Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Hey Fiona! Thank you for asking me!
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is LaSasha Flame I’m 30 and flirty
Fiona: Where are you from?
LaSasha:The far far far south suburbs of Chicago. A small town called Monee that even the chicago locals have never heard of most of the time.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
LaSasha: My education is not in writing, I went to college for Medical Billing. It’s not the same as Medical Coding although I can code (I hate coding). I specialize in account receivables for private practices and independent doctors. Some call it a Backend Biller meaning I don’t necessarily submit the claims (although I can) I find out why their are not getting paid or in error. Insurance companies have a whole team of people trying to find loopholes to get out of paying the doctors of their subscribers. I am the one closing up those loopholes and forcing the insurance companies to pay up. Medical billing is not my passion i’m just good at it because I’m good with people, numbers, investigating and detecting bullcrap LOL. Healthcare is a very reliable and stable field as well.
My passions are baking and writing. I’m a self taught pastry chef and I run my own dessert catering company. I make good money selling desserts and catering events but some times business is slow. I use that time to get my writing done. I enjoy telling stories just as much as I love reading them. I’m still very new to writing and every day i learn something new to improve my craft. I’m grateful to all the writers i have come across and the wealth of information they have shared with me. Real life experience trumps formal education any day.
I don’t often share about my personal life with details about my family for privacy reasons but for you i will share somethings. I don’t really advertise this but yes I am married and we have two children. My husband is very supportive of my writing and I love him for really being in my corner and loving me. I wouldn’t be able to do it without him.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news is #1 I’m rereleasing Breaking all the Rules my erotic short and #2 my debut novella will be Dark Breeds.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing in 2014. I was following this author who’s work I enjoyed reading and he encouraged me to write.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After I published my erotic short in a friends E-magazine
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I just wanted to write a full story instead of a bunch of shorts. Just to see if I could at first but honestly it feels more legit with at least a novella.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My main character Rike West is a dark breed lycan so eh it was pretty easy LOL.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I love Gena Showalter! Her Lords of the Underworld series is AMAZING. Her writing style is want I aim to achieve. If I’m half the writer she is I am totally winning! I don’t really find anything challenging about my genre as a writer but as a reader I wish more authors published audiobooks. I love them and author are missing out on a whole other market of the busy bookworms. People love to read but are too busy to stop and read a book in peace.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not too much LOL. As a reader you are being dropped in the middle of a world of lycans. A world that exist parallel to the human world and just out of reach for most humans.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No I do not. I am a world builder. I make my own rules for each story.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Kahlil Montana designed my cover and I will definitely be using him in the future.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Love is not perfect. You can’t fight it and you can’t live without it. So you need to learn to embrace it the good and the bad because love is not perfect. First step is embracing yourself and loving you for who you ARE not for who you THINK you should be.
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?
Not yet but I started a writer resource group on Facebook in the efforts to provide a place for novice writers gain information in one place. The group is called Miss Flames Writers Information, Resources, and Networking.
Gena Showalter because her writing style and plots are everything a fiction writer should be. She is the writer i want to be when i grow up. LOL
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
No. The moment it’s a career the fun is gone. I just want to get my work read and if I don’t make a penny on it I am ok with that. Careers require you to kiss someone elses behind and playing by their rules until you get to be that person getting your butt kissed. I make my own rules and I play by my own rules. So no it’s not a career. It’s a passion its my craft.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Yes I would. I was so green to writing that it hurts to read how rough my story is published out there today. I’m rewriting and releasing it Soon. Its getting a face lift LOL.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned a lot of about Greek, Roman, Egyptian Gods, and other lesser creatures far superior to mankind.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Luke Evans. He was great as Dracula and a little more darkness, ok a lot more darkness he could do Rike justice.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
#1 Do not get published and then become a jerk! I love being apart of the writing community but more often than not I see writers tearing each other down and boosting themselves up. Remember that when you offer advice it’s merely a suggestion not a command. Being published doesn’t make you a writer god. LOL
#2 Always be open to learning more to improve your craft. The moment we stop learning we stop evolving. Everything evolves and we should too. Caterpillars become more beautiful when they embrace their change. They also become stronger as they fight to emerge victorious over their change. We should too.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Do not be scared to let me hear your honest feedback. I am always looking for ways to improve myself.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading 3 series right now. Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter is the main series I read and love. However in between her new releases I read the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole and the Demonica/Lords of Deliverance series by Larissa Ione.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The Only Alien on the Planet by Kristen Randle
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
The answer to both is life. More specifically love, which is very fabric of life.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’m not really a person that idolize people. They are still just people so it’s nothing that intrigues me enough to care if we ever met or not. If I met someone famous it would be cool but the being that I really and honestly want to meet is Heavenly Mother. The first book of the Bible Genesis testifies that Elohim (Hebrew word for Gods) created the heavens and the earth. These Gods created mankind in their image. It specifically says “Let us make man in our image.” This is interesting to me because Elohim appears in the Bible over 2,000 times. It’s clear to me that these two Gods, one male and one female, act as one and in unison. Together they created man and woman in their own image. Everyone knows God the Father but you rarely hear of those who believe in God the Mother. Some say the “us” in Genesis is the Father and the Son however two males does not equal a male and a female. Jesus doesn’t have breast and he doesn’t have a uterus so he is not the female. It’s understood through the Bible that Jesus is actually God the Father whom was prophesied to come in the flesh to show His people personally how to be a son or daughter of Elohim. But a father can’t have children without a mother. The New Testament records Jesus telling us that he did this (coming the Earth as the Son) to be an example to mankind and we should do as he has done because he is the only way to eternal life. Something else that is recorded numerous times in the Bible is Jesus calls himself a bridegroom meaning he has a spouse but Jesus never married. So His spouse must be back in the Kingdom of Heaven where he says he is from. Jesus is known as the Lamb and the book of Revelations testifies that when Jesus returns a second time in the last days he will not be alone this time. In fact he says his bride is ready and she is coming down from heaven with him. Some say this bride is the church but Jesus explains that his disciples or Christians are the guest in his wedding. Apostle Paul calls this bride our mother and testifies that through this Heavenly Mother we are the children of promise. I have several other sources independent of the bible that testify of Jehovah (YHWH) has a wife and that wife will be coming down out of heaven. So I am very curious about this matter and I have hopes to meet this Heavenly Mother. She is the great mystery of God and I want to know more and who else better to ask then Heaven’s Mother?
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
My writing and my catering business are my main hobbies. I also enjoy learning about God of the bible, history, and mythical beings like the greek gods.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I have a lot shows that I follow. I really enjoy scripted dramas. My top shows are Supernatural, Grey’s Anatomy, Good Behavior, and Scandal. I have seen every single episode of each and some shows I have been watch for over a decade. I’m a very loyal fan once you hook me LOL.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
It would be easier to list what I don’t like because I love food! My top favorites are sushi, french macaroons, and everything Italian.
Purple is my favorite color but pink is a close second
I love Neo Soul and PB R&B or Alternative R&B
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would continue to bake delicious desserts and improve that craft.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I don’t want a head stone. Just cremate me in the cheapest way possible and throw my ashes in the Gulf of Mexico. I love the beach when the water is warm so just let me sleep with the fishes. LOL
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes of course!Thank you so much for this opportunity and best wishes! You can follow me at www.lasashaflame.com