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?
Pembroke Sinclair. Age: older than 25 but younger than 60. 😉
Fiona: Where are you from?
Originally, I’m from Wyoming, but I currently live in Nebraska.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Let’s see, I live with my family—husband and two boys—as well as 3 dogs (2 corgis, 1 black lab) and a cat. I received my master’s in English, so I really, really like reading and writing.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My most recent release is a book called Humanity’s Hope. It’s a young adult zombie novel that looks at how the end of the world has impacted the main character Caleb. *Whispers* He’s not ok, but he’s a survivor.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I was writing when I was in high school. When I got to college, I took some classes workshopping my stories and learning how to get better, but my confidence got shaken. I didn’t start writing again until several years after I graduated and was encouraged to do so by a friend.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’m not sure I actually do consider myself a writer. 😊
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was having a competition with some other swimmers on my team to see who could write the best story. I’m pretty sure I was the only one who finished. Years later I revisited and rewrote the story to get it published.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Honestly, I was fascinated with the word “nowhere” so found a way to make it work in the title.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t think so. I just write what comes to mind. Some days, just putting words on paper is extremely challenging.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I think every book has some kernel of reality in them, but it might not be based wholly on the author’s life. I pull bits and pieces—quirks if you will—from people I know and incorporate it into the story.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t. If I need to research a different place, I usually do so on the internet. It would be awesome to travel to some of these places though!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
If the book is put out by a publisher, they design the covers. If not, I have a friend who creates them for me.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
It depends on the novel. I always try to put a message into my work, but if I tell you what it is, that defeats the purpose. 😉
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
The publishers who decide to publisher my work, and I have a small group of fans that read everything I put out. YOU GUYS ROCK!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Sadly, no. I can’t make enough money to support myself on writing alone. I would love to, but I’m not there yet.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope. Caleb told me his story exactly the way he wanted it to appear.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Have fun writing. When it stops being fun, you’re not going to want to do it anymore.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
You’re the best ever! Without you, I wouldn’t be a writer.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m just about done with a collection of short stories called Aliens: Bug Hunt (https://www.amazon.com/Aliens-Bug-Hunt-Jonathan-Maberry/dp/1785654446/). After that, I’m not sure what I’m going to read. I have a pile, so I’ll just pick from there.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Reading, writing, watching TV, and hanging out with my boys.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Z Nation, almost anything horror, American Ninja Warrior, The Voice, The Orville.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favorite food: dessert (anything with cinnamon and no nuts)
Color: Yellow and orange
Music: Some many different types of music! I listen to Country, Rock, Heavy Metal, Show Tunes and everything in between!
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Lose my mind? Why would a world like that exist? It sounds like Hell.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Absolutely! You can find me here:
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+PembrokeSinclair
Remember, when dealing with zombies, you need to stay alert to stay alive.
It was interesting reading on the workshop shaking your confidence. It has been a small fear with me, how to take criticism, we have to be told our flaws in writing to become better, but it can be hard for many, especially just starting to create to separate ourselves from our creations and one criticism arrow well-aimed can really pierce us deeper and faster than what it took us to tell ourselves we were ready. It can take a long time to gather our courage again and put ourselves out within risk of repeating said experience again, so I commend that friend and you for going with the advice and putting yourself out again.
Thank you for the advice to enjoy our craft. I think it is important to keep ourselves in contact with what made us start in the first place, with the things that attracted us to writing.