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?
Hello and thanks for having me. I’m Brenna Ash and I’m forever young. 😉
Fiona: Where are you from?
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I grew up and raised my kids in Maine. After having enough with the cold and the snow, my husband and I moved to Florida to spend lots of time in the sun. I’ve got a super-spoiled cat named Lilly and she runs our house.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m currently working on the second book in my Pebble Harbor Series, titled Taking Chances, and it will be released before the end of the year. I’m also participating in a multi-author book signing event on 11/18. For anyone in the area, details can be found here: tinyurl.com/starsofromance
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always loved reading and fooled around with writing when I was in school. In junior high, I wrote my own version of a Sweet Valley High book. As an adult I read the Velvet series by Jude Deveraux and knew writing was my calling.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
This is a loaded question. But honestly, the first time that I really felt I earned the title of author was when I held the print copy of my first book in my hands. An absolutely wonderful feeling that I won’t ever forget.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I love stories about people reconnecting after years of being apart. So my first book is a second chances story.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Titles are my achilles heel. I struggle with them. I waffled between two titles: Finding Hayden and Second Chances, and decided on Second Chances since it encapsulated exactly what the story was about.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging? I tend to write in layers. A lot of dialogue in the first draft and then in the drafts to follow, I fill in more and more of the details.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My books are pure fiction so they are not based on anyone I know or events that have happened.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t have to travel, but I love to travel. When I’m traveling, I tend to take a lot of pictures. If I see an area that I think I’ll use in a future book, I document all pieces of it so I can refer back to it later when the time comes.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The wonderful Dar Albert of Wicked Smart Designs. She’s fantastic!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I just want them to escape their everyday life for a while, sit back and enjoy.
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?
She’s not a new author, but she is a new-to-me author – Jennifer Probst. I love her The Billionaire Builders series. Fun, quirky heroines and super hot heroes! Some of my favorite authors are Jude Deveraux, Janet Chapman, Sherrilyn Kenyon, JR Ward and Brenda Novak.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My best friend. I actually met her in the first writing course I participated in. We paired up and haven’t separated since. We live in different states, but keep in constant contact and vacation together whenever we can.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
The title! 🙂
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Not to be afraid to go back and rewrite, multiple times. It’s okay to throw away scenes. I keep them in a separate folder and don’t truly delete them, but they’ve definitely been removed from the book. When you have to throw away those words, it’s so hard, but it makes for a better book in the long run.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Charlie Hunnam and Kat Dennings.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Don’t give up. Perserverance is key.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you so much for the support!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Caught by the Scot by Karen Hawkins
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I don’t remember the first book I read. I started reading really young. I remember in elementary school blazing my way through the Trixie Belden series.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Everything. I cry when I laugh, I laugh when I cry. Seriously, a happy commercial will make me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
George Harrison. A kind and gentle soul. I’d just like to sit outside with him and have a conversation about life.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I love to read and I listen to music all the time.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Outlander, Sons of Anarchy, historical documentaries, Expedition Unknown with Josh Gates, anything with Charlie Hunnam.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Mac and Cheese and coleslaw. Purple. I listen to almost anything, but 90’s alternative/grunge is my favorite.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Travel the world following the F1 circuit.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I don’t know. I haven’t thought about it.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Readers can find me at my website: brennaash.com. I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog!