Here is my interview with Harmony Williams

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?

Harmony: My name is Harmony Williams and I am 27.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

Harmony: I am Canadian, born and raised. I lived for a couple years in Iqaluit, Nunavut and St. John’s, Newfoundland before returning to my rural hometown in Eastern Ontario.

 

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

Harmony: I am a widow and I live with a sweet Doberman/Shepherd/Greyhound mix who I love with all my heart. I ghostwrite by day, and write lighthearted and funny historical romance by night. My idea day is spent curled up next to Edgar, my dog, while losing myself in a fictional world, preferably one with a happy-ever-after.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Harmony: One of my first-written novels (in 2009) will be published on June 5th, 2017. This is truly the book of my heart. How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Day shas always been my “happy” book, the book I can turn to when I’m in need of a smile. I’m so pleased to be able to share it with the world at long last.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Harmony: The earliest story I recall putting to paper was in Grade Three when my best friend challenged me to write the longest story for a school project. She won by a page and a half, but writing that story opened me to so many new possibilities and I wasn’t able to stop!

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Harmony: I suppose I didn’t consider myself a true writer until I finished my first novel in 2004. Before then, I wouldn’t get more than forty or fifty pages into a book before I switched to some other shiny, new idea. The fact that I actually finished something was a huge success and motivator for me to continue.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Harmony: I started off writing fantasy because that was what I read back and forth with my Dad when I was young. I’m going to talk about what inspired me to write my first romance. I didn’t start reading romances until I was 15, when my (different) best friend and long-time romance lover slipped me a Sherrilyn Kenyon book. The best part about having a bookworm best friend is that she was always encouraging me to write so she could read my books! So I wrote her a romance, and the rest is history.

 

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Harmony: Titles are such a pain for me. They either click from the beginning or I have a heck of a time coming up with one. For How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days, it was the latter. This book started off with a title I pulled off the Adopt-a-Title thread of the National Novel Writing Month forums. That didn’t truly fit it, so during a revision I pulled it apart and gave it another name. I went through a bunch of titles while searching for one that really clicked and conveyed the fun tone of the book. It took a while, but I finally settled on this one!

 

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

Harmony: I write in both first and third person, but I think that first person is where I truly shine. It’s where I’m able to truly sink into the mindset of the characters and channel the flirty, sassy voice that is what I think makes the Ladies of Passion series so fun. Third person I find flows a bit less easily and I’m more apt to get writer’s block.

 

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

Harmony: My books are 100% fiction. I let the characters develop to become their own people and influence the plot in ways that are applicable to them. I don’t use real life people as a model.

 

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

Harmony: If only. I would love to travel more and someday, I’d love to visit a historical city and write a book cover to cover while influenced by that environment. For now, unfortunately, I’m limited to my imagination and the internet/non-fiction books!

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Harmony: The covers of the Ladies of Passion series were designed by Erin Dameron-Hil, who was hired by my fantastic publisher, Entangled Publishing. I don’t think she could have done a better job, especially on How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days.

 

 

 

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

Harmony: The main thing I’d love for my readers to take away from my books is a smile. I write lighthearted books that always end in happily-ever-after because that is the sort of book I have turned to so often in times of need. Life can bring us down sometimes, so if I can counteract that by giving a reader a smile or leave them happier when they finish the book, then I’ve done what I set out to do.

 

 
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?

Harmony: I read Brianna Labuskes’s debut novel, One Step Behind, and it was one of those can’t-put-it-down-even-to-eat kind of books. I loved it! On my auto-buy list for romance are: Sally Mackenzie, Julia Quinn, Tessa Dare, Julie Anne Long, and Lynsay Sands.

 

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

Harmony: I have always been blessed with incredibly supportive friends who do whatever they can to share in my happiness and ease the burden when I’m going through a stressful work time.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Harmony: I live it! Between ghostwriting and writing my own books, I am privileged to be able to claim that I make a living from my writing.

 

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

Harmony: Absolutely not. How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days has undergone substantial changes from that flawed first draft, including revisions that have been exacted through the firm hand of my editor, AletheaSpiridon. Alethea is a brilliant and knowledgeable editor and I have every confidence that this book is as strong as I can possibly make it.

 

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

Harmony: Every book teaches me something new about writing, that’s why I’d like to think every book I write will be better than the last. Every book also manages to teach me something about myself, as well. As Francine went through her emotional journey and learned to stand up for herself, so too did I. We are both stronger for having experienced the book.

 

 

 

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

Harmony: I think Emma Stone could play a fantastic Francine. A male lead would be harder to choose… but James McAvoy would probably do Julian justice. 🙂

 

 
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Harmony: Write the story you want to tell. Sometimes it might be painful, but if you believe in your characters, you will produce something that is beautiful and means the world to you.

 

 
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Harmony: Keep reading, don’t be ashamed of what you love even if others don’t agree, and do what makes you happy.

 

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Harmony: I just started Once a Courtesan by Liana Lefey and it hooked me from the start! On the non-fiction front, I’m learning more about the Bow Street Runners by reading The First English Detectives by J.M. Beattie.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Harmony: Not even close. I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember and I’m certain I’ve been reading since I was a toddler. My first romance book ever read was Sword of Darkness by KinleyMacGregor (a.k.a. Sherrilyn Kenyon).

 

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Harmony: When I’m feeling a bit down, I search for cute animal pictures and videos. Dogs especially make me melt. In books, I love back-and-forth banter that makes me chuckle. I’m not one for tear-jerkers so I always search out something that will make me smile.

 

 

 

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

Harmony: Lord Byron! I adore his poetry and even though I’ve read he was something of a player (a true Regency rake, to be sure), I’d still like to think I could reform him!

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Harmony: Many! I’m a member of the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA), where I’m learning how to sword fight. I also love art – from time to time, I’ll try my hand at drawing or painting but lately, my favourite method of visual art has been photography. I love to get out in nature with my dog and try to capture the beauty the countryside has to offer. When I get together with friends, we usually geek out over books and movies or play D&D.

 

 

 

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

Harmony: I prefer TV shows over films, mostly because I love getting connected to a group of characters over a series of episodes. I especially love mystery shows like Sherlock, Elementary, Bones, Castle, The Mentalist, Lie to Me, or Perception. Other shows that I absolutely love are Burn Notice, Leverage, The Big Bang Theory, and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I am always on board for a classic retelling.

 

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Harmony: My favourite food is grilled cheese. A close second is fruit and custard-filled crepes.

My favourite colour changes with the wind but I love red, turquoise, and purple.

My favourite music depends on my mood, too. My theme song is “Sit Still, Look Pretty” by Daya. A close second is “That’s My Girl” by Fifth Harmony. My favourite song at the moment is “Rockabye” by Clean Bandit, Sean Paul, and Anne-Marie. I love songs with a good beat or melody but especially if the lyrics speak to me.

 

 

 

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

Harmony: I would probably be a big ball of stress. Writing is my outlet to release my frustrations/stress so without it I would have to find a different coping mechanism. I also make my living from writing currently, so I’d have to get another day job. I would probably seek out a secondary passion to turn into a career and read a lot.

 

 

 

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

Harmony: Here lies Harmony…or does she?

Lol, honestly, that’s a question I’ll probably never have an answer to.

 

 

 

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

Harmony: I keep a personal blog about my life, hobbies, and writing news at www.harmonywilliams.com. I also keep a newsletter with all of that information that readers can sign up to at www.harmonywilliams.com/newsletter.

