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?
Sarah Andreas I am 40 years old… But I tell everyone I am 24 again. Because that is how old I feel.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.)
.I live on a 250+ acer farm with my husband, Dan, and son, Marcus. I am currently working on my Ph.D. in organizational leadership.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just published my 2nd book. Which was a super fun project.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have wanted to write a book for years but no matter how hard I would try I could not get it written. So, when I was 39 I hired a coach to help me through the process and I wrote my first book through her program.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I never thought of myself as a writer. I am not sure why I really wanted to write a book. However, I know that when I am stuck and I need help I look for books that answer what I am struggling with. I have become a book junkie since starting my Ph.D. program. I also listen to a lot of books on Audible.com as well. I love all types of genres.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I think it was I was going to turn 40 and I wanted to have a book before I turned 40. So I got busy and wrote it. It was a book to help emerging leaders understand that they may be what is holding them back from their next promotion.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I knew the title of my book that just launched as soon as the idea to write it popped into my head. Women Who Ride: Rebel Souls, Golden Hearts and Iron Horses.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t think I have a particular style yet. My first book was written totally different from Women Who Ride. The Women Who Ride book is a Short Story Anthologies Book. It was so much fun to put together.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Since the book is a Short Story Anthologies Book it share true stories of women who ride motorcycles and their experiences.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
The stories I shared are all trips and experiences that I have had on my motorcycle.
Fiona: Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
I wanted to share stories that show how Women who ride have rebel souls, golden hearts and ride iron horse.
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?
Since I am a crazy reader I actually love to wait until an author has a whole series and binge read. If I am reading non-fiction I love reading leadership and human development.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes and No. I know that I am not done writing. In fact I have a call for submissions for my 2nd edition of women who ride. I do believe that my purpose in life is to teach, research, coach and write about leadership development. However, that may raise the question why did I write a book about women who ride? Well, the short answer is I needed something to do while I was waiting on my research proposal to get though my committee.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I did all the work except editing and proof reading myself. Next time I would like to have more help or more time. I turned it around in a very short timeframe and I am have gotten a couple of grey hairs. LOL
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
That it take longer than estimated every time. But it is a fun process that requires focus.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
No. I have no acting skills at all. But it would be a cool film talking to all the different women who made the book possible.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
If you want to write and publish you should. If you can get through the first one and you really feel the call then hire a coach to bully you into getting it done. I believe that if you feel like you should write then you have a message to share.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
That this book is a celebration of women who ride motorcycles. It is written from their hearts about their personal experaince with motorcycles. It is a pretty cool book.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Once I got my book in paperback I read it again because it was neat to have it in print. But I am currenyl reading about 20 books realted to leadership development, human and spiritual development and how adults learn. Right now on my desk is The season of a woman’s life by Daniel J. Levinson, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, and Reinventing organizations by Frederic Laloux. Then on Audible I am listening to a science fiction book by Aleron Kong.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
My Grandma Kennedy had a bunch of Dr. Seuss books and I loved to read them.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
That is a great question. I don’t think I laugh enough. But my husband and son make me laugh the most. I think I cry more than I used to because there a lot of sad things that we get bombarded with anymore.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to spend a day with John Maxwell because he is a great thought leader in leadership and helping people grow. I really admire his work.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Yes. Riding motorcycle, quilting, playing with stained glass, reading, writing, taking classes to learn anything new and artsy.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
This is one thing that I do very little of. If I go watch a movie it is either an animated movie or Marvel.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Pasta, I love all colors, county
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would interview people for a YouTube video series.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
That I made a difference in people’s lives in some way.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?