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 Darlene A. McGarrity and I am forty-five years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I grew up in Philadelphia, PA but now live in Bucks County, PA.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am from a working class family, and the oldest of three. I am the only kid that is an alcoholic. I have been sober for over 12 years. I have four grown children and am in my second marriage.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I will have a third book out at the end of June. I am also working on my first publish-able full length novel and a memoir.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing in my early twenties because I needed something to do while I was drunk at home. I wrote a book and about 150 poems in less than six months.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Not until 2006 after I got sober.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Consequences is my third book, and I wrote it to complete NaNoWriMo 2017. I did it! My first book is called Killing Time and I have the only copy of it.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Consequences is the title because there is so much at stake in my MC’s life.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’m not sure if I have a particular style. I find writing to be a challenge all its own at times.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Consequences, is based loosely on real life. The story line isn’t based on truth, but there are ideas in there that are based 100% on reality.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I do drive out to western and up to north-western PA to get myself in the setting. My books are about disadvantaged people overcoming heart-breaking obstacles.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I found my cover designer on Fiverr.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The message is nothing is what it seems and challenges are nothing to give up on.
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 so many talented authors! I really like the prose of
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Despite already having a full-tome job, yes, I do.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not at all.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned that I am more sympathetic than I thought I was and that sometimes characters will fight me.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I don’t know her name, but she had a part in Sons of Anarchy as one of the biker’s girlfriends. Her attitude and look is similar to my MC.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Read a lot, write a lot, and don’t give up.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for sticking with me! I really appreciate your support.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I couldn’t even say. I am between three books on my Kindle and am reading a book by Neil Gaiman.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Probably The Cat in the Hat
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Laugh: goofy stuff. Bugs Bunny Cartoons. People who are unapologetically themselves.
Cry: People who are cruel.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet Edgar Allen Poe and also Stephen King.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Walking in Nature, Photography, Art, Driving.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
True Crime shows and Fixer Upper.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Foods: it varies. Colors: Grey and Orange. Music: Almost everything, but I really love Heavy Metal.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Probably just travel and take pictures.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Sitting in nature with my family.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I haven’t thought that far ahead yet!I’m sure it will be something poignant.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My website: www.damswriter.com