For those who like to shop on Amazon can find me at: www.amazon.com/author/harmonywilliams

I’m also on social media:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/harmony_writes

Facebook: www.facebook.com/historicalharmony

Instagram: www.instagram.com/historicalharmony

 

More about How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days:

 

In 1814 London, England, a lady is defined as a demure, delicate flower. Miss Francine Annesley is not that lady. If men were like plants, she would have a garden of admirers to choose from instead of the thorn in her side since childhood, Julian Beckwith. But she would make an even worse nun than she does a lady, which will be her fate if she can’t dig up a husband before the Season ends. However, Julian is not an option.

With only ten short days left in the Season, Francine doesn’t have time to waste on petty squabbles or knee-weakening kisses, even if Julian’s offer to fulfill her every wish rouses her curiosity. It seems men are more complicated than plants. Too bad love bloomed at the most inconvenient of times…

Buy links:

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B&N: http://bit.ly/2rsqNbi

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2ql56v3

iTunes: http://apple.co/2qxFWbe

Entangled Publishing: https://entangledpublishing.com/how-to-ruin-your-reputation-in-10-days.html

 

 

 

Here is my interview with Amelia Bronson

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

 

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

My name is Amelia Bronson and I am 25 years old

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

I am from the small state of Rhode Island

 

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

I am the 5th out of 6 children. I have 3 older brothers an older sister and a younger sister. Each of us are all different in so many ways but one thing we all have in common is we are all artistic. My brothers all play musical instruments. My older sister writes poetry and is a hair stylist. My younger sister is a great drawer and is going to school for graphic design and I am the writer of the family.

I was always the reader of the family and when my mother pulled us out of school to homeschool us my English class was me writing stories. As I got older I knew I wanted to be a writer but the older I got the more I thought being a writer was only a side hobby not even a job. Yet no matter what I did I need to write I couldn’t imagine myself not writing.

When I decided to become a fulltime writer my family has been supportive of my 100 %. My husband has been pushing me and encouraging me every day. He likes to tell me to hurry up and become famous so he doesn’t have to work anymore lol.

I also enjoy being active. I love hiking, camping, and I am even belt testing for my first strip in KravMaga. I’ve trained a bit in BJJ (Brazilian Ju Jitsu) and I love traveling! My dream is to go and see New Zealand and walk where Fordo walked lol.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I published my first book in April and book 2 is coming out in July!

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing when I was in 3rd grade. My teacher would give us an assignment to write a short story and I loved it. I loved creating a world, characters, a story. Then we got pulled from school and I just got to write even more. I always had a notebook and pencil in hand.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I always considered myself a writer because I always wrote stories. And that’s what I considered being a writer was.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I was talking to my boyfriend at the time and we were talking about random stuff. We somehow were talking about how cool it would be if there was a fire flower. A flower with different color flamed petals. From that one thought I developed a world where there would be a guardian who took care of a meadow full of fire flowers. The guardian would be a fairy and from there No Faith No Trust Just Pixie Dust was born.

 

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I really thought about the theme for this book. I wanted it to have something to do with Fairies or Pixies seeing how both of them were in the book. Yet at the same time the two main characters have secrets. And I really like play on words. That is how No Faith No Trust Just Pixie Dust became the title.

 

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

I like writing in the first person. I feel like I can go deeper with the characters. Because I write Fantasy it has a lot of fighting with weapons that I may not be familiar with. Writing a fight scene is tricky because it’s not all smooth sometimes it’s hecktic and crazy and to get all that down in writing is hard for me.

 

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

None of it. lol It’s all made up. However I do base my characters on people like Fin is based on my husband. But other than that it’s all made up.

 

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

No I don’t need to travel but traveling does help inspire me.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Sissie King does all my graphics.

 

 

 

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

Live your life to the fullest. Do something meaningful so you can leave something behind.

 

 
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?

Oh man I have been reading so many new books lately but right now Martin Tracey has taken my interest. I just finished reading his book Things They’ll Never See it was amazing.

Favorite author right now is Jim Butcher. His books are what I want my books to be like. As in I want them to be that good. He just captures you and makes you feel like you are actually there. He makes you feel everything his characters are feeling and that what I want my readers to feel when they read mine.

 

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

That’s so hard because all my friends are my family…..No seriously I married my best friends cousin and so now all my friends are my family lol. But everyone has known that I’ve always loved writing and that this is what I want to do so everyone has been very supportive of me.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes. 100% it’s what I want to do 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. If I thought it needed to be different then it wouldn’t be ready.

 

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

Yes. I learned that taking the time to really immerse your readers into the book is a good thing. I like to get to the point in my writing where it’s always go gogo but taking the time to dig deeper then what I normally do is also what readers want.

 

 

 

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

Oh man that’s hard because I see so much of myself in the lead character. I would say me lol but in reality I would say Emma Watson.

 

 
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

You can do it. Take that leap and do it. It’s scary starting out and putting your book out there but it’ll be worth it in the end.

 

 
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Read my book lol. But seriously I worked really hard on this book to make sure that you will like it and I believe that you will be surprised on how much you will like it.

 

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am currently reading Asher Black by Parker S. Huntington

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I don’t remember the first book I read I do remember the first big book I read which was the Wizard of Oz.

 

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Everything makes me laugh lol. I’m a very happy out going person. It’s good to laugh.

 

 

 

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

I would love to meet Ian Somerhalder. Other than being very attractive he is a huge inspiration to the world. He’s a great actor, director and loves the environment and that’s important to me.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I hike, go camping and do KravMaga

 

 

 

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

The Vampire Diaries is my heart and soul. Along with the Originals

 

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Does candy count as food? Lol I’m a meat and potatoes kinda gal so give me a steak with a side of mash potatoes and I’ll be happy.

Black and Red are my favorite colors.

I’m a big Falling in Reverse fan along with Memphis May Fire. They play screamo rock type of music.

 

 

 

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

If I could no longer write I would end up focusing more on my other business that I am starting with my sister and that’s where we take indie authors and build a box around their books. It’s a subscription service so each month they would get a book from three different genre’s with fun items based upon the theme of the book. 

 

 

 

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

Here lies Amelia she was totally awesome lol #Shewillbemissed

 

 

 

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

https://authorameliabronson.com

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amelia-Bronson/e/B06ZZXF56T/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

https://www.amazon.com/Amelia-Bronson/e/B06ZZXF56T/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1495806265&sr=1-2-ent

Here is my interview with Mary Carlomagno

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?

Mary Carlomagno, age 49

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

New Jersey, USA

 

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

I am a life long resident of New Jersey.  I have never left the state for more than two weeks at a time, I have tried, but I keep getting pulled back!  I lived in Hoboken for 17 years before my second child turned my walk in closet into her nursery.  My husband, son and daughter now live in lovely suburban New Jersey and try to cultivate an old fashioned small town existence.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

After three successful non-fiction novels about organizing, I am publishing my first novel on June 20th!

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I wrote all through school and college, for the high school and college newspaper and then wrote even more during my 17 years in book publishing in New York City.

 

 


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I landed an article in the Washington Post!

 

 


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My life experiences in book publishing and self help and my deep affection for New Jersey.

 

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I spent years helping others organize their lives as a professional organizer and many times the clients I took on became more like friends!

 

 


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

I write what I know ( until recently that was shopping addiction and how to organize your spice rack!) First person narrative is where I am most comfortable.

