Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Hi Fiona and thank you for having me on your blog.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
I’m Elly Molina and a bit shy about revealing my chronological age. I’ll let people use their imagination.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m a New Yorker and lived there for almost all my life. About 9 years ago I moved to Kirkland, Wa. which is East of Seattle, and the home of Costco and neighboring town of Bellevue, Wa. home Microsoft, Amazon, and Expedia, to name just a few.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I went to school in New York. I received my BA from Lehman College, part of the CUNY system. After graduating, I attended Graduate School at the Christian Albrecht’s University in Kiel, Germany, where I was an Art History and Historical Linguistics major. Five years later, I returned to NYC, and received an MA from NYU in Linguistics. I have three adult children, two of whom live in New York. One son lives out in the PNW.
I’m single and self employed.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Wow! I have an Amazon Best Seller at the moment, which is a collaborative book, with Filmmaker and author, Betsy Chasse, creator of What the Bleep do we Know? And a few other authors. My nonfiction book, Children Who Know How to Know, was released in March of this year and was an Amazon Best Seller, too.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing when I was in 5th grade. I always dreamed of being a writer only didn’t allow anyone to see or read my writing till much later in life.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Interesting, it wasn’t until this year, with my third book published, and multiple articles for magazines, that I considered myself to be a writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book, an illustrated children’s book, Annabelle and the Domino, was inspired by true accounts that occurred at a private school I was teaching at in Washington State, back in 2009. The experiences were extraordinary and people today might doubt the story’s credibility. However, for those of us who were there, we know! Because of the content I turned it into an illustrated children’s book. Now, it’s fiction!
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The first book just came to me while walking my dog.
The second title came from a dear friend of mine.
Betsy Chasse created the title of the latest release.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’ve only published non fiction ( with exception of the children’s book). I spent many years as Middle School Language Arts teacher so I’ve always found non fiction easier than fiction. However, I’m up for the challenge of fiction now.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Annabelle and the Domino is based on a true account. I embellished and created a character from one of the children, who had a similar experience to Annabelle’s.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I do a lot of research. Children Who Know How to Know involved tremendous research. I travel to libraries and I do extensive research in them. I love the New York Public library.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My friend, and colleague drew the illustrations and cover for Annabelle and the Domino, and my good friend, and artist, John Dispenza came up with the illustration for Children Who Know How to Know.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
We are all psychic. We are all intuitive. We have incredible untapped mind powers.
Anyone and everyone can do the exercises with success outlined in Children Who Know How to Know.
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 taught English for so many years. I don’t have a favorite. I love reading and read voraciously, as if I were binging a great series. At any time there are at least 4 books on my night stand, and I’m reading them all. I love non fiction.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My dear friend Matt. We met in Washington and he always encouraged me to keep going and keep working. He would ask me to read chapters to him as I wrote. His support was invaluable.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to have writing be my career and I’ve aspired to that all my life. Perhaps I’ll start soon!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not really, there are always things we could change. Of course, with Children Who Know How to Know, science has advanced since I wrote it and there are things I’d update related to scientific discoveries substantiating my work.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I did! I concentrated on style a lot! I learned to remove passive constructions. I went back and did my best to turn every passive sentence into an active one.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
No. If Annabelle were a film, they’d cast a 6 year old girl.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
I consult now and tell all my clients not to focus on getting published. Write first. Get the story down. Write, write, write, Then, go back and edit and start the process of looking for an agent or publisher or both!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I’d love them to start reading Children Who Know How to Know and then implement the information in their own lives and with anyone else they know!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading four books at the moment. Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda, Fascinate by Sally Hogshead, and Florence Shinn, a compilation of four books, and I’m just starting Dorothy L Sayers, Gaudy Night.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Unfortunately, I don’t. I do remember my mother read the Water Babies by Charles Kingsley to me before I began Kindergarten.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Romance that ends well. Stories about pets and children can make me laugh or cry, depending on the ending.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Jack London! He inspired and fascinated me from the time I was 12. I recently read a book title, Jack London, by Earle Labor. I’d also like to visit Jack London’s Beauty Ranch.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I used to play instruments and knit! Then I took up gardening. Now I write!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Game of Thrones. I am into watching series at the moment.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love Italian food. Always have. I think it’s part of being a New Yorker.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
If I couldn’t write, I’d read!
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She Lived. She Laughed and She Loved!
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
All my events are listed there and my blogs are there, too and I’d love for people to participate in our remote views ( check http://www.psi-kids.com/ to learn about remote viewing) and sign up for my newsletter.
Amazon author page:
Children Who Know How to Know
Annabelle and the Domino:
Dancing in the Unknown
Thank you, Fiona