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 Olivia Rigal and I’m 58.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Born in Manhattan so a real New Yorker.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am of mixed culture ping ponged between the US and France. I did everything twice : two languages, two cultures, two law degrees, two bars …
I have been living in France with the father of my two kids since 1983.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I haven’t published anything in English since January so nothing new to talk about.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Writing for publication, end of 2012 so really 2013.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Not yet, still working on that one.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
A friend who had started self publishing and was doing well.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Oh I can’t remember … sorry.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I started writing third person past and then realized I was a lot more comfortable with first person present. I think that’s not very specific but that’s all I can come up with.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
A lot of people in my books are inspired from people in real live and yes many small events or details are drawn from actual experiences.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, I work best from home.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I have several cover artists I work with, Jacqueline Sweet, Okay Creation and Corma Covers.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
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 are two many to list but I adore Christa Wick who no longer writes under that name, I also love Kim Linwood and Julia Kent for fun romantic comedy; I’m amazed at the creativity of the ladies of the shifter community such as Celia Kyles, Sable Sylvan or Milly Taiden.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I wish to be able to do it full time.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
That the trick to throw in a man with a gun when you are stuck really works well in romantic suspense.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
The model on the cover, she’s a Russian BBW. Her name is Juliya, like my character.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write and write and write. Don’t listen to the critic in your head.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for reading my books and PLEASE write reviews, it really helps us when you do.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Craft books about plotting and characterization.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Yes it was called Rex & Mistigris it was about a dog and cat who ran away from a circus.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Most anything. I’m an easy audience to move to tears or get to giggle.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Not that I can think about this instant.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Nope, I work full time as a lawyer and then I write. There is no spare time for hobby. I guess I’m a very boring person.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Game of Thrones, Suits, most hospital shows.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Thai food is my absolute faborite, blue, my taste in music is so eclectic, I wouldn’t know where to begin. My dream is to buy a Hang Drum. If you don’t know what that is let me show you :
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would do marketing for authors as I enjoy doing that.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Don’t want a head stone : use my spare parts if they can help someone and then scater the rest.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Anazon Authors Pages