 

 


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

The novel pulls from all of my life experiences, especially the publishing people and self help retreats and Hoboken is the real life back drop for the book.

 

 


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

No, I never leave New Jersey!

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Post Hill Press, my wonderful publisher

 

 

 

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

Keep moving forward regardless of what life deals you.

 

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

My favorite writers are diverse. I love Jhumpa Lahiri and ChitraBannerjeeDivakaruni for their touching women focused family stories.  I love John Irving for his quirky characters and lyrical prose.  And I love Richard Ford, because he is perfect at everything!

 

 


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

All of my publishing friends from Barnes & Noble have been a huge team of support!

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

YES

 

 


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

If anything, very minor.

 

 


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

I learned to keep at the writing.  The first draft of this book was written over ten years ago.

 

 

 

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

Ariana Grande or Jennifer Lawrence

 

 


Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write without judgment.

 

 


Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I hope that people will be entertained by my book.  Humor keeps us young!

 

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Fireproof Home for the Bride by Amy Scheibe.  It is wonderful!

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Little House on the Prairie books were my first adventure into chapter books!

Judy Blume books inspired my entire career!

 

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Silicon Valley the TV show makes me laugh!  And Pride and Prejudice makes me cry!

 

 

 

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

I would love to meet the entire cast of Outlander!

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I love to read, do yoga and cook!

 

 

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

Outlander, of course, Silicon Valley

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I love sushi, thai food and anything spicey.  Also love dark chocolate and I love coffee although I have been without caffeine for over a year!  I love rock music, Bruce Springsteen, naturally.  The Foo Fighters and the Grateful Dead. I became a Dead Head after my husband played nothing but the Dead to me for 8 years or so!

Cobalt Blue and Turquoise Blue are my favorite colors

 

 

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

Sing!

 

 

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

I can’t believe she lived that long!

 

 

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

marycarlomagno.com

https://www.facebook.com/MaryCarlomagnoauthor/

https://twitter.com/marycarlomagno

 

Here are the links to my backlist:

https://www.amazon.com/Give-Up-Year-Learning-Better/dp/0060789808/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495745402&sr=8-1&keywords=give+it+up+my+year+of+learning

https://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Simplicity-Mary-Carlomagno/dp/0811863948/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495745421&sr=8-1&keywords=secrets+of+simplicity

https://www.amazon.com/Live-More-Want-Less-Order/dp/1603425586/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495745436&sr=8-1&keywords=live+more+want+less

 

Also check out marycarlomagno.com

Mary Carlomagno

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https://www.facebook.com/MaryCarlomagnoauthor/

https://www.facebook.com/BestFriend4Hire/

marycarlomagno.com

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Here is my interview with Gary Duncan

Name: Gary Duncan

Age: 50

Where are you from?

Belford, Northumberland. I’ve come full circle — I was brought up here, then left for university, then lived and worked overseas for a few years, then came back about 10 years ago.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

My flash fiction collection — You’re Not Supposed to Cry — has just been published by Vagabond Voices in Glasgow. It comes in at 60 stories, with the stories ranging from 100 to 1,000 words. The stories look at the everyday and the mundane — the little details of our lives.

This is the blurb from the book:

Family dinner somehow becomes more mundane after Uncle Colin does a fatal face plant into the plum pudding. A lonely old widower sits at home and participates in conversations he records whilst riding the bus. Curled up like a comma, a woman lies in bed and remembers the exclamation-mark man her partner once was.

These brief, vivid glimpses into the lives of others lay bare the ugliness and absurdity — but also the beauty — of existence. In his flash fictions Gary Duncan explores what it means to be human with insight, compassion and humor.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I wrote my first stories when I was 16 or 17. They were terrible, of course — derivative, over-written, a dog’s dinner of different styles and voices. I still have some of them locked away in the filing cabinet in my office. And that is where they will stay. I’m not sure about the why. When I do get an idea for a story, though, it just has to be written. Maybe there’s a need there, just to get it out of my head and onto the paper.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’ve only ever worked in publishing, so I’ve been writing and editing since I left university. I started at a trade publisher in Hong Kong — it was pretty dry stuff but I loved it. That then led to some freelance work (movie reviews, travel writing, etc.) and that in turn led to fiction. I had a few stories published here and there, but didn’t really get into short stories and flash fiction till about five years ago. These days, my day job is still editing — that’s what pays the bills — but I’m quite happy to call myself a writer if anyone asks what I do.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Life in general! As I said, I’d had a few stories published in short-story magazines and I wanted to take it to the next level. I took some of those stories and reworked them once I knew roughly what I wanted to do with the collection. The fun part was coming up with a bunch of new stories that would work alongside the ones I already had. I carried on sending out stories to magazines, but most of the stuff I’ve been working on in the past few years was written with the collection in mind.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I like a pared down style — I edit a lot, so my stories are (hopefully) fairly tight and easy to read. I like stories that look effortless on the page, like they’ve just come out that way, fully formed. The reality of course is that they’ve probably gone through endless rounds of edits to get to that stage. I think that’s essential with flash fiction and short stories. You take an idea and you get rid of everything that’s superfluous.

One review said: “This collection of gritty snapshots, of lives passing you by like the countryside through the window of a train carriage, is written with remarkable lucidity and compassion for lives and scenes that may otherwise have passed unremarked.” I’ll settle for that.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Dana Keller at Vagabond Voices suggested it. I’d had a few ideas in mind while I was writing the stories but as soon as Dana threw that one into the mix I knew it was the right one. It’s a line from one of the stories, and I think it works perfectly for the collection as a whole.

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

I don’t really have a message as such. But hopefully there are enough ideas in the stories that will make readers come back for a second or third reading. It’s impossible to try to second-guess what readers might think, though. I’ve done some readings and Q&As recently and it’s always fascinating to see how other people interpret your stories. Sometimes they “get it” but other times they see something you didn’t intend and come away with something entirely different. I think that’s pretty cool too — it’s up to the reader to decide what they think the story is about. That’s especially true with flash fiction or short-short stories because you don’t have the space to explain everything in detail. You have to make the reader work a little bit harder and fill in the blanks themselves.

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

Most of them are based on a version of the truth. I tend to come up with a character or situation first, or maybe a bit of dialogue that I’ve heard or that just pops into my head. I then have a think about what I can do with it. I’ll have a few different ideas and try to ignore the first few things I think of, to try to find something that might not be that obvious.

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life? A mentor?

I read A Kind of Loving by Stan Barstow when I was about 18 and that was a big turning point for me. I read him and I just thought this sounds real, like the kind of thing I could write (one day). I read a lot of Barstow and Alan Sillitoe and all the other “angry young men” of the ’50s and ’60s — kitchen-sink stories about everyday people, about the kind of people I knew. I hope there’s some of that “social realism” in You’re Not Supposed to Cry.

Other things that stand out would be Charles Palliser’s The Sensationalist, Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, and Henry Miller’s Quiet Days in Clichy — I’ve lost count of the times I’ve read them all. Besides all being very short works (which I like), I think they’ve all got such a strong sense of time and place. I read Hemingway and Miller when I was living in Brussels and Milan and travelling around Europe. I loved that whole “writer abroad” thing. I wasn’t writing much fiction at the time but I was soaking it all up and still liked to pretend I was out there, living the life!

