Here is my interview with Brina Brady

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?

Brina Brady is my author name. I’m sixty-nine and half years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to California when I was twenty-three. I was married two times and single for seventeen years in between marriages. When I retired from teaching, I moved to Indiana. And no, I don’t like Indiana, but my children and grandchildren are located there. I miss California.

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

I have three children and four grandchildren. I received my Master’s Degree in Reading and Secondary Education. I also have BA degree in history and English. I have a Reading Specialist credential.  I attended California State University in Long Beach and UCLA. I’m certified to teach English, history, math, and government. I taught high school for thirty years and now I’m retired. I published my first book Rent Me in May 2014.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I’m working on my seventeenth book.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing when I was four. I wrote plays for my friends to enact. The why is because I need to write as much as I need to breathe.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I wrote a book when I was twelve, so I considered myself a writer then.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I read an article about gay men being beaten in Russia for being gay.

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Rent Me was about a rent boy who fell in love with a Russian mobster.

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

I write in third person restricted with two alternating POVs. I prefer one POV, but the readers like alternating. I don’t always give equal chapters for each partner.

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

All of it is realistic in my head, but I’d say about 30% based on conversations I had with Doms and subs.

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

I never had to travel to write, but I did visit Ireland and after I wrote a series set in Ireland. The Internet is wonderful for researching.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Most of my covers were designed by Book Cover by Design, but I have been designingmy ownsince last year and this year.

https://www.bookcoverbydesign.co.uk

https://www.brinasbargains.com

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

There’s a special place for everyone with someone they 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?

I like tons of authors and various styles of writing, but I prefer past tense.

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

Sandy Hood Rivers is my best friend in the entire world. We started out together writing when we were young mothers. We wrote every day across from one another on my kitchen table when our children went to school. At night, we discussed our writing at a coffee shop while our husbands babysat the kids. We broke the record for watching The Warriors when we were supposed to be returning empty bottles for cash. I know we watched was over fifty times. Well, we had the lines memorized.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I’m retired so it’s part-time income, but full-time work. I taught for thirty years and loved it. I love writing too.

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

No. I don’t want to change anything.

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

I have a poor memory so I need notes attached to my manuscript while I’m in the writing process.

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

I want Gerald Butler as Dmitri Dubrowski from Rent Me.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Fall in love with your characters. If you care about them, readers will. Use a picture for character inspiration and list characteristics. Write every day. Find a supportive friend who will give you feedback. Later when you complete the book, find betas, and an editor. Read writing books and join online writing courses and join author groups.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Without readers, my characters wouldn’t come to life around the world. I love them.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m reading BDSM fiction, and political non-fiction.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I read fairy tales.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

At this point, almost anything sad could make me cry. I don’t laugh much, but certain things out of nowhere make me laugh. I don’t quite know what causes it.

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

I want to meet Margaret Atwood to discuss writing.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I read, research, write, and watch the news. I love breaking news. I want to be the first one to hear news and tell others. I love to work in Photoshop and create covers.

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

I love Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Criminal Minds, MSNBC, and Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

I love steak, blue, and Irish music.

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

I can’t imagine not writing, but I would read and create book covers.

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

I guess talk to my husband and children.

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

My name is enough.

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

You can contact me here:

My email address:

mailto:brinabrady@gmail.com

Please visit my WordPress Blog here:

http://brinabrady.wordpress.com

Friend me on Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/brina.brady.3

Follow me on Twitter here:

https://twitter.com/BrinaBrady

Follow me on Pinterest here:

http://www.pinterest.com/brinabrady/

Join my Reader’s Group here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/146904702344189/

Follow me on Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/bradybrina/

My book cover site.

https://www.brinasbargains.com

Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Brina-Brady/e/B00KMW8LD4/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brina-Brady/e/B00KMW8LD4?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1566762138&sr=1-1

My Books:

 RENT ME SERIES 1-5

“Rent Me” by Brina Brady (Book 1)

http://www.amazon.com/Rent-Me-Book-ebook/dp/B00KLNSLBQ/

“Own Me” by Brina Brady (Book 2)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VDQLDZ6/

“Make Me” by Brina Brady (Book 3)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016B6MZZY/

“For Me” by Brina Brady (Book 4)

http://www.amazon.com/Me-Christmas-Story-Rent-ebook/dp/B018PWUVFI/

“Find Me” by Brina Brady (Book 5)

https://www.amazon.com/Find-Me-Rent-Book-ebook/dp/B01MT9S6PD/

 

BEND OVER SERIES 1-4

“Bend Over” by Brina Brady (Book 1)

http://www.amazon.com/Bend-Over-Book-ebook/dp/B00P2XO5YM/

“Don’t Throw Me Away” by Brina Brady (Book 2)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0117VIQW4/

“Spanked in the Woodshed” by Brina Brady (Book 3)

https://www.amazon.com/Spanked-Woodshed-Bend-Over-Book-ebook/dp/B01BOEWBB6

“Breaking Roadblocks” by Brina Brady (Book 4)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07649W6RF

 

IRISH RUNAWAY SERIES 1-3

“The Runaway Gypsy Boy” by Brina Brady (Book 1)

https://www.amazon.com/Runaway-Gypsy-Boy-Irish-Book-ebook/dp/B01FIFE3Q8/

“Master Cleary’s Boys” by Brina Brady (Book 2)

https://www.amazon.com/Master-Clearys-Boys-Irish-Runaway-ebook/dp/B01M0AF8DR/

“Master Braden’s Houseboy” by Brina Brady (Book 3)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HX2HR3G

BURIED SECRETS SERIES

“Buried Secrets” by Brina Brady (Book 1)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MGHSFQS

“Taming Emilio” by Brina Brady (Book 2)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TYS81F2

STANDALONES

“Cabin Commotion” by Brina Brady

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079Y29G5V/

“Sir Ethan’s Contract” by Brina Brady

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DZ18WZ7

 

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Here is my interview with Jennifer Wedmore

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?

Jennifer Wedmore and I’m 41.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Born and raised in Clearwater Florida and still live within a few miles of it.

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

I’m a mom of 3 kids, Gabriel is 18, Alex is 16 and Devyn in 7. I just celebrated my 19th wedding anniversary and am an Identical twin. I have a younger sister and all 3 of us are authors.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I have two short stories coming out really soon. Sept 9th is a secret release but I’ll give you a sneak peek. It’s an EMOJI antho! Then Sept 20th I’m part of an Area 51 Raid Anthology, all the proceeds from that set go to a Veterans Charity.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been a PA for about 6 years, even ran my own promotions company. But I officially started writing a year ago. Sept 1 is actually my 1-year publishing anniversary.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

After working with authors for so long I never understood the idea that you weren’t a writer unless you didn’t publish or whatever insane reasoning. To me if you are writing you are a writer. If you publish you are an author. End of story. Lol.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Good old fashioned peer pressure! I’m close friends with a group of authors and we always joked about going to a BDSM club together. They all love that I’m the most Vanilla in our group. So they decided to write a set and pushed and pushed until I agreed to write my character’s story. That story ended up being Sexy in Black. Each author took a character and a fetish, the stories are all intertwined and mine is the tamest of the group.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Each color the authors chose represented a kink. We made them up of course but that became our titles. For instance my character was going to wear a black band which meant stay the F@$K away. Pink was role pay and menage etc. So it became Sexy in Black, Sexy in Pink etc.

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

I tend to cross genres, I don’t want to be pigeon-holed but I try to make sure each book has humor in it. Some more than others but I want to have fun with it.

