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! I’m Shauna Allen and I’m the age a girl doesn’t like to give away her age, LOL! Let’s just say I’m comfortable in my own skin. 😉
Fiona: Where are you from?
A little bit of everywhere. I’m a dual citizen of the United States and Australia and I’ve lived all over the world, but I’ve primarily grown up in Texas, which is where I currently live.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’m married to my high school sweetheart, we have three awesome kids, including a son in the Air Force and two daughters in college, and besides writing, I’m also a Labor & Delivery nurse, a freelance editor, and a Gerard Butler superfan.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Ooh, I have lots of news! I just released my 25th book in 5 years! (That includes my YA pen name, SC Montgomery.) This included three, yes, count ‘em, THREE releases this month alone, including Rescuing Rebekah, which is part of Susan Stoker’s Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World, as well as the last two books in my Family Creed series, which I’m incredibly proud of and is the hardest I’ve ever worked on a series.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I can give you the exact date, actually. I sat down to write my first manuscript on July 31, 2007 because the stories just wouldn’t go away, LOL. I tried to ignore them, but when I couldn’t anymore, I figured what harm would there be in writing them down? Who would have to know, right? Well . . . the rest is history, as they say.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I have no idea how to answer this. I think you’re a writer the minute you make up your mind that you are one, and for me, it was a gradual process and the realization that I couldn’t not write.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
See question above and those pesky stories that nagged me, LOL!
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Of what? If you’re asking about that first thing I wrote, well, it will never see the light of day, so it doesn’t have a title. 😉 It might be better instead to answer the question regarding my more recent series instead. The first book came about after I watched the movie “The Green Mile” with my daughter. Tom Hanks’ character intrigued me and I began to wonder if I could tackle making a prison guard, or more specifically, one who works on death row, into a romantic hero. What would his back story be? Why would he do that job? Thus, the Creed family was born and Asher Creed’s story came to be and so, I titled his book simply, The Executioner.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Not really. It’s been an evolution since I published my first book until now, though I have found I have grown to be a more emotional writer, tackling deeper, darker issues. I also love, love, love the male point of view, and this entire series I did something daring and tried 100% first person male POV. So far, no complaints.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The Family Creed series is a family saga that follows a family of five brothers as they deal with the aftermath of a tragedy that rocked their family when their baby sister disappeared without a trace over a decade earlier, as well as their love stories, of course. While all of these books are entirely fictional and not based on anything or anyone I know at all, I think the stories are entirely plausible and sadly very realistic with what they deal with.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Not necessarily, but I did have these stories take place near me, so I did take a couple of “field trips” to study the area and take photos for reference before and during the writing process.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Oh, my covers! I love them! NajlaQamber Designs created them for me. Aren’t they stunning?
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The theme of the entire series is really about love and loss and learning to cope through grief.
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 so many authors that I love, it would be hard to choose. Off the top of my head, the favorites that come to mind right now would be Katy Evans, A. Zavarelli, Emma Scott, and Katy Regnery because on some level or another all of these authors have moved me emotionally with their words and as an author myself, I appreciate that more than anything.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My writing friends. Hands down. The friends that writing has brought me have turned out to be some of the best friends I could’ve ever asked for, and some of them I’ve never even met in person.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. I would love that more than anything and I strive toward that goal.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. Not a thing.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
That I can do anything I set my mind to.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep going. You’re not like anyone else, so don’t bother comparing their journey to yours.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.<3
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m actually not reading anything, sadly. I just finished up some edits that I needed to do, then I think I’ll dig into my next book club book! (Yes, I’m part of a book club, which is great because it pushes me out of my normal genres!)
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, I wish I did!
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My son makes me laugh all the time, he’s the funniest person I know and even though he’s overseas in the military, we often get into GIF wars, which are the highlight of my day and make him seem not so far away.
Cry? Well, I lost my mother to cancer in 2014 and I still miss her all the time.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Gerard Butler. Need I say why? 😉
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I read, I write, I watch TV. Is that lame?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love The Voice, America’s Got Talent, Homicide Hunter, Outlander, Vikings, Call the Midwife, and This is Us . . . and Gerard Butler movies! 😉
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Devil’s food chocolate cupcakes, yellow, 80’s, and Contemporary Christian mostly.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Teach World Religion or Creative Writing.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She lived. She loved.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/1jawXro
Family Creed: http://www.shaunaallen.com/the-family-creed/
Kindle Worlds: http://www.shaunaallen.com/kindle-worlds/
Jack ‘Em Up: http://www.shaunaallen.com/jack-em-up/
SC Montgomery website: http://www.scmontgomery.com/