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

For new authors, I’d say D. W. Wilson, Tom Franklin, Nic Pizzolatto, Robert Seethaler, and Steven Sherrill, to name a few. I’m not sure how “new” they are, but they’re new to me.

Favorite writer? That’s too difficult. I’ll have to cheat and go for three: Donald Ray Pollock, James Ellroy, and Martin Amis. Pollock’s Knockemstiff is one of my favorite books. His stories can be pretty brutal but he writes about real people. No-one writes like Ellroy: that staccato style and the big themes and the dense plotting. He’s wonderfully un-PC, too, and that’s not a bad thing! I love everything Amis has written, especially The Rachel Papers and Time’s Arrow. And Raymond Carver. That’s four. When I’m stuck, usually if I’m trying to over-write something, it’s always good to dip into some Carver. Keep it simple.

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

The flash fiction community in general has been very supportive. We’re a fairly small but close-knit group. I run a flash fiction website called Spelk Fiction, and that has been a great way to meet fellow writers and a constant source of help and feedback. It also gives you an inside view of what’s going on in the flash market — who’s out there, what they’re publishing, etc.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, but the reality is that the vast majority of fiction writers don’t earn anywhere near enough to make a living out of it. I’d like to continue to combine the writing with the editing, and that’s doable.

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

No, I’m really happy with it! At the same time, I’m wary of reading the whole thing again from start to finish — the editor in me will always find something to change.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I’m working on a longer short story at the moment — around 3,000 words — for a charity anthology that’s being put together by the UK crime writer Aidan Thorn. It’s called Paladins 2 and it’s for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in honor of Henrietta Furchtenicht, a mutual friend. Henrietta’s husband, Craig, is also involved, as well as some great indie crime writers on both sides of the Atlantic.

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I tend to tinker a lot. I sometimes find it hard to know when to stop editing and just sit back and say “that’s it, I’m done.”

Fiona: Do you have to travel much for your book(s)?

No, not yet. Most of my stories are based in and around where I live, in Northumberland. That’s what I know best, so that works for me. But I’d love to have the time to jet off somewhere for a few months and write something different. I’ve thought about doing something based on my travels to Hong Kong, Brussels, and Milan, so maybe one of these days …

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Mark Mechan at Vagabond Voices. I think he’s done a brilliant job — so many people have commented on it. It’s got a retro feel to it and he’s managed to sum up so many of the stories with the cover image.

Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

It can be difficult getting the balance right with a collection of stories. I wanted to look at a few common themes — loss, old age, people on the brink — but I didn’t want to go over the same ground too often. Or, conversely, include anything that would have been too random or wouldn’t have fit with the rest of the stories. I had to cut a number of

stories actually — and that’s tough. They were good stories on their own but just weren’t a good fit with the collection as a whole.

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Yes, a few things. First, that it’s hard work! Second, that writing a good story is only part of the battle — with a collection, it’s just one piece of the puzzle and you have to keep your eye on the bigger book. And third, that I prefer the editing to the actual writing. Writing is fun of course — that buzz when you get the first draft down — but for me the real work starts after that. Edits, rewrites, trying to “find” the real story — that’s what I like.

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead?

That’s the good thing about having 60 stories in the collection — I can choose as many leads as I want! I often write a story with an actor or actress in mind, as that helps me to put a face to the characters. There’s a story called “Safe,” about a woman who has committed a terrible (but unspecified) crime and is now living a new life with a new identity. I wrote that with Maxine Peake (Shameless, Silk, The Village) in mind. In another story, “Black and Blue,” about a guy gradually losing his grip on reality, it was Timothy Spall.

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Just the usual: write every day. I used to think it wasn’t worth trying to write unless I had the whole day ahead of me with no interruptions, but that’s never going to happen. I’ve got into the habit of doing short bursts now — half an hour, an hour. That works well with flash fiction, where you can hammer out a quick first draft and then go back to it over the next few days to edit. It might only be half an hour, but do that every day and it soon builds up.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’ve just finished Paul Heatley’s FatBoy (which is very good). Next up is Steven Sherrill’s The Minotaur Takes His Own Sweet Time. I have a stack of things to read after that — Helen Simpson’s Cockfosters, Lee Child’s Night School, and Neil Campbell’s Sky Hooks.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

At middle school we read Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals. I thought it was great because there was swearing in it. I was about 11, so it was funny at the time.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would like to meet? And why?

Lee Harvey Oswald. I’d ask him if he did it.

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

I don’t really care what it says, as long as there are no typos!

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

Cycling, going to the gym, buying books and drinking coffee. More the latter than the former.

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

TV: My “holy trinity” are Mad Men, The Sopranos, and The Walking Dead. At the moment, I’m really into The Americans and Better Call Saul. I tend to binge-watch things on Amazon and Netflix, and watch a lot of outdoor/survival stuff with Bear Grylls and Ray Mears.

Films: I used to be a prolific cinema-goer but these days it’s mostly just the latest Marvel or DC offering with the kids. My favorite films are The Deer Hunter, The Usual Suspects, American Beauty, The Bourne Identity, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Carlito’s Way. And probably loads of others that I’ll remember as soon as I send this off.

Fiona: Favorite foods/colors/music?

That’s an easy one. Japanese/black/Kate Bush.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

Writing/editing is all I’ve ever done and I’m pretty hopeless at just about everything else, so I’m not sure. Maybe a gym instructor.

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so, what is it?

I don’t have a personal blog, but Spelk Fiction is at https://spelkfiction.com/.

Bio:

Gary Duncan’s flash fiction collection, You’re Not Supposed to Cry, is available from Vagabond Voices (https://www.vagabondvoices.co.uk ). He lives in Northumberland, England, and edits Spelk Fiction (https://spelkfiction.com/ ). Contact him via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GaryJohnDuncan ) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/garyjohnduncan ).

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Youre-Not-Supposed-Gary-Duncan/dp/1908251808/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1495791970&sr=1-1&keywords=Gary+Duncan

Here is my interview with C Freeland


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 C Freeland and I am 28.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

Arizona.  It’s a dry heat!

 

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

I have four crazy and intelligent kids and a loving giant of a husband.  I currently work with a charity organization in the air ambulance business as a care coordinator, which takes up most of my time when I’m not writing.

When I’m not working/writing, I’m usually doing something with the kids.  I love dominating in Super Mario Bros and continually beat Bowser’s castle on the first try to remind them that I’m the real OG.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My first novel is set to release June 23rd!  I’m ecstatic to finally be a published author, as it’s been my dream for as long as I can remember.

Non writing news – I will be attending Phoenix Comicon for the first time ever and all of the kids will be dressing up!  I can’t wait.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always written.  I’m sure my mom still has stories I wrote in first grade somewhere.  I’ve just always had a passion for reading and writing and have had a love for creating whether it be in writing, music or otherwise.

 

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I think I finally felt like a true writer when I signed a contract to have my first book published.  I’ve won awards for writing in my school days (the most notable being an honorable mention for cowboy poetry in third grade) but getting my first book published really made me feel like I’ve finally made it.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The World Between the Trees was inspired by this song titled Caveman by Jimmy Eat World.  I first heard it when I was about 14 when I bought their Static Prevails album from FYE (remember those?!).  That song has always been a little magical to me and it really got my imagination going.

 

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I really can’t remember.  I’ve been working on this book for over ten years.  It started out as a short story and morphed into the fantasy novel it is now and somewhere along the way, the title was born.