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

Very little, except Sexy in Black. That story is ME. It’s exactly how I would act if taken to a club the first time.  The rest are all my imagination. (Especially the serial killer).

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

Not at all. I don’t really name specific places but I do some research on the computer if needed.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I have a couple different artists I use. Brannon Jones of B Creative Designs and Lia Davis of Glowing Moon Designs are my main two.

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

Not really. Maybe enjoy life, be willing to laugh. I really want my books to be an escape from the day to day reality.

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 addicted to Tijan and read everything she puts out. I love Annie Walls for her dark dystopian books, Gracen Miller for her heat. My sister Sheri Lyn writes amazing MM stories. Then my other sister Cassidy K. O’Connor writes sweet and I love having these amazing authors so I can find a variety.

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

Just one! There were so many I couldn’t name one. Each of the authors in the O My set completely accepted me writing a story even though they never read anything by me. They didn’t hesitate to see if I had talent!

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes and no. I do it because I love telling stories, if I make a little money.. AWESOME and I would love of course to make more but I continue working as a PA and running MT Worlds Press as my day job.

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

I don’t’ think so… Well maybe letting the serial killer actually kill the last person. I did a lot of research and my sister said hell no and made sure he was caught fast. (I co-wrote a story with my twin sister. Can You Protect Them? I wrote the serial killer and she wrote the cops/FPU agents.)

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

More than I want to admit about murder. For instance, did you know the heart could live outside the body for up to 3 minutes? I also know now how the best way to skin a person is….

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

Ack which book?  The serial killer… IDK, I kinda like James Spader or Kevin Spacey.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

NETWORK, while you are writing before you even begin to market your books. Talk to other authors, readers, and bloggers. Make the connections as often as you can!

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I LOVE YOU!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I just read Ruined Between the Sheets a Dystopian Reverse Harem series

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, but in High School, I was big into Stephen King and historical romance.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Lately ANYTHING! Bobby Singers’ death on Supernatural can get me every time lol.

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

Shakespeare just because he was amazing and so forward for his time.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Watching Criminal Minds or psychological thrillers. Reading that’s about it.

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

LOL, Criminal Minds, Mind Hunter, Sabrina the Teenage Witch. SUPERNATURAL!

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Orange is my favorite color.. as for food, I tend to skip most meals and graze but I love sweets. Music… not really lol.

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

Still, work as a PA and run the publishing house I manage.

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

Family and friends, hopefully, surrounded by laughs.

Fiona: What do you want to be written on your headstone?

Seize the Day, Carpe Diem has been my favorite quote since I watched Dead Poet’s Society as a teenager.

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

I do! https://www.jenniferwedmoreauthor.com/

Plus I have a FB group where I like to joke and have fun. https://www.facebook.com/groups/523633071435106/

Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Wedmore/e/B07GJSR3Z5/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_2

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jennifer-Wedmore/e/B07GJSR3Z5?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1566756600&sr=1-1

Can You Protect Them links- https://amzn.to/2HpsXlz

Black Hollow: One Man’s Curse: https://amzn.to/2U48ho9

Sexy In Black: https://books2read.com/u/b6j1z6

Wish Us Luck: http://books2read.com/WishUsLuck

Working With Scrooge- https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1796835889/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i6

Save a Horse-https://amzn.to/324VN2i

Here is my interview with Alexandra Reed

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, thank you for having me. My name is Alexandra Reed, and I’m thirty-eight years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born and raised in South Africa, spent a couple years in Botswana and relocated to the UK when I was twenty-one years old. I’ve since settled in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

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

I was raised an only child, and we moved around a lot while I was growing up. I never knew when we would move again, so I retreated into the world of reading and daydreaming. From there, I began to imagine my own stories.

Both my parents have passed away over ten years ago now, but I’m quite lucky in that I consider my friends to be my family, and I quite enjoy my own company.

Since being in the UK, I’ve taken numerous writing courses, a forensic science course, parapsychology course, proofreading and editing course, and even an astronomy course. Currently I am studying philosophy, screenwriting, social media marketing, and Adobe InDesign.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I’ve just recently released two books; Pineapple Crush and Grayson Falls. Pineapple Crush is part of The Ice Cream Shop Series of books that were published throughout the month of July. It was an amazing project to be a part of and an honor to be invited to take part.

I’ll be publishing a short story in a Christmas Anthology due out in November called Holiday HiJinx. It’s set in the same town as Pineapple Crush, and the characters will be making appearances in future Shop Series instalments.

I’m also working on a Halloween horror short for another anthology due out in October, called Evangeline. Once I’ve completed that, I’m on to another project for the Shop Series.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always loved reading and somewhere along the way that love transferred to writing my own escape from reality. It’s always been a part of me, in my blood, and it’s a form of expression for me that keeps me sane.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Officially? I think it was when Graveyard of Memories was finally published. Truth be told, I’ve always thought of myself as a writer. The confidence grew with every word I wrote, every assignment I submitted and received a distinction grade for, every time someone read some of my work and it left them wanting more…

 Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

 I was at a very dark stage in my life throughout the entirety of writing Graveyard of Memories. It was a difficult book to write as I put quite a few of my own experiences in it, whether it was emotional, mental, or physical. This was the reason it took me three years to write and publish it. My main inspiration for it was down to my love of The Walking Dead. I had the extreme pleasure of meeting most of the cast at the very first Walker Stalker Convention in London three years ago, and it only fuelled the need for Graveyard of Memories to be about more than just the zombies.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It was inspired by a song of the same name by a South African musician. It also relates to how I consider my memories of growing up in an abusive home – as a graveyard of memories.

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 have a specific style. I like to write from multiple points of view as I believe there are always two sides to every story. I think the thing I find the most challenging is staying focused. Every time I’m writing one book, I find myself inundated with ideas for other books. I have discovered that I find writing horror harder than I used to. I prefer writing contemporary romance or paranormal romance.

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

All my books have snippets of real-life experiences, emotions and thoughts from my own life in them. Graveyard of Memories more so than the others. It explores the horrors of human nature and what people will do to survive in certain situations. I like to think that Darcy from Grayson Falls, and Ellie from Pineapple Crush exhibit certain aspects of my personality and experiences too.

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

I don’t have the means to travel unfortunately. Majority of my research is done over the internet, talking to people, and merely by creating fictional towns and worlds.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Graveyard of Memories was designed by Tiffany Lynne of Gray Publishing.

Grayson Falls was designed by Francessca Wingfield of Francessca’s PR and design.

Pineapple Crush was designed by Tiffany Sokolowski of Fiery Vision Publishing and Graphics.

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

I like to think that one of the main messages through all my work is that people can get along regardless of differences, whether it be race, religion, beliefs, views, or other, if they only communicate and work together. The message I would love for them to grasp is that love always wins out.

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

There are so many new to me authors that I’ve enjoyed reading lately. Laney Smith, Tiffany Carby, Samantha Rae, E.S. McMillan, Thea Valentine, A.B. Turner, Ali Reynolds, Marie Ahls, Stephanie Nichole, Kristine Raymond, Keren Hughes, Ainsley Jaymes, Anne Malcolm, John Brugge, Mia Jones, Judy Swinson, Jessie Butler and Hanleigh Bradley – to name a few.

My favorite writer depends on Genre. For Horror, it would be Dean Koontz or Stephen King.

RomCom’s would be Emma Hart.

Drama’s and Historical would be Danielle Steele and Lesley Pearse.

Crime and Thriller would be James Patterson, Caroline Kepnes, and Erica Spindler.

