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?
Ryan Hastings, age 30.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Born in DFW area (Texas), lived in Illinois and Massachusetts for some younger years as well.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Bachelors’ degree in General Studies (3 minors: Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Criminal Justice) – Texas State University – Started masters in counselling – NJHS in high school – etc…
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Radial Fracture in my elbow… in a very slow workman’s comp. process.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Poetry/songs/short stories/cartoons/etc… throughout my life, I guess. My published work came about… a couple years ago now.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I guess once my book was on the market, I still don’t fully consider myself a ‘writer’, I guess.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
“Rituals” was conceptualized during an unconstitutional 10 month stent in a rather hellish facility… case was thrown out as it should have been from the start (that’s right, I won against the government) … Anyway, I can’t get into much detail about all that (at least right now). Looking back, the creation of this series/world/universe, helped to keep me sane in a very dark, odd, and tumultuous learning experience. The original manuscripts are handwritten, roughly 2-3,000 pages of relevant text and hundreds of doodles and concepts. This series is designed for longevity and adaptation to any sort of artistic/entertainment platform.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It just sort of ‘hit me’. I’m a very ritualistic person, as are most other humans. Short, relevant to the material, mailable to the tone of the series.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’m no writing or English major, I don’t consider myself to necessarily have a ‘style’… Lots of dialogue and ground to cover, doing so by following several intertwining story arcs. I like melancholy and crazy…
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
“Rituals” is a fantasy series… Given the time that the story was conceived, I could only say that a lot of pieces of me come out. There’s a lot of ‘idealization’, partnered with constant war and discord.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No. I’m quite low-budget and low-tech at the moment.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Someone at Bookbaby… The first book’s cover is a result of me telling them something to the extent of, “I want blood and white”. They did a phenomenal job, inside and out. I’m hoping to have a custom cover and some maps (bells and whistles) for book 2, but all that adds up kind of quick.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Resiliency. Faith. Finding your way through the in between.
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?
I’ve never really read another book… I’m an auditory and visual learner… I came into this game very fresh, “Rituals” is just ‘me’.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
This has been a solo operation other than some family assistance.
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?
No… well… I need to read over book 2 again, but it’s pretty much ready for the professional touches.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I’m just having fun.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
, I can`t say
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just do your thing, comrades.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Help this puppy grow. You won’t be disappointed.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Hard to say these days.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
King Solomon the man was smart
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Art, music, gaming… I used to be in better shape.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Superheroes and wars are always good.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Sushi. Black (if that counts)… I really don’t know otherwise.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Hard to predict.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I’m already somewhat of a high-functioning psychopath, so… It would be interesting to see what triggered.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Not really. @DragonFrisky is my twitter. Aduro Umbra. 3 is FB. Like I said, I’m still a small operation, but we’re just getting started.