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?
Hi there, my name is Leanne or better known as L.T.Marshall and I am in my mid-thirties.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am from central Scotland
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am a crafter and artists who went back to writing books after a twenty-year gap. I used to run an online store that sold unicorn and rainbow themed handmade goods but I am now a full time writer, mum to two kids and author of a bestselling series. I also still have a craft channel on YouTube.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
This week my book 1 audio book went live and I have the release of my series book 7 in two days’ time.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have been writing since I was very young. I won a small book competition when I was as young as 8. It’s just something I have always done.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When people came to me and begged me for the next book in my series, it sort of hit me then that I was really a writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I wrote my first novel at about thirteen, so I guess it was just the passion to tell stories and I had a completely romantic outlook on the world, despite a bad start that I wanted to write about. It was a form of escape.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
That book remained unnamed and still has never been released.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I am known for writing really emotional rollercoaster books with a lot of detail on real human reactions. I like psychology and real to life relationships. I find dealing with the ups and downs of all the emotions a challenge and tend to disconnect until the book is finished.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Real life experiences are littered through all of my books. Not just of my own scars and memories but those of people who I have known or walked along with in life.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, I research if I want to set a book in a new place so I become familiar with it but I focus more on the emotion than the details of the surroundings.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I do but I have a designer who then makes them for me.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not all victims of child abuse go on to lead broken sad lives and repeat the cycle. Some grow and heal and move on in life.
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?
As a teen it was Jackie Collins, I liked her lack of fear and the way she touched on sexy topics without giving a toss about lash back. She is still to this day my author role model.
I liked the fifty shade books because I feel E.L. James opened the way for female writers of romance to get a foothold and do it for themselves. I have spoken to her on twitter and find her a really down to earth person. It’s her same passion to write what she wants and not give a crap that I admire, in same way I admire Jackie Collins. I may not always like the written work but the women behind the books are an inspiration.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My craft business fans really supported me in the beginning and now a lot of them are my book fans now too. I really think my own ambition and desire to write my own books is what pushed me though, I’m not one who needs outside encouragement to do what my heart is set on.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I am a full-time author so yes, this is my career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I progress with every book and no doubt a few books form now I will have a lot more skill. I wouldn’t change any that have been stepping stone sin finding my voice.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I have a dark side with a twisted mind, LOL
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
This is an ongoing debate in my fan group and I honestly still cannot pick. I change my mind all the time.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Be brave… You’re biggest critic is yourself and the only thing stopping you from taking that leap is your own fear.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Carrero is far from done.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I have so many new books on my kindle but none I am currently reading. I don’t read when I write.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Enid Blyton and her fantastic five books
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
A good love story with lots of twists and a happy ever after.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Jackie Collins – she is still my idol and her attitude towards sex and love in books really moulded me.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I am an artist, crafter, knitter and socialiser. I just like to do things which give me a sense of achievement.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love adventure, action and always have to have a romantic plotline. My favourites include Gladiator and the marvel movies. I also love things like The Notebook and series such as Spartacus.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love all savoury food, especially mild curry. I love good healthy meals, but I can be a junk food binger at times.
I love rainbow colours, brighter the better and all at once.
I love all music but prefer female vocalists and lyrics with meaning. I love dancing so a beat is always good.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
A blow out party with all my family and friends and make memories.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She was fearless in chasing her dreams.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes I do – https://ltmarshall.blog/
Amazon Authors Page UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/L.T.-Marshall/e/B01N9ME8C0/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1532787615&sr=1-2-ent