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?
My name is Zoe Blake and a lady never tells! 😉
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m originally from the East Coast but I now divide my time between Chicago and Grand Rapids, MI.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
In real life aka outside the book world, I am a well-known event planner and restaurant owner. I basically design memories for a living.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I am currently working on a really fun series which will feature strong women who are all criminals. I love it because it is usually the Hero who is on the fringe of society.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
A writing career was not my original plan. I actually only wrote my first book to make a couple extra hundred dollars to buy my husband something special for Christmas. (We had just opened our restaurant and money was tight.) The book took off and soon the publisher was asking for more. My writing career was launched.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Honestly, not until I became an indie author. Up until then, I was just writing quick and dirty stories and sending them off to the publisher. Once I became an indie I began to focus on branding, marketing and series writing.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
To be honest, my inspiration was to write something super kinky that would sell. Sex sells but kinky sex sells even better.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I am a plotter. All of my books start out with a detailed outline. The most challenging aspect of dark romance is to create a dark and dangerous character but still have something about them that is capable of attracting and giving love.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Very little. It is all fantasy. 😉 The closest book to a real experience would be “Worth Fighting For” about dating a Marine. I also dated a Marine officer so certain experiences of my own are related in the story. Oh…and that story also opens with two women breaking into an ex-boyfriend’s apartment…I may or may not have helped a girlfriend to do that…depending on the stature of limitations.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Most of my historical books take place in England, where I lived for several months so I know about the area and London. My other books I do extensive research. I do have a book coming out in late 2019/early 2020 that will require I travel to Romania.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My cover designer for my indie books is the very talented Harper from Dark City Designs. She does great work and it is a lovely collaboration.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Besides embrace the dark and dirty? hahaha
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 mostly read Victorian classics so my favoite authors are the Brontes, Collins, Austen, Wharton, James.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Like most dark romance authors, very few people outside my fabulous group of author friends know I write.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not a thing. I love both of my most recent releases. They are my first attempt and horror and I’m really loving the new genre.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
My latest book, I did quite a bit of research into ancient biblical lore and the early teachings of the Christian faith so it was pretty fascinating.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Tom Ellis from Lucifer.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
If you are writing for your own passion, then write whatever your little heart desires. If you are writing for others to read, as a career or for any kind of success then you have to pay attention to the market. Readers will tell you what they want to read.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I hope you are enjoying my dark and dirty reads and thank you for all the lovely support over the years!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m a big fan of the Victorian classics and historical non-fiction. I just finished reading “Liar, Temptress, Solider, Spy” which is the historical account of four women who went undercover during the Civil War. Next I will be reading “Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief” as research for my new series.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The first full-length book I remember reading was The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois. I was an avid reader even as a child. I remember never liking the short books a teacher would pick for the class book report and always asking to read a longer, more intense novel from the classics. It got to the point where my teachers let me read whatever I wanted independent of the class. I remember all those early books. Hans Brinker, Little Men, Watership Down, A Wrinkle in Time, A Cricket in Times Square.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Chef Hubby makes me laugh…all the time. We are best friends and love joking around.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Catherine the Great. She was a fascinating, powerful and extremely intelligent woman.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Tons. I needlepoint, ride motorcycles, love archery and target shooting. And garage saling….I consider it a hobby. 😉
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Anything Sherlock Holmes based (I’m a huge fan) so Sherlock, House, The Closer, Monk…and anything on the ID Channel.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favorite Food: Champagne, Caviar, Soft Shell Crabs, Filet Mignon
Favorite Color: Purple
Music – I have very eclectic tastes from Classic to Country to Pop.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would go back to event planning which I also love doing.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Sitting in St. James’s Park in London enjoying a great meal with Chef Hubby.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She came. She saw. She conquered.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?