Here is my interview with Martin Tracey

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 Martin Tracey and I’m over 21 lol

Fiona: Where are you from?

Birmingham, UK

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

I grew up in Birmingham and my parents are also Brummies. My dad worked in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. I was a bit of a dreamer at school but I had great fun there and still have friends from school to this day. I went to college where I spectacularly failed A Level music but came out with A level English and O level Drama. Again, I had a great time at those two years of college. I never went on to Uni. It was unheard of in my day for a working-class lad.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I have a couple of works in progress. The first I’d like to talk about is the small part I’m playing in Lavinia Urban’s Seven Deadly Sins series. Lavinia was a brave lady with the sweetest soul, unfortunately she passed away this year from a long battle with cancer. One of her unfinished goals was a book series based on the seven deadly sins, therefore myself and six other authors are creating the series in her honour. The story I’m writing is ‘Greed’. I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to work on this series and I hope Lavinia would have liked my story.

I’m also working on ‘Lunar’ which is the third book in my Judd Stone series. It explores past life regressions; The Lunar Society were a group of ground-breaking industrialists who met under the light of a full moon. That concept alone was enough to spark a story in me. The Lunar Society were a real society. Their members included James Watt, Matthew Boulton, Joseph Priestley and Josiah Wedgwood.

I am also co-hosting the Birmingham 2022 author and reader event at Birmingham’s prestigious Council House on 16 July 2022. It is going to be fun packed event for sure.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I represented my infant and junior school in two back to back story writing completions and won both! It was then that I knew that wasn’t too bad with words and creating stories. I’ve always had a creative imagination so writing has always been a natural outlet for my ideas.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I considered myself a songwriter when I was in bands throughout the late 80s and 1990s, but I considered myself a novelist when I published my first book Beneath the Floodlights

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Being a Wolves fan (the football team) I had an idea to write a book about werewolves taking over a football team. Football is one of my passions. But then I felt that vampires had more scope. It was based on that old adage ‘everyone has got one book inside them’. It just so happens I’m now on my fifth!

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The footballing vampires have more strength and ability when its dark – being akin to bats they are nocturnal and this concept was apparent in one of my all-time favourite moves ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’. So, I felt that ‘Beneath The Floodlights’ made an appropriate title.

The title of my book Mind Guerrilla, comes from one of my favourite John Lennon songs and Club 27is very much as it says on the tin. This second Judd Stone novel explores the conspiracy theories and phenomena around the 27 club, where all its famous members have died at the tender age of 27: Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Amy Winehouse to name just a few.

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 of my style really, it just flows as it does so I think it’s for othersto decide if I have a style. The same with genre really. Although I have elements of crime, supernatural and music in my work I’m not convinced my books are genre-specific. Luckily, I don’t find anything in my writing too challenging – except names perhaps. I can agonise for hours over the name of a character because I never want to use the name of someone I know. Also, names can conjure up images in a reader’s mind so they have to be appropriate to the character you’re trying to portray.

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

I mix fact with fiction and blur the lines so I think that provides an element of realism, although I do like to push the boundaries of reality especially when I bring in elements of the supernatural to my work. I suppose the musical elements are based on a knowledge base from my time in bands but I don’t consciously write about my life experiences or anyone I know. However, my book Things They’ll Never See, which is set in the Peak District, has a couple of exceptions. I once climbed Mount Brandon in Co. Kerry, Ireland. I kind of got stuck and I was going to stupidly risk climbing up steep and unstable grass verges as the wall I was following became no more. I would most likely have fell to my death. I retold this in the book but just swapped the mountain to the peak district. As I was about to embark on my dangerous quest a cloud literally appeared out of nowhere which prevented me foolishly moving on. When it cleared my friends had arrived from their alternative route and they helped me to safety. This became the same dilemma for the character Jake Zennor raising the question of divine intervention. Similarly, in the same story I created a bog which swallowed up one of the characters. This was inspired by a family holiday in the Peak District when my then young daughter sank in a bog up to her knees. When I yanked her to safety her wellies were left behind!

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

It’s kind of the other way around. I love to travel and the affinity I develop with the places I visit inspires me to include them in my books. For example, after visiting Amsterdam and Prague both now appear in my forthcoming novel Lunar. Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon appear in Club 27, inspired by two great holidays there.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Maria Lazarou from Obsessed by Books designed my cover for beneath the Floodlights, all the others were done by Ares Jun – he is great at translating my ideas into amazing covers.

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

Maybe a couple. Trying to do the right thing is important, even if sometimes the execution can go a bit pear-shaped. The other is don’t accept that life, news, media etc is necessarily the way it’s portrayed. Keeping an open mind is important and don’t accept everything that we are being told.

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’m constantly inspired by new authors. The talent that remains relatively undiscovered is wide spread. I definitely have some favourite writers who have inspired me.  I think Dan Brown’s fusion of fact, fiction and conspiracy theories to create such thought-provoking and fast-paced page-turners such as ‘Angels and Demons’ and ‘The Da-Vinci Code’ certainly gave me the confidence to do the same albeit my subject matter is different. An extremely intelligent Japanese author Haruki Murakami, who like me is a huge Beatles fan, also inspires me to try something a bit off the scale. I believe originality is very important for a writer and the joy of a reader. Before Brown and Murakami, my reading portfolio included Stephen King, James Herbert and Richard Laymon who certainly inspired the supernatural/horror elements of my writing.

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

My trusty old laptop!

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I do have a day job, which is quite demanding and carries a lot of responsibility but I enjoy it. At some point I would love writing to be my only career, but first and foremost you need to enjoy writing just for the love of it otherwise you’re on a hiding to nothing.

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

Not a thing.

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

My last published book is Club 27.This subject has fascinated me for a long time but once I started to explore it in more detail, I was surprised to learn just how many cases and members there actually is.

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

I think Tom Hardy would make a cool Judd Stone, but after seeing Brad Pitt in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood I think he could play him too. Either of them would have to master the Brummie accent.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Enjoy it.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

A genuine Thank you for reading my work. It is truly humbling when people can gain joy from reading something you’ve produced. I will always be grateful for anyone who reads my books.

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Two biographies: Loving Amy by Janis Winehouse and Wham! George and Me by Andrew Ridgeley.

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Noddy Comes to Toyland. Enid Blyton was a huge inspiration for me to read and write. She really knew how to capture the imagination of a young reader.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Banter with my mates makes me laugh. Cruelty to animals makes me cry.

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

I’m very lucky to have met Pete Best the original Beatles drummer and Andrew Ridgeley very recently. I’ve also bumped in Robert Plant a few times at Molineux Stadium too. I wish I could have met both John Lennon and George Michael. I think Lennon in particular would have kept me fascinated for hours, he was so quick witted, intelligent and such a unique talent.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Watching football, listening to music (mainly the Beatles and Wham!/George Michael) and I’m a but of a film buff.

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

Peaky Blinders is a must watch and I’m glad it’s put Birmingham on the map. Line of Duty is written amazingly well. I like the 9 o clock dramas on TV but I also have to say I’m a bit of an Emmerdale fan too.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Being a Brummie I like my Indian curries – but more Pathia than Balti. My favourite colures are Gold and Black – which just happen to be the Wolves kit colours. I am a Beatles nut. I also like George Michael, the Bee Gees and The Doors.

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

I’d like to think I’d do charity work. I find helping others in turn helps you!

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

Listening to my favourite Beatles songs.

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

He was a good laugh.

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

Yes sure, my website is www.martintracey.co.uk – you can access my blog from there too although I really need to start blogging more often as you will see there hasn’t been a post for some time.

Also find me on Facebook  and Twitter @MartinTracey1

Amazon Authors Page UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Martin-Tracey/e/B009ANTBWG/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

USA https://www.amazon.com/Martin-Tracey/e/B009ANTBWG?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_13&qid=1570989904&sr=1-13

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Here is my interview with Marie Mistry

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 Marie Mistry and I’m 23.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Kent in England.

