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 Philandis Stovall. I’m currently 30 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m originally from Greenville, MS but I now reside in Houston, TX

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

I’m a first-time author, speaker, singer-songwriter, actress, self-taught and certified makeup artist, and a professional model. I’m an astute entrepreneur and a certified medical transcriptionist. I attended Salem International University online for Forensic Science but completed her studies in Forensic Science in The Professional Security Specialist Program at Ashworth College with honors in 2014.  I’m a single mother of two  beautiful children. I’m well-rounded, resourceful, and adventurous

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My first book will be releasing on February 10, 2018

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing at an early age in a daily journal. My mom had my brothers and I write in our journals everyday telling her how my day was. I enjoyed it so I stuck with it.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

The day I started writing in my journal on a daily basis and saw nothing was forced no matter how little or how much I wrote.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I wanted to begin writing my book 6 years ago, but I was writing from experience and inspiration and I had just begun the journey at the time and that made it impossible to start writing it then. I had to go through some years of experience to even begin to write my book. And 6 years later when my son was in the hospital needing to have his bone marrow transplant the inspiration hit me again. I had nothing but time to write and think of everything we’ve gone through up into that point.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It was a personal hashtag I was using on social media when I would post something that was dealing with our journey expressing through the good and the bad God is good and we are blessed.

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

I personally write from experience and inspiration. I find this way more organic and not forced. Writing ideas flow naturally and honestly this way.

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

All of my book is realistic and based on experience of my own life.

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

No, I don’t necessarily have to travel.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My publishing company I’m working with did. The Butterfly Typeface Publishing

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

I want people to grasp that, “you are not alone in this world & you do not have to settle”-  “Even Through the Storm” Keeping a positive outlook on life no matter the circumstances helps create change

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 like and admire many authors out there rookies and veterans in the writing game. I can’t name just one. Marc Ehrman- Desiderata “Words for Life” , The Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar -Jump Back Honey and Zane (all books) just to name a few

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

My friend Lovette Ellerbe who’s an upcoming author as well.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I do see writing as a career.

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

I would do it all over again & no I wouldn’t change anything in my book.

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

Yes, I had to literally relieve the emotions along with the thoughts I had to write my book. I wanted it to be as honest as possible.

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

I would love to play the lead role. I could image it any other way honestly.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

I would tell new authors to be as honest and authentic as possible with their craft.

Don’t feel like you have to rush your work either.

Take your time

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I truly thank each of you for your love and support of my first memoir. Can’t say thank you enough! God bless.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Around the World in Eighty Poems by James Berry

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Humpty Dumpty I believe, lol

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Being around ppl who you can be yourself with whom make jokes about the silliest things is what makes me laugh.

Knowing someone I love or hold dear to my heart is hurting and the situation maybe out of my control makes me cry

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

I would love to meet one of favorite singers who’s deceased “Aaliyah”  because I looked up to her in so many ways from fashion, the business and to just loving who I am as a person

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Yes, my hobbies are reading, shopping, researching, singing, spending time with family and friends, and finding some sort of adventure

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

I love shows from the 90’s such as Martin, Fresh Prince, Living Single, Family Matters, Boy Meets World, etc

Movies: I enjoy movies such as “12 Strong, Bad Boys, 2012, Dory, Friday , Get Out, Saw etc

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Fave foods: Seafood, salads, Chinese & Japanese cuisine, Mexican. Italian  etc

Fave colors: Yellow, orange, turquoise

My fave genre in music is R&B but I listen to most genres

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

I will voice record my thoughts; still writing

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

She was inspirational and influential. And whether the time was right or wrong when you were around her she produced fruit you would use for your now or later.

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

 My author’s page where I can be contacted on Facebook is :

https://www.facebook.com/Even-Through-The-Storm-Philandis-Stovall-1578259265591406/