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?
Hello! My name is Caitlyn Fournier and I’m 21.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from a small town in Ontario, Canada.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I just graduated from Western University with a Bachelor in a Double Minor in General English and Creative Writing. I have two cats, Mango and Kiwi, who are practically my babies since I raised them both practically from birth. My parents divorced when I was young and I’ve lived with my mother since, with my father recently moving out to Manitoba.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m doing a couple book launches this year and I’ll be going to several different book festivals in Ontario. I’ll also be revamping some of my older already published books and giving them a fresh once over which should be finished by August. The book launches will be in July, September, October, and maybe in December if I can manage to get that last book finished. The book festivals that I’m going to be going to this fall are The Word on the Street (Toronto), Ignite Your Soul Author Event (London), and KaliCon (Belleville), which can all be found on my Facebook page.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing when I was 10 I believe. I started writing as a way of escape through a slightly messy parental divorce. Writing became addicting as I started to write about Fanfictions for my favourite shows and books as a kid, it was exciting.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first considered myself a writer when I had self-published my very first book, and after having sold a few of the books it made it even more worth it.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I’m honestly not too sure, it was just an idea that would not stop coming to the forefront of my thoughts and I explored it in my mind, and it kind of just developed on its own.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title came from the general feeling that was given off by the main characters. They were hated by each of the other people in the novel and even by each other at one point, and its about the theme which is overcoming hatred.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t think that I have a specific writing style, but I guess that I always like to have a bit of romance in every book that I write. I always find writing in the romance genre or subgenre to be difficult because of the number of clichés that there are already out there. As a writer you are always wanting to try to write in a way that makes people think about it differently, so avoiding the general clichés is definitely difficult.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Maybe 5% of my writing is based around realistic events of life experiences. I also do use a lot of research for subjects that I’m not familiar with or for specific events or time periods that I had no part in.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I usually don’t have to travel to craft my works, but recently my ideas have begun to dwindle so I booked a trip to how that it’ll help change my view on the world and my writing as a whole.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I designed 95% of my covers through the Createspace cover creator, however, recently I have gotten hold of an indie artist who is designing the front and back cover for me for my July book release.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I guess there kind of is a message, I just hope to let my readers know that they are not alone and that even though there may be hardship in your life that you are strong enough to get past them.
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 haven’t had too much of a chance to read recently but there are a couple new author that has mildly grasped my interest through my book reviewing side job. I have two favourite writers, one is Patricia Briggs and the other one is Rick Riordan. The thing that strikes me about their writing is simply that I can easily relate and escape into their stories and books, and even when they are done still want there to be more.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My friends have supported my commitment to becoming a published author, and even a few of my old co-workers did as well.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I’m hoping so because writing is not something that I think that I could ever live without. I want to be able to write everyday and not have too many outside distractions (like another job) but I’m still working towards that.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
There is always something that needs changing in books, especially as time goes on. After I have finished and published a book I can always go back and see things that could be changed later.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I had to do some research around gay relationships, Albinism, Vampires, and different kinds of abuse and torture methods. I had learned a lot of different things when researching these subjects for my two new books that are still a work in progress at this point.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Well I guess that would depend on which of my books got made into a film. I guess if it was my book Hated I would want Braeden Lemasters as Antonio and Katija Pevec as Stephanie.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Marketing is always the key to a successful book, as well as making sure that you have go with descriptions and details in your books to further draw in your readers.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I guess the only real thing that I could say to my readers would be that I love you guys, and that your continued support for my books is amazing! Also, to always make sure to leave a review if you get the chance!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I currently don’t have any books that are on my reading shelf besides books that I’m reading for my reviewing purposes, and I try not to read too much while I’m writing because it messes with my story line in my head.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, however, I remember the first book that had influenced me to start writing in the first place. It was Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs, and it was one of the books by one of the two authors that had influenced me to become a writer.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
It always depends on the situation and the person, but one thing that will for sure always make me cry is military homecoming videos.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet one of my favourite and most inspirational authors, mostly because they have helped to shape my love of writing and the way that I write.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Besides writing? I also paint on canvas and I also sketch in my sketchbook just for fun. I also like to go horseback riding on occasion.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
It depends on my mood and what’s on, but I will never watch romance or comedy movies, unless there is some serious actions or fight scenes. I do have a tendency of watching children shows and movies as well as the regular adult films and shows.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My favourite colours would be either Blue or Green. My favourite foods would be perogies and spicy pasta. I don’t really have a favourite kind of music because I listen to pretty much anything depending on my mood or what mood I want to be in. I just don’t listen to any rap or gospel music.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I have no idea, I mean I would probably open my own business or something like that, but writing is very much integrated into my life.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I would spend that time with my family and my pets, and maybe, just maybe, do something crazy that I had always wanted to do. Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone? I wouldn’t be buried, I think that I would rather be cremated and then have my ashes set free to the wind.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I have a Facebook page and a website where you can get direct information, but I also have a couple of side sites where I review books and show how travel impacts me as a writer. Some more picture related information can also be found on my Instagram. Facebook: