Name M. B. Feeney (But you can call me Mich)
Where are you from I’m originally from London, UK, but I now live in Birmingham, UK
A little about yourself `ie your education Family life etc
I’m the youngest of two, but I have a very large family. My dad was in the Army, so we moved around a lot.
I didn’t do brilliantly at school because I’m easily distracted, English and Histroy were the only lessons I paid attention in!
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My next release, It Started in Texas is currently with my editor which makes me equally excited and nervous!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always written stories, from pretty much as soon as I could spell. I stopped for a while in my teens when I discovered going out and stuff, but I came back to it eventually!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always been a writer, it just took me a while to consider myself an author
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first novella, Right Click, Love, was inspired by a contest I considered entering about love in the technological age. The idea of two friends blogging about their dating came out of my own book blog. I never did enter the contest though…
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Honestly? I really don’t know other than what I’ve been told by readers. I’ve been told I write with a slice of humour and that my characters are normal and relateable. I’ll take that as a compliment
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Which one? Uhm… it’s a part of writing that I really struggle with. Sometime they come easily, others I’m scrambling for forever!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I don’t think there’s a conscious message in any of my books apart from Honour – my collection of short stories with a military theme – which is my nod of respect to servicemen and women.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I like to think that most of my books have a sense of realism to them. I like to write about regular people so that my readers can imagine themselves in the character’s positions and wonder “what would I do?”
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
If I’m honest, I draw on my own life a lot in my writing. There are elements that I have based on something that has happened to me, or someone I know, but I change it up just a little so I don’t piss anyone off lol.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I think, for characterization, David Eddings’ Belgariad and Mallorean have heavily influenced me in that characters should be real people. While it’s a completely different genre to me (epic fantasy), his characters leaped off the page and sat next to you while you read.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m not reading anything at the moment, but I have just finished GirlsQuad by J. A. Heron – a great story about 4 friends who work together and deal with the challenges life throws at them.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I recently attended the Second City Signing here in Birmingham, and a lot of the authors I now consider friends were new to me when I signed up. They’re all pretty damned talented!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I have so many things on the go, it’s really hard to pin one down as for the last week or so, I haven’t been motivated to write. In the space of 4-5 months, I reworked and finished a full length novel, a novella, and a short novella. I think I burned myself out for a while.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I have an amazing support network in the book community, so it’s hard to pin it down to just one person!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to, but not for a while yet.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I don’t think so. I’ve written the story that needed to be told for those characters and that flowed well (in my eyes), besides, isn’t that the purpose, to learn from every book an author finishes and releases? I always strive to make my next release better than the last.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I was, and still am, a major bookworm, so it felt like a natural progression. In all honesty, apart from when I stopped writing in my teens, I can’t really remember a time in my life when I wasn’t writing something.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Here’s a little tease from my current WIP, On the Buses (title *may* change), which is going to be set in the 90s – so much fun doing research.
Chapter 6 – UNEDITED!
A loud crash cut through my music. I looked over to see someone picking up a pile of books and clothes. I stood to help, but stopped in my tracks when I recognised the girl from the newsagent’s. I couldn’t help but admire her. . . form in her figure hugging jeans as she turned to place everything on the bench behind her. Running my eyes slowly from her feet upwards, taking in her slender figure. I had just reached the base of her neck when she turned around and caught me looking. Her big brown eyes met mine and a blush coloured her cheeks.
“Enjoying the view?” She asked, a smirk on her face.
“I am actually.” Noticing my washing had finished, I stood to transfer it to a dryer. “Is that a problem?” I spoke over my shoulder, catching her watching me, much in the way she’d caught me doing to her a minute before. I grinned without saying a word.
“Have you finished with that machine?” She indicated the washer I was emptying.
“It’s all yours.” Out of the corner of my eye, I watched her load her bag of clothes into the machine, noticing she didn’t have a beanie hat on. Not sure why I was surprised at the shortness of her hair, I couldn’t help watch it ghost the nape of her neck. I was tempted to crack a joke about seeing her underwear, but I wasn’t Andy, so I kept my mouth shut and concentrated on sorting out my own laundry.
Sitting back down in my seat, I picked up my book and pretended to read it as I watched her go about her business. She was as pretty as I remembered from talking to her briefly in the shop by the bus stop. I was glad I’d declined Andy’s invite to hang out with him and Nina’s friends, I just needed to work out how to get to know this girl better.
I wasn’t used to meeting girls outside of the pub or at uni, so I felt a little on the backfoot with her. Before I was able to say anything to make conversation with her, the door opened and Andy barrelled in.
“There you are. I’ve been looking for you for at least an hour.” He sat down next to me. “How much longer are you going to be?”
“About half an hour or so, why?”
“We’re going out.” I rolled my eyes. “Don’t start. Meet me back at the flat in an hour, dressed in your gladrags.”
“Gladrags?” My voice rose in pitch at his use of the word I had only ever heard my parents use.
“Piss off. See you in a bit.” He was out the door again before I could turn him down. The girl with the brown eyes looked at me, a soft bemused smile on her face.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I really struggle writing dialogue. I convince myself that it reads as wooden and bland, but I’ve been told it doesn’t, which is great.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I can’t even consider picking just one. If an author can transport me into their world, then I’m sold!
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not just yet. I have started attending signings so I am travelling across the UK, but no major distance. Maybe one day I’ll be able to head out to some international events!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
There is only one person I trust to design my covers, and that is JC Clarke of The Graphics Shed. She’s amazing (and a pretty fantastic author in her own right)
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Staying motivated when I have to step away to deal with my kids or stuff around the house.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That no matter how much you plan, the story will write itself
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Try and write every day. Even if it’s only 100 words, if you get into the habit of sitting down to write each day, you’re more likely to remain motivated with the story.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you never seems to be enough, but it’s all I have right now.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Uhm… the first ‘proper’ book I read at school that was older than me, was Goodnight Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian. I loved it so much, I still have a copy to this day. It’s beautiful !
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Most things make me laugh, especially if it’s full of innuendo. Not a lot makes me cry apart from total frustration.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
There’s a few people I speak to on Facebook that I would love to meet in person, just to see if they are the same as they appear online. We all present a front from behind a computer screen, whether we mean to or not, so that fascinates me.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
I won’t have a headstone as I wish to be cremated.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I really enjoy photography. I’m not very good, but like all art forms it’s a learning curve. Apart from that, just relaxing with a great book.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love TV shows like Supernatural, Doctor Who, Nashville – anything with a good story and great characters – Joss Whedon is my God. Films, I love the Marvel films, and a good drama or chick flick. Anything I can escape into for a while.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Food – I like most food, and it all depends on my mood at the time. Colour – Green (My irish is showing). Music – I have such an eclectic taste in music. I love things like One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Guns N Roses, Linkin’ Park, and Home Free… anything goes. Music is also an extremely inspirational medium too.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I’d love to be a professional photographer
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I have a blog. You can check it out here: https://mbfeeney.wordpress.com/
Amazon Authors page http://www.amazon.co.uk/M.-B.-Feeney/e/B00ALXLYLK/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1