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 Keta Kendric. Age; thirty-four sounds good enough for me.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in New Orleans and grew up in the small Cajun town of Napoleonville, Louisiana.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’m the oldest of seven. Lucky me. My family is huge, the most dysfunctional bunch of crazies there is, but I love them all. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration that I’ve never really used. I served on active duty in the Army with multiple deployments to Iraq. After my military service, I continued to support our soldiers working for the Department of Defense in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait. I have been lucky enough to have traveled to and toured over thirty different countries.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m fortunate enough to have a publishing contract with JWP Publishing. My debut novel Twisted Minds,book one of the Twisted Minds Series was release on December 7, 2017 and a week after its release, it became an Amazon Best Seller. The news, the idea, the thought that readers were interested enough in my book to earn it such a prestigious title was unbelievable, but I am sincerely grateful and my gratitude to readers is endless. Book two, Twisted Hearts was release a few weeks later on December 23,2017 and became an Amazon Best seller the following day. To say that I am shocked and awed at reader’s reception of my books is an understatement. I don’t have a specific release day for book three in the series, Twisted Secrets, but it will be released during the month of February 2018.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing on deployment in Iraq when I was a soldier. Writing took my head out of the constant threat of danger that surrounded us. Writing was the perfect escape that allowed me to explore my mind and create exciting worlds and intriguing characters.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I started practicing my writing on a shared public computer on my second deployment to Iraq. I’d write a chapter, a few pages, or whatever I had time to complete for that day and anyone that was interested in what I’d written would keep up with my stories as I built them.The number of people that participated and read my work blew me away. The feedback was face-to-face, so it was like receiving a review with the reviewer staring you in the face. It was priceless information that gave me insight as to what sparked people’s interest as well as the kind of material they were interested in reading.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Reading is what cracked my imagination wide open and inspired me to write my first book. It made me wonder if I was patient and creative enough to invent characters and stories that would hold a person’s interest.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title of my first book is Twisted Minds. The title says it all. The male character, Aaron, is an alpha male, doing what alpha males do best, allowing the most aggressive part of his mind to deliver dangerous and deadly action. The female character, Megan, comes off as quiet and timid, but readers will discover that her quiet nature is a mask that hides her twisted mentality. Both characters have been marred by their dangerous and deadly upbringings and it not only shapes who they have become, it influences the choices they make.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
When it comes to writing, my mind is like a leaf in the wind. I literally write for hours at a time without corrections and often start at any point within the book, beginning, middle, or end. My genre is Multicultural Romance and Erotic Romance. The challenge I often face is coming up with concepts, ideas, and stories that are unique. I read a lot of books in my genre. Reading is time consuming, but it is one of my best learning tools, (since that Business Administration Degree I mentioned earlier is no help.) Reading also keeps me away from concepts or ideas that are overused in the market.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t travel to craft my work, but I have had the privilege of experiencing and seeing sights across the globe. I sometimes use places in my books that I have experienced or have visited. It helps me provide the reader with a more detailed description of the setting. I spent nearly a decade working overseas for the Department of Defense. My overseas work experience provided me the opportunity live among different cultures and experience different ways of life. Like mingling with Egyptian nationals, riding by camelback among the pyramids of Egypt, walking inside the Great Pyramid, speaking broken Portuguese using my smart phone translator while exploring Brazil and enjoying the Olympic games, to relaxing on a beach in the Maldives, sharing a kiss with a dolphin in the Bahamas and enjoying a drink and dancing with the Bahaman locals, to visiting villages in Mombasa, to practicing my Spanish and taking Tango lessons in Argentina, to staring into the face of an elephant on Safari in Kenya. These experiences are priceless memories that can add a depth to the realness of the settings in some of my stories.
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 couldn’t possible pick just one favorite writer, because many have made me sparkle with excitement at the prospect of cracking open one of their books. Here is a short list of some of my favorites. A Farewell to Arms by Earnest Hemingway, The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, Topez by Beverly Jenkins, God Don’t Like Ugly by Mary Monroe, Angels & Demons by Dan Brown, The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen. There are too many for me to name, I’d be here all night.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
JWP Publishing has provided me an opportunity that not many authors will receive. I’m grateful to have been accepted into a writing family that elevated my writing to a height that not even I imagined.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I believe I will always see writing as something I love doing and not just a job or career. However, if writing turns into a career, I’d make the best of a dream fulfilled. I’d constantly remind myself to stay humble and grateful that I get to do something I love.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned, from reviews that the sex scenes were hotter than I thought they were. When I went back and read some of them myself, I was like, damn, I wrote that?
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
My current book’s main male character is a biker. There is only one person I see playing that role in a movie; the sexy and smoking hot Mr. Charlie Hunnama.k.aJax Teller from Sons of Anarchy.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Although I’m a new writer, I’ve learned that the key to becoming a better writer is to write, read, and learn. By continuing to write, read, and learn, you will eventually change your status from a good writer to great author. Be proud of what you’ve written, especially if writing is in your heart. If you think about writing more than you do anything else, embrace it and don’t be discouraged by outside influences or negative feedback. Write something every day, even if it’s just a page. Write no matter your mood. You’d would be surprised at what kind of spark you can add to a character when you write while angry or happy or excited. Educate yourself about every aspect of the literary world— trust me, its necessity. Give your writing time to grab the market, don’t force it and don’t rush it. Patience is a necessity.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
From the depths of my heart, I’d like to thank readers. Without readers, I am invisible, nothing more than a big imagination without the pulse that drives it.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I think the first book I read from cover to cover may have been I Know Why the Cage Bird Sing by Maya Angelou. Or, it could well have been one of Stephen King’s or Eric Jerome Dickey’s many books.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My husband always finds a way to make me laugh. Also, reading a good book that I can’t or refuse to put down, or binge watching my favorite Netflix shows.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Who wouldn’t want to meet Oprah Winfrey? I’d like to be sitting with her as she interviews me about one of my books that has made it onto her book club. Pipe dream, but why not, LOL.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Running. I’m linked with a group on the Nike run app and we are very competitive. I’m also an active member of a running group that participates in group and individual runs in our local area.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Dancing with the Stars, Empire, Stranger Things, How to get away with Murder, Supernatural, Game of Thrones, Power, This is Us, The Walking Dead, and Orange is the New Black.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
If my body was somehow immune to calories, I’d eat Gumbo, Ice Cream, and Fried Chickeneveryday(not at the same time.) The beautiful color purple is my favorite. I’m a lover of all music, Rock/Classic Rock, Pop, Country, Rap, R&B, Blues, and Zydeco. It’s normal to hear anything from my listening devices like Journey, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Antebellum, to Bruno Mars.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
If I could no longer write, I’d devote that extra time to reading.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She lives on through the pages of…
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
http://www.michelewesley.com – Readers of my multicultural romance books might be surprised by this news, but I share a website with alter ego Michele, who writes paranormal books.