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 am Iris Sweetwater, and I am very close to having the same age each birthday from now on lol!
Fiona: Where are you from?
Originally from the big TX but not anymore.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I actually have two degrees-one in paralegal studies and the other in Education. Education, especially using innovative ideas is a passion of mine. I have been writing my whole life, though, and was first published at age 13. I also went to acting and modeling school after high school, so I have a lot of artistic passions. I am a mom now, which is my most important and favorite job, though 😊.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just put the second in the Brothers of fang series up for pre-order on Amazon. It is the second in a paranormal romance series featuring werewolves and witches. I am running a deal where whoever pre-orders and shows me the confirmation gets 2 exclusive bonus chapters with a lot of untold secrets in the story.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I was four when I first started writing, and it began first with poetry. I had a tough childhood, and it was a way to express myself.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I feel like I have always been a writer. I write things every day, always have, but it’s the term author that eluded me until a few years ago.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Well, the first book I completed was inspired by Harry Potter. I believe I was 12, and it was about a school of magic, but the lead was a girl. I wanted to be JK Rowling. What author doesn’t?
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I don’t even remember what the title was for that one. My first self-published book, Texas Roze, kind of created its own title. Roze was the name of the main character already. Texas came because I needed a cover with a thin girl with long blonde hair on it, and it had to be set in a small town out in the country somewhere. I found the perfect picture, and the woman is leaning against a car with a Texas license plate. So, that became my title and setting.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I do, but I don’t know how to describe it. Put of all my genres, I have a challenge with the contemporary romance. Making it unique and not formulaic while still giving the readers some of what they want is no easy task.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The books I have out so far have little elements of me; some are personality traits, others are physical features, but they are purely fiction. I do plan to delve into a memoir one day that will read like a New Adult Romance.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, I do everything right in the living room while caring for my daughter!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I have done some, my husband others, and even still cover designers have done a couple of them. The New Alpha was done by Courtney Cannon.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I think family struggles and dealing with those are themes throughout my books, even unintentionally.
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?
Kristy Nicolle had me at hello. She blew me away with her latest release. As far as my favorite known authors, most of them write young adult fantasy which ahs always been a personal favorite. JK Rowling is my ultimate favorite, and it doesn’t just have to do with Harry potter, though that doesn’t hurt. It’s about the way she lives her life, her attitude, and the situation that writing got her out of.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
The entire author community. I feel like I truly belong somewhere. All these authors and Pas are great!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. Always have, and I hope to get there.
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 sequels are hard and sometimes don’t work the same way as the first!
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Well, the alpha in Brothers of Fang is supposed to kind of look like David Beckham, and the lead witch, Annalise, would HAVE to be Bella Thorne but with her hair dyed black!
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just keep going and do what you do best. Don’t let anyone get you down.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
You can always contact me. I don’t want to be so distant that I can’t talk to a reader.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am attempting to tackle the Shannara series.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Making silly jokes with my husband.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Again JK Rowling. She is my spirit animal.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I love to sing, dance, and make curriculum.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Ohhhhh there are so many. I love a lot of the 80s movies like The Labyrinth and all the Brat Pack stuff. By the way, she should have chosen Duckie! TV shows, I like most of the stuff that comes from Freeform like Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries. Gossip Girl is both my husband and my guilty pleasure.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Pizza, though my ulcer tells me I cannot have it, hot pink, and a lot of alt rock.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Yikes, hate that, but I would teach. I would do more than that. I would open an all-inclusive charter school and make all the curriculum myself.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I do! They can sign up for my newsletter there as well. http://irissweetrh.wixsite.com/irissweet-author