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?
EM: My name is Elizabeth Morgan and I am 29 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
EM: I was born and raised in Manchester, UK
Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e., your education, family life, etc.).
EM: I don’t really know where to begin; my brother and I were raised by my mother whose family were always around us. We saw our father at the weekends and his family at least once a year because they live in Northern Ireland. I love both my parents and all my family; they’re great people.
I wanted to be an actress so all my studies were revolved around acting, which is how I also got into writing. I mention this in more detail further down.
I love books, music, films, and theatre. I have an addiction to the Sims, though it’s been a while since I’ve played on it. I love mythology, folklore and fairytales and stories to do with pirates but they also link in to folklore. I collect Venetian masks. I love tattoos; on other people but I have 2 myself. I have 2 cats – MJ & Phantom – named after my fave artist and the lead from my fave musical.
That’s all I can think of at the moment.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
EM: I re-released my sexy short story Truth or Dare? in January. I will be self-publishing/re-releasing my sweet romance novella Stepping Stones at the end of April/beginning of May. Stepping Stones will also be released as a paperback which is always very exciting. Once SS has been re-released I officially have all the rights back to all my titles and I’m officially a self-published author, which I love.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
EM: I started writing when I was a teenager, but it was an on and off interest. I’ve always had an interesting imagination and it was a way to get the ideas out. When I went to college we were give assignments to write scripts and that’s really how it began. The only thing is with scripts you can’t put background detail in; scripts are all about action and it’s up to the director and actors to fill in the details. So I decided to write a book instead because I had all this history for the characters and all these details that were important. I wrote my first book at the age of 19, which was, wow, 10 years ago now.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
EM: When my first book was published; it’s a surreal feeling to see something you have spent a chunk of time thinking about and working on at completion and out in the world for people to enjoy.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
EM: I love the supernatural; I was brought up on it, and at the time I was reading a lot of Urban Fantasy. I kept thinking, “I could do this. I could write stories like this.” And one day as I was stood waiting to go to work I looked up at the flat roof of a building and found myself wondering what I would do if I saw a Werewolf up there. And that’s it, that’s the thought that started it all.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
EM: The title of my first book is Cranberry Blood and it was easy to come up with because it is a mixture that the heroine has to drink; although trivial in some sense it’s actually an important ingredient to her and her upbringing. Yes, it is a drink.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
EM: I don’t feel I have a particular style. I like to write in first person point of view and in almost all of my books you get to see from the heroine and hero’s pov and sometimes secondary characters as well. I like to write paranormal and urban fantasy and I suppose the biggest challenge with that genre is trying to put a new spin on creatures that have been written about over and over again.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
EM: None of the characters are based on people I know or on real events. Fractions of experiences and views sometimes sink in to the characters, but only pieces. Nothing that takes place in any of my books have been things I or anyone I know have ever done.
Fiona: to craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
EM: No, I don’t have to travel but I do like to set my stories in different locations. So I just go on Google map and start searching for images that fit what I see in my head and then I find the location and go from there.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
EM: Mina Carter has created the covers for my Blood Series. Fiona Jayde created the cover for two of my novellas; Razel Dazzle and Stepping Stones. For the Muse Designs created the covers for Creak and On the Rocks and the cover for Truth or Dare? Was created by Obsessed by Books Designs.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
EM: I don’t go out of my way to put messages in my books, if a reader feels there is a message in there then that’s fantastic. They’ve discovered something and hopefully enjoyed the story.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
EM: To be honest I am so behind on reading; it’s terrible. My TBR pile is huge. I love Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, and Meljean Brooke. I think their world building is insane and brilliant; the amount of research that has gone in to each of their series. Amazing.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
EM: I’d have to say Dianna Hardy; she was one of the first authors I met when I first got published – and I have been published since 2011 – and she and I have been friends ever since. She is a great support; so smart and such a talented and beautiful writer. She’s inspiring and I am so thankful to be able to call her friend.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
EM: Yes – and one I love – and like all careers you have to perceiver and keep working.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
