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 I am Arica Quinn and I am 49 years old. I write under the pen name AriQui.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in Inkster, Michigan. I currently live in Denver, CO
Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e., your education, family life, etc.).
I graduated from Platte College in Denver with an A.A Degree in Computer Graphic Design for Print. I have worked as a Pre-school teacher for more than 20 years. I have two children, both boys ages 25 and 13. I am also a grandmother of 2, my granddaughter is 4 and my grandson is 1.5 years old.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just released my 8th book entitled He Broke My Heart I Broke His Wallet. I am currently working on book number 9 and 10 to be released this month entitled Sex, Lies and Social Media: Base Doona True Story and The Love of a Real Hitta & Her Thug a Detroit Tale. My goal is to complete 2 of my book series Just Talk to Me and Beauty and the Streets. I will be releasing three standalones as well.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have been a writer all my life, writing poetry form a young age. However writing and being a published author happened in 2014. It was not something I thought I would be doing but when God tells you to do something, well you do it. Even though it took me three years to actually begin, because I didn’t believe in myself that I could. However, ever since then I absolutely love to.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I considered myself a writer the day I held my very first book in my hands.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Past relationship failures and failed relationships of my friends both male and female.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The book Just Talk to Me, I actually did not come up with until after I had completed writing the book. Since the book deals with communication in relationships or the lack there of it felt right.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I would have to say that when I write it is to share a lesson, or open the reader’s eyes to possibilitiesthey may not have otherwise considered. I am very eclectic in my writing. I do not just write in one genre. Urban fiction so far has been the most challenging, but it gets more comfortable with each book.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Just Talk To Me, Beauty and The Streets A Twisted Sisters Tale and Sex Lies and Social Media are all based on real life situations and events either of myself or someone else.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No traveling is required other than in my mind.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The Amazing Michael Horne of Yunique Graphix
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My significant other Ronald Sampson has pushed me since the day we meet. He is my sounding board when I get frustrated. He is also is my springboard when I need to bounce ideas, plots, twist or titles.
The other person has been my best friend Sefen Sevante. He was the one who keep me on track and didn’t let me give up when I wrote my very first book. Now here I am 8 books later and working on my 9th.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would love too. If I could write full time and live well, not having to work another job, not be in another career I most definite would.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would have expounded on Raelyn’s relationship with Snow more.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, I really worked diligently on correcting grammatical errors.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Raelyn: Scarlett Johansson
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write because it is your passion. This is not a get rich quick or even get notice quick industry. It is a daily grind. If you are not writing because it is your passion you will burn out quickly ad throw in the towel.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I know that many readers have their favourite authors, just like having your favourite foods when you go to a certain restaurant. Just remember every now and then its ok and a good thing to wet your appetites with something new. You never know it may be just what you need to complement what you already have.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Re-reading Milk In My Coffee by Eric Jerome Dickie
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Death of Salesman
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Maya Angelo, Josephine Baker, Michelle Obama and Cecile Tyson. These women have inspired me to be than just average. To be the Queen that is inside me and to never settle for mediocrity because I am worth more than that.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
CSI, Criminal Minds, Law and Order SVU, Marvel Movies and Movies produced by my culture.
Fiona: Favourite foods, colours, music?
Music: Old School from Cab Calloway to the 1970’s
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Open my own Food Truck and 24 hour Child care
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With My Family and it didn’t matter what we did, I would just want to be with them.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She did what she set out to do and did it with class
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.co.uk/Arica-Quinn/e/B010TS48GO/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1549649002&sr=1-2-ent