings something truly special to the eye of the beholder. My reason for loving an author or book varies.

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

Belle: My three very close girlfriends. They have supported all the decisions I have made throughout my adult life without so much as a bat of an eyelash. Also, my incredible husband.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Belle: I see writing as something I love to wake up and do every day. I see it as a way of freeing my mind and keeping balance in my life. I don’t know if this will become a career for me. I’m leaving that question up to fate. For now, it’s just something I love.

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

Belle: No. Not a thing. I need to stay true to the story and what the characters tell me. I believe I do this well, even if I don’t always personally agree with them. This happens frequently … the not agreeing part. Haha.

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

Belle: I learn something new with every book I write. I think it’s only natural to learn with growth and practice.

 

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

Belle: Here’s the thing, I don’t use muses. Some authors do, but I don’t. I only have one book with a specific character I think would be well suited to a certain actor. That is Nick Bateman. And this would be for the character Marcus, from The Thirty Days Series. Thirty Days: Part One. Thirty Days: Part Two and Finding the Magician (Part 3)

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Belle: Enjoy your writing. Believe in yourself. Never overthink it. Trust your words. Don’t compare yourself to any other author. Don’t try to write like any other author, and read / write as much as you possibly can. Practice makes perfect in any field you enter.


Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Belle: Love ya faces xx

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Belle: I’m Reading Nineteen Letters by Jodi L Perry.

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Belle: It was: When the War Began

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Belle:Life. In general.

 

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

Belle: There’s so many. I think I would have loved to meet Marilyn Monroe.Why? Because I think she was complicated, yet confident.

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Belle: Writing. Reading. Dancing. Spending time with friends and family, and enjoying life.

 

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

Belle: I’m open to just about anything. It’s true. I’ll give anything a go once.

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Belle: Lasagne and chocolate are my favourite foods. Colours areHot Pink and Midnight Purple. Music … just like with film, I have extremely broad tastes. I like something that has meaningful lyrics sometimes, and other times I just want a great beat or something really instrumental.

 

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

Belle: I have no idea, and I really hope that day never comes. Maybe I could run off and join the circus … I’m a bit of a clown anyways.

 

Fiona: What do you want written on your headstone?

Belle: Belle Brooks lived her life to the absolute fullest, and never regretted a single moment of it.

 

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

Belle: I have a website: www.bellebrooksauthor.com

Amazon Author Page –  USA  https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01JZ44AWU

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Belle-Brooks/e/B01JZ44AWU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1501220221&sr=1-2-ent

Thirty Days: Part One – (Thirty Days Trilogy #1)

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Thirty Days: Part Two – (Thirty Days Trilogy #2)

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Finding the Magician – (Thirty Days Trilogy #3) 

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Always You (Standalone)

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One Fear (#1 in the Game of Life Series)

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Thank you for this opportunity and your time.

Belle x

Here is my interview with Kelly Buffum

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?

Kelly Buffum, age 26

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

Westfield, MA, USA

 

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

I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Materials Science and Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. I currently work as a quality engineer in the aerospace industry. I’m an only child

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I recently self-published my second book, Teleport

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

The first story I wrote was for a first grade assignment. It was about a talking shoe named Harold and makes no sense when I read it now

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Probably as a freshman in college, that was the first time someone other than my mother read something I wrote (other than poetry)

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve no idea. The second one is the fault of some of my colleagues complaining about the size of the factory and how they wished they could teleport from one end to the other

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I needed to name it something to save it and, well, that’s what it stayed

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

I’m not sure. I tend to be very concise.

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

A little. I’ll take a part of a place, an event, or even a person and completely fictionalize it and wrap it in story

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

No

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I did

 

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

Be who you are

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

I’m so behind on reading, I haven’t read any ‘new’ authors. I recently discovered JC Nelson, which was awesome. My favorite author has to be my mother (what choice do I have?). She’s exceedingly descriptive and writes characters I always end up quickly attached to. Being her primary editor, I read her stuff a lot and I never get sick of it. Ever. Otherwise, Jonathan Howard, he has an awesome sense of humor.

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

ArtWorks Westfield

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Not for me, I enjoy solving problems too much to give up engineering

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

Probably not. I’m terrible about revising plot

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

IR cameras are a lot cheaper than I expected

 

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

I have no idea. I always have the hardest time with visualizing my main characters.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Keep writing no matter what

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Apparently I have a strange sense of humor

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I just finished Legend Has It by James Elliot and I’m forcing myself to plow through some of the magazine backlog before I pick up another book

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, I’ve always had books around me, but holding an open copy of The Great Blueness is one of my earlier memories

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

A sad movie or book scene will make me cry every time. Getting me to laugh is harder, I tend just to smile when I’m amused, but there are a few authors who do that

 

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

I’d like to meet my great-grandmother. Apparently, she was an amazing cook who had all kinds of wonderful recipes in her head that have been lost to time

