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 S.L. Sterling and I am 40 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am from Ontario Canada
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I was born and raised in southern Ontario. I know live in Northern Ontario and I am married to my best friend and soul mate. We have two beautiful Alaskan Malamutes. I have always been an avid reader and as a young child had the dream of becoming an author. Last year one of my favorite authors launched a course on how to write a novel. I signed up the day it opened and it gave me the push I needed to put pen to paper. When I am not writing or plotting my next book I can be found curled up on the couch with a coffee, blanket, and a book. In my spare time, I enjoy camping, hiking, sunny destinations and spending quality time with friends and family.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Well my latest news, my debut novel is releasing on March 28th. I am very excited about that and I have just finished my second book A Kiss Beneath the Stars that will be releasing in August.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Well, I have always done creative writing since I was in my teens. Over the years though I let that fizzle out. In 2017 one of my favorite authors launched an online course on how to write a novel. I saved up, joined the course on opening day, and decided to move forward towards my dream and become self-published.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I considered myself a writer once I started my second book
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Again I think it was the course that inspired me and the wonderful group of new aspiring authors that I friended.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title for my book actually came to me when I was writing the dialogue of my hero. It was his words that became the title.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My stories are complete fiction. Characters may be very loosely based on people that are in my life.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
While writing my second book I did do part of the writing while I was on vacation, which made my characters vacation come to life. Being submerged in the sounds and environment of a tropical setting helped bring that part of the story to life. However, I normally do not travel in order to write my books.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The cover for It Was Always You was designed by Tiffany Black of T.E. Black Designs. She is absolutely amazing to work with and would recommend her to anyone.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I guess the message that I would want my readers to grasp from my first book would be to take that second chance if given, it may lead to your Happily ever after.
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 favorite author – that is absolutely impossible for me to choose.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I would have to say me. I have never believed in myself to finish anything, but this I never gave up on myself. So that is a big thing for me.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I could easily see writing becoming my career. Not now, but maybe in a few years.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Did I learn anything? Well I learned how to actually write a novel and how easy it really is to self-publish. I also learned that some days it seems like you will never hit your goal and that you just have to keep working at it, no matter how frustrating, until it is finished.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Wow, my book into a film, that is kind of hard to imagine at this point. But if it did I would like Bradley Cooper to play the role of Parker, and Rachel McAdams to play the role of Tatum.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Advice for other writers: Follow your dreams. If you want it bad enough it will happen with a lot of persistence.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
To my readers, thank you for your support!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am currently reading Gentlemen Nine by Penelope Ward
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The very first book I read was Dr. Suess’s ABC’s. My poor parents knew that book by heart and still do to this day.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I get emotional over the silliest things, commercials make me cry all the time.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet Wayne Dyer. His book Excuses Be Gone literally changed my life.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
My hobbies are pretty simple, reading, writing and watching movies.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
My favorite TV shows include The Big Bang Theory, Outlander, The Walking Dead and Friends. I also love romance movies, comedy’s and thrillers.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My favorite food is pizza and pasta. My favoite colors are pink and purple. I love jazz, hip hop, and pop.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I honestly cannot imagine a time where I don’t write.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
On my headstone I would have the quote “I’ve lived a thousand lives.”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
You can follow me on any of the below social media sites.
Sterlings Silver Sapphires: https://www.facebook.com/groups/151709455452003/
Newsletter Signup: https://mailchi.mp/d1dcd2064939/newsletter
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