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?
Hello! My name is Lacey Silks and I’m 41 though I feel about 34 – I seriously don’t know why. I wish I could have paused my life at that age because now it just feels like it’s running away from me.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I reside in a small town of Cambridge, Ontario. We moved here from Mississauga (right by Toronto) eight years ago and love the smaller community. Life seems a little less hectic.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I graduated in ’99 with a BA in Economics. The funny thing is that when I took my first Economics class, I promised myself that I’d never ever study Economics and ended up doing so for 4 more years. After graduation I was fortunate to work for a great company and continued my education to earn a Wealth Management Advisor certification. That came along with a new position in broker training (which I loved). Then came the kids and a realization that I’d love to work from home, so I got a real estate license. Didn’t like the job but did well there until we moved. That’s when I was inspired to become an author (see below).
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m currently working on 3 projects. Actually make that 4. Play With Me, the 3rd novel in the With Me series, Baby Me, the follow up novella to Sin With Me, a stand-alone second chance contemporary romance and a new series I can’t really talk about, but it will involve me travelling to NY to do some fun research.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
In 2009 we moved from a metropolitan city to a small town because of my husband’s job. Our kids were 4 and 6 at the time so you can imagine our busy lives. One evening my husband brought a DVD of Twilight (doesn’t everything start at Twilight). Given a busy life with 2 small kids, I had no idea what Twilight was. I fell in love with the movie, googled it, read Stephenie Meyer’s biography and saw myself as a writer. That evening when I went to sleep I had a dream about a vampire plot. I woke up the next morning and started writing, immediately knowing that I would finish this book. Two years later, I released my first YA novel (under a different name), then wrote another one plus two novellas before venturing into romantic suspense and contemporary romance.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think it was when I was at a hairdressers and she asked me where I worked. When I told her that I’m an author it just felt right. Also, when I received my first 4.5 star review from a well respected blogger. That’s when I got my confidence to write more.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Definitely Stephenie Meyer. It was all her when I sat down to write my first novel.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
That first title (which needs to remain title-less for now), just made sense for the character and how she struggled with her identity.
Layers Deep was my first novel written as Lacey Silks. I had the title for all 3 books before I wrote the stories and then worked the titles in. Some books are titled because I like the way they sound and other, such as My First, My Last and Only You, receive their titles because of the stories.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Each author has a writing style. The most challenging part of writing is keeping your butt in your chair and actually getting the words down on paper/computer. All words can be corrected and improved but there won’t be anything to correct if you don’t have anything written.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
A lot, LOL! Yes, there are personal stories within my stories and sometimes those seem more improbable than my imagination. I base a lot of character traits on people I meet and the stories they tell me. Once people find out that you’re an author, they seem to want to talk more, joking that I can use them in my books. Oh, I definitely use them, they just don’t know it 😉
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
So far I haven’t had to travel, however I have based stories in places I’ve travelled to. When I can’t travel, I look at a lot of images and even topography maps. The next series I’m planning will most likely
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
At the moment, it’s Clarise at CT Cover Designs. I’ve also worked with Robin Ludwig from Robin Ludwig Design Inc. and a couple of others.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes! Always hope and strength. I love writing about women who are strong and believe in themselves and who never give up, no matter how dire their situation.
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?
Oh my, that’s a tough one because there are so many. If I had to choose top five they’d be Stephenie Meyer (because she inspired me to begin with) and EL James (because she inspired me to take the plunge and write adult themed books). I absolutely adore Mia Sheridan, Raine Miller and Kitty French. One day I hope to be able to capture the audience the way they do.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
That’s easy. It’s the entire online indie community. It still boggles my mind when I meet some authors after years of being in touch with them online.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. I’m a full-time author/writer. It’s the only thing I want to do for the rest of my life. I’ve told my husband that I want a copy of each of my books that I’ve written (I think it’s 24 now) in my coffin.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
You always think of things you should have written differently. I can say with confidence that each book I write seems to get better, which is the goal until you can reach that point and write what some authors call “a perfect book”. It does exist but it’s very difficult to accomplish.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
That I’m tired? Most of the books I write emotionally exhaust me and I have to take a few days break before I move on to another project.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
That would depend on the book but I think I’d like to cast unknown actors. This is only because I’m still an unknown author and appreciate any chance I have for someone to read my books.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Yeah, keep your butt in your chair. Get the words down daily and writing will become part of you. Read a lot. Follow authors you love and emulate them. Listen to your gut, do it for the love not for the money, think long-term and have a plan (that’s where the money will come in). I think the most important thing to have, is a plan.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for taking a chance on me ❤ I feel very humbled and blessed to have such supportive readers.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Burned Promises by Willow Winters
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The Six Bullerby Children by Astrid Lindgren. I read it as a child, in Polish (my first language). I think I’d like to read it in English now – never thought about it before.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I love sarcasm, pranks and smart-mouths. That would be the laughing part.
I don’t cry often but definitely when a pet dies (never mind humans – not even going to go into that because I’m already welling up). So yeah, death makes me cry like nothing else. Funny thing is that love and personal sacrifice also makes me cry. I have a soft spot for people who think about others before they think about themselves.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Hhmm… that’s a hard question for me and I’m not sure I can explain why. I’m a “living in the moment” type of person (though many would argue that I like to have everything planned out) and that’s probably why it’d be difficult to decide whether I’d like to meet someone from the past or the present. I also don’t take a lot of photographs. Instead, I like to enjoy myself more. Even when I’m sightseeing – I think I take pictures for others to see but would prefer not to take any and just enjoy the experience.
Wait, I got it! I think I’d like to meet a real caveman! Like a neanderthal. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see their perspective on our life?
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I love skiing. It’s part of who I am. Mountains make me happy. Reading and getting lost in different worlds is a must. The more outrageous, the better, though I would never jump out of a plane. Getting me on a plane in the first place takes a lot of planning, LOL!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’ve been watching Days of our Lives (soap opera) for over 25 years. I love competitive reality shows such as survivor and big brother. Bachelor/Bechelorette is up there too. Yeah, I’ve heard critics saying the shows are scripted, but to be honest, I don’t really care. Still like them.
The only other show I make time to watch is Game of Thrones.
There are so many shows out there, while I’d love to watch many of there, I just don’t have the time and would prefer to spend time with the family or write.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food: definitely chocolate. I will eat anything covered in chocolate.
Music: Job Bon Jovi and the 80’s.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
It took me years to find what I love to do so I think it would take me years to find something else other than writing. I know that it would need to be something creative and something that would keep me close to my family. I also know that I couldn’t work for anyone else, LOL! I like being my own boss.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I actually thought about this earlier this year when I asked my readers to send me a quote about hope. If there’s anything I’d like written on my head stone it’d be: “Learn from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow.” ~ Albert Einstein
This quote is the main theme in my “With Me” series.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
All my newsletter subscribers get a free ebook. It’s a full-length novel that’s not available for free anywhere else. You can join here:http://smarturl.it/Laceymail
Best way to contact me is through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaceySilksAuthor/
I also have a closed group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LaceySilksReads/ I’m not very active there now but one of my plans is to be more active in that group. If you join, feel free to call me out and say: “Hey, Lacey. Haven’t heard from you in a while. What’s up?” I promise to always answer.
I’m also an instagram virgin and still trying to remember to post. This goes back to the problem I have with taking pictures, LOL! If you have patience, you can follow me here: https://www.instagram.com/laceysilks/
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