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I collect antique buttons and bottles. I also volunteer to repair, restore, maintain, and operate trolley cars at a local museum

 

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

Sherlock, Penn & Teller Fool Us, Inspector Lewis

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Food- my dad’s BBQ pork roast with homemade mac and cheese

Colors- blue & orange

Music- Gaelic or soft rock

 

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

Read more, spend more time with trolleys

 

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

Gone to ride the great electric railway

 

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

No website yet, but if and when it happens it’ll be linked up to http://whipcitywordsmiths.blogspot.com/ I’m also on Goodreads, albeit I’m not very active yet

Parapsychology: https://www.amazon.com/Parapsychology-Kelly-Buffum/dp/1544851138/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501197373&sr=8-1&keywords=kelly+buffum

Teleport: https://www.amazon.com/Teleport-Kelly-Buffum/dp/1544850670/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1501197373&sr=8-2&keywords=kelly+buffum

 

Here is my interview with Ann H. Gabhart

 

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

So glad to be here, Fiona.

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

Hi, I’m Ann. You might see my name on books as Ann H. Gabhart or A.H. Gabhart and on some of my early books simply Ann Gabhart. When I was a kid dreaming of writing, I came up with a pen name, but that name has stayed forever secret. When I did start publishing articles and then novels, I was very happy to see my own name on my books. As for my age? Old enough to keep that a secret too. J

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born in Kentucky and I still live in Kentucky. Roots all the way to China.

 

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

I’m a country girl who grew up on a farm. I am the youngest of three girls and was supposed to be the boy my dad didn’t get to have. That didn’t turn me into a tomboy, but my sisters and I did have to help with the crops and do other farm chores. I married at a young age and had a couple of children by the time I was nineteen so my education has been mostly from the University of Life. My children, two boys and a girl, are grown and married now. I have nine grandchildren I spoil every chance I get. My husband is retired but still farms a little. We have a small herd of beef cattle. He has sung bass in various Southern Gospel quartets for over forty years and is currently part of the Patriot Quartet. I love country living, enjoy hiking with my dog and my grandchildren, love to read and come up with stories to write.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I’m excited about my September 2017 release, These Healing Hills. After writing a series of cozy mysteries, the Hidden Springs Mysteries, I returned to my fiction roots to write a historical novel about the Frontier Nursing Service in the Kentucky Appalachian Mountains. The book was reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly and I was very happy to read this line, “Gabhart handles the Appalachian landscape and culture with skill, bringing them to vibrant life.”

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I can answer the when, but that why might be a little harder. I was around ten when I decided it would be fun to write a mystery like the Hardy Boy mysteries I enjoyed reading only instead of the Hardy boys, I would be the star sleuth. My sister and a favorite cousin were my sidekicks. I’ve been writing something ever since. A lot of words under my story bridge. But why? Writing is simply something I am compelled to do. I think I was born wired to be a storytelling writer.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

For years it was difficult for me to tell people “I am a writer.” It seemed presumptuous of me even after I started publishing articles and then novels. But quietly in my inner self, I have considered myself a writer from the day I first opened up that wire bound notebook to start my wannabe Hardy Boy mystery when I was a kid. Now I claim the writer title with no problem at all. I think publishing almost thirty-five books gives me that right. I am a writer.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

That’s so far in the past, I don’t remember. I do remember why I wrote that first novel over forty years ago. I was taking a correspondence writing course and the last assignment was to write an outline of a novel. I never liked writing outlines, so I wrote the novel instead. I had written short stories and articles prior to that, but as soon as I started writing the novel, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. That book has never been published but it was good practice for the many books I’ve written since.

Actually the third book I wrote was the first one published and I was inspired to write it by a bit of history I stumbled across that told about a traveling church. Shortly after the Revolutionary War, the pastor of the Spotsylvania Church in Virginia talked his congregation, at least a majority of the church members, into picking up roots and crossing the Wilderness Trail to establish a church in the Kentucky frontier. I dropped my characters into that historical event and A Forbidden Yearning was published by Warner Books in 1978. Thirty-four books later, I am looking forward to publication of another historical novel with a Kentucky background, These Healing Hills.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

For that first book long ago, the publishers didn’t like the title I chose, A Kentucke Dream, (Kentucky had different spellings in the frontier days), and they retitled the book something they thought would be more enticing to readers.

Since then, I’ve come up with many titles. Some stuck on the book like Angel Sister, Scent of Lilacs, The Seeker, and others. These Healing Hills was not my working title, but Revell, my publishers, and I considered several ideas before we settled on this one. I like it as if does speak to the story with the “healing” and “hills,” since it’s set in the Appalachian Mountains with history of the Frontier Nursing Service.

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

I would hope I have an easy to read style. I like to get my characters talking. I enjoy writing dialogue. I don’t know that I find anything particularly challenging in my writing style or genre. I have written a variety of genres, everything from historical romance to mysteries to young adult coming of age stories. I’ve even written a picture book, but it’s yet to find a publisher. I like telling a good story whatever the genre.

