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?
First, let me say thank you for allowing me to be on your blog. THANK YOU! My name is Mary Anne Edwards In my mind, I think I’m 40 but my body tells me I’m almost 60.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born north of the Mexican border in Mercedes, Texas. I’ve lived most of my life in the Atlanta, Georgia area.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.)
.My life is rather vanilla. I have two brothers, one older, one younger, and I have two sisters, both younger. I’ve been married almost 37 years. Gertrude is our ill-tempered Tuxedo Cat.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m currently writing, Good To Be King, the sixth book in The Charlie McClung Mystery Series.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, short stories and poems. My husband encouraged me to submit my short stories and a few of them were published. Then he encouraged me to write a novel. The results, The Charlie McClung Mystery Series.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I held Brilliant Disguise in my hands. When I start to have doubts, it’ll get email or message from a reader telling me how much they love Charlie and Marian’s story.Then, I feel like a real author again.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Brilliant Disguise is loosely based on a family story. So I used that to invent the town, the characters, and crime.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My titles all come from songs that inspire me and fit the plots.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
My stories are dialogue driven. The balance of dialogue and description to move along the plot can be a challenge.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Almost all of it. I write what I know. My characters are Frankenstein-like. I take idiosyncrasies, features, conversations, and my weird imagination to create my characters and situations. When it comes to Charlie and Marian, well, there’s a lot of my husband and me written into their personalities, interactions, and relationship.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I use my travels sometimes in my books. My husband and I like to cruise. That’s how my third book, Criminal Kind, came to fruition. So far I haven’t traveled for research. But I’d love to travel to Ireland for research. Maybe Charlie and Marian could visit?
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I’ve had four different graphic designers, Jasmin Woodworth, Michael James Canales, Theo Wasserberg, and Grafiz Designs.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
No matter how much you think you know someone, you really don’t. You can’t delve into their thoughts, their psyche to completely understand what makes them tick.
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?
Angie Dokos, and Cynthia Lott are two rising stars. They write different genres. Angie writes New Adult and Cynthia writes paranormal mysteries. As for a favorite author, that’s a tough one to answer. These are a few of my favorite authors. Gretchen Archer writes humorous mysteries. Anne Perry’s William Monk series are Victorian mysteries. Hank Phillippi Ryan writes the Jane Ryland Mysteries set in present time. Caroline Graham’s Midsomer Murder Mysteries, British mysteries. Last but not least, the last Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody Mysteries.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Gretchen Smith and Shelby Culbertson.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I write full-time now. I’m looking forward to be on the bestseller’s list.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
There are changes I’d like to make in all of my books. But I think if I made those changes it would lead to one more, then another, and another. The changes would never stop.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
My books are set in the early 1980s. I do a lot of research for each of my books, even to make sure the weather for each day is correct. It surprises me how many everyday items that I use now didn’t exist then. I have a friend who is a forensic medical examiner. She is an invaluable resource. You know how in movies or TV shows when a drowning victim is found in a swimming pool, they’re floating on the surface. Not! Depending on the temperature of the water and other conditions, it can take up to two weeks. But fiction is better than facts when it comes to mysteries. Right?
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Who would you pick to play Detective Charlie McClung? LOL Maybe Colin Farrell? I really don’t know. I’d just be happy if my books were on the big screens or little screen.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Before you write the first word, starting building your fan base. Set up your social media accounts, your website or blog. That way when your book is published, you’ll have readers ready to purchase your book.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
First I want to say,‘Thank you for your support.’I’m nothing without my readers. And please, please, please leave a book review on Amazon.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
It was a Trixie Belden novel. My mother gave a set to me for my birthday.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My husband makes be laugh. Besides him, any kind of physical comedy cracks me up and good word play. Everything makes me cry. Seeing someone crying makes me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Well, it was Anne Perry but I meet her a couple of years ago. Lovely lady. Interesting too. I think meeting George Washington would be fascinating!
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Reading and watching mysteries.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I adore British mysteries! I watch a lot of PBS. I also love comedies and Sci-Fi. Oh, a good western, too. Most anything that’s not too graphic.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love fried chicken fingers and French fries with white gravy. I’ll never say no to pizza or a really good hamburger.Purple is my favorite color. I listen to a variety of music but Tom Petty is my all-time favorite. A close second it Richard Thompson.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would volunteer for a non-profit. Give back to my community through service.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
“I told you I was sick!”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I have a newsletter that goes out once a month, sometimes twice if there’s news that can’t wait for the next newsletter. To sign up, you can go to my website or my Author Mary Anne Edwards Facebook page.
Website – www.MaryAnneEdwards.com
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