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

I’ve just finished university where I did my masters in video games. Family-wise, I live with my long-term boyfriend, and I have two younger siblings, both still at university. I also have my fur-baby named Diesel, he’s a rescue and a Labrador-Rottweiler mix.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I just released the second book in my Vice College for Young Demons series and I’m currently working on book three.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

The earliest evidence my mum has is at ten years old. What my ten-year-old self lacked in novel writing ability, she made up for with hand-drawn illustrations. I kept writing through secondary school, and eventually published my first book when I was eighteen.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Eek, that’s a toughie. Really, people I knew started using the word to describe me a long time before I felt like it fit. I don’t think there was a specific moment. I’ve just always liked doing it.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The first book I ever wrote was a weird cross between Lord of the Rings, Tomb Raider and the MMO RPG Runescape. I think the reason I wrote it was probably just because I loved the three and needed to see them combined.

As for what inspired me to write A Demon’s Horns (which I’m considering my first ‘proper’ book) I’d say a combination of random shower thoughts and a lot of reading RH into the night. I just loved reading the genre so much, I wanted to write it myself.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Oh my god,coming up with a title was hell. I must have gone through fifteen different working titles before my best friend suggested I just ‘go with whatever makes the main character special’.

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

I don’t know if I have a certain style. I’ve always been told my work is quite dialogue heavy, but I wouldn’t call that a style. The most challenging part of my genre is keeping all the characters straight – which I made worse for myself by giving the character seven mates. I have a notebook specifically to help me keep track of everything. Even then, it’s difficult to keep it from sounding like the main character is just bouncing between men.

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

I would say very little. I tend to write to escape everyday life and basing the book on it would defeat the purpose. The one exception is probably Budapest when Enzo takes Lilith. I went on holiday to the city and fell in love with it enough to include it.

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

I wouldn’t say that I need to travel, but I get a lot of work done on trains. I don’t know why but sitting on a train helps me focus and come up with new ideas.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

A wonderful lady named Les (Germancreative) from Fiver. I had no clue where to go to get cover art and I stumbled upon her completely by accident. I have all four covers for the Vice College series done by her and paperback ones on the way and I LOVE them.

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

I think the message in every romance book is one of the most important messages of all. It’s that love conquers all, and that what people feel for one another is powerful enough to change the world.

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?

Oooh that’s a loaded question. I normally read at least one book a day, so there are a lot to choose from. Nalini Singh, Sarah J Maas, Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter – all total goddesses of romance. The way that their men are so devoted to the heroines is so heart-grabbing that it makes you want to leap into the pages and take their leading ladies’ place. New authors I’m easily falling for… Winter Rose wrote The Last Vessel and I swear I swooned when I read it and Renae Wright’s Immortal Secrets was a total page turner!

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

My biggest cheerleader who always believed I’d get published was a lovely lady named Mo. She was my best friend’s nan and always called me her ‘adopted granddaughter’ and insisted I was part of her family. She read all my early manuscripts and pushed me over and over to keep submitting to publishers because she wanted the first paperback book I ever wrote, signed. She passed away this year and that was what made me self-publish A Demon’s Horns.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

It’s always been the only career I’ve ever wanted (much to the despair of my school careers advisor). I wouldn’t say that I think it IS my career yet though. Little indie authors like me don’t make enough to support themselves from their books, but when I do, I’ll be quitting my day job faster than you can say ‘custard’.

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

Ask me that question in a year, when I’ve obsessed over it a little more, and I’ll probably have a dozen answers for you. Every writer grows with every book they write. Right now, A Demon’s Gifts is the best thing I’ve ever written, but in ten years, it will probably seem as bad as my hand-illustrated scribbles when I was a toddler.

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

Soo much. My Beta readers teach me something new on every page. I didn’t even know adverbs were bad until they told me. Apparently, I was also using commas and speech marks together wrong this whole time… That’s just the grammar side of things. I’ve also learned that some words I consider completely normal are utterly alien to my American readers (suspender belts/garter belts – who knew).

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

Sophie Turner. She is almost exactly who I think of when I imagine Lilith’s face, and I know she can play a strong female character growing into the role well after how she did with Sansa Stark in GOT.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

I don’t think I’m qualified to give advice to other writers yet. I’m still making my own mistakes! That being said – that’s probably the only advice anyone can give. Make your own mistakes and make them so spectacularly that you never make them again. Also, never write a prude version for your prude besties or you’ll be committed to doing the same for the rest of your career. You have no idea how hard it is to write the prude version of a scene with vibrating panties… just saying.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

The biggest ever thank you! I can’t believe people are reading my books and I absolutely adore every one of you!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I have two books on the go, The Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman and Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. I take a long time to read ‘proper’ books, but I rarely put down an ‘adult’ book once I’ve started it.But the last romance I read was Immortal Secrets by Renae Wright.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I remember my mum teaching me to read the Peter and Jane books. The first proper book would have to be either Harry Potter or Beaver Towers.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I cry at sad movies (Notebook, I’m looking at you over there). I even cry at movies that aren’t that sad (Dobby died – I cried). As for laughter, my partner is pretty funny, and I laugh at myself because I can be pretty stupid sometimes. Mostly I laugh at the little things because that’s what makes life worth living.

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

Zenobia or Boadicea maybe? I always wondered what an ancient warrior queen was really like.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I do a lot of craft things: sewing, embroidery, painting, etc. I also play the violin (badly) and I bake (with varying results). Oh, and I play videogames; I’m addicted to Assassin’s Creed and have all the platinums (except for Unity – damn you, multiplayer trophies).

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

All the nerd stuff. Star Wars, Star Trek, Star Gate, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Game of Thrones, Supernatural but also The Princess Bride, Pride and Prejudice and Disney movies.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

The first two are easy:Yorkshire puddings, green and purple. Music wise… I don’t have a favourite because I listen to things on completely opposite ends of the spectrum and I can’t compare them. I like film soundtracks, ehru music and the occasional well-written pop song, but I also listen toLinkin Park, Rammstein and Crownless. The only thing I won’t listen to regularly is jazz, because it only sounds right if it’s heard live.

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

I suppose I might leave my desk every once in a while, have good posture and get some exercise!

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

I think I’d hop on a plane with my other half and find a place where you can see the stars properly – no light pollution. Then I’d just snuggle him till the end.

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

I’m more of a burial tree or funeral pyre kind of girl. No massive lumps of expensive stone necessary.

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

My Facebook group is always accepting new stalkers!

Mistry’s Inc (My Facebook Group): https://www.facebook.com/groups/mistrysinc/
My Amazon Author Page:

Amazon authors page USA  https://www.amazon.com/Marie-Mistry/e/B07T8JHTPT/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marie-Mistry/e/B07T8JHTPT?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1570960038&sr=1-1

A Demon’s Horns (Vice College for Young Demons: Year One): http://books2read.com/u/b57NaR

A Demon’s Gifts (Vice College for Young Demons: Year Two) : http://books2read.com/u/mqDGX6

 

Here is my interview with J.R. O’Bryant

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 Jessica. I write under the name J.R. O’Bryant. Pretty much everyone in my life calls me Fyre or Mom. I turned 35 this year. I’m still kind of surprised I survived to 35. My new goal is 60.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m from all over, really. I grew up in Central Coast California and then spent the next eight years in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. These days I haunt the Midwest but try to escape to the mountains or ocean at least once a year.

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

I have three awesome girls in my life who call me mom. My youngest is the only biological one, but the other two are mine in every way that counts to me. I am beyond happily engaged to the love of my life and when we can afford to escape we will be happily married. I am owned by 6 cats varying in age from a year and half to fifteen and they all think they rule the house. We also have a huge red tail boa that chills in the living room and likes to watch movies with us. I read voraciously and there is always music playing somewhere in the house or in the car, I can’t stand not having my music to move through the day. Let’s see… I am self-educated. I can pick up most things up from books and all of MIT’s and the Ivy League School’s curriculum is online for free if you are willing to do all the hard work and reading on your own time. So while I have no official degrees I’ve spent the last twenty years studying anything and everything I can get my hands on. My family and house is an eclectic conglomeration of beliefs and walks of life. We are all pagan as in non-Judeo-Christian, but we all walk different paths. Between us there is a Norse Godi, a Celtic High Priestess, a Native American Medicine Woman/ Shaman, and a Voodoo Necromancer. (The younger spawn is still finding her path and has not decided on one yet…) Let’s just say that my life can sometimes seem like a sarcastic episode of Supernatural or maybe “How the Cauldron Turns meets Twisted Tales of the Odd and Freaky.”