I love reading different genres and writing styles. The more variety of authors I read, the more I learn not only about writing but about myself too.

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

My best friend, Agata has been my rock throughout my writing experience. I honestly don’t know what I would do without her support, input, and guidance. No matter where I am in the writing process, she always lifts me up, motivates me, and inspires me.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I do. I know I’m only starting out and I have a long way to go, and a lot to learn before that could be a possibility, but that is one hundred percent my goal.

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

My latest book is Grayson Falls. I don’t think there is anything I would change other than maybe fleshing it out a bit more, but regardless, it’s one of my favorites.

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

With every story I write, I learn more about myself, my style, what works and what doesn’t. I learn which stories come easier to me than others. I learn what type of characters I enjoy writing. I’m sure that this will all continue with future works too.

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

Good question, hmm.

Graveyard of Memories – Drew / Tyson – Joe Manganiello

Kate – Lauren Cohan

Pineapple Crush – Jude – Jared Padalecki

Ellie – Lily James

Grayson Falls – Grayson – Chris Evans

Darcy –Lili Reinhart

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Have faith. Learn from other writers and learn to take criticism. Above all, if writing is your passion then don’t let anyone deter you from doing it.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Just that I value each and every one of them. I am beyond honored and thankful to all my readers for taking the time to delve into my worlds. Thank you for being awesome.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I have about three books on the go at the moment. Stephen King’s It, Seth King’s Fem, and A.B. Turner’s The Attention Seeker.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

My very first mature read was Dean Koont’s Lightning when I was about twelve-years old.

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

I would absolutely love to meet Chris Evans. He just seems like a truly upstanding and friendly guy.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

That involves having time to do them, right? Lol. When I can, I read, watch movies, tv shows, knit and crochet, and play games.

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

The Walking Dead, Supernatural, NCIS, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, SVU.

Captain America, The Avengers, Stephen King’s IT (1990’s version), Twilight, Scream, Dead Poet’s Society, St Elmo’s Fire, Twisted, The Greatest Showman, Mamma Mia’s, Indian Summer, Serendipity, While you were Sleeping, The Skeleton Key.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Seafood, steak, mac n’ cheese, pizza, chicken. I love shades of purple, blue, pink and black. I mostly listen to 80’s, country, pop and instrumental (piano, violin, sax).

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

I would continue to do what I do now, just without the pleasure of writing. Mostly, I would read.

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

I’m not sure. Probably spend it with my best friend or go on an adventure.  

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

Wow, never thought about that. I honestly don’t spend too much time planning my death lol.

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

Here are a list of all the ways readers can get in touch and keep in touch with me!

https://www.alexandrareed.allauthor.com

https://www.goodreads.com/AlexandraReedAuthor

https://www.facebook.com/authoralexandrareed/

https://twitter.com/alexreedauthor

https://www.instagram.com/alexandrareedauthor

https://www.amazon.com/author/alexandrareed

https://m.facebook.com/groups/324130274831086

https://authoralexandraree.wixsite.com/alexandrareed

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/alexandra-reed

 

Graveyard of Memories 

Model: Nathan Hainline

Cover Design: Gray Publishing Services

Purchase Link: http://mybook.to/UniversalAmazonLink

*** Free on Kindle Unlimited ***

Brothers Drew and Tyson Hawkins embark on a search for one another, but soon find themselves confronting more than just their inner demons.

Kate Reilly is a scientist with a secret. A secret, which could either destroy her, or be the key to humanities future existence.

Individual lives collide, intertwined, not out of choice, but out of necessity. Friendships are formed and romance blossoms as a group of survivors fight their way to safety.

In a world where the dead aren’t quite dead, and life as it was has ceased to exist, the only option is to survive – or die. Faced with the choice of allowing your fear to be your downfall or your saving grace, all you can do is hold on and keep going before your entire existence becomes nothing but a Graveyard of Memories.

Warning: Contains triggers that may be disturbing to some readers.

Pineapple Crush 

Cover Design: Fiery Graphics

Publisher: Fiery Vision Publishing

Purchase Link: https://books2read.com/u/brpzo7

The Ice Cream Shop Series Website: https://icecreamshopseries.com/

The Shop Series Page: https://www.facebook.com/theshopbookseries

The Shop Series Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/theshopbookseries

Ellie Dalton was in trouble, or rather, her business was. So, when her best friend suggests she hire a PR guy, Ellie knew she had nothing to lose. Except her heart.

Jude Cavanagh is good at his job. His job is to market people and their brands, but when he meets Ellie, all he wants to do is sell himself – to her.

Together they come up with a brilliant idea to inject some fun into her business and some cocktails into her ice-cream. Adventure, fun, romance and mayhem follow as Ellie and Jude are thrown together in a bid to save Pineapple Crush.

#icecreamshopseries #fieryvisionpublishing #pineapplecrush #icecream #shopseries #ellieandjude

 

Grayson Falls 

Model: Nathan Hainline

Cover Design: Francessca Wingfield Francessca’s PR & Designs

Publisher: Fiery Vision Publishing

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Purchase Link: mybook.to/GraysonFallsFVP

The last thing Darcy Quinn expected when she stumbled upon Grayson Falls, was a town built from supernatural legacy, with mystical powers, that had become home to all things paranormal.

On the run from her past, she discovers more than she’d bargained for when drop dead gorgeous Grayson rescues her and takes her into his home. As secrets are revealed, fate intervenes and legends of the past are brought to life, and Darcy’s purpose becomes evident.

Grayson Ashford is more than just the town Sheriff. He is not only responsible for the future of Grayson Falls, he also has a prophecy to fulfil. Regardless of how resistant he is to his fate, he cannot help but give his life, and his heart up to destiny when Darcy comes into his life.

In a town where magic lives, the impossible is possible, and creatures of your wildest imagination roam free – two hearts and souls collide, drawn together by the inevitable, to discover a love worth dying for.

Welcome to Grayson Falls…

Thank you, Fiona, for taking the time out to interview me. I really appreciate it. All the best.

Here is my interview with BL Maxwell

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, thanks for inviting me. My pen name is BL Maxwell and my name is Barbara. I’m 57.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m originally from a really small town in northern California, but I currenly live in Citrus Heights, a suburb of Sacramento.

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

I started college as a business major, and after a year I hated it. I ended up going to beauty college and have loved it every since. I work at a hair salon two days a week. I’m married and have a 15 yo son, that I homeschool, and two dogs who take turns wanting out all day.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I just finished work on a story that was included in the Fighting Chances Anthology. Every story is enemies to lovers, and all proceeds go to help Project Children Alcoy, you can pick up a copy here>  https://smarturl.it/FightingChances  . I’m also putting the finishing touches on my next release, the second in the Valley Ghosts Series titled Ghost Trapped. I’m excited to share this with everyone, I really love writing paranormal and my next two books with also be PNR, one will be the next in my gargoyle series, and the one after that a vampire story that’s been in the works for a while with a friend of mine.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing in 2017, after seeing so much hopelessness in the news I was inspired to write a story that had a little bit of hope in it.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When my book was actually posted available on Amazon.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I saw an article about how parents who feared deportation were teaching their older children, still in their teens, how to care for the younger ones if they were taken from them. My first thought was my son would not be able to handle this. Then I saw the statistics on homeless teenagers was such a high percentage of LGBTQ teens and that really shocked me. I wanted to write a story where both characters were thrown into very difficult situations and realize together, they can do it.

