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 Jennifer Siddoway and I am thirty-one years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from Tallahassee, Florida
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Well, I grew up in a large family and always enjoyed reading books. Back in high school I was very involved with the drama department and when I graduated I went to BYU to get my degree in Scenic Design. I love working in theatre. I love being backstage, but when I got married and decided to start a family that changed my career plans. Shortly after my son was born I started writing my first novel and have never looked back since😊
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I released my first highland romance the spring of 2018, The Highlander’s Secret. I had so much fun working with my publishing house on the project that I have started my next historical romance series, The Pirates of Barra. Sor far I intend for that to be a four -ook series of stand alone novels all focusing on Clan MacNeil and their fascinating history.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have always been working on one project or another. Even in highschool, I carried around a spiral bound notebook working on my first novel. Nothing ever came from that, but I just loved creating this universe to live in. I didn’t get serious about it until my heart surgery in 2008. I was on bed rest for several weeks and with nothing else to do I just dove right in.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I got to the editing stage with my first novel – that’s when it got real.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was actually a YA Paranormal called Dealing with the Devil. It’s a modern twist on Rumpelstiltskin and has being receiving great reviews so far—it was even nominated for a RONE. What inspired that story was an argument with my friend about what made witches scary.
He argued that it was because they had supernatural powers and I rebutted with the point that wizards and mages do not have the same nefarious connotation. What makes witches scary isn’t that they have power, its that there is a general understanding that they gave up part of their humanity in a deal with the devil to get that power. It’s the combination of power AND the unstable, desperate attitude of the person wielding it.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Historical romance and YA Paranormal each come with their own challenges. I, personally, had trouble wrapping my head around writing in third person—it’s more natural to write in first. I also think a lot more research is required to pull off historical romance properly.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I’m going to focus on my Highland Romance for this one.
I’ve been involved with the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) for the last twelve years. I’ve always been a history nerd, and Vikings are a favourite of mine. My leading character, Jain, has read hair like I do, but other than that we have very little in common.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, I come up with most of my content without travel.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My publishing house takes care of the cover art, I’m not familiar with the artist.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
When it comes to romance, I try to shine a light on a healthy relationship. I’m not a fan of overly controlling husbands, or the fifty shades phenomenon. I like my characters to have their roles, but they respect each other and have genuine affection not just primal attraction.
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?
Casey Bond is incredibly talented in the YA and Paranormal genre, for Highland Romance I’m reading a lot of Lily Baldwn’s work.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My best friend Natalie Harris. She has supported me since the beginning.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I absolutely do, and I treat it with the same respect I would any other job. I have designated hours that I am “working” and will not take phone calls for schedule visitors. A lot of my mom friends don’t understand this.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I might do one more round of editing just to flesh out the imagery a bit more.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned way WAY more about the Scottish highlands than I ever intended. I thought it would be an easy romantic piece…nope. It was very challenging. Now that I’m working on Pirates of Barra I’m learning about a whole new clan. I find it refreshing and am loving every minute of it.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Oh geeze, I’ve got no idea.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Don’t give up! Keep writing and if the story is good everything will fall into place.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
You are the absolute best and I am so grateful for you!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am currently reading Dark Tides, by Candace Osmond. It’s a time travelling pirate series and is completely awesome. I highly recommend it.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
By myself? Probably a children’s book of Greek Gods and Goddesses. I was in love with them as a child. Too bad Percy Jackson wasn’t around back then. Lol.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Anything involving feminism, women’s rights and motherhood. Those are hot topic buttons for me. I don’t really broadcast those opinions on Facebook or Twitter, but I’m extremely opinionated when it comes to those.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would have loved to meet David Bowie.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I play Dungeons and Dragons with my husband, I also do medieval enactment. Once upon a time we were really into swing dancing as well😉
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I recently finished Black Sails, Vikings, and am about to dive into Outlander. I also enjoy lighthearted sitcoms though, like 30 Rock and Parks and Rec.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Oh music! I love listening to classical. I didn’t think I would, but now I’m obsessed. Amici, Josh Groban, Il Divo, Lindsay Stirling, 2 Cellos, all that jazz. Love it!
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would still attend book conventions as a reader (of course) and I would probably get really into yoga and gardening. I’ve never really had the opportunity to travel so I would love to backpack across Europe.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I would spend it with my husband and kids
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Loving Wife and Mother
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes! Please check out my website at:
Link to my paranormal series the Earthwalker Trilogy:
Link to The Highlander’s Secret: