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.
Hey, Fiona, thank you so much for inviting me over to your blog. I’m thrilled to be here! I’m Vanessa Fewings, a British-American romance author.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m originally from a town in Hampshire called Aldershot. Now, I live on the East Coast of the United States. I’ve fallen head over heels in love with America.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
After graduating from college, I went on to study photography in London and had the privilege of working at Great Ormond Street Children’s hospital for a brief time. It was here I was inspired to become a Registered Nurse. I qualified as an RGN and later a Midwife. My passion for travel and adventure led me into the British Armywhere I was commissioned as an officer. My postings included England, Hong Kong, Germany, and Cyprus.
After years of nursing, I transitioned into being a full-time novelist. I live with my wonderful husband and our dog Sherlock, a loveable Foxhound. I spend my days writing, working on what’s next in my publishing schedule, and taking Sherlock to the park.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest novel, Perfume Girl, was released in November. It’s an erotic contemporary romance set in Floridaabout a perfumer whose formula for her masterpiece fragrance is stolen. It’s received a fantastic response, and I hope to share some exciting news about the book soon.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing at a very young age, around nine, I believe. It felt very natural to craft stories and create characters even then. I returned to my love of writing after nursing and have not stopped since.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After I finished my first novel, A Vampire’s Reckoning. The book flowed and was easy to write and I knew then this was what I was meant to be doing.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
As a fan of Anne Rice, I loved reading about her vampires. She created a spellbinding, vivid world with indelible characters that resonated.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Goodness, there’s always so much thought that goes into a title. In the end, I drew the book title from the novel itself. Two vampires war it out for control in this dramatic tale of the underworld.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
It would be challenging to define a specific style of mine. I try to stay true to each story and the characters. If any style is evident, I hope it disappears when the reader opens one of my novels.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The emotions are always intended to be realistic. The scenarios in my books are predominantly created and not experienced personally, though one character who is super popular in the Enthrall Sessions was heavily influenced by someone I know. He has the same dominating manner, the same intelligence. The same wit.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, not really. I’m bringing all my experiences of traveling to distance places with me when I enter the imaginary world.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
A number of artists have been involved in the covers throughout the years. Designing my covers is a real joy, and I love this part of the process. For the Enthrall Sessions, I chose the theme of chandeliers and they suit the series so well. I wanted something sophisticated and alluring. I’m thrilled they bring this and the feedback I have from readers is truly appreciated.
The Icon Trilogy book covers were actually taken from a photo session with two models who posed as Zara and Tobias. They captured the chemistry and drama of the two characters in the series.
The Perfume Girl cover evolved from two hands holding a perfume bottle, to something far sexier. Najla Qamber created what we have today.I couldn’t be more thrilled. The response from my readers about the cover has been wonderful.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Love always finds a way.
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 love so many authors. If I had to choose one who I’m a big fan of it would be J.R. Ward. Her writing is extraordinary. Recently, I had the honour of interviewing her on my Romance Show Podcast. You can listen to it on iTunes.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Writing is really like breathing for me. I don’t like to go a day without placing words on the page, if I can help it. I see it as more than a career. It’s my passion.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
It’s no longer my story. It belongs to the readers now.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned more about the perfume industry. Also, Astor, the hero in the novel, is a big conservationist, so it was a joy to learn more about this important work and the efforts trying to save the planet.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
What a wonderful question! I’d have to leave that to the expert producers and casting agents. However, I know that the trend these days is to include the author in a cameo role. Such an experience would be a true privilege.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Read a lot of different books. Read in and out of your genre. Attend conferences. Just write, and if you are truly an author, it will happen. Trust the process.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I’m incredibly grateful to anyone who picks up one of my books and reads it.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished reading Devil’s Cut, the third book in J.R. Ward’sBourbon Kings series. The other novel I just read that was a 5-star read for me was Absolution, by Ava Harrison.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
One of the first books I read as a teenager was Interview with the Vampire. It left a real impression on me. I believe this was why I chose the paranormal genre when I set out to write my first novel. The idea of a character who has lived hundreds of lives was just so compelling.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Cruelty to animals makes me cry. Seeing others suffering. The tragedies that have unfolded in the California recently were hard to watch. I can’t imagine what it would be like to endure all that pain.
My husband makes me laugh a lot. He is the funniest man I have ever met. He knows how to ease the tension out of a situation. He helps me laugh at myself, which is so important. We laugh most days.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
When I can, I love to enjoy time on the water.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
My husband and I are both big fans of TV shows. I loved watching The Queen on Netflix. Films I’ve really enjoyed recently Bohemian Rhapsodybased on the life of Freddie Mercury and the other members of Queen.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My favourite food is icecream. Though I have given up eating flour and sugar, so I rarely eat it. After this, I adore fruit.
My favourite colour is blue.
I’m a big fan of Sia and Adele.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
To be honest, I hope I will always be able to write.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Eating chocolate, and hanging out with my family, including Sherlock.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events, and special offers?
I’m on Facebook on my fan page. I’m also on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Goodreads.
I’m also the host of The Romance Show, a podcast on Soundcloud and iTunes, and you can listen for free to some of the world’s most well-known and beloved romance authors.
Thank you again for inviting me over, Fiona!
For more on my books visit https://vanessafewings.com/
Amazon Authors page UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vanessa-Fewings/e/B003D0BW92/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1