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 S.E.Isaac. I am 34 years old…no. wait. 35! I think I am starting to go back down in count with each birthday I have. (HA) 😊
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was a military brat. I was born in El Paso, Texas. Then lived in Germany for six years. Then Missouri (Most of you will probably have to Google that state). Then I joined the Army. Ended up back in Texas. The Army gave me roundtrip tickets to Iraq and Afghanistan. Then Hawaii and now I am in Las Vegas. I guess you can say I am just from Earth. I think that would be a lot easier to explain.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I never know what to truly say when asked about myself. I am just a down to Earth person, who loves to enjoy life. I have three sons. One of who will be graduating Basic Training from the Army. I am so excited to go see him in 2 weeks. My two younger sons live with me. One is thirteen and is special needs. He has autism, mood disorder, and monitored for auditory Schizophrenia. He is also going through puberty. Needless to say, he keeps me on my toes. Our family has had its ups and downs. My younger son is eight. He is my go-getter, sporty, friendly, Jim Carey child. I have a fiancé, we are practically married. He is from Samoa.
Wow. I talk more than I thought about myself. Sorry.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I am currently working on one of my books in my series Fates Intertwined. The book is titled “Enchantress’ Tale”. I can’t wait to finish it.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Honestly, I started writing when I was around eight. I suffer from severe depression and around eight years old is when it started getting bad. Writing was my way of keeping the demons away. It was my outlet from the world. My escape.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think everyone is a writer in some form. When my poetry and short stories started getting noticed by my teachers and other adults is when I had the satisfaction of being a writer. It was nice to feel like my writing could be appreciated by others.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Ah. My first book. Well. (clears throat) My first book is an erotic. Fifty Shades of Gray had came out. I had read all three of the books, and thought to myself, “I wonder if I can write a naughty book?” So that’s what I did. I grabbed my pen and paper and started writing Country Fever.
I have always liked to challenge myself.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Country Fever earned its name by having the main character heading into the country to handle some family affairs. While she is there, things heat up for her with the town’s sheriff. From there the name jumped out at me.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I tend to write in first person point of view. It is my preference. However, other authors have challenged me to write in third person. It was honestly challenging the first time. I hated it. It felt weird writing from a ‘looking in’ perspective. I had done it in the past with poetry and short stories, but never anything over 1,000 words.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I can honestly say that there are parts of me in each of my books. Even my paranormal romance books, the female character usually has something similar to my personality or life experience. It feels easier to write that way. But ofcourse it is always easier to write what you know.
I try to not write about other people in my books, even if the character isn’t 100% identical, unless I ask them first. With Country Fever and its Part II book, Hot Springs, I had an ex-boyfriend going around telling everyone that the sheriff was him. (raises eyebrow.) I was flattered that he read my books, but the character was not based off of him. That is one thing bad about being an author, sometimes a reader you know, can see the character as being them.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No. Traveling has never been part of my writing process. Although, it would be fun to travel and get inspiration.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I have had different cover artists. Dark Waters Cover Premades has created a few. Also, Evanlea Publishing & Designs has created some as well.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
A message in my novel that I want readers to grasp? That’s a good question. I just want a reader to read my books and be able to escape from reality. Even if it is just for a little while.
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 tend to go for Indie Authors.
Ginger Elinburg, Josette Reuel, and Edward Blackwood have grasped my interest. They each bring something different to the writing world. Their writing styles and genres are all different.
My favorite author would have to be Maya Angelou. There is such passion in her work.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Outside of family, my friends were huge supporters of keeping me moving forward with being a published author. They have been very supportive through all of this.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Writing is my career. I devote myself to it.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
My latest book was in a dual-story book called 12 Days to Find a Mate (Mystic Harmony Book 1). I feel that my story turned out nicely. Readers so far have given me positive feedback; however, if there ends up being a reader who notices something the others haven’t then I would definitely go back and make some changes, if need be.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned a lot about Alaska and cruises. That’s what the story revolves around. I had no clue about either, so I had to do a ton of research, so I wouldn’t butcher anything.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
With my last book, I would love to have Emma Stone play Samantha.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
I am still learning this but try to not compare your work to other writers. It is very tough to not do this. You must put blinders on yourself and move forward. Your writing is your writing. Write for you. Don’t write to be like others.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for all of your support and feedback. You help me grow as an author. I truly appreciate you all.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished reading Always Girl by Ginger Elinburg. I recommend grabbing a copy.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Milk and Cookies by Frank Asch.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
It depends on the day of the week and my mood. Sometimes the silliest things make me laugh or cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet Maya Angelou. She was an inspiration to my poetry. She gave me the passion to pass through to my words.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy playing soccer with my eight year old. I grew up playing soccer and miss it. So it’s nice that he took after me and LOVES soccer.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Don’t laugh, but I really don’t watch much American tv. I am big on Chinese, Taiwanese and Korean soap operas and movies. Grant it, I have to use closed captioning, but I still love to watch them.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Pizza, Pink, Classical Music
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would love to do anything that helps give back to society.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Hmm…that’s a lot of pressure. (ha) I would just spend that time with my family. Friends too, if they made their way to me in Vegas.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Mom, I am coming back to haunt you.
I told you to cremate me.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Thank you so much, Fiona, for taking the time to ask me questions. You are super sweet. I look forward to working with you again in the future.