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 Jen but I write under the name, JD Corbett. My age?? Umm…let’s say I’m not quite cougar status, but not a spring chicken either!
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was raised in Charleston, SC, but spent my late teen years and my young adulthood in FL. Now I live in Northern VA.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am a nurse educator by trade. I have my Master’s in Nursing Education and have been working in healthcare for about 10 years now. I’m married to a VERY patient man and we have a 5 year-old (going on 20) little girl.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Two things are happening at the moment! I just signed up for my 3rd book signing for this year, so I will be in PA in May, Tampa in August, and SC in Nov. The other cool piece of news is that I am currently working on an anthology with another author and it is due to release late spring/early summer!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have been writing short stories since I was a kid. I’ve always had quite the imagination and it was very calming to put all my crazy thoughts down on paper.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think I am still in awe that I am a “writer”. It feels very surreal. I think now that I’m working on my third book(s), and signing up to participate in events, it feels a little more like I am an official author.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Leaving Kate is my first work, and the story actually came to me in a dream I had when I was a teenager. I wrote down the story then and found it about three years ago. I decided that I should dust it off and turn it into something good.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Since the main character is going through the struggle of becoming an adult, and essentially her own person, she is learning that other people have to move on too. Even if that means leaving her, thus “Leaving Kate”.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I am not sure I have a “style”. I tend to write my characters as true to life as I can, using life experiences and knowledge I have gained from reading other authors. I am a very sarcastic person, however, and I think this is seen in some of the dialogue at times.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Leaving Kate is not really based on any personal events, but there are small tid bits in the book that are traits of friends and family (ie. Names, jobs, schools, etc.). The lead character in Planning Christmas is probably more true to my own personality. She is Type A and always planning everything…to a fault.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I have not travelled specifically for my writing, but the settings all take place in locations that I have been to and have fallen in love with.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The covers are designed by the Publisher, but I was able to tell them what I was picturing for the cover, and essentially, got the final say.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not necessarily. I think my greatest hope for readers is that they can relate in some way to the characters, and maybe to give them a break from the real world for a little bit.
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 absolutely LOVE Nicola Yoon and Sarah Mylnowski. They are both incredibly talented and their books are impossible for me to put down.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
A former student of mine really pushed for me to keep writing and submit my work. She was my beta reader, but also wouldn’t allow me to talk myself out of trying to get published.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to only write, and yes, can definitely see it being a career, but I have a long way to go before then!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Actually, no. My latest is Planning Christmas. Even though I wrote it in a relatively short amount of time, I love every part of it. It’s funny and light, and totally should be a hallmark movie!
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
While working on this anthology, I am learning to delve more deeply into my characters. In the first book, I would have liked to develop them more…but there is always room for a series! J
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
For Leaving Kate, Luke Pell from the Bachelorette would be a perfect Eric, and for Kate, I’m thinking Nicola Peltz.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
As I am a newbie, myself, I think the only thing I can offer is make sure to get on the promotion train as soon as you can! Being present is so important in the author world.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Just that I hope you all enjoy my works! Also, I would love to build my reader’s group on FB. This is a group where we talk books, life, and everything in between!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am reading Turtles All the Way Down by John Greene. This is admittedly the first book I have read where mental health has been at the forefront of the story. I am enjoying the realism of his characters.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I learned to read when I was 4-5 in England, so my very first book was a Puddle Lane book titled, Tim Catchamouse.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I tend to laugh at everything…sometimes inappropriately. It takes a lot to make me cry, unless it’s an episode of Chicago Med!
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet Kristen Bell. I think she is so funny and our personalities are so similar. We would joke the whole time.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I am a runner and I also like to sing. Not in front of anyone, and mostly in the shower, but I do enjoy the art.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I am currently binge watching This Is Us, but the regular shows are Lucifer, Chicago med, and of course, the Bachelor/rette…it is a little silly, but I love to watch drama that isn’t mine!
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love eating anything that involves cheese: Nachos, cheesesteaks, cheesecake, etc. My favoritecolor is green, but it is definitely not a great color on me. And I listen to all sorts of music, from country to Sinatra.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I can’t imagine that! Hmm…I suppose I would focus on furthering my education…maybe a doctorate in something.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I would like to be cremated, but if I had to have an inscription, I guess my favorite quote: “Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.”–anonymous
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
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