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 C. B. Dixon and I am 27 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am from the Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada and I love it!
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’m married to a handsome commercial diver who I met when I was 17. We moved from Alberta to make our lives in British Columbia with our two lovely kitties. At the moment we are looking to adopt our first child!
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I am editing book two of my trilogy! It has me super stoked! I can’t wait until Mortal Soul Ascension is published.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
When I was seven my second grade teacher taught a lesson about how to create a story. From that moment on I was hooked. I could bring the world out of my head so I could share it? No way!
A few years later I found that I writing out my nightmares made them less scary…and my style was born.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The years before I published Wicked Soul Ascension a friend introduced me to one of her friends saying, “This is Dixon. She’s a writer.” I had never really thought of myself as a writer before that.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My childhood nightmares were twisted. Later I realized that my monsters would make a great story.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The realms with in my book are about the placement of souls after death. Blaze, the main character, starts her journey in The Sinful Realm. Wicked stands for the sinister creature that Blaze encounters. In the second book; Mortal stands for the humans she is surrounded by. And the third…well, that’s a secret.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write a first person narrative writing style that flows from my finger tips. The challenge is to put the point of view characters emotions into everything that happens around her.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I would like to say none, but that wouldn’t be true. After I read it in print I realized I put a few experiences in by accident.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
This trilogy is created from my own imagination so I haven’t had to travel. It’s an adult paranormal fantasy. I would love to leave my county to see the world to gather new ideas.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Christine White did the cover illustration and BookFuel made the cover.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The message to over come my fears is more for myself than for the readers.
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 made an friend with an author that wrote a book called Strength From Within by Kirstin McNeil. It’s a collection of short stories about mental illnesses. She did a great job highlighting the challenges that people go through.
My favourite author at the moment is Brent Weeks. He does amazing job with his world building and his characters.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My friend Kim was a great support. She kept me motivated when all seemed lost.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I hope that writing will be a career one day. At the moment I have kept it in the hobby section of my life.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would change the cover. I don’t like how the words sit on the page. I do love the illustration.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
First drafts are always horrible.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I don’t watch a lot of movies or t.v. so I am unsure who would make a great lead.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Find an editor that you trust and love.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
If you like a book please leave a review. Authors are hard on themselves. Reviews help them become more confident and grow.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading Signs of a Quiet Heart by Teri McGill. It’s the first book of hers that I am reading…and the first romance novel that I’ve ever read.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The first book I ever read by myself was Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss. I remember how liberating it felt to read all by myself.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My husband makes me laugh. He loves to fill our days with laughter.
There are these videos on Facebook about people doing mindful things for others that causes me to cry. I cry when people cry… even if it’s on a screen.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’d love to meet C. S. Lewis to pick her brain about Narnia.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I swim, hike, camp, yoga, and watch Youtube videos.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m a huge Star Wars fan! I really enjoyed Rouge One.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Pizza. Blue. Classical.
Yes… classical. I love violin and cello.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I think I would have kept with drawing. I loved to draw before I found out how to write.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
C.B. Dixon lived out her dreams.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCBDixon/
Thank you for the opportunity to be on your blog.
C.. B. Dixon