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, Tamara Leigh and my age… Well, I’m more than two score but certainly not three. Close enough.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I grew up in the foothills of Lake Tahoe. Twenty-some years ago, my husband and I moved with our first son to the Nashville area where our second son was born. We’ve been here since.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie,your education, family life, etc.).
Though I hold a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology, for the past twenty-five years I’ve been a full-time, published author. I’ve been married thirty years, and my husband and I have two amazing adult sons.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
This past June, the eighth book in my Age of Faith series, THE RAVELING, released as a #1 Hot New Release on Amazon. I’ve just finished writing MERCILESS, the first book in my new Age of Conquest series which tells the origins of the Wulfrith family during the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. I’m beginning edits now and anticipate a November 2018 release.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Having had many a play date with reading throughout my childhood, I began writing seriously as a teenager.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably when a figured out how to hold one of those fat pencils and make marks on paper.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My love of reading, and especially books in the romance genre.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title of my first book was Worth Dying For, which fit the medieval romance beautifully, but my publisher, Bantam, changed it to Warrior Bride. More marketable, apparently. And it was a bestseller.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’m a pantser—little outlining, writing mostly by “the seat of my pants.” The majority of each of my books are handwritten, then typed into the computer and edited. The greatest challenge I face is interruptionwhen I have my head down and pen on paper. A measly five minute interruption can take a half hour or longer to get back in the groove.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I don’t believe it’s possible for an author not to insert her experiences and emotions into her stories, so in some measure or other, my books are realistic. And for those things I haven’t experienced—research, research, research!
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Though I would love to travel for hands-on research, research books and the internet make the world so accessible I can do most of it from my writing desk.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The amazing Ravven
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In one word—hope.
Fiona: Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I have several, but two come first to mind—historical authors Sharon Kay Penman and Bernard Cornwell. Goodness, they can tell a tale!
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
That would be my first agent who not only secured my first 4-book contract with a major publisher but provided detailed feedback on the manuscript.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I certainly do, though only after transitioning from traditional to indie publishing did it become supportable.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
There’s always room for improvement, but there’s nothing significant I would change. I believe Sir Elias and Honore of THE RAVELING found their perfect Happily Ever After.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Oh so much. I thought I knew the scope of the Norman Conquest to begin writing MERCILESS. Not even close. And there’s much more research needed for the next book in the series.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Hmm, which book? How about my upcoming release, MERCILESS.The lead to play Cyr D’Argent…perhaps Liam Hemsworth.The lead to play Aelfled daughter of Soren…Margot Robbie. Yes, Australians. I may be a little biased.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Read. Write. Read. Write. Read. Write.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I so appreciate you joining me on my writing journey. You inspire me to put pen to paper every day.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
William the Conqueror by David Bates
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Might that be Dick and Jane?
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My guys make me laugh. Injustice makes me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
King Henry II’s queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. She was a woman ahead of her time.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Writing. Kinda cool it became a career, hmm?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
The Last Kingdom, The White Queen, and The White Princess are among my favorites.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food—does pumpkin spice latte qualify? Color—I don’t have a favourite though black is always slimming. Music—A Little Chaos soundtrack, Enya, Sarah Brightman, and many others.
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?
With my loved ones.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Beloved wife, mother, believer, word architect.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/Tamara-Leigh/e/B000AP9A2E/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1