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?
Jensen Reed and I’m 24
Fiona: Where are you from?
I grew up in Nebraska on a large ranch, but Ilived in Iowa for the last 6 years and recently moved to Minnesota with my family.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
My husband and I have two young boys, 4.5 and 2.5. We also have a 3 year old cat.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I started an author page on Facebook and plan to finish the first book in my trilogythis month! I joined Writing Bad’s team this year and now admin the facebook group and twitter. I’ve written some helpful articles for their website as well.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing for well over a decade. It used to be poetry and short stories but after high school shifted to novels. I’ve always had a way with words and I love creating with them.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably not until 2014 when I first participated in NaNoWriMo and really started with my trilogy
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I wrote one in Jr. High with a friend but I’m not counting that. 😉 For my current WIP, an apocalyptic trilogy, I was inspired by a dream.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The characters are based at Lucky’s (male MC) childhood home/ranch, so the title Ranch just stuck.
The second book in the trilogy takes place at a location the characters call The Refuge, so Refuge is book two. The whole series is The Refuge Trilogy and book three’s title is still to be determined.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I love making my stories seem as realistic as possible, even when dealing with zombies. From my beta readers I have heard that I accomplish that goal, so that’s good!
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I tie in real people, their traits, and quirks into all of my characters. I use personal knowledge in a lot of the horse related aspects of the story. The ranch itself has the same layout as the one I grew up on, but the house is mostly based on my parent’s last house.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No. But Google Earth is really helpful! The story takes place in Colorado, somewhere I’ve only ever driven through, so I use the internet to find things such as sunrise/sunset times, when crops are ready to be harvested, when the fall leaves are changing, and so on.
I research as I go so I can have a place in my mind and write accordingly.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I’m not to the point of having one designed yet, but I’m excited for when I get there!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I don’t have a specific message. I make sure all survival knowledge and techniques are ones that would really work though. I’ve even been in contact with Les Stroud, Survivorman, about some of the issues that arise in the second book to ensure I have accurate information.
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 have a handful of writer friends, all with amazing stories! They have such a variety of genres and writing styles, I couldn’t pick my favorite. If you follow me on Facebook you’ll see all of the ones I follow. A few of them are even published!
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My friends. Most of my writer friends started out as beta readers or editors and we just clicked. I met them through writing groups on Facebook over the last few years. They continually support me and offer feedback and help when I need it.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
It would be nice! I’m not in a huge rush to get published, aside from the poetry I published in high school, because my boys are still young and I only have a limited amount of time every day to write. I also truly enjoy the writing process!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I have a list of things I still need to edit once this draft is done. This is my second writing of it. I finished it in 2016 and realized, as I began book two, that I needed to have more of my female main character. I’m really pleased with this draft though.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
My female MC, Mack, has severe social anxiety and as I researched it I learned that I totally dealt with it when I was growing up. It’s only in the last five years that I’ve been able to handle social situations easily and am more outgoing.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Lucky is a mix of Stefano Masciolini(actor) and Caleb Grimm(Anthem Lights).
Mack’s reference is young Winona Ryder
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just write. Get your story down and don’t worry about the details or the errors until the second draft. Ask for help. Writing groups on Facebook are a massive help. Build up a community of trusted beta readers/ writing friends and it will make a world of difference.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Writing Bad’s Facebook group is a great place to find advice, share your work, and on Friday’s we have a promo thread where over a thousand people see and post their book links, author pages, and websites. We also have a Twitter and Facebook page!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
One of my writer friend’s is having me edit her first book. I’m really enjoying it and I look forward to the second that she’s writing this month.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The very first book? No. The book that made me really start reading and loving books? Inca Gold by Clive Cussler.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
That’s a pretty broad question ha. My boys are funny, and I love the things they come up with. My husband cracks me up daily. I like memes and cats.
Shows and movies are probably what make me tear up the most.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet Jensen Ackles or Misha Collins. They’re two of my all-time favorite actors and both just amazing humans.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Besides writing, I like watching T.V. I taught myself to crochet but I haven’t done much this year. Making things like canvas wall art.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Supernatural, This Is Us, The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, Heartland, When Calls the Heart, Parenthood, Stargate (all of them), BattlestarGalactica, Daredevil, Arrow, Flash, and I could keep going.
I like superhero movies, pretty much all of them. Most zombie movies.Disney movies. I also like romcoms like P.S. I Love You and 13 Going On 30. There are a lot I could list.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I like burgers, milkshakes, homemade Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, and chicken strips.
Forest green is my favorite color.
I like country and pop. I find a lot of inspiration in music too.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Slowly go insane because the voices don’t stop. HA. I have trouble focusing on real life if I go several days without writing on any of my numerous projects.
To answer the question though, I would probably take up drawing as a hobby.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I’m not sure what I want written. I do want someone to plant a bunch of catnip around my headstone though.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
https://twitter.com/SaGa243(As me, the Writing Bad one is separate)