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! My name is Zarkia. I’m 27 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from Fort Lauderdale, Florida but I was born in Germany. Military brat!
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’m a mother of two beautiful daughters, ages 7 and 2. I’m also in my last semester of undergrad, studying to be a Special Education Teacher. My hope is to teach at the high school level upon completion.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest release, V-19 A Boss Valentine in Miami, hit number one on the best sellers list.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Initially, I began writing in elementary school. I used to really enjoy writing when it came time to write five paragraph essays. I remember my fourth grade teacher read one of my stories to the entire class, I was so embarrassed but she told me she loved my writing since it was very descriptive and well organized for my age. Eventually I stopped writing as I got older, due to lack of family support. I started writing again last summer 2018, after a friend of mine submitted my story to my publisher without me knowing.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Honestly, when I completed my very first series Tangled Webs: Love, Lust and Diamonds, I felt like I was a writer. I received so many compliments on that series, a lot of people were surprised at my writing with that series being my first.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I began writing my first book in May 2017. At that time, I felt the need to write but I was never sure that I could actually go through with it or that the stories would actually go anywhere. My first book sat on my laptop with about three thousand words for over a year.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It was a combination of people that came together. We bounced ideas off of one another and came up with the title.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I feel I don’t have a set writing style. Since I am very new to this industry, I am still learning as much as I can about my own writing. I’ve written stories in first person as well as third person and I thoroughly enjoyed both. The flow of the story is what matters the most to me.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
There isn’t a significant amount my own life experiences in my stories. I believe you would have to really know me and read all of my books, even the ones not published yet, to start to gather what was real life for me and what wasn’t. I like for the events in my story to be somewhat realistic so my readers are able to relate to my characters a lot more.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I think now with technology being right at my fingertips, I don’t have to travel. If I’m unsure of something or need help with coming up with a specific description of a location of my book I can google it.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Currently, my publisher uses a few different cover designers. Sometimes I feel this is best, because every designer is different. One may be able to create the cover you have in your mind exactly the way you want it.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Most of my stories are about love and pursuing love and genuine happiness. My message would be to chase love but ALWAYS take your brain with you. Be smart about what you’re doing and be smart about who you’re hurting in your own journey to finding you.
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?
Yes, there are a few new authors that have grabbed my attention instantly. M. Keyes, Shania B., Ms. Street Cred, Glitz, and Monica Walters. My favorite writer is actually my publisher Twyla T. She can write the real urban fiction books and give the readers a true love story. I like that she doesn’t put herself in a box and she thoroughly enjoys writing.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Her name is Kinisha Larry. She’s actually the person that submitted my story to my publisher without me knowing. She called me one day, I believe it was July 22, 2018, and told me that she had done something but she wasn’t sure how I would react. I was extremely nervous! I honestly wouldn’t have submitted the story on my own, just because I never felt like it was good enough. Even when I read back through it now, there are so many things I would change with my first series. I’m so glad that she did submit it though, all of this would not have been possible without her.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Unfortunately, not a full-time career in the near future for me. My passion for education outweighs my passion for writing, so I know that is not something I will walk away from anytime soon. That may change after twenty or so years but right now, I don’t see it as being a full-time career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
My latest release was a Valentine’s Day novella, I wouldn’t change anything about that one. I wanted to give my readers versatility and a real love story.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
YES! Stop being so hard on myself. My worst habit is doubting my work, there was one of my releases that I wanted pulled from Amazon because I was so unsure about it. My publisher told me multiple times that it was fine and that my readers would enjoy it. I just have to put my own doubts to rest.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Thinking about my first series, Tangled Webs: Love, Lust, and Diamonds, I’d want Yaya DaCosta as the lead female actress.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep writing! Even if you feel like you’re doubting yourself or you are unsure of your work, write. Be open to feedback, both positive and negative. Always be willing to learn.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I want to say THANK YOU to my readers! I appreciate them so much for taking a chance with me and my work. I came into this industry with so many fears but the readers have helped me overcome a lot of those fears.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Right now, I’m reading two books. Fiction: Lil Mama 2 by Ms. Street Cred. Nonfiction: The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not the very first. But I do remember the very first “Adult” urban fiction book I read was The Other Woman by Eric Jerome Dickey. I got in so much trouble for reading that one!!
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I’m usually an extremely goofy person! I laugh a lot, it’s good for the soul! I’m also extremely sensitive LOL so I cry a lot too.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
One person I would love to meet is Nako. Her writing is so diverse and she’s a very humble person. I follow her on social media and when she does post, it’s usually very inspirational.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Most of my free time is spent with my family. We do family outings every weekend with our girls.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Any show that comes on Investigation Discovery and The First 48.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My favorite food is pasta. Favorite color is blue and my favorite artist right now is H.E.R.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I would spend my last 24 hours with my family. My boyfriend and kids. Take the girls out to do something they love and spend time at home.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
“No regrets, just lessons.”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My website is https://www.authorzarkia.com/ . I believe when I complete school this semester I will get into blogging.
Amazon authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Zarkia/e/B07JVXPG3X/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1549823398&sr=1-2-ent