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’m Christine Zolendz, and let’s just say I’m in my early forties.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Born and raised in New York City, USA.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’m a mom of two daughters, Hailey 12 and Emily 8. I’ve been married for 15 years to a NYC Detective, who I’ve known since we were kids. My education hmmm, well, I started with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the best art school in NYC, School of Visual Arts. Then I got my Masters Degree in Education and then when I was just about to get my Phd, I kind of just stopped. I was a public school teacher for 15 years and when I had Emily I decided teaching wasn’t my dream so while I was out on maternity leave I wrote my first and published book.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Monday, October 29 I published my 13th novel, the first book in a new paranormal series called Ravenswood.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing when I was on maternity leave for my youngest daughter, because it was my dream to always write and illustrate books that inspire people.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I was in third grade and I wrote a poem about my grandmother’s hands. My teacher went crazy for it and I just knew I was a writer right then and there.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Everyone who had ever read my writing and told me I should do something with it.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
With my first book I think I had the title before anything else. It was a book about fallen angels and Fall From Grace was perfect for it, and I named the main character Grace.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write the way I want to read things. I use my senses when I write so people can create a mind movie of where they are and what they’re seeing. It’s sometimes challenging describing places I have never been, but I luckily have a very intense imagination that helps me.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
All my books have parts of my life inside them, even the paranormal ones. I write strong characters that are full of emotion like me. And I always add things and people I see in my daily life, I can’t help it.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Not at all.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Sarah at Okay Creations designed my Mad World Series, and I designed the rest of my covers. Designing covers is one of my favourite things to do actually.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In all my books my messages are be strong, be fearless, and believe in yourself and in love.
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 hate this question, lol, there are too many. I love all writers, because it takes guts to put your soul on paper for the world to read. It’s intimate and personal and I love each person who shares themselves with others this way.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My mother is my biggest supporter. She reads every one of my books before I publish them. Then comes my husband, who has been my rock through everything.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
It’s my fulltime job. After my maternity leave I decided to resign from teaching and try writing as my only career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, with Ravenswood I found out I could mix a little bit of horror in with romance.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I honestly have no idea!
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Never quit on yourself or your dreams.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I love them and appreciate how much they all have supported my books through the years.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m not reading anything right now, I’ve been getting ready for my latest release and haven’t had time. But when Ravenswood is out in the world and people are reading it I have a mile high to be read list I’m excited to tackle.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
A poetry book by Edgar Allan Poe.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I laugh and cry at just about everything. I’m a natural prankster so I’m always cracking jokes and being weird, but I’m also an emotional mess and cry at silly Hallmark commercials.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Sylvia Plath, because I would love to understand her better, her poetry and her novel The Bell Jar have stuck with me for years.
Edgar Allan Poe because as I child I was obsessed with his words, and still am.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Reading and drawing.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love the Walking Dead, Younger, and This is Us.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My favourite food is pizza, though I don’t eat it very often. My favourite colors are gray, black, and antique purple. My music taste varies, I love heavy metal and rock bands, but you could also find me listening to Pink and Lady Gaga.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would be a graphic designer or go back to teaching elementary school.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my family, making sure they knew I loved them.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Onto her next chapter…
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
(There you could download some free stuff)
Amazon Author Page: https://amzn.to/2Q1wd8U
Latest Release: Ravenswood Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2EO8Dvl