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 Crystal Dawn and I’m old enough to know better, but young enough to want to do it anyway. So seriously I’m 53.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in Oklahoma, but I now live in Arkansas where I’ve lived most of my life. When I was little, my dad was stationed in Germany where my mother was from for a couple years.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
My life is actually quiet and almost dull these days. I do have an associate degree and I have worked in several different types of jobs. I raised two boys so I have also watched lots of cartoons and video games being played. Both of my boys are Eagle Scouts. That meant a lot of camping back then.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news is I just published Dragon Lord in my Winged Beast series. I hope to soon publish Indecent Proposal which is a PNR novella that white wolf readers will enjoy. Hopefully there’ll be more before December, but in December I will publish the next book in my free series, Legend of the White Werewolf, and that is French Kiss. My readers always ask about that series. Right now I’m working with findaway voices to get my first audio book done and it’s the first book in The Legend of the White Werewolf.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Writers always write. That’s an indisputable truth, but becoming published is a whole new world. In 2012, I finally sat down at a computer and wrote two books. That might not seem like a big accomplishment but one book was 200k words and the other was 100k. They were published in Jan. of 2013.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always been a writer, but I suppose when my first book was published, I became an author. I think people are more impressed by that even though by definition an author is a writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve always read a lot. Mythology, legends, and all things of that nature. There were stories I read that made me wonder about things like Atlantis, travel to other worlds and other dimensions. Of course in books, anything is possible. I finally felt I had the time and I had no shortage of ideas.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
One of the legends I read about was the Amazon warrior women who just seemed to disappear in time. What if they just were visiting for their own purposes and went home? What if Atlantis sinking blocked the doorway to their world? So Planet Amazon became the series. The Rebirth became the title because of many of the things that happened in the story. There are five full stories right now in the series.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Sometimes applying oneself to writing can be challenging. I’ve been told my style is flying by the seat of my pants. That’s just writing as it comes to me. Once in a while I try an outline, but other things come to me that don’t follow it and I end up throwing it out the window.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Experiences are what help mold an author and therefore most of their stories. Once in a while a character is almost exactly like someone I know or knew, but more often they are made up of several characters known personally or developed to prove something. I’ll admit I’ve known a lot of unusual people over the years.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I do travel some. Not as much recently, but last year we went to Daytona and visited the surrounding area in Florida. My two, soon to be three books in the Zodiac Shifters collection (a collection with other wonderful authors: www.amazon.com/Zodiac-Shifters/e/B00U3910RK this is the collection/series page)mine are all set in Florida. The year before that I went to New Orleans and Kiss of the Slayer is set there. So travel does help with backgrounds. I like to travel anyway.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I don’t know who did the covers on my first two books because the publisher did that and they are in house and not credited. On my other books I’ve had a variety of designers and have been lucky to work with some of the best. The Zodiac Shifters collection covers are all designed by Raven Blackburn. Another collection I’m in is Fated and Forbidden. Again I’m lucky to have a bunch of great authors to work with. (http://fatedandforbidden.pnrseries.com ) If readers go to this site, they can get the first book free. The cover designer for all of these books is Jacqueline Sweet who also wrote one of the books.
My most recent series is a cat shifter series and Cynthia Lucas did some amazing work on those covers. She still has a few more to do, there will be seven in all and three are published so far. This is the first one: www.amazon.com/dp/B072L3738P
Cynthia has done many other wonderful covers for me including one that won an award. I have lots of other cover designers that have done one or two covers for me and they are all great.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I usually do emphasize certain things. In the white wolf books, the importance of family is usually mentioned. Sometimes there will be a character who is bad that learns to be a better person. I believe in redemption if at all possible.
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 read a post the other day where a reader said their favorite writer depended on when it was and how they felt and changed often. I have to agree with that. I have a lot of authors I like and I couldn’t pick just one. Alanea Alder’s Bewitched and Bewildered series and LaurannDohner’s New Species come to mind in PNR and MK Eidem and Michelle Howard in SFR. Though none of these are new writers.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
There are many successful authors willing to help newbies and give advice. There are also several groups that are helpful. One of those groups is run by Michelle Fox and she is amazing with the support she gives to many new authors in PNR. I was so lucky to find her group.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I think I have eighty books on Amazon. Not all are full length, but I think that makes it a career, but not necessarily a living.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I find that second guessing your writing can kill you. Not everyone will like my type of books and even my most dedicated reader will probably not like all of them equally. I try not to worry about books once they’re published. That doesn’t mean that I never have them reedited or change the covers. I’ve noticed many authors do that on older books.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learn something every day about writing and publishing. If I don’t, I can’t keep up becauseit’s changing all the time. The rules and the ways things are done just don’t stay the same.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Tom Hiddleston because I’ve a bit of a crush on him. (Don’t tell anyone.)
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
For new writers, remember it is a business even if it is a passion too.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I love my readers! So much, I have moved up books on the schedule that they really wanted to read when they ask. I’m a little crazy that way. Of course I can’t always do it.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I recently got a boxed set Pets in Space. There are some authors I love in it.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
My parents were very good about getting me Dr. Seuss books when I was really young. I can’t say for sure which one I read first, but I loved Green Eggs and Ham.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Emotional books or movies can. I love animals and they can do it. Some of the things I hear on the news make me sad. Kids often make me laugh. I was behind one at a Chinese buffet. He wanted his mom to tell him what something was and he poked it with his finger. It was funny. She took it off the buffet and told him not to be touching stuff. I know she was terribly embarrassed. Kids can do that to you but they are also a joy.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
There are actually many. If I could time travel I would love to see ancient Egypt and meet one of the Pharaohs. Of course I’d want to be able to get away quick, just in case. Who knows how one might react to someone appearing out of the air.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Reading is a hobby sort of. It’s more all-consuming than most people consider a hobby. I’m a voracious reader. Travel is also kind of a hobby. I’d like to go a lot more than we do. I love Nascar, it’s a family thing along with fine dining. We also go to movies a couple times a month. I used to be a huge yard sale addict until the house got full.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t watch much TV anymore. I do go to the movies. I’ve seen all the Avenger movies. I also saw the latest Alien one. It is the closest I get to horror. I rarely watch those. I like action/adventure, some comedies, and romance if it is combined with something else like action or comedy. Sometimes someone at home will have the history channel on and I get caught up in it. I’ve always loved history.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love German dishes and my favorite place to eat is the Bavarian Inn in Eureka Springs. AR. I even mention it in some of my stories. I love purple. Some of my readers send me links to purple stuff they find. I like country and rock and roll music. The seventies station plays some of the best things.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would love to travel, but then at some point I’d want to write about it.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Maybe by then they’ll be able to say famous author. My brother teases me about that all the time. He says all my books will become best sellers when I die. I’m not sure that is really funny. A lot of authors do become famous too late for them to feel good about it.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Here’s a link to an instafreebie book.
This book is free on most venues. This link is Amazon.
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