Hello and welcome to my blog, AuthorInterviews. My name is FionaMcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Hi, Fiona! My name is Jennifer Loiske and I’m…oh-oh…do I have to…well, let’s say I’m between being young and old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from Naantali, which is a small town on the southwest coast in Finland.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’m a preschool teacher by day and a paranormal fiction author by night. And no, even if my toddlers can be little monsters sometimes, I don’t get my inspiration from my work. I write mostly about vampires, witches, demons, werewolves, fallen angels and stuff like that. All though I do have a work in progress that’s mostly non-fiction. Yes, I said mostly. So don’t judge me when it comes out. When I’m not writing, I love to take long walks in the forest with my two dogs and get my brain cleared for whatever is happening in my life.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’ve been writing fulltime for the past fourteen years but for some reason (which I’m still trying to wrap my mind around) I decided to go back to teaching kids this autumn. At first I thought my writing would go down like a cow’s tail, but nope, it actually got better. I’ve been more effective than in months! I have a new release coming out on October, a reservation from a publisher for my next work, I’ve done plenty of articles to Epilepsy FI magazine, and even managed to create some new material for a client.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
That’s a tricky question… I’ve always been writing something. Poems (but let’s not go there…it was ages ago!), short stories, comics (yes, at one point I tried my wings with that) and well, anything that popped into my mind. But I think I was in my early twenties when I actually started to write more organized stories and before I was thirty I’d written my first trilogy. Why…oh, I don’t know! My head is always so full, so I guess stories and characters just needed to come out to keep me insane.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When Amazon kindly remembered me with a big cheque! I figured of someone was willing to pay for my stories, I had earned the right to call myself a writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My dreams and the situation I was at that moment.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I knew how I felt about the book, so I wanted to readers to feel it, too.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging? Well, to be honest, my first series is not my best. I was a raw apple then and I dare to say I’ve been developing oh, so much! I’m not the best to ask about my style, but my readers say it’s snappy, funny and it feel almost like even I don’t know what’s going to happen to my character next as my stories are full of twists and turns and unexpected surprises that will make my readers bite their nails off. I do a lot of research before starting to write. So at that point when I’m actually writing, I already know where I want my story to go. So no challenge there. The most challenging thing in my writing is time. When at work I can’t just stop everything and run to write, so I have to carry the inspiration through day and work from the chicken scratch made on a tiny papers or my phone’s notepad during the day.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not much. The places are real, and some of the facts, but the characters are not. In my first series I dealt with the fact that my youngest daughter got life threateningly sick when she was six, and all the crap it brought with it, but otherwise my stories are pretty much made up. Oh, but I do have some WIPs, which will probably never be published, called Neighbors from Hell, and Social Hell 😉
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Sometimes, but mostly I travel inside the internet. Google is awesome! If I do travel because of my writing it can be either before or during the process depending what I’m looking for. Sometimes it’s a place, sometimes a feeling…sometimes I need to find the right person to fill in the details in my character. Whatever helps!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
EveliinaTommola from Viima Graphics. She’s amazing! I throw her an idea and she works from the scratch, making the cover exactly the way I saw it in my head.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, there is. I believe in magic and that you can find it from your everyday life if you just look close enough. So no matter how crappy or wonderful the situation, the magic is always there…with her best friend Karma. So be good, do what you wish to be done to you and ask nothing in return. The good will come back eventually!
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 love Jennifer L. Armentrout! When I grow up, I want to be her! She’s productive the ways I can only imagine and her writing style…Can I just bottle it up for a rainy day?
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My friends. They never stopped believing in me. Not even when I did.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I do. Writing, or better yet, being a writer is so much more than just writing. It’s marketing, connecting with your readers, going out to events and putting yourself on the front and exceeding yourself. It’s also making connection with other writers and communities, and finding the right channels and people to help you out…thank God for my excellent PA, Scarlett LeClair!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
That I have to write faster. If I don’t write everyday and more than just an hour or so, I lose the main idea and the feeling.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Lily Collins or Emma Watson as Samantha Green and India Eisley as Shannon McLean.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
If you want to be a writer, just write. If you want to succeed, be humble and patient.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for reading my books and filling my email! I’ve heard you and will keep your favorite characters alive in some new stories. Stay tuned and you might get surprised who’s on the lead in my new story.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I think it was the Jungle Book when I was six.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Depends on the situation… a good book, an emotional moment in X Factor, a movie, something I saw…
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Ian Somerhalder. For the obvious reasons…and because I’d like to ask how in earth is he doing everything he does? He must have some extra hours in a day as no way he can be so effective all the time.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Besides walking with my dogs, reading and going to the gym, not really. Whenever I have spare time I’m writing or meeting my friends.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
So many! Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Teen Wolf, Supergirl, iZombie, Grimm, The 100, Lucifer…
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Spicy Chicken, black and red, music…depends on my mood.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I’d be dead as that’s not possible.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She played with vampires and witches, and she was happy.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
The best way to hear all the news at first hand is to subscribe for my newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/jenniferloiske or to visit my company’s site: https://roguehouse.net or you can simply visit my Facebook: https://fi-fi.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferLoiske/
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Thank you so much, Fiona! I had such a fun time with you and I hope you’ll invite me in your blog again!