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?
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in Lorain, Ohio. A small city just outside of Cleveland. I would say that I grew up, however, on a small island in Lake Erie called Kelley’s Island. It’s an itty-bitty little thing covered in woods and old houses. Tons of trees to climb, places to explore, and animals to play with.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Well, I am weird. So, there’s that. Honestly, I’m a bit all over the place. I have been to every state in the continental US. I’ve lived in 6 of them. I have managed jewellery stores (I’m a certified gemmologist and diamondologist), I worked in law enforcement guarding the President of Iceland and US dignitaries, seriously, I’m all over the place.
I’m very close with my in-laws and my amazing wife. They have really adopted me into their craziness and I love it.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Well, I recently released Arija and the Burning City. It’s the third book in the Hall of Doors universe. I’m particularly excited about it because I managed to push my characters to their breaking points and possibly altered their relationship FOREVER!(Curious? Check them out, yo!)
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
As a kid, I was always really good at lying. So, I figured one day that I would use my powers for good instead of evil… Just kidding. My grandmother was a huge part of my growing up and she taught English. So, books were a plenty and I always wanted to be part of that.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Honestly, I barely consider myself that now. Hahaha. I’m super critical of myself and still struggle with it.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was told that I would never finish a book.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I have no idea. Titles are so fun to come up with and they just jump at me sometimes.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
My style is a little self-aware. I tend to write almost in a conversational manner and sometimes my characters are well-aware they are in a book.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My booksare extremely realistic in that all the basic science in my Steampunk/Sci-fi mix is actually sound scientifically and the technology is possibly. That’s my little fun with it. Many of the characters are based in part off of people in my life so that adds a little realism as well.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Oh gosh! I don’t even want to move when I write. I want to be lost in my mind.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Molly Phipps and she’s amazing
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Never be scared of an adventure or becoming who you want to be. Sometimes people do strange/wrong things for a good reason. But don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself. Be your truest you.
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?
A young lady named Alex Clark. She is a fantastic author and is only 15. I think she’ll be skyrocketing in the world of authorship.
My favorite author would have to be Tolkien. The Hobbit is the best book EVER.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Author Martina McAtee. She has supported me since I was a baby writer.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. If you don’t see it as a career, you won’t grow as a business.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would have made it longer. More horror to it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Usually I learn at least something. Steeping a lot of the stories in science fiction, I always try to keep the science true. That involves me going out and either hitting the inter webs, or asking my wife (she’s a chemist). In this book, though, I learned how fragile two of my characters are without each other. They were ripped apart and separately put through their own hell, and I thought they would have handled it better.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Adal- Rome Flynn
Arija- Shay Mitchell
Ypsilon- Marie Avgeropoulos
Kip- Cameron Monoghan (when he was a kid)
Maza- Jordan Calloway
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Never stop. No matter how hard it gets or how much you doubt, don’t stop.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Right now, I’m beta reading for two authors who have secret projects coming out.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The first book I read that I can remember is called Twenty Thousand Baseball Cards Under The Sea.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet Pauly Shore. I’ve been a fan of his since I was a dumb teenager and I feel like I owe it to younger me.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Yes, I collect watches.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Lately I’ve been into Lucifer. But in general, I prefer horror or crime shows.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Tacos, Greens and Purples, Classic rock.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
In my past life I was in law enforcement. It’s something I really miss so if I wasn’t writing I would probably do something in that field.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
You would think that I would try to run around and do all the things I could possibly cram into that time, but I honestly think that I would just stop and appreciate all the things around me.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
His last words were “Watch This Shit.”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes, you can find all of my books, newsletter and all the good stuff at www.zachchop.com
Zach is a USA Today bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction. He is a bow tie wearing, formal vest rocking, pocket watch using, sarcastic monster of a writer and spends his days trying not to kill himself with lethal levels of caffeine. Currently residing in Orlando, Florida, he can be found working, writing and procrastinating.
Zach is the author of the Hall of Doors Series, a cross worlds adventure with snarky yet loveable characters and the Gabrielle series, a young adult fantasy with a paranormal-historical-time traveling twist (try saying that five times fast).
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The Hall of Doors Series
If you like action packed science fiction and fantasy stories with snarky characters and a hint of romance, you’ll LOVE the Hall of Doors series.
The Gabrielle Series
What If You Woke Up In Someone Else’s Life?
When Gabrielle moves to the small town of Envisage, she finds herself drawn to a hidden antique shop and its mysterious owner. A strange gift sends Gabrielle back in time, placing her in the middle of an epic battle between good and evil, where she’s unraveling history’s darkest secrets.
But when demons appear, can Gabrielle fight to keep her dream adventure or will her life become a living nightmare.
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