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 Sydney Sloane and I’m 50 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live in a small rural town in Central North Carolina
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
My family life is hectic! Five kids at home and one off to college. I have two daughters that work in the nursing field. We have three dogs and a cat. My special pup is Fionnlagh. A Scottish lover and writer needs a Scottish pup warming her feet when she’s writing. I attended the University of Southern Maine as an English major. I also enjoy biking, hiking, and love photography.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m currently working on book 2 of the First Ladies of the Fae series, Embraced by the Warrior. I absolutely adore Calum and Delilah’s story.
Fiona: When did you start writing? Why?
I wrote a little in high school, but it wasn’t until my 40’s that I figured out these voices in my head were characters trying to get out. It’s been refreshing to get them on paper!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I spoke with Michelle Willingham once and she gave me some great advice. “Don’t ever say you’re an aspiring writer. If you write…you’re a writer. The only difference between you and a published author…is that they never gave up. Never give up!”
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
After reading a time travel by Veronica Wolff! I absolutely love watching/reading about characters when they are thrust into another time period. Some of their reactions are priceless!
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I have no idea! It just came to me one day.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I love to read and write in third person only. I do love to put a bit of humor in some of my characters and some can’t help but be forthright. Love that about my character, Mo Daol in Kissed by the Laird! The only challenge I have, and it’s actually a challenge I love is research! Oh, and keep my timeline straight. I second guess myself constantly!
Fiona: How much of the book is realisic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I think each one of my characters have a bit of myself in them. I do have a character in an upcoming story named Julianna. It wasn’t until after I put her character traits on paper did I realize she was exactly like my niece, Kayla. Superficial!
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Oh, I’d love to travel. Just can’t find a babysitter. I watch a lot of documentaries, read a lot of books, and research online for most of my information.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Celestial Waters Publishing
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
No message. I would hope that the reader would become lost in the history, romance, and beauty of Scotland while they read my story.
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?
I love reading April Holthaus. She’s been around a few years. I fell in love with kilted highlanders after discovering Paula Quinn and Monica McCarty’s books.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Deb Julienne is my mentor! She is my biggest cheerleader. Always shooting me messages to keep me moving forward. She’s great at brainstorming with me!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Oh, I wish! For now, I’m content with getting these stories out while my characters are talking to me. Maybe someday.