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?
I write under the pen name S Louise and my first name is Stephanie. I have just recently changed my pen name and previously used Jennifer Louise. My age… well let’s just say that… “I’ve reached that age where my brain goes from you probably shouldn’t say that to what the hell let’s see what happens!” (I found that quote online somewhere)
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am born and raised in Florida and have never lived anywhere else. I currently reside less than 10 minutes from the beach, and often times see both the sunrise and sunset… all in the same day.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I have an AS degree in business administration, doing my time in the corporate world before making the switch to the education field… but I’m not a teacher.
I’m married with two children who are growing up way to fast, and are in high school and middle school, respectively. For the better part of the last sixteen years, I have devoted my entire life for my children’s needs and wants. When I started writing last year, I began this venture as something just for myself, while my family patiently understands my focus shift and dedication to my new craft.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
A few months ago, I submitted a writing prompt, entering a “contest” of sorts. The concept is loosely based on a co-written story, Wicked Little Words. I was chosen to co-author a story with none other than the widely talented BT Urruela! We planto start collaborating sometime in October.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing in early 2017 after realizing I had the passion to write but not finding the words to put to paper. After being such an avid romance reader for several years, I found the right words and my first story flowed easily through my fingers. I had admired so many romance writers that by just reading their beautiful words, inspired me to start creating my own.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I don’t think that will ever be my first thought… but it became real for me when I received my first five-star review. But don’t get me wrong, I’m still a work in progress and take nothing for granted. I know I haven’t reached my full potential yet, and until then, I will absorb all of the feedback that is given to me, good or bad.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Reading so many talented authors and feeling the love for their stories and characters pour onto the pages. After diving head first into the writing world,I continued reading and seeing how the author evolved with each published book. I knew I wanted to be a part of it. The writing community is so supportive and such a strong network of amazing people.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Since I only have one live book on Amazon at the moment, Club Manhattan, there is a bit of a story behind this book and title. I originally wrote two stories for Kindle Worlds under the Club Privé world. Having read so many of M S Parker’s phenomenal stories, I knew instantly that I wanted to write something in this world. When Amazon decided to take down the KW platform, I was graciously given permission by MS Parker to republish my story, changing the name of the title and characters. So… Club Manhattan was originally two stories, Club Privé: Restoring and Club Privé: Rebuilding.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t have a specific writing style, but I have recently tried adding elements of myself into the stories that I am working on, or fantasies that I have never acted on. I would say that the challenging part is trying to write a story that is unique and different. While it may not happen every time, I strive to put something special into what I write.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
While I put some of my own emotions into the story, Club Manhattanwas purely a work of fiction.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t travel but do a fair amount of research online, especially if I’m writing about an area I’ve never been in.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The cover for Club Manhattan was designed by Maria Spada. https://www.facebook.com/mariaspada.design/
I knew the instant I found it online, that even though a premade, it was made for my story.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The message in Club Manhattan is that despite adversity and challenges there is a learning experience underneath it all. Keeping quiet doesn’t make a person weak, it means they are silently in control. Knowing you can go through so much misfortuneyet come out the other side stronger and more independent. Finding the love that you were meant to be with, is what all great love stories are written about.
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?
While there may not be any new authors, Danielle Steel started me on the path of my love for romance novels. I took a hiatus on reading to have a family and “do life” and within the last few years, picked it up again. Melissa Foster was the one who I devoured until I was counting the minutes until her next release. Then I joined KU. That opened so many more authors to gobble up all their love story goodness. MS Parker, Monica Robinson, Alexa Riley, KB Winters, Willow Winters… just to name a few. It is also what prompted me to start researching the self-publishing aspect.
Each of these authors have a writing style that I admire. From the angst queen herself, M Robinson, to the erotic, over-the-top, insta-love of Alexa Riley, I am in awe of their words and how they can put such amazing stories together.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I guess the entity that supported my commitment to writing was Facebook, believe it or not. I was able to join support groups, become “friends” with so many amazing authors and those in the community and industry that I felt a connection without ever having met any of them in person.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I am not sure if writing will take off for me, enough to be a full-time career. I’m still a newbie and absorbing as much as I can about the industry. I’m in this business to be a part of an amazing group of peers and mentors and hopefully one day have the ability to give my sage advice to another author just starting out.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
As much as I agonize over if Club Manhattan is liked and well received, at a certain point you just accept that all writing is a work in progress and you can’t get better at it unless you keep trying. (I did have another book published that I pulled from Amazon because, quite frankly it was crap and I’m working on making it publish worthy again.)
