Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Thanks for asking me for an interview! I enjoy them.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born and raise in Connecticut and still live here. I don’t plan on being here forever though, ten years tops and I’m either going up north to New Hampshire or down south to maybe North Carolina
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news? I have a new book coming out this summer.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing in 2012 then put it on pause because I went back to school for my paralegal certification then I picked the writing back up again in 2014. I began writing because I wanted to tell my story. I felt as if it would be therapeutic for me, and it was.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first considered myself a writer when I finished writing the Enough Series. That is when my story was complete and out there for all to read.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My life experiences inspired me to start writing.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My first book I titled Good Enough because that’s how I felt (and sometimes told) I wasn’t good enough growing up. It’s been a continuous struggle even to this very day to believe that I am good enough. I think a lot of people have that struggle which is another reason why I wrote the enough series; even if it helps just one person to believe in themselves I am happy.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
When I wrote Good Enough I didn’t have a plan. I didn’t have an outline. I just started writing from memory. Now that I do an outline I have no idea how I was able to write Good Enough without one. Ha!
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The entire Enough Series is based on events that I have experienced, not all of them but 90%.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No traveling is required for me.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The Enough Series covers were taken by my friend Aimee Krzykowski of Ak Photography in Connecticut. All of the photos were taken in my home town and the cover models are friends of mine. The cover designer is Robin Harper of Wicked by Design
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I didn’t write the Enough Series to have a message. I wrote it for therapy for me but at the same time I hoped that it if anyone read it and struggled with childhood issues, emotional and/or physical abuse with a boyfriend/girlfriend/significant other, marriage issues, evil mother in laws, anything in that field, it would help on some level.
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?
My inspiration to take the chance to write is Stephen King and E.L. James. Stephen Kings memoir was amazing and a complete inspiration for me. EL James’ story about how she wrote the Fifty Shades Trilogy is one for the books how a lot of writers hope to make it big. She wrote on the train to and from work, gave it her all and boom, she made it big.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
When I’m in a mood to dive into a good book I always go to my favorites, Rebecca Donovan, EK Blair, Raine Miller and Gillian Flynn. They all have a way with their words to make you see and feel every single emotion, whether it be hate, anger, happiness, fury, etc. I have so many other writers I could list but it would be a very long list.
Easy answer, my husband. He was supportive when I first started in 2012. He supported me when I said I wanted to go back to school and continued his support when I finished school and dove right back into writing. He has never left my side.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Writing as a career? My full time career is working at a police department. Writing for me is a part time love.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Some of the feedback I received after Is Love Enough published would have been helpful during the editing process but it is what it is. If I ever choose to do a re-write and cover change in the future I will take it into account.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
If you read Is Love Enough you will know what I learned (wink wink)
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Oooooh a movie. I would have Alexandra Daddario play the lead.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
My advice would be is find visuals as your muse(s), print it out and write out as many characteristics that you can think of. Write an outline. Then go to town. Try not to get frustrated when you hit a road block. Get up, walk away for 5-7 minutes and come back but never ever give up.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
To my readers: I have a standalone, second chance romance coming out this summer called What If. Add it to your TBR list on Goodreads. Follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates on everything.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Since I’m writing right now I only get to read on my short thirty minute lunch break while at work because I write at night when I get home but I just started reading Unworthy by Cassia Brightmore.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The first book I read that I fell in love with was A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. I was in the 10th grade.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
What makes me laugh? Lots of things. My co-workers for sure. My daughter does this silly voice that I find hilarious. She can say something as simple as I can’t find any toilet paper but if it’s in that silly voice I will laugh to the point of tears and snorting. Anything that has to do with father’s and daughters make me cry. My dad fell very ill about three years ago. He’s still fighting strong but struggling. If I see a show, commercial or read an article about anything father/daughter related I will probably cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
OMG! I would love to meet Marilyn Monroe. Sadly, I never will, obviously, but I’ve always had a passion for her. I’ve read many books about her and have watched documentaries. Her talent, family life, struggles … it’s all relatable.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I love dogs. I currently foster for a few rescue groups. I love to garden. We plant a vegetable garden every summer. As a curvy woman no one would believe that I exercise but I enjoy it. When I have a stressful day at work the first thing I do when I get home is change into my workout close and put in a good sweat, even if it’s for only 30 minutes.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I am a hardcore Grey’s Anatomy and Chicago PD fan.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favorite food: anything chicken related
Favorite color: red
Favorite music: Honestly, I listen to everything but if I had to pick I’m more of a Top 40 gal.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I always wanted to own my own business, more specifically a spa. As a wife and mother who is always working, cooking, cleaning and then some I’ve always wanted a spa for women like me (except not as expensive as most places).
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Yikes. Go figure my biggest fear is death and now this – LOL! I would probably go basic with “Loving wife and mother.”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I have a website where I do all of my updates, as well as my social media sites.