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?
Georgiana: I’m Georgiana Fields and as for my age…I’m 58.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Georgiana: My father was a Marine, so I grew up everywhere. However, I call Jacksonville, N.C., USA and New Bern, N.C. my hometowns. My mother was from New Bern.
Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e., your education, family life, etc.).
Georgiana: As I said, my father was a Marine. My mother was often left alone for months if not years at a time while my father served. He did three tours in Vietnam. Because of her and the other military wives, I grew up witnessing strong women who took care of themselves.
Since my father was in the military, we travelled. As a child, I hated having to move. As an adult, I’m thankful for the experience. In fact, Wyvern House in Crimson Dreams is childhood memory of manor home we toured. I’m not sure if the house was in Scotland or in England, but I can remember the many rooms and the gardens.
In college, I studied Medical Technology. Upon graduating, I went to work for Roche Biomedical as a Toxicologist. After the company closed, I went to work for the American Red Cross and stayed with them until they too closed the testing lab.
My husband and I dated when I was in high school and he in college. He was my brother’s college roommate. We married once I graduated from college and have been married for 37 years. We have two grown sons. One works with the CDC and the other is in IT.
Now retired from the lab, I spend my time writing, gardening, and taking care of my two dogs and two cats.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Georgiana: My book Crimson Dreams is the winner of the 2019 Georgia Independent Author of the Year Award for Romance. This is my first award. And I’m still pinching myself. In honour of my win, Crimson Dreams will be on sale for $0.99 from June 1 to June 8.
Currently, I’m working on my fifth novel in the Crimson Series; the working title is Crimson Haze. I’m also working on a short story for the holiday season.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Georgiana:My mother’s sisters lived in New Bern, N.C. A wonderful town located on the Neuse and Trent rivers. I would enjoy sitting under the table as a child, listening to them talk. Many a summer night they’d tell stories of local legends, i.e., ghost stories. I think I was in the second grade when I started writing down as many of these stories as I could. That began my writing. I alwayswanted to know what happened next. Did the ghost find his head? Did the blue lady find her lover? When my aunts would answer no, I would change the endings of the stories, so they would always have happy endings. I mean the poor people who the stories were about, always met grizzly ends, they needed to have a happy-ever-after somehow.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Georgiana: Not until I sold my first copy of Crimson Dreams. The reason in school, only one teacher ever encouraged me to write, that was Joan Reid. I don’t know whatever happened to her, so Miss. Reid, if you’re reading this…Thank you.
My husband isn’t a reader, but he has supported me throughout my career. And it was he, who first signed me up for Romance Writers of America 24 years ago. I did not believe in myself. But he believed in me.
In college, I had a professor tell me I was the stupidest person he’d ever met and would only amount to be a housewife. (Thirty years later, this same professor brought my third book and loved it.)
I have a wonderful editor, now.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Georgiana: I write to escape. I wrote my first book, Crimson Dreams,in 1996 after the deaths of my father and mother. My dad died on his birthday. I’d just gotten off the phone with him then headed to the store. When my husband and I returned home, my brother was there and informed us dad had died of a heart attack. I lost my mother a year later to breast cancer.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Georgiana: My characters tell me usually.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Georgiana:Yes. Most writers write from the beginning to the end. I don’t. I get an idea, and I jot it down. Then the story forms and I write it down, usually a page or two. This is not an outline or a synopsis. I don’t use a plot board. Well, maybe, I do. I write scenes then put them together in the order. I think they should go. Think of it like putting together a puzzle. My Characters usually have different ideas.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Georgiana: Usually,I get my villain from the evening news. I mean, watching the news sometimes can give you nightmares? Sex trafficking, BTK Strangler, Ted Bundy, Jake Patterson,the list goes on. Can you imagine being a 14-year-old girl, witnessing your parents’ murder then held captive under a bed for 88 days? If I wrote this in a book two years ago and presented it to an editor, I would have been told no one would believe it.
