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?
SF Benson. Old enough to know better about revealing ages! 😉
Fiona: Where are you from?
Originally from Detroit, Michigan.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I went to college in Kalamazoo, Michigan where I studied communications arts and sciences. After three and a half years, I earned my Bachelor of Arts with a dual minor in journalism and Spanish.
I married my college sweetheart a year after graduating from Western Michigan. We’ve lived in Georgia, California, and Michigan. Our daughter was born while we were in California. We spent so much time there it’s our second home.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m busy writing. My next book is due out at the end of June.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing as a child, but my career started in 2015. I did NaNoWriMo for the first time. A year later, I published my first book.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
During one of my first jobs. I was working as a receptionist, but kept coming up with all these stories. My dream was to write professionally, but I had no idea how to go about it.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
A dream. Seriously. I had a dream about a young girl who lived in a world where clones were replacing people. She didn’t want to become a clone.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Actually, a friend penned it for me. I was attending my first author convention/book signing. My roommate read the first pages of the first chapter. I asked her about titling and she came up with the idea. Thanks K.D.!
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’ve been told that my style is straightforward. I like writing in first person. It’s always a challenge to remain in character for the narrator.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I don’t think any of my books are based on real experiences. A book I’m planning, a Young Adult Contemporary Romance, does have characters who remind me of people I’ve known.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I’d love to say I travel for my craft, but not yet. Maybe someday.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Regina Wamba of Mae I Designs created the covers for my dystopian series, The Alliance Chronicles. The Hearts Duology was designed by Suzanna Lynn of Funky Book Designs. And, Christian Betulan of Covers by Christian has done the books in my Another Falls Creek Romance series.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Diversity. We live in a diverse, rich world full of complex, interesting people. In my books, I intentionally place judgmental characters who scrutinize and make others feel uncomfortable. My heroes/heroines are the ones who push past the negativity to shine bright in whatever circumstance they find themselves in.
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?
So many authors… I’ve read a great books by Elle Messe, Claire Contreras, Corinne Michaels, Jo Michaels (no relation), Amy Miles, Casey L. Bond… It’s hard for me to pick just one favorite. I love the worlds these authors create and the characters placed in them.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Good question without a great answer. My family is everything for me. No one outside of them encouraged me to start this journey, but plenty of support to stay on it comes from my author friends.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. I have no desire to go back to the crazy world of 9-to-5.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. My latest book is Finding Me (Another Falls Creek Romance, #2). It’s the story of an incubus who wanted to be human and finds love for the first time. It’s my first Male/Male romance, and I’m very proud of it. The story isn’t heavy in graphics images. It’s all about the romance, the emotions. Colt and J.J. are my favorite couple so far.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I’m always learning. Every time I get a manuscript back from my author, I’m learning about making my writing succinct and phrasing.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Good question. Which book? I guess I’ll go with Regress (my first book). The male lead would go to Zac Efron (as Zared Aoki) and the female lead would go to Zoe Saldana (as Tru Shepard).
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Trust yourself. It’s what one of my writer friends said to me. I had the habit of waiting for feedback on every little bit. I’d write a chapter and then wait days to hear from someone (I had a small group of critique partners who were very busy with their own writing.). Finally, she said that I needed to learn to trust myself. At the time, I took it as a means of shrugging me off. Eventually, I figured it out. I needed to trust in my own writing. When I started believing in me, I got to a point where I could align myself with the right editors to help me move forward.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Do your research. Learn everything you can about self-publishing (if that’s what you want to do) before you jump in. Ask plenty of questions. Develop a thick skin.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Currently reading Kelley Armstrong’s Stolen (Otherworld series) and Penelope Ward’s RoomHate. I tend to read more than one book at a time.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Gosh no. Too many books.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
A good joke—somewhat bawdy and possibly twisted—will have me laughing. It takes a lot to get me to cry. I might get sad at a touching movie or book.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
One person…I always wanted to meet Prince. I wanted to pick his brain and find out what made him tick.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I love crafts, especially sewing. I used to dabble in acrylic paints too.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Too many. I watch everything from comedies (Big Bang Theory) to dramas (Empire) to action (Seal Team). I’m a huge Marvel/DC Comics fan along with Star Trek and Star Wars. Give me a good scary movie and we’ll be friends for awhile.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favorite foods: seafood, pasta, BBQ, Chinese/Thai [hey, I love food!]
Favoritecolors: blue, black, red, purple, green [depends on my mood]
Favorite music: almost everything from classical to pop to vintage 60s/70s/80s/90s to hip-hop to country to jazz… I even listen to Aerosmith and Fleetwood Mac. My tastes are very eclectic.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I’d paint on a beach and travel the world.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
After I stopped panicking… I’d choose to spend the time with my family. We’d watch movies together. We’d dine together. We’d spend every last minute in each other’s company.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Really? We’re getting morbid here. LOL! Here lies a woman who loved life.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?