From Originally New York City resides now in South Carolina
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My latest news is that part 2 of my book What My Sister Didn’t Know The Brothers Speak is soon to be released this year.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
My writing career started back in 2006 with my first novel release Man of My Dreams?
Fiona: When did you first considered yourself a writer?
It was when I held my first novel in my hand.
What inspired you to write your first book?
It was a still small voice that said to me to write a book. I didn’t have a clue as to what kind of book. All I knew is that I had to write one.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Not really, I like to write in different genres.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The minute I put pen to paper the title comes to me first.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?
Yes, in each of my novels I strive to truly entertain the reader while integrating life lessons.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
My novels are fiction but they are stories that could have happen in real life.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know or events in your own life?
As I said my novels are fiction but yes some things are based on true experiences whether someone I knew or heard about.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? A mentor?
The books that have most influence me is The Shack. I truly enjoyed that book and it inspired to keep writing. As far as a mentor author Kimberla Lawson Roby has been an inspiration to me.
Fiona: What books are you reading now?
I am reading Satisfying the woman in me by Leigh Mcknight.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your attention?
No not at the moment.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I am working on part three of What My Sister Didn’t Know. I am also thinking of writing a children’s novel.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of your family.
I have a few authors that have encourage me along the way. But the one entity that has kept me going when I felt like giving up was my faith in God. I believe my writing is a gift from above. S
Fiona: Do you see a writing career?
Yes I am on my writing journey and as I stated earlier this is my gift. I can never give up.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest originated?
I was always an avid reader so as I read a variety of novels. It dawned on me that maybe I could do the same. But I never acted upon it until that day I heard that small voice telling me to write a book.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
My current work is the last sequel to What My Sister Didn’t Know III. To give you a quick review. In What My Sister Didn’t Know- First Novel which is an Amazon Best Seller, and has a 5-Star rating tells you the story of two sisters Gade and Saphire who will become involve in a torrid love affair that will test the bond of sister-hood. The story continues in my soon to be release What My Sister Didn’t Know II, The Brothers Speak which will answer some questions that wasn’t revealed in the first novel. And Part Three will be a true earth shattering novel no one would soon forget. So please if you haven’t got the first get it now!
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Sometimes I get into a paragraph that doesn’t flow the way I want it to. So I either get rid of it and start over or change the previous paragraph to make it align with what I am trying to get across to the reader.
Fiona: Who are your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have several favorite authors but the one that stands out the most is Eric Jerome Dickey. What strikes me about his work is the way he brings his characters to life. You are enthralled the moment you read the first paragraph.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your books?
I travel when I do my book signings, more often at the release of a new book.
Fiona: Who designed your book cover?
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing my book was getting through to the end of the story. Sometime my characters can keep the story line going farther then I anticipated.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that writing is defiantly not as easy as one may think. I had to learn patience and perseverance. And that writing is a lonely journey.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific to say to your readers?
My readers are awesome and I like to say thanks to all of them for their love and support.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I have read hundreds of books over the years and no I don’t remember what the very first one was.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry? A sad movie makes me cry. What makes me laugh are being with my grand kids. They are funny little people.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
I would love to meet Oprah. She is a fascinating woman and I admire her for being so transparent to the world.
Fiona: What do you want written on your headstone and why?
Mmmp, never thought of that before. Let’s see… She loved with her whole heart.
I am a loving person. I see only the best in others.
Fiona: Other then writing do you have any hobbies?
Yes, knitting. I love it almost as much as writing.
Fiona: What TV/Films do you enjoy watching?
I love to watch Scandal and How to get away with murder.
Fiona: Favorite foods/ colors/music.
I love Pizza, my favorite color is royal blue and music well, I like gospel, Jazz, R&B and country.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Um…I don’t know. I think it was my destiny to be a writer.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website. If so what is it?
Yes to both questions. My blog is Janiede.blogspot.com and my web site is http://tinyurl.com/levp2j2
Thank you, Fiona for this interview. I must say that I had the most fun answering your questions.