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

That was so tough! I wrote it, had a cover and could not think of a title. I was brainstorming with an author friend and said, well they really are better off together, and it sort of stuck with me. I shortened it to Better Together.

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

I like writing first person, with alternating POV. For me it’s easier to get in each character’s head that way, and tell the story from different perspectives.

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

Ghost Hunted is based on a true story from The Vineyard House that I saw on a paranormal show when I was a teen. I never forgot it, and when I moved to this area we drove to the house and saw it. I actually like to use real stories I’ve heard, or things I’ve seen. For Ghost Trapped I dragged my family down to Old Sacramento to go on the underground tour to get a better idea of what it looks like, since that’s where most of the story takes place.

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

I don’t have to, but I do like seeing what I’m writing about. For Ride, I have taken most of that trip, but for the parts I’d never visited I watched lots of road trip videos on YouTube.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I use some premade covers from James at GoOnWrite.com. But the majority of my covers I’ve made myself.

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

Hope. That anyone can have a happy ever after.

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 don’t have a lot of time to read these days, but some of my favorites are NR Walker, Garrett Leigh, Posy Roberts, Eli Easton, and Amy Lane. All of them make you love and connect with their characters so much, it’s painful when something happens to them. They literally feel like old friends.

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

My clients, they’ve all been very supportive.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I would love to!

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

Maybe make them hate each other a bit more LOL.

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

Yes, that I’m not a huge fan of writing enemies to lovers, and I love writing paranormal.

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

Robert Pattinson 😉

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Just write it, don’t think about it, don’t plan it, just write it and untangle it later.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I appreciate you all and I’m endlessly amazed that you actually read my books.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m rereading Ghost Hunted to make sure I get the characters right for Ghost Trapped.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Not specifically, I’ve always read. But when I was younger I enjoyed books of short stories and fairytales the most.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry

I love stupid humour, when I visited Australia recently my friend and I would watch a show called Gogglebox, it’s so fun! Everything makes me cry LOL I try to avoid sad movies or books.

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

EL James, because I read her fanfiction and I think it would be fun to talk about the good old days of Twilight fanfic.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I have many, I love arts and crafts. My most recent is scrapbooking, mostly because I can put it down and pick it back up at any time. I’ve tried most other crafts at some point.

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

As you can tell I’m a Twilight fan, I’ve watched all of them many times. I love Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Marvel Universe, anything fantasy or sci fi.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Mexican food, blue, I’m a little obsessed with Old Town Road at the moment.

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

Hair, or something with crafts.

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

In Cancun Mexico, morning on the beach evening in the clubs.

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

She worked hard, and boy was she tired.

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

http://eepurl.com/gdB-Gj  Newsletter

https://linktr.ee/blmaxwellwriter

Amazon Authors page UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/BL-Maxwell/e/B07CZQ1RN7/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

USA https://www.amazon.com/BL-Maxwell/e/B07CZQ1RN7?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1566690421&sr=1-1

mybook.to/RideBLMaxwell  Ride

mybook.to/GhostHuntedBLmaxwell Ghost Hunted

mybook.to/GhostHaunted Ghost Haunted

getbook.at/BLMaxwell Better Together

mybook.to/StoneunderskinStone Under Skin

mybook.to/SaltandLimeSalt and Lime

https://smarturl.it/FightingChances Fighting Chances Anthology

Here is my interview with Richard Amos

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 Richard Amos and I’m thirty-five.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m from the UK, living in the county of Bedfordshire.

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

I’ve been with my partner for thirteen years, and recently got my degree from university. I’d been wanting to do for it a long time—why not go for it in my thirties? I also work part-time in a public library.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Okay, so I’m currently working on a new book in a brand-new series—a sequel to my first completed series of Urban Fantasy novels (Coldharbour Chronicles). I’m super-excited about it! Also, I’m continuing work on my current Urban Fantasy series, with one more book to go until that story concludes (Dylan Rivers Chronicles). I have three books releasing between now and the end of 2019.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

From a very young age. I remember getting yelled at by a teacher in school for a Halloween story I wrote that was way too dark and violent. I think I was eleven. She made me write something less terrifying. I mean, I thought it was awesome—blood, blood and more blood. Back then, I was obsessed with writing stories. Still am.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I read an amazing review from a reader of my first co-authored book (I used to write with my best friend before flying solo). That was the big ringing bell of confirmation. Someone liked the story and it was fuel to the fire. I could do this!

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The character of Jake Winter, in my first (solo) book, has been in my head for a long time, floating around, waiting for me to tell his story. Once I’d finished studying for my degree, that was it. The story just poured out of me; Jake finally unleashed from the ether.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Winter Rising comes from Jake’s surname andthe ‘rising’ part being him meeting his purpose. Here he comes, rising up to kick some butt!

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

I write in the first person because I love being inside my character’s head. I also love writing Urban Fantasy, and Fantasy—I have an unpublished Fantasy novel waiting in the wings. The great thing with Urban Fantasy is it’s so diverse. You can throw all sorts of things into the mix, create an awesome playground for yourself.

As for challenges, sometimes it’s a case of ‘How the hell am I gonna get them out of this one?’ Stuff like that. I find that going to do some housework helps me figure out the plot. I have no idea why…

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

The story isn’t based on my own life experiences, or from people I know per se, but stuff does get in there. Things like dialect, emotions—particularly the agony of grief in Jake’s case. However, I do use the same cuss words as Jake does in real life on a regular basis. Slight bit of art imitating life there. Ahem…

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

I have travelled a lot, so that has helped with some aspects of my work. I used to be in London every Sunday for the past twelve years, exploring all over the place. Not so much nowadays, though. Gotta use Sundays to write! I find visiting cities helps a lot for me, even for making up an imaginary city or town. I’m kind of obsessed with cities, which is why I love Urban Fantasy. All the mystery of the dark nooks and crannies—that’s good stuff to play with.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

JMN Art (Covers by Julie) designed all of the Coldharbour Chronicles series. My other series, Dylan Rivers Chronicles, was designed by Vanesa Garkova.

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

Not particularly. I just want readers to enjoy the ride! If they do, that makes my heart happy!

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

I have way too many favourite writers which include Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, George R.R. Martin. OMG! I could go on forever!

I recently discovered Hailey Turner. She is awesome! Love her Soulbound series!

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

 My bestie Debbie Cassidy. We’re writers and readers and continue to keep one another going viatons of support and cake and, well, more cake.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes. My plan is to eventually write full time in my stripy pyjamas, sometimes venturing outside when I need milk/cake/vitamin D.

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

No. I’ve written the story that needs to be told. I’m happy with it.

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

That leaving a huge bag of crisps nearby for me to mindlessly stuff my face with as I’m lost in my work is not good for my waistline.

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

I’m gonna cheat and answer for both series…

Jake would be played by Matthew Daddario.

Dylan would be played by Michael B. Jordan.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

 Keep on keeping on! Don’t ever give up. If you want it, go for it. Having a bad week? Pause, take a breath, do something to recharge, then come right back to it. I’ve had those moments when I feel down and want to stop, but I never will. I’ll take a few days off and get back on the horse. This is a tough road, but determination is an amazing weapon at your disposal.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

 You are all amazing and I love you billions and billions! Thank you for reading my stories! There are so many more to come. Thanks muchly for coming along for the ride!

MWAH!!!!! xxxx

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

 City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong. It is so good!

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

 I remember devouring Point Horror books. Stuff like The Boyfriend, The Girlfriend. Teacher’s Pet… I love Horror!