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

So the latest news sadly, is not good news. I am in the process of having several back procedures and surgeries so that I can live with a little less pain, but the ordeal leaves me almost incapable of doing much more than hiding in the dark for weeks at a time. So, what I was hoping to be awesome news, is going to have to wait. I’m revamping my first four books with more content, better edits, new covers, and just overall better stuff coming. I had hoped to re-release all four in time for Halloween, but my health has to come first. Oh, and I dislocated my left shoulder and fractured the socket as well as tearing the muscle so typing has been a one handed adventure. Wish me luck as I try to work through the obstacles and get actual content out to you guys.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I can’t remember when I started, but writing has always been my favorite outlet for all my emotions. Angry, happy, sad, depressed, manic, lost, overjoyed… I write. My outlet became a hobby in high school and I took a hobby and ran with it. Even when I am writing my novels for reader consumption, it’s still a favorite pastime. Putting words on a page always makes me feel like nothing can touch me in the moment and that maybe a piece of me will stick around when the world has changed a hundred times over.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I think it was the first pay check that I was able to pay a bill with. I think it was Stephen King who said, “If you write a book, sell that book, and pay a bill with that pay check, then you are a writer.” Mind you I’m paraphrasing, but you get the gist. It didn’t feel like I was a “real” writer until that first real check that actually paid a bill in full. It was an amazing feeling. I have to remind myself that it’s worth it, even when it feels like I’m going nowhere, I know I can pay a bill or two and that means something good is happening.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I had the idea for this bad ass female vampire lead who was a little too human in some of her reactions and emotions. But I wanted her to be sex positive and LGBTQIA inclusive and comfortable with all kinds of alternative lifestyles. I wanted a bad ass, but one with brains and a great body, lol. Anyway I started her as a DnD character and she just evolved into this amazing character that needed her own story told. Before Krystianna I had written a couple Erotica novels for the heck of it, but Krys drove me to actually create.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

That was actually pretty easy. I wanted the name of a vampire run winery and something vaguely gothic. I came up with Cold Crypt Cellars as a kind of tongue in cheek title.

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

I am a total punster when it comes to writing. I have a general idea what may happen in the next book, but I just let the words flow and see what happens as it happens. It means that my first drafts are totally chaotic and sometimes down right gibberish. I think the most challenging part of writing the way I do is that I have a story in mind that I want to tell to my audience, and I often times create characters that want to do what they want on their own sweet schedule and our timelines rarely line up. I know it sounds silly when talking about characters as actual individuals but the method allows me to “step inside” their minds if you will. I’ve found thinking of my characters as separate from myself is both easier and a royal pain in the ass for writing. Easier in the sense that I am able to poke at them and have conversations… a pain in the ass in the sense that they only talk when they want to. Honestly, though, I wouldn’t know how to write any other way.

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

That’s kind of hard to answer. A lot of the places that occur in the books are based on real locations and real events, but with a lot of creative license. A lot of the more adult scenes were written after borrowing models to test out positions and scenes to make sure they actually worked in reality and not just the fantasy aspect of my books. Some of my characters’ wardrobes come from clothes a lot of the people I associate with wear. So while none of the characters are based on anyone there are aspects of everyone I’ve ever encountered in each aspect of my books. The books are a conglomeration of all my life experiences and a very vivid imagination.

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

I would love to say that I “HAVE” to travel for my writing, but truthfully I just like travelling. I almost always do my best writing when I come home from a long road trip. I don’t know it it’s the experience of escaping my “normal” life for something different or just being able to step away for a while that allows me to come back to my work with fresh eyes. I was born to travel, but I also believe that I was born to write and the two combined to allow me to create in better ways.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I worked with Syd of Blackburn Designs. They are amazing and really went out of their way to make sure I had a cover I could fall in love with. I highly recommend them.

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

I think in the background it comes down to sex positivity. And an acceptance of yourself even the darker parts that no one really wants to look at. Also, possibly that just because you feel like the world is ending there is more out there waiting for you to find it.

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?

A few of my latest Indie favorites are the Amazing Katika Schneider and her Afflicted Saga, the Muse herself Kelly Blanchard and her Chronicles of Lorrek, A. Vers and all of their books (they are just nonstop fun), and the wonderful Catherine Banks who always tells a great tale.

As to my favorite writer… WOW… Ummm…. There are so many. My top three right this second would be Laurell K. Hamilton, Jim Butcher, and Larry Correia. LKH because I’ve been in love with Anita Blake since my early 20’s and her world just continues to thrill me to no end. LKH is very sex positive, her characters have depth and a realism rarely seen. Jim Butcher writes like a man possessed. His creativity is endless and watching his main character, Harry Dresden, change and evolve through the series has taught me so very much about character creation and storytelling in general. And then there is the Monster Hunter International Series by Larry Correia. Mr. Correia’s books are a slow build to nonstop violent action and dark humor. He writes visceral scenes that you can almost feel and smell and taste with characters that make you cheer for the good guys even if they are sometimes the bad guys too.

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

It’s not really an entity more a group of amazing people that I call my pack. They are like brothers and sisters to me and they all helped me along the journey and they still do to this day. They are my pack. My chosen family. I wouldn’t have made it this far without them.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

In a word: ABSOLUTELY! But it is also a drive and a passion and hobby and a piece of my soul. It’s part of who I am.

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

NOPE. Because each book I write allows me to grow a little bit more and the succession of growth can be seen in my writing. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I changed anything in the past. It’s just that simple.

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

OH, Yes…. Mostly I learned about myself and the work I wanted to do and the worlds I wanted to create. But I also learned a lot about my chosen lifestyle and family and what they meant to me.

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

WOW! I have never really thought this through. I’m not sure I have come across an actor/actress that I could see doing Krystianna justice. She has some very unique personality quirks and I just don’t know if anyone could portray her the way I see her in my mind’s eye.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Get the words on the page, don’t look back, don’t revise, and remember that art is not about judgement of any kind. When your first draft is done, and you’ve written the last word, step away for a few days, then and only then allow yourself to tweak and revise. But get that first draft down without judgement first and foremost. Believe in yourself, and believe in your story. Someone out there is waiting for your tale to be told.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Hang tight. I promise the next books are coming and they only get more wild. Krystianna evolves, emotional rollercoasters ensue, and you are in for a wild ride.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m currently reading several books. I’m reading Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer with my daughter. I am reading MHI: Vendetta with my fiancé. And for my own reading pleasure I am working through the Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs. I’m also beta reading for two amazing authors, but I won’t give away their secrets.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I don’t remember the first book ever…But I do remember one of my first favorites. My grandmother and I read it together. It was “Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher” by Bruce Coville. It’s still one of my favorites and I read it to my kids as well.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Laughter is easy… my beloved fiancé, my kids, my granddaughter, my critters, funny movies, good jokes, happiness, little silly things throughout the day. I love to laugh and enjoy the happy chemicals its creates in my brain. Laughter is medicine for the soul. As for crying, it’s not something that happens often. Tears of joy in the moments in life that break through the hardened walls we all have been forced to put up. I cried when my girls were in my arms for the first time. I cried every time I lost someone close to my heart and soul. I’ve cried over the death of many a furry companion. And rarely, I’ve cried in physical pain when the pain was so overwhelming that I feared no escape and no release and my tears of anguish were the only release I could find.

