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?
Dorothy Wiley, age 65, but don’t tell anyone.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e., your education, family life, etc.).
I’m an honors graduate of The University of Texas in Austin with a Journalism degree. This August, my husband and I will have been married for 40 wonderful years. We have two children and three grandchildren. My husband and I live on a large ranch in Texas about an hour southeast of San Antonio. We have cattle, a horse, and a Boxer. I am a former vice president of marketing and public relations for a large Houston corporation. We moved to our ranch about 13 years ago and I truly love the spectacular scenery and breathtaking sunsets we have here.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just released my eighth novel, LOVE’S SUNRISE, the second book in my second series! The early reviews are very positive. The book teems with action and cliff-edge tension while telling a moving love story. It is set on the romantic and dangerous American frontier at a time when Kentucky was considered the West.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I wrote for 35 years in my marketing and public relations career. My creative writing started in about 2000. As far as why, I’ve always loved books and I’m sure that’s part of it. But the biggest reason was a desire to tell the story of America’s earliest pioneers because I admire their courage and determination.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The first time I wrote a news release in my Journalism classes at UT.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I spent a lot of time researching my husband’s ancestors as a Christmas present to him. I discovered that they were among America’s first-wave pioneers. I found their stories inspiring and fascinating. They were courageous and daring and made tremendous sacrifices. We owe our country’s westward expansion to brave pioneers like them.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I have eight titles. The first series all start with the word ‘Love’ and the second series all end with the word ‘Love.’ I did this deliberately because I wanted to convey that my novels were stories of both love and heroes. The title of the first book, WILDERNESS TRAIL OF LOVE, was inspired by the actual name of the road—Wilderness Trail—that early pioneers took into Kentucky, an arduous 1,000 mile journey.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging? As far as style, my books tend to be page-turners with lots of action and adventure and strong characters. I find writing love scenes challenging because I try to write them tastefully with an emphasis on love rather than lust. My books are hard to classify into any one category because they contain elements of many genres—historical, romance, westerns, frontier, colonial, adventure, and even suspense.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The books are generally historically accurate and based on my research. They convey what my characters might have actually experienced in the wilderness of early America between the years 1797 – 1806. My novels are both realistic and idealistic. Although they can be gritty and deal with difficult problems and events, they also include a tender love story and a happily ever after ending.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The first six were designed my Erin Dameron-Hill and the last two by April Martinez.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, most definitely. While my books acknowledge the harsh realities of the frontier, they also include the ideals of heroic courage, boundless hope, strong family, and forever love. I hope that my books and these ideals will touch the hearts of my readers.
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?No new authors. My favorite writer is Thomas Costain, followed by Sharon Kay Penman and Margaret George. I love how all three wrap a thrilling story around actual history.
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?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not that I can think of right now.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
It is becoming more difficult to have the energy required to write a novel. It takes hundreds, perhaps thousands of hours and the publishing process is long and challenging. I’ve written eight novels in three years. I am giving myself a much needed break now. I’m going to try to wait until this fall to start the next manuscript.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Good question, but the answer would be different for each book since my stories are about five brothers and their families. If he were still with us, I would love to have Jimmy Stewart play one of my heroes. As far as current actors, Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) could play the lead in any one of my books!
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Yes, and it is all in an article recently published by InD’Tale Magazine, page 30 http://magazine.indtale.com/magazine/2017/june/
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I appreciate each and every one of you and am very grateful for the kind reviews you leave on Amazon. If you are willing, please help spread the word about my books. Word of mouth is the best marketing tool!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not sure if it was the first, but one of the first ones was Huckleberry Finn. I read all the Little House on the prairie books when I was about 12. Then I read all the Nancy Drew mysteries. When I got to high school, I read Thomas Costain’s novels. My favorite was The Black Rose.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My husband makes me laugh. He has a great sense of humor. As far as what makes me cry, I don’t cry very often. When I do, it is usually the loss of a loved one or a tragic event like 9/11 and other recent terrorist attacks in Europe. They are so sad and senseless.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Besides Jesus! Well, that is a difficult choice. I think I would say Thomas Jefferson for someone in the past. And President Trump for someone in the present.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Reading and cooking.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Romantic comedies and westerns.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Fav foods include steak, salmon, Italian. Fav colors are plaid/tartans (I’m half Scots) and red and green. My favorite musician is Rod Stewart! I would love to meet him someday!
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Spend time with my children and grandchildren teaching them to honor God and love their country. I would also travel with my husband.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
We loved forever and ever and ever…
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
TITLES BY DOROTHY WILEY
AMERICAN WILDERNESS SERIES
Book One — the story of Stephen and Jane:
Book Two — the story of Sam and Catherine:
Book Three — the story of William and Kelly:
Book Four — the story of Bear and Artis:
Book Five — A story of Sam and Catherine and the entire family:
FRONTIER GIFT OF LOVE
Book Six — the story of Edward and Dora:
WILDERNESS HEARTS SERIES
Book One — the story of Daniel and Ann:
Book Two — the story of Gabe and Martha:
Book Three — Releasing Winter 2017, God willing!
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