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?
Hi, Fiona, thank you for having me here today. I’m Marianne Maguire and a lady never spills the secret of her age.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live on an acreage outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e.: your education, family life, etc.).
My Mister and I have been together for over 25 years. We have two wonderful fur-kids, Rupert and Winston, and dozens of wild critters we like to care for on our country property. I have worn many career hats as a chef, restaurant owner, dog trainer, master groomer, business owner, and of course, author.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
This year I released my 4th book, Blessed, an Amazon best seller, in my Legacy Series.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
My years in the bar industry allowed me to people watch and I saw some real characters, it always made me think that one day I’d write about them and my time in the clubs. I’ve always loved telling stories as well as reading them, my favourite being paranormal. It made sense to combine what I loved with my experiences and that’s where my first book came from. To me, writing was cathartic. It was my coping mechanism and helped me heal from the loss of my loved ones. Through writing I was able to create my new normal and grow as a person, and now, it’s just another part of me.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Finish penning my first book made me a writer. Publishing my first book made me an author.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
It wasn’t a what, but a who that inspired me to write. My parents were my inspiration, my Mister was my courage.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Born is about a girl who discovers she’s someone else, something else. A Queen of all the supernatural. Throughout the series, we get to see her build her confidence as she builds her Kingdom. She is born, not only into this new Otherworld, but also, into who she is, a strong and powerful woman.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I do tend to write first person stories in present tense. That is how I like the books I read to be written. As for challenges, I like to put those on myself. For instance, my 4th book was the first time I wrote in a male POV. My series a good mix of genres, paranormal is the main one but there are also, rockstars, bikers, angels, demons, vampires, werewolves, witches, gods, Celtic and Norse mythologies. I also like to mix the sexual relationships, from reverse harem to ménage and everything in between, with heavy BDMS sprinkled throughout. I like to think I have something for everyone. Yet, I also know some may not like want I write at all, and that’s perfectly alright, too.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Well, I write paranormal so obviously, that’s real. Ha! In all seriousness, of course there is some of my own experience in my books, but this is fiction so I get to embellish a lot.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
To craft a book, I merely must travel down the hall to my office and escape inside my head.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I hope, either through my book characters or my own personal story, that women feel empowered. That they will love themselves, and never give up on being whoever or whatever they want to be. And, that they continue to build each other up, and support one another.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
There are so many new to me authors out there, but I always go back to my favourites like J.R. Ward. For me, it’s the world building, and as much details in the story to paint a picture in my head, that’s what keeps me coming back for more.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Friends, they are probably just as, if not more important than family for support.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
It is what I do.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not at all! The story that came out was what needed to be told, warts, flaws and all.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learn new things with each book I write, from the act itself, to the world I created. The day I stop learning means I lost interest and I should probably stop writing, but today is not that day.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
For the book I’m currently writing, my lead character is inspired by Josh Mario John, a Canadian fitness model.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write! Write every day, whether you feel like it or not. The only way to get good at something is to practise so just keep writing.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
From the bottom of my big mushy heart, thank you!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am so far behind on my reading that my TBR pile has taken on a life of its own… I am currently reading a couple of books at once to play catch-up. 1) The Beast by J.R. Ward 2) The Goddess by M.A. Abraham
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
It had pictures! I’m too old to remember that far back.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I would rather laugh than cry any day, and I don’t tend to cry easily or often anyway. However, my fur-kids make me laugh every single day and I love that the most!
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Anyone from history. I am super fascinated with history in England, Ireland, Norway, Scotland so to go back in time and learn how history was shaped from Kings, Queens and warriors of the time would be amazing.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I groom, board and train dogs. I take care of all the gardening on our property, all 27 beds. I also facilitate a bereavement group, once a week, in town.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I watch world building TV series like Game of Thrones and Walking Dead.
Fiona: Favourite foods, colours, music?
Chocolate, black, and Nickelback
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
That’s easy, I sold my property and bought an RV. Now, I’m exploring North and South America on my retirement adventure.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Such morbid questions, sheesh! I would just live as happy as possible and share this day with my Mister.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
It was a grand adventure, this thing called life.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Amazon authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Marianne-Maguire/e/B00KDM1HOS/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1541414009&sr=1-2-ent