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

 So many things. I cried at the Pixar film Coco the other day. I’m rather soppy at times. Oh, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer—my fave TV show of all time—always makes me cry. No matter how many times I’ve seen it, certain moments hit me straight in the feels.

A book by Lynn Flewelling called Stalking Darkness had me blubbing.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness ruined me. I was a mess after reading that.

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

I’d love to meet Joss Whedon. He is a genius and I want to steal some of his brain juice! And, well, he created Buffy, so he is a god.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I go to a lot of music gigs. Loads. I love live music and music in general. I’m also into art galleries, theatre, history, travel, and I really want to take up painting.

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

BUFFY!

Other TV shows… Altered Carbon, American Horror Story, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Angel, Charmed, The X Files, Grimm, Elite, The Fall, The Originals, The Golden Girls, Grey’s Anatomy, Kath and Kim, The Handmaid’s Tale, Game of Thrones… I could go on and on and on.

Some of my fave films are The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Birdcage, Labyrinth, Misery, IT, Love Simon, The Fifth Element…

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I love Indian food and the colour blue. Some of my favourite musical artists are David Bowie, Madonna, Pink Floyd, Bjork, Tori Amos, Kylie Minogue, Anna Calvi, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Prince, PJ Harvey, Bob Dylan…

As you can see, I love to write a good old list!

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

Cry. Then aim for world-domination with me as High Emperor of everything.

Maybe open a book shop if that fails.

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

Hunting down Joel Kinnaman and make him mine for 24 hours!

Wait…

I’d head over to Paris with my partner for one last perfect day. I love that city.

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

‘This is not the end.’

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

 Absolutely!

Amazon Author Page UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Richard-Amos/e/B076BMT8S1

Amazon Author Page US: https://www.amazon.com/Richard-Amos/e/B076BMT8S1

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/richardamosauthor/

Facebook Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1980103015338973/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7897821.Richard_Amos

Mailing List: https://www.subscribepage.com/t6q7q7

 

 

Here is my interview with Nicola Jane

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

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

I’m Nicola Jane and I’m forty years old, although I feel like I’m still mid-twenties.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m from Nottingham in England (UK).

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

I’ve been married for fifteen years. I have two children aged fifteen and eleven, both are boys. I work full time as a teaching assistant for children aged five to eleven. I have a diploma in supporting schools in teaching and learning which sounds really posh lol.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I’m currently writing my seventh romance book. It’s a second part to one I have recently released. I was receiving so many messages from my readers asking for this story and I’m hoping that I don’t let them down.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I have always loved to read. I remember my primary school teacher reading us The Hobbit when I was around seven years old. I fell in love with stories from then on. As a teenager I would write stories with my friends and we would read them to each other in our English lesson (instead of learning) our English teacher would sit back and read the newspaper and leave us to it. As I grew up I didn’t really see writing as an option, I needed to make money and so I stopped. It was more recently when I was at a family gathering and my Dad said to me “Why don’t you write stories, you were always really good at it.” Up until then I’d been thinking stories up in my head but hadn’t bothered to write them down. I mentioned it to my husband and he went out the next day and brought me a laptop and told me to write. I had no intention of ever showing anyone but then one day I sent it to my friend (she loves to read too) and I pretended it was by someone else. She was amazed and said how great it was, that’s when I finally confessed that it was me.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Maybe when I received my first good reviews. Up until then I was convinced nobody would like my work and also when the publisher signed me.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The story had been in my head for a long time. I would think about it at bed time and make it up in my head. When I got the laptop it flowed right out of me. I would also say that my Dad had a part to play in inspiring me to write, if he hadn’t of commented on it I probably wouldn’t have bothered to try.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I used a title generator to get some ideas and then I played around with the ideas. When I send a book to the Publishers I have to send more than one title and then we agree on one from there.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I write in first person. I find it easier to put myself in the characters shoes and go from there. I have tried to write in third person and it just doesn’t flow well for me. I love writing motorcycle romance, I find that the story will flow so much easier than when I write another genre. I’ve tried to write vampire romance and I find that difficult.

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

Not much is based on my life experiences. When I tell people that I write romance/erotica I always get asked if I base the erotica on my husband! Lol. I don’t. I will sometimes use funny conversations from nights out with my girls and put that in my book when the female lead is with her friends. I think that the relationships are sometimes based on previous experiences although I perhaps dramatize them to make them more interesting. I like to write relationships that have drama and angst, my life really is nothing like that. Me and my husband are very chilled lol.

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

No, I really wish the day would come where my publisher asks me on an all expenses trip to America for research. As it happens, I just google everything and if someone was to check my google history I think they’d be shocked!

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The publisher chooses the covers but I’m not sure where she gets them from or who is responsible for the design.

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

Not really, I want my books to be enjoyed and I want them to take the reader away from daily life for a while. It’s always good to get lost in a book.

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

I’ve recently started reading books by Yvonne Robertson. She recently released the Vampire Brides series which I’ve fallen in love with. There are so many writers that I love. Tillie Cole is amazing and her books always pull me in, they usually have some kind of cult story line which I find so interesting.

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

My best friend, Fay. She loves to read just like me and we’ve always talked books. She is my biggest fan, she reads all of my work and reports back.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Not really, it doesn’t pay well enough but I set out with no intention of ever letting anyone read my work so to now be at the stage where I am published is amazing and anything I make from it is a bonus. If one day I make a career out of it then it would be a dream come true, I’d love nothing more than to write every day for the rest of my life.

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

No, I always write whatever flows when I type and I only change it if it doesn’t make sense or I’ve made an error. Sometimes I can start with an idea and that snowballs into ten thousand words with a twist I didn’t know was coming until I’ve already written it.

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

That sometimes you can write a book and think that it won’t do so well only for everyone to love it and ask for a second one.

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

Jason Momoa…he is just gorgeous. For my female lead Megan fox!

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Never give up, it’s normal to have moments where you doubt yourself. Make sure you take a break when you’re having writers block, it’s your minds way of telling you to rest. Don’t let negative reviews put you off, not everyone is going to love your work and that’s okay!

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

You are all amazing, I never get tired of hearing from my readers especially when they say such wonderful things. It makes me want to continue to write.

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m reading Vampire Brides: For Richer, For Poorer by Yvonne Robertson.

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Yes, it was The Famous Five by Enid Blyton, I was a huge fan of those books and The Secret Seven.

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My husband makes me laugh, every day, he knows just what to say to get me smiling. I cry at films all of the time, I last cried to Indecent Proposal last week.

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

I’d love to meet EL James, just because I find it fascinating how quickly her Fifty Shades series took off. I’d love to know how she felt, at what point it took off and when did she realise how huge it actually was.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I don’t have time! I guess writing is like my hobby. I obviously love to read at any spare chance I get.

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

I love the oldies like Dirty Dancing, Ghost etc. I like reality shows like Teen Mom and Love Island.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I big on Cauliflower rice at the moments lol I have it with everything. My favorite fast food is McDonalds. I really enjoy cooking and I like to experiment with food and different combinations. I love R’n’B music, anything Drake is fine by me and at the minute I am a huge fan of Lewis Capaldi. I always listen to music, especially when I write. The color purple is my favorite.

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

Oh gosh, I’d be so sad. I don’t actually know what I did before I wrote. I’d probably read a lot more because I find it a good way to relax and escape the stresses of every day life.

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

With my boys on a hot beach somewhere pretty.

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

Nicola Jane, loving mother and wife and top selling Author lol.

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

Of course.