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned somethings about myself while writing Club Manhattan and that I put more of my own emotions into it than I thought. While it was a complete work of fiction, I tried to channel the characters as to what they did and felt to make it as true-to-life as possible.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Writing stories always put visions of certain people in your head, of who you are creating the characters of your story after. Oddly enough, the models on my book cover were ultimately the vision I had when writing the characters in Club Manhattan. But, if I had to choose an actress to play the fierce and sassy attorney, Chloe Weston, it would be Hayden Panettiere. As for the male lead, Aidan Montgomery, I would choose Ian Somerhalder, as a ruggedly handsome and daringly dominant architect and urban developer.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Being such a newbie and needing my own advice on the daily, the only thing I have to offer is… don’t give up even though you want to. Keep at it and don’t let anyone tell you that you CAN’T do it!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
For readers, my heartfelt thanks for the kind reviews that you have posted online. I wish there were more of them… but I am only human and crave the feedback, good, bad or indifferent. I love getting posts on my Facebook page as well. Any interaction is a good interaction and I love to hear what they are thinking and feeling. I’m hoping to get the chance to meet some of them in person, if I ever get the opportunity to do an author event.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished “Dirty Headlines” by LJ Shen. All I can say is WOW! Buckle up for a rollercoaster of emotions kind of read!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
If I am going all the way back to childhood, I would say I was a huge fan of Dr Seuss. In my teen years, it was anything Judy Blume, Nancy Drew, or Hardy Boys. (And I just gave away my age!) As an adult, Danielle Steel was my first foray into romance, and I devoured quite a few of her books.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
When it comes to reading a story… what gets me every time is when a book character dies. The emotions written behind the death scenes are profoundly powerful and angst ridden. I am usually shocked when this happens too, so that adds an extra element to the story. In life, I cry when I am frustrated, disappointed or angry.
I think I spend a fair amount of time trying to make others laugh, and I love seeing their reaction to my dry witted humor. Maybe it’s a deflection mechanism or, like my writing, I like to see or feel someone’s emotions from something I have said or written.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Hmm… this is a tough question. One that I’ve never really thought about. So, I’m going to say that I don’t have that ONE person that I would like to meet. But I would be ancomforting to talk to loved ones who have passed, if for no other reason than to say how important they were in my life and that I think about them often.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Reading and writing have become my hobby. With working a stressful job and spending time with my family, I don’t have any more bandwidth for anything else.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t really watch TV anymore, given the fact that I am always reading or writing something, in my spare time. But I record a few show and binge watch them in between when I’m not reading. I love Grey’s Anatomy, Quantico, and have watched FSOG so many times, I could recite the lines of the first movie! (ok so that’s a little embarrassing, but it’s true!)
Of course, I am a sucker for any romance movie and have watched The Kissing Booth and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix, and F-LOVED them both!
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I have a love hate relationship with carbs. I love them, my waistline doesn’t! My favorite color in my office at work is purple and at home I have fall colors…denim blues, oranges, greens, and beige.
While I usually choose my music based on mood, I have an eclectic collection that ranges from generational to pop culture. When I run, I listen to hard rock or rap. When I read, I listen to classical piano. If I don’t really care, I listen to whatever is on the radio.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
If I could no longer write, I’d voice record my thoughts. I have to get them out of my head somehow!
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I would smother my family with as much love as I could, even more than I already do! I would tell them that their memories of me would never fade and I would still be with them in their hearts. I would give them the peace of mind to know that no matter what they did in life, I would be supporting them in spirit.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
While I would love it to say, “She lived life to the fullest with no regrets” I know that I already have regrets and what ifs in my life that need to be rectified. But I’m working on living life to the fullest, while writing one word at a time!
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Here are my social links:
Club Manhattan: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DBWSCYX
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