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

Many of my books have a historical background. So I do try to make those historical events as realistic as possible. But my novels are not based on anyone I know or events in my own life. I do model my small town settings on the town I grew up near.

I have written one nonfiction book, Angels at the Crossroads, that was the life story of a friend of mine. He has a powerful testimony of how he took wrong turns in life and ended up in prison for murder. But the Lord touched him while he was in prison and he turned his life around with the help of his parents and chaplains in the prison.

But my fictional novels’ events, other than the historical happenings, and my characters are products of my imagination

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

I did travel to Leslie County, Kentucky, where Mary Breckinridge established the Frontier Nursing Service to serve that Appalachian region. Her home, Wendover, is a National Historical Site now and has been turned into a Bed and Breakfast. https://www.frontier.edu/bedandbreakfast

I’ve also often visited the Pleasant Hill Shaker Village in Kentucky, https://shakervillageky.org/, since I use it as the setting for my Shaker novels. But since I generally write about Kentucky places, I don’t travel much for research. My husband says I should write a book about Hawaii.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Revell Books, a division of the Baker Publishing Group, has published my last eighteen novels. They do a fabulous job of designing eye-catching covers. They’ve done so again with the cover of These Healing Hills. I was very pleased that they put the dog on the cover.

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

The Frontier Nursing Service has a saying, “Nobody comes here by accident.” So that is part of the message of my novel. In These Healing Hills, my character has had some upheavals in the life she expected, but she eventually is sure that being a nurse midwife in the Appalachian Mountains is right where she is supposed to be.

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 can’t come up with one favorite writer. I read a wide variety of books, and as long as it’s a good story with strong characters, I’m happy. I have to admit that I like good endings and don’t like books that kill off my favorite characters in the end. I have read many good new authors in the Christian publishing field. Lori Benton and Laura Frantz were new authors when I first read their books, but they’re both multi-published now.

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

I don’t really have anybody I can name other than my loving family. I am the one who persevered and refused to give up on my dream of writing even through some tough years of rejection when encouragement from any source was scarce.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Definitely. I’m old enough to be retired, but my husband says I’ll never quit writing. He could be right.

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

No. I’m pleased with the way the story in These Healing Hills turned out. I hope readers will agree.

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

I learned a great deal about the Frontier Nursing Service and its founder, Mary Breckinridge. I also enjoyed delving into mountain speak and loved the unique expressions that are part of the culture in Appalachia.

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

I’m no good at these questions. I hardly ever watch television or movies since I much prefer to read when I have spare time. And even when I do go to a movie, I’m the world’s worst at remembering actors’ names.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

If you believe in your story, write it. And then find another story to believe in and write it next. The more you string words together the better you will get at writing. Nobody expects to be a great golfer or basketball player or singer without practice. Why should a writer not expect to put in practice time? Continually reading other writers’ works is good too. Those words and how writers use them sink down in your subconscious and rise up to help you in the craft of writing.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

You, readers, are in a partnership with writers. My stories come to life in my imagination. I write it down to the best of my ability in hopes that those stories will spring to life in your imagination while you’re reading them. Thank you so much for reading!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. My sister has gone crazy over The Outlander series and is on her second read through of the books. I’m not that into the series although I am enjoying the stories, but it’s fun to read some of the same books as my sisters so that we can do some book talking.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Probably not the very first book I read. That was a long time ago. But I do remember early on reading Black Beauty and how much the story made me cry and how much I loved it in spite of the tears.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My grandkids can make me laugh with the things they say. Sometimes they make me feel like crying with the things they do too! J  Sad stories make me cry. Sometimes a touching scene in a book makes me tear up. When I’m at the movies, a little sad music can have me sniffling, and movies that make me laugh are fun.

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

Hmm, I’ve never really thought about that. Maybe Mark Twain or Will Rogers. Both of them would be sure to have some entertaining stories to tell.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I don’t know if I’d call either of these hobbies, but I enjoy reading and I like hiking.

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

I hardly ever watch television except for basketball games in the fall and winter. I’m a bleed blue University of Kentucky basketball fan and have been since I was a kid. My kids went to school at UK, but I was a Kentucky follower long before that.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I have a terrible sweet tooth. Love pies and pastries and chocolate toffee candy. I like to wear red. I don’t listen to a lot of music, but since my husband is a bass singer in a Southern gospel quartet, I’ll say Southern Gospel music. I do enjoy listening to his group sing.

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

Read all the books I have stacked up and waiting to be read. I can say that since I’m already retirement age, just not retired from writing.

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

She loved and was loved.

