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?
I’m Rachel. I’m a 31 year old author writing as RS McCoy
Fiona: Where are you from?
I grew up in Austin, TX but my military husband brings us to all parts of the country. Currently we are located in Baltimore.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I have a bachelor’s in marine biology, I teach science full time, and I’m a busy wife and boy mom.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I made the USA Today bestseller list! It’s one of those things I never thought would really happen to ME. It feels really crazy to add those letters to my titles.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started about five years ago after a cancer diagnosis. I just needed some place to vent my emotions and think about something productive. I never thought it would get to be a major part of my life, but here we are!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think after my first book had been out a while? Bloggers were reaching out asking for the next one and I had to decide if I was going to continue writing or if it was a one-and-done. I made the decision to keep going!
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I really love world cultures, and I felt that South American influences were lacking from my reading list. I decided to create a culture based on South American and Polynesian tribes, and then built characters that could explore it. I had such a fun time building it all!
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I called it Sparks after the powers the characters have.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Oh gosh, it’s so hard to describe something about yourself! I write really in-depth characters and worlds, and I think that contributes a lot to my writing style. I work in a lot of description so readers can see and feel the world around them.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
None! I wanted to create something that was pure fantasy. That said, my first book is really dark because I was in a dark place when writing it. That’s the only piece I couldn’t escape.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Only in my mind!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My amazing cover designer Kit Foster. He makes the most beautiful covers!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
All my books include an element of categorization, secluding people into groups based on a skill or look or history, and all my books feature characters that were incorrectly identified that help dissolve the categories that define them. I love when people embrace their differences and live their best lives!
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?
Oh gosh, you can’t ask a reader this! I always have a place in my heart for books by Maggie Stiefvater, Sarah J Maas, and Marissa Meyer, but my most recent obsession is VE/Victoria Schwab. Everything she writes is so damn good!
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Bloggers! I’m so lucky to have so many amazing bloggers and readers in my corner, sharing my works, and giving me the motivation to keep writing every day.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes! I’m not there yet, but it’s definitely in my future!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not a chance. I love every word!
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Guarding Reese was my first book that features a main character in the LGBT community. All my books feature LGBT characters, but never as a main character before. It was really fun diving into some of the nuances of a male-male relationship.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Is it cliché to say Chris Hemsworth?
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Do it because you love it! You have to be the first one to love your story, so make sure you’re happy first and foremost.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, and it’s a mind-blower for sure. Every word is so delicious and exact and the story is out of the world!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Cordoroy’s New Pants?
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Fail videos make me laugh and soldiers returning home make me cry!
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Rosalind Franklin. She helped discover DNA but died of cancer before she could realize her contribution. I’d love to know how she’d take the news that she really changed science forever.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Reading! But I also love movies and go to the theaters all the time, as well as binge watching shows with my husband. My boys are also big into baseball so we spend a lot of times at little league and professional games.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Anything that leaves me guessing. I hate predictable!
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Vodka, dark chocolate, and alt rock all the way.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would still teach! I love lovelove getting to know students and making a difference in the community. It’s absolutely the most fun ever!
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She lived her best life!
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes! My author website is www.rsmccoyauthor.com
Amazon Authors Page USA https://www.amazon.com/RS-McCoy/e/B00H6JRD4Y/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1