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?
Yvonne Robertson, 55yrs
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in Orkney, grew up in Lesmahagow and lived in Kirriemuir, Glamis and been in the US since 2007
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I have been married to Neil for 34 years and we have two boys, the youngest now married. I worked at many different things, nursing, working with special needs kids, 8 years in human resources before I decided to become an author
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I have a new book coming out on June 22nd, its the second in a five-book paranormal series but readers won’t have to wait long for the others as I am writing the last one now.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I wrote poetry and short stories since I was about 7 or 8 years old
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I have always considered myself a writer but I became an author when I published my first book
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
It’s a contemporary romance trilogy and it’s based in Atlanta GA and the highlands of Scotland. Moving to the states gave me the idea to write a transatlantic love affair.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It’s called Cuckoo in the Nest and the story is about triplet sisters who were born in Scotland but raised in the US. They find out from their father on his deathbed that he and his late wife may not have been the natural parents of one of them but they don’t know which one he was talking about. Each book tells a different sisters story.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
In this new series, I decided to write the female MC in the third person and the male MC in first, thats been a little challenging at times.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The characters are fictional but the places are very real although names etc have been changed, people I know recognise the places I am talking about.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
For the first series, I knew the places very well but in the third book, they honeymoon in Jamaica which I have been to several times, always best to write about what you know. However, for the paranormal series, you need to build the worlds although they don’t go off-world until book four.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My publisher has some fabulous designers that she uses.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
They are very romantic and often sexy and I think most people like a little escapism from time to time.
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 am reading a series at the moment called ‘Children of the Gods’ by I.T. Lucas that I am loving and I have a ton of favorites, Blake Pierce is another. I love that although they have both written many many books, they still find something fresh to bring.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I have a lot of friends that have been awesome getting the word out about my books and there is one woman who I only got to know when we both signed for the same publisher and she has supported me unconditionally, sharing my work on social media, writing honest reviews, etc, even though she is building her own brand too. Her author name is Nicola Jane and she hails from Nottingham.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely, I am loving it.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Probably not, I am happy with the storyline.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learn something with every single thing I write and although I am very grateful for all the people who love my books I have to accept that there will be people for whom it’s not ‘Their cup of tea”
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
In this paranormal series, I would have Sierra (Book 1) played by Rachel McAdams and Greer (Book 2), played by Sophie Turner.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep plugging away, it is a lot of hard work but I think it’s worth it. Writing the book is the easy, fun part, the rest is endless rounds of editing and fact-checking.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I love to engage with my readers and have many of them as friends on social media so I think they already know I am an open book.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Just started a brand new series by Blake Pierce, Book 1, If She Knew.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Apart from fairy tales, I think it may have been The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Charlottes Web or maybe even Paddington.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My husband makes me laugh, he really is quite funny although I wouldn’t tell him that! A lot of things make me cry, books, movies, even some of my own characters.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Apart from family members who have passed, I would love to have met Leonardo Da Vinci, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer…..wow! Arguably the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I do lots of crafty things, knit, sew, make soaps, flower arrangements and I mini garden, i.e. pots and hanging baskets.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I have a quite diverse taste in what I watch. I like British period dramas but I also love superhero movies like Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and feel good stuff like Bridget Jones.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Anything Mexican, love the colour pink and music ranges from Eagles to Abba
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I guess I would work in HR, it’s what I know best.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my family
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Reach for the Stars and your Light will Shine Forever
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Its down for maintenance but will be back up soon:-
Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Yvonne-Robertson/e/B07GQ7J3NQ/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Newest Book Link:-