Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Thank you for hosting me again! Your last interview was my first one and I have definitely grown as a writer since then.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name.
Howdy, I’m Jensen Reed. I’m an all-around nerd who loves to support and inspire others J
Fiona: Where are you from?
I grew up in Nebraska on a ranch. Lived in Iowa with my husband until 2017 when we moved to Minnesota, where we are now!
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
My husband and I have been married for 7.5 years. I have two boys, ages 5.5 and 3.5, and a pretty kitty. I’m a big nerd and spend my non-writing time wrangling my boys, doing various school-related activities with them, and general housey stuff.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I am the co-owner of Pixie Forest Publishing and we just started offering book boxes! It’s super exciting for my partner and I. We get to work with some amazing indie authors and fellow publishing houses to provide some great books to our followers. We have a couple of our Spooky boxes with limited edition mugs still available through pixieforestpublishing.com or my website
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing for so long. It used to be poetry and slowly morphed into flash fiction, then my zombie series, then I dabbled in fanfiction, and more short stories and flash fiction. I have so much filed away on my computer and here is such a wide variety of genres. I love words and being able to shape them into something that makes people FEEL.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
It was probably when I joined Writing Bad, actually. I dabbled in writing before that for a few years but once I joined that group and had the feedback and support from so many people, I realized I AM a writer because I write.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I had a dream that inspired The Refuge Series. It’s finished, just going through revisions. I find inspiration in all forms from music to dreams to just people watching.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The Refuge series is a four book story that follows Lucky and Mack as they meet and survive the zombie apocalypse. Book one, Ranch, is set at Lucky’s family’s ranch. Book two is Recourse, because they stumble upon a town and have no other options of places to go, it’s their last recourse. Book 3 is Refuge, and is loosely based off of the original dream I had. The building they are at is called the Refuge. The final book is Rescue because they are both rescued and where they end up is called that.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I try to be realistic as possible. I like painting the picture of where my characters are so the readers can connect with them.
It’s hard to find a mix of the boring every day and the normal you see of just skipping things. Like periods, they are an issue! Especially for Mack, who never has regular ones due to her anxiety. When they do hit they just lay her out, and the readers will see that in all the books.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I scatter myself all throughout my characters. Mack was created because I was thinking about how scary the apocalypse would ACTUALLY be, even though most of the time I feel like Lucky and like I would have a handle on it, I realized I would be terrified. So she came about so I could have someone that has that constant fear of everything around the corner and a mind that is constantly asking “What if?” I gave her anxiety as a way to connect with her and my original intent just tied right in.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I wish I could! I use Google a LOT. Google earth, Google maps, and just searching. I know the sunrise and sunset times of the general location in Colorado where their made up town is according to the time of year.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
This is one of my biggest stressors, actually. I have a vision of what I want put I feel it will have to be drawn and I have no idea where to find an affordable artist for it.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I’m not sure. In all of my published stories and even in Refuge Series I feature characters with various mental health issues, because it’s a real thing and I feel like there isn’t enough about it in fiction. Plus I have dealt with so many forms between personal dealings and family and friends. So it’s something I know 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?
I have met SO many over the last year, between Writing Bad and Pixie Forest Publishing. I don’t have a favorite, I’m excited and supportive of them all.
Tricia Wentworth’s Culling series is an amazing YA dystopian series. Book one is even an award winning book!
Hazel Grace has her Array novels, and the covers and stories are amazing.
Sarah Bailey has four books out now, and published through her company Twisted Tree Publications.
Donise Sheppard, my partner in crime with PFP, has several books out and is working on a middle-grade fiction series.
Erin Crocker published one of my short stories in Cocky-Tales anthology but as a supernatural YA series out called Synchronicity. I’ve read the first one so far and it was great.
Really, there are so many and I could keep going and going! We will be featuring quite a few in our book boxes, so definitely keep an eye out for them.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Entity makes me picture a ghost hovering behind me whispering words of support LOL I would have to say most of my tribe. Andrea, Ashley, Cait, Melissa, Liz, Olivia. They’ve all been there for brainstorming sessions, beta reading, and general support. I love them ❤
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
It’s a hobby right now. I would love to write for money, but I love the writing process and don’t do well under deadlines. I hope to have Pixie Forest bring in money sometime in the near future, but I know it’s a slow process.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
There is so much I’m revising right now. Gosh.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I am constantly learning and hope to never stop!
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Stefano masciolini for Lucky and Brianna Hildebrand for Mack.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Find a writing tribe. Betas, readers, supporters. I found mine through writing groups mostly, but I’m so glad I did! Don’t let yourself feel down because you are leaning on someone else for help. At PFP we encourage writers to get a beta or two before submitting, because they really do help.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
PFP has an open call for modern fantasy short stories right now. We pay for accepted stories! Check out the website for details. You can also purchase Love Dust, our first anthology for just $10 or read for free on kindle unlimited.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading one of the November book box books. The Night’s Eye by J.A. Hamilton
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not the first ever, but the one that really got me started on reading and hooked on books was Clive Cussler’s Inca Gold.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My husband always makes me laugh. He thinks it’s dumb because his jokes are, but I can’t help it.
I don’t know that there is just one thing that ALWAYS makes me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet Misha Collins. I get to meet Jensen Ackles in November, so I’m super excited about that.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Movies, TV, crochet, crafts
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Doctor Who, Supernatural, Buffy, Battlestar Galactica, all the Stargates, Heartland, This Is Us, Parenthood, Avatar: The Last Airbender, When Calls The Heart, and so many more. I love shows haha. I won’t even try with the movie list, there are a lot. I love them.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My favourite color is forest green. I love homemade Philly cheese steak sandwiches, Mcdonald’s fries, and iced coffee. I like country (90’s primarily) and
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I can only imagine that I’m not writing because I lost the use of my hands. I have no idea what I would be doing then
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my family. Write letters to everyone I care about and let them know what they meant to me. Take pictures for my boys/with my boys. Probably cry.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Nerd who loved to inspire
I want my ashes to be turned into/planted with a sugar maple. I don’t want to be in a cemetery, unless it’s a tree one.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I have a few!
My personal blog, I share a different book every day from various authors. Also flash fiction, poetry from guest poets, links to my published books, all the interviews I’ve done, and more. If you read this and want your book featured, send me an email at email@example.com with the purchase links and you bio J
You can find blog tours, book boxes, book links, and submission guidelines here.
I have several articles on writing help at http://www.writingbad.org
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Authors Amazon Page USA https://www.amazon.com/Jensen-Reed/e/B07BTKK4ZM/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1539974471&sr=1-2-ent