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 Lynn Williams and I am 37 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live in a small town in Indiana called Martinsville.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’ve lived in Indiana all my life, I’m an only child to two amazingly supportive parents. I have an Associates degree in Criminal Justice with a focus on Forensics, which helped me get a position with a local Law Firm. In my spare time, my characters demand attention. But I also ghost hunt, cosplay and enjoy the great outdoors.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m working on the second book in my Paranormal Detectives series that I hope to have finished by later this year. Arabella and Kenzie are just so much fun to work with and have so much yet to say.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve actually been writing since the 4th grade, back then it was mostly poetry. Writing is an amazing outlet and I am constantly finding myself with more book ideas than hours to write them.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I sold my first book on amazon. It was Hall of Realms, which is a series about dragons and dragon riders.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve always been interested in the renaissance and dragons, and it just seemed natural. Now, it seems natural with my love of the paranormal to be focused on Paranormal Detectives.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Hall of Realms came from the fact that on Mt. Olympus, Athena watches over a magical hall. Within that hall are rows of doors, each door leads to a different land or dimension. And of course Paranormal Detectives is a mystery book focusing on ‘case files’ of a spirit and sensitive that are working together to help others move on.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging? I try not to incorporate much violence or other material that would not be appropriate for younger readers, while trying to still make it a fulfilling read to older readers, that is sometimes a delicate balance.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Paranormal Detectives has a little truth to it and the main characters were modelled after people I know. I lost my best friend a few years back to cancer and being able to bring him along in the story as the guardian sent to assist newly turned spirit Arabella has really helped in the healing process.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t have to travel for my stories, but I do enjoy getting out to McCormicks Creek park and just listening to nature. If I’m having a spell of writers block, this is a method that greatly helps overcome.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My aunt is also a writer, and for Paranormal Detectives she assisted me in the creation of the cover. I also for other books have used fiverr.com as they truly have some amazing artists.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Sometimes in life we find that we have a special ability to offer the world, never run from it, embrace it. Because it’s part of what makes you beautiful, of what makes you…you.
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 am a major Charlaine Harris fan, I’ve read everyone of her books. I think it’s because I can truly identify with her characters.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My friend and former Co-Worker Debbie. She would beg me for the next chapters of my book, sometimes I think she pushed me to be better.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Writing is so much more than that, writing is life, I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t write.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, because it is true to my characters.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, that characters are alive and you may know going into it what you want to do, and they may have other plans. There was a character that I was going to kill off in part of the book, and the characters vetoed it and showed me a work around.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I think Emma Watson would be amazing, that girl can do anything.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Never give up, sometimes you feel like you are never going to finish, but if you believe in what you are writing it will come alive.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
That I love everyone of them, and am honoured that they are spending some of their precious time with my characters.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading Kim Harrison’s Madison Avery series, I just started the first book yesterday and love it so far.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I don’t remember which one but it was Dr. Seuss.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Laugh: When someone proves they can go beyond what others think they can, the expression on the doubters face. Cry: Injustice. Stories that air almost daily on the news of lost innocence.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to sit down with Charlaine Harris, she is my writing hero.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I have my own ghost hunting team, my interest in that came from experiences I’ve had throughout my life. I also cosplay, mainly at Gen Con here in Indiana, and mainly as the 1960’s version of Batgirl. I was actually lucky enough to have sent Yvonne Craig a photo of my cosplay before we lost her to cancer and she liked my outfit. That was a really special moment for me. I also love to hike and spend time with my family, friends and pets.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love the Big Bang Theory, Diagnosis Murder, and the Hannah Swenson and Aurora Teagarden movies.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Italian food, especially chicken parmesan, oh and cheesecake any flavour really. My favoritecolor is purple, with a secondary being green, mom used to tease me that I love all the colors in a bruise which being a klutz I’ve seen my fair share. For music I have a wide variety: Blackmore’s Night, Dogstar and Poison as far as bands go. For individual performers, Kenny Chesney.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Maybe help future novelists find their voices, it would have to have some stream into writing.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Her heart will live on in the works she loved so much and her soul will continue to protect those she loved.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
http://www.accordingtobella.net/ is my or should I say Arabella’s blog. It’s fairly new but I will be adding to it daily.