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?
Hello all. My name is Angela Crook in 3 months I will be joining the 50-year-old club, I’m excited to say.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m originally from Cleveland, Ohio but spent many of my summers in the hottest part of the south, for many reasons, Selma Alabama.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’m a single mom, of two beautiful sons Curtis and Ryan, and two fur babies Dash and Caesar, an Air Force vet, with a love a traveling and trying out new cities to live in. I currently live in beautiful Shaker Hts., OH, but I’ve lived in the Selma Al, the UK, Colorado Springs, Yonkers, NY, and Charlotte NC.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I am proud to announce the release of my 2nd novel Chasing Navah, a follow-up to my 1st novel, Fat Chance, is available for pre-order on Amazon, with a release date of February 12th.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing around 2002. I have always loved books and am a proud bookworm, but never considered the idea of writing, until I was going through an exceptionally rough time with my eldest son, who has severe disabilities, and an especially painful break-up, of what I now know was an inconsequential relationship. I just sat down and started writing, thus Bebe, her sister Maria, and their sister-friend Navah, was born. I started sending out the pages of what I was writing to a group of friends and family, their passion for the story, kept pushing me forward and before I knew it, I had a book.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
February 21, 2016, when I held my first book in my hands.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Despair at the time. Writing that book, and the response from what I affectionately call my guinea pig group, was something completely new for me and once I started, I never wanted to stop.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My original title was Fat Girl, but it never felt quite right, because while my main character was struggling with issues with her weight, this book was about so much more, mainly about her taking a chance. Thus, with a lot of back and forth with my fabulous writing group, the Literary Llamas, and my guinea pig group, Fat Chance was born. The new book Chasing Navah came about in much the same way. I always knew I wanted Navah to be featured in the title, but Chasing Navah just described where she was in her life at that time, chasing after her own life, even while the past was busy chasing her down.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’m an organic writer, which means, I plan nothing. Sometimes my story materializes fully formed where I know basically the whole thing at once and other times, I just have a general idea. Either way, I sit down at my computer and write what comes out. It’s like a ladder. One sentence forms the next then the next and on it goes. The challenge of this style is sometimes I can lose a detail that I’ll find I need later. Like, “how old was that child supposed to be?”
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The best thing about my books is the relatability factor. I’ve never spoken to anyone who has read it who has not said, “I’m Maria,” or “I’m Bebe,” or whoever. When Fat Chance came my sisters spent a great deal of time casting themselves as one of my characters and trying to decide what incidences I was referring to. The beauty is, most of us have experienced something close to these situations, because love and friendship is universal as well as struggle.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I tend to use my home town and places I’ve been as backdrop for my novels. It would hard for me to write about an unfamiliar place.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Both of my covers I used freelance artist from the website Fiverr and they were both amazing.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Love and family, both blood and the ones you choose is the thing that makes life worth living.
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 went to Killer Nashville for the first time back 2014 and met mystery writer extraordinaire Catriona McPherson, along with some other really fabulous writers. Recently, she saw I was having a horrible day, and she sent me a book named Hollywood Homicide by a new writer that she thought I would enjoy, named Kellye Garrett. She was right. I was an immediate fan and was happy to have found her right when she was releasing her second book, Hollywood Ending, also a stellar read. My favorite writer, since I read Thinner back in 1988, is the master Stephen King. His ability to build characters that you either come to love or hate, but never forget is the best in the business.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
The 1st entity that supported my commitment to becoming a published writer would have to be my writing group the Literary Llamas, they have been there from word one pushing me when I wanted to quit, demanding my best, and never giving up on their belief in me. Secondly, I would have to say Clay Stafford and the whole Killer Nashville family. I have met and made so many writer friends and supporters through this group it’s impossible to measure the affect just attending has had on my writing.
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?
No, I’m in the honeymoon, it’s perfect stage.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, the beginning of my next book.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Taraji P Henson
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Get a writers group that you can trust to tell you the truth and who’s writing you respect. And, figure out the best path to publication for you. We no longer live in a one size fits all world. You have choices.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for giving my book your time and attention.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Deserve to Die by Lisa Jackson
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not the title, but it was a Harlequin Romance
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Genuine acts of kindness and the Good Doctor, every week!
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Tupac Shakur. I would tell that brother, “you’re a genius stop wasting your time with all the foolishness. Your community needs you.” And Michelle Obama, she’s a goddess.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
The Good Doctor and Criminal Minds.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Cheese and pizza. Pink and coral. I love music, any kind of music, just as long as it’s grooving. (In my O’Jays voice) Seriously next to writing, music is my thing, that’s why all of my books have a strong soundtrack to them Drake, Hunter Hayes, Sade, Linkin Park, Nas, Frankie Beverly and Maze, the list goes on and on.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I suppose I’d be worm food then.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Drive, with my stereo blasting, snacks, kids, and pets beside me.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She gave as good as she got.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My website is https://sites.google.com/view/chasingnavah/home
My blog is https://navah74.blogspot.com/
Amazon Authors Page USA https://www.amazon.com/Angela-Crook/e/B071RG7XMY/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1548660829&sr=1-2-ent