 

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

I think what makes my writing unique is my need for third-person unlimited omniscience.  I feel that the stories I write are better told from multiple perspectives and keeping an air of mystery is quite challenging at times.

 

 


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

Absolutely none of this book is realistic or based on anyone I know.  It is pure fantasy and I could only wish that I had the experience of meeting a giant or a girl with wings.

 

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

No, my imagination is plenty.  Though I will say travelling to Oregon inspired me to really crack down and get this book finished.  It opened my eyes to a world of possibilities and it made me eager to begin achieving all of my goals.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I have been fortunate enough to have Feather Dreams Press publish this book and their amazing team designed the cover.  I will say they gave me a lot of artistic freedom and worked with me to create the cover I had in mind.  They are just fantastic!

 

 

 

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

You are capable of so much more than you think.

 

 
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 haven’t had the time to really explore the ever growing world of new authors which is unfortunate!  I have so many favorites but I must say that Ray Bradbury has always been a go to for me.  His books are so poetic and the air of adventure always pulls me in.  I also like Stephen King and his ability to build these immersive worlds.  I especially love The Stand and The Dark Tower Series.

 

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

I haven’t really told anyone outside of my family about pursuing my dreams to become a published author, which goes to show that promoting myself is not one of my strengths!  Everyone I’ve told has been so supportive though and I am very lucky to have such an encouraging and loving support system.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I very much hope so!  I have several other works in progress and would love to have a career in writing/publishing.  It would be awesome to have more time to focus on writing and to be able to support myself doing what I truly love.

 

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

Absolutely not.  This book has evolved so much over the years and I feel that the version being published is the best it could ever be.  I believe everything happened at the perfect time, right when it was meant to.

 

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

I definitely learned how to be a more thoughtful writer. To think about the reader and questions they might have.  I have never written with the goal of having others read it so this was definitely a learning process.

 

 

 

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

I haven’t given it much thought but probably someone new, up and coming and fresh.  My husband insists he has to play the man with the shovel if this book ever gets made into a film, though.

 

 
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Never stop writing and always write what feels right!

 

 
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you for reading!  Please, please review my work, even if you didn’t like it.  I am so eager to see what readers have to say.

 

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I just finished Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King.  I haven’t gotten around to getting another book in line yet.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Aside from children’s books, I believe The Hobbit was the first book I read and that was in fifth grade.

 

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Everything makes me laugh.  I love animals, anything to do with alpacas or camels or dogs being silly.  Oftentimes, I will laugh at something stupid until I cry so ultimately, laughing makes me cry.

 

 

 

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

Arnold Schwarzenegger, without a doubt.  Since I was about five, my all-time favorite movie has been Terminator 2.  Arnold has been my hero since then and if I ever meet him, my life will be complete.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I consider writing a hobby.  I also love playing the guitar but haven’t had much time for it lately.  My youngest daughter has been begging me to teach her so I have a feeling I’ll be picking it up again soon.

 

 

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

I am currently watching A Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu as well as Fargo.  I love 80s movies, especially Bill & Ted and anything made by John Hughes.  I’m also a huge Star Wars nerd.  And as mentioned above, I could watch Terminator 2 all day.  My kids are getting endlessly educated on all of the movies I grew up on whether they like it or not.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I could eat Mexican food for every meal and not get sick of it.  I love purple and my music tastes span anywhere from 80s music to heavy metal (minus country)

 

 

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

I think I would do what I do now as a full time job.  I really enjoy helping people and seeing the long term effects of the work we do.  It’s very rewarding.

 

 

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

Be Excellent to Each Other.  That’s cheesy but I’ve never given it much thought so we’re going with a movie quote.

 

 

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

I have a facebook page: Author C Freeland

And I just made an Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/cfreeland

Thank you for interviewing me, I enjoyed it!

 

 

Here is my interview with Charlene Antrobus

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 everyone! My name is Charlene Antrobus, and I am 29 years old.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

England.

 

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

I currently reside in the UK with my family. I am a Christian, and my main aim in life is to just show people love and understanding, free of judgment. I think that we all make mistakes and mess up without being reminded of it every day. Part of why I love to write is because it’s a way for me to understand the world and people in a different way. Though, I am now a full time writer I actually went to theatre school to study performing arts for four years (which was awesome). In many ways that experience has hugely helped me with my writing, because I see every book idea as a movie and then just write what I see!

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I have a new young adult fantasy book coming out, called Kingdom of Measure. I am very excited about this!

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I didn’t discover that I wanted to be a writer until around five years ago when I stumbled across a site called Wattpad. I wrote a book on there that received over 10 million views (to date). Since then, it has been all that I have wanted to do. I have published six books under a different pen name, but I now feel like I have finally found my voice as an author and figured out where I belong, which is why I am now working on my first young adult fantasy series under a new pen name (Charlene Antrobus).

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

The moment that I realised that it was something that I needed to do.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I read a book on a site called Wattpad that really intrigued me. It made me want to try something myself and I did. The rest is history ha ha

 

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The series that I am currently working on is set in a world where seven magical kingdoms exist. I plan to write a story for each kingdom. The first story that I am working on is about a kingdom that chooses your ranking based on how much power you can harness. So, if you measure a low amount of power you’ll be placed in a lower rank and vice versa. Therefore, I felt that Kingdom of Measure was a fitting title.

 

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

Regarding style: one strange thing that I do is I will act out an entire scene by myself and then run to my computer to write it out! Ha. I try to write the way that I would like to receive it as a reader. I love first person POV books and books that do not carry too much description, I like to have a hint at what things are like but I quite enjoy filling in the blanks myself.

This is the first fantasy book that I have ever written and so it is vastly different to the romance novels that I have written. The world building is huge, and whilst I had an immense amount of fun building it, it is also like lining up dominoes, if you knock one the wrong way they all fall down. So, I find that when I change something I always have to figure out what else is affected as a result. That can sometimes be tedious.

 

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

The book is set in a fantasy world that doesn’t really exist so in terms of the world, how they live, the things they do, technology they have, food they eat etc… it is not realistic but in terms of the emotions and reactions of characters that live in that world, it is all very real.

I very rarely base my books on real people or myself, for me, the whole idea of writing is exploring the unknown and helping me to understand different types of people. Of course my life experiences, people I have met and things I have seen all have an effect on what I produce but never intentionally.

 

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

I don’t need to travel but I would love to. As I mentioned above I am constantly inspired by everything so the more I see the more ideas I have.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The covers do not exist yet, but I have commissioned a graphic designer to produce a certain style of image for me, from there I will design the covers as I have had a lot of cover design experience in the past.

 

 

 

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

When the idea came to me, I didn’t have a particular message in mind, the story just grabbed me. If people were to take away a message though I would like it to be that we are all equal and just because we are different, it does not give us the right to treat each other differently.

 

 
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?

Sabaa Tahir is an author that grabbed my attention. I remember reading the sample of An Ember in the Ashes and just thinking ‘this story is amazing,’ ‘this author is incredibly talented’. Sabaa Tahir is, of course, not a new author anymore since her second book is now out but she’s one that sticks with me. Also, her reason for creating the series is incredible.

I have many authors that I think are just amazing: Sarah J Maas, Sabaa Tahir, Kiera Cass, Victoria Aveyard, Ally Condie, Amy Ewing and sooooo many more but I think that one author that just stands out for me is Colleen Hoover. Her style of storytelling is unlike any I have ever experienced. She has a way with words that just completely pulls me into the world that she has created. I never feel like I am reading a book when it comes to Colleen, it’s like a life experience that I come out of with a new mindset. That is an incredible skill.