Website: https://nicolajane582.wixsite.com/nicolajane

Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B07GMYZBFV

UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nicola-Jane/e/B07GMYZBFV?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1566422517&sr=1-1

 

Here is my interview with Punam Farmah

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

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

Hello! I’m Punam Farmah, 35 and middle-aged.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m from Birmingham, England. A Brummie born and  bred

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

By day, I am a teacher and counsellor. I teach Psychology and humanities, and as counsellor I get to work with and meet lots of different people. Born and raised in Birmingham, I have two very supportive siblings and two fabulous parents.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Earlier  this year, I published my latest contribution to the Peace Novella Series. This was a collection of short stories, and I am currently working on the next instalment. As such, I have inky fingers. I am also one of the attending Authors for the Birmingham Author and Reader event scheduled for July 2022.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I was sixteen, and I had day-dream. It kept playing on loop, so I had to find a biro and make a note.  This was all very immersive, a story, something to be carried away by.  It was all handwritten, typed and saved on several floppy disks.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

The minute I stood in the kitchen with a copy of my book. It had my name on it, was tangible.  As the rest of the books followed, I’ve grown to be more used to seeing m name on things.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Chilies, and courgettes; of all things! I’d written a few guest blogs for a gardening website, and I have my on gardening blog.  I wanted to share on a different level, and I thought writing a book would be useful to others.

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

By thinking about the story makes me feel. Fragments, is about loss and bereavement. Two things that tear up our worlds.Kangana, came  from a Bollywood song! But also reflects a key aspect of the story

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 that I write the way that I speak, so I’m taking that as a good thing! It is my natural voice, I guess. As such, my writing can feel like a monologue, a conversation at times. It’s a weird slant on being an omniscient narrator. As for genre, I’ve yet  to find one! Most of my works have been contemporary romance, as that was what I wanted to experiment with at that time. I do find that with contemporary romance, I write with characters of south Asian ascent, and this does feel like a challenge.

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

Quite a lot, actually! Each book is part of my own personal timeline. Fragments was the product of two bereavements. The gardening books, chimed with my development and growth as both  an allotment holder and a trainee counsellor. Kangana and Postcards from Peace come from a very positive part of my life.

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

No directly. I do travel, I love to travel. So if I go off on an adventure, I might remember it a few months later and it feels right to use it as crafting tool.  This does mean that when I travel, I find a map to help me capture things.  For example, a trip to Rome ended up in Fragments. An adventure to Stratford upon Avon to a Ceilidh, made it’s way into Postcards from Peace.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I did, the images and artwork are my own for the most part.  A couple of images are sourced and thankfully, I  was able to work with a professional to make them special.

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

That we are all human, all capable of actualising out potential.  As such,  we are all different and unique. These differences should bring us together rather than divide us.

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

The whole armada of the Peace Novella Series. That’s S.H.Pratt, Sandra Hurst, Tee Smith, A.H. Stagg and S.Jackson Rivera to name a few. They’ve been a huge support. I also have small army of fellow gardeners, The Grape Family, who have always been on the touchline, offering encouragement.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I see it as a string on my violin; something that I do alongside teaching, counselling and blogging. Simply because these things tessellate and form what I like to do. That said, if it became a career, I wouldn’t complain!

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

Oh, I don’t know. I think I would open up the town of Peace, Montana a bit more; use other characters to make the universe a bit more tangible.

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

Yeah, certain characters are more liked than others! It’s okay to dislike one of your own, and that if readers feel the same, then that’s a good job done. Even as an author, you don’t have to like everyone.

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

Ah! I know the answers to this! When it comes to the Peace books,  Aidan Turner would be the choice. I don’t for one moment think that Gianluigi Buffon-yeah, the goalie-would want to make a career change for Kangana.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write it all down, keep everything. Nothing is wasted. Pen, notebook. Use a fountain pen, they are pure magic.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Take a chance on me. See where the books take you. Read, review and share.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Anything! I love having a library close by.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Captain Pugwash! That or Pirates of Dark water…..

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Human beings, doing what they do. I’m all very observational!

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

William Shakespeare. I want to know what he thinks about what the world has done to him. How did he write those plays and sonnets, what was going on? He was a genius, a master and his writing is just pure…theatre.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Gardening, writing, travelling and sometimes cooking. There are also colouring books.

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

Boxsets! I’m a big Star Trek, Buffy and bones fan. I’ve got Angel and Serenity too. Batman is rather cool too. Then there’s Bond…..

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Lamb Biryani, with bourbon, please. I do rather like purple. Maroon5 Live on my shuffle, with Adele.

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

Grow fruit and veg, prepare for a zombie Apocalypse.

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

With my family, on a sofa watching movies.

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

She came, she saw. She gave it one hell of a shot.

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

I do. Full details at www.horticulturalhobbit.com

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Here is my interview with E.Rogers

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

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

I’m E.Rogers and I just turned 60.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Mississippi – or Tennessee, or – I’ve lived in every state in the south at one time or another.. I think of myself as a “Mississippi Boy” but I’ve lived primarily in Tennessee for a long time.

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

One wife, one dog, one house. I live a pretty pedestrian life and that’s how I like it!

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Starting my thirdd book “Jones Generation: The Lost Tribe”. I think it will be one of the most wonderful books of all time. A “must read”, “the bomb”, ect. Actually it’s about the generational sub-set of people born from 1956-1968 and their motivations, influences, fears and desires. I’m a fellow “Joneser” so I’m writing about my own generation.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I guess I’ve always written in some form. At a company I used to work for I sent out a daily blog of funny work-related stories. It went out to about 1500 locations all around the country. I did it for about four years and I developed all sorts of fictitious persons and places. I became know more for that than my actual work.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Well for me always. I guess a lot depends on what others think. That’s true of a lot of things.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I just thought it was a good time to start getting more of my thoughts on paper. Testing the waters so to speak.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

For “Mirror, Mirror, Off The Wall: A Journey Through Narcissist Personality Disorder” the title explains whats in the book. It’s a self help book.

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

Most everything I write reflects a lot of my personal thoughts and observations and ideas. If you read a lot of my writing you probably get to know me pretty well.

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

Most everything I write is realistic , first-hand accounts heavy on my own thoughts and feelings with some some history and data to help explain to the reader.

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

I have traveled a lot but not now as much as I used to. I don’t have a “bucket list” and I haven’t been many places that didn’t remind me of some part of Mississippi.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I did. The cover for “Mirror, Mirror” was arranged from stuff I gathered around my garage and I staged and photographed it in about 15 minutes total. The “Recycler” cover was a stock photograph of a man facing a field of clocks with no hands. It conveyed the dreamy feeling of the writing.

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

In my last book, no, not really. It is written to help them understand and cope with a specific problem. there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you? I read a lot., everything really., probably three books a week. I have a soft spot for Mississippi writers. I’ve read everything Faulkner has ever written but also Eudora Welty, Barry Hannah, Willie Morris, all of them really.

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

Mainly other writers. I never seem to get useful feed-back from non-writers or casual readers.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I wish. Probably not. It’s one of those things like deciding to become a professional athlete or actor or entertainer. For now it’s just self gratification.

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

No, not really.

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

I learned a lot through doing the research for the book.

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

That’s hard to say but I like the old guys so maybe Gregory Peck or Jimmy Stewart.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Just read my stuff….then tell someone else.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m one of those people that has a book in every room so I’m actually reading several things at any given time. I do recommend one I just finished “Small Data” by Martin Lindstrom

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Yes I do! “The Secret Of The Old House”. It’s a book from the 1940’s. I’m the youngest of six kids and it was the first read for all of us. It was a family tradition. It was not planned to be, but it was. That’s how real traditions happen.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I never cry but I like to laugh. I laugh at the most goofy things. That you might imagine.

