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?
Everyone knows me by my pen name T.N. Lowe, but my first name is Tonya. As of November, I am 35 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
My dad was active duty military,so I don’t have a “home” per se. I was born in the Netherlands, grew up in Missouri, lived in Italy, Wyoming, and Colorado.Currently, I live in Texas.
Fiona: A little about your self(ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I live in Bedford, Texas with my husband and two dogs, Angel and Patches. I have an Associate’s degree in Medical Assisting and X-Ray Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m proud to announce the second of the Secret and Lies series.I will release ‘Secret Revenge’on January 7th.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing in elementary school. The school I went to hosted a writing contest for all grades. While I never won,the writing bug bit meand I loved it.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I still have a difficult time thinking of myself as a writer, but it sank in that I am a writer when I published my second book. It is the one I am the proudest of,and it’s my favoriteso far.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was inspired to write my first book because I wasn’t happy in my job and was considering going back to school for a Master degree. One night I was talking to my husband,and he Googled what to do with a degree in psychology, and writing was one options.
I remembered how much joy I got out of writing as a kid and thought why not? I talked to my mom,and her exact words were, “You read enough, why not?” So I wrote Saving Ginny and fell in love with writing again.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Titles are something I struggle with.. I typically have a title picked out before I start writing the story. As I write, I change the title about ten times before I find the perfect title that will draw readers in and hintwhat the book is about.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t have a specific writing style. Typically when I write, I start with an outline,butin the story’s middle, I get a brilliant idea and change the whole story.
The challenge of writing suspense/thrillers is leaving clues for the reader to guess who the killer/murder or badguy is without giving too much away.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My books are one hundred percent fiction. I base some of the towns, stores, and restaurantson places I’ve been. The charactersreflect people I’ve seen while shopping or at the gym.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, I don’t have to travel. I draw from past travels or if it is an area I’m not familiar with I’m able to use the internet or friends to get more information.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My covers are designed by Pro_ebookcovers. I found the company on Fiverr and love the way she can turn my ideas into beautiful book covers.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I don’t intentionally write a message into my novels. Iwould likemy readers to look twice because people are not always who they are on the outside.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favoritewriter, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Every time I go looking for a new book to read on Amazon I find an author that is new to me. The latest one is Sariah Wilson and The Royals of Monterraseries.
I don’t have a favoriteauthor -there are too many good ones to pick just one. Some of myfavoritesare: James Patterson, Nora Roberts, J.S. Scott,and Kennedy Fox to name a few.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
When I started writing for publication, my family and friends were my only supports. Even today they are still my largest support group.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I look at my writing as a hobby rather than a career. A career makes it feelI have to sell books to make a living rather than something I love.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
If I had to do it all over again, I would add more interactions between the two main characters and the people in the town. Iwould also add more misdirection.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
While writing Secret Revenge, I learned so much. I based the bookin Bar Harbor, Maine. A state I’ve never stepped foot in so I took to the internet to learn as much as I could about the state and city. I hope the residents of Maine and Bar Harbor will forgive me if I didn’t do their state/city justice. Then there was tedious research about corporations vs. companies and the presidential candidate process.
Fiona: If your book was madeinto a film, who would you like to play the lead?
If A Secret To Kill For was made into a movie, I would like to see Emma Stone play Erin and Theo James as Landon.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
My best advice for other writers is to write for yourself and to have fun with your writing. Doing something you love should never feel like work.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I want to thank every one of my readers. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for loving my characters as much as I do.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am currently rereading J.S. Scott’s The Billionaire’s Obsession Series: Mine for Tonight, Mine Forever and Mine Completely. I’m almost embarrassed to say I’ve read it about a hundred times, the characters and their love story gets me every time.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I don’t remember the first book I read,but I’m sure it was a Dr.Seuss.My parentsused to read his books to me and my brother every night when we were little.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I’m probably one of the easiest people to make laugh. A cheesyjoke, goofyface, or a witty come back will always make me laugh.
I don’t cry often, but a story of self-sacrifice, finding true love, or homecoming will make me misty-eyed.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm. Like most people I grew up watching Disney movies and fell in love with Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, andRapunzel. When I was older, I read the original stories by The Brothers Grimm and loved the stories even more. I would like to meet the creators of my favorite stories.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
When I’m not working or writing I enjoy reading, spending time with my family, travel, cook or bake, and play with my dogs.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I enjoy watching action/adventure, comedies, mysteries,and romantic comedies. Right now my must-watch TV shows are Lethal Weapon, NCIS,and The Big Bang Theory. My must watch every time they are on TV are The Mummy (1999), Leap Year, Hunger Games and Harry Potter.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My favoritefood used to be pizza, but six years ago I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance so now my favoritefood is gluten-freeshortbread cookies. My favoritecoloris a deep almost navy blue. My favoritemusic is anything with a beat,though I listen to more country and alternative rock than other genres.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
My day job is in public health. If I stop writing I would still work in public health or the health care field.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
If I only had 24 hours, I would want to spend my time with my family.
Fiona: What do you want to be writtenon your head stone?
She came, she saw, she lived.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Amazon Authors page https://www.amazon.com/T.N.-Lowe/e/B079WLQJDL/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Secrets can ruin lives, break bonds, and destroy families.
Some secrets are so important they are worth killing for.
Erin had everything she ever wanted, her dream job as a FBI agent like her father and grandfather, assisting the lead agent in a head line catching serial murder case, and a boyfriend who loves her.
Until she lost everything. The boyfriend, the journalist who she thought loves her, lied on a story causing Erin to lose everything she worked for.
After rebuilding her life in a quaint mountain town in Colorado, Erin learns her family has a dark secret she was never supposed to learn.
The serial murderer she was hunting.
Secret Remorse: Coming January 7, 2019
How well do you know the people in your life? Is everyone as they appear or do they live secret lives?
Lena Miller is about to find out no one in her life is as they appear. Lena was returning to life as she knew it after grieving the loss of her mother. She has a great job at a local resort that she loves most of the time and friends who love and treat her like family. That all changes when the resort is sold and a familiar stranger enters her life; changing everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her friends.