 

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

Honestly, I would have to say God. If I didn’t understand the concept of faith then I would have none in myself, and this is the kind of career that needs a lot of faith!!!

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.

 

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

At this time my latest book is not complete so I have time to make mistakes and hopefully fix them before it meets the world. What I would say though, is that I wouldn’t change my journey at all. I’ve made HUGE mistakes during my time as an author (under my other pen name) but they are all mistakes that have led me to this point so would I take it back? Nope, not at all 😀

 

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

Definitely, I’ve learned how much work goes into writing fantasy. Fantasy books have a depth that I’ve never had to explore before. With my romance novels, the world was already set up and ready for me to use because I used our world, with fantasy it’s like having another huge character arc because not only am I trying to build a believable character that grows with the story, I’m also trying to do the same with the world.

 

 

 

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

I honestly have no idea. My characters have ice white hair and striking gold eyes in their world, and I’m not even sure who can pull that look off ha ha. I guess I would just love to see someone who can bring real authenticity to the character, probably an unknown actress.

 

 
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Only do this if you absolutely love it because it is hard work but once you know that you love it then never give up. Keep fighting. Remember, this is a marathon not a race. And never try to be what someone else wants, don’t write to trend, write from the heart. A trend only begins when the first person creates it! Be that first person.

 

 
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Just a huge thank you. Writing for a living is my absolute dream, and the only reason I can do it is because of the amazing support of readers. They keep me going and for that I love them x

 

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

*Laughs out loud*

Book?  I’m reading six different books! Ha ha! I’m currently reading:

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

The Crown by Kiera Cass

Crossed by Ally Condie

The White Rose by Amy Ewing

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

 

A girl can never have too many books, right?! lol

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Oh my gosh, I wish I did! My mom made sure that I was reading from as earlier as possible so I have no idea. I do remember that I went through a phase of absolutely loving the Goosebumps books as a kid but it had to be the ones where you get to choose which direction the book went in. Those books were the best!

 

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I laugh at pretty much everything, I’m terrible lol. And what makes me cry is witnessing other people’s pain…that’s heartbreaking to see.

 

 

 

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

Other than God, although I’m definitely not ready to meet him yet! Lol I would absolutely love to meet JK. Rowling. I would just like to ask her about a million questions. Her world building is so amazing that to be at the stage I am and even get a little advice from her would make my day!

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Reading, of course! Ha. I love travelling, I really enjoy nature and just exploring it, I like to hang out with my friends and family and trying new and interesting foods (and yes I totally see this as a hobby lol)

 

 

 

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

I don’t watch TV very often (mainly Netflix when I can) but I do have a group of shows that I LOVE watching: Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Dc Legends of Tomorrow, How to get away with murder, Once upon a time, Vampire diaries (well I did before it ended L), Th Originals! I’ll leave it there ha ha

 

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

My favourite foods are probably Chinese and Carribean but I love to try new things, Thai’s delicious so maybe that too. My favourite colour is green. I don’t really have a favourite style of music, I will just listen to whatever works with the current mood I’m in. Recently, I’ve been listening to Castle by Halsey (The Winter’s War version) on repeat.

 

 

 

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

Cry and then I would most likely go back to acting because I still love that very much too but that’s not a future I would want to imagine.

 

 

 

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

What an interesting question! Erm…I’ve never thought about this. Just something that insinuated that I lived a good life and loved others, and hopefully made some form of a difference to the world.

 

 

 

 

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

I do indeed, it’s www.charleneantrobusbooks.com

Thanks for having me!

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30535232-kingdom-of-measure

Here is my interview with Todd Morr

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?

Todd Morr, 50.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born in Colorado, and grew up in Colorado Springs.

 

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

I graduated from Adams State College in Alamosa Colorado with a degree in fine art, which I have not used very often. After college I moved to California and have lived all over the state since. I am currently up north in Marina, which is just outside Monterey.  I’ve been married for nearly three decades and have three kids, two girls. They are all more or less grown ups, two have graduated from college and the youngest is a senior in high school.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

When 280 Steps went out of business I was a little worried it might be tough to find a new publisher, but Fahrenheit Press was kind enough to take on publishing If You’re Not One Percent, so it should be back in circulation soon.

I recently put out the long in publishing limbo Captain Cooker (originally on also defunct Snub Nose Press and was to be re-released with 280 Steps) on my own ‘label’ 10th Rule Books. The even longer in publishing limbo sequel Best Laid Plans of Idiots and Fuck Ups will be following in June.

I’ve also been putting together the 10th Rule Podcast, which is set up like an old radio serial with each week being a short (about 10 minutes ) part of a longer story.

 

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I drew comics and wrote stories when I was grade school. I liked making stuff up and creating my own worlds when I was a kid and still do. After I graduated college I set out to write a sci-fi novel off an idea I had, and succeeded in writing it, though it was never published.  In the 90’s Inspired by film-makers like Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and John Woo and writers such as Elmore Leonard, Richard Stark, and Robert Parker I started writing crime fiction. A decade or so later I found someone willing to publish something.

 

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

After I was published. I did not tell anyone I wrote, except immediate family, even though I had been doing it on and off for over twenty years.  People were shocked when I told them I had a novel published.

 

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

An idea I thought would make a cool story, which is how they all start. The first books I wrote were never published probably for good reason, the first one published was Captain Cooker, which started with the idea of the character of Cooke, a man sent to prison for a crime he did not commit who had to become what he was accused of to survive, trying to find his way in the world after he was released.  When I was writing that book I pictured it being a series where I wrote a bunch of books about this character, but it has not worked out that way, at least not yet.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Like all my books I never find the right title until the book is either finished or nearing the end. I was listening to The Joe Rogan podcast and they were talking about how  domesticated pigs who escape to the wild transform to the point they are no longer recognizable. I did a little research and found there are wild pigs in Hawaii called Captain Cookers, pigs belonging to the explorer who ended up in the wild who grew tusks and became wild boars. This seemed to fit with the theme of the book and the character, while sounding kind of cool. The character was not Cooke until then, but I changed to make it fit, which looking back seems unnecessary.

 

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

Maybe? I think so, I have definite ideas what books I write should be like, I’m not sure if I succeed, but I’m trying. I don’t know if the genre makes it more challenging, I only write in genres I really like so if anything it is a crutch rather than a challenge.

 

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

Inspired by reality and then taken somewhere else might be the right way to phrase it. While there are things based on experience and people I take it to an extreme place so far away from reality no one would recognize it. I’m not really worried about being ‘real’, things happen in my books that are at best unlikely. I  always use semi real locations, though I take a lot of liberties to make the stories work, and the things taking place are completely made up  Names are always changed, or left out, because in my books nothing good happens to either people or places.

 

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

No. I often write about where I’m living at the time.  My story in Double Tap takes place in Salinas, Captain Cooker and Jesus Saves, Satan Invests are both in Oceanside, which is where I was living at the time. The location of If You’re not One Percent is never named but is based on a real place I have visited a lot, so I suppose I travelled for that one, though I did not go there for the specific purpose of writing about it.

 

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Some I’ve done myself (Mr, Chips Must Die, all the 10th Rule Books stuff) trying to get something out of that art major I guess. Mostly, I leave it to the publishers, before 280 Steps went out of business they had a particular style of design I liked a lot and when Captain Cooker was first published by Snub Nose Press, writer Eric Beetner designed the cover.

