IHello 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?
Hello everyone, my name is Shaan Ranae and I am just months away from the big 4-0!
Fiona: Where are you from?
I grew up in Mansfield Ohio and reside in a small town not too far from there called Shelby Ohio. O-H-
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Well, I’m a nurse by day, specializing in Dementia care. After the nine to five is complete, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children who are very active. They keep me hopping. When my chauffer, housekeeping, and family duties are completed. I spend time in my own little world either immersing myself reading or writing a book.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Although, I have many projects in the works. A few anthologies, collaborations and a sequel I’ve promised my readers. The most recent will be Once Upon a Love: an autumn romance anthology that I’ve been lucky enough to be apart of.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
In high school, I would write poems, but a few years ago I challenged myself to write a romance novel. I’m a huge Romance reader and I thought that maybe I had a few stories to share.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’m still waiting for that moment. I think I’m more of a storyteller.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I wanted to see if I could write the stories I loved so much.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I had many different titles, but one day while storytelling, one for the characters blurted out the title and I loved that line so much that I used it for the title.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Editing is difficult for me. It always sounds right in my crazy head, but doesn’t always portray the way I feel it should. I prefer subtlety but sometimes I feel my point get missed. Luckily, I’m not afraid to ask for assistance with this.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
So far both books have some of my experiences in them. Like they always say, “You write what you know.” Although, I couldn’t imagine writing something without a little piece of me in it. Hopefully the reader will enjoy that little piece.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Not usually. I write about the everyday guy/girl but with a little extra grit and truth.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
A Minor Happy Ending was designed by Jessica James
Just Live was designed by Kennedy Kelley from K-creations
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The message from Just Live is in the title and as for A Minor Happy Ending, there are too many to count. Those kids made very wrong decision.
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?
It’s hard for me to pick a favorite. I have so many that I love to read their material.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My friends have been extremely supportive by reading and critiquing my WIP. Fellow authors have also been such an inspiration and help.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would love writing to be my only career
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I love their journey together. I’m not sure.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I am constantly learning, not only with the craft itself, but what I need personally to make my stories more developed.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
In Just Live? Hmm, probably a mid-eastern unknown actress with a fresh face.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just write. It all starts with your story. If you have a story in your head put it on paper. You can learn editing, proofreading, etc… but no one can put the story in your head. That’s all you.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for taking a chance on me.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m currently in between books. I will be hitting up my kindle on Sunday.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not as a child, but when I began reading again as an adult, The Twilight Series brought me back to reading.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
That’s hard to say. I love to laugh and can usually find humor everywhere. I’m not sure the exact things that make me laugh.
I cry at sad movies or books. My daughter stares at me during those times and jokes at my expense, lol.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
There are tons of people I would love to meet. I love people. I people watch daily. I love observing human interaction and behavior. It helps me with my writing.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I scrapbook our family memories when I have time. I sew at times. I love walking in the evenings.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Impractical Jokers is one of my favorite shows. Those boys are hilarious. Other than that I don’t watch much television. I love movies when I have time to watch them.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I looooove noodles. I’m pretty sure that I couldn’t live without noodles.
My favorite color is blue. My favorite music, hmm… that’s a tough one. I love all types of music depending on my mood.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
In a future when I no longer write… well that just sounds sad. If there ever came a day when I could no longer write, I guess I would continue my career in nursing. It’s where I started and it would only make sense to finish there.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Think of me in your dreams, but when you’re awake ‘Just Live’
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?