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, my name is Sheryl Green. I am 38 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m originally from New York, now living in Las Vegas.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I earned my Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice… but I’ve never really used it. Unless you count writing 2 mystery novels.
I have amazing parents who support everything I do, and a Beagle/Lab mix named Akasha. She’s my daughter, my best friend, and my secretary. She also wins Employee of the Month every month.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Well, I’ve got a third book coming out this month called Book Writing for Busy People. It’s designed to help business owners and entrepreneurs write a book quickly and easily to position themselves as experts in their field.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I moved to Vegas after a painful end to my marriage. I took a bunch of classes at the Community College, one of which was writing. The class was wonderful and I began writing as a therapeutic tool. Thankfully, it turned out that I was pretty good at it and people wanted to read what I’d written.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
It’s funny, I remember a friend encouraging me to introduce myself as a writer years ago and I just couldn’t do it. I think it was the day that I started writing for businesses and getting paid for my work that I was finally able to claim that identity.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
At the same time that I took that class, I was also seeing a therapist. She would share more information with me than with her other clients because of my background in psychology. One day she told me that I had the upbringing that breeds schizophrenia. I decided to play around with that concept and write a novel about two characters with painful childhoods. However, one had a saving grace in her life whereas the other did not. One became a detective, and the other a serial killer. I never published the book, but I’ve had so many people want to read it, that it’s on my list to be released this year.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It’s called The Diary Killer and I based it off the antagonist’s modus operandi (leaving pages from a diary in the victim’s mouths).
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I am extremely conversational when I write non-fiction. I don’t think it’s a challenge, but rather a strength. The biggest issue I had with fiction was that I was constantly voicing the main character’s inner thoughts… sometimes a bit too much.
Most of my challenge comes from marketing. I need help in that area.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
A lot of the book was about me. Not necessarily 100% true to life, but the emotional truth was there. The characters were also based off people I knew. Then I got creative.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I haven’t had to yet but I’d definitely be up for it. I travel to speak and I sell my non-fiction books there, so I guess the answer would be yes.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Oh the covers… that has been a struggle. I don’t have a cover yet for The Diary Killer, but finding a graphic designer to work with on the non-fiction books has been a challenge. I hired someone to do one of my client’s covers (I do ghostwriting and publishing as well) and he did a wonderful job. I’m going to have him redo one of my old book covers and I’ll relaunch it next year.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Hmmm. It’s been a long time since I read it. Probably that with the right people in our lives, we can overcome any circumstance. I guess it was actually my first self-help book.
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 read mostly non-fiction these days as I build my speaking business. I love Jen Sincero because we have a very similar voice and her content is in line with what I teach. As for non-fiction, I think JD Robb is probably my favorite author. Her books are entertaining, easy to read, and quick. Honestly, that’s what I strive for in my non-fiction as well.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Wow, so many. I have amazing friends and mentors (not to mention my fabulous critique partners over the years). I guess I’d have to say that Richard Warren, the president (at the time) of the Las Vegas Writer’s Group was probably my biggest cheerleader. He’s the one that encouraged me to join Toastmasters and that sent me down an entirely different life path.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do. I actually just realized a few days ago that I’m making a living as a writer. Granted, it’s not all my own work. I do a lot of content writing for businesses and do the ghostwriting, but I’m still paying my bills from writing.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I don’t think so. I’m happy with how the book turned out. Since it’s non-fiction, I can always release a second edition if I want to add more information.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Just how quickly I can write when I put my mind to it! I wrote this book in two weeks. I put everything else aside and just dove in.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I’m going to jump back to The Diary Killer to answer that one. Since the lead is pretty much me… I’d have to go with Anne Hathaway.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Put on your earmuffs. Not to stay warm, just to ignore the naysayers. People are going to tell you that you’re crazy, that you are wasting your time, that you don’t have a message or a story to share with the world. Put on your earmuffs. They say these things because they aren’t brave enough to follow their dreams. Don’t let them spoil yours.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
That I hope my books help them. That they aren’t alone in this life. And that you should spay and neuter your pets. (I do animal rescue. It’s a huge part of my life.)
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m rereading Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh. I want to refer to it in a storytelling workshop I’m teaching for business owners.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Whoah. I don’t unfortunately. What I do remember is being grounded with no television in the 3rd grade. It forced me to read and I’m grateful for it. Pizza Hut used to have a program called Book It where you got free personal pizzas after you read a certain number of books. I ate A LOT of pizza that year.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Does dancing in the supermarket count? I just love being around fun, positive people. My dog’s antics crack me up all the time. I love how she’ll be sleeping, wake up, realize her bone is in the room, and then pounce on it.
I cry a lot (seriously, like all the time). I’m very sensitive and I feel like you have to release some tears every few hours to keep the body salts in balance. (Nope, totally not true, but I’m running with it.)
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Jim Henson is my number one pick. The Muppets and Fraggle Rock were a huge influence in my life and the more I learn about Henson, the more respect I have for him. He was inspiring, creative, happy, and an all -around impressive guy. If you have the power to bring people back from the dead, please give him my number.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
This past year, I’ve become a gym rat. I love feeling strong and capable, and lifting heavy things takes away some stress. I also hike because I love spending time out in nature. I do yoga, and I spend a great deal of time doing animal rescue. I’m the Director of Communications and Cuddling for Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas so I rarely shut up about animals.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love comedies, romantic comedies, action and adventure. I absolutely love heist movies like The Italian Job and Ocean’s Eleven. And for some reason, I don’t like sports, but I do enjoy sports movies. The Replacements is one of my all-time favorites.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Pasta, broccoli, and raspberries (not together).
My favorite color is red and I joke that my brand colors are red and pet fur.
I used to listen to really heavy, angry music. Then I was introduced to Nahko and Medicine for the People. It’s this combination of folk, reggae, and about 10 other styles. They are super motivational, and I feel like they changed the course of my life. Now I love bands like Satsang, Michael Franti, and Wookiefoot. But I’ll never turn down a Nine Inch Nails concert.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I don’t think that’s possible. I will always write and speak and do animal rescue.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my family, cuddling my dog, and eating brownies. Preferably all while staring at the ocean.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Sheryl lived, laughed, and saved a ton of animals.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Director of Communications and Cuddling for Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas
Storytelling Expert and Keynote Speaker at Sheryl Green Speaks
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