 

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

Maybe, but mostly I’m just looking to entertain.

 

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

Plenty, there are a lot of people doing great work in crime fiction right now. Honestly it is hard to name one as the favorite.   Greg Barth’s Selena series is awesome. The previously mentioned Eric Beetner is consistently great. Mike Monson, Mike McReady, Art Howe, Rob Pierce and Anthony Neil Smith are guys who come to mind. Dude I teamed up with on Double Tap, Chris Davis, is putting out great stuff. I’m sure I’m leaving a bunch out, there is a lot of great fiction out there.

 

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

I was teaching guitar and one of my students was a published writer. I offered to trade some lessons for him reading something I had written (a novella with the character who would become Cooke). He was resistant, thinking it would ruin our relationship (we got along well and often ending up hanging out and talking after his lesson was over)  if he gave me an honest evaluation. I convinced him I had thick skin, being an art major and a musician exposes a person to a lot of criticism, and he agreed.

His evaluation was kind of brutal,  but he was being honest and all his advice was on the money.  He feared I would argue with him, but I listened and took his advice and my writing improved. I can honestly say without his help I would not have been published (or it would have taken quite a bit longer, and it already  took twenty some years).

He moved on before I became published.  I don’t think he has any idea how much he helped me.

 

Here is a link to my amazon page:

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00QRO27KY

A Link to Captain Cooker

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071YD749W

A Link to Double Tap

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1PSHUQ

 

A link to the 10th Rule Podcast

http://10thrulebooks.libsyn.com/

 

 

 

Here is my interview with MJ Summers

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

 

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

Thanks for having me, Fiona! I’m happy to be here. My name is Melanie MacGillivray, I write as MJ Summers. My age? Yikes. 42 for a few more weeks, but I feel like I’m 84. 😉

Fiona: Where are you from?

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

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

I’m a mom of three crazy kids. I have a son who is 12 and twin girls who are 8. It’s busy around here. I used to work as a Chartered Mediator in my former life and it was there that I learned what’s beyond the things people say (very helpful for a writer to know).

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I just put out my first ever romantic comedy, The Royal Treatment! It’s the first in a trilogy and so far, the reviews have been amazing.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing four years ago, just to see if I could actually finish an entire novel. Weird, right?

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Hmm, hopefully sometime next week.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I had read a few romance books at the time and thought, “I wonder if I could do that?”

 

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The Royal Treatment (A Crown Jewels Romance) is the title of my latest book. It’s the logical title because it’s about an anti-royal blogger who moves into the palace for two months to see what the life of the royal family is really like.

 

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

I used to write in third person past, but this series is in first person, present tense. The challenge is in not telling, but showing what’s happening.

 

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

This book is completely fictional except that the main character, Tessa, has all kinds of embarrassing things happen to her, which is a lot like me. Generally, I’m really good at making a fool of myself. Good thing I don’t really care! LOL.

 

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

I travel only into my imagination. 😊

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Steven Novak of Novak Illustrations designed these covers. I absolutely love them and he was a joy to work with.

 

 

 

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

The book is really meant to be a fun escape, but if I had to say there is a message, it’s about not judging each other so much, especially until you’ve had a chance to walk a mile in someone else’s glass slippers.

 

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

I really love Kelly Collins. She’s a terrific writer and her stories just flow. I’m hoping someday to be as good at imagery as she is.

 

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

I would have to say my writing friends. I’ve developed a few really close relationships with other writers. We share marketing info, help each other plot, and keep each other going when one of us wants to give up. It’s wonderful.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, I do. It’s what I want to do for the rest of my days.

 

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

Always. There are always things I would change, but I try not to think about them. I try let it go and move on because if I didn’t, I’d still be rewriting my first novel.

 

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

I learned that when I get stuck in the middle of my book, it’s really a lot to do with my own discomfort with conflict. I want everything to go well for my characters all the time so they can be happy, but that makes for a dull story! I have to learn to be comfortable letting them struggle and make bad choices, because that’s what makes a story rich and interesting.

 

 

 

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

Hmm, that’s a tough one. I’d say I’d like some unknown actors to be cast as Tessa and Arthur. Giving somebody their big break would be absolutely incredible.

 

 
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Just keep writing. Block out all the noise and self-doubt and keep going. Don’t worry about the changing market or all the millions of other things you can’t control. Just write.

 

 
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Please leave reviews. They’re the best gift you can give a writer and the best way to support his/her career. (And they only take a minute!)

 

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Redeeming Ryker by Kelly Collins. Told you I love her work 😉

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Dick and Jane when I was four-years-old. That was the first time the words actually made sense.

 

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My kids. Every day. Sometimes at the same time.

 

 

 

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

It’s hard to choose just one person. I’d love to go back in time and meet Nelson Mandela. I’ve always been a huge admirer of his grace and compassion.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Reading, watching movies with my family, going for long walks in the woods near my house. I love to cook but I hate cleaning up after.

 

 

 

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

These days, I love Game of Thrones, VEEP, Silicon Valley, Last Man on Earth, Catastrophe, and Better Caul Saul. I also love anything by Baz Luhrmann and really well-done romantic comedies.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Indian food, blue, too many types of music to mention. I always have something playing in the background while I write or cook.

 

 

 

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

Read.

 

 

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

Here lies Melanie. Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. She thanks you for making her laugh and sharing her life with her. Now, don’t just stand here, go have some fun.

 

 

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

 I sure do! Thanks for asking. My website is www.mjsummersbooks.com. All my updates can be found there, or people can sign up for my newsletter there as well.

 

Bio

MJ Summers currently resides in Edmonton, Canada, with her husband, three young children, and their goofy dog. When she’s not writing romance novels, she loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), and long walks in the woods near her house. MJ also spends a lot more time thinking about doing yoga than actually doing yoga, which is why most of her photos are taken ‘from above’. She also loves shutting down restaurants with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something. More like just staying until they turn the lights off.

MJ is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as the International Women’s Writing Guild.

MJ would love to hear from you! She does her best to respond to all inquiries and emails personally. If you would like her to attend a book club meeting via Skype please contact her to book a date.

Website:  www.mjsummersbooks.com

Email:  mjsummersbooks@gmail.com

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MJSummersBooks

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Goodreads:  http://tinyurl.com/MJSummers-Goodreads

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/mj_summers_author/

 

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The Royal Treatment Retailer Links
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Royal-Treatment-Crown-Jewels-Romance-ebook/dp/B06ZZ1KT3T
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-royal-treatment/id1227361924?mt=11&uo=4
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-royal-treatment-mj-summers/1126243085?ean=9780995030152
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/ebook/the-royal-treatment-8
Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/MJ_Summers_The_Royal_Treatment?id=ubetDgAAQBAJ

 

This has been a treat! Thanks so much, Fiona.

 

Here is my interview with Janae Stewart

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 Janae Stewart. I am 37 years old.

 

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

I am Trenton, NJ

 

 

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

I am a single mother of an 11 year old son.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I have a book coming out called Beyond the Casket

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing at the age of 9.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I am glad that you asked me this question. I became a writer within 2 years ago.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book I wrote is because of my son and him writing his stories at the age of 9 years old. I stopped for a while. My son inspired me to start writing again.