EM: Nope. The last book I released took me a year and a half and I read it over and over so I wouldn’t. Most of my books have been re-released/self-published so I got to go back and tweak things. I am a panster not a planner so I follow my characters lead and I’m learning the story as I write, which is the same as the reader.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
EM: Funnily enough, the things that have been going on in my life recently which have made me feel a certain way have greatly helped me write the characters in my current WIP. As a writer you write many different characters but there is always a small piece of you inside them and I have recently discovered how very true that it is.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
EM: If any of my books were made in to films I would be over the moon. However, I would love if my Blood Series would. I haven’t yet found an actress I feel would play my heroine, Heather, but I know who would play my hero, Brendan and that would be Sam Heughan from Outlander. As soon as I saw him my heart stopped; I was looking at Brendan. Physically he is Brendan, but he is such an amazing actor so I have no doubt in his ability to play the character.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
EM: Keep writing. No matter how bleak it sometimes seems, or frustrating etc it’s worth it when you finish that story that has consumed you for so long. Don’t put pressure or strain on yourself. Remember that you write because you love to write; you have stories to tell. Writing is a passion, not a chore. Keep at it and you will get to where you want to be.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
EM: Thank you for all your support; for continuing to purchase, read and enjoy my stories.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
EM: I’ve just finished Beta reading Dianna Hardy’s upcoming release: Blood Shadows. I would recommend her books to anyone as she is a fantastic writer.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
EM: No, but I’m pretty sure it was a fairytale. I loved fairytales and I loved my mother reading them to me.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
EM: I laugh at stupid and obvious comments and incidents; I have a dry sense of humour, and I can cry at anything; adverts, kids films etc.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
EM: I wished I would have got to see Michael Jackson in concert. I thought he was an amazing artist; so talented and such an energetic performer. His music helped me through my childhood and I admire him greatly.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
EM: I love to read; watching films and go to the theatre, and I like to garden.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
EM: I love American Horror Story, Poldark, Doctor Who to name a few TV shows. I love superhero movies and anything that is fantasy, paranormal, horror or animated.
Fiona: Favourite foods, colours, music?
EM: I love cheese. So pizza, cheese burgers, lasagne etc but I also love Chinese food. I like the colour blue; midnight/navy, and I love all sorts of music from Musicals to Rock.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
EM: I would act. I started life wanting to act and drifted into writing. I like telling stories so if I couldn’t write them I would play them instead. As long as I can create in one form or another I will be happy.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
EM: I have no idea, but I would like it to be something amusing and inspiring. Hopefully I have lots of time to figure it out.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
EM: I sure do 😀
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Blood Series Prequel
Dealing with the Rogue Werewolves terrorizing his Pack? Simple.
Trying to convince his mate he does want to be with her? Bloody impossible.
Owen MacLaren is the Alpha’s son and the Pack’s second, and he has never been one to let anything get to him. So when a bunch of Rogues begin purposely dumping mutilated bodies around the Pack Keep, he is more than ready to deal with the Werewolves responsible.
But one night off and a trip to a local strip joint for a colleague’s stag night changes things, and Owen soon discovers he isn’t immune to everything . . . .
Being an independent Loup and travelling the world? Easy.
Having to come home and face the Werewolf who broke her young heart? Challenging.
After five years away, Clare Walker finds herself back home in Scotland, working in a strip club. The tips are decent, and she gets to dance, but it isn’t a place she thought she would ever be, let alone Owen, her Pack second and the mate she has always desired.
Although Owen is determined to prove he wants to be with Clare, things can’t go smoothly between them, not when they have past issues to sort out and a bunch of unusual ‘Rogues’ to deal with.
This title contains explicit language, violence, and graphic sex.
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She-Wolf is also available in print from Amazon and Barnes&Noble!
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A modern twist on a long haired tale….
Will she let down her hair for the man of her fantasies?
Famous for her long, golden hair and beaming smile, Razel D’Punz is the hottest model in the industry. But although most women would kill to get ahead in this profession, Razel lives an isolated life; one she has learnt to accept…until she meets Matthew Prince, a new photographer in the business.
Refusing to let her mother/agent’s strict rules stop her from spending time with the man of her fantasies, Razel quickly discovers that one night with Matthew isn’t enough….
And neither is the life she is chained to. Something will have to change if she is ever to get her very own Happily Ever After.
This title contains explicit language and graphic sex.
Razel Dazzle is also available in print from Amazon and Barnes&Noble!