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

Jesus Christ and all the people from the Bible. People walking around here now? Not so much. I stopped being impressed with rich or famous people a long time ago. They’re just people like me (except they’re rich and famous).

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

All the guy stuff. Sports, eating, drinking, more sports, mix in a little hunting and fishing.

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

I like the old black and white stuff. The old glamour Hollywood. The movies where all the men wore hats and the women wore dresses.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Never met a food I didn’t like. I like all colors except maybe yellow. I’m a person that loves song lyrics so I go for the singer/songwriters.

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

Read.

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

Praying.

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

A friend of mine died recently. His wife was with him at the time of death. She said his last words were “See ya’ later”. I like that.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
https://www.writerworker.com/

It has short stories and information. I can also be contacted at elvisrogers@yahoo.com

Here is my interview with Kristin Secorsky

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

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

Hi! My name is Kristin Secorsky. When you get to my age, you don’t want to tell your age. Ha! Let’s just say that I’m a Libra.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I grew up all over the U.S. as a “Navy brat,” but I consider Corpus Christi, Texas my “hometown.” I live in Dallas now.

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

I have degrees in English and Education. Though I studied to teach, I currentlyhomeschool my two daughters, Iliana and Elisabeth ages 12 and 10. I have two cats, Chiquitito and Lexi, and two dogs, Momma and Casper.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

 I’m currently still writing the second dragon book in my fantasy series. Sorry for the delay everyone! I had some medical issues that set me back, and I was unable to devote time to writing. But, I’m back! I’m about to publish a novel under my pen name as well. I will also be signing at a table in the vendor section of “Rebel Con” in St. Louis, March 20-21, 2020.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing short stories and poems in high school. I always dreamed of completing an actual novel as a teenager. It wasn’t until after the birth of my first child that I sat down after a long writing break to seriously write my first novel (which is still unpublished and saved on my laptop). I was often up late to nurse my daughter and would sit at the computer and write since I couldn’t sleep.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have always loved to write, but I never considered myself a writer until after I self-published my first book. Before that, I just considered my passion a fun hobby…a dream. Looking back, I’ve really been a writer since my sophomore year of high school.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My first self-published novel, The Immortal Scrolls, was inspired by a documentary I watched on the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius combined with my love of gladiators and the paranormal. I melded it all together.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I came up with The Immortal Scrolls because my gladiators were immortals: vampires and werewolves. Also, they actually find scrolls in the ruins that tell the tale of my hero and heroine. It wasn’t that simple, though, to name my book. Coming up with a name is always hard.

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

My writing style tends to be fast-paced without fluff, which is great for readers, like myself, with short attention spans. However, it is challenging to add enough to please my readers who want thick books. I write in a couple of different genres actually. As far as writing in the historical romance, paranormal, and the fantasy genres, there are two challenges. One, I like to be as historically accurate and well-researched as possible. Two, with paranormal and fantasy, it is challenging to set yourself apart from other authors. You want to be original and fresh always. You want to offer something new and exciting to your genre.

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

The Immortal Scrolls is realistic as far as historical details. I did a lot of research to make it accurate. However, it is also totally unrealistic because my gladiators are vampires and werewolves and there is magic. It is not based on anyone I know or events in my life.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?No,

I do not have to travel for writing reasons. In fact, I do travel to visit family often, and being away always takes time away from my writing. However, I find inspiration in many things from music to locations, etc. Sometimes when I do travel, I come up with an idea.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I’ve used many designers, artists, photographers, cover models, and book cover design companies to create my covers. They are not all done by the same people or companies. It really just depends on my projects and needs. I have too many to list, but all of their info can be found in the first few pages of my books.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?Not really.

My novels are just for fun and entertainment.

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 I have been trying to write more, I haven’t had a lot of time to read lately. I have so many favorite authors, however. G.R.R.M., J.K. Rowling, and Anne Rice are a few. I really love their world building.

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

My friend and fellow author, Joseph Serrano,was the first non-family member to support my author dreams, and he guided me through the self-publishing process. He gave me his personal knowledge and experience of self-publishing through Createspace, which helped me realize I could be an author and publish without landing a publishing company. I had no idea such things existed before speaking to him.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, I do. You have to dedicate yourself to working just as hard as you do a typical 9-5.

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

There are always little things here and there that you want to go back and change in every book. Overall, the story is right on track where I want it to be for the series. I guess the main thing is to continue to improve my writing skills with each and every book I finish.

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

Yes. I started with this simple idea that branched out into this overwhelming fantasy world that continues to grow and grow. I learned to be more organized.

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

Good question! I’m not exactly sure who I would cast in Dragon Chosen. I would love to see a bunch of fresh new faces.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write what you love and what you would love to read. Don’t fall into genre trends. Come up with something new and fresh!

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I’m sorry that I’m such a slow writer! I would love to crank out books faster. Thank you for being patient, understanding, and dedicated readers while I work on my projects and deal with my medical issues.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Sadly, I’m not reading anything right now, so I can focus more on writing. I need and want to finish the second dragon book.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, by Julie Andrews comes to mind as one of my first novels.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My children make me laugh. Sappy and sad movies make me cry.

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

Yes, I would love to meet G.R.R.M. and pick his brain about world building.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I like to cook, travel, and spend time with my daughters. I usually love to read, but I haven’t been doing much of that lately. Writing is my passion as well as a job. I also enjoy going to comic cons with my kids. We dabble with cosplay.

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

Outlander, True Detective, Spartacus, Game of Thrones, Vikings, The Walking Dead, Top Chef, Masterchef, Project Runway, and a variety of Netflix originals like Mindhunter, Dark, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and many others. I watch a lot of random documentaries as well.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

 I love any food! I would say pizza is my favorite, though. My favorite color is pink, but I find that I always wear black. Ha! I love all sorts of music, especially classical, ‘80s and ‘90s hits, and dance/techno music.

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

I guess I would go back to teaching. I would love to travel the world, though.

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

I would spend every last second with my children.

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

 “Loving Mother”and whatever else anyone wants to say about me. Maybe something funny or sarcastic because I am that way. I don’t like to think about death, though.

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

I don’t have an official website or blog. I usually use my social media accounts for everything. I did, recently, create my own book related Facebook group where I plan to become more active and post news and giveaways as well as interact on a more personal level with readers. I will leave you with all of my social media links.

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/thedragonridersoferyieth/

https://www.facebook.com/TheImmortalScrolls/

https://www.facebook.com/Kristin-Secorsky-418865038148522/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2534167393294062/

Instagram: @authorkristinsecorsky

Twitter: @kristinsecorsky

Email: kristinsecorsky@yahoo.com

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UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kristin-Secorsky/e/B00GL9WLFQ?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1566374972&sr=1-1

Here is my interview with Sydney Jane Baily

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.

Sydney Jane Baily

What is your age?

I wasn’t born in the Middle Ages, but I am at the midlife point.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born in Glendale, California. I lived in southern CA until I was 19 years old, then I moved to Virginia, and later to New England.