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

Honestly? I’m not sure. There are so many figures in our history that I would love to sit and talk with for hours just to see their view on the world and the world they came from. But to pick one specific entity from all time, past and present… I just couldn’t narrow it down to one. I have to many questions and too much curiosity.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Too many I fear. Obviously writing and reading are in the top of the list. I also love gaming whether it’s table top, console, or LARP. I prefer violent hack and slash with a good dash of puzzle solving and storytelling. On occasion you can find me with colored pencils, charcoal, sketch book/coloring book all around me and me absorbed in my art. I used to design and create massive fantasy wings and would like to get back into at some distant future point. When my body isn’t broken you can find me in some grassy area sparring with good friends with and without weapons of some kind. I am also obsessed with music and dance. I always have music on if I can get away with. I need my music and dance is just another aspect of spiritual expression as far as I am concerned.

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

This is another one that I just have too much to mention. I’ll try to generalize here… Supernatural, Lucifer, Vampire Diaries/Originals, The I-land, Arrow, Flash, Charmed (the original series), Hannibal, Cooking shows in general, Jane the Virgin, Reign, and Once Upon a Time are a few of the shows I watch on a regular basis. As for movies… I’m obsessed with John Wick, I enjoy Marvel and DC alike (though I’m mostly an MCU fan), I enjoy most decent horror films, and Disney will always hold a place in my heart.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Foods: Sushi/ Sashimi in all its amazing variances.

Colors: Vary day to day but the tried and true are: black, red, midnight blue, hunter green, and silver, sometimes royal purple…

Music: I listen to pretty much every genre except uber religious babble. In a single day I can listen to musicals, Gregorian Chant, Heavy Metal, goth-industrial, club mixes, techno, pop, latin, Hispanic, 80’s rock, and Native American Drums….

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

I don’t think such a reality is plausible. But sure… I’d probably be designing fantasy wings, painting and drawing, and teaching self defense classes. I would dance every weekend and learn new dances as often as possible so that I could also do choreography for a local theatre group in my spare time.

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

That’s too easy. I would spend it in the company of my nearest and dearest and reminisce about all of our adventures until it was time for me to pass. I would make of my last day on earth a time of celebration of the lives that will continue on in my absence.

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

I would prefer not to have one at all. But if I were to have one against my wishes…

“Never the less she persevered and lived her life to the fullest. She left with no regrets.”

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

 You can find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorJROBryant

You can find me on Twitter: www.twitter.com/JRFyreDancer

You can find me on my Blog: www.JRFyreDancer.wordpress.com

You can find me on Instagram: www.instagram.com/JRFyredancer

Amazon Authors Page USA  https://www.amazon.com/J-R-OBryant/e/B01CM3EGDY/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/J-R-OBryant/e/B01CM3EGDY?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1570823812&sr=1-1

 

Here is my interview with Kelly A Walker

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 Kelly A Walker and I’m 42!

Fiona: Where are you from?

I live in a small town in Arkansas just across the bridge from Memphis, Tennessee

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

Well, I’m a wife of 21 years and a mom to a 14 year old son. I went to school at the University of Mississippi (Hotty Toddy! Go Rebels!) I worked as an accountant until a few years ago and I’ve been writing for almost two years now. Besides raising my kid and writing, I walk every day, go to church and shop.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My newest book, Dear Eastside Boys: The Secret Life of Piper Book 1 is releasing later this month. I also have one planned for November and two co-writes releasing in December.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing in January of 2018. I’ve always been an avid reader and dreamed of writing. I’m a stroke survivor so after not being able to work anymore, I needed something to do, something to bring me out of the depression I was in and writing was the answer. It’s literally saved my life.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Haha! I still don’t! When are we supposed to? I guess after I help my first paperback in my hands it was official, but there’s still days when I feel like this is a dream and I’m going to wake up.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The cover. I saw it on Pixie Covers in November of 2018 when I was trying to figure out what to work on for NaNo November. It caught my attention and the story just happened.

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

All my books are either based or take place for a time period in Memphis. I want to support my city so…when I saw the cover I thought, why not just name her Memphis?

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

I love contemporary. It’s where my heart is. I want to write more fantasy/paranormal later on. My books are a little light hearted and funny. Even if the book is dark and full of angst, there will always be some light and humor in them.

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

Memphis is loosely based on parts of my life with the farming and family aspect. I base the guys and friends of my characters on people I know. Especially the villains. It’s a good way to unleash some anger.

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

I use real Memphis attractions in my books and I do go there to get a feel of it or just remind myself of places. You have a tendency to forget how great your city is and sometimes I need to be reminded so I can get the greatness of Memphis and it’s southern charm across to my readers.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Lizzie Dunlap with Pixie Covers did Memphis and Lucy Smoke designed Piper.

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

In both Memphis and Piper it’s easy: be yourself and don’t worry about what others think of you. The only opinions that matter are yours and the ones you love. Everyone else can kiss it.

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

So many have my interest. Serena Akeroyd, Grace McGinty, Sariah Skye, Serena Lindahl to name a few. My all time favorite author outside of RH is HJ Bellus. I devour every book she writes. She has a way of making you feel every emotion and that isn’t easy to do.

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

I’m very fortunate to have a great support system in the RH community. Not just with some of the authors but readers as well. They inspire me to keep going, even on the days when I want to walk away.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely!

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

I’d have written it faster.

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

Yes. Life is hard and doesn’t care about deadlines. Also to not let life or people get in the way of doing what makes me happy. I matter.

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

I think Reece Witherspoon would be an awesome Memphis. She has the southern roots

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write. Everyday. No matter what. Even if you only write 150 words, just do something. Never give up and never stop trying to better yourself or our craft. Writing is not something you can do in one day and you can always do better.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you so much for supporting me and reading my words. It still amazes me that people actually pay to read something I did.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I can’t read RH when I’m in the middle of writing a book so I’m doing a re-read of Cambria Heberts #Nerd series.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I’m pretty sure it was Judy Blume’s Superfudge

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My husband makes me laugh and I can’t watch a commercial for the ASPCA with dogs outside being neglected without crying like a baby.

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

Ronald Regan. I am like a super fan

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I like to shop and watch football

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

I don’t watch TV really. I’m an odd one. I like MASH, Bonanza, Gunsmoke…the good old shows. Besides the news and football I really don’t pay attention to the TV. Except for #LivePD.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I love food. All kinds. My favorite color is yellow and I love rock. Shinedown and The Wallflowers are my favorite bands.

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

I would paint. I love to paint with acrylics.

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

With my family on the beach, stuffing my face with shrimp and lobster.

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

She was a survivor

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

You can follow me on Facebook at Kelly A Walker, Author

Instagram: Kelly Walker Author

Twitter: KWalkerAuthor

www.KellyAWalker.com

Amazon Authors page USA  https://www.amazon.com/Kelly-A-Walker/e/B07NQ3H5N6/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kelly-A-Walker/e/B07NQ3H5N6?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1570787977&sr=1-1

Here is my interview with Josh Davis

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?

Hey, I’m Josh Davis and I’m 31 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I am from the state of Michigan. Born and raised in the city of Flint.

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

I’m a horror fanatic that loves everything scary. I absolutely love collecting films and envy anything creative. As for my family; my father recently passed so now it’s my mother, older sister, gorgeous fiance, and three immaculate children.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I have a collection on it’s way to shelves titled Inappropriate Literature and just finished my novel The Implosion of Chaos.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

The beginning of my writing started at the age of six. I would write mini horror stories and sell them around school. Writing was my way to break away from the normal and engulf myself with my very own creations.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I first considered myself a writer when I saw how much my inner circle enjoyed my work.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Nothing inspired me. I got the notion, and wrote it.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It’s a story about an “implosion” in a well kept society. The title speaks for itself upon reading the book.

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

I believe every author carries their own unique style. I think finding a broad audience that fits your style is the real challenge of it all.

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

The book can be brutally realistic, and I hope to God I never know or experience any of it in real life. It is purely fiction from the blackness surrounding my brain.

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

No, any process of traveling consists solely in my head.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The cover of Inappropriate Literature was created from the combination of my vision mixed with Deadman’s Tome’s.

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

Violence always spreads more violence.

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?

William Bradley, Toneye Eyenot, Paul Counelis, Lucio (David) Fulci, and Jim Goforth are all indie authors worth checking out.  Of course, Stephen King is my favorite. The worlds and characters he creates are unmatched. If anyone inspired me, it was him

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

Toneye Eyenot was an extraordinary help getting my work amongst the masses. He believed in my work even when I didn’t.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I’m trying with all my will and might!

