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?

Trisha Harley McCarthy, Age 56

Fiona: Where are you from?

Originally California. Currently reside in Oregon.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I’m married with one rescue Chocolate Lab, Elle. I’m a Life Coach and Romance Author.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Working on book 3 of a series entitled A Granite Bay Series.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing Bridget Jones’s Diary Fan Fiction. I  received great reviews so I decided to write my first stand alone novel, Just As He Is in 2012.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

The publication of my first book.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The movie Bridget Jones’s Diary and Colin Firth.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

There is a line in BJD where Mark Darcy tells Bridget  “He likes her just the way she is,”

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

Romance is very competitive genre. My stories are unique in that most of them have a spiritual them woven into the story.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I used a lot of my own personal experiences in the book. One example, after a couple of years being split up from my senior high school boyfriend, I decided I still loved him. I called him to tell him however, his life ended tragically in a plane crash on all dates my birthday. So particularly traumatic and carthartic to write about.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

I travel in my mind. My personal ritual is everything had to be neat and orderly and I listen to loud music.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I designed all covers with the exception of my first book. I attended design school.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Love conquers all.

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?

TL Swan and Serenity Woods. TL is Aussie and Serenity is a Kiwi. I am fascinated with their writing beautiful and inspirational to my own writing.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

My friends who have become my beta readers and who help me plot chapters.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I am very focused to become a best seller author with USA Today, NYTimes and Amazon.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Not that I can think of. I can only improve upon my writing.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I also learn something new. For example, to format my book.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Depends on which one. Just As He Is, of course would be Colin Firth.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Believe in yourself and be true to yourself.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I hope they find my characters, storyline and plots heartfelt and real.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I just finished Unloved, a love story by Kate Regnery

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I believe it would be Charlottes Web.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Anything that is sentimental or sad. Great humor is a must for me. Make me laugh and you have a friend for life.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Jane Austen and Helen Fielding. Both literary giants in my book. I would love to see the insights as to how they view the world and then write about it with humor and love.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Offspring an Aussie series about an obstetrician. It’s a dramedy.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Foods would be Asian. Favoritecolor lavender. Music is Train, Maroon 5 and Nickelback.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Life Coach and teach workshops.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

I’m reincarnating. Don’t touch my stuff!

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?