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?
Shaw Montgomery (although I also write taboo romance under M.A. Innes)
Fiona: Where are you from?
North Carolina, and although it’s taken me an insane number of moves, I’m finally back.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I was a business major in college because it never occurred to me that I could write. Writing was about grammar and editing and all the things I was bad at lol so it took me a long time to realize that the stories in my head were things that people wanted to read.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My newest book comes out on Friday, October 12th.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
A few years ago my sister said I either needed to start writing or stop talking about it so I sat down and wrote my first book (a novella) in the next couple of weeks.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The first time I sold a copy of my first book.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Just to see if I could do it. I had stories in my head that I wasn’t seeing in other books so I thought I would try and see what happened.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The characters usually tell me the title as I go through the book.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t know. I watch the movie in my head about what’s happening with the characters and just write what they show me.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I primarily write taboo romance and all of it revolves around BDSM in some way. They are a mix of people I know, my own personal experiences, and lifestyles I find interesting.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I usually base my stories around places that I’ve lived. My traveling is usually for fun not for locations in the book.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I have several people that help me.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That love comes in all kinds of different packages, but it all comes down to wanting to be understood and accepted for who you are.
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?
My favorite writer right now is Laurell K Hamilton. I love her characters and the way they grow and show their weaknesses and fears. She’s who I want to be when I grow up lol.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
None. I had one family member that I told in the beginning and other than that it was all me. I didn’t even have real editors in the beginning.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes it is my only career right now. I was able to start writing full time a little over a year ago.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I love how What Really Matters has turned out. They’re sweet and so funny.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
It was my first book where I started with a married couple and watched them grow together. It was wonderful seeing two people who loved each other right off the bat come together even more.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Oh goodness…I have no idea the people in my head are all so unique for me I rarely use any kind of inspiration photos of celebrities or models so that’s impossible to narrow down.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Treat it like a business but write the stories you want to read even if they’re completely outside the box and against what everyone says will sell.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
That they are the most incredible people and that I love them. They gave me the push to keep going and have given me some of the greatest feedback. They’re the best people.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The other day I read EM Denning’s latest. I wanted something sweet and sexy and it was great.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
One of the first books I remember reading with my mother was the Pokey Little Puppy.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I love interesting characters that see the world in their own way, and while most of the time I read sappy cute stories because I read to escape stress, it’s usually my characters that make me cry because sometimes they start kind of broken and I just want to give them a hug.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
There are so many interesting people through history but it’s impossible to pick just one.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I love to travel and read. Those are my passions lol.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m a bit obsessed with Murder She Wrote lately to be honest.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Chocolate.Color varies every couple of months. Imagine Dragons.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Retire because I won the lottery of course.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Hanging out with my family or if I have to do something fun and wacky I’d travel to the South Pole because I’ve always wanted to see it.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Died while doing something crazy in a far off country.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Amazon (All on KU)
What Really Matters