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

 I do. My website is www.annhgabhart.com where you can find information about my books, my event page and my blogs, One Writer’s Journal and Jocie’s Heart of Hollyhill blog. You can also sign up there for my newsletters I send out maybe six times a year, sometimes with special deals on my books along with news from down here on the farm. But you can count on a giveaway in every newsletter. I also do giveaways on my blog, One Writer’s Journal. I try to make those fun by doing special things like my Mystery Photo game. I also enjoy getting to know readers on my Facebook author page, www.facebook.com/anngabhart.

https://www.amazon.com/Ann-H.-Gabhart/e/B001JP7YQI/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Ann H. Gabhart bio

 

ANN H. GABHART, the bestselling author of over thirty novels, has been called a storyteller. That’s not a bad thing for somebody who grew up dreaming of being a writer. Ann often writes historical novels with a Kentucky background, including her popular Shaker series. She also writes about family life, love and sometimes mystery (as A.H. Gabhart) in small towns like the Kentucky town where she grew up. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren and enjoy country life in Kentucky. To find out more about Ann’s books and to check out her blog, One Writer’s Journal, visit www.annhgabhart.com. You can also join in the conversation on her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/anngabhart or Twitter @AnnHGabhart.

 

Thanks so much, Fiona, for inviting me over.

Here is my interview with Karina Kantas and

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. It’s great to meet you. I’m Karina Kantas and you should never ask a lady her age.   😉Let’s just say I’m middle aged.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from the UK but I have lived in Greece most of my life.

 

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

I have two beautiful daughters who speak both language. I used to work for a marketing firm but then I met a Greek barman called Spiros. and then I packed up and moved to Greece.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

 

I’m just about to start work with my editor on Illusional Reality, The Quest.

I’m also working through a dystopian erotica that I co-wrote with another author. That should be ready very soon.

And Huntress, my MC romancewon 2nd place in ‘Best Of’ blog contest.

http://bit.ly/Huntresscom

 

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I was always making up adventures in my head and creating my own stapled -together books. It wasn’t until I moved to Greece and I had a lot of time on my hands in the winter, that I decided to move forward with my writing and get published.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I received my first check for a film review I did. That’s when I felt I could use the label, published writer. The cheque is still framed and on the wall of my office.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

It was a Who. I decided to write In Times of Violence after reading all of S.E.Hinton’s novellas, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, That Was Then This Was Now, Tex, Taming Of The Star Runner.  What I loved about the books is that even though they were Greasers, hoods and outlaws, she made the characters lovable and you actually cared about what was happing to them. I wanted to give my readers the same reaction. I wanted to write about a group of people that refused to conform to societies rules and expectations. Characters that were looking for a place where they fitted in.

http://bit.ly/ITOVCOM

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

In Times Of Violence
A lot of fighting goes on in this book and as we follow through Jade’s life as a member of the Tyrants, things change, people get older and that’s when you start looking back.

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

I’m a prolific author and write in all genres and many writing styles. To be honest I can say I probably suck at Sci-fi. My stories are more like a re run of Star Trek.  I’m not a huge fan of the genre but then when I move away from the space scenes and start writing about the DNA and virus’s, that when the stories turn to gold.

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

There’s always a part of me in every book or story I write. In Times Of Violence is quite biographical as is my YA supernatural thriller, Stone Cold and with Lawless Justice, my vigilante MC thriller, the main character ICE is my ego the black side of my personality.
http://bit.ly/StoneCCOM

http://bit.ly/LawlessJcom

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

No. research is all done online or books. I have bad health and can’t travel.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The first editions coverswereby artists and authors I met on my many writing groups, way back when. Now I only use one designer, Sharon Lipman from fantasia cover designs.

https://www.facebook.com/FantasiaCovers/

She did Illusional Reality, Heads & Tales, and then did the back covers for OUTLAW paperbacks and we are currently working on the cover for Illusional Reality.

 

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

Family doesn’t always mean blood.  And there is another half waiting for you to make you whole.

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?

So I have yet to read the full book from this author, but I have done narration and promotion for her and also had her as a guest on my radio show. Straight off the back she knew which route and path she was going to take. And name dropping has opened so many doors for her. I admire and respect Mackenzie Fleur, author of The Rite Of Wands, for that. She’s also so confident in her book and ability. even when she had a troll harassing her and posting bad ratings and reviews. She didn’t need my advice as she handled it like a pro.

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

My BFF Stephen Barr (Who is also a fabulous artist) has stood by me through thick and then and has been my biggest fan from the first time we met in a UK Lord Of The Rings Fan Club, that I then went on to manage. He also gets a read of any first drafts I do, then the ARC.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

No. I have no agent, I have no funds to get a script written and sent to producers. Nor do I have the funds for foreign rights translations.

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

I learn from my editor as each book passes her hands., especialy with my last book, Illusional Reality.

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

Illusional Reality, Thya would be played by either, Cameron Diaz or Jenifer Lawrence.
http://bit.ly/IRCOM

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Make sure you have the money to do this is you’re are going independent. Do not published unfinished work. You need money for professional editing, formatting, cover design and publicity.

