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?
Lisa Freed, 40
Fiona: Where are you from?
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’m a former hair replacement tech blessed to now be a stay at home mom of two. I’m very lucky to be married to the nicest man I have ever met and I couldn’t imagine anyone else putting up with me. I’ve always been a cat lover and have two sister cats that we got through a local cat rescue, Compassion for Cats of Delaware.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’ve had a short story accepted as part of a Fall anthology due to come out in November.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always enjoyed writing and wrote my first book as a 6th grade reading project. The response was very positive and I started writing stories to share with my friends during lunch period. It seemed only natural to try to make a career out of it because I enjoyed it so much.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Sadly, despite being a writer for years, I never publicly declared myself to be one until I had my first book published.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My best friend from school and I decided to see if we could write one and surprise, we could. It was dreadfulbut it proved that we could do it. We both had different interests so decided to pursue separate projects, which led me to write my first book, a still unpublished historical.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It just fit with the story, about what she wanted.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’ve been told I writebetter when I can put a humorous spin on things. Like many other authors I struggle with show vs tell.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
At the time the male character was based on one of my boyfriends, as life moved on, including leaving him in the dust, the character evolved into someone else entirely.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t have to travel, other than via google but I found the beach is very soothing and great for figuring out key plot details or scenes.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I have designed some and others I have purchased.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Don’t give up on what you want.
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?
My favorite writer of all time is a hard question. I love Johanna Lindseywho introduced me to the wonderful world of covers with Fabio on them and the Malory family. But I’ve been a long-time fan of Stephen King for well over 25 years.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My friend until the end, Stacy. She’s always had my back and has pushed me to be a better writer and to just DO IT!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would have started researching sooner, haha. But otherwise, no, I’m thrilled with how Ben’s Folly has turned out.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, my book is based in 1839 and I’ve learned I don’t think I would have made it back then. Life was hard, harder still for a woman.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Stop doubting yourself, there is always going to be someone who doesn’t like your work. Guess what? Other people will! Write for you and have some fun 😀
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you! Thank You! For giving my books a chance.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished Born Guilty by Reginald Hill, a great book! Cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, I don’t. But I recall Grover Goes to School and how I cried for him and his sadness.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Almost everything makes me laugh! And the same for cry. I’m a very emotional and empathetic person, the very idea of things get the waterworks going.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Stephen King. I would love to sit down with the king of horror, have a cup of tea, and talk about bunny slippers. Because what a story that would be for me to share with others!
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I love walking the beach in search of sea glass.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
My favorites were Seinfeld and My Name is Earl, I watch the reruns on Hulu all the time. Shawshank Redemption and Coco are my favorite movies.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Chocolate, purple, and 80’s rock
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Sit and pet cats, can I get paid to do that?
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I would spend every moment of those 24 hours with my family, treasuring them.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I wish to be cremated so no stone
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I have a FB author page. https://www.facebook.com/LisaFreedAuthor/
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