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 Alicia Maslo, but I go by A. Maslo in the author world.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I wasborn in Hawaii, but I have travelled all over the US and have currently settled in Tennessee.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I have an amazing husband who is in the Army along two boys ages 10 and 8. We also have two Rotties that are pretty much a second set of children.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I have 2 new releases coming this fall, one in Sept. and one in Oct. that I’m pretty excited about. I also am working on book 2 of the Annarii Fae series, an anthology set for next year, and I recently teamed up with a dear friend and co-worker of mine to co-write another series we thought of.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started to seriously write in Feb of 2016 because I had an idea for a great story and decided the best person to tell it would be me. Before that, I dabbled in poetry and storytelling as an outlet.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I would say when I was about halfway through writing my first book. I knew that I was hooked into the story and loved it so much, that that is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Two things really- one, I had this wicked crazy dream and told my best friend about it, and two- she convinced me I should make it a story.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I wanted something catchy and unique, so I started thinking and then it just hit me- the story really jumps off during the characters graduation ceremony, which is called the Rite of Annarii, so I went with it.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I prefer to write in first person and if the mood strikes, I’ll write, but I don’t force myself to write or make those word counts- I can’t handle the pressure, so I go at my pace. I also don’t do any sort of outline or plot pointing, I just let the story go where it wants to. If an idea for it strikes, then I’ll write that down on a notepad for possible later use if it goes that direction. But honestly, I write as if I am the character going through what they go through. I get so wrapped up in immersed into the story it gets overwhelming sometimes- especially when that character goes through something traumatic. That’s what’s challenging to me; to step away and remind myself that it’s just a character and not happening. (Lol) I get really attached to them.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Well, there’s the interesting part. The personalities of my characters in my main series are of people in my life I know personally. The foods from that era and region, along with the building materials and things of that sort are all “real” for the era it’s set in, but since I write fantasy, the stories are just that. I take inspiration for people as a way to connect with the story.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Not generally, no. I have travelled all over the US countless times and I love taking pictures of the sky and of nature, then I use those images to describe the landscapes. I even have people who send me photos of things in nature they found beautiful to help in that endeavor.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Original cover design for Rite of Annarii was Red Umbrella Graphic Designs, until I signed with my publisher in which Feather Dreams Press created its new cover. FDP also designed the cover for The Unremembered, while The Anguished Queen is also being designed by Red Umbrella Graphic Designs.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I think the overall theme would be to never give up, even though things are going to get tough and seem ridiculously impossible, you can still make it through, especially if let others in to help. That’s kind of a central theme in all of my work now that I think of it- that was completely unintentional. (Lol)
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?
Yes, I really loved Yolanda Allard’s Illuminous novel and am patiently waiting for book 2. I also am enjoying a book by Zizi Cole titled Sweet Nightmares- the second one just recently released, so I am behind the ball there. (Lol)
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Hmm, well, my best friend is the one who said I needed to publish my book, so if she counts as an entity, then I’d say her. However, I submitted my novel to Bella Tulip Publishing after a few months of being self-published, who replied saying they wanted to sign the series, which blew me away.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Definitely. It’s a long and hard process, but I love it. I may not be the next Rowling, but I love writing and making people feel something when they read my work. For now, that’s enough.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not a word. The Anguished Queen just flowed so beautifully. I didn’t know where it was going or what it was doing, but it was an amazing tale and I love every single bit of it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Well, I realized I have a dark side in my writing. I always end up having at least one death, I always put the protagonist through some kind of heartbreak, and I love when I can make people cry. Man, I kind of sound sadistic in my writing. (Lol)
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I have been asked this and I thought a lot about the answer. If Rite of Annarii was a film, I would want Ashley Greene or Mila Kuniz playing Fellwynne. They are amazing actresses.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just do you. Be yourself and tell the story you want to tell. Don’t give up and don’t let anyone drag you down. You got this.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Please be patient and in there with me, I am working on book 2 and it’s moving along smoothly, and I have some exciting projects coming up that I can’t wait to share with you.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m actually reading 2 currently- Sweet Nightmares by Zizi Cole that I mentioned earlier, and Game of Thrones book 1 because I can’t get enough of George R.R. Martin.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I remember the first novel I read- The Fairy Rebel by Lynn Reid Banks which could be what started my obsession with Fantasy.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Too many things to name honestly. But I always get teary when an animal or child dies, especially in films.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Jane Austen, because it’s Jane Austen. I’m a big Austen fan- books, films, it doesn’t matter. She was so incredibly talented. I would want to know if the stories she told were based in truth or fiction. If truth, I’d want to know if they were her way of escaping her own life, making her own tale better. Or maybe it’s of the lives of her friends, giving them better endings, ones they deserved instead of what they received. I would want to know her passion and inspiration that has captured fans for decades and made her a legend.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I love painting and singing, reading, watching movies with the family, and I won’t lie, I even like to play with Legos, building cathedrals and castles for the kids to play with.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Game of Thrones, Outlander, Grimm (it’s over though), Vikings, H2O (an Aussie tv show), Gotham, PLL (but it’s done too), Shadow Hunters, etc. Honestly, if I named them all, we’d be here a while. (Lol)
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favorite foods: pizza, ribs, spaghetti, lasagna, potatoes (in all their forms), corn, tacos, burgers- what can I say, I love food. My favorite color is Sapphire Blue, and I love music. I’ll listen to anything except Jazz and Rap. I especially enjoy classical, celtic (folk or punk), and metal. What a mix, right?
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Hopefully turn to my painting. I love creating. It’s what I did before I got in to writing, so I’d imagine, I’d continue with that.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I don’t know because I used to want to be cremated, but I would want it to say something witty like, “Died from not forwarding that message to ten people,” or “She watched the damn video 7 days ago.” (Lol)
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My website is: http://amasloauthor.wixsite.com/amaslo and my FB page is: www.facebook.com/amaslo-author Both locations have a ton of info from book links, to order forms, to upcoming info and teasers, swag and much more!
Amazon author page (US): amazon.com/author/aliciamaslo
Amazon author page (UK): amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01MXRE65T
Fractured Fairytales book 1 (ft. THe Unremembered): https://www.amazon.com/Fractured-Fairytales-R-L-Weeks-ebook/dp/B072MW783B/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1503173723&sr=1-1&keywords=fractured+fairytales+book+1