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?
Carlie: Helllooooo! I’m Carlie Yates, aka That One Writer Chick. Proud to say I’ve made it to 47. Not sure how, but I’ll take it.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Carlie: Everywhere! Born in Alaska, moved around a bit, settled in Ohio. O-H!!!
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Carlie: Let’s see… I worked in medical over 10 years, most of those as a phlebotomist for the Armed Services Blood Program. Family is so important to me. I have three boys—two on the autism spectrum, and one drummer/gamer. They keep me sane. The best way I can describe them is they make life so colourful and help me see the world with absolute joy. And me… well, I am a road trip junkie. Give me loud music and the open road and that’s my own personal heaven. I also tend to curse like a teamster, which is a step beyond sailor. Oops.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Carlie: My debut novel, Entitled, is coming out on May 4th! This is the first book in the Entangled series. I’m learning those ropes and doing this my way, and I am incredibly honoured to be able to share this with the world. Side note: I love how this document is correcting my U.S. spelling. It’s fanfuckingtabulous!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Carlie: It was when I was in the 5th grade. I’d read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and the end had me sobbing uncontrollably, so I decided I’d write my own Outsiders story. It was the most natural thing in the world to come up with other characters and my own plot and just keep it going. (Found out later, as in MUCH, that’s called fanfiction, and at the time was not what most fifth graders did.) This is when I started being known as “that one writer chick.” That was fairly awesome, and a title I wore with pride even around those who didn’t get it. Honestly, most people don’t “get” the mind of a writer. Sometimes I don’t, either, and it’s my mind.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Carlie:Hmmmmmm… I mean, honestly? That fifth-grade fanfiction. Inside The Outsiders because I thought I was witty like that. I even had my teacher read it, and I told her someday I was going to write my own story and it would be published. Look at me now, Mrs. Doblar!!
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Carlie: Not counting that fanfiction because WOW am I happy it doesn’t exist anymore… I have several manuscripts that are done, awaiting gutting and revising. This novel, Entitled, actually began as a series of “one-shots,” or little snippets of this girl Catherine, and how horridly she acted towards everyone. I was doing these as a writing exercise to become comfortable with writing in third person, as first-person present tense is really my wheelhouse. Then,I had to come up with the perfect ‘foil’ for her. (For me, it’s characters first, THEN the story comes because I know the character so well.) Here was this character, Brody Harris, who I’d had tucked away, not finding the right novel to place him in. When I pitted him up against Catherine, I knew. I knew I had found that magic combination, and so those one-shots became a novel that challenged me in so many wonderful, exasperating ways.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Carlie: I actually had wanted to name the book Untitled, but apparently that’s frowned upon. So, I asked my Visions girls (those who read the story as it unfolded) andEntitled was suggested. I loved it, and it fits so well.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Carlie: Honestly, my wheelhouse, where I am the most comfortable is first person present tense. The possibilities are endless, and the myriad of feelings and inner thoughts flow from me like water. With this particular book, writing in third person was a challenge to me. I write character-driven stories, and it’s my goal to have the reader feel, be it anger, joy, grief, sadness, pain. If I can’t feel it, the reader won’t. It can be challenging to go down that rabbit hole when the character you’re writing is evoking painful emotions.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Carlie: It’s realistic to the point where these situations actually exist, and teenagers are (and have always been) going through these experiences. The book comes with a content warning that it deals with emotionally sensitive subjects and situations. We always say that our stories are works of fiction, and this is, truly; but I have been in similar situations, although not as a spoiled, entitled brat. The majority of this book, though, is knowing the characters well enough to evoke the right response from them and follow the story from there.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Carlie: If I say yes, does that mean I get a road trip out of it? No, I haven’t travelled with the specific purpose of crafting a novel. I would, though, in a heartbeat.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Carlie: Cody Bailey designed this cover for me. He’s a graphics guru by day and a technical engineer by night. I absolutely LOVE his work!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Carlie: Be yourself. Set your boundaries. Use your voice. To hell with what everyone else thinks.