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?
I am Danielle Bigsby and I’m 32 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Nashville, TN and still currently reside there. Nashville, TN will always be considered my home.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Hello everyone. I am Author Danielle Bigsby of Royal 4 Publishing Presents and The Erotic Specialist known as Nasti D. I’ve been writing poetry and short stories since I was 12 years old.
I am a mother of four beautiful children ranging in age from 3 to 11. I come from multiple families (biological, adopted, God, Spiritual, and TPS) who are all responsible for shaping me into the woman I am today in some form or fashion.
I graduated from Tennessee Preparatory School (TPS) in 2002 as Valedictorian and went to greater things.I have an Associate’s Degree in Massage Therapy; an Administrative Assistant w/ Accounting Emphasis Diploma; and I have also taken in Business Management as well as Music Technology. I believe that a person can never learn enough.
I enjoy reading, writing, and crocheting as well spending time with family and friends.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m currently featured in a poetic anthology titled, “Our Book of Poetry” that recently released and I have a new erotic collection titled, “Desire 2 Be Nasti” releasing December 7th!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing poetry and short stories since I was 12 years old. I performed and still do perform them for family and one day my adopted brother said I should write a book after I finished one. I laughed and said I wouldn’t know where to begin. He kept insisting up until his death in September of 2014. I decided then to go after what he saw in me and for me.
I did a little research and published my first book January 16, 2015. It was a mess that I eventually used as a message. I followed that with a release in February of 2014.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I never did. I just considered myself as a person who used writing as a way of expression and communication. I guess I actually became one the day I penned my first piece and became an author the day I published my first book.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Poetry has always been my way of self-expression. It was my method for coping with my circumstances. After much insistence from my late brother, I decided to publish it simply because of his belief in me.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The original title was, “Rivers of Emotion” and I chose that title because it describes day to day life in the best of my ability. That title later became, “Drowning in My Emotions” and is now, “Braving The Storm: Life’s Cleansing Moments”.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
The only thing particular to me or brand/ writing is the fact that I paint a picture of my reality through words. Rather it’s poetry, short stories, or novels there will always be a piece of my life hidden between the words. I pride myself on the ability to pen my works real, raw, and uncensored.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
All of my works have a direct connection to my life somewhere in them.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No I don’t necessarily travel to craft my works yet I do write on the road when traveling to and from literary events.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I’ve used a variety of graphic designers including:
Author Navi’ Robins of Northshore Graphics, Mario Patterson, Aija Monique of AMB Branding Design, DOLL Signature Designs
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In the Hood Love Volumes: Put down the guns and give our babies a chance to live. For the adults, it is our responsibility to reach out to our youth and provide positive outlets. They are our future after all.
In Braving The Storm: We all go through pain but use it as a motivating factor while fighting your way through it. I’m living proof that it gets greater later if you just hold on.
In the Nasti Desirez Volumes: Never be afraid to embrace your nasty side for fear of judgement. I mean we all like to get nasty a time or 2.
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?
Blacc Topp aka Dean Swift, Navi’ Robins, Fabiola Joseph, Amanda Lee, Renee Wallace, Niles Manning
The list could go on and on when it comes to new (new to me) authors…LOL
As far as my favorite writer, well I have two: The LEGENDS K’wan and Zane. Both of these authors are authentic while continuing to push the envelope with their works. They remain dedicated to their craft and humble as well. They are truly ones to be respected and admired in the literary industry for what they do as well as what they give back to it!
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Stacy Johnson-Leonard of Mo’ Red Productions. She has supported me from the day she met me and I am forever grateful. She will get in my butt when needed while also motivating to stay focused. She is definitely a jewel in my book.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. It takes dedication, sacrifice, research, motivation, and humbleness to maintain longevity in this field and one must be willing to ride the highs and lows while never forgetting why they picked up the pen in the first place. It’s not always easy yet I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. Everything I’ve experienced in the literary industry has served as a learning lesson and I personally feel that everything happens for a reason. It was just something I had to go through to grow and now I must learn from my mistakes so that I won’t repeat them.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes. I learned to take my time to perfect my story. This is not a race for the swift and quality work takes time. In other words, let the story marinate and stew.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Not exactly sure on this one but definitely someone full of spice and variety. They would have to have a big personality.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
NEVER GIVE UP! If you get knocked down, keep getting up. Success takes time and you must put the work in to get it!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Approach my work with an open mind.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Baltimore Chronicles Saga by Treasure Hernandez
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Lord no! Lol but I do remember falling in love with reading as a child and I’m glad that I did. It serves as a mental movie and i love the escape from reality it provides.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Being myself makes me laugh because you never know what you’re going to get with me. What comes up normally comes out. Seeing others hurt makes me sad because I have a big heart and naturally, I want to find a way to fix it. I guess it’s the Pisces in me.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
This one is hard! I’ll go with the easy answer. K’wan. I would love to pick his brain while taking in any jewels/ knowledge that he is willing to pass along. I salute his hustle and grind so it would be an honor just to be in his presence.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Reading, Writing, Crocheting, Coloring, Listening to music, Cooking
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Empire; The ID Channel; LMN; So You Think You Can Dance; The Voice; Sister/Sister; Family Matters; Snapped; Law & Order: SVU; CSI: Miami; Cold Case; GLEE
Movies include: Paid In Full; Holiday Heart; A Bronx Tale; Menace To Society; Count Of Monte Cristo; The Best Man; The Brothers; Soul Food; This Christmas; All Madea Plays/Movies
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food: Fried Ribs; Macaroni Tomatoes; Chicken; Cheese Fries
Color: North Carolina Tarheel Blue (Sky/Powder Blue)
Music: R&B; Gospel; Hip Hop; Rap (Music with a message)
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I can’t imagine that.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
The Girl Who Never Quit!
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
We provide 10% discounts to bookclub members at checkout provided that they enter their bookclub’s code. If they are not sure of it, they can inbox me at one of our social media sites or email me at: Royaldiva312@gmail.com and I will be sure to get it to them.
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