 

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

You can find me on these social media platforms. Twitter, Instagram, faceboook, Google+ and Tumblr
http://bit.ly/FBFPKK FB fanpage

http://bit.ly/INSTKK INSTAGRAM

http://bit.ly/BLOGKK BLOG

 

http://bit.ly/KarinaKantas Amazon Page

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Currently editing Illusional Reality, The Quest, so no time for reading

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

That’s far too long back to remember. The first book I remember reading was in my middle school a book you may recognize, The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My kids.

 

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

Yes, S.E.Hinton, to thank her for writing those classics and inspiring me to become an author.

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

My only other hobby is singing. I used to sing lead in a rock band and now I sing in a bar now and again.

 

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

Anything paranormal. True Blood, Teen Wolf, Vampire Diaries, Supernatural GOT and then shows like Master ink, Hell’s Kitchen, Face off.

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Stuffed tomatoes (Greek)
Purple is my favourite colour, and I do listen to all genres of music but Rock music is where my passion lies.

 

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

This is reality for me. I’m about to publish my final novel. Since becoming ill I no longer have the passion and drive to write a full novel. I’m sure I will write flash fiction now and again, and who knows, maybe one day I will release another collection, but for now I’m concentrating on going out with a bang!

Once IR2 is out, I plan to concentrate on my services, Author Assist.

Knowing I’m helping another author get to their feet and find the right path, is so gratifying for me. Teaching them what I have learned in these past 25 years makes all the sweat and tears worth it. So, with that and my 9 books, I’m happy with the legacy I’ll leave.

 

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

She came, she left. You missed her.

 

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

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Here is my interview with Aaron Avari

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

 

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

 My name is Aaron Avari, I am 39

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

I am from Dothan Alabama

 

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

I’ve been on my own since I was about 16, I moved to North Carolina my senior year of high school. I didn’t graduate in North Carolina because my family didn’t want to travel to see my graduate. I moved back to Dothan so my mother could see me graduate, then I joined the Navy later that year.  I was only 17 but my mother agreed to sign papers so that I could join. After boot camp I moved around, got married, had two sons, got divorced. Then I landed in Georgia, I have lived here for the past 12 years, I added another son to my collection and

 

Fiona: I am currently working on the second book in the Darkness series. I am also working on a new series of Horror stories. There may be some book signings coming up

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I had a difficult childhood and I started writing poetry when I was about 10 or 11 as an outlet for my emotions. Someone gave me a journal and suggested that I write down what I was feeling. This would trap it on paper and allow me to focus again.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I am not sure I consider myself a writer. I think I just have an over active imagination, and I still believe that putting my stories and feelings down on paper allows me to clear my mind.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My children, they are avid readers.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I actually had a different title for my first book, but there was a romance novel with the same name. And I didn’t have a title until the very end of the book. The artist working on the book cover had actually titled the book unknown because, when he asked me for the book details I wrote unknown beside the title. The title came to me in the middle of the night like most of my stories do. I see a blank screen in my head then there it is.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging? I don’t have a specific writing style. I start writing and the story just comes. I find ending a book difficult, I will go in to edit or change one part and that will lead to an entire new chapter.  At some point I just have to stop working on it. Even now if I go back and read my book there are changes I want to make that would turn it into a completely different book.


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 fantasy so not much of it is based in reality.  The concept of a reoccurring dream, pushing you to the brink of insanity actually comes from a nightmare that I had over and over in my childhood.  Every detail of the nightmare was exactly the same night after night. To the point that I wasn’t afraid of it anymore. At that point in my life I realized that I was having lucid dreams and I could change anything I wanted to about it.


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

My idea’s for books, stories, and scenes usually start in the middle of the night. Or While I am sitting quietly, or looking at something completely unrelated


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The book cover for Where darkness hides was designed by Terry Mckinnon and LowDallas. The book cover of The beginning of the end was designed by Lowdallas


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?

 


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I see writing as my passion, not so much a career. If I can make enough to turn it into a career that’s great, if not I will continue writing either way


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

I would go through my editing process differently, and include more back-story about some of the characters


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

I learned about the wind cave and the ice cave in Japan

 

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

I’m not sure, but I would hope it would be played by an unknown actor


Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Just write, write what you are feeling, write what you are thinking. Study pictures and the world around you and create stories from there. Even if you think it is a bad idea or story. Take that piece of story or partial ideal and work on it.

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am not reading any books right now, because I am working on my books and anything I read or watch influences my writing. I don’t want to write a story that has already been writing in a different way.

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I don’t remember the first book I read but my two favorites were the princess bride, and the little mermaid. The first book I read that wasn’t a children’s book was Carolina Skeletons

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I have a pretty weird sense of humor so a lot of things make me laugh. For example a child laughing will make me laugh but that same child tripping over something will also make me laugh. Not much makes me cry. Human suffering maybe.