As for the rest of my characters…I have a disclaimer in the front of my books. Just because there some similarities to a few family members,deceased or not, are just coincidence. (LOL)
I love to people watch. I could see aperson walk across the street and something about her draws my attention, their look, or actions, something. Anyway, they many end up in a book.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Georgiana: Funny, you should ask. For the last two books, the locations have all come from where a friend of mine has vacationed. She tells me about her travels, and I end up using it for my story.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Georgiana: Gina Dyer. She is a retired school teacher and loves to tinker with photoshop and loves to take photos. I love her work. We’ve been friends for a long time. I’ll bounce plot ideas off her and usually before the story is finished, she’ll have a cover designed. Most of the back drops for the covers are photos she has snapped.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Georgiana: Yes, don’t judge someone because of their religion, sexual orientation, the color of their skin, or if they happen to grow fangs and fur. Judge them on their actions and their hearts.
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?
Georgiana:Oh, wow. A hard question. I have over 3000 books on my kindle and nearly that many in my basement. I love to read! Right now, I’m readingSusan Sands, Harmony Raines, and V. Vaughn.
I love to laugh, and I love happy endings. Susan Sands makes me laugh.
My favorite all time writers are 1. Jane Austen, 2. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 3. Mary Shelley. 4. William Shakespeare. 5. Poe
All these authors have whit.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Georgiana: There are two. The first is Mary Barfield. I’ve known her for over twenty years. She’s my editor now.
The second is Gina Dyer. I would not be speaking to you now if it weren’t for her. 20 years ago, she dug Crimson Dreams out of the trash. After a very harsh critique I thanked the group, walked out of the convention and tossed the manuscript into the rubbish bin. Gina snatched it out and shoved it at me, telling me that is was a good story even if it did not fit the popular ideas of the time.
She has encouraged me and has listened to me bounce ideas off her when my characters go off in left fields. She is also the person who “dared” me to enter Crimson Dreams for the Georgia Independent Author of the Year. She is also my cover artist.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Georgiana: YES! Most jobs are 9-5, but writing is 24-7. I get an idea or thought, and I must write it down. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve woke my husband up, talkinginto my phone to record my idea.Then there is the promoting. Even if you are with a major publisher, the author is still responsible to promote their work.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Georgiana:(LOL)My editor keeps reminding me; it is her job to make changes. I have added things, cut things, and even when I finally hand it over to her, she’llhaveto nick it and run. I’ll chase her, screaming,“One more thing.”
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Georgiana:Yes. In Crimson Haze, my protagonisthas lost his leg. In order to get the emotion, correct, I spoke with several amputees to learn the challenges they face. It made me realize how much, most of us take for granted.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Georgiana: That’s a tough question. Hmmm, probably Chris Hemsworth as Vaughn.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Georgiana: Don’t give up and don’t stop writing. Also, find a local writing group who welcome your genre. If you are like me and write paranormal, then a Christian group or a Non-fiction group may not be the best fit. Your local library should be able to help you find the right group.
The next bit of advice is to keep a journal of your characters. I make a family tree and things such as education, appearance, jobs, full name. This way you don’t make the mistake of making your 6’4” character 5’2. I’ve read books where things like this have happened. Readers will let you know of your mistakes.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Georgiana. Thank you for picking up my books and giving them a read. Thank you for following me and supporting me with your reviews. And thank you for your input.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Georgiana: Eve Langlais, Bad Boy, Inc. series.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Georgiana: Good whit makes me laugh. Cry…that could be anything, but heavy emotional scenes seem to get me.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Georgiana:Queen Victoria. She ruled an empire during a time when women had little to no rights. Plus, I would like to ask her why she was against women’s rights.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Georgiana: Cross stitching, gardening. Reading!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Georgiana: Outlander, The Crown, Victoria, NCIS, Stranger Things, Big little Lies.
Movies: Just about all of them. I love action adventure and suspense. I’m not a big fan of slasher movies.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Georgiana: Food: Mexican, Cuban, seafood…just about anything.
Colors: Red, purple, jewel tones. However, my closet tends to be full of black.
Music anything from techno to country. When I write, I tend to play music from the 30’s and 40’s.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Georgiana: Nothing, I’d be dead.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Georgiana: Spend time with family and friends.And probably trying to finish another chapter.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Georgiana: Beloved wife and mother.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Georgiana: You can follow me at:
Tulips Mean Love
Crimson Haze, which should be out this summer.