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?
Hi, I’m Dee Stewart and I’m 57 years young.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in Michigan, raised until the age of ten in Kansas and California and then we moved to Tampa, Florida. My father was in the Airforce.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am a teacher with a BA in English Education. I’ve been teaching for 36 years. I am a wife and a mother. My son teaches art at a local high school and just recently got married on March 16. I am a middle child, the only girl between two boys exactly three years older and younger. I love cats and the soap opera The Young and the Restless.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I have my fourth novel Stone’s Choice releasing on April 2 and the fifth and final book in the series Killer’s Choice will be coming out on May 28. I also have a novella Conner that I’m publishing as well. It’s very exciting.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing when I was thirteen. I loved to read; and as a huge fan of Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mysteries, I just decided to start writing my own teen mysteries. Later, writing became an escape for me.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I actually finished my first romance novel when I was a senior in high school.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I got hooked on historical romances by Kathleen Woodiwiss, Laurie McBain, Shirlee Busbee, Valerie Sherwood, Rosemary Rogers, Aola Vandergriff, and later Judith McNaught.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Logan’s Choice. I came up with the title character’s name first. Then the rest of the title came from the plot. I had to give him a choice. If he wants to be CEO of Collins Industries, he has to marry Joshua Collins’ granddaughter Chelsea and live with her for a year. After that, he gets her shares in the company and the position he believes is rightfully his.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I craft my plots by the seat of my pants! I let my characters take the story where they will, which can be uncertain at times. I think the greatest challenge in writing romance is keeping the story fresh and exciting.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The only realistic aspect of Logan’s Choice is the setting. The Palm is a real restaurant in Denver and so is its revitalized LoDodistrict at the time I wrote the novel in 2005, but other places were a figment of my imagination like Highway 10, for example, and the Grand. West Bend is completely fictional.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, I don’t have to travel.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Trevor Barlow, a photographer and graphic designer I teach with.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Never give up on true love!
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?
Susan Stoker, Gracie Wilson, Lexi Post, just to name a few. Honestly, I have a lot of favorite authors, but Dean Koontz tops the list. The insight into humanity that he shows in his novels is what keeps me reading his books. I’ve read them all. His Odd Thomas series is my favorite. His style is phenomenal, deftly combining narration and description, and his characters are unforgettable.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My best friend, colleague and fellow indie author MJ Nightingale. She is the first person I ever allowed to read my books.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
My career is teaching. Writing is my passion, although I am passionate about both.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would rewrite the scene in which my hero’s memory returns. He doesn’t take what he remembers very well, and the fact that the woman he loves lied to him about it infuriates him. At that point…well, you’ll have to read it to find out what he does!
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes. I love adverbs and adjectives too much!
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Kit Harrison would make a perfect Logan Sherwood!
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Find your voice and your particular style. Be passionate about your craft and work at it.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Dean Koontz’s The Forbidden Door
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Yes. It was a Nancy Drew mystery. The Bungalow Mystery
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Funny jokes, movies, and sometimes my students! Sad movies make me cry and my family in pain.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Shakespeare. I would love to have a conversation with him about Hamlet.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Reading books and watching movies
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Crime dramas like Criminal Minds, Law and Order: SVU, Rocky movies and the Marvel movies, anything really!
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Pizza and grilled steak. Favoritecolor is emerald. Music – oldies from the 60s-80s.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would be a famous singer. All of my heroines in my Choice series can sing and play the piano.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I would spend the time with my family in an exotic location somewhere.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Here lies Dee Stewart. Beloved Wife, Mother, Teacher and Author
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
No, but I’m on Instagram and Twitter and I have an author page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authordeestewart
All my books can be found on my series page https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NQLJR2K
For Stone’s Choice releasing April 2 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NKW1LNR
Here is the link to my Amazon author page amazon.com/author/deestewartauthor