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.

Cindy Freland What is your age? 62

Fiona: Where are you from?

Bowie, Maryland

Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).

I graduated from high school in 1975. I worked for a major health insurance company for 25 years and started my business support company in 1997. 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I just became a grandmother on February 21, 2019.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

 I started writing in 2012 when I wanted to help first-time job hunters.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

 I first considered myself a writer/author when I started writing the children’s Chesapeake Bay Adventure series, in 2013.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

 I was inspired by 14 and 15 year olds who couldn’t find jobs.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The title was just basic for the book about job search.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I always use 16 size font and one that is easy to read. I inspire and educate children about the animals of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. My stories always have elements of kindness, challenge, overcoming obstacles, and even a little danger and fear.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

There are nine books in the Chesapeake Bay series. Most are based on or inspired by true events, for example, my daughter, Andrea, was stung by a jellyfish when she was six years old. That event inspired me to write Jordan the Jellyfish. My daughter, Alyssa, is a grandmother telling the story of the wild ponies in Assateague Island, Maryland, in my story, Paisley the Pony.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

There is no travel required. However, I do enjoy reading online about the animals of whom I write and exploring the areas around the Bay.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

 I have some wonderful illustrators, including Emily Hercock, Jon Munson, Gabby, Hammaker, Elizabeth Bostic, and Javier Duarte.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The Bay stories are mostly about the animals and how to keep them safe. 

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 find most adult stories boring. I would much rather be outside taking in the fresh air and beauty than inside reading about it.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

 I learned about self-publishing with Create Space through my friend, Ash Shukla.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I am retired so I see it as a career now. I don’t expect to make tons of money but I do enjoy speaking about self-publishing, helping others learn about it, and helping children learn about the Bay through school presentations.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

 No, my latest book is Owen the Oriole and it is great the way it is. I had the awesome pleasure of working with my friend, Barbara Rew, as another author for the story.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

My most recent book, Owen the Oriole, required me to learn the habits of the Baltimore Orioles. So I needed to learn about their food and habitat.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

I don’t really know. Owen the Oriole is a shy but very smart bird with a great idea. So I guess he would have to be a young person. 

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

 Start by writing down your story ideas. Use pen and paper or a computer. But keep track of ideas. I have always self-published so I can stay in control. 

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Please pick up your trash and learn all you can about the Bay.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

None

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Little Women

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

 I love watching people. But mostly I love watching children, animals, and the sunshine sparkling on the water. Family separation makes me cry. 

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

I would love to meet Liam Neeson. He is one of my favorite actors and I based one of my paintings on him in Scotland. 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I love painting, kickboxing, dancing, and gardening. 

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

NCIS, Reign, Vikings, Games of Thrones

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

My favorite foods are chocolate and seafood. My favorite color is purple with bright green being a close second. I love music with a good drum beat so I can dance. 

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

If I couldn’t write, I would teach about writing.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

 I would spend those last 24 hours with my daughters and granddaughter.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

There is nothing special about me. So I wouldn’t want to bore anyone with something written. I will be cremated so i don’t take up space intended for animals and trees.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

My website is www.cbaykidsbooks.com .

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