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! My name is MJ Vieira and I am 31 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m originally from Durham, Maine but currently live in Sabattus (Sa-bat-us), Maine.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I was born in raised in Maine, spent a lot of time as a child with my parents hiking, snowmobiling, and exploring the Maine wilderness. I started riding horses when I was 6 after my mother told me to pick something off the summer olympics I’d like to try. I began showing 4-H at age 12 and continued to nation levels in breed associations. I won the American Quarter Horse Justin Rookie of the Year for the youth 14-18 division, for both National and State of the Maine. I went to college at the University of Findlay where I graduated with an Associates in Western Equestrian Sciences. My husband and I had our son in November of 2007 and we live with our St. Bernard, Roxy, our cat, SiSi, and guinea pig, Rocksteady. In between writing and school sports, I judge horse shows and have a full time job in Medical Billing.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Currently, I am work on the next book of my Veritas series. It will be released either late February/early March of 2018. It’s predecessor KLux is available on Amazon in paperback and ebook form. I am also working on a shifter series and a siren novel which currently haven’t been scheduled to be released.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began to write when I was fifteen. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer my Freshman year of high school and while riding was a huge outlet for me, winters in Maine are hard. Riding wasn’t much of an option to escape the troubles of real life. One of my friends showed me an online role playing board where people wrote stories with each other. It gave me the escape I needed as well as connection to other writers who pushed me. When I was in college, my writing professor, Ron Tulley, encouraged me to continue writing and I never stopped from there.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Umm, that’s a tough one. I guess a few years ago when I realized it was the one thing I’d rather be doing than almost anything else.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
An online fan group of Karen Marie Monning’s Fever series. The women there just inspired me and enjoyed my writing. I decided I wanted to try to publish a novel and with their push and my friend’s continued support, I kept going.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My parents are huge book worms (guess that’s where I get it from) and one thing they always pushed on me was vocabulary. My dad taught me some Latin terms and Lux, or light, always stuck with me. As did Veritas and some others you’ll see later in the series.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I wouldn’t say I have a specific style, I like to add my own spin of sarcasm through my characters, especially Jade as I write her in first person. The biggest issue I have are tenses. I tend to switch between first and third without meaning to. I’m constantly fixing that.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Well, Lux was written over a course of five years. I’m trying very hard to not allow the next book take that long (ha-ha), but throughout the past five years, a lot of misfortune has fallen on my family. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I can now tell exactly what was happening when I was writing certain chapters of the book. So, while I can’t say I’ve ever been able to wield a sword or have had a conversation with a God, I can say life experiences play heavily into this book. My own demons are very evident on the pages.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process? Not really no, I have a pretty vivid imagination and between Google and books, I can get an idea for the feel of the land. Music is more of an important inspiration for me.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My first cover was made by Rachel Olsen who sadly is no longer working in this field. My next covers are a being designed by Francesca Vance.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I think part of the fun of any art is that everyone’s interpretation is different. I know writing it was a way for me to battle my demons, so I hope that the readers who need strength or solidarity find that. However, if a reader is simply looking for an action packed book, have at!
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?
Well, for new writers, I’m in love with Francesca Vance’s work. I love her characters and the emotion she puts into her work.
My favorite writer is hard. I have so many I love to read, and it really relates to my mood. I love Karen Marie Moning, JR Tolkien, Patrick Ruffus and Laurel K Hamilton. They all tell their stories in their own way and I fell in love with their characters.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
In this crazy journey, I’ve made some very good friends. One of them, Vic, pushed me to keep going even when I got stuck. Another was Melissa who again kept at me. Honestly, there are too many to name and without them, I doubt I would have made it to publish.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I do. Someday, I hope to be a full time writer.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Hmm, not really, no. I like how it turned out and it’s where the story took me.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Well, i’m currently writing three books and submission for anthologies so that’s a lot of potential lessons. But, yes, Lux taught me somethings about myself as well as the world around me.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Oh man! Well, I would love Sara Fabel to play Jade. Maybe Keanu Reeves for Jager? Onyx is tough…maybe Jason Mamoya? Malum…oh boy not sure for him.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep going. Don’t give up. Write for you and the story, not the money.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Buckle up. Lots in store for the next couple of books and every time you think you have someone pegged, they’ll probably flip muwahahah
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No lol, I read a lot as a kid. Probably the most memorable was the Black Stallion though.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Lots of things! I cry at Simple Man, Shinedown’s version and the Goo Goo Doll’s Boxes. I laugh at almost anything because I’m easily amused.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
There are a lot of them. I guess if I had to pick one, I’d say Mike Shenoda of Linkin Park and Fort Minor. I love his lyrics.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I judge horse shows, collect music, attend as many concerts as I can, and collect fossils with my son.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Again, depends on my mood. Sensing a theme here? I am a huge Supernatural, Lucifer, Lethal Weapon, Stranger Things, The Ranch, Originals and Masterchef fan. 😀 Movies, I go between suspense, comedy and action. I love the Red series and the Expendable as well as Secratariat.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food: pasta; colors: red and black; music is too tough but I tend to gravitate towards metal, hard rock and folk.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Reset option didn’t work. Game Over. LOL JK! Hmmm…..C’est Tout bien (It’s all good)
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Not yet but I am working on a website. However, I am active on facebook as Author MJ Vieira and I have a group for readers. Also on Goodreads and Amazon.