Name: Screaming Mimi
Where are you from: I’m originally from Zanesville, Oh.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc: Until recently I was attending college but raising a toddler and trying to do homework don’t go hand in hand. I have two daughters, two dogs, and one amazing husband who served our country for 20 years in the Army.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My first book releases February 1st. I just finished book two in the series and am in the process of writing book three.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing when I was in 5th grade. I wrote poetry back then and my teacher tried to get me to publish my work then. I started writing poetry because it gave me an outlet from my home life.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When my publisher said start an author page.lol.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Believe it or not a country song. Getting Drunk on the Plane. I heard it one day and thought you know what that guy deserves a happy ending. I tried to talk some authors I knew into writing it but they didn’t take it. So after some tough love from a group of awesome ladies I started writing Submitting to Fate.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t think so I write what my characters tell me to. If they don’t talk I don’t write. I never try to force them.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I knew I wanted something to do with Fate and I originally called it Payback but it didn’t fit the book by the time I finished so I tossed around ideas with my PA and she helped me find the right one that worked.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Definitely want them to understand that good or bad fate has a hand in our lives. Sometimes we don’t like the path it sets us on but it has a purpose.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
The hotel in the book is real and so is the actual castle. The actual castle is for sale in Ireland. Maybe I’ll buy it some day.lol.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor? The first romance novel I ever read was by Hannah Howell and it was Amber Flame its called something else now but I read it so much I wore out the pages. As far as a mentor I’ve been lucky enough to get to know a few authors over the last couple of months and all of them have been super helpful.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished Dawne Walters newest book Static Line. It’s a continuation of Anchor Line. I literally didn’t put it down until I finished it. I fell in love with her characters and I hope she continues with them.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Chrissy Snyder has her first book Accepting Cherry coming out at the end of February and I can’t wait to read it.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m working on book three in my series while book two is being edited. I’m also thinking of doing an anthology with a group of authors for a charity.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Beth Diaz has been the most amazing and supportive friend I could ever ask for. She’s not only my PA but she is my friend. She tells me when something doesn’t sound right, when I should add more to a scene, or when I’m just acting crazy.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would say its definitely a career. I spend 8-12 hours a day on the computer writing, promoting, or creating things.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No not really because those characters spoke to me and told me what to write. Bella and Logan would grab my brain so to speak in the middle of the night and say this is what we are doing.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It was really to escape what was going on at home. I needed an outlet.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I wish I could but its in the very early stages of book three.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
My biggest challenge is putting into words what the characters want to say.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Oh wow I have so many I can’t narrow it down to just one.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I’m planning on doing some traveling to promote my books at some author events this year and next.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Figuring out how to make flow right.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I’ve learn a lot about the whole writing process. How much work goes into it after its written is the biggest one.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Go out and do it. I used to be one of those people who said I wish I could write a book. You know what if I can do it you can too. Don’t wait to try and make your dream come true.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Yes, thank you for reading my books. Without you reading them I won’t be able to keep on writing them.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I don’t remember the first book I read but I do remember the first book that touched me. The Polar Express I remember my teacher reading it to us in class and thinking I could see everything in my head without the pictures.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I laugh at sick twisted things. I grew up around military personalities and then I married in the Army. You can’t live like that and not come out with a twisted sense of humor. I’m the person that at my funeral I want some to come dressed as the grim reaper and just start pointing to people. I cry when someone I love is hurting.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Queen Elizabeth I. That woman was totally badass. She ruled England by herself and ruled it well.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
She never said I wish she just did it.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Oh lord lets see I scrapbook, used to make cloth diapers while my youngest was in them, I sew, hand quilt, and I play piano.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m a huge geek. I love Supernatural, Walking Dead, Flash, Arrow, and Gotham right now for TV. For movies I’m an action girl give me RED or the Expendables and I’m a happy camper.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music:
Food anything Italian, color is purple, music is anything with a good tune I like classical and hair band 80s stuff.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I was studying to be a teacher.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?