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?
Hi, Fiona and hello to all your readers. I’m Silver James and I’m older than dirt.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m a born, bred, and raised Okie, so Oklahoma is my home.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I like to take walks on the wild side and coffee. Okay. I love coffee. LOTS of coffee. My Muse, Iffy, runs with scissors and can be quite dangerous as a result. I’m the author of two award-winning series, Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers. I’ve been a military officer’s wife, mother, grandmother, and have worked in the legal field, fire service, and law enforcement. I’ve retired from the “real world” and my days at the computer with my two Newfoundland dogs, the cat who rules us all, and the myriad characters living in her imagination. I write dark paranormal romantic thrillers, urban fantasy, and sexy contemporary romance for Harlequin Desire.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I have a book releasing in early April, MONTANA MOON, that’s part of Elle James’s Brotherhood Protector Kindle World, I’m working on my 8th and 9th books for Harlequin Desire, and the next books in 3 of my series: Nightriders, Hard Target, and Penumbra Papers.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started by telling stories to my stuffed animals, then started writing my stories down when I was about 4—not that anyone could read the scribbles. I finished my first “novel” in the 9th grade and it was…abysmal. LOL I can’t imagine NOT writing. It’s always been a part of me.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always been a writer. I became an author when I received my first rejection letter.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Are we talking the “first” book I wrote, the first book I submitted, or the first book I sold? There are a lot of years and experience between the three. The first book I wrote starred me and my best friend and our teen idol crushes. Enough said. The first book I submitted was a romantic suspense to Harlequin, written in chapters to entertain the man I eventually married while he was in law school. The first book I sold was a time-travel romance, set in 10th century Ireland with the Tuatha DéDanann playing a role in getting the hero and heroine together. I’ve always loved Irish faerie tales. Wow…that was 40 published books ago.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The first book I sold was titled FAERIE FATE. Given the faes’ role and the fact the hero and heroine were fated to be together, it was fairly simple.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Are you talking about “voice” or process? I write cross-genre and I’ll admit my voice/style is a little different depending on whether I’m writing for a publisher or for self-publishing. Publishers have certain guidelines. In my self-published works, I can let my style roll out organically. As for process, I’m a puzzler. I have a framework for the book—setting, characters, an idea of the plot, then I start writing, and it’s not always linear. If I get an inspiration for a scene, I’ll write it, knowing I’ll find the right spot for it to fit.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I’ve done a lot of different things in my life and I draw on those experiences to make events in my books realistic. I do have a couple of heroines who crave coffee like I do, two have mouths of them similar to mine, but no, each character is her or his own person.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Oh, I wish! But no. I tend to set my stories in places I’m familiar with. I’m fairly well travelled and have lived a bunch of different places, but that was part of life, not writing.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My Harlequin covers are down by their art department and I’ve been very lucky. My self-pubbed covers are designed by a very talented photographer and graphic artist by the name of Clary Carey. We work together on series branding and then she does her magic.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I write to entertain. I want to make my readers laugh, cry, fall in love.
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’m always stumbling across new-to-me authors. I’m not sure any of them are “debut” authors because I don’t pay much attention to those things. I will mention an under-appreciated author whose work I love: B.E. Sanderson. She, like me, is something of a cross genre writer. She has an urban fantasy series about a djinn that I adore, along with some amazing suspense novels. As for my favorite writer, I have several auto-buy authors. If I could only have the books/series of just one writer, I’d have to pick J.D. Robb, who is the alter ego of Nora Roberts. Her In Death series, featuring futuristic homicide detective Eve Dallas, is my “chicken soup” series. I can pick up and read NAKED IN DEATH any time.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I have to pick two because both of these ladies gave me amazing support and inspiration—Jennifer Lyon and Roxanne St. Claire. They were both best-selling authors but still took the time to befriend me, coach and mentor me, and they both gave me cover quotes for my first published book.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, very much so. It’s my job. I get up in the morning and go to work. I retired so I could write full time. It’s the career I’ve wanted all my life.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’ve already heard back from my Harlequin editor on the manuscript he has—revision letter to follow. LOL So yes, there will be changes there. My beta reader has the book coming out in April. I may or may not add a scene at the end. My gut says the story doesn’t need it. I’ll withhold final judgement until I hear back from my reader. As for all the other books? I think there’s always something I would change—rephrase that sentence differently, bring out that character trait more… Writing (and editing) is an organic, on-going process.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned that sometimes, the story takes more words to tell than I originally anticipated.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Which book? LOL I’m going to cheat here and go with the book of my heart, SEASON OF THE WITCH, which was the first full-length novel in my Penumbra Papers series. It’s about an FBI agent whose godfather is a master vampire and whose mother was one of Oberon’s mistresses. Yes, that Oberon. The Veil has ripped and now humans are award that all those things that go bump in the night are real. It’s Sade’s job to “police” the magicks. Angie Harmon (with green contacts) would be perfect to play Sade Marquis. Which I first wrote the book, Goran Visnjic was the model for Sinjen, her vampire love interest. Now, though, I’d say either Chris Hemsworth (with black hair) or maybe David Haydn-Jones.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Don’t talk about writing, write. Make time to write every day, even if it’s only 100 words.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Y’all rock my world! When you tell me you love a book or a character, it makes me want to get up in the morning and write more for you to read.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading Katee Roberts’ THE BASTARD’S BARGAIN and I’m listening to NAKED IN DEATH by J.D. Robb, because I usually have at least two books going at once—one in print and one on audio for listening when I putter, cook, or run errands.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
THE LITTLE RABBIT WHO WANTED RED WINGS. I was three. After reading every book in the children’s section of my local library, my first “grown-up” book was Mary Stewart’s THE MOONSPINNERS.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Life. On a daily basis.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I never know how to answer this because it sort of depends on any given day. I recently answered this question for another interview with Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, reasons should be fairly obvious. I’ve also answered at various times with Princess Diana, Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Benjamin Franklin, Queen Victoria, and Anne Boleyn, each with their own reason. Today, I’m not sure, so probably any of those mentioned.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Reading has always been a favorite hobby and I’ve done other things through the years—needlepoint, knitting, rug hooking, painting clothing, photography (which grew into a different career). Now, I’m either writing, sitting and thinking about writing, or reading.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m a fan of LUCIFER and LivePD on television. I watch a wide variety of movies, depending on what’s out on either DVD or cable.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I’m always up for a good steak, blue, and my taste in music is as eclectic as my taste in books. I love country, Celtic—including bagpipes, rock, jazz, new age, even a bit of classical.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Now that’s a depressing thought. I have trouble imagining that world. I’d read. I’d sit and make up stories in my head. I’d gather up my Newfies and the cat and tell them the stories I’d made up in my head.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Readers can find me at my website, which includes a blog, at www.silverjames.com and they can hang out with me on Facebook at Silver James: For Readers. Thanks so much for interviewing me, Fiona. It’s been a pleasure!
Link to my book page on my website http://bit.ly/SJBooks
Amazon Authors page: http://www.amazon.com/Silver-James/e/B003NTF5IW