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?
Thanks for having me. I’m Renee Harless and I’m 34.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Renee, her husband, and children live in Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She studied Communication, specifically Public Relations, at Radford University.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’ve recently released an enemies to lovers office romance titled, Screw You.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Growing up, Renee always found a way to pursue her creativity. It began by watching endless runs of White Christmas- yes even in the summer – and learning every word and dance from the movie. She could still sing “Sister Sister” if requested. In high school she joined the show choir and a community theatre group, The Troubadours. After marrying the man of her dreams and moving from her hometown she sought out a different artistic outlet – writing. I penned my first novel in 2012, but didn’t publish until 2015.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
In the fifth grade I wrote in a fictional journal constantly. That’s when I knew it was something I was passionate about.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I read Twilight and caught the fever.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My first book was originally titled Stone Shattered. It followed the breaking of a woman’s heart by the protagonist Alex Stone.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I constantly want to throw in a suspenseful plot twist, but it’s not always necessary in every book. It is a challenge sometimes to tone down that dark part of my style.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I attempt to steer clear of realistic plots, but I do draw character behaviors and quirks from people I’ve met or spoken to.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t! Surprisingly I do my best work when I’m sitting in bed.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Porcelain Paper Designs.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I usually have two. 1) That appearances aren’t always as they seem. 2) Never underestimate someone’s strength. I make it a point to always portray my female characters as strong self-reliant women.
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 don’t get a chance to read as often as I’d like, but I am always drawn to Kathleen Brooks. She is one of my few one-click authors. The way she can spin a tale into multiple books and series always amazes me.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
The director and my costar of the theater company I was a part of were the first people to read my novel. They have been behind me since day one.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
That is my ultimate goal. It’s a challenging and filled with rough terrain but I’m up for it.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not a thing. I knew that people would love it or hate it. And so far the feedback has been positive!
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
That I work much better when it’s a story that comes out of nowhere. I never planned the book. It came to me one day and I wrote it down as quickly as possible.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I could see someone like Nick Bateman playing the lead character Zack.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
That I do it all for them. They are the reason I continue to put pen to paper, so to speak.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m re-reading R.L. Mathewson’s Neighbor from Hell series.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I’m not sure if it’s a specific thing. I can cry at a commercial and laugh out loud at a random thought in my head.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Walt Disney – he is an icon and a true tale of never giving up on your dreams.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I do graphic design on the side and theater is still something I’m passionate about.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I watch a lot of YouTube and HGTV.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food: Kraft Mac and Chees
Music: Hard rock
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I have a full time job in the pharmacy field, I’d most likely continue that.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my family at Disney World.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She Learned. She Loved. She Lived.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Amazon authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Renee-Harless/e/B00VAHGAWE