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 Fiona, My name is Aurora Jean Alexander, AJ in short. As of my age: I’m like so many other women and don’t like to talk about it. Let’s say, I’m a bit older than I look like but young enough to consider everyone else my age looking a lot older than me. LOL
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from South East, preparing to move to the West.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I grew up in a family involved into politics and was blessed with an excellent education in several countries, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in BA. I was very lucky. I’m living by myself with three cats, working a full time job and I am an author.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m working on a Paranormal Romance series of thirteen books and just completed book number 6. All books are in different states of “complete”. My first book is currently with my copyright lawyer and I hope he’s got good news for me. I would very much like to publish it.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’m not sure there ever was “a start”. I learned to write at the age of four and I remember developing little stories since I’m a Kindergarten kid. In school, when others complained about essays, mine were easily 6 – 10 pages long, I enjoyed it so much.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think there was a time when I had less and less time to knit, crochet, cook, paint, hang out on parties with friends and do other weird things because I was too busy writing. That’s when I knew.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
It was that story in my head. I felt it had to be written down. And after I completed it, wanted it to be read. And more stories, connected with this one showed up, which made me decide to turn all these stories into a series.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I remember I discussed it with two friends of mine, Susan and Lisa. They both helped me a lot with the title, which seemed to be quite tricky. I’m very happy with it now, I have to say.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I prefer writing my stories in the first person point of view. It seems many other writers find that particularly difficult, but to me it seems to be easier. I cannot only tell adventures, stories, situations, but also write down thoughts, guesses, suspicions, etc.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
None. The entire series is Paranormal Romance/Fantasy and is based solely on my imagination.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, not at all. I’m not doing research like, for example, writers of Historical books. I’m traveling because it’s fun – and also because I do have the wonderful chance to stay in places where I do enjoy absolute quiet spots I can write without being permanently disturbed or interrupted.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I would currently like to keep the designer’s name a secret. I’m prepared for a big cover reveal prior to the book publishing.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I admit, I had to think about that question before finally coming to the conclusion that it hasn’t. I have not planned to create a message with that book, nor with the others in the series, when it comes to that. If any reader does find a message, I’d be delighted to hear it myself.
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 read books of L.W. Smith, Merlin Fraser, MickiPeluso, Taylor Fulks, Jim Spencer, Allan Krummenacker, and many others who held me intrigued and entertained. There are so many fantastic new authors out there. I’m adding their books to my “to-read” pile. Every single one of their books can teach me a lot about writing.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
There’s one person I would like to name here, who has always supported me with all her advice, her knowledge, her soul and her love. Even though not a ‘family member’ in the common sense of the word, she’s the person who is closes to my heart and I love her. My friend and Californian Mom Isabel. I’ve nowhere written more and better than in her house where I always have a place to stay. If I had to describe her I would say: She’s the personified love on two legs.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Of course I do. I dream about being a full time writer, like many others do. However I need a healthy dose of reality in my life. Currently writing doesn’t pay my rent. It doesn’t even pay the cat food. We will see if that changes once my books are published.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
The answer is no. If I wasn’t happy with the book the way it is I wouldn’t call it ‘completed’. My work is completed when I’m satisfied with the book, the characters, the plot and the entire story. How can I expect readers to like it if I don’t fully stand behind my work?
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I definitely did. I realized that my fantasy sometimes runs wild and that I have to be more careful to think about the consequences before writing it down, otherwise it takes me too much time to fix it.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Oh. That’s quite a question. Right now, I would say: Jessica Alba and Matt Bomer. I’d be curious what they would do with my characters.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Start writing your story down. It will never be published as long as it only exists in your head.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for honoring me in taking the time to read what I wrote, no matter if it’s blog posts, social media posts or, I hope later, my books.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Currently I’m busy re-reading a book I haven’t read in quite a while, written by one of my favorite authors: Eric van Lustbader.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
To be honest, no. I learned how to read at the age of four. A lot of time has passed since then. But I remember that reading opened my mind to new worlds. I enjoyed it from day one.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I love to laugh. My Dad had a wonderful humor he shared with me. A good joke, even a practical one makes me laugh, as long as the “victim” is not shamed, hurt, insulted or humiliated in public! That’s unfair, and injustice and shaming drives me up the wall.
As for crying: A happy ending, sad movie, cruelness, that makes me cry – and sneezing.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’d love to meet Ernest Hemingway. He suffered from depression and still could draw unlimited resources out of his misery. He was writing his best work deeply in depression and drunk. I wish I could talk to him, knowing him better.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I’m a Martial Arts expert and occasionally I’m a musician.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
For a long time I enjoyed NCIS, Hawaii 5-0, and Criminal Minds. I also watched Leverage and The Librarians. But right now I don’t have too much time to watch TV, to be honest.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love Steak, Lasagna, Burgers, and fruit salad.
My favoritecolors range on the cold color palette: ocean blue, aqua, sapphire blue, turquoise, emerald green, mint
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I’d record my stories and have them written by someone else, like Barbara Cartland did. Very simple: I cannot imagine a future where I don’t write. It will always be a part of my life.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I figure, I’d try to complete my current book.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
“See you soon”.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My website can be found here: http://www.aurorajeanalexander.com
My blog, ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ is located here: http://aurorajalexander.wordpress.com
Thank you very much for having me as a guest.