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?
Kade: Good morning Fiona, it is so nice to be here. I am Kade Cook and I am old enough to know better but still too young to care. Haha
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live on the East Coast of Canada in a little town of Shediac, NB.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I went to school and got my degree in AS-400 RPG computer skills and worked for quite a few years in Moncton but decided to give it all up to become mom again. And stay home raising my kids and write stories.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news is that I just took part of the Metro Moncton Book Festival, which was awesome and I just finished writing the first draft of Book 3 in my Urban Fantasy series, The Covenant of Shadows.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I do believe I started writing in the winter of 2015.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I guess I have always written in one form or another, first songs, then poetry and now it evolved into novels.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Boredom and a need for self preservation. I love my family but not using my brain and living in the shadow of everyone elses needs drained who I was and finding writing gave that back to me.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Well It was named some thing like The Awakening but it didn’t feel right. Grey became its name due to a lot of different factors that take place in the book.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write in the present. And although not everyone likes this I have been told that when people read it, they feel like it is happens as they go. So that is pretty cool even though it is hard to remember to not let the past tense sneak in.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Well the places, or at least 90 % of them are real and can be visited. As for the people, no and the experiences, I have been blessed with an open mind and some things in this book are based on less dramatic life experiences of what could be. They are not so highly exaggerated that they couldn’t be somewhat true.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, most of these places I have already been. Except for a couple of the restaurants but I researched them and found they met my needs for the story.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My best friend and life line, Jenna McLean.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, the message it to always find hope. No matter how bad things get, have hope.
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?
Yes, I love many writers. Stephenie Meyer, Marrisa Meyer, Cassandra Clare but lately I have become captivated by Sarah J Maas and her ability to build incredibly worlds that pull you in and make you want to live there.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My neighbour hood. Their undying support has carried me through many dark days in this journey and without them I don’t know if it would have happened. So Thank you guys. You know who you are.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely, once I get this marketing thing figured out and get my book out into the world, I think it is definitely my path to follow.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Hahah my latest book was supposed to be the last in the trilogy but my characters had more to say than I had anticipated so now, this book, has become the 3rd in the series so no, I think it worked out wonderfully.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned that even as a writer of the story, you don’t always know everything about it. Listen to the characters. It is their story, you are only there to take notes.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
The girl I see as Gabrian is Dakota Johnson. I have not seen 50 shades of Grey but I have seen some of her photos and there is one where she looks so sullen that it was my character come to life and lead guy is more or less Marlon Texiera. He has an earthy rawness about him that suits my Shadow Walker Shane.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
New writers: Don’t ever give up on your dream. If you start writing it , make sure to finish it. Older writers: Keep on, keeping on. You are an inspiration to the world.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I would love to tell them all, Thank you for joining me on this journey and helping me make a dream come true. Without you, my stories are just words on a page.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished the Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas and am now reading The Gods of Men, by Barbara Kloss
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The first book I remember reading is My Grand Father’s Cape Breton. I was a magical journey that I still remember like it was yesterday.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I love to laugh, being free and enjoying life with positive people. Telling crazy stories of things I have been blessed to recount now that I have survived my youth. And cry, well anything to do with hurting animals, nature or children. I can’t handle it very well.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I love listening to Les Brown so he would be pretty awesome and probably J.K. Rowling. I have watched her documentaries and find her to be refreshing and inspiring. Oh and definitely Oprah, cause she is an awesome soul.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I like to sing and play guitar with my music buddies and hang out in the garden with my dog.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I absolutely loved Lucifer but I am sad to know they cancelled it. But for films, I love most of them especially fantasy based. Not a fan of horror or violent acts against people. Nope I will do a pass on those.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love food in general, except liver and beef tongue. Anything else is game on. My favoritecolor is sunset orange and music I can do mostly anything except Jazz. It is too chaotic for me.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Will all my fortune made, I would travel the world , taking in all its beauty.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Finish my story. Then hold my family as tight as I can until my last breath has come.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
In a world filled with darkness, she saw the beauty within the shadows.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?