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 am 52 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
A small town South West of New Orleans called Thibodaux, Louisiana.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
After four years of journalism, I entered the military and was deployed to Desert Shield/Desert Storm where I worked as a journalist for the Public Affairs Office Naval Medical Command aboard the USNS Mercy. Now I am the proud owner of one of America’s top rated Inns on TripAdvisor. I have maintained 5 stars for the past 14 years.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My WIP will grab you and intrigue you beyond comprehension.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
As a child, I would always take notes of things. Either my mother’s recipes or dad’s many wise one liners or jokes. The love for storytelling was formed in the swamps around my home as a child.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I published Begat last July.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
As a Christian I struggled with the concept of ‘religion’ and ‘faith’. They are two seperate things. So I just applied a story to it that evolved around my hometown.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
This answer is on the cover of Begat.
‘Begat started with Seth. Why?’ When researching for the novel, it just hit me.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
It’s hard for me to ‘coin’ my style. It’s just how I would tell the story while sitting around a campfire. YA would be hard for me. I have a dark side and I don’t think it would be appropriate for that audience.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The subplot of my debut was a personal experience that I twisted a bit. So I would say about 40%.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel?
Before or during the process? During. I find inspiration from the strangest things. A beautiful tree lined winding road could spark an evil idea just as seeing a beautiful women with a certain feature.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I design all of my covers. It’s part of the story. Look deeply into the cover images and you will see parts of the story.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The Series has a message as a whole and each book has an underlying message. Begat’s message was that one may not know what’s best and that life happens for a reason.
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?
Christy Barritt. What struck me when I clicked on her work the first time was that I thought I was reading something I had written, to a degree, and I could relate to her cadance. Stephen King is by far my favorite writer. His ability to grip you and hold you is why I return to him.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My girlfriend of 2 years, Melanie.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. It may not be a lucrative one but one nonetheless.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
As for the plot, no. The production, yes. It was my first so the eagerness to produce and publish got the best of me. I think I rushed it to print.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Where to start? Humm, As I said, do not rush it. Let it unfold and become what IT is supposed to be. My PA and editor are constantly asking for material. I’M TRYING, I tell them.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Huh, no. I’m a guy. She is a girl. I would want to have a cameo. Like what Stephen King does.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write what you know or inherently believe to be true. Dig deep and never think an idea is crazy. Your ability to write it is your ability to sell it.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
My debut novel was meant to raise awareness of specific topics. As a Christian, I often place myself into the depths of darkness to help people see the light. And please remember that this is all fiction. It’s about the story and the entertainment.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
When I am in the final stages of a WIP, I tend to not read other works. It sometimes pulls me in a different direction that I may not want to go. We are always second guessing ourselves. However, I will start reading Historical books from my lineage. I recently found out that I am related to Alfred the Great. He is my 35th, or so, Great Great Grandfather.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Do I! Other than the ‘See Dick Run’ books, the first book that captured my short attention span was when I was around twelve years old. Stephen King’s Night Shift. Great book. It was our first look at Children of the Corn.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Animal and children behaviors seem to make me laugh along with those of drunken friends. Seeing any abuse to the elderly, children or animals can bring a tear after the anger subsides.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet?
The Pharaoh Khufu. I would ask him ‘how’ he built and ‘why’ he had the Great Pyramid commissioned.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Photography and watching bees. I love watching bees fly around me. I actually mentioned bees in Chapter 1 of Begat.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, Travelers, and historical events.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food would be either Indian food or seafood. Colors are PURPLE AND GOLD. LSU TIGERS. My musical tastes range from opera to death metal. On deck now is Rammstein.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would revert back to being a Chef and Inn Keeper.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Gathered around family recording every memory I could remember from an early child until now.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
MY NOVELS ARE MY CONTINUED VOICE.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?