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 Lianne Willowmoon and I am 38 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am from a small town in Tennessee called Kingsport. We are a part of the Tri-cities. However, I now live in Surgoinsville Tennessee.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am a married stay at home mom of 2 beautiful kids (a 6-year-old daughter and a 5-month-old son named Aireal and Zander). I run a full-time jewelry and metaphysical store that will be reopening on Shopify next month called Willowmoon Treasures. I also have an Escape Room business that just opened called Wicked Illusions. I home school my daughter as well as write. My husband of 8 years, Donnie, works outside the home. I graduated from Dobyns Bennett High School with a creative arts major. I enjoy writing, reading, anything art wise, family time and time with friends.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I had my first book published in June of this year. I am currently getting ready to release book two of my series, as well as a side project. Wintercrest Chronicles book one: Turning of the Hourglass is out on Amazon/Barnes and Noble right now. Book Two: Shatter Souls is coming soon. My WIP on the side is Soul Antiquary. Hoping to have both out in the next few months.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing short stories in High School. I was told that I didn’t have the patience to be a writer because it took way more sitting that I was able to do. That was a challenge for me. I kept writing, even small stuff in journals, until I felt it was time. About 7 years ago, Wintercrest was created, although only in idea and notes. About 4 years ago, working night shift at a local hospital, I began compiling those notes into what became Turning of the Hourglass. I am currently writing book 5 out of 7 in the series now.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I actually got to hold my book. It wasn’t real till it was in my hands. When it came that day, I felt my heart on cloud nine. What they said couldn’t be done… was right there in black and white. It was an emotional moment for sure.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I had all these great ideas in my head inspired by years of playing role playing games. All this lead up to the idea of “What if I actually took all these games and characters and put them together?” After that, it was like it came naturally.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My favorite season, Winter… and I happened to be looking up family crests one night and it just hit me. Wintercrest Chronicles. After that, the book kind of spurred on the concept that time is fragile and limited… so an hourglass came to mind. After that, the idea came to me about never being able to turn it over and the sands of time move without us. Turning of the Hourglass was born.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I really enjoy writing first person current time writing. Writing from one character’s point of view as it happens. It is the easiest for me to take the role of the main character in a fantasy world (like playing Dungeons and Dragons RP) and see/feel things from that character’s perspective. However, I have a novel started that I am breaking out of my comfort zone in that area. Macabre is going to be totally different!
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The book has a few things that are based on Wicca, but not too much to be a reality book. I am Wiccan, so it stems a little from a bit of my personal beliefs. A few of the characters are based on people I know or people who I was used to being around. Like Rayven’s best friend in the series, Zaleria, is based off my best friend. The determination of the male lead in the series is based off my hubby and so forth. Some are just characters I threw in to create conflict and drama.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No. I have become adapted to finding inspiration and ideas from the internet. I don’t really get to travel much. So, my mind wanders and I tend to look things up on the net. If I need information about a book, then I go there and google it. It allows me to travel in my mind which for me is just as relaxing as doing it for real.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The team at Bookfuel Publishing did my cover. It was amazing. However, I am going to self-publish book two and a wonderful designer by the name of Elena Nizaeva will be doing the cover for it. She is an amazing artist and I can’t wait to see her vision of Shattered Souls!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
NEVER GIVE UP. You can be on the brink of disaster, in the hands of evil, being starved or abused… everything has a light at the end of the tunnel if you NEVER GIVE UP. There is hope. There is peace. There is something better waiting for you. Keep striving towards your goals with a strong heart and you WILL make it.
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 am an Edgar Allen Poe fan. As well as Robert Jordan and Margaret Weis fan. Their imagination and love of writing really inspires me. Poe… his horror is top notch. I am an avid horror fan whether in print or on the screen. His tale of the Premature Burial kept me up at night for weeks. New authors… Cynthia Vespia is a great writer and her book Karma was really a great read! I am currently reading Backfire by Philipp J Kessler and A Chronicle of Crowns by Michael John Halse. Both of which are fantastic so far!
