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 Paige Clendenin and I am thirty-three years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am from a small town in Southern Illinois.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news would be that I am a new author. Book one in my trilogy is coming out very soon. We are finishing cover design right now. I got accepted through a small traditional publishing company that was interested in a three-book series. Book one as I said, is in cover design while book two is in editing. I couldn’t be more excited!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
When I was in eight-grade, my literature teacher, Mr. Fleetwood, assigned us a book of poetry to write. I think out of all the students, that I was the most excited about the project. In the process of working on the book, I began to read a lot and write even more. I think I found myself that year, and that made high school that much more enjoyable.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I don’t know that I still consider myself a writer. (BIG SMILE) I have times that I think I am a write or an artist, a dancer, free thinker, mom, wife, and in between. That may sound chee-z-ee to some of you, but that is who I am. I don’t try to limit myself to one thing. So yes, a writer, but so much more!
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
As I had said a few questions ago, Mr. Fleetwood was the one that assigned me my first book of poetry, but it was my mom that inspired me to write. She even bought me my first word processor so that I could use my thoughts and put them to paper. She was such a creative person too, and I think seeing her do all the things she could, made me want to be more and do more.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It wasn’t hard to come up with the title of book one of “The Force” trilogy. Book one is of the same name, “The Force” with book two and three named differently. Once you read “The Force” it will be easy to see why it is so named that.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write in a more narrative way, using the main character and first person as the way I tell the story. I write mostly Science Fictions, Young Adult, with a futuristic or non-realistic twist. I find first person hard to do sometimes, because I find myself from time to time with the habit of occasionally switching between first and third person. Even if I read, re-read, edit, and my editor edits, there are still things that are missed and have to be tweaked again.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I would have to admit that even thought the trilogy is set in the year 2095, and almost all of the things that are in the book are made up, or twisted versions of things that exist now, the one thing that would be based off of anything now would be some of the characters and maybe versions of names in my life now. I don’t want to give it up, and only my close personal friends and family will know, but there is one characters past that is close to mine. The only difference is the futuristic aspect that makes this person’s different. Some of the characters have a personality trait of one person or another I know, or the same color eyes, or they do the same thing when they are nervous, but nothing is exactly a part of the real or present.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t have to travel much because the books are in the future, however I do have to study a lot. Mostly I have to map out geography, and where there might be room for a certain geographical event to possibly happen. Also, the books are post WWIII. Figuring out what happened to the world in the first two wars and adding a technological twist in the next war is hard to do unless you do a lot of reading and Google-ing.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The cover is being worked on right now through my publisher and her graphic team. I have done some mock-ups for some ideas that have been kept in mind as well. I think cover design is one of the most important things because it brings truth to… “A picture is worth a thousand words” making the cover that picture that must speak volumes for your written work before the reader has had a chance to read it.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There is a message in this trilogy, however it is subtle to say the least. I try not to push my thoughts for the future on anyone, however there are some events that may or may not happen should certain current events remain.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, published author?
This is going to be interesting. When talking about books and authors, I am like a kid in a candy shop. Before becoming a published author, I have been a book blogger, working closely with some fantastic authors and their works of art. Currently, I am simply crazy for “The Children of Fire” series by: AlicaMckenna Johnson! I find her work imaginative and magical. There are five books so far in the series, and I have had the privilege of reading and reviewing all five of her books before they came out. Another author that I am over the moon about it Steve LeBel. He writes otherworldly, making it interesting, somewhat educational, and keeps you hooked. He writes “The Universe Builders” books, and so far all of his work has been amazing. I am also a fan of Veronica Roth, Kasandra Jamison, John Green, Ava Danielle, Jane Anthony, J. K. Rowling, James Dashner, Rick Yancy, Suzanne Collins, Stephanie Meyer, Tim Tharp, and so many-many more!
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author?
