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?
Veronica Scott, over the age of consent and younger than the known universe.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in New York, lived in the Deep South for a few years and have been a California Girl for most of my life.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just released a new science fiction romance in my Badari Warriors series about genetically engineered soldiers of the far future and the human women they love. The new book is KIERCE.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing since I was about seven – I love to tell stories! I’ve been published since 2012, and write scifi romance, ancient Egyptian paranormal romance and a bit of fantasy romance. Lots of action, adventure and romance!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Well, as I mentioned above, I’ve basically always written my novels, but to pay the bills and the mortgage I got a degree in business management and had a long career in business at NASA/Jet Propulsion Lab. I went fulltime as an author in early 2015.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
If we’re not counting the fairy tale I wrote (and illustrated) at the age of seven, my first published book was Priestess of the Nile for Carina Press (a Harlequin imprint). I’ve always loved ancient Egypt and when Carina put out a call for stories set in the ancient world, I had the idea of Sobek the Crocodile God falling in love with one of his priestesses.
My first scifi romance was self-published about two months later and was Wreck of the Nebula Dream, inspired by the Titanic sinking, but set in space, in the far future.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Originally we had a different title but someone else published a novel shortly before mine was due to be released, with the same title, so we switched. I keep the titles short in that series and it’s always (Something) of the Nile. Now I self-publish the books and will have a new Egyptian coming in early May in fact.
For the scifi romance, I was going for something vaguely nautical and catchy.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I don’t think an author can step away from their own life experiences when writing, because they form you as a person, but the books are pure fiction. Lots of imagination! I do a ton of research for the ancient Egyptians, even though they’re paranormal in nature. I like to stay grounded in the actual facts for those. For the scifi romance I may research individual aspects of a plot, which can be anything from brain eating amoebas to how to survive a knife fight.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t travel anywhere except in my own imagination.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona Jayde has done almost all of my covers, except for a few of the ancient Egyptians which were done by Frauke Spanuth at Croco Designs. I love them all!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
If my readers are able to enjoy the action and adventure, and to find the romance satisfying, then I’m content. I write what I enjoy reading, in both genres.
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?
I’m constantly discovering new authors to enjoy, especially in the scifi romance world. My favorite author is Nalini Singh, with her excellent Psy-Changeling series, as well as her other works. She’s my #1 autobuy. And a lovely person. I admire the way she keeps her books fresh and advances the overall series arc through all the novels. For scifi romance I also recommend Anna Hackett, Ruby Dixon, Michelle Diener, Cynthia Sax – depends on what heat level a person is comfortable reading.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Not sure what you have in mind exactly, but obviously since Carina Press published my first ever book, I’d have to mention them with gratitude. I learned so much from working with them, even if I did go the selfpub route thereafter. (Did two books with Carina.)
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Well I do it fulltime and it pays the rent and the bills, so yes LOL. I’m very grateful to have found readers who enjoy my books and keep coming back to read the next one and the next one.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
When I release a book, it’s complete in my mind. I go through a lengthy process of writing a first draft and then polishing it, sending it to my developmental editor, working on revisions, then publishing after a final copy edit. And then I move on to my next book.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I never ‘cast’ my books – I like to let the readers have whatever mental pictures they prefer. And if one of my novels ever did get made into a movie or TV show, I’m sure the producers would find wonderful actors I might not even have ever heard of to embody the characters.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Don’t self-edit as you go! Get the words on the page, daily if possible, and then polish once you have a first draft. First drafts are meant to be ‘ugly’ so avoid crippling perfectionism when trying to get the story out of your head for the initial draft.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for reading my books and going along on the adventures.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m a voracious reader so I basically sit down, read the book in one long sitting and move on. I read all kinds of things, from research tomes on Egypt to Regency to scifi romance. Recently I’ve read Michelle Diener’s Trailblazer, Cynthia Sax’s Choosing Chuckles, Anna Hackett’s Griff, Anne Bishop’s Wild Country….
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I have no idea. Probably a Little Golden Book! I will say I fell in love with ancient Egypt after reading Eloise Jarvis McGraw’s Mara, Daughter of the Nileas a kid. Andre Norton’s Catseye was my first science fiction, which I read at an early age. I also read a lot of Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew and other series.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I like Top Chef and Project Runway. I enjoyed the recent limited series ‘Passage,’ based on Justin Cronin’s excellent trilogy of novels. I’m pretty much up for any science fiction novel or TV show.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Chocolate anything, purple, golden oldies of rock and roll
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Sing with the angels? I’ll always write.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
No idea. I’ll leave that for my daughters to figure out. I have requested that the Beach Boys song “Fun, Fun, Fun” be played at my funeral.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Thanks for having me as your guest today!
Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Veronica-Scott/e/B006CUCJ92/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1