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?
Hi my name is Ashley Malkin. I’m 44 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in England, but have lived in Australia since age 3.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I have two sons and two step-daughters. After surviving an abusive first marriage, I came out stronger and was blessed enough to find love with a wonderful man who is supportive and accepting.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Latest news is I am embarking on a new series about wolf shifters. The Durango Pack began life as a short story in an anthology two years ago. “Logan” is the prequel and has now been expanded. I am offering it as a free ebook. The link is on my website for anyone who would like the book.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing in 2014 when my youngest child finished school. I wanted a new chapter in my life to begin as well, and with a love of reading, I embarked on the challenge of writing.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I have been lucky enough to have 17 stories published, and still can’t believe I’m a writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
A love of all things paranormal and deep need for a happy ever after.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It was so hard to think of a title for the very first book that I named the book after the heroine in the story. Insecurity over the quality of the work and whether the publisher would accept the story was crippling. Since then I’ve grown in confidence and have named a few stories after the theme of the suspense in the story.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
My readers know the stories will eventually have a happy-ever-after, the challenge is making the journey unpredictable and exciting to read.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I have a lot of my life weaved through my stories. I can relate to the pain of abuse and disappointed dreams, as well as the joy in having someone truly love you.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t travel to feed my creativity, but I think visiting new places and cultures definitely fuels my imagination.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The wonderful Harris Channing has designed all my covers.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I enjoy reading to escape and relax. I hope people reading my stories can do the same.
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 have several writers who I adore. What grabs me is their imagination. The way they manage to have me totally immersed in the world they’ve created.
Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews and Cynthia Eden are a few of my favorites. Their books are amazing.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Not at this time, but I can’t see me ever stopping either, I love it too much.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I edit very heavily before submitting and don’t send it in until I’m totally happy with the story.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learn something new with every book. The men in my latest story, Kenzie- Eminence Shifters 8, were suffering PTSD, and I did a lot of reading into the disorder. Through the book, I endeavored to help each of the men heal and finally move past their trauma. I enjoyed the challenge and the way each of them needed differing tools to heal.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Channing Tatum, Vin Diesel and Charlie Hunnam. I write Ménage stories, so get to choose lots of yummy men.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just to believe in yourself and keep writing.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
That they are amazing and I’m so thrilled they like my stories.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Before the Dawn by Cynthia Eden
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The Kangaroo and the Bunyip
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Sometimes a happy ending will have me doing both. I cry when I read sad things in books, which is embarrassing when I read on the train. I like it though, as it means I’m fully engaged in the story and the characters. If a book makes me laugh, or especially cry, I know it’s a great book.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Florence nightingale, as my day( or more accurately- night) job is as a nurse.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I like to write stories. I also like bushwalking. I live in an area where there are numerous walking tracks and love exploring the Aussie bush.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Action movies, Sci/Fi, and drama movies. The Walking Dead is my favorite TV show.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Chocolate. The color blue. Blink 182 and Angels and Airwaves.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Read, and wish I could still write.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I have made sure my husband and children know I don’t want to take up any space once I’m dead. No headstone. No gravesite. I’d like to be cremated and my ashes scattered around my ‘thinking rock’ out in the bush.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?