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 Michael Evans and I am 15 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am originally from Long Island, New York, but I moved to Charleston, South Carolina, four years ago.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Well I am still working on getting my high school diploma (so not the most educated)! However, I love science, specifically nanotechnology. Oh and of course I love writing. In regards to family, I have one brother, one massive, fluffy goldendoodle, and one awesome mom.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Well my first book entitled Control Freakz just came out two months ago! Besides that it has been fun doing signings and meeting cool new people. Right now I’m also working on the third book in the Control Freakz series, which I hope to be done with by the spring.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing as soon as I could read. The desire to tell my own stories, and get my thoughts onto paper was seemingly born into me. Writing is something I have always loved to do, and I think it is something that I always will love to do.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I was 13 I decided to write my first novel for the first time (I rewrote it this past summer), so it was really then when I started to grow more serious about writing. However, I don’t consider myself a writer, that just boxes me in too much. In reality, I’m just a person who wants to help move this world towards a better future, and writing is certainly one way that I have found can impact people’s lives.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My inspiration for writing my first novel stems from my fascination with neuroscience, specifically how technologies in the future may be able to manipulate chemicals in the brain, resulting in mind control. The purpose of my novel is to prompt the discussion of both the positive and negative effects that the progression of technology will have on the future of humanity in hopes of preventing humanity from ever experiencing the darker aspects of the future portrayed in my novel.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I don’t want to give too much away about the book, but it was definitely based off of things that happen in the novel. But also, I wanted to communicate with my novel that humans are the control freaks of our own futures! We can control whether society runs free into the light or drowns in the darkness. I hope the good in the world prevails, and my only goal is to keep creating more good, and inspiring other people to do the same.
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’m conscious of my writing style as I write. I just close my eyes and try to tell a story in the same way I would if I was talking to a friend: unadulterated, dramatic, yet hopefully poignant. Other people consider my narrative style very emotional driven, which differs from a lot of books in the Young Adult Dystopian subgenre.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The book is set in the future, however, I tried to paint a realistic future for our society that I hope does not happen, but is very likely to occur in some capacity. A lot of the the emotions of Natalie, the main character, and the personalities of other characters in the buck are based off people close in my life, and my own experiences. I think it’s impossible to write without pulling from your own memory bank. Although I’m not my writing, it certainly is a reflection of me and my life. And since my life, just like everyone else’s, is unique in its own beautiful way, my writing definitely matches that. I just hope it’s a good unique!
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I wish! Maybe one day.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Lance, he is a cover designer from Palmetto Publishing Group.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes! I want to inspire people to work towards a better future for our world, and my hope is that this novel will bring into light and draw awareness to likely futures most people don’t think about, in hopes of communicating the dire message that policies must be put in place to prevent such atrocities from taking place in our society.
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?
My favorite writer is Alexandra Bracken. Not only was her writing amazing, but I love how she created a story that shed light on a dystopian future that felt so real to me.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My boss. She hired me, and without my job at Wild Dunes Resort I wouldn’t have been able to pay for the editing, cover, or really anything for my book.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I sure hope so. I hope that over the next few years I can continue to build my platform, and gain a larger readership! Maybe one day, it will generate into a large enough income to live off of, but even if it doesn’t I will always continue to write! I can’t live myself without expressing my thoughts!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Being that it came out very recently, I don’t have any regrets with the story yet. I actually rewrote the entire book this past summer to make it more polished, so I hope that a year from now, I can look back and say that my writing has improved, but hopefully I will still be proud of my first book.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, definitely. Writing is truly a journey, a long, at points arduous, and undeniably fun one. Writing, more than anything else, has taught me things about myself, and given me an even greater insight to my own thoughts and to the world. But my number one lesson from writing, was patience. Writing, just like everything good in life takes time, and that’s okay.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
That’s tough, well the main character has dirty blonde hair so there’s a lot of options there. But I don’t know Natalie is low key bipolar, and emotionally unstable. I don’t know if anyone would want to play her!
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Yes. I could go on for days, and feel free to contact me fellow writers if you want more advice. But here are my three biggest tips:
- There is never a bad time to writer. You are never too old or young to write. Stop making excuses and just do it!
- Writing a novel is a grind. Make sure you are doing something that appeals to you. Don’t worry if other people will like it, they can all go screw themselves. At the end of the day if you don’t absolutely love your book, then no one will.
- Always write the first thing that comes to your mind. Don’t worry if you think it’s weird, bad, or messed up. Your initial thoughts are always the most genuine and emotional. Don’t let anything hold you back. The crappy stuff can always be deleted during editing and rewrites!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Yes! Control Freakz is the first novel in a Young Adult Dystopian Trilogy! The second book is coming out in 2018 (date TBD) and the third book will becoming out in late 2018 or very early 2019. I hope everyone enjoys reading it! For any updates on signings, or if you just want to know more about my life feel free to follow me on instagram @mevansinked.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Proxy by Alexander London.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Nope. I do remember that I read 400 chapter books in first grade. I got a nice prize for that.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I lot of things make me laugh. Too much to list, it honestly just depends on the moment. But every moment, besides a funeral, is a great time to laugh. And I’m not a huge crier, but things that make me upset are when I don’t meet my expectations, and when I feel I could have done better. I also hate endings. Just in general, everything ends, but when something good ends, like a friendship, vacation, a life, or a good book, it is painful.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet Albert Einstein. He was goofy, yet a truly unbelievable visionary of our future. I think a conversation with him would be awesome.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Too many to fit in, it’s only dissapointing. I love running, hiking, camping, paddleboarding, the beach, reading nerdy science stuff, playing basketball and baseball, helping out the environment, and traveling!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t watch TV. I’m not even kidding. Sometimes my family turns Gilmore Girls at dinner, so I guess I enjoy that.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favorite food is peanut butter pie. My favorite color is a deep blue (not too sound depressing, I just think it is really pretty). And I liked lots of different styles of music, but my favorite artist is the Imagine Dragons.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
That’s tough. I would probably travel the world and take pretty pictures. I would have to document my thoughts and emotions somehow. I would say I could become a singer, but my singing voice is honestly really bad.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
He tried his best.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes! Here it is: http://mevansinked.com/