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 Melissa Sinclair and I am 38.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am from a very tiny town north of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Currently I reside in a suburb of Green Bay.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I graduated from UWGB with a degree in Public Administration and Law and Social Change (fancy title for Pre Law). I currently work for a local municipality full time, chauffeur three kids where they need to go as well as all other duties as assigned by them, my husband owns his own business and in my spare time I write, which he is completely supportive of.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just self-published my debut novel, In the Night, on September 1. I would like to have book two ready to go at the beginning of next year. I have been absolutely amazed at the response to my debut book.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have always liked to write. Funny story about this book, I started writing it 7 years ago, I was 50k into it and one other book and promptly lost the USB it was on. Earlier this year I was cleaning our pantry that holds our small appliances, etc. Of course this is where I found said missing USB. I talked to a friend about it and she said I should finish it, so I started working on it in May, I gave myself a goal to be done by the end of June and I achieved that goal.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Honestly? I still do not consider myself a writer. Maybe if I get a second book published?
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I just have always wanted to write and most of the stories I love to read are suspense with a solid romance included. I decided to write down one of the many ideas in my head.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It was the working title. I didn’t like it and left it there just so I had a reference point. Then when I was finishing it up the title made it’s way into part of the ending and I decided to keep it. Ask anyone who writes, titles, blurbs and names are the hardest. The plot is easy.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write in third person with alternating POV. I try to not get stuck in long paragraphs, because I personally do not like to read long paragraphs. I like interaction, and I love to see the Hero and Heroine interact often.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
There are realistic parts, I researched police procedure in Wisconsin with an officer I used to work with. But there are also parts that you definitely have to suspend reality for. The time frame is short and they fall in love fast, but it is a fast paced book and it worked out that way. The book is not inspired by anyone or anything in my life. Thank goodness!
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, not at all.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The very talented Lucy Rhodes of Render Compose.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I will always write a happy ending. This is not going to be something I will waiver from. I like a happy and, maybe some would consider it far fetched, love story. I want my readers to know that love will conquer all in my books, even under the most dire circumstances or back story.
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?
There are so many new authors. Abbie Roads is my favorite newer author and I absolutely adore her. She has been an inspiration to me and has been such an incredible support system, without even reading my book she promoted it for me. My favorite veteran author is by far Karen Rose. She spins the most amazing police procedural with a love story intertwined. Even if it is a short time table for them to fall in love, you believe in it.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Absolutely my friend Sue Lopp.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would love writing to be my career, but realistically I do not know if that will happen. I sure would love to be able to make it a career though.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I did receive some feedback from readers that I found very useful and will use to make book two even better. My aunt did point out one thing in the book that I could have changed in the epilogue to make it better and I am bummed I didn’t see it myself. In the end though I think it worked out the way it was supposed to.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I am constantly trying to learn new things and when I do they get added to the mix. I have had to research a bit for book two, because the subject matter requires it. Book one I didn’t have as much need for Google.
As for what I learned personally? I learned I was going to write for my enjoyment. If I make it a job it will no longer be fun for me. I want everyone to love my book, but I know that isn’t feasible.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
No way. There are way better people to play that role.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write what you want and try not to get stuck in the reviews. Some are not nice, but some are just so amazing. Focus on the amazing, the reader that felt what you felt when you wrote that story. You won’t please everyone, but those you please will make it all the better.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Any mistakes are mine and mine alone. I write a pretty fast paced story and I apologize for any parts that are lacking and welcome any insight into the story.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Oh gosh, I am reading a few. Hurricane by Cherry Adair, 14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson and A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not at all. I remember the first one I read that got me hooked as an adult. Did you See Her? by Karen Rose.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My kids make me laugh. Just about everything has the potential to make me cry, I have been told I cry pretty easily.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Jake Gyllenhaal, for obvious reasons, right?
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Reading, writing, knitting.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
iZombie is really quite good. I found Bad Moms hilarious. I love Star Wars which causes a house to be divided for our family. Moana is probably my favorite cartoon right now. I honestly watch a lot of Disney with my kids.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Pizza, bread, pasta, mexican food. I love all colors, the world would be boring with only one favorite color. I love music that has a great beat. I tend to lean toward hip hop, rock or pop.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Spend time with my family and read all the books that I can.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Ugh, I don’t even want to think about that. But I would prefer not to be buried at all.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My website is not ready yet, but stay tuned. I do have a Facebook page, Twitter Page, Amazon author page and Goodreads author page.