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 Tom Speed and I am 40 years old
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live in Tampa, Florida
Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e., your education, family life, etc.).
I have an Associate’s degree in Fire Science. I have a wife and daughter. I’ve been writing since 2013, mostly short stories, but wanted to write books as many fans loved my stories.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Book 2 in the Flames of Submission series, Katie’s Broken Trust, is almost done with edits and will be republished in the next few weeks. I have Book 3 of the series in edits and is half-way done. I am currently planning the cover release. It will be published early February. Book 4 is written, and in the proofreading stage. The cover reveal will be late February/early March with a release date mid-March.
My next book project will be part two of Bound to Love, a free story that can be found here:
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I had a few friends tell me that I should try my hand at writing and took a chance. That was in 2013.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The verdict is still out.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My passion for bondage that I have had since I was very young is the springboard for all my writing. I started to learn more about it once the internet and Google came out. I want others to feel comfortable if they have the same desires. I felt alone and ashamed when I was young, so my first book series was set to help people know that their kinks were normal, and they should embrace them, not fear them.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Katie is the main character who is about to set forth on a long journey into her new love for BDSM. The first book is “Katie’s Journey into Submission”.
In the second book, “Katie’s Broken Trust”, Katie’s world will take a twist as she will have to overcome many obstacles with her Dom and learn that she may have made a grave mistake trusting people in her life.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I love writing in the present tense as I want the reader to feel closely connected to that character and not just read about them. Writing in general hasmany challenges, as I continue to learn every day.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Many aspects of all my books have a piece of me in them.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, I haven’t yet. I try to write based off places I know.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Mayhem Cover Creations designed the covers for the Flames of Submission series.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I want them to know that being kinky isn’t a bad thing. I want my readers to understand how it can feel and why they should embrace their desire. That’s why this series is more real-life situations and less fantasy.
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 love many authors writings. I try to support other indie authors.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I don’t think I could pick just one. RJ Castille is another author who pushed me to publish my work instead if giving it out free. My new editor, Erica Stokes, has been a BIG supporter of mine and continues to embrace and encourage me.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I have a career that I love, which fulfils me and provides well for my family, but to be able to supplement my pay from books would be nice. However, if they sustain themselves, I’ll be happy.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’ll have to let you know after my editor is done.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I feel I learn something every time I write a new book or story and while I read other author’s books.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who wouldyou like to play the lead?
I think a new and upcoming actress who can play the shy character.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just keep writing! Believe in yourself and never stop learning
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I appreciate all my fans.I can’t thank them enough for their support and the time they take to read my books.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
First BDSM book was by Dakota Trace: Exploring her Submission: Nisey
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Many things make me laugh. I work in a busy fire house with over 10 guys, there’s always something entertaining to laugh at. I am a very emotional guy and can get choked up in movies and books. I also hate disappointment.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Leigh Strokes.She has been a huge influence in my life of BDSM and writing.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Trading on the stock market, but since I started writing I’ve dropped several hobbies I don’t have the time for anymore.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Backdraft, GOT, Suits, Ladder 49, True blood and many others.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Pizza, Red and Blue, Rammstein, Offspring and Five Finger Death Punch
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Continue to be a firefighter
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Play hard, work hard! and Go big or go home
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