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 Stacey McCoy and I am 39 years of age.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am a mother of two and a wife to a handsome husband. We live on a farm where we run sheep and sow crops such as oats, barley and cut hay each and every year. Some years are better than others. Australia can be a very dry country; we have certainly experienced our fair share of drought over the years.
As for my education I finished school at the end of year ten and worked fulltime after that. At that age I had no idea what I wanted to be in life. That all changed three years ago now.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Well I released the first book in my new adult, paranormal romance trilogy, Reanimation trilogy, in June and the second book in that series is due for release in October. A definite date will be released soon.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Well that is a funny story. The want and need to write came to me while I was attending my girlfriend’shens party three years to the day. As one guy in particular took the stage my character Jake come to me. As I looked out across the sea of wanting women I saw Kat. By the end of the weekend I had the beginning, middle and end of my contemporary, rural romance novel, Intoxicated planted firmly in my mind. And all while suffering from a massive hangover lol.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I got my first positive review from a complete stranger. After all she had paid for my book and loved it enough to write a kind and honest review. She said my novel was “Different! But in a good way.” I love that.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
As I have mentioned a sexy as hell male burlesque dancer. He is a beautiful soul and I am very proud to say that I know him well now. He’s thrilled to have been my muse for this particular novel.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The club in which this story is set is fuelled with sexy men, longing ladies and of course alcohol. I couldn’t possibly call it anything else. As for Reanimation well it is all about reanimating vampires back into their natural human form. My sister came up with the title actually.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
The thing I love about writing is being able to see life through the eyes of my character. I think having that ability gives you the opportunity to write relatable, believable characters and the scenes in which they live. If you can’t do that then your stories won’t get read.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Great question. In regard to Intoxicated yes the story not only came about while I was drooling over hot guys who danced on stage for our viewing pleasure, the bases of the story came about by asking myself the question “What if?” What if my husband was no longer with me? What if I was a widowed mother of two? Would I want the attention of a male stripper (basically)? The heartache and emotion that has gone into writing this novel affected me as if it is my story. Thank God it’s not.
As for Reanimation, well it is a complete work of my imagination. I don’t know any vampires so I had to make it all up hahaha.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No I don’t feel the need to do a lot of onsite research as it is. I rely heavily on my imagination and the occasional google search for that.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My gorgeous, wonderful friend Nat Soulsby. Nat has a natural talent for taking the image that is stuck in my head to produce book covers, business cards, posters and the like that are exactly what I was thinking. She is simply amazing. Here’s the link to her page. As you will see book covers are not her specialty, she has a large range of beautiful invitations etc on offer – available worldwide might I add.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Regarding Intoxicated – Love the one you are with every day as if it is your last.
Regarding my Reanimation Trilogy – Believe in yourself and anything is possible.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I am currently reading ‘A beautiful kind of hope’ by Cathy Johns. I find she writes a very honest and perhaps experienced novel. I also like the work of Gemma Roman who’s novel ‘The Years of Us’ is a contemporary, heart-warming story with rich characters, but it is her thriller novels that I can’t wait to get more of. None of which are released as yet, but being a friend she lets me cast my eye over them first. Ahh the perks of being friends with such talented authors.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Oh there are so many. I have flitted around several Indy groups on Facebook and I am a member of the Romance Writers group in Australia. I am also a member of Writers Victoria. Both of these groups offer round the clock help and advice and are a great resource for extra courses in marketing, continued writing and all things social media. I would be lost without them. I have recently realised the value of following other Indy author’s pages as I watch how they interact with their readers and I have found friends and my new editor within the Facebook group Creative Book Nerds Hub.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. Most definitely. Actually I am a full time writer at the moment.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I am a strong believer in that everything happens for a reason.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
The book I am currently writing is the third book in my Reanimation Trilogy, although I got a little side-tracked on the way and started writing another romance novel. I am constantly learning new things about my characters and I feel my writing is becoming stronger and more explorative each and every time I sit down to write.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Oh wow, that is a hard question. As for Intoxicated I could see Chris Hemsworth making a fantastic Jake and as for my character Rylan in Reanimation Trilogy…hmmm I’d have to think about that. It would be great to give an unknown a chance at stardom.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
I know you’ve heard this one a thousand times before, but keep writing. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are not good enough or smart enough to do this. You can do whatever you set your mind to and you don’t have to be a scholar when it comes to all things spelling, punctuation and grammar; we have editors to help us with that. Just remember not everyone can control and write the varied personalities of several, if not more. Characters and create book worth reading, but you can.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Please keep an eye out on my Facebook page for more information about my upcoming releases. There is plenty more to come from me yet.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
A beautiful kind of hope by Cathy Johns.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
As a child no, but as an adult who’s curiosity got the better of her, it was Fifty Shades.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Thinking about the possibility of my children being stripped from my life makes me cry everytime. As for what makes me laugh, well that would have to be my children and my husband. My sister and niece crack me up too. Oh and drunken nights out with the girls. We laugh until we cry and we cry until we laugh.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet Sylvia Day. I became obsessed with her Cross Fire novels after reading Fifty Shades. Otherwise I think an afternoon with the Dalai Lama would be interesting.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Any kind of comedy really, oh and I love any of those Grand Design homes. I could spend all day wandering through people’s homes.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food: Dark chocolate and Pizza
Colour: I love to wear red, but I wouldn’t paint my bedroom walls red.
Music: Pretty much anything. I always have music playing.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
DIE! Now that I have found this passion I don’t ever want it to end. Oh god, I think I would work behind a desk somewhere. Boring hey. I think I’ll stay a writer.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I don’t know. What’s more important, to me, is the person who I am remembered as. I want people to smile when they think of me and laugh when they recall occasions we shared together. I would love to be remembered as a famous author too, if that’s not too much to ask for too lol.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?