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 author name is Victoria Danes. I am 32 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m Romanian, so I was born in a very small town in Transylvania, but I now live in Pennsylvania.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I moved around a lot as a child so I was always the new kid in school. I wanted to be a journalist but life had different plans for me. I’m currently a hairstylist—a profession which I love, but still wonder if I would have made a great journalist. I am one of five children. No sisters. I have four brothers. Two younger. Two older. I married my first love fifteen years ago and we have three beautiful children.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m always busy with thee kids and a job, but I am currently working on book 2 in the Jade series and edits on my historical romance due to debut later this fall.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Oh boy, I began writing early on. Probably around 9 or so. I wrote a story about a bunny and a magical flower. I found writing came naturally to me. I used it as a way to entertain myself, you know, before the internet. I think maybe because we moved around so much, I told myself stories and created friendships I couldn’t have in real life due to the lack of stability in one place.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I finished the first draft of my historical romance.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Actually, pride and prejudice. I am in love with that time period and just tough, why not? Let me write and let’s see where it ends up.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My little brother helped me. I wrote it years ago and it’s a compelling love story so didn’t want a title that would suggest anything else but the journey of a young heart as it embarks on its first love and heartbreak.
Jade just felt not enough and I am Jade felt right at the time
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I find that I write a lot of dialogue. That’s not intentional. It’s just how the stories come to me.
Since I write both paranormal and historical romance, I find they each come with their own challenges. But I would say research for a historical romance can be very exhausting.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Historically speaking, none. But ‘I am Jade’—my paranormal romance novel, is actually based off of real stories I’ve heard growing up. Not the vampires, of course, but other things in the book. Myths maybe, but still petty gripping.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I haven’t travelled to Romania in years but while I was thee the last time I was able to visit a few places that inspired me. In the future it would be nice to travel out for the projects I am working on.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
‘I am Jade’ was designed by an author friend of mine D.C. Gambel. She is wonderful.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Jade is very strong and determined. She had endured a lot in her life. If readers want to grab on to anything, it should be that.
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?
Oh wow, it is so hard to answer this question because I love so many authors. But right now D.C. Gambel has become a favourite of mine. She is a great writer. I am also a huge Laurel K. Hamilton fan. I find her style and creativity absolutely thrilling. Her novels are never boring and she creates characters that everyone can relate to. Her character Anita Blake was the inspiration for Jade.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My friend Crystal. She has been my cheerleader and confidant through this process. She has done so much for me and kept me sane in my moments of doubt.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Maybe someday. I write because I love it. Because there is a need to do so. If tat turns into a career for me, I wouldn’t complain 😉
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I wouldn’t.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I can’t really answer that without giving too much away, but the short answer is, yes.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Haha, I’m not really sure.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write what you love, what drives you and flows easily when you sit down in front of the computer. Write because you love it, because the stories in your head demand attention. Don’t compare yourself to other authors, each one, at some point, was struggling. Keep pushing forward. Keep writing and remember you will not be everyone’s cup of tea, but that shouldn’t stop you. Some people think the Mona Lisa is ugly, but that doesn’t make it any less of a masterpiece.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Please read ‘I am Jade’? No, I’m just kidding. Of course I always love to gain new fans and reach new readers. Their feedback and reviews are what keep me going, but no matter what you are reading tonight, enjoy it and review it. The best way to compliment an author is to review their hard work.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Bargain by Mary Jo Putney.
I’m a sucker for historical romance. It is my first love.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Hmm, the first one that really comes to mind is Encyclopaedia Brown.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I love to laugh. I’m a huge movie buff and I love comedies. ‘Something Borrowed’ is a great romantic comedy that always makes me laugh. As far as crying, I am very emotional since I had my third baby. Everything from commercials to the kids brining home something they made me at school can make me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’d love to meet Laurel K. Hamilton because she is one of my favourite authors. I would have loved to meet Jane Austen because she had a brilliant mind and a cup of coffee with her would have been amazing. Also wouldn’t mind meeting Ana Kendrick.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Besides reading, not really.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
The Walking Dead. The Crossing. Riverdale. Jane the Virgin. The Resident. Jessica Jones. 7 Seconds.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Chocolate. J I love chocolate. My favourite color is green. As far as music goes, I love everything from soft rock to country.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Ouch. Probably doing hair.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I would spend it with my family somewhere on the beach. Dancing.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Oh that’s tough. Just…a great human being.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I do have a blog where I post short stories from time to time.
I post most of my writing updates on my author facebook page.