 

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

Why? I would like to meet my past self to talk about the future, and ThíchQuangDuc to discuss his philosophy on life and death

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Photography, I love taking photos and making up my own stories about what is happening in them

 

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

I rarely watch TV but like documentaries and nature shows it’s not on anymore but national geographic was my absolute favorite. When I do watch something else

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

My favorite food is mahimahi and anything with Spinach in it. I recently realized there is a lot of blue in my life, so I will say blue. I listen to all genres of music except techno but Blues is my favorite

 

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

Photography or marine biologist.

 

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

Nothing because I don’t want to be buried. The thought of anyone who loves me coming to a specific place to morn or remember me, doesn’t sit well with me. I would rather be cremated (Vikings burial preferably.) Then I want my ashes scattered in the wind so that my light and energy can be free and a part of me can continue traveling the world.

 

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

Yes my website is https://www.twistedkae.com  and my blog is https://twistedkae.wordpress.com

 

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Here is my interview with Heather Moore

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, I’m Heather Moore. I’ve been publishing traditionally for 14 years. I also run the indie press Mirror Press and own the freelance editing company Precision Editing Group. I write thrillers and historicals under H.B. Moore and romance under Heather B. Moore. I also write young adult speculative under pen name Jane Redd.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born in Rhode Island, but mostly grew up in Utah. My family moved to the Middle East for a job assignment of my father’s, so I’ve also lived in Israel and Egypt.

 

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

I went to high school in both Israel and Utah. College was at BYU in Provo, where I met my husband. We’ve lived in Utah, Hawaii, and California, and we have four children, and currently two cats—that number fluctuates.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I have a couple of novellas coming out this fall as well as a Biblical novel about Ruth.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’m sure I wrote stories in elementary school, etc. for assignments, but I wasn’t necessarily writing stories on my own for fun. I was a huge reader and I’d devour multiple books a week during the summer. It wasn’t until I was 30 that I started writing my first story independent of any class or assignment.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I expressed my doubts in ever getting published, one of my critique group members told me that I was a writer because I was writing. So I slowly started to shift my mindset. When I received the phone call from a publisher that they’d accepted my book, it felt like a dream had come true.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I had been helping my grandmother write her biography and an idea popped into my head—set during my grandmother’s era of WWII—and that’s when I started writing my first novel.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Two of my most recent novels are Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft. This is a historical novel based on the life of my 10th great-grandmother who was accused of witchcraft and hanged in Salem, MA, in 1692. I actually had a poll done for the title because I couldn’t think of one! My other recent novel is a thriller called The Killing Curse. It’s about an illegal organization in the Middle East that still practices honor killings. I used the title The Killing Curse because it felt synonymous with “honor killings.”

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

I’m mostly known for writing historical novels. I love to write in different viewpoints, as well as the viewpoint of the villain. It brings a lot of depth to the story. Historical novels are challenging because of the amount of research, and the obligation to the readers to get it right.

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

I haven’t written about events in my own life, but things that I experience will influence my plot choices sometimes. Characteristics from people I know will make their way into some of my characters, but none of my characters are completely patterned after a single person.

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

I don’t necessarily have to travel—thanks to the internet and google images. I have written quite a few contemporary romances that are set in southern California, where I lived for four years.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My traditional publishers have in-house cover designers. For my indie publishing, I’ve used various designers, including Rachael Anderson. Condemn Me Not was a custom photoshoot with photographer Brekke Felt. Rachael Anderson designed The Killing Curse.

 

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

Condemn Me Not is purely a fictional rendition of a terrible historical event. I think we need to learn about the past in order to create a better future. The Killing Curse is an eye-opening story about tragedies that still occur today.

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 started reading Amy Harmon’s books a couple of years ago, and she’s a favorite author of mine now. She writes in several genres and is very talented.

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

My critique group has been really fabulous.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, writing has morphed from a hobby into a career, and I consider it my job.

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

No, I pretty much write a book, go through editing, then move on.

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

I’m currently writing a book about a woman who is framed for murder of her parents. She can’t remember the events of the night, and so she’s ruled as incompetent to stand trial and sent to a psychiatric institution. I’m about 1/3 of the way through writing it, and I’m starting to research psychiatric medications and associated memory loss.

 

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

I’m really bad with remembering actor names, so I really don’t know.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

The journey is long and won’t happen quickly. Every author pays his/her due diligence in one way or another. Plan to write, rewrite, learn the craft, and continually grow as a writer. If you persevere and remain teachable, you will become published. Some of the best advice I’ve heard is to set daily writing goals. Mine is between 1,000–2,000/day (5 days a week) depending on the book and depending on the deadline. It does take a lot of dedication, but if it’s important to you, it will be one of your priorities. Also, take the time to edit and to send your manuscript to alpha readers before submitting so that you’re turning in your very best work

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I post daily updates & deals on my Facebook page: Fans of H.B. Moore

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m currently reading Camino Island by John Grisham 😉

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, but I’ve read as long as I can remember.