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

Authors are never satisfied

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

That my writing as a whole is maturing.

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

Leonardo DiCaprio. I love that fucker.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Don’t quit. Don’t quit. Oh, and don’t quit.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Never put me in a box. I’ll surprise you every time.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Body Rides by Laymon and Elevation by King

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Of course, I’ll never forget reading Pet Sematary for the first time. It was my first full length novel.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

In this horrid society, everything does it seems. You either can laugh, or cry about it.

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

Edgar Allen Poe. Well, because it’s Poe.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

My family and film take up all my time besides writing and work.

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

Classic 80’s horror, anthology films, Tales from the Crypt, and Sons of Anarchy.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Tacos, blue, and I don’t discriminate against music (except country and gospel).

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

Toss Cheetos in the air and catch them in my mouth.

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

 Every single second with my fiance and children.

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

“This dude was fucked up!”

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

Authors Amazon Page USA  https://www.amazon.com/Josh-Davis/e/B07B6SLX17/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_2

UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Josh-Davis/e/B07B6SLX17?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_8&qid=1570630244&sr=1-8

Here is my interview with Taylor Aston White

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, my name is Taylor Aston White, but friends call me Tay, and I’m twenty-six.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m from England, UK and live in Essex which is about an hour’s drive from London.

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

I have two irrelevant degrees, both in fashion and textiles. Before I decided on writing I worked several creative jobs, such as working in the Royal Opera House as a costume designer, creating handmade clutch bags as well as selling computer-manipulated designs for phones cases, homeware and crockery.

I live at home with my one and a half children (second still cooking) and my childhood sweetheart husband.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My latest book, Druids Storm, is being released November 1st. This is the second in the Alice Skye series about an inexperienced witch that gets in over her head.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing as a creative outlet several years ago. I enjoy the escape it gives me just as much as reading would. Besides, who wouldn’t prefer to be immersed in a completely different world, or experience?

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I first clicked publish. But really, I was a writer the first time I wrote something down.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

If I’m honest, it was pure boredom. While I am a planner when it comes to writing, the organic ideas are normally completely random and just pop into my head.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I had the titles planned before the stories were even finished. I liked them simple, yet relating to the novel itself. I don’t really know how I came up with them, maybe it was late one night when I had too much coffee? Sleep deprivation does wonders for obscure thoughts.

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

I wouldn’t know if it’s a specific style or not, but I enjoy adding personal thoughts of my main character throughout the book, which I’m sure is annoying for some readers until they’re used to the tense change. I think it gives the character a more relatable element. I don’t specifically find Urban Fantasy challenging, as it’s such a vast genre in itself. I knew I didn’t want to write ‘to market’ as they say completely, because then it wouldn’t be my work 100%. So I hope my books are different enough to grab a reader’s attention on their own merit, and not because they have all the scopes of an Urban Fantasy.

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

Although my mum was a little eccentric growing up with tarot cards, ghosts etc, I wouldn’t say a world made up of magic, vampires and demons (daemons) is entirely realistic. Although, you never really know what hides in the dark. I would say that, at least subconsciously, some of my characters are loosely based on people I know, and or have met. But I will not admit who.

Moral of this is to not upset me, or you may become a character that will suffer a creative death.

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

I wish I had the time to travel! Unfortunately, with a toddler it’s harder to be able to physically go out for inspiration. Luckily this series is based in London, a city I know well enough to be able to comfortably write. And if I didn’t know something I either use the wonder of google or just make it up!

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

GermanCreative. Love her work.

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

There’s a few underlying messages throughout the series, but I want the readers to find their own message rather be told what to feel.

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 tastes change on my mood. I enjoy everything from Nalini Singh, Kim Harrison, Karin Slaughter, Stephen King, Dannika Dark and James Herbert. The genres I read are incredibly varied, so I wouldn’t be able to specific exactly why I read them. I just enjoy something that is immersive and well written.

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

I know you ask for one, but I have several friends who’ve been very supportive of my goal to become a published author. One was my first ever Beta reader, who literally destroyed my manuscript, and rightfully so, it was terrible! The second is someone who constantly asks questions about the characters, which helps me develop them and is the first on my list as an ARC reader.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Of course!

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

No. I don’t like to self-doubt otherwise I would never get to sleep!

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

That my grammar is slowly improving. Which is a bonus when your career is writing.

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

I have no idea? An actor that has the range of emotion to portray Alice Skye with her internal dilemmas and foreboding past. Also her snazzy attitude.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

To just write. Keep going, even in the darkest of times there’s a light at the end.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Don’t always assume they’re the good guy.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s War – well, I will start to read it when I have the time and my toddler isn’t being a little gremlin.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The first book was the original, morbid Brother Grimm faerie tales. I was about five and my mum thought it was appropriate. They were the best.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Everything, I’m pregnant and hormonal.

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

Freddie Mercury. He seems like a cool guy with a lot of stories.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Playing with my toddler… I have to say that, right?

I enjoy playing video games and watching films, the genres just as wide as the books I read, but I really enjoy horror. Which is strange because I get scared really easily, yet I always go back for more. Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment?

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

GOT is my all-time favourite with Breaking Bad just behind. Again, I don’t really have specific genres as my tastes are wide. Both my husband and I are watching some British sit-coms on Netflix such as The Office and Friday Night Dinner as they’re amusing and easy watching at the moment.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I’m having a weird addiction to Mexican food at the moment, while last week it was Ben and Jerrys ice cream. I’m blaming the pregnancy, but really I just have no self-control.

Colours change on my mood, the darker the colour, the more pissed off I am.

Music varies from A7X, NSP, Ed Sheeran, Nickleback, Linkin Park and Lewis Capaldi just to name a few.

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

I would go back to my other creative ventures.

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

 With my family while eating my weight in ice-cream and chocolate. (Did you know I’m lactose intolerant?)

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

Something like… ‘died doing something weird and stupid, as usual.’

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

I have a website which can be found at www.taylorastonwhite.com. On there you can find my newsletter subscription as well as connections to my social medias.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/taylorastonwhite

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/tayastonwhite/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/tayastonwhite

(Although, my twitter is just my mad ramblings and not necessarily to share events or special offers)

Amazon authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Aston-White/e/B07NYFTX23/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Taylor-Aston-White/e/B07NYFTX23/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Here is my interview with Kristina Rienzi

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?

Hey there! I’m Kristina Rienzi. My age in my head is 30. In reality, I’m 44.

Fiona: Where are you from?

The Jersey Shore. Not to be associated with the show of the same name, but with the lovely Monmouth County, New Jersey.

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

Professionally, besides being a new adult thriller author, I’ve been in a Human Resources leadership position for almost twenty years. I have significant expertise in employee relations, performance management, communications, coaching, and leadership development. I’m also a Certified Professional Coach and the former President of Sisters in Crime-Central Jersey.

My educational background is in psychology. I earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology and sociology/anthropology from West Virginia University; a Master of Arts degree in psychological counseling from Monmouth University; a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI); a SHRM-SCP certification from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM); and the Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and Energy Leadership Index-Master Practitioner (ELI_MP) designations from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).

Personally, I live at the Jersey Shore with my husband, two dogs, and our baby girl. I’m also an INFJ, Meyers-Briggs’ rarest personality type defined as a walking contradiction – introverted and people-oriented.Besides writing, I love wine, spoiling my baby girl (and my two fur-babies), dissecting true crime stories, singing (and dancing) to Yacht Rock Radio, and rooting for the WVU Mountaineers. I believe in all things paranormal, a closet full of designer bags, regular trips to the nail salon, the Law of Attraction, aliens, angels, and the value of a graduate degree in psychology.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

It’s all about the audiobook world! My debut audiobook, Among Us, was featured on Audible’s ACX University 2018 and is an Audible Editors Select pick in the thriller category for 2019. Among Us is about a Jersey Shore blogger who gets mixed up in a deadly government conspiracy far more dangerous than she ever imagined.

