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?
Marilyn Lakewood. I’m young enough to have fun and old enough not to tell my age.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’ve lived all over the Northwest U.S. Washington State is my home.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Some college, studying assorted subjects. History was a favorite. I’m married to a wonderful man, and we share our home with an adorable boxer dog. I love dogs—most critters actually, and readers will probably notice that in my books. I write under a pen name because not everyone understands about smexy romance novels.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
A new book!
Hard Limits, the 4th in Hot Alpha Billionaire series, is on pre-order now and will be released on March 1.http://mybook.to/hardlimits
Hard Limit’s is about a dominant and physician who was introduced in the first book, Hard Wear. I’m so happy that Rand has his own story now.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
About nine years ago, a western and a pirate story, both still unpolished and unpublished. Then ideas for Hard Wear began drifting through my brain. It took a while longer before I actually sat down and started putting the book together. Now there’s four books in the series.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I still don’tthink of myself as afulltime writer, but seeing my books on Amazon, and all the positive support of readers and friends helps me believe I’m actually doing this.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Ideas for my first full-length book,
Hard Wear, came while camping by a lake in the mountains one summer. My hubby and I stoppedto pick up a couple of things at acountry hardware store in the small town near the lake—and that’s where the story clicked together for me.The title of the book and the fictional town of Laketon were inspired by that summer.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write steamy,erotic romance, so my goal and challenge is to blend explicit sensuality with an interesting plot. Sex and a story.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My stories are fiction—pure fiction—but like all writers, my imagination is sparked by sights and sounds in the worldaround me.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
The settings of my stories are usually in the western U.S., places I’m familiar with. Someday, I’d love to travel to distant lands… Europe, New Zealand, and some warm tropical islands would top my list.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
My books are for reading pleasure and entertainment—amini vacation for the mind, like watching an adventure or romantic movie. One element readers might notice is that the dogs in my stories, like the ones in my life, are loved and treated well.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
So many fantastic new authors! This is a great time to be a romance reader! I have hundreds of books on my e-reader and TBR list.One of my recent favorite reads was Her Cherry by Penelope Bloom. And Christie Adams’ new book Charity’s Heart, a military suspense romance, is on pre-order.
Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I can’t choose just one. There are manytalented authors—in all sorts of romance genres—on my reading list. Penelope Bloom, Christie Adams, Becca Jameson, Elizabeth Safleur, Rachel De Lune, Suzanne Brockman, Joey Hill, Annabel Joseph, Patricia A. Knight, Cherise Sinclair… to name just some of my favorites. One of my very first favoritesuspense-romance authors is Linda Howard. Her storiesgot me addicted to the genre twenty years ago, and I read her books today.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Patricia A Knight, an amazing author and editor, first inspired me to get my stories off a flashdrive and out into the world. Hugs to you, PAK!
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Every book is an adventure. I always learn something writing them. In the last one, Hard Limits, I did research on emergency medical treatments because the hero is an MD, and of course there’s trouble where his skills are needed.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
The hero in Hard Limits is part Native American, so maybe someone who lookslike Jay Travare. <swoon>But my books are pretty steamy, so some of the sex scenes would likely be trimmed!
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Sitting and writing isn’t the healthiest thing for us—the sitting anyway—so take care of yourself. Exercise, eat lots of vegies and fruits, and protect your eyes from UV and blue light as much as possible. Take breaks, get fresh air, hug your spouse, loved ones, dog, cat…Hugs are nice.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you! Thank you for reading my books, loving my heroes, and for the sweet reviews. You all rock.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not exactly, but it was probably an animal story. Black Beauty, perhaps.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Kindness makes me smile. Cruelty makes me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’d love to meet Linda Howard. And if I was lucky, we’d go out for coffee and talk about her writing adventures.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Writing takes most of my time, but I have a guitar and play a few songs.I love to walk in the country, snowshoe in the winter, and I love to sing.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
So many! Mostly romance and adventure movies, usually ones with hunky heroes. ;)Some of my classic favorites are Star Wars, Star Trek, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World, Prince of Persia, This Means War, Indiana Jones, Bourne movies, Thor movies, Day After Tomorrow, Dante’s Peak (which was filmed in the Northwest.) I don’t watch a lot of primetime TV, but a couple of TV series I’ve recently discovered on Amazon video and Netflix are Grimm and The Arrow. I don’t like the violence, but they’re creative, total fantasy, and sometimes romantic, so those elements are fun. Did I mention hunky heroes?
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Dark chocolate, blue, and all sorts of music… classical, hard rock, pop, country rock.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I think if my stories weren’t published, I’d probably still writethem.It’s hard to imagine not writing. But then again, there are many wonderful things to do in this life. I want to travel. That’s on my list.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Just as I am. To me, every day is a special and something to cherish.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Kindness and love are the greatest gifts.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
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Thank you, Ms Fiona, for this fun interview on your blog. I really enjoyed it.