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My best friend, Candice Pierson. She more of a sister than a friend though. We have been through a lot together and when I approached her, before we even became close, and asked her to pre-read book one, she did without a glance. She has stood by me, encouraged me, picked me out of the dirt when I felt like giving up, and pushed me to do the impossible. Without her, book one wouldn’t be here and so the series wouldn’t have been written.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes… and no. Yes, because it is what I have wanted to do since I was about 15 years old. It was my dream. And being a stay at home mom has allowed me to do it as a career while being able to focus on my kids as well. No, because it doesn’t pay the bills. At least not yet anyways. My husband works to pay those while I write. I am lucky to have a man that supports me that way.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I think when a book chooses you to write it, whatever comes out on paper is what was meant to be. Have I had to change my endings to other books because of it? Yes. Have I had to re-write beginnings and story plots because of it? Yes. Would I change it? NO. The story that is being written is exactly as it should be because the story wants to be that way and chose me to put it into words.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
YES. That I have more patience that I knew I had. And that my level of love, compassion and sensitivity to my characters is unbelievable. I have cried, laughed, been frustrated, and even HATED my own characters. That tells me I am doing well writing their parts if I FEEL the way I want my readers to feel about them.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
For my female lead, Rayven, I would have to say Emilia Clarke. Her performance in Me Before You was phenomenal. My male lead… that is a hard decision lol. I would have to say either Gaspard Ulliel or Jonathan Rhys Meyers. I love them both and think that their attitudes and looks fit the part for Lane.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
If you want to be a writer… then do it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. Don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t good. Remember one thing… those are merely personal opinions that should be taken with a grain of salt. Even the best writers were told at one point that they weren’t good enough. Example: JK Rowling was turned down by 13 publishers before her book was finally picked up. Now it is one of the most successful series of our age. Do it, just DO IT.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
That I hope they enjoy following Rayven into the depths of the realm to save it. And that at the end of each book, it starves them for more. If it doesn’t, I am not doing my job right!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just started Backfire by Philipp J Kessler. It is a great read so far. However, I am only about 20 pages in so I can’t give an official opinion yet. (GO READ IT, IT IS GOOD! Haha!)
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Alice in Wonderland. I read it in middle school for a book report. I loved it. It was a great piece of work that is forever timeless in my eyes.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I am easy to get laughing. I love to laugh. However, I must say that funny cat videos are my vice. I love my cats. Crying… I am overly sentimental. Death makes me cry, however I can say that a good ending to a love story makes me cry as well. When something happens to a character or a person I know that is extra care with love. Even when a character has an ah ha moment that is emotional I will bawl like a baby. Finding a memory that was lost will make me lose a few as well.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Oh, there are many. I would have to say the one at the top of my list would be Vincent Price. The voice of Horror himself. That man could give me chills any time he talked. If I could choose one person to narrate my life story, it would have been him.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Too many, as my husband would say! I love to read and write, make jewelry and handcraft items. I crochet and scrapbook. I also write murder mysteries and design escape rooms. My dream is weaving a lot of my hobbies into one and build a theme park one day.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I am an avid Once Upon A Time fan (who knew that Captain Hook was so good looking???) and I love watching American Horror Story as well. I loved the Vampire Diaries as well before it ended.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Foods: I am a chicken fan. ANYTHING with chicken, I am in. I love hot dogs (my sister and mom called me the weenie queen when I was a kid because of my love for them). Soups, particularly veggie soups. Colors: I love red, black and dark green. Music: Hammerfall, Evanescence, Nightwish, Disturbed are a few of my tops. However, I can listen to just about anything other than Rap and be cool with it.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Spend time with my family knowing that part of my life is done. And be happy knowing it happened. That I accomplished my goal in life.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
“The world is a stage, and we are merely actors. Although my time in the spotlight is gone, I left two beautiful children to take my place in it. It is their time to shine.”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I have a Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram account. I have a blog, but it isn’t up to a good start yet. My Facebook page is the best place for people to go and get information.
Here is the book link. I have an Amazon Author page,