My second audiobook, coming out in October, is Winter Road. This story follows a successful New York City real estate agent’s rural-home-for-the-holidays-horror as her ex-fiancé unleashes his deadly intentions on her entire family.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing short stories as an only child for my entertainment. I loved reading, and it naturally developed into a passion for language. I loved to create alternate realities where characters triumphed over adversity. Writing about what piqued my curiosity and what terrified me is an element I continue in my stories today.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Great question! Sadly, it wasn’t until a publisher picked up my debut novel, Choosing Evil, in 2014. Years later, I realized I’ve been a writer all of my life.No accomplishment or accolade needed to define it for me.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Call it a little birdie, a voice in my head, inspiration from the other side, I’m not sure. But one day I remember thinking, I need to write a book. I hadn’t written fiction in years, although writing had always been a part of my life. So I joined a local writers group, and short stories began to emerge. Through those stories, focusing primarily on craft, I got the idea for my novel, Choosing Evil. I’m drawn to the paranormal and decided to write a story that asked, ‘What does evil mean to you?’

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Choosing Evil was pretty straight-forward given the plot—the main character is faced with choosing the very evil she’s destined to become.

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

I consider my writing style conversational. I try to create a picture in my readers’ minds, but doing it casually as if I was telling a story to a friend. It’s not always easy to do because the left-brained, Type A, clinical side of me often begs to comes out, but I work at it. That is my challenge, as well. Craft aside, another challenge is having a driven author mindset. It’s easy to fall prey to negativity, lose your creativity, and want to give up. I battle this side of me and know I have stories inside of me that need to be told.

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

Choosing Evil is only realistic in theory. There are evil people in the world. They could be your neighbors. Friends. Family. You never really know what darkness lurks inside of a person. None, however, are based on real people or life events. It’s all fantasy.

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

I don’t have to travel, but would love to! I write primarily about the Jersey Shore because it’s where I was raised and still live today. However, I have a love for West Virginia (my alma mater), Hawaii (my husband’s family’s home and our wedding location), and Italy (our heritage), all of which I’d love to travel back to for the sake of a story…and vacation!

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My covers were designed by Kari March Designs, except for Among Us, which was designed by The Killion Group, Inc.

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

Embrace the Unknown (my tagline) is a theme central to each of my stories. I write about concepts that terrify me. Through my stories, I challenge readers to embrace the unknown, overcome their fears, and triumph over whatever is holding them back in life. It’s my story mantra: face your fears and embrace the unknown in life.

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?

Newer to me in the last few years, I’ve loved reading Ania Ahlborn. She writes horror but does it in a modern way that is genuinely intriguing.

I have many favorite writers, but one that stands out to me is Jodi Picoult. I met her in person last year, and she was such a sweetheart. Her work strikes me because she’s always walking the tightrope on moral and ethical issues, and she does it with such brilliance and class. Her stories are page-turners, but I always walk away, knowing more about a subject than I did when I opened her book. And, more importantly, having a sincere appreciation for the diverse opinions of others.

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

Sisters in Crime-Central Jersey. They’re so supportive of their members and are always looking for ways to promote them and their work. I’m so grateful to have been their past president and have their support in my writing career.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely. I’m in it for the long haul!

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

The only thing I might change is making it longer and adding a bit to the ending. Many think there should be a sequel to Among Us. I agree. Especially the way it ends, it leaves the door open for another book. I better get on that, huh?

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

I’m a better writer than I was when I started writing Among Us. I focused a reasonable amount of time on craft with this novel, hiring a writing coach to take me to the next level. Work is a critical key to success, as much as a positive attitude and perseverance are, which I also exercised during the writing of Among Us. I’m focused on learning and doing whatever it takes to grow in my writing, and as a person. There’s always more to learn, and I’m committed to learning with each book I write.

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

I’d love to see an actress like Jennifer Lawrence play my protagonist, Marci Simon. She’s classy and fierce all in one, which would be perfect for the role.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

A positive mindset is everything. Persevering through downturns—be it a negative review or a rejection of any other stripe—is critical. If being a professional author is your dream, show up for it, and never give up on it. Believe in yourself, know anything is possible, and do whatever it takes. Dreams do come true!

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Never give up on your dreams. You have the power to choose whatever you want in this life…be it a success, happiness…anything. Believe in yourself and KNOW anything is possible!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

The Fifth Trimester (non-fiction). It’s helping me transition from my maternity leave into a working mom smoothly, successfully, and (most importantly) happily!

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Yes! I just ordered it for my daughter. It’s a Little Golden Book called, The Monster at the End of the This Book. I guess that’s where my love of suspense came from, now that I think about it!

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My husband makes me laugh. He has such a natural comedic style, and I’m so blessed to have laughter in my daily life because of him. I feel other people’s pain so deeply (I’ve been called an empath ) that crying comes too quickly sometimes. Abuse, neglect, and injustice break my heart.

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

Stephen King. He fascinates me and seems like a cool dude. Of course, he’s a beyond brilliant writer, an inspiration. I’d love to use my psychology (and writer’s mind) to pick his dark brain!

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I’ve never been a hobby person. I’m pretty simple. I’m either working or relaxing at the moment with whomever I’m with.Unless you count drinking wine and binging Netflix!

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

Any true crime shows or documentaries come first. I love my Lifetime and Hallmark movies, too. I’m also a B-Horror movie junkie. Basically, my taste runs the gamete!

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Simple here on my faves: Italian. Purple. Yacht Rock.

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

Yikes. That would stink! Well, then, I’d have to pursue my love of inspiration…finding it, and sharing it. I’d become a motivational speaker. Maybe I still will, even though I can also write!

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

Daughter. Wife. Mom. She lived and loved with all of her heart.

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

I do! I can be found at my home on the web, https://www.kristinarienzi.com and Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Exclusive updates and special offers can be accessed via my monthly VIP newsletter (https://www.kristinarienzi.com/signup) and my private reader group athttps://www.facebook.com/groups/RienziRebels.

Amazon Authors Page USA https://www.amazon.com/Kristina-Rienzi/e/B00Q5FPECS/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kristina-Rienzi/e/B00Q5FPECS/ref=dp_byline_cont_all_1

Here is my interview with Katerina Ross

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

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

The name is Katerina Ross. The age is 39.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Moscow, Russia.

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

Besides being a writer, I’m also an editor, a journalist, a translator, and a specialist in Gothic novels. I live in the city where I was born and like it very much. It’s gorgeous!

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

At the moment, I’m writing a BDSM-themed MMMF novel set in Russia and a paranormal M/M novella set in Wales, a spin-off from my M/M series The Sons of Gomorrah.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

As a child, I’ve always been writing something, from short stories to novel-length hand-scribbled manuscripts with illustrations. It was probably inevitable because I read a lot. It provoked me 😉

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I think I consider myself more of a multi-task literary worker. It’s more fun!

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book in English, Tenderly Wicked, was not only an attempt to write a realistic BDSM story, about people with flaws and insecurities. I also wanted to show what it feels like to live in Moscow, so the city itself was my inspiration. The main character is an American expat—and readers get to see Moscowthrough his eyes.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It’s actually a self-quote. I used this expression in one of my old Sherlockfanfics, Slave Me, and then tenderly_wicked became my pseudonym for a while because it describes the things I write rather well. It also applies to the main character of my novel, Max, who is a sadist … but also a good man, or at least he strives to be one.

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

The main challenge for me is that I write in a foreign language. Being a perfectionist, I’m always worried there might be typos in my texts.

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

I like describing real places in my books, in Russia or abroad, places I’ve been to. It’s like sharing what you’ve seen without attaching photos.

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

Sometimes I have to travel after that 😉 In my paranormal M/M series The Sons of Gomorrah, I mentioned Scholomance, the legendary school of magic in the Carpathian Mountains. According to folk tales (and Bram Stoker’s Dracula) it’s situated by a mountaintop lake near Hermannstadt (now Sibiu). I wanted to see it for myself, so I went to Romania this year!

