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 Fiona. My name is Yvonne Glasgow, formerly Stegall (you can find my out-of-print works under both my maiden name and my former married name). Sometimes I am Yvonne Wicks, but I didn’t officially take my new husband’s last name. I am 44 going on 35 (I believe that the reason I don’t look my age is that I don’t act my age).
Fiona: Where are you from?
Yvonne: I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and that’s where I live now. I wasn’t raised here, but that time in between no longer matters to me. While my address is Grand Rapids, I actually live where our city water and sewage is paid to Wyoming, and our post office serves Kentwood. I like when things come in threes, so it seems fitting.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Yvonne: I earned my Doctor of Divinity in Spiritual Counseling last year. Before that, I got my Ph.D. in Holistic Life Coaching through the same school, the University of Metaphysical Sciences. With my degrees, I launched a “craft” business last year, The Art Of Dreams And Divination. I make dream catchers, do dream interpretation, make handmade divination tools, publish guidebooks on the use of those tools, and I even do spiritual readings.
I got remarried last year to an amazing man (he’s also a great musician). Dale Wicks has been the person I needed to push me to work toward my goals. He’s always by my side, whether I succeed or fail. We have no children, but we do have a white lop-eared rabbit named Anyanka.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Yvonne: I just self-published a new children’s picture book. It’s the only one I have in print, and it’s a return to the life of Frankie the Firefly. I also have a poetry book (No Longer Fighting With Myself) and a short story horror/science fiction book (Possessive Repose). My first divination book so far is The Art Of Throwing Bones (which is only available directly, including Etsy, or through Lulu.com).
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Yvonne: I’ve been writing since I learned how. However, I didn’t get serious about writing until around 2000. There are many reasons why I love writing. It’s a way to escape reality, a way to battle your demons, a way to help and entertain others, and it’s a way to make a living.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Yvonne: I’m not a traditionalist when it comes to calling yourself a writer. I feel like I’ve always been a writer. I didn’t start calling myself a professional writer until I switched to full-time “career” writing in October of 2010. I am more “strict” when it comes to the word author. Unless you have a book published, you’re not really an author. If you have one written, you’re a writer. You become an author once you’re published (and self-publishing counts).
Fiona: What inspired you to write your current book?
Yvonne: My most recent published book, Following Frankie The Firefly, is a throwback to the first book I ever had published. Frankie The Firefly Belongs was published through Publish America, and when they went out of business, my rights to my book went with them. I changed the story, gave Frankie a new look, and brought him back to life – better than ever.
I don’t know that I’ll continue doing children’s picture books in the future, but I felt like Frankie needed a ressurection, and I am thrilled with the results of the book itself.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Yvonne: The story is about following Frankie The Firefly through one of his adventures. He wants to find some new friends to hang out with because the other young fireflies don’t like adventure.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Yvonne: I design all of my own covers. 90% of the time I use my own art or photos, though they are often altered. I have started using some royalty free stuff, but so far only for my throwing bones guidebook.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yvonne: There’s always some sort of message in my works. Following Frankie The Firefly is telling kids that it’s OK to be yourself and to enjoy life, and maybe your experiences and adventure will inspire others.
No Longer Fighting With Myself is a poetry collection that starts out looking at some of the negative aspects of life; like loss of love, abuse, death, friendship breakups, and more. Then it switches into a more positive atmosphere with motivational and upbeat poems that show the reader that even when you’ve been through all of that dark stuff, there is still a light at the end of the tunnel.
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?
Yvonne: I actually have a few friends that are authors that have impressed me with their works.
Ryan Lieske’s first horror novel, Fiction, is a frightening tale that does more than scare you – it makes you think (which could be scary too, for some people.
My friends Jen Chichester and Amanda Zylstra are both prolific poets (as am I) with a lot of amazing things to say in their works. Chichester is great with rhymes and poems that are more full of imagery, and Zylstra’s poetry avoids the scheme of rhyme and talks about real life.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yvonne: Writing is definitely my career. I work full-time from home as a professional writer. I just left the SEO content firm landscape earlier this year and joined the team at LifeSavvy, a new site from the people at HowToGeek. Not only that, but I still do some ghostwriting and reviews here and there.
I’d love to boost my authorship and see that more as a career as well. Right now, however, I am content with the way things are between my business as a writer, my craft business, and my hobby of authoring books.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Yvonne: Not at all. In a sense, it is already a change from the original Frankie The Firefly story. The moral is different, but some of the aspects of the story still touch base on Frankie’s adventures in the original book.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yvonne: I feel like I did this time around. I tried something new; I sent a digital copy of the manuscript to a couple of friends with children and had them read the first draft to, or with, their kids. The feedback was good, motivational, and not what I expected. I ended up, with their help, rewriting the entire thing. It took me months, but what came out is amazing (or, I’d like to think so anyway). I learned that, while feedback can be difficult to take sometimes, getting the opinion of others on your words is important and sometimes extremely beneficial. I don’t have children, so what do I really know about what kids like to read? I just wanted to tell them this need story that makes me smile.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Yvonne: Make friends with other writers. Get in good with someone that knows how to edit. Try new things; never stick to one genre, or you’ll never grow as a writer. And never stop writing unless you’re serious about giving up.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Yvonne: Reviews are important! You don’t have to write an entire paragraph; a couple of sentences will do. Get on Amazon and Goodreads and write reviews of ALL of the books you read. You’ll make an author’s day!
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Yvonne: Somehow my hobbies always turn into more. Writing and publishing books is my biggest hobby right now. Just over a year ago I started making dream catchers, and it’s blown up into a small craft business that has expanded quickly into more than dream catchers.
I love arts and crafts. I also enjoy getting outdoors and hiking (or just walking). Fitness is a hobby, but one I should be more serious about. I am also a thrift store addict.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Yvonne: I watch a little bit of everything. I love horror films the most, as well as horror TV. I’m obsessed with true crime. And, anything with witches and/or vampires will usually catch my attention.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Yvonne: I don’t want to. Writing is my life. It pays my bills. It’s my therapy. I think if I could no longer write I would wither away and die. I know it’s dramatic, but this has been my life for almost 10 years now.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live, how would you spend that time?
Yvonne: I would spend that time saying goodbye and thank you to all of the people in my life. I would fit everyone in the state of Michigan into about the first fourth of that time, then travel with my husband to Indianapolis to see my sister and niece. I would make sure that all of the people that have made a difference in my life knew their impact.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Yvonne: Dreamer. Author. Loving Wife.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yvonne: The best places to find me, and the stuff I do, are the following:
You can find links to my social media profiles and my Etsy shop through one or more of those links.