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?
Hi there! I’m Kerrigan Byrne and I’m 34.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I always tell people I’m from all over. I was born in California, but I’ve lived in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, North and South California, and now Washington State. It’s safe to say I’m a west-coast girl!
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I have a wonderful husband of 14 years and I’m the wicked step-mother to 3 incredible girls! The youngest just graduated high school and that’s all 4 of them with high honors launching into the world. I’m ridiculously lucky to have the family I have. These last few years, I almost lost two of them to illnesses and now everyone is healthy and hearty and I just hug them close whenever I can!
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest release THE DUKE WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO will be available on August 28th. I’m ridiculously excited for this one because It’s been in the works since THE HIGHWAYMAN.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been scrawling stories and novels in notebooks and such since I was 15. I didn’t graduate to actual writing until about 7 years ago when I decided to pursue it professionally. I have always been in love with books, and I remember thinking, I wish I could bring stories like this to life. So I started trying and… after years and years, the rest is history!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I consider myself (and anyone) a writer the moment they put pen to paper. If you’re creating a story. You’re a writer. Tell everyone you’re a writer! If you’re dreaming about writing, or making up stories in your head, or creating characters you’ll one day write about. You’re a writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
It’s weird, I had this dream once while I was sick about a man who couldn’t speak. I thought… how strange and sexy. How could I make someone fall in love if they couldn’t even give voice to their words? When I sat down to write my first novella, exploring that was so very incredible.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I loved that Roderick, my berserker, couldn’t speak. So I used the title UNSPOKEN, because so much of his interaction with the heroine is just that.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I would say my writing style is SLOW. I agonize over everything! That is the most challenging for me, as well. So many authors will say that their story just spills out of them, and I often feel that I have to drag it kicking and screaming out of me! But I’m not complaining. It’s the end product I love.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I would say exactly none! That’s one of the things I love about historicals, they’re often pure fantasy. It’s strange though, now that you ask, I feel as though I do get ideas for Characters from the people I know and love. (Or maybe don’t love that much) 😉
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t have to travel, but I sure would LOVE to. I let Google Maps and satellite imaging do the traveling for me. It sure is nice to have technology.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My covers are designed by Jon Paul. He is a genius!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That’s a great question! Usually I find myself writing stories about redemption. About people who have made terrible mistakes, or found themselves at their lowest point, and learned to let love provide a way to happiness. That is what Romance is all about, I feel.
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 LOVE Staci Hart and Cynthia St. Aubin. I spend so much time writing dark, angsty heroes that their wit and humor really give me the break I need.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I couldn’t do this without the help of my critique partners. I always tell people who start writing, find other writers to brainstorm, swap pages, and feed back because it’s invaluable!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do! It’s my career. I try to make it a 9-5 job.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I don’t know that I would. I like it as is.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned all about steamships in the 1900s!
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Oh man. I’d pick Luke Evans for sure. He’s a fantastic historical lead!
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just keep writing. Go to classes. Read books on craft. Do your best to keep the story your own instead of letting trends or other people tell you what to write.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Just THANK YOU! The feedback from my readers keeps me going some days. And my readers are just incredible. SO many of them have become friends.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading Piece of Work by Staci Hart.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I think it was… IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE. Lol. That was quite some time ago! The first Romance Novel I read was THE BRIDE OF PENDORRIC by Victoria Holt
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I feel like so much makes me laugh. I love listening to irreverent comedy and stand up comedy. Patton Oswalt and John Mullaney are my favorite. What makes me cry? Hmmmm… When people do something self-sacrificing in movies, I always end up with tears down my face.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would LOVE to meet Oscar Wilde, as he’s a particular favorite of mine.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I am an avid video gamer. I love my Playstation 4. However, I’m getting outside more often now, and I’m learning to sail!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
My favorites are Game of Thrones, Upstart Crow, and Stranger Things.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Give me any kind of ethnic food! I love Thai, Indian, African, Middle Eastern, and Italian to name only a few!
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I think I’d be a real estate agent. There’s something I love about homes. The potential of them. I love to look inside empty houses and see what someone could make of them.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Good question! Probably something like… “Love is always with you, and love is stronger than death is.” ~Oscar Wilde
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Of course! It’s: www.kerriganbyrne.com
Amazon Authors Page USA https://www.amazon.com/Kerrigan-Byrne/e/B007TXTMXC/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Thank you so much for having me, this was a great deal of fun!