 

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

Yes, anyone who signs up for my newsletter will receive a free book. Here’s my website: www.hbmoore.com

Amazon author page for H.B. Moore: https://www.amazon.com/H.B.-Moore/e/B001K8942Q

Amazon author page for Heather B. Moore: https://www.amazon.com/Heather-B.-Moore/e/B007HLYZ6A

Amazon author page for Jane Redd: https://www.amazon.com/Jane-Redd/e/B01BT9MO9U

 

Here is my interview with Patient Lee

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?

 PL: My pen name is Patient Lee, and I am 45 years old.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

 PL: I live in the northeast US.

 

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

 PL: I am married with three children. I spend most of my life driving my kids to hockey practice.

My undergrad degrees are in French and Spanish. I teach high school. My master’s is in educational technology, which taught me many of the techie skills I use to market my books.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

 PL: My newest release is Quick & Dirty 2: Milestones. Six erotic stories about milestones in relationships—loss of virginity, engagement, wedding night, pregnancy, divorce, and death of a spouse. The Quick & Dirty books are about straight couples, as is my latest paperback—Mrs. Maitland’s SAD Valentine with Bonus Prequel, Sharing Her Heart.

My other venture this week is audio books. I’m starting with a gay story—Gay Greenhorn on the F/V Lost Agnes and next I’ll do a lesbian story, probably Mobile Home for the Holidays. I’m waiting to get my first audition samples back. It’s exciting.

I am just about to finish a gay short story called Pittsburgh. It’s about two gay men who meet in a Philadelphia sports bar watching a 76ers game. On the way home to Joe’s apartment the lights go out prompting Dominant Joe to engage submissive Clarke in some sensory play. After a mind-blowing night, both men find themselves falling for their new friend. When they wake up in the morning to bright sunlight, Clarke experiences a Patient Lee Titty Twister Ending. But I’m not telling what that is!

 

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

 PL: I wrote nothing until I was almost forty. My AP English teacher in high school was a nasty man who led me to believe I couldn’t write a grocery list, never mind fiction.

I started reading stories on the Literotica website in the 90s. Some were really terrible, but some were quite good. In 2011, I finally tried my hand at writing about my own experiences, discovering sexuality with my boyfriend (who is now my husband of 20 years). I spiced them up a bit, but they weren’t complete fiction.

That same summer, I tried my hand at fiction. My first story was Hurricane Season, inspired by the cruise hubby and I had taken that summer. It’s complete porn, but it’s a fun story. I submitted it to Literotica’s Summer Lovin contest. After that one, I went back to writing about personal experiences with Hurricane Irene, which followed us home from our cruise. I submitted Irene to the contest as well. You can find this tale on my blog. https://patientleewriting.blogspot.com/2016/10/hurricane-irene-pretty-primitive-very.html

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

 PL: I wrote a couple more fictional tales after Hurricane Season, entered a couple more contests, and then I took half a year off for a project I was working on. When I returned to writing in the summer of 2013, I wrote five completely different stories in a row for different contests. After the fifth, I was pretty sure I was out of ideas.

When Halloween rolled around, I came up with something else, Jeffrey’s Murderer, which I plan to finish filling out and publish for Halloween this year. This was the first time I worked with a beta reader also.

About that time, I started saying “I write.” Not that “I’m a writer.” Actions speak louder than labels, I guess. This was the turning point though. Just when I thought I’d run out of ideas, my friend put a wolf spider in a cage on my desk. It waved its horrible legs at me, and all of a sudden, I had a story. That’s when I knew that you don’t run out of stories to tell. You just keep your eyes open for inspiration.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

 PL: See above.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

 PL: Hurricane Season was the obvious choice. On our cruise, we kept saying, “A tropical vacation during hurricane season is a big risk, but usually, it’s worth it.” That sentence pops up in Hurricane Season and Hurricane Irene. (Fun Fact: The sky and water in the background of the cover is a photo I took in Cozumel on our cruise.)

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

 PL: I’m a realist, and I’ve labeled my style “Erotic Realism.” I’ve defined it based on the characteristics of literary realism. I don’t write about billionaire alpha males or the rich and famous. I write about teachers, janitors, crab fishermen, homeless people, trailer park residents, and more.

Erotic Realism:

  1. a manner of treating subject matter that presents a careful description of everyday life, usually of regular people, often of lower and middle classes, and explicitly detailed, scorching-hot sex.
  2. a theory of writing in which the ordinary, familiar, or mundane aspects of life are represented in a straightforward or matter-of-fact manner that is presumed to reflect life as it actually is only with way more scorching-hot sex.
  3. Gay Greenhorn on the F/V Lost Agnes, Mobile Home for the Holidays,

Mrs. Maitland’s SAD Valentine

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

 PL: There is more reality in my earlier stuff, but the first story in my newest collection, Quick & Dirty 2: Milestones, features a girl bullying another girl. The scene is practically verbatim from an incident in my own class. (Fun Fact: For years after the incident, I thought my intervention changed nothing. I found out earlier this year that it never happened again after that day. The girl bullied the other for three years. I was the first teacher to speak up, and my involvement kept it from happening again. Score one for the good guys.)

