Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
I’m Paige Fieldsted, 29.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I grew up in a small town in eastern Utah and now live in Salt Lake City.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I grew up on a farm in a tiny town and although I would never want to live there now, I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything in the world. I went to college at the University of Utah where I double majored in Mass Communication and Psychology, and spent most of my free time working for the school newspaper, the Daily Chronicle. I served as the first female sports editor and loved every second of it. I worked as a newspaper reporter for a few years before coming to my current job as a communications specialist at a health care company. I currently live in Salt Lake City with my husband, our toddler and our pug, Willy.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just released my first novel, The Fantasy Effect. It is an erotic romance about love, marriage and what happens when you risk it all. And is available on all major platforms.
Amazon link: http://smarturl.it/FantasyEffect_Amazon
iBooks link: http://smarturl.it/FantasyEffect_iBooks
BN link: http://smarturl.it/FantasyEffect_BN
Kobo link: http://smarturl.it/FantasyEffect_Kobo
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have been writing as long as I can remember. My grandma told me that when I used to stay at her house she would find scraps of paper with stories written on them all over her house when I would leave. When I was in 7th grade, my first “short story” was 10 pages long. I feel like I’ve always loved writing.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I didn’t start calling myself a writer until about a year ago, when I was working on my first book. But I’ve been a writer, even by profession for much longer than that. I worked a reporter for a newspaper for several years and wrote newspaper articles every day.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I had an idea on an airplane ride to Seattle last spring and kind of just ran with it. I’ve wanted to write a book since I was a little girl though, it just took the encouragement and support of a few close to friends to finally give me the push I needed to make it happen.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I am actually really terrible at titles. I had 3 other titles before I settled on The Fantasy Effect. To find it I took a bunch of keywords from my novel and mashed them together until I found something I liked and fit the story.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t think I have a specific-style. I’m not a super-planner who plots out every scene before I write a word, but I also don’t just wing it either. I usually have a rough outline and then let the story take me where it wants to go. Sometimes it gets in my in trouble though because I don’t follow the outline I set for myself and then I end up with plot holes.
As for writing romance, I think the challenge is finding a fresh way to tell a love story.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Almost none of my book is based on events in my own life. But I think the entire book is very realistic, it’s about marriage and love and fantasies and is a story that could happen to almost anyone.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t have to travel to write, but traveling always gets my creative juices flowing and I seem to come up with better ideas and write more when I’m traveling.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Judi Perkins of Concierge Literary Designs designed my amazing cover (https://www.cldesignsky.com/ )
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The message is that one decision can literally change everything and in a sense, that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. I think a lot of people wonder what would happen if they did certain things or brought certain fantasies to life. In my book the main character, Chloe, brought her fantasy to life, but it didn’t turn out the way she thought it would.
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?
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I couldn’t name just one, but I have a small group of friends whose support was unwavering. They really encouraged me to finally write a book and have been excited and supportive every step of the way.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Writing, at this very moment, is not my career, but I hope one day it is. I have a day job right now that pays the bills, but I hope to one day be able to quit that job and write books full time.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I struggled for a long time with my very first book being about a topic that a lot of people are sensitive about (cheating) but it was a story that needed to be told.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned a lot about myself, about writing, about publishing and marketing. I think the biggest thing I learned is that I can do hard things! Seeing a novel from idea to completion and then to publication is no easy feat, but knowing that I did it once means I can do it again and again. I also learned that I can’t force writing. I try to write everyday but somedays it just won’t come and that’s okay. When I get stuck in a rut like that, I usually skip ahead to a scene I’ve been thinking about for a while and then come back and fill in the gaps later.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write what you want and be yourself. Don’t try and emulate another author. No one else can your story like you can. Also the best piece of advice I received when I was writing my book, was “Always remember the key to being successful at writing is to appeal to SOME. The best authors in the world still have people that don’t like their books. The key is to make a book certain people will love and there will be plenty of buyers to go around. The authors that try to write to everyone cannot touch the heart of anyone.”
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Don’t hate me because The Fantasy Effect doesn’t have a happily ever after at the end! For all of those who love Quinn, don’t worry he’ll get his happy ending eventually.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Right now I’m reading Heatwave by Karina Halle.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I honestly don’t remember the first book I read, but I have always loved reading and books. When I was in Kindergarten I used to walk from my dad’s shop to the Bookmobile every Tuesday. One snowy day the Bookmobile didn’t come and I went back to the shop in tears because I couldn’t get new books.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
In addition to writing, I love reading, cooking, working out and hanging out with my toddler.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
My husband and I are big fans of the Chicago series on NBC, Chicago Fire, PD and Med are all regulars at our house.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I am a food lover and therefore can’t pick just one favorite food, but I do love dessert, and usually eat some sort of dessert every single day.
Shades of turquoise and jade are my favorite colors.
I listen to a huge variety of musics too. I have everything from country to hip hop to top 40 on my ipod and listen to them all when the mood strikes.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
A future where I don’t write is a very sad future. Even when I wasn’t writing a novel or doing writing for work, I would write in my spare time. Writing is very comforting to me, it helps me gather my thoughts or just release negative energy. So I don’t want to imagine a future without writing.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I have a website: https://paigefieldsted.com/ and readers can also subscribe to my newsletter on my site. In my newsletter I send out release information, previews and teasers, and other fun things happening with my writing at the time.
Readers can also find me on the social media sites below:
Goodreads author link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15676479.Paige_Fieldsted
Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/paigefieldstedauthor
Twitter page: https://twitter.com/paigefieldsted