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?
Harlow Brown and I am 36
Fiona: Where are you from?
A small town in rural Arkansas USA
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I met my soulmate in high school when I was 15. We have been together ever since. I can not imagine my life without him. We have two kids Rylee 13 and Gunner 10.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just released my second novel, Rumor’s Fury. It is a standalone but it makes more sense if you read Charlie’s Whiskey first because of the things that happen.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing about 4 (ish) years ago. I had a personal situation that I lived through that caused me RAGE. Like, I honestly wanted to murder the guy that I had the encounter with. However, he had died a couple years prior. So, no worries of actually going to prison for murder. But I had fallen in love with Fifty Shades of Grey (thanks to Charlie Hunnam) and Son’s of Anarchy (again, thanks to Charlie Hunnam). I thought, ‘Hey, they get away with murdering people in this show. People don’t screw with the Son’s and survive.’ So, I combined my love of SOA and my newfound love of romance novels and used it to unleash my inner rage. And besides, I couldn’t actually commit cold blooded murder in real life, and in fiction, there is zero chance of being charged with premeditated murder. I found seeking fictious revenge is worth it.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I published my first book, Charlie’s Whiskey.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Charlie is the heroine. Whiskey is the hero. Charlie needs that someone in her life. So Whiskey became hers…Charlie’s Whiskey.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Style…eh not so much. Genre, it’s totally hard to write romance. There are so many of us. It’s hard to write something and not have people say things like “well author XYZ wrote something similar to that first. So she must have copied her idea.” Even though that isn’t the case. So it is tough.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
So, Charlie plays women’s league softball. I grew up on a ball field and my daughter plays too. That is something I know. Certain aspects of Charlie’s trauma were inspired by things that happened to me in real life, however, weren’t identical. As much as I would like to say that MC life is something I know, it isn’t. That aspect came from research and imagination.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t have to. I choose to. I travel to all sorts of places to different book signings to mingle and bounce ideas off of my favorite authors. And also, to get fresh ideas that might hit me when I am out of my normal element.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Judi Perkins with CLD
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Oh, hell yes. The message is that there is always hope. You are in control of your life and if it is crappy then the power is all yours to change it, all you have to do is believe in yourself. And the message of revenge is so sweet is also in there.
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?
New…no. Having a favorite author is like having a favorite child. I don’t have one. My list (off the top of my head) is Tara Sivec, Kristy Bromberg, E.L. James, Tillie Cole, Kathleen Kelly, MariaLisaDemora, S E Hall.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Kathleen Kelly. She has been one of my biggest influences.
Harlow Brown author page amazon.com/author/dontlookbackauthor2017