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?
My name is Shannon McRoberts and I am 39 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am from Kentucky in the USA
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I graduated college in 2001 with a major in Psychology and a minor in art\sociology. I started my day job that same year. I am the mother of one 10 year old daughter and 4 cats. I have a husband as well. I am looking forward to the day when I no longer have to work my day job!
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I have a new book out for pre-order. It is book 2 in my new series Monster Hunter Tales. It’s an Urban Fantasy series and marks my return to writing.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing at an early age. I started drawing little books when I was as young as five. I began writing poetry at age 13. I didn’t really consider prose writing until around 2004. I had an idea and wrote the story The Secret of Genetic Corp X. When I let a friend read it, they raved about it. Then I decided maybe I should write stories.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always been an artist and a poet. I guess I consider myself a writer as of the date I finished Gen X.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I had a thought about what would happen if you had all your memories taken away, but still were able to fully function as a human. It was kind of a small take on our sense of self.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It just came to me. I was trying to be mysterious LOL.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I guess I do have a style. I couldn’t begin to articulate what it was, though. I am not good with putting things into “classifications”. I like to write about women, weapons, and magic. I tend to stick to fantasy. I write epic, urban, and I’m working on a supernatural/paranormal trilogy right now. My biggest problem with writing is just finding the time to do it!
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I’d say all the characters have a part of me in them. I’m sure some of my experiences have colored the prose, but I never set out to write those into the books. I’m more likely to use personal experience in my poetry.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I hate travelling and I hate researching. That is why I don’t write things that are too realistic LOL. I have one book that I am using my trip to Washington DC to help me with layout and landmarks. But mostly I like to write about impossible things or something I can make up.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I designed some of my covers. For instance, my first fantasy series has the covers I designed for it. So does my poetry book. Other covers were purchased from Atlantis Book Design and Katzilla Designs. To Kill A Siren and To Stop a Fae are examples. I bought a cover from Katzilla to redo The Secret of Genetic Corp X. It will match the to be released sister book.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I write more for escapism. To give young adults and women like me a story we could relate to. Growing up in the 80’s, I didn’t know what representation was. I just knew that I was mad there weren’t more female warrior figures for me to like. While I liked Barbie, I preferred She-Ra, Red Sonja, or The Golden Girl and The Guardians of the Gemstone. They say write the book you want to read; so, that is what I am trying to do with each book.
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?
My favorite author is Anne Rice. It was her books that made me realize I liked reading. Sadly, my personal reading time is often cut short between working full time and creating not only books, but also art and poetry! My TBR is about seventy million miles long!
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My friend James. He encouraged me to pursue publication. He believed in my work even if I didn’t.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
No, because I’m almost ready to retire from my day job. Writing is more of a treat for me. Just like making art. I hope to one day gain a consistent income from my efforts in art, poetry, and writing, but it’s not a “career” for me like my day job is. Perhaps because it’s always been a part of my life? I definitely treat it like a business though. I’m putting time in learning my craft and building a platform.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No because I finally learned how to get the books the way I want them BEFORE I publish them. I’m talking months of agonizing back and forth and nitpicking things.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book? I learned a bunch of things!
I actually wrote four books in 2018 while taking some courses for writers. Working through that course and then another plotting course helped me become an even better author. In fact, I’m still learning. I recently picked up another book on writing technique. It’s amazing what you can learn on the internet and through books these days. I’ve learned more in the last year about writing than I did in 16+ years of school.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Oh gosh. I don’t know! Maybe somebody completely unknown. You know I read an article the other day that made fun of an even earlier article that bemoaned the casting of Tom Hiddleston as Loki because he was supposedly a nobody. Now look at ) him LOL! (No really, go stare at him
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Learn your craft, but be careful where you learn from. Some people will take your money and run. Some people have no clue what the frick they are doing. Trust your gut and keep writing.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I need a maid so I can have more time to create… so please buy my books and art to pay said maid LOL
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I think it’s Stein on Writing. It’s the book about writing. I lucked into a gift card and got it as an ebook b/c it was highly recommended!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not really. I do remember the first story I enjoyed my mom reading to me over and over. Just bits and pieces. It was The Five Chinese Brothers. The little illustrations of the brothers stick in my mind.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Too many things to single them out!
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I used to be able to answer this question, but as I have grown I just don’t know who I would want to pick to meet. Unless maybe Jit was future me
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Art, poetry, writing, sleeping…sometimes working LOL
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I like things like Fairy Tail, my favorite anime/manga, Xena, Buffy, Sabrina, The Avengers movies, Wonder Woman…things like this. The fantasy elements.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I like tacos, the color blue, and bands like Disturbed.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I already had that future. For five years I didn’t do anything. I binged watched TV and wallowed in some kind of art block. I played RPG games on my phone and my computer. I worked overtime. It was awful. I’m glad I am back to creating!
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Probably with my daughter.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