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, Fiona, and thanks for having me. My name is Adrienne Blake. I haven’t confessed my real age since <coughs> forty <coughs> but let’s just say when I write I can draw on A LOT of experience.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m originally from foggy London, UK, the land of the Queen, Hugh Grant and Mr. Bean . I moved to the US in 2001 which suits me well because Americans are just as bonkers as us Brits.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I went to college over in Coventry – and it broke my heart to leave my UK family behind in 2001, but what can I say? Love makes us all a little crazy, doesn’t it? I’m now divorced (hahaha), and working on the next Mr. Incredible.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Writing-wise or other? Personally, I just bought a lovely little house and am in unpacking hell. It’s really incredible how much junk we pick up along the way – but I’m throwing out a lot of stuff and donating tons to Goodwill. But if you mean writing, I recently finished a new novel – The Rancher’s Runaway Bride which is being launched on January 13, 2018.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
You remember playing with dolls? I used to invent little fantasy stories for them, and then one day started putting my thoughts down on paper. And here we are.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I was a teenager I used to babysit for my nieces – and would make up bed time stories for them. When they got a little older they suggested I start writing them down. So I did, and again, here we are.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
You ever read something mediocre and think, Oh hell, I could do better than this?Well, one day I had that thought and I just ran with it.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
For my first book? My first was Murder to a Tea, published as Iris Woodbury – and I dunno, the title just tickled me. Sometimes the title comes before the book. It’s just a thing.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I like my work to be fast paced and action-packed. Some readers and writers like to meander a little and that’s fine; we all like what we like. But I’ve always disliked stories that wander too far from the plot – so I’m constantly asking myself, will my readers like this scene, and I strive to do my best to keep them engaged in both the plot and characters.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The emotions and responses my characters feel are always real and based on personal experience. It’s hard to portray an emotion you haven’t felt, I think. I’m taking a sexy wink on the rest of that question; I’ll let you guess.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Not really; though some of the things I have come across/done/experienced on my travels may have wormed their way into my books.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The cover art on my most recent books are all the work of my publisher, Stormy Night Publications http://www.stormynightpublications.com/
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes – Keep faith in yourself and others. I write strong male and female characters – a submissive can have as much inner strength as anyone else. My stories are often about when they lose their way – and how they get back to where they need to be.
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 loved The Sense of An Ending – by Julian Barnes. His writing style totally wowed me.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
It wasn’t so much an entity as a person. And I can’t say more than that – but I’ll be forever grateful.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
It’s my secret lover.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Off the top of my head, no, but that might change when the reviews and feedback comes in, LOL.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes. There aren’t enough hours in the day.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Emily Blunt.Stunning. Talented.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write. Read. Write. Read. Write.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you. I love hearing from you.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just put down Sense of An Ending.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No. I probably drew stick figures on it.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Oscar Wilde. He’s my favorite author. Though I’d be afraid he’d laugh at my lack of fashion sense.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Other than writing? Or working a full-time job? Or breaking in a new boyfriend? I dunno – does making cupcakes count?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m a British history nerd. Love it. Give me a Tudor movie and a mug of chocolate and I’m a happy bunny.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Curry, Green, The Police.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I’d work on being reincarnated as writer.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I confess I’m the world’s crappiest blogger – I put all my energy into the actual novels. But I do have a blog – and for what it’s worth, here it is.
I also have an Amazon Page, which has a very young pic of me (what can I say-It’s like dating) – but which shows all my other books.
I’m not running any special promotions at this time but if readers wander onto the Stormy Nights web site there’s often a promotion. So take a peek!