 

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Sundries of A PoeticSoul. Sundries meaning the word different and PoeticSoul my poetry name.

 

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

No, I don’t have any specific writing style. No, I don’t have challenges with any writing I love any challenge.

 

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

Sundries of A PoeticSoul is mostly people I know and myself. Beyond the Casket has come from all different experience that was put together in the book.

 

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

Doing my crafts I don’t travel, before or after process.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My publisher Kim Morrow designed my book cover.

 

 

 

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

In Sundries of PoeticSoul I want people to know that there is all types of love. Beyond the Casket if anyone sees the signs of domestic violence they need to know to get out right away.

 

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

I am interested in all authors to see there writing to come up with my own stories and plots. I like any type of story it just has to be something new that grabs my attention.

 

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

I can say that my publisher herself did and also the Trenton Public Library took more into my craft.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, I can see writing as a career I do it every day anyway.

 

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

No, I wouldn’t change anything in my last book.

 

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

Yes, I did I just know how many people will not get out of a domestic situation when they see the signs.

 

 

 

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

If my book was made into no I wouldn’t like to lead

 

 
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Don’t let your haters get to you.

 

 
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I just wanted to tell my readers thank for all the support and love and helping through my success.

 

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am actually reading a book called Ice Heist

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, I don’t remember the first book I read.

 

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

For laughing I very silly so it could be almost anything. One of my family members being hurt.

 

 

 

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

Oh wow, there is so many that I would like to meet. One is Maya Angelou. I loved her poetry.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Yes, I praise dance. I am also leader to the dance ministry and I do spoken word.

 

 

 

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

I love watching reality TV. I also love watching the ID shows these shows gives inspiration to my books.

 

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

My favorite food I really don’t have one. Favorite colors I don’t have one either. I love all types of music except for metal I just can’t understand it.

 

 

 

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

If I wasn’t a writer anymore I will push more into my dancing career and give my writing career over to my son.

 

 

 

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

I never thought about that.

 

 

 

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

No, I do not have a website at this times.

https://www.amazon.com/Janae-Stewart/e/B01LX9TIDD/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1

Here is my interview with Liberty Parker

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?

 Liberty Parker…I’m 42

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

 Dallas, Tx area

 

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

I am the mother to three young men ranging from the ages of 19 to 23. I have my fur babies. Piper is a six-year-old German Shepard, Boomer is a 11-year-old black lab and my baby is three years old and she’s a German lab mix. Her name is Bella. She is special, she was hurt at three weeks of age and is paralyzed from the waist down. It’s like having a baby all over again. I had to relearn the whole changing a diaper thing. I have a wonderful husband who’ve I’ve been with for 12 years. In my previous life, I was a car insurance agent and when the hours became too much I retired early. I started blogging and reviewing for authors until a couple of my ladies talked me into giving writing a chance. That was three years ago and I haven’t stopped yet.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

 HAHA! Breaking news, I am writing a three-novel series called the Surrogacy Series…It’s three different surrogate situations gone wrong or right. Depends on who’s opinion your seeking. Rage Ryders will also be branching out and my other MC’s stories will be beginning soon. One of which will star in an anthology piece put together by Cree Davis (Nations). The Lost Devil’s Outlaws will get attention with part one of Hawk’s Last Submissive.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

 Blogging, Reviewing and Beta reading was fun. It didn’t take long though for my head to take flight into a story that was driving me crazy wanting to be told….Thanks a lot Kid! He lived inside my head until I finally put his story down on paper.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

 When my first book was pirated! LOL, seriously, you know you’ve made it when people will go to great lengths to steal your story. I do not condone or support piracy, I’m actually an advocate to stop piracy.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

 The urge to get my characters out of my head and on paper. And all my wonderful author friends who encouraged me to tell it.

 

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Taken by Lies came about because of all of the years’ worth of lies and betrayal. Taken because of a kidnapping and lies because frankly, there were a lot of them a young girl, Riley, suffered for her entire upbringing. Nothing she knew of her life was honest and real.

 

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

 My genre has been MC. Learning the culture and language is challenging in itself. I chose to make mine a combination of realistic and non-realistic of the lifestyle. I wanted some drama, romance and excitement in mine. In order to have that I needed it to be a combination of both.

 

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

 It is 100% made up in my head. I may have been influenced in my stories by other authors and what I’ve learned through them, but none that is based on any true-life event.

 

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

 I do book signings which sometimes isn’t a lot of traveling and sometimes it’s extensive traveling. I want to meet and greet my readers. Making new friends and having new readers find me is also very exhilarating.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Dark Water Covers (Tracie Douglas Rabas) has designed all but one of my covers. Taken by Rage was designed by a different cover designer by the name of Monica Langley Holloway who is an amazing photographer.

 

 

 

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

 Usually I like to put out there that if you try hard enough and never give up your HEA could be right around the corner. Life is full of surprises and sometimes you have to just go with them to find out what’s waiting for you on the other side. Life is full of curve balls.

 

 
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 several Author’s who’ve gotten my attention and I hope I can remember and do every one justice…

Hayley Faiman…her MC and Mob series is a showstopper.

Natasha Thomas…you just can’t put her books down once you start.

Vera Quinn…what can I say, she mesmerizes you from word one.

Kayce Kyle…my baby sister who is now an upcoming author with two novels released. I’m so proud of her she’s so extrememly talented it takes my breath away.

Brooke Green….Wow, wow and wow

Cree Nations…BDSM power house queen right there.

So many more, there’s just not enough room or time to name them all.

 

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

 VERA QUINN!!! Love you my dear sweet friend

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

 My dreams are for my writing to become a career. But for now I’m enjoying myself and giving readers a chance to live outside of their world and their box.

 

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

I wouldn’t change the story line…that was the story and the way they wanted it told. I would’ve however wished to have spent more time going through it. We all wish to make our books as perfect as possible for our readers. I am no acceptation to that rule.

 

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

 That Alpha males are a pain in the buttocks.

 

 

 

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

 Jensen Ackles…love him

 

 
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

 Don’t give up, get a good support system in place with other authors, groups and find yourself a good PA. They are your backbone when you feel like your crumbling.

 

 
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

 My dream for my readers is to take them away from reality and give them a fantasy. Dream big, love hard and give all indie authors a chance. Also, about me and my writing. I have dyslexia and ADD…sometimes you’ll find something that was missed from my beta’s and editors and you’ll go…UT oh, it’s a dyslexia moment

 

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

 No More Resistance…Kayce Kyle

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

 Little Women is what comes to mind.

 

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

 That’s a broad range….A good book, family, friends, t.v. and my babies…furries and human.

 

 

 

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

 My ancestors. I have Indian princess’, medicine men. I’d love to know more about a culture that has taken a hit and all but dies except in certain areas of the country.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

 Reading, I use to crochet. I seem to have lost time for what I actually used to love doing…. Dancing, loved to dance. The older I’ve gotten my feet and body are uncooperative. I used to dance competitively when I was in middle and high school.

 

 

 

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

 SUPERNATURAL baby…. that and HGTV, love to watch houses get flipped and decorated.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

 Foods: Anything Italian

Colors: Pink, purple and blue

Music: 80’s rock, country, some pop

 

 

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

 Be a stay at home wife.

 

 

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

 Mother, Wife and Entertainer.

 

 

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

 https://www.facebook.com/authorlibertyparker/

I also have a support team that gets insider information before it’s released anywhere

Liberty’s Luscious Ladies

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