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Jay Aheer. Her artwork is magical. One of her pictures, Fallen, partially inspired me to write Angel’s Eye, the third book in The Sons of Gomorrah series. It’s a beautifully creepy image!

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

In Tenderly Wicked, the main idea is that no matter how dark and sadistic your fantasies are, you still can (and should) be a good person, and you can be loved, you can find a match for yourself. BDSM shouldn’t turn into abuse. When it’s done right, it’s the ultimate form of trust. As for The Sons of Gomorrah, there’s a lot of food for thoughts packed inside, but it would be spoilers if I told you everything 😉

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?

Recently, I was very impressed by Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee, a complex space opera parable, not for the faint-hearted. On the whole, I appreciate well-crafted thrillers, from the elegant ghost stories of Vernon Lee who was magnificent at creating a darkly poetic atmosphere, to the suspense-packednovels by Alistair MacLean who was great at writing action scenes. But my favorite book, from my teenage years, is Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini. Formally, it’s about pirates and adventures at sea, but in its essence, it’s a story of an extraordinary person in extraordinary circumstances.

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

I’m very grateful to my beta-reader and fellow author Jen FitzGerald. She beta-read some of my fanfics—and agreed to read Tenderly Wicked as well. It’s always helpful when someone looks at your work with fresh eyes. By the way, if you like cozy, feel-good stories with low angst, her M/M novel For the Love of Scott is really nice—and it’s free on Amazon.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I definitely consider working with texts a career.

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

My latest book, Wicked Solace, is a companion short story to Tenderly Wicked, but it can be read as a standalone. I made it a free read—and I don’t regret it at all because it seems to have attracted new readers to my other books.

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

While doing BDSM-related research for my current MMMF story, I stumbled over a kink I hadn’t known about before—rhaphanidosis. It’s the act of inserting a radish or horseradish into … er … a place not entirely suited for that.

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

If filmmakers could afford time travel, I’d choose the young Benedict Cumberbatch (while he was still a redhead) to play both Tristan and Jarek from The Sons of Gomorrah.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

If you have particular questions about the publishing process, don’t be afraid to ask other authors for advice, especially in writer groups meant for that purpose. You might not get a step-by-step plan how to become successful, but you’ll be able to resolve minor issues faster. I’m delighted to have witnessed how often writers in the M/M community help each other.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I’m glad to have met you through my books. And hope we meet again 😉

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

A book on the history of Wales, as a research for my Welsh M/M novella.

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I remember the first ‘grown-up’ book I read, after a bunch of books for children. It happened to be Robinson Crusoe. I must confess I disliked it because it was too pragmatic for my tastes, but fortunately, it didn’t turn me off from reading 😉

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

The last movie that made me both laugh and cry was Pride. It’s a story of how compassionate people change history.

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

I’m very much hoping to meet my fellow author and artist (and also a great person) Katherine Wyvern who lives in France. She’s my ‘partner in crime’—we have a FB group where we post our naughty drawings and excerpts, and other interesting things: https://www.facebook.com/groups/884796268383313

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I enjoy drawing fanart. You can find my doodles here: https://tenderlywicked.tumblr.com/tagged/My-fanart

Recently, I also created an account at DeviantArt, to stash my drawings of all kinds: https://www.deviantart.com/tenderlywicked/gallery/all

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

I can’t even say how many times I rewatched Sherlock 🙂

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I like spicy food and the purple color. As for music, it’s pretty much anything by Depeche Mode. I’m also fond of the Russian rock bands Orgia Pravednikov (The Orgy of the Righteous), Melnitsa (The Mill), and Aria.

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

I think I’d work in the tourist business. I’m good at planning unusual, customized trips for myself and my friends. It could be quite an enjoyable career. Or I’d be a full-time artist, drawing handsome men and also enjoying it very much.

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

I’m terrible at time management, so I’d probably squander them without much efficiency!

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

Just my name and dates would suffice. I’d rather say wise and funny things in my books, while I’m still alive 😉

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

Oh yes. My website https://katerinaross.com might be of interest for those who enjoy reading BDSM fiction. Apparently, I can’t stop being a journalist even in my free time, so I’m doing a series of interviews with BDSM authors. Stop by to find new kinky books for your TBR list 😉

Katerina’s books on Amazon and at Evernight Publishing:

Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Katerina-Ross/e/B01M12RZ3F%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Katerina-Ross/e/B01M12RZ3F?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1570469506&sr=1-1

https://www.evernightpublishing.com/katerina-ross/

Katerina’s short story Wicked Solaceis FREE on the publisher’s website, Smashwords, Barnes&Noble and Amazon UK:

https://www.evernightpublishing.com/wicked-solace-by-katerina-ross/

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/934509

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1131284855?ean=2940156053544&fbclid=IwAR3cBTbzimnPwUWbKmF-gI7UbxR7_brNS1eTYZDRISLeikqtW8XQrewUwL0

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07QVQ8S9D/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

It’s $0.99 on Amazon US because Amazon is weird!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QVQ8S9D/ref=nav_signin?keywords=Wicked+Solace&qid=1555511059&s=digital-text&sr=1-1&

Here is my interview with GD Deckard

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?

GD Deckard, 76.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Currently, Naples, FL USA

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

At my age, one thinks in “lives.” In 1966, hanging out with strange people in Southeast Asia was normal for young Americans. That’s me in the truck, wearing the Aussie hat.

Later, in college as a Vietnam Vet, I demonstrated against a war I now knew in my bones was wrong. I vividly recall marching past the White Housewearing a piece of cardboard around my neck bearing the name of a soldier who had died in Vietnam. The lady marching behind me wore her son’s name.

Then came the family & business years, good times & bad times but with kids worth dying for.

Now, I’m semi-retired and enjoying the writing life. This photo shows me a half century after the first. In between, it’s been full, strong lives. Even if I still don’t know what it all means.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Oh! Sci-Fi Lampoon! It’s a humor magazine I instigated a year ago that is about to be released. They are featuring two of my stories for this first issue, out this Autumn. I say “instigated” because the work is done by real editors, illustrators, and publisher.

They wanted to put me on the mast head as GD “God Damned” Deckard, Mascot.
But I got them to list meas simply “Instigator.” (I think.)

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Junior high school writing contest. Won a trip to Washington D.C. with other kids from around the nation. I suppose it’s too much information to admit that I submitted the same piece the following year and won another trip. Different judges.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

That last chapter. When finished, I thought, well… I did it.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My Lady. One of those things I said early on to impress her was that I had published a book. True. But. An instruction book. Booklet. The Futhark Rune Oracle. I lived in Wiccan country, Manitou Springs, Colorado, at the foot of Pikes Peak on ground once held sacred by Ute Indians and recently re-consecrated by the local coven. A Wiccan Princess (her name may not be spoken) wanted instructions to go with the runes she sold to the Japanese. I spent a summer researching rune mythology. The book is authentic. And copyrighted. Still, I felt guilty. So, I wrote a novel dedicated to my lady. Penguin published it.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

That was easy. When I thought of the story about an ancient diary, written by a man from the stars containing the knowledge needed to revive civilization in a post-apocalyptic world, The Phoenix Diary seemed a natural title.

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

Clarity, first. Then a sentence structure that flows easily. Hardest is making images in the reader’s imagination that become the story I’m writing.

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

The current work in progress, Code Blue and Little Deaths, is based on the truths young people face daily when serving in a war hospital, and how they cope in order to serve effectively. It’s horror. But you can’t let your feelings get in the way when a soldier’s life depends on you. I call it fiction because I chose how to present my memories of the patients and the people that I worked with.

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

Thanks to Google, no. I’ve lived in the U.S., Asia and Europe.When I want to remember details, I can go back there on my computer monitor. I once followed a familiar highway in Colorado on Google Earth until it crossed a creek that I remembered, to make sure my characters could bed down there for the night.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I am fortunate to have a couple of covers done by Ian Bristow. The man creates cover images that shows the theme in graphics that stand out. Just what you need when a prospective reader is looking at a page of little icons.