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

I’m a first-gen American in our family. My parents are British. We used to go back to England every summer when I was growing up. I loved those summers! I earneda bachelor’s degree in English literature and in history from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and later went to the University of Virginia to earn a master’s degree in English literature (concentrating in Romanticism). After that, I had a great job at Time-Life Books in Alexandria before moving north to New England and beginning a career as a book editor. After a lot of procrastination, I gave in to my passion and my dream to be a full-time writer.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I just finished writing two books: Book 5 in my Victorian Beastly Lords series, Lord Misery, which is up for pre-order at Amazon and will be released on August 22, 2019. And Eleanor, which will be in a collection of Edgar Allan Poe novels called All Hallows’ Brides, which is also available for pre-order and will come out at Halloween 2019.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I admit to being a shy child and an introvert. I even stuttered. More than anything except reading, I liked writing stories. I wrote my first novel when I was 17 years old. Absolute rubbish!

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Probably in 2012 when my first book was published. Before that, though I always wrote, I considered myself more of an editor since that was how I made my living.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book? I read a lot of Mills & Boon romances in the summers at my grandparents’ home in London. I thought Harlequin would say yes to my first manuscript and make me rich and famous before I was 18. How hard could it be?

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

That first terrible unpublished novel was called Green Eyes and Moonlight. Wince!When I switched to writing historical romance, my writing really flowed. My first published book was An Improper Situation, though for years it had a working title of A Little Bit of Heaven. Then, when I realized there were more stories, I had to come up with titles that matched, which even with the task of “I” words and “tion” words, worked well. Each title really fits the story. Thus: An Irresistible Temptation, An Inescapable Attraction, An Inconceivable Deception, and the novellas An Intriguing Proposition, An Impassioned Redemption. After I wrote the first three books, they became the Defiant Hearts series. I still love those characters, but Victorian American stories are a hard sell.

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

I tend to have a slow pace, with in-depth simmering characterizations, which take time to develop, though my heroes and heroines often recognize an attraction almost instantly. So, I am a character-driven writer, rather than thinking of an entire story first.

I love historical research and spend much of my time researching. I also have a terrible memory and almost always forget everything I’ve learned when I type “The End.” Thus, I have to start over with each book. At least, it feels that way.

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

I have a friend who says about all my heroes, whether from the Defiant Hearts or the new series, Beastly Lords, that they are all about him. That’s hilarious to me. My books are realistic in that they are era-appropriate with as few anachronisms as possible, but they are not based on any one person or event in my own life. I occasionally bring in historic figures to add realism, such as the Duke of Wellington or the Duchess of Sutherland.

The 1880s of the Victorian American Defiant Hearts serieswas fascinating to learn about,and I found the people to be quite modern. You certainly could have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and a chat without any difficulty. The Victorian Londoners of the 1840s and 1850s are definitely less relatable. And if you go back a little earlier to 1811 – 1820 for Regencies, then the people can seem strange indeed. The earlier stories can be harder to write without putting modern feelings or expectations into the characters’ heads.

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

No, I hardly ever travel specifically for a novel, though I have nearly always been to the settings in my stories.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I have had a few different cover designers. The most consistently great designer and the one with whom I’ve worked the most is Dar Albert of Wicked Smart Designs. I think she is the bomb!

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

On my writer’s business card, it says “Happily-ever-after stories for an already-challenging world.” I suppose that is what I do best—shepherd my characters through challenges so they come out the other side stronger and more joyful. I hope readers enjoy the journey and the satisfying ending.

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?

You can’t peer under a bush without finding another writer. There are new ones every day. The best part about being a writer in 2019 is that there are no gatekeepers. The worst part about being a writer in 2019 is that there are no gatekeepers. There is a ton of junk out there, and more being uploaded daily without being edited or proofread.

I would rather not say about my favorite authors nowadays, but growing up, I loved Roald Dahl, Mark Twain, E. B. White, Michael Bond, J.R.R. Tolkien, and if I keep thinking, I shall come up with a dozen more.

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

My four cats and my trusty PC. And for the past seven years, my rescue dog, Perry, who is, as always, under my desk as I work.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Definitely. I quit freelance editing and website design a couple years back to devote myself solely to writing.

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

No, you can dither, write, rewrite, and rewrite again forever. If you have a story and know your voice, then only you can tell that story in a particular way. When you’ve told it truthfully, to the best of your ability, then all you can do is send it to the editor and move on.

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

I learn something new with each book. For Lord Despair, it was about what treatment they had in the mid-19th century for psychological afflictions; for Lord Anguish, I learned about the common Victorian problem of opium addiction; for Lord Darkness, I learned about the facilities available for the blind in the 1850s, etc. Each book takes me on a journey of learning, for sure.

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

No idea. Definitely not my forte. Except I will say I like Collin Firth in anything, particularly Pride and Prejudice, except, sadly, he’s getting a bit old to be any of my heroes.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just keep writing. Focus on your next book. And always, always, always get your work copyedited.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I love receiving emails from readers. Makes my day. Feel free to write to me anytime at sydney@sydneyjanebaily.com.

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am reading a historical romance **shocking surprise** by Elizabeth Ellen Carter. I also really like Lana Williams’s books. She researches and writes like I do.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Not exactly, but the books I read over and over as a youngster were Charlotte’s Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and The Hobbit. So I had (and still have) a liking for slightly magical stories by great writers. My daughter and I read all the Harry Potter books together, too.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I have a dry sense of humor. I love British comedy and Seinfeld. I cry at anything to do with animals.

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

I used to think Mark Twain, but now, I’m not sure. Sometimes, I think Jane Austen would be a lovely person to have tea with, but again, who knows? People may be better off in our imaginations of what they were like than in reality. I’m know I’m better in writing than I am live in person. 😊As for present day people, I love Queen Latifah. I want her for my best friend.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I used to oil paint, but I don’t anymore. I basically stopped after a few paintings of my cats and one of my ex-boyfriend on a sailing ship heading for some rocks. Oh, and there was a cat in that painting, too. I can’t think of anything I do consistently enough to call it a hobby, except reading.

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

I have a pretty bad memory, so I have brought Gwyneth Paltrow’s Emma home from the library to watch a few times before I realized I’d seen it. I do that with a lot of movies, forget I’ve seen them. I really like About a Boy with Hugh Grant, a very satisfying story from start to finish. Also, I’ve seenMusic and Lyrics a few times, really enjoy it. It’s a light-hearted film, again with Hugh Grant and also Drew Barrymore. I don’t watch much TV, but for a couple years, I watched Once Upon A Time; it was something my son and I did together, but we didn’t make it through to the final seasons.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

I love pizza and Indian food. Colors: sapphire blueand grey and sometimes pink. I like too many types of music to list here.

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

Book editing and website design as I did before. Sometimes, I think it would be fun to get out there in the world and deal with customers. I once had a job at a kitchen and china store, and I enjoyed helping the brides pick out their patterns. But I know retail is demanding, hard work, and I wouldn’t want to stand for that many hours.

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

Going to keep that to myself.

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

I’m going to be cremated, so no headstone, and let others think about me what they will.

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

Yes, thanks for asking. I have a website at https://sydneyjanebaily.com which is where my blog is as well as a bookshelf page of all my books. If a reader goes to my site and signs up for my monthly newsletter, they will also get a free book.

If you don’t want a monthly newsletter, but would like to know when I have new releases, you can follow me on Amazon USA at  https://www.amazon.com/Sydney-Jane-Baily/e/B009LAIOM6 UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sydney-Jane-Baily/e/B009LAIOM6?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1566297153&sr=1-1  or  on Bookbub at https://www.bookbub.com/authors/sydney-jane-baily .

Thank you for interviewing me. Best wishes and happy reading!