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’m Heather Lyn. I’ll be thirty this July 🙂
Fiona: Where are you from?
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Well, I was raised in New Hampshire, graduated high school in 2006 from Exeter High School. Gave birth to my son in 2009 and got married to my husband two months later, in January of 2010. We reside on York ME. I’m the oldest of four siblings, three younger brothers.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My next release is due out June 22nd, the first in a brand new series. The Taphouse Blues series is a spin-off of my first series, and will feature appearances from all the characters in my first.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing since freshman year of high school. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be an author. I wanted to touch people’s lives with my ideas and characters.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I guess technically, when I first published, back in July 2016.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Well, I was a part of the indie community for years as a reader, and when I saw so many other talented women writing, I knew that if I put my mind to it I could join them.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I don’t really have a specific way that I come up with them. For my first series, I came up with the titles based on the theme of the series. Firefighters, so all the titles revolve around the idea of fire and such.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write first person, dual POV and I write very much how I talk in real life. I put a lot of myself into the characters and the way they speak.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
While my books are not based on events in my life, they do in ways come from my life. The back and forth, sarcastic friendships/relationships between all of the characters are very much how myself and my husband and friends are with each other.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I have never travelled just for my books.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Melissa Gill of MGBookCovers. She’s absolutely amazing!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I’ve always wanted to write about real life things. The gritty shit that happens to people every day, the raw beauty of life.
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 discover so many new to me authors on a monthly basis that I cannot pick just one. My favorite writer, as far as the romance world, would have to be Kaylee Ryan or Kathy Coopmans. Kaylee just has this knack for writing an amazing romance novel and I aspire to be that great one day. Kathy is a very good friend of mine, and she has completely changed everything I know about myself as an author.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My husband. Yes, he’s family, but he is the driving force behind everything that I do, in my profession and private life.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely! I may not do it full time, but that’s my dream, at least one day.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would never change anything in any of my previous books. They stand for what they are and I’m proud of those words. I know that I have grown with each one I’ve written, but Hearts Ablaze, my first book, that’s my baby.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned how to really push myself, how to take my writing to places that I hadn’t before. I learned not to be afraid to just GO there.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Now that is my favorite question, ha! I love being asked this, because it’s so crazy to even think about! If Hearts Ablaze was made into a movie, I would definitely want Julianne Hough and Jesse Spencer. Definitely! Fighting for Us, I would pick Anna Camp and Christian Hogue, not that he’s an actor. A girl can dream, right?!
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just write. Get the words out and never stop beliving in yourself. A good friend once told me, “If you don’t believe in yourself, then who will? Be your biggest fan.” I use those words every time I jot an idea down, or open my laptop.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
So much more is coming, and I can’t wait to give it to you!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am currently beta-reading Kathy Coopmans latest WIP. And it is AH-MAZING!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Hmm. Nope! But I remember the Baby-Sitters Club books. And the Sweet Valley twins!
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Everything! I cry at the drop of a hat. Currently, though? This Is Us. It’s my latest binge.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would LOVE to meet EL James. That woman is the reason people like me get to do what we do. She’s a true gem and an absolute icon.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Reading, duh! I also love spending down to earth time with my son, board games, stuff like that. I’m a very laid back person, so really anything.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m sure my readers would be just shocked, ha, to know my favorite is Chicago Fire. I have so many shows I love that it’s hard to narrow it down. But really, the Chicago series (fire, pd, med) SVU, Criminal Minds, Modern Family, Supernatural (Because Team Dean)
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food? I love Chicken Alfredo, and just a good old Burger.
Music? Imagine Dragons, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Matchbox 20, SO many.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Cry? Hahaha! I think I would be what I already am, a mother and wife. It’s the best job that there is in the world.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I don’t know, never really thought about it actually.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
No website currently, working on that. But I’m most easily reached via Facebook. Always send me a message!
Armen Pogharian said:
I think it’s great that you were inspired to write by the indie community. That’s a great sign for authors everywhere. Best of luck to you.