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Carlie: I’m loving Amber Haehnel’sThe Expedition. It’s a personal development book that I know now I have needed for a long while. I love being introduced to new authors and their works. My favourite writer is Tammara Webber. I loved her head-on tackle of important issues in her book Easy. What really got me hooked, though, was her first series, Between the Lines. She has such a distinctive voice for each character that I didn’t have to see that heading at the beginning of the chapter to know which one it was. Does that make sense? She has a distinctive voice for EVERY character.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Carlie: I have two. I have the book club that I’m a member of, affectionately known as Food, food, FOOD, & Books. When they agreed to read my book (in an ARC capacity) and I received such honest and inspiring feedback, I knew. Secondly, there’s my mentorship group. Magical Mentorship, class of 2019. They knew I had a dream. They added the question “by when?” Without them, this book would still be sitting in a “someday” pile.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Carlie: I have enough material, although it’s all rough and needs a LOT of polish. Um… Do I see it as a career? Absolutely. Do I do it for the money? No. If I did, if the almighty dollar is what it was all about, I’d find something else to do. It would mean my love of writing is gone.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Carlie: I’d publish it sooner. That’s the only thing I would change.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Carlie: Show, don’t tell. I actually learned that in a writing class of Katrina Kittle’s, and I was able to apply it here.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Carlie: You know… I would like to see who the readers would see as Catherine and Brody. Seriously, without me putting anything other than words before them. Honestly, that’s so intriguing to me, how the reader sees the characters and the setting.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Carlie:Write, loves. WRITE! If you’re on your first draft, fuck perfection. Get it done. Gut it later. Just WRITE.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Carlie: Thank you from the bottom of my blackened soul… er, heart… from the bottom of my heart.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Carlie: I’m a several-books-at-once girl. I have Amber Haehnel’sThe Expedition for personal development, George R.R. Martin’s Clash of Kings because I’m engrossed in the story, and I’m getting ready to start Blind Vision by Karen Fritz. If a book comes highly recommended to me, I’m going to read it.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Carlie: No, I don’t. I wasn’t even in kindergarten and knew how to read. I was so bored in school until everyone else caught up.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Carlie: I’ve been accused of laughing at my readers crying over a scene in my writing. I swear it’s not true. I only pat myself on the back. Just kidding. Maybe. No, seriously, I’m a mom of boys. My sense of humour resembles that of a 12-year-old, and I’m not the least bit sorry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Carlie: S.E. Hinton. I just want to tell her thank you. Her characters and her stories inspire me to this day.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Carlie: Living off the tears of my readers. Kidding! Ish. Um… I’m a road trip junkie. I love music and thunderstorms, and I sleep best when either one or the other is in the background. I have candles and crystals all through my house. Nice aesthetic, plus those crystals are something of complete wonder, how our earth creates such beautiful things.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Carlie:Game of Thrones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lucifer, and 24. Movies… Harry Potter, all of them. Most of the Star Wars franchise. 13 Going on 30. 200 Cigarettes.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Carlie: Any food my middle boy makes is amazing. The cooking gene skipped me completely. Colours… the colours of fluorite. They’re absolutely stunning. I love almost all genres of music from classical to the Sex Pistols. Favourites are Pearl Jam, Brad, Ryan Adams, Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, The Beatles, Lady Gaga, and Queen.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Carlie: Travel. Visit friends and family. See mountains and oceans and the northern lights. LIVE.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Carlie: With my kids, celebrating the life we’ve had together.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Carlie: Goth Kids Pose Here
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Carlie: Yes, I do! www.thatonewriterchick.comis where they can find links to buy books, read my blog, sign up for updates (and, when the time comes, exclusive content). For a limited time, there will be a Matchbook price on Amazon, where anyone who buys a physical copy of the book can get the Kindle version for $1.99
My Amazon Authors page is www.amazon.com/author/carlieyates
My Goodreads profile is www.goodreads.com/thatonewriterchickakacarlie
Links for my books are:
E-book (all available stores can be reached here)
Physical book is at Amazon only