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?
Melanie Moreland and old enough to know betterJ
Fiona: Where are you from?
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I live a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with my beloved husband of twenty-nine-plus years. Nothing means more to me than my friends and family, and I cherishes every moment spent with them. I am also the proud mistress to a fluffy, rescue cat, Amber.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I have teamed up with ReadMeRomanceand will be featured on the season two podcast. I am also finishing up a surprise release that I hope to unwrap for my readers this holiday season.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always loved to write. Stories always filled my head, but I kept them to myself. I started being active in the online short story communities. I met a lot of wonderful, supportive people as both a reader and a beta. With their encouragement, I decided to try writing myself. The rest, as they say, is history.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve been publishing stories in various venues for awhile now. I guess that would be when I hit publish with my debut novel, Into The Storm.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
One particular friend encouraged me to share with others. When I wrote Into the Storm, I dedicated it to her because of her belief in my abilities to tell a story.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It simply came to me. It was a book that dealt with a woman on the run in the winter, and it suited the storyline.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I usually dive in and start with an idea. The story grows and changes as I get to know the characters more. I have written outlines, and I will refer to them, especially when I hit the wall, but most of the time it is me and the characters learning as we go together.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
All the characters in my books are based on people who have impacted my life profoundly or on the fringes. Often there are scenes that I will derive from a real life experience or one told to me.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No. They are all based in Canada.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My graphic designer is Melissa Ringuette, Monark Design Services. She has designed 7 of the 10 books I’ve written as a solo artist.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That love exists in many different forms. Whether it be the ‘one’, friends, family, it’s all about loving and loving hard.
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?
Lauren Blakely, JR Ward, Carrie Elks, just to name a few—all very different authors, but I love them. I have others, but the list would take a while. LOL
I’m a mood reader. I bounce around genres sometimes.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I didn’t even tell my family I had published a book. My husband, Matthew, was and is my biggest supporter.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I gave up my full time job to do this full time. Haven’t looked back since.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. Once the story is told, it is exactly as I intended.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learn something new each book. Sometimes phrasing, sometimes plot development. It’s always a lesson.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Depends on the book.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Find people you trust and get them to be honest about your work. Otherwise you’ll never be happy with the final outcome. Don’t be disappointed if they have any constructive criticism, but allow what they say to marinate. Don’t react right away. Allow it to process to help strengthen your story.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
That I am grateful for their support and the fact that they choose to read my work.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Genealogy by Mae Wood. It is a novel based on real love letters set in WWI. It’s a dual timeline romance. It’s truly a beautiful story.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I think books I read in my earlier life that inspired my love of reading, and then writing stick out in my mind the most. Little Women, The Anne of Green Gable books, The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings series. I often reread all those.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Usually the simple beauty and power of words.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I admire so many authors out there today. Especially ones that are willing to take a risk to do something a bit new or stretch their imagination. I really love authors who create a big huge world like JR Ward did for Black Dagger Brotherhood series. However, if I could peek into one in particular is would be Lawrence Sanders. He can capture myfocus in one page, and I’ve re-read every book he has written many times over.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Cooking. I love to cook and bake. There is something about feeding people and making them happy that feeds my soul. My PA requests payment in cookies so there is lots of baking and shipping of care packages. My other downtime vice is music. I can’t tell you how much money iTunes has received from me. Both music and cooking is something I share with my husband. He’s my biggest supporterand fan, so any time away from the writing, he is a part of my activities.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t watch a lot of TV. Cooking shows mostly.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Any kind of music. Various blues are my favoritecolor. Food – potatoes – any way. Love them.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With Matthew, holding hands talking about our life together.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She was here. She laughed. She loved. She tried.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Facebook Author Page: http://bit.ly/2wlWE1z
Melanie’s Minions (reader group) http://bit.ly/2wOwbdJ
United By Romance Goodreads Group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/751726-united-by-romance