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! I’m Tara Mahuron but I write at Tara Benham. I’m 35 years young.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am from a small town in Ky.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I have an AA and AS for photography and Occupational Therapy. I am newly married and we have a fur baby, Lincoln. He’s a Yorkie-poo.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Latest news…hmm… my newest release is set for July. And I just released a coloring book version of my children’s book Elliot Never Remembers.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I can remember writing stories when I was young. It was 2011 when I got serious and first published in 2015.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After publishing my first book, At Night’s End.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I’m not really sure, the characters started out in a different story completely. I cannot remember when it changed.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
This is awful, but I don’t really know. I mean it’s a line in the book. My titles usually just come to me.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I like first person past. I suck at tenses though so my editors hate me 😂
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not really that much reality in my books, but they’re not completely unrealistic either. In Falling, there is a scene where my MC dances in the aisle of a store which was based on an event in my past.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t have to travel, I usually just need music.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I have covers designed by Starla Huchton, Suzanna Lynn and Bridgette O’Hare.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There’s always a little something for people to catch onto, depending on which story they read. Almost always there is something dealing with hope and taking chances.
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?
Chanda Hahn is one my of favorites authors. Although when I’m writing, I have to read books outside of my genre so I don’t get the other authors voices in my head.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My best friends Leah and Cathi were initial supporters outside of my family.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I try to treat it as a career but it is not my only income, or I’d truly be living the life of a starving artist haha!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
In my latest? No. In my first, yes.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I am always learning when I write. I usually create world and society but I need some reality to them. I am currently research eugenics.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Depends on which book, each of my stories have strong female leads but they are very different characters.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write! You can’t edit a blank page. For me personally, I write chronologically start to finish before editing so I have words on paper.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you! I love getting feedback.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The Pokey Little Puppy
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Everything. Haha I’m emotional. And I laugh super silly jokes and puns.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Either of my grandmothers. Both passed before I was born. My maternal grandmother wrote poems. So it would be neat to take to her about writing.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Reading, photography and traveling.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
There are so many: Grey’s, anything about serial killers, Collateral Beauty.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food… almost all
Color: black and purple
Music; cannot list because how do you choose your favorite
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Read? I can’t imagine not writing.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my husband, parents, sister and niece.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Armen Pogharian said:
A coloring book version of your children’s book – now that’s a great idea. Best of luck to you.