While yes, my family has been great, I have three forever friends/sisters that have my back as well as are brutally honest about my work. (They are my first readers and editors) I just want to give a huge thank you to you three, you know who you are, but the readers do not, so here it is, thank you Kassie, Jecca, and Mama D (Donna) without you three, I don’t know what I would do. Also, I would like to give a special shout out to Darlene and Jonna for believing in me!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do se writing as a career, but only second to being a wife to my wonderful husband David and a mama to our four beautiful daughters Jazmine, Brook, Missy and Lexi. They have me first, and writing has me second. (A close second)
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I don’t think that I would change much. Give me a few months after book-one comes out and I will be able to answer that better. Also, book-two is still in editing, so if there is anything that needs to be changed, now is the time to do so.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned that I had to become an insomniac to find time to write. When I am writing, I spend most of my days and evening taking care of my family and our home, and then after EVERYONE is asleep and EVERYTHING is done for the day, I write. On those days, I am lucky to get o bed until midnight or later, just to get up again at five a.m.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I hope that I get the chance to see this trilogy fly. In that dream, I pray that it gets made into a movie. I have trouble in this area, because when I think of my main lead, (which is female) I think of women who have already played the lead in a franchise. Jennifer Lawrence, Shailene Woodley, Emma Watson, and the list goes on. I only hope that if it does go to film, that someone as epic as these women can play the lead of Liz Towers. (That’s the heroines name)
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
I have been a book blogger for years now, and this is the question that I most love asking authors and looking for the response of. They didn’t know it at the time, but I was aspiring to be like them. Their words were meant for my audience, but in the long run, I stored them up for just this moment. Do not ever let someone tell you that you are not worth it and that what you feel, how you present yourself, and what you write will not matter to anyone apart from you in the long run. If you want to reach for the stars, keep reaching until you swing from them. An amazing author once told me to never settle for second best, there is plenty of room in first place for all of us. You don’t have to be the best, you just must be your best. The last thing I would have to say is, don’t give up, if you like who you are, what you are doing, and you don’t feel bad vibes from it, then do it and do it well.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Without going into details, my childhood did not coincide with the way things are now. Things were hard when I was a kid, and I set in mind at an early age that I was going to do my best to not continue on with what was given me, and I didn’t. I tell you this so you know, it doesn’t matter how old you are, who you are, or where you come from, you just need to set in your mind, heart, and gut, that this is not who you are and what you want for you life, and do all you can to change it. And just in case someone hasn’t told you today, you are worth it, you are special, and you mean something.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Right now, I am re-reading book one of “The Children of Fire” series. “The Phoenix Child” by: Alica Mckenna Johnson again, and “The Infinite Sea” by: Rick Yancey, the second in the series, following “The 5th Wave”.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I do! Well, the first book that was read to me anyway. When I was little, my grandmother would read me “The Giving Tree” by: Shel Silversten. I was so little, the meaning of it was lost on me for a while. Then, when I was eight or nine, I cried because of the tree and how it lost its apples, then as a teen, I cried because of the boy and the choices he made. Later, I cried because of friendship so dear was corrupted by greed, but now, every now and then, I shed a tear because of the memory it holds for my grandmother and I. Now, I read “The Giving Tree” to my children. My grandma just turned 90 and those memories we still share together. That is the first book that I attach deep memories to.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Seeing the smiles in my children’s eyes. Listening to them laugh makes me laugh, and when they cry out of sorrow, I cry too. I lost my parents at aearly age, five when my dad died, and twenty-five when my mom passed away. Memories of them both make me laugh and cry. Books, and movies make me do both from time to time as well! And sometimes, when no one is watching, I cry for no reason. I laugh just the same too.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why/
I would love to meet Veronica Roth the author of “The Divergent” series. I really want to pick her brain about a few things, plus I think she would be a cool person to hang out with.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I love to write, draw, paint, craft, hike, camp, read, watch TV, blog, and so much more. I love to be active and a couch potato depending on the day. I watch my girls play softball, do color guard, watch them in musicals. I love to go to plays and museums. I am adventurous and creative at the same time.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
As for movies I love Divergent, The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Twilight, 50 Shades, Mrs. Peragrine’s Home for Pecullar Children, Percy Jackson, anything action/adventure/sci-fi. For TV I love Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Americas Got Talent, The Voice, American Idol, American Housewife, Roseanne, Shadowhunter’s, Imposters, and so much more.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My favorite food changes with my mood, but I would have to say I am a meat and veggies kind of girl, so give me a steak and just about any kind of green plant-like food and I am good. For clothing and style my favorite colors are, black, grey, white, maroon, hunter green, navy blue. However, my favorite colors in general are lime green, olive green, hot pink, and black. As for music, that is also a long-list of things. I am eclectic in my style and in the music that I listen to. I like Imagine Dragon, Fall out boy, Twenty-One piolets. Blake Shelton, Eminem, Fleetwood Mac, Alanis Morissette, Pink, 80s rock, 90s alternative, pop, soul, country, and jazz.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write, Whatwould you do?
I suppose a future where I no longer got to write would be a sad one, however I will still be so many other things. Like in the question above where it asked if I considered myself a writer, and I wrote that I did, but I am so much more. If writing was no longer an option for me, I would still be the so much more.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live, how would you spend that time?
If I were in good health, I would do all the crazy near-death things that I have always wanted to do but didn’t do because I didn’t want to die. I would also spend as much time with my family as I could, but they would have come along with me on my crazy adventure!
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
The thing that is on my mom’s stone reads…“A golden heart stopped beating, hard-working hands were put to rest, God broke our hears to prove to us, he only takes the best. I don’t know what will be on mine, but I hope that I am thought of enough to be given the honor of being known as a good wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend. And maybe someone will write some pretty words. I want my head stone to be an open book!
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
For now I am easily found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/paigeclendeninautho as well as have a website that is a WIP that should be completed in the next few weeks. The site is in my graphic designer’s hands. Currentlyyou can sign up for email reminders on the website, as well as check the Facebook page for updates. My website is www.paigeclendeninauthor.com and is looking better every day! I am also on Twitter under @PaigeAuthor, Instagram under @PCAuthor, and on Tumblr under Paige Clendenin Author. You can also find me on LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube under the same name! There are regular live streams on the Facebook page and my book blog is at www.facebook.com/thebodaciousbookworm and at www.thebodactiousbookworm.com or you can Google me which always works! (BIG SMILE) As for my Amazon and Good Reads accounts, I will be releasing those around the time we do the cover reveal, which will be in the coming weeks. Keep your eyes peeled for that information on all my social medias for both the author pages and my blog! You are wonderful, and remember you are loved! Peace!