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

It’s the same message I’m trying to grasp. My current work explores the life of a medic during the Vietnam War. People behave differently in war, compared to how they would back home. When writing this, memories come flooding back.But, how do I convey the behaviour of young men and women as being necessary to cope effectively, under the circumstances, when the reader has probably never behaved that way or experienced those horrors? Wish me luck.

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 whistle in appreciation at the way Sara M. Zarig manages to build multiple fantasy worlds and link them together with romantic relationships.

Favorite writer has to be Joseph Heller.Catch-22 scenes are not presented chronologically, but together they become a gestalt of men coping withwar. I admire the depth and truth of his writing.

“It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.”Wow.

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

That would be song writer and musician,Chris Gabriel. Chris read my first efforts as I wrote them.His attempts to teach me the fundamentals of song writing added to the storytelling.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Not at all. I write to understand what I’ve experienced and to make up answers to those questions life itself never answers.

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

Nope. Already done that thanks to a nit-picky editor.

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

The Phoenix Diary was a constant learning process. I jumped into an idea that became a world with characters that evolved into a plot. It was fun. Fortunately, it took five years, so there was a lot of fun in writing that book.

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

Gaten Matarazzo, he could handle it. I liked him in Stranger Things.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Never quit. Not that we could, anyway. Being in any part of the writing life is addictive.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you. Especially those of you who took the time to tell me your thoughts.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

My daughter’s. I am proudly reading her first book.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.I was taught to read with that book. But I was only four and I don’t remember much of it now.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Kids. They are fun, painful critters to shepherd into life.

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

Kurt Vonnegut. He knew about life and death. There’s a scene in Cat’s Cradle where the father, a physician during a plague, takes his young son into the yard behind his clinic one night and shines a flashlight on stacks of bodies. “Someday, this will all be yours,” he tells him.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Photography, target shooting & annoying really serious people on Facebook.

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

Sci-Fi. Loved Firefly.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

My Lady is a gourmet cook; if she cooks it, I like it. Colors, any of them, so I’ll say white. Music? Hard Rock, Country, whatever, so long as it’s well done and suits my mood at the time.

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

Play video games more than I do now.

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

Remembering the good times, and grinning.

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

I’d like it inscribed with big, chiselled letters, “WTF?”

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

I was fortunate enough to fall in with good company when Penguin had its writer’s forum, Book Country. In 2016,five of us started the Writers Co-op. We’ve published a couple of anthologies, with proceeds going to the African charity, “Against Malaria.” We blog something new every Monday. Anyone in the writing life is invited to join us.

WritersCo-op.com.

Here is my interview with Colin Ginn

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 my name is Colin Ginn and I reached a milestone birthday early this year reaching the age of 60

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born and still live inBedford ,England’s second oldest county town.

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

If I am going to be completely honest I didn’t like school that much and because of that I didn’t do that well. I found over the years that I lean better by show, do, repeat a method I have used throughout my life. I have been married for 31 years to an amazing wonderful woman who has put up with me during many highs in our lives and the few lows that pop up when we least expected them. Two of the many highs where the births of our two sons  who are now all grown up. I am working full time and write about two hours most days.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

The first draft Book 4 of The Flower Girls of the Blue Lotus Club 24 Hours now is finished, I think this one is a little on the short side, so I am currently re-working it with the view to publishing early next year.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

My passion for writing sort of crept up on me about four years ago, this was after I met Jessica Gomez on Facebook she was a new indie author at the time looking for street team members. I joined her street team and then became her PA. Although saying that I did also find an old bucket list I wrote along time ago on it was write and publish a book. So I guess it was ment to happen at some point.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I suppose that was when I finished my first story The Flower Girls of the Blue Lotus Club The Wedding Gift which looks like ending up as book 6 or 7 but I suppose it was when I published the first story in the series I considered myself an author.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

It was watching Jessica grow as an author and that bucket list was the final push.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

You know I don’t really know how the Blue lotus Club was named all I know is I wanted the characters to be named after flowers and book 1 Grand Opening came about when I was halfway through writing what has turned out to be book 3 Rose. I got this thought that I haven’t explained how the Club came to be so I wrote The Flower Girls of the Blue Lotus Club Gand Opening which then lead onto Defaulters at Ten.

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

The way I think of storylines are all over the place this is why my stories are not necessarily written in the order they are published so that is definitely a challenge. Another challenge is to get readers to actually read my stories the genre which I call soft erotica if there is such a thing does put a lot of readers off, which is a shame because you can find amazing stories and characters across all genres you just need the courage to open the pages and dive in.

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

I do a lot of research so I like to think that the situations, equipment, places and names are realistic. But no they are not based on my own experiences or people I know, although I do see from time to time people and clothes that spark a storyline in my head.

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

No during the writing process the only traveling that I do is into the kitchen to put the kettle on.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Well that would be me, I love this the part of the publishing process and I don’t want to let go of it at the moment.

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

Doesn’t matter what goes wrong, never loosing sight of the person you are will see you and guide you through all that life throws your way.

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 isn’t a new Author at the moment although I am looking forward to read the story that Coleen Armstrong is currently writing. Coleen is unpublished and just happens to be the cover model of The Flower Girls of the Blue Lotus Club Gand Opening. As for my favourite writer I have mentioned Jessica Gomez the way she writes about her Zombie like characters that she calls the Infected does strike a chill in my bones.

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

 Apart from Jessica another friend that has supported me right from the get gois Tilly Broad from Tilly’s Book Corner.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

 As far as making money from writing probably not. But I can see myself writing for the rest of my life, yes so I do consider that to be career like.

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

 No my characters would kill me if I changed their stories.

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

 In my research I come across lots of interesting and some funny facts. One I came across was regarding the well known bedroom toy  the Strap-on and whats funny is if you spell Strap-on backwards you find out why they are used by women. I can hear you all brains working overtimeso let me help Strap-onbackwards spells No Parts.

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

 I have many lead characters but I could definitely see Lily Dodsworth-Evans playing Rose. I watched Lily in the last series of Poldark and heracting comes across with all that I see in Rose

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Keep at it and no matter how many times you think of giving up, don’t.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

 Apart from thank you for reading mine and other Authors storiesI would saynever judge a book by it’s genre.

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

 Come to him by Justine Eloyot I have read this short story more than a dozen times now and each time it just amazes me how good it is. My only wish is that Justine finishes the story and if you read which I hope you do you will know what I mean.

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

 The Classic that is Moby Dick

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

 There are many things thatmakes my family and myself laugh but ismainlyeverytime I injure myself they end up in tears of laughter which drags me along with them. Let me explain, for example when my two boys where young they played with Lego and it used to get everywhere. I tripped on some landing up sitting on just one eight brick. I screamed out which got anyone laughing. Butthe funny bit was thepattern of that brick remained on my butt for nearly a month.

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

 Ronnie Barker not only could he bring laughter to all characters he played on Television. He is what I call a true wordsmith, everything he wrote had a meaning but not necessarily the same as the person reading or listening to it.

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I would say I consider writing as my main hobby now but in my younger days it was Photography.

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

Anything Star Trek or Doctor Who. I love watching period drama’s, so Poldark is up there along with Outlander and not forgetting Game of Thrones

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

The food my mum used to make, steak and kidney pudding, Rabbit stew, liver and onions has akwa been my favourites it’s what my children call Medieval cooking. The colour Blue features alot in my wardrobe and within my stories. I listen to many different types of music currently on myplay list is Queen.

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

That’s got to be reading the backlist on my Kindle that should keep me going for at least 20 years.

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

Take my wife on a spending spree we wouldn’t necessarily have time to enjoy what we buy but spending the children’s inheritance does sound like alot of fun.

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

Finally getting the chance to push up Daisy

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

I have a website but it’s not fully up and running yet.

http://www.colinginn.com

You can find out alot of information about the Flower Girls on my Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/BooksbyColinGinn/

Here are a full list ofmy Links please drop by, you are more than welcome.

Facebook

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Facebook book page

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Instagram

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Twitter

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UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Colin-Ginn/e/B07CWF6CVQ?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1570440305&sr=1-1

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18009250.Colin_Ginn

Street team

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Website

http://www.colinginn.com