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?
(I can’t remember my age)
Fiona: Where are you from?
Originally from Salt Lake City, UT – currently in the Seattle, WA area
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
From my bio: Marti Melville is an American novelist and screenwriter known for her debut novel series, The Deja vu Chronicles. Marti has expanded her writing to include screenwriting with each of her books adapted for film. She has also written a series of children’s chapter books designed to encourage young imaginations through creative play.
Before Marti found her true calling as a successful author, she had long established her career in the medical field, specializing in Emergency and Trauma nursing. Marti spent several years working between Utah and California in various ER’s, as a Mobile Intensive Care Nurse and medical personnel for the 2002 Winter Olympics, all the while raising her five children as a single mother.
She has a background in dance, music and acting as well. She continues to write novels, introducing the idea of fictional probability linked to historical events. Marti currently resides in the Seattle, WA area.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’ll be signing books at the Doce Blant Authors Con on March 29-April 1 in Seattle (this includes the Norwescon event and Barnes & Noble at Northgate Mall) – see image attached below.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing in 2009 when two of my sons were deployed to separate wars. Unable to sleep, I began researching a family name and came across a pirate from 1721. His story was too good not to write (intended for my grandkids – but ended up evolving into a 4-book paranormal, historical fiction series). The rest is history…literally.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
It hit me that my writing should be taken seriously when one of Steven Spielberg’s editors asked to be involved in one of the screenplay adaptations I had written. That script caught the attention of Hollywood, which caught my attention, as well.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
See the above reference to deployments and sleepless summer nights.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My first publisher came up with the title. I wasn’t thrilled with it and have adapted it from the original since then.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’ve been told I have a “wordy, feminine” voice. My challenge is to “fix” that and condense my writing to keep the flow of the story. My recent release was under a pen name, which has a very different style to it – a more masculine “voice,” which was my goal.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The whole series (The Déjà vu Chronicles) is based on history and my personal experiences. There are historical facts and ER moments—all real.
My children’s books are all fictional, although the characters in the books are family members. Grandma BallyHuHu is me (my grandkids call me “Grandma HuHu” – we changed that name in publication for obvious reasons).
The horror novel (under my pen name) is pure fiction, based on actual locations and some events that took place in Savannah in the 1800’s.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Yes! Yes! Yes! My favorite vacation spots also happen to be the locations in my books! What a pleasant coincidence.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona Jayde Media – her award-winning covers are found on almost all of Doce Blant Publishing’s books.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The message for The Déjà vu Chroniclesis HOPE – Hope to redefine our own humanity
The message for The BallyHuHu children’s book series is: CREATIVITY and IMAGINATIVE PLAY – Because the concept of “Let’s Pretend” is still important!
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?
Several new writers have captured my attention: David K. Bryant, Ren Cummins, Cutter Slagle, to name a few. My favorite author is Patricia Cornwell. Her work on Jack the Ripper is phenomenal, in my humble opinion.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My agent, marketing director, screenwriting partner, publicist, reader fans… I could name several. I have been so blessed to have support from so many people.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Writing is my full-time career. I no longer work as an RN (another blessing for me) and focus on my writing – as a screenwriter, novelist, and ghost-writer.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Sullivan House is a small novel (less than 200 pages) but it has everything that it needs in the story. If I were to revisit the story, I would have to revisit Savannah and some of its history, however I’m not a big believer in adding “fluff” to increase page count. I probably wouldn’t change anything about the book at this point.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Sullivan House is a novel based on a screenplay I’d written years ago. I realized, during the writing process, that the story in the screenplay didn’t support the direction I felt the novel should go. My choice was to honor the new direction, which was the right decision. The next project is to adapt the script to the novel.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
For The Déjà vu Chronicles – Julia Voth as Kathryn (she’s read the novel and has interest in the part), Tom Hardy would make an amazing Capt. Phillips. Definitely Helen Mirren as Mariel.
For Sullivan House – not sure. Maybe Jamie Bell or Dane DeHaan as Patrick.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Don’t rush! Take your time with every piece of this writing-publisher-publishing process. Make sure you have a solid editor (not a friend or someone online who says they’re an editor, but a REAL editor with credits behind his/her name). VET your publisher until there is nothing left to discover. Listen to the professionals (in your trusted publishing company) and trust them to do their job.
Choose to skip or cut corners on any of these steps and you will definitely be back to recover financial losses and lost time, or possibly repair a damaged reputation.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Be kind to your fellow writers. There are more than enough stories still “out there” waiting to be written. Just because one author finds success and writes an amazing story, doesn’t mean you won’t also. Someone else’s success doesn’t take away from yours. My heart hurts when I see the negativity and hate-speech some writers have for their fellow authors.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m currently reading Killing England by Bill O’Riley
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Nope, but I think it was probably a Dick & Jane book.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Everything makes me laugh. Cruelty to animals breaks my heart. The final chapter in my series (book 4) made me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Abigail Adams is one. Her wisdom created much of what we know of U. S. History. I’d also like to meet Capt. John Phillips (from my book series) – but probably at a distance because I’d be afraid of him.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I create and sell jewelry from healing stones and sea glass.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
My all-time favorite film is JAWS. Next is Predator, The Haunting (1964), Psycho, The Thrill of it All, Scared Stiff (Jerry Lewis), It’s a Mad MadMadMad World, Some Like it Hot, Who’s Minding the Store, Rebecca.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Thai food, mochas, popcorn & diet cokes (at the movies).
Colors: hmmm…probably black (the color of my car), red, Caribbean blues
Music: Classic rock (Aerosmith, Beatles, Zepplin, CSNY), Foo Fighters, anything Celtic Rock with bagpipes (Needfire stuff)
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Dictate my stories (I’d still get them written one way or another), beachcomb, spend time with my family and dogs.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Died of Piracy
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Publisher (events): https://www.doceblant.com/authors-cons/
Links to books: https://martimelville.com/books/
Amazon Authors Page USA https://www.amazon.com/Marti-Melville/e/B003WKVJ0U/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1520907156&sr=1-2-ent