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, I’m M.L.Ruscsak (Melisa) I’m currently 35.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Ohio born and raised. But I have roots in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Let’s see I’m a mother of a darling teenage daughter. I’ll tell you she’s wonderful and also my editor. My husband is a disabled military veteran who is my muse. I am a high school graduate with some collage classes in restaurant management, paralegal and culinary arts. Yeah… Lots of knowledge but no degrees. And nothing that one would thing would lead into writing.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Well I have several things going on right now. One is my cover reveal for my third book that is set for Feb. 20, 2018. The book itself I don’t have a solid release date but I hope it will be this spring. Other than that, I’m working on my first book to a new series and a cookbook for those with lactose and soy sensitivities. I might as well put my culinary experience to use somehow.
And right now, I am pleased to announce that I have two scripts on amazon studio that I hope will be picked up and made into film. Here is the link for the second one “The Fallen of Lite and Darke” https://studios.amazon.com/projects/189582 Please give 5-star reviews if you think this should go into production. However, this is just the script, I currently don’t have the concept art attached.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have always wrote things from songs to poems. To fanfictions, that I am trying to get caught back up on. But I never dreamed of taking to the point of writing my own books. For that I’m am so thankful to my husband for giving that push.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Um… I guess the moment that my book was in print and in my hand. That is after the shock of hitting send wore off.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
OH, well here’s the thing my wonderful husband said something along the lines of “sine you are always writing stories and not getting paid for them. Why not write one and see if you can get it published.” Accepting the challenge, I then had to come up with an idea. Being a fantasy and sci-fi junkie, I thought of space, stars and fairies. Sitting down in front of the computer I just let my fingers do the rest.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The series titlemy daughter came up on.Then I was about half way done with the first book before I came up with the title. It just fit the story.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
When I write I just write what comes to mind. Should I get stuck I turn to one of my fanfiction stories to clear my mind then come back to my own work once again.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
With the “Lite and Darke” it’s completely made up and not based on anything. However the “Mother’s Sin” series that I’m just starting has some elements through out the book based on my personal experiences only amped up a whole heck of a lot.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
OT come up with my stories I don’t travel. However, for my public speaking engagements I’m more than willing to.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My husband helps with finding elements for the covers but I’m the one that fits them together to come up with something that speaks what is inside the pages.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
“Not everything is as it seems” is the message. Lies can be told as truth. Secrets and be twisted into lies. And truth can be punished. But it is up the individual to decide what is real, what is hear say, and what is a lie.
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 am a huge Anne Bishop fan. More so of her Black Jewels books then the newer stuff. But she had a way of spinning her stories into a mystical journey. Still I think the last short story in the Black jewels series needs a full-length book to come after. There are several ideas floating around how that could be done… But I’m, sure she’ll come up with something… eventually.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My publisher. Well my second publisher. With Wild Dreams it’s like being a part of a family and we can work with each other to grow our own series. We give each other feedback and even cross promote each other. It’s great to have each other’s backs.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
One day I hope. But isn’t that the dream of every writer?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not a thing. I have everything written for a reason. Every Lie, every secret has a deeper meaning. In fact, every word that I typed is there for a bigger meaning to be revealed in the last book of the series.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
It is very hard to connect a prequel to the first book with a book of short stories. But it is doable.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
There are so many possibilities but with my book it’s not the lead character that I would cast first it’s a “extra” that is in every film and that would be my daughter. In the film version there is a non-talking role just for her.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Dream big. Like really big. And never loose site of that dream.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Yes, I know there are miss spelled words. I put them there after edit. Yes, my darlings I know I have wrong words, poor grammar and all sorts of things wrong in the first book. Knowing this see if you can figure out why they are there. See if you can answer the riddle that even my publisher doesn’t know.
If everything is written for a reason including the miss spelled words, poor grammar and other things…Why is it there? And what is up with the names of the characters?
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Sadly no. I am so far behind on my reading it’s not even funny. But I have so many things going on right not that simply don’t have the time to take a break and enjoy a book.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I do. It was the Indian in the cupboard and I read that to my daughter or rather helped my daughter who was in kindergarten read it to me.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Sappy movies. I love my Hallmark movies.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
That’s something I would really have to think on. I love historical figures but for the most part I would probably get into an argument and call them an idiot for doing this thing or that. Unless of course we are talking time travel and events could be changed. But that then opens a whole realm of possibilities.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Raising my chickens, playing with my dogs, cooking, baking, being with family just watching t.v. And yes, writing and reading.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Ok here is my short list, Hallmark movies, NCIS, JAG, Good Witch, Dateline mysteries, Hells’ Kitchen, Live PD, Supernatural,
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food: Alfrado home made not canned, Pasta, Pizza, And coffee. Must have coffee
Colors: Black, Blue Purple.
Music: Country (80’s -90’s not this new age junk) Classical and opera
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would be very, very board. I’m disabled so my computer is my world outside of my house. And a way to let my mind wonder. If I’m not writing I’m sleeping.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Won’t have one. Don’t want one. And hopefully my family doesn’t go off and write something on one.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
And also keep up to date on hopefully a movie at https://studios.amazon.com/users/225851
Amazon Authors page