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 Daryn Rayne!! I am 35. Lol.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am from a small town in Louisiana.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Oh let’s see, I come from a big extended family. We are all super close! I graduated from school with a Bachelors in Mass Communications and Journalism. Later I completed a bridge program to become a certified teacher.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Ahhh. I am SOOOO Excited! My bestie, Heather Guimond, and I are writing a romantic comedy together, “FireBall”. And on April6th, my debut novel written with Gabrial Quinn will be live!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Let’s see, I have always written. But I did not start “writing things down” until a couple summers ago. It’s in my blood. I can’t help but write out a story in my head.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I still don’t. lol. I mean I know I am because I write. But I don’t consider myself an author yet. Probably wont until I am published.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The first book I actually started writing will not be the first book published. Lol. Then one day we (Gabrial and I) were talking about some of his experiences with online dating and of course I laughed and said that would make a great book. That is how we initiated writing together. Then the characters took on a life of their own.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
We were chatting one day and trying to figure out what to name the book. Slade is a MMA fighter and a Dominant. So we just stumbled upon it one day.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Ummm Random as hell is my style. Seriously, I write as it hits me. Which can be good… or bad and has drove Gabrial and Heather crazy I am sure. Lol. I can be walking in the store and a scene will hit my head, my characters are screaming at me. So I write it down and email it to myself. Problem with this is, it’s sometimes out of order. So we have to go back and make my puzzle pieces fit.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I’ll never tell… Just kidding. A part of me is in everything I have written. Because it comes from my imagination. Some things may be sparked from a memory, but once the characters start to come alive, they take on a roll of their own. It is their story and their words.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Lark Adams and she is fantastic and I absolutely love her.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Let’s see. I was talking to a friend of mine about this and I liked their explanation of what I wanted better than mine (Mine can go a little long). But basically, life isn’t just “chocolate and vanilla”. If you take a minute and look outside the “norm” whether it is love, sex, intimacy… you may be surprised at what you find you enjoy in 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?
OMG. There are way too many to name. Obviously, Heather Guimond, not only is she one of my besties but her writing is amazing. I love the way she makes me want to hug her and throw my kindle at the same time.
There really are too many.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Everyone in my life really.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes and No. Right now, I am new and just starting out. I am not at a point where I can quit and write full time. However, yes I do believe it is a career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Ask me that in a couple weeks, lol. I am sure I will say yes, but to me, the characters are their own people. They write their own story. So (I may feel differently later) right now, I wouldn’t change it because it is their story.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes. A lot. One- google docs is the jam for co-writing. I also learned that I am severely ADD and have too many squirrel moments which makes for crap when trying to piece scenes together. I also learned that I love it! It is so much fun.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
OOOH, I think Megan Fox would be an AMAZING Raven and lets see….. Charlie Hunnam for Slade… we can just dye his hair….
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write it down. If you have an idea, write it down.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Be you. If you have a dream, go for it. If you don’t like where you are right now, you have a choice in life. It doesn’t mean the right choice is the easiest. But in everything you have a choice.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Uhhh I am actually reading three at once.
Duke by Jax Hart;
Sins of the Father by Nikki Landis
ShadowMancer by Jeremy Mac
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Lol. No, I have read so many books it is hard to say what the first book I read was. However I remember my love for books goes back to Sweet Valley High and Nancy Drew.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I am generally a happy person and can find a reason to laugh anytime. Cry? Well that depends. I can cry at a pampers commercial depending on my mood.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
No, there isn’t just one. There are tons!!! Present would be Patricia Cornwell. I am a super fangirl. #sorrynotsorry. Anyway, I love her Scarpetta series. Like my mom and I own every one. But I love her dedication to the book and characters. She goes out with professionals she writes about. Not just interviews them but GOES WITH THEM. I want to be her when I grow up!
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Ummm Reading, writing, I love to be outdoors on the water.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I watch Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Night Shift, Chicago PD/ Fire….
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I am from Louisiana so we have lots of favorite foods! I love Shrimp Fettuccini, Raw Oysters, Crawfish, Chicken and Dumplings…. I could go on forever. Favoritecolor is Blue and Black. Favorite music is everything. Lol. My play list goes across the board. Right nowShinedown has been playing on repeat in my head.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Well, I would still write stories in my head. I just wouldn’t publish them. I have always created stories in my mind. Just never written down.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Ummm Let’s see, I always say “You’re killin me smalls”. So maybe, “Well, ya killed me smalls.”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My website is a work in progress, but I do have a readers group that I think is super fun.