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 Erica Carter. My pen name is Erica Franklin-Carter and I’m 32 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from a small town called White Castle, La. It’s in the metropolitan area of Baton Rouge.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’m a stay-at-home wife and mother. I’ve been married to my husband, Marcus, since I was 20. We’ve been in a steady relationship since I was 15. We have three children together. Two boys, Marcus Jr, and Enijah, and a baby girl named Marcayah. I have a bachelor of science in criminal justice, but I haven’t put it to use.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
This January, I became a self-published author. I just released my first self-published release.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing in June of 2016. Writing gives me something to do while I’m at home.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I considered myself a writer after I completed my first book.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
What inspired me to write my first book was life and everything that was going on in the word.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title just came to me out the blue.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I like to write in third person and I normally write about things, or at least I try, that people can relate to. I try to put messages in my writing and portraying those messages correctly may be the most challenging thing for me.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
None of my books have anything to do with anyone I know or any events in my own life.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, I don’t have to travel to craft my work. I think that would be fun, though, if my life permitted the time.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
When I was with my publisher, a graphic designer named Brittani Williams designed them. Now I have a lady who goes by the name grafixfingaz who does them.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, there ‘s a message in all of my novels.
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?
Yes, the new author who has grasped my interest is Roneisha Cooper. My favorite writer is BM Hardin. I love her work because it’s so different from the other books I read.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I’ve met some amazing people on facebook who has greatly supported me outside of my family.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I absolutely see writing as a career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I wouldn’t change anything in my latest book. I personally think it’s perfect the way it is.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I’ve learned that I’m a very multitasked person. I had a lot going on during that time, but I managed to still get my book finished.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I don’t have any specific person in mind. I would just want someone who is young, beautiful, and talented.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Don’t let anyone change who you are in your pen. You will always do your best work when you’re being yourself
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for walking with me on this journey. Your support has been what’s keeping me writing. I appreciate you all tremendously.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I`m not currently reading because I’ve been working a lot.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I don’t remember the first book I read, but the book that’s stuck with me is Diary of a Mistress.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I’m a goofball, so just about anything makes me laugh. I’m also an emotional person, so just about anything makes me cry as well.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’d love to meet Barack and Michelle Obama. I love them and I know they would have a lot of positive advice for me.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I love to bake and spend time with my family.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t watch much TV anymore, but reality TV shows are my guilty pleasure. I love just about any horror or comedy film.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My favorite foods are pasta, burger, and pizza. My favoritecolor is black and my favorite music is gospel.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
If I imagine a future where I no longer write, I see myself fattening up my family with a bunch of baked goodies.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
What I’d want written on my headstone is loving wife and mother because my life really revolves around my husband and kids. They are who I live for.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes, my website is www.ericafcarter.com