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?
Hello, my name is D.B. James and let’s just say I’m in my mid-thirties. 😉
Fiona: Where are you from?
Michigan, where it’s currently sleeting. Brr…
Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e., your education, family life, etc.).
I’m an avid reader, collector of Funko Pops, obsessed with all things Supernatural (#TeamSam) Stranger Things and Harry Potter, love of coffee and I dye my hair vivid colors.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’ve been invited back to sign at Book Bonanza and Shameless Book Con in 2019. Besides that, I have six book releasing between January and June of 2019.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing in high school, but put it aside for years until the right time came along. Around four years ago, I started writing and haven’t looked back once. At the time Colleen Hoover encouraged me to give it a go. She told me to write my story. So, I did. With a lot of help. I asked many author friends questions about self-publishing but that early on in my career, Teagan Hunter was a lifesaver.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When my debut novel was around the halfway point, I knew I’d never stop writing.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Actually, a bad break-up. At first, I was writing my character Morgan—in my debut, Seventeen Days—as this angry person. Because I was angry. She softened up and her true self shines through before you dive in too deep. I fell in love with her and had to write her softer. FYI a revised and re-edited version of Seventeen Days is releasing on January 22, 2019.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My hero dares the heroine not to fall in love with him within Seventeen Days.
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 that I have a thing for writing sassy heroines. When I look at them all, I truly do. Sometimes writing the sex scenes can be challenging and awkward. Especially if I’m writing with others in the room.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Usually I don’t base entire books on things that happened in my personal life. I’ll take certain events that have happened and place them in a book. For example, in Averill when she’s drunk and sees flowers dancing on the wall, that was something that happened in real life to a friend of mine. But…Written in the Sand is different. My heroine Tenley, is 90% based on me. What she goes through are fictionalised events from my life. She’s the closet I’ve ever come to writing my personal story.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Whenever I travel my laptop goes with me. When I’m running errands around town, I’ll use my phone to take notes if an idea hits or the next line comes to me. Personally, I’ve either lived or traveled to most of the places in my books. A few of them, I’m researched extensively.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Megan Gunter at Mischievous Designs has done all of my currents covers except for Love, Snow & Mistletoe, that was designed by Alyssa Garcia at Uplifting Designs.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Each novel has a different message. Written in the Sand to me is about living your best life when tragedy strikes. About finding your best self after it happens. Rhys, Averill & Brant (The Secrets series) is all about telling your truth to the right people. Trusting in someone other than yourself and being strong individual women alongside their men.
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?
Emery Rose has grasped me along with Holly Hall. Emery’s debut release just blew me away. Holly knows how to craft every word beautifully. My favorite writer(s) are JK Rowling, Colleen Hoover, Renée Carlino, KA Tucker, Jennifer Armentrout, Sarah J Maas and Samantha Young. To name a few. Everything about their work makes me seethe with jealousy. No, seriously every word they craft is beyond amazing. They all have a way with words that to me, is unexplainable.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I have a close-knit group of author friends I confide in. In my head I call them my “core seven” because they’re who I can count on no matter what. If I’m having an off-day writing, they get it. They’re truly happy when something good happens to me, not jealous. It’s a wonderful feeling.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Right now, because I’m disabled (stupid spine!) yes, I do.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
My latest book is Written in the Sand…no, I wouldn’t. It’s my most personal and my favorite book yet.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Currently I’m co-authoring a book and I’m learning how to be more patient. Lol.Stay all Night out February 19, 2019.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Let’s turn The Secrets series into a movie (Rhys, Averill & Brant) and hands down I’d want Theo James to play Brant.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
As lame as it sounds, write every single day. Even if it’s ten words. That’s ten more words than you had yesterday. Just keep writing.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
2019 is going to be a huge release year for me. I have 4 novels written already and 4 more in progress. I have solid release dates for every month from January through June.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Tattered by Devney Perry
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Oh my gosh, no. I’m a lifelong reader.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
A lot of things. Most recently it was the remake of A Star is Born with Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper. It’s SO good. The music alone will bring you to tears.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
This is so hard for me to answer because there’s so many people I’d love to meet. Today I’m going to say, JK Rowling. Just to thank her for bringing magic back into my life when I was considered an adult and things like that were for children. She made me believe in magic again. The world of Harry Potter is a wonderful place, I’d love to thank her for bringing him to life.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Reading, binging tv shows, karaoke, painting…a lot of creative things bring me joy.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Supernatural, The Flash, Stranger Things, Criminal Minds, Riverdale, The Punisher, The Originals, true crime shows… I could go on.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love Italian and Mexican foods. Or just a really good bar burger and onion rings. Colors…bright pink, purple, teal, emerald or any jewel-toned color. I love country music. I admit it. It’s my weakness.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Honestly, no clue. I can’t see a future where I’m not writing.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my friends and family. Those I love the most, doing the things we love the most.
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?
Actually, my Facebook group is the fastest way to keep in touch with me. It’s always the first place any updates, events, or special offers are shared. I also have members only giveaways. Currently, there’s two going on. It’s also the place to get exclusive teasers.