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?
Hello. I am TK Lawyer and am 45ish but feel more like 25-27 age range. It’s funny because when people ask me my age, I never remember it and I have to actually think about it before I answer.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born overseas in a country called Panama. I was born in the city of Colon- a beautiful town back then which sadly has changed over the years.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I live with my hubby who is my best friend and major emotional supporter and one sweet, affectionate American Foxhound. I work a full-time job and write when I can.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I am working on the 5th instalment of my Guardian League series: Orion. It has been slow-going because I have had so many personal issues including my dad’s health and financial well-being but I am determined to finish the book and the series. From then, I will concentrate on a few wolf-shifter books and another instalment of short stories, which is currently in process.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started my writing career after dealing with years of personal frustration with my full time job. I knew there had to be something else I needed to be doing because my job does not fulfil me as it once did and, being a very passionate, spontaneous person, I knew there had to be something else. I could, literally, feel myself withering away at my day job and I didn’t want to waste away 30+ years at a job that held no passion for me so I turned to writing, which was not something I ever saw myself doing but, thank goodness, I had a lot to say and I’ve created books from it.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I published my first book. Wow. That was an awesome moment! To see my thoughts and ideas in writing and available to the world is just amazing! What’s even better is when someone picks up my book to read it and tells me they love it.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Well, my first book published was actually the second book I started writing. Nightfall came as an inspiration from my German-Shepherd mix breed dog at the time. I found her quirky behaviour lovable and interesting and I wondered hmmm….what if she wasn’t a dog, after all? The book just wrote itself after that.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Nightfall was actually titled Eclipse and Eclipse was the name of the dog/wolf shifter when I wrote it, but my first publisher thought it would be best to change the title to reflect the theme throughout the book, which was the color of the dog’s eyes when he became excited: Nightfall. So, the title was changed.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t use an outline. I write “on the fly” so to speak. When I get a scene in my head, I will write it down and after getting so many scenes on paper, I place them in order and then form a book out of it. It works for me this way and, amazingly, books come together pretty naturally.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My experience and even personality are riddled throughout my books. I don’t understand writing a book and not including what you’ve experienced in it. In fact, I don’t think it’s possible. I think when you put yourself, ideas, and experiences in your books it makes it more believable and fans can identify with your characters. I’ve had several fans tell me they have cried reading my books. That always makes my heart happy because when I write, I do put a lot of emotion into the scenes.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I have put some of my travel experiences in my book. For instance, Aeron lives in New Orleans, Louisiana with his charge. My husband and I have travelled to New Orleans twice and we loved it. I placed into the book the places I actually went to and what I experienced.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My publisher’s cover artist did my book covers for me and she did an excellent job! All of my male characters are Alpha males and they are strong and gorgeous. I don’t think one can ever get tired of Alpha males. At least I haven’t.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I wrote my Angel books because I love them. Angels are fascinating beings that are all about Love. I hope that when my readers read my Angel books, they do so with an open mind. Love is Love whether it be with a human, alien or an angel. My books are meant to entertain not attack one’s personal beliefs and they are not based in fact but fiction. I have had a lot of different views expressed to me regarding my Angel books. I think when you read Paranormal, you need to be open to ideas because Paranormal is essentially Fantasy. And wouldn’t we all love the idea of having an intimate relationship with a protective, strong angel if it were possible? I know I would.
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 have been reading a lot of books by Madison Faye recently. They are short reads filled with erotic entertainment. Just fun to read at night before you go to sleep. One of my favorites is Felicity Heaton. I started out reading her angel stories before I decided to write about them.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My first publisher. Once they read Nightfall, they were hooked and offered me a contract immediately. It was an amazing, scream-worthy experience and I will never forget the day I received their email offering me a contract for my work.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
It is a career for me. I’d love it to be my main career but who knows? Maybe one day. In the meantime, I’ll keep writing while I can.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I probably would write YA. When I first started out, I didn’t put a lot of erotica in my books but due to my first publisher’s requirements, I had to add more to my romantic scenes and they became really steamy, even beyond what I was comfortable with. I love steamy books but I prefer to capture the readers imagination, instead. I believe you don’t have to write the whole scene because readers are creative and they can fill in the good parts.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes. I’m suffering a bit of writer’s block, I think, with this last book. It has been a bit challenging for me. It’s funny for me to say this, but I think I’m done with angels for a while. I’ve been writing about angels over the past several years and I’ve loved it but now I want to go back to my wolf shifter books and then I’ll tackle more angel stories later.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I’m not sure but I would love to be there for the casting/tryouts.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Writing is 98% marketing. If you are ready and up for the task, go for it! You will meet wonderful fans and readers and have occasion to meet amazing authors but being an author is tough. It takes tenacity, flexibility and a lot of work.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I love hearing from you! I am one of those authors that loves interaction so please, interact with me. It makes me so happy to hear from you and if you love my books, come follow me on social media and tell your friends about me.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am in the middle of two books by Madison Faye. Daddy Duke (yes, this is an interesting one) and King Sized.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No. But one of my favorites was Ferdinand which was very different than the movie that just came out recently. I love how Ferdinand only wanted to sit under his tree and smell the beautiful flowers. Such a sweet story.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Hmmm. Lots of things, actually. I will be the first one to cry during a sad movie, even before it gets to the sad parts. My sweet dog makes me laugh and cry at the same time sometimes. She is so cute and just an amazing bundle of furry joy gifted to me! When it comes to laughter, I love to see people laugh and I try to give them a good chuckle or make them smile. We all need that in this sometimes stressful world.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to see my mom again and ask her if Heaven is real. It’s not that I don’t believe in Heaven, because I do, but the idea of dying and moving on into some kind of energy form is a bit scary. I’d like to know what she feels, thinks, sees and what does Jesus really look like? That would be wonderful to know!
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Hanging out with my family and friends. I love spending time with them doing just about anything. The older I get the more I realize spending time with those you love is more meaningful than anything else in this world.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love most anything except horror. I can’t watch it because it stays with me and creeps into my dreams. Ugh. I will usually watch a comedy, romantic comedy, or maybe something with a hint of paranormal.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love most any food and that is probably the problem. Lol. Pasta and tacos are my favorites. Colors I love are blue and pink and I like a lot of music except country. Can’t really get into that.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Hmmm. Probably find something else I like doing though I’m not sure what that would be.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my husband and my dog. I’d take a road trip with both and give them plenty of kisses and hugs. I want them to know and feel loved before I pass away.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I was a good person and I tried. Lol. Since I will be cremated, it doesn’t really matter to me what is written on a headstone as long as when I was alive I impacted people in a good way.
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TK Lawyer has always had an interest in the strange and unusual and she’s a romantic by heart.
She writes passion-filled paranormal romance with Angels and Wolf Shifters- weaving tales of alpha males willing to do anything for the one feisty, curvaceous, strong-willed woman who has won their heart. Her alpha males will go to any length to please their mate, in and out of the bed.
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