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 Jacinta Horgan, and I am seventeen years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am from a rural part of Ireland, in County Wexford.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
This coming September, I will be starting my final year of secondary school education. My favourite subjects are English, German and History. I live with my parents and two siblings. I spend most of my time either reading, writing, listening to music, or chilling in the company of my dog and three cats.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Well, to date, I’ve published a poetry collection and two stories on online writing platforms such as Wattpad and Inkitt. I’m currently working on my second novel, A Fictitious Attribution, which will also be available to read soon.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I loved to read and write from a very early age, and that has not changed. I started writing, because it was one of very few talents that came naturally to me.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
As I’ve previously said, I’ve always been into writing. But, if I had to pin point the time at which I became serious about pursuing writing as a career, it would have to be when I was fourteen, and the idea for my first novel, When The Road Splits, came to me.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My inspiration to write is based solely on having an idea, a vision, and being able to manipulate and craft that idea into a piece of work, that people reading it can hopefully relate to.
The concept for the story When The Road Splits was one that just came to me one day. It was an idea that I didn’t want to allow to slip away, so I decided to use my love for writing to tell a story, which was playing out in my head, and dedicate it to paper.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I’ve always been fascinated with the concept of choice and consequence, and wanted to weave that into my story somehow. In the novel, Alyssa, the main character, is faced with an ultimatum. The choice she makes has a strong impact on the other characters and the rest of the story, just as making another decision could have. I liked playing with this “Sliding Doors” concept, which actually became more central to the heart of the story than I had intended. As a result, the novel coined the title When The Road Splits, as Alyssa was forced to choose one road over another.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I think as writers, we all have a sense of individuality, when it comes to our style of written expression, and we all have our own unique styles.
I tend to stick to writing Young Adult Fiction that fall into the genres of drama, or mystery/thriller, and sometimes I overlap the two.
The most challenging thing for me is pacing the plot well enough, whilst creating relatable and compelling characters.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
That is an interesting question. Well, to start off, I’m going to say that the primary plot point of Alyssa being a spy is one hundred percent fictional.
However, in the story, I did try to put emphasis on the societal relevance of gender based issues, on both sides. This has come from a mixture of both my own personal experiences, and of experiences of those I am close with. I think that the harsh experiences that some of the characters undergo throughout story are a realistic depiction of certain stigmas that still, unfortunately, exist today.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I wouldn’t say that I have to travel, no. For me, ideas can come to me anywhere. They come at random times. As soon as I have an idea, I write it down, so that I won’t forget it. Being a writer means that my imagination does the travelling for me.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I’m not going to lie. I have the Wattpad covers app to thank for my book covers. Wattpad was the site I started with, and I used their templates to create my covers.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes. When you are stuck with two conflicting choices, there is always potentially going to be repercussions attached to both options. The underlying message is, I guess, that one big decision is all it takes to make a huge impact on the lives of others.
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?
Too many to count. Through Wattpad, Inkitt, Twitter and my Facebook writers page, I have connected with so many amazing writers and indie authors!
There are many authors out there that I really admire. If I had to choose one, I would say that my favourite writer is Susan Hill. Why? Her brilliantly compelling style of writing and her ability to keep the reader intrigued from start to finish.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I’m not actually a published author yet. But hopefully, with some dedication and commitment within the next few years, I’ll be well on my way to achieving that goal. The majority of people I know are aware that this is what I want to do, more than anything in the world. And to answer your question, aside from family members and friends, the person who has encouraged and inspired me the most in my dream to become a published author, has been my English teacher. He is always so passionate about what he does, and that has always kept me interested in the stories and poems that I have studied. This further inspired me to keep writing. I’m not going to name him, as I might embarrass him.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes and no. Writing is what I want to spend the rest of my life doing and earning my upkeep from. However, I’m not chasing writing for money. I do it because I love it, I enjoy it, and I have a burning passion for it.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I feel as though I would not be as cruel to Ava as I was, nearing the end of the novel. I won’t go in to too much detail on that, as I don’t want to spoil the plot for those who have not read the story, and may want to.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Other than realising that I really have a strong tendency to write about sensitive, dark and heavy things, no.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
It’s funny that you ask me this, I was having this discussion the other day with somebody actually. This is tough. I had in mind who I could visualise playing the older characters in the novel. But since Alyssa is seventeen and there’s a limited pool of actors out, in that age bracket, I would probably opt for Chloe Grace Moretz.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Read, write, read some more. Keep writing and keep reading. Always carry a notebook to jot down ideas when they come to you. Write about what you know, and your work will then be more relatable and realistic. Also, when you’re writing, lock your phone away.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I love writing, and if you like my stories, that’s great, because I’ll always continue to write.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Star of The Sea by Joseph O’Connor.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I believe it was the Read It Yourself version of Chicken Little, when I was three years old.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
What makes me laugh? My friends.
What makes me cry? Seeing people with the strong abilities to achieve something but the lack of self confidence to counteract that.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Ed Sheeran. I really admire Ed Sheeran, because he writes songs from the heart. He is honest in his lyrics and he is one of the most powerful lyricists I have ever come across. He was also a huge inspiration for me, when it came to me writing poetry.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Yes. I’m part of a youth theatre group, and thoroughly enjoy performing in plays. I also love to bake in my free time.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
In the way of films, I love mysteries and thrillers. I also am quite fond of tearjerker romances and dramas.
When it comes to TV, I’m obsessed with Stranger Things and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, to name a couple.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I adore Lasagne. My favourite colour is lemon yellow. I’m fond of rock, pop and country music.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Read, listen to music and read some more.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With friends and family.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She believed she could, so she did.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I actually do have a website that readers can visit, as it happens. https://jacintahorgan2.wixsite.com/website
When The Road Splits
Roots: Poetry Collection