Fiction is a lot more fun than writing about life though, so I tend to stick with that these days.

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

PL: No travel necessary, although I do prefer to write at our seasonal campsite, overlooking my creek.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

PL: I do my own covers.

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

PL: I find the same messages popping up in my work.

  • Be comfortable in your own skin.
  • Labels don’t matter.
  • Bullying is unacceptable.
  • Love is love.

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?

PL: I could spend all day on this one. Stephen King will always reign supreme for many reasons. The variety of tales he spins impresses me the most, along with the risks he takes. Desperation and The Regulators receive criticism from many long-time readers who feel that having the same cast of characters for two different books was “gimmicky.” I disagree. He had an idea and took a risk. Not every risk pays off, but when you’re Stephen King, it doesn’t ruin your career.

I have recently discovered A.M. Manay, author of the November Snow series. Her characters are likeable, even when you hate them, and she’s just all kinds of brilliant.

M.S. Tarot, whom I met on Literotica, is as varied as Stephen King on the range of stories he tells. He can spin a tale out of thin air, and he’s wonderful. (He’s also my beta reader, and he’s taught me a million things about storytelling.)

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

 PL: My circles of writing friends are essential. The Cabin is a small, private group of authors from Literotica. I could not have published without their advice and moral support. We came together as a Camp NaNoWriMo cabin, and we continued our “cabinness” afterward with a message board.

Since then, two other groups have become very important in my career. Self Published Indie Network (SPIN)- We buy and read each other’s books, help launch books, Tweet, promote, and support. (Multi-genre group)

Finally, the Wicked Pens (no longer associated with Ashton Blackthorne) is a group of excellent erotica authors. We have accumulated 800 fans in just three months. We host takeovers on Tuesday nights, and each Wednesday features a Wicked Pen. Monthly, we hold an “Ask the Authors” session on different topics. Last month we formed a partnership with Kink Crate in which we provide erotic ebooks to include in the crates they send monthly to subscribers, and they donate prizes (toys) for our giveaways.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

PL: For now, it’s a time-consuming hobby. I plan to retire from teaching in ten years, and I’ll write full-time then.

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

PL: The beauty of ebooks is that you can change books if you need to. I’m pretty happy with my latest collection.

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

PL: I learned that when I write when I’m suffering a depression episode, my writing turns dark. I started writing a wedding night tale (not really a happy tale to begin with) and when I wasn’t looking, it fell down the rabbit hole into nightmares and all kinds of terrible stuff.

 

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

PL: Mrs. Maitland’s SAD Valentine: Diane Lane would play the role of Judy Maitland, widowed biology teacher. Skylar Astin would play Brad, the younger custodian.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

PL: Get good beta readers and listen to their feedback. Eliminate “seemed to,” “decided to,” and “started/began to” from your writing whenever possible.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

PL: People tell me all the time that my books don’t seem at first to be to their tastes, but once they read it, their minds are blown. I take unrelated ideas and beat them until they work the way I want. LOL.

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

PL: J.F. Silver’s Life’s Too Short

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

PL: No. Probably because I read fast and forget what I read.

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

PL: Animal videos make me laugh until I cry. My kids’ bickering makes me weep.

 

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

PL: I am not really star-struck by celebrities, but I’d love to have lunch with Stephen King. I’m also not over the shock of Chris Cornell’s death. I’d love to talk to both about the link between creativity and depression.

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

PL: Right now, writing is a hobby. I also read and do crossword puzzles. I enjoy watching my kids play hockey, but I don’t enjoy the driving.

 

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

PL: I’m not a movie buff. I’d rather write my own stories. I love Better Call Saul, OITNB, House of Cards, Ink Master, American Ninja Warrior.

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

PL: Lobster, peppermint stick ice cream, queso in a jar.

Pink has always been my favorite color.

I listen to SiriusXM Octane- new hard rock. Love it. Chris Cornell is my favorite singer of all time. Soundgarden, Audioslave, Godsmack, Tool, Pantera, Volbeat, Jackyl, Metallica, Deftones, Avatar, Nothing More, All That Remains, Adelita’s Way, Pop Evil, Nonpoint, Shinedown.  Lots of favorites. Here’s my playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOMiaxBuz4TGbuBcnyk4VavDHflqYkqnz

 

 

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

PL: Do every Sunday puzzle in the NY Times archives while I waste away until I’m dead.

 

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

PL: She’ll be famous now. (I always say that I’ll be famous after I’m dead.)

 

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

 PL:

Website: http://www.patientlee.com (And please sign up for my newsletter while you’re there. You’ll get two FREE books!)

Blog: http://patientleewriting.blogspot.com

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