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 S. Coop and I’m 43 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I currently live in Virginia but I’m actually from the west coast. Was born in Arizona and lived in Nevada before I moved here to Virginia.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I have 4 amazing kids. Their ages range from six to nineteen, three boys, one girl. I’m separated at the moment pending a divorce. I’ve got an associates degree in Graphic Design and I am currently taking classes for Web Development.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
The latest news is that I’ve finished the second book to my BloodCon series. It’s called Akane. Akane debuted in the first novel of the series. She is a 16-year-old vampire (sixty-two in human years). The book will be available on Amazon in both Kindle and Paperback on Friday, October 13th. It can be preordered now in both platforms.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve written most of my life, mostly poetry, but I started writing my first novel in 2010. It first started out as just for fun but it casually grew into something else. I’ve always written poetry. I guess you can say that I get it from my mama.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first considered myself a writer just recently to be honest. Completing Akane made me feel like finally I can call myself a writer. The first story I released was a short story called Last Chance at Love. It is a short story about soulmates who meet in three different lifetimes. It is part of my Soul mate series. I’m working on the second book to that as we speak. After that, I released BloodCon, which was a big thing, but I still didn’t considere myself to be a writer per say. I then released my Poetry book, Sex, Love, and Other Tragedies, but still I didn’t consider myself a writer. I released Akane and only then did I feel like I reached “Writer” status.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was inspired by my family and friends who felt that my writing was good enough to share with everyone.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I came up with the title for my first book because the main character is actually a conman. He’s a conman who tries to “con” the wrong woman (vampire). I was a ways through the story before I decided on that title. A good friend of mine told me to just write, and the title will come to you. Best advice, ever.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I would say I am a multi-genre writer. I feel like those that stick themselves in one genre are basically trapped in it. I respect those that only write in one genre, don’t get me wrong, but I personally like to write what comes to my head. I know some authors that use different pen names to write in different genres of what they usually write. Granted, most are more successful in the genre that has the biggest fan base, which is the genre they are known for.
Right now I’m writing Vampire novels. The challenging thing is that Vampires aren’t’ as “hot” as they were when I first started writing the book. Still I write them because my particular vampire stories haven’t been told yet; my world, my rules. As far as style, I try to put as much comedy in as possible, mostly within dialogue between characters. My characters are usually charming and sometimes downright hilarious. I want the reader to enjoy a good story, and giggle a little at the same time.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I would say in BloodCon, the female character has some of my own characteristics. This is true of all my female characters. I write them strong, smart, beautiful, and witty. I was told that my female characters and me shares some commonality.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I travel to my computer and do research. Oh how I wish I had the money to actually travel to the places that I write about. My newest book, Akane, is set in Japan. That would have been one hell of a trip! I’ve always wanted to visit Japan.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My BloodCon and Akane covers were designed by Zaji Ankh of Creative Ankh Designs. She is a truly talented designer.
My poetry cover I made from one of my sons drawings, and the cover for Last Chance at Love was collaboration between me and my friend, Michael Thaxton.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Most of my works have love undertone to them. So “love” would be the message.
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?
There’s so many new authors that I enjoy their work. A.M. Rycroft, Tamikio Reardon, Jazar Faith Khar, Erika L. Farmer, Mac Krazie, Michael Thaxton, Phil Chase is working on his first novel. There’s so many. I’m sorry if I missed anyone.
My favorite author is JJ Murray. Not only is he my favorite author, but he’s my editor too. He’s written over forty books and has been published and also has self-published. He’s basically goal for me.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My friend, Michael Thaxton.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes I do but I know I have a long way to go if I plan to actually love off of my books. I’m working on it but yeah, that’s the end game. Making a career out of doing something you love is, in my opinion, a blessing.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. My latest book isn’t as long as my first book, but I felt that everything that needed to be said was said.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned that a little research and an outline go a looong way.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I’m not really sure but I would love to be at casting.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Don’t ever give up. If writing is your passion, keep moving forward. I know there are some that get into the writing business for money. That’s really not the right thinking in my opinion. Being a writer is hard, and many writers can’t support themselves with a writing career. I just want to share my stories and if I blow up, great. If not, I have other skills.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I love my readers. I love the feedback they give me and I am grateful that they gave me a chance.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Right now I’m beta reading a few books at the moment.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, I don’t.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I laugh a lot. Those that know me know that I love to laugh and joke. I can have a dark sense of humor at times but that comes in handy when I’m writing. There are a lot of things that make me cry, I can’t really be particular on this though.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’ve already met that person. So, my answer is no.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
My hobbies are doing anything creative. I collect dolls, mostly Monster High dolls, play tennis sometimes and try to work out as much as I can, which hasn’t been that much lately.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
The Walking Dead is my favorite show, hands down. I also like the series “Black Mirror” on Netflix. I like watching romantic comedies as well.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favorite foods are Italian, Chinese, Sushi, and breakfast foods. My favorite color is black. My favorite music is Alternative, Metal, and some R&B.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Eww, I don’t like that thought. I guess whatever I would be doing would have to be something of a creative nature.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Here lies S.Coop. She’s not in here because she’s late yet again.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/s.coopauthor/
Thank you, Fiona!
Sex, Love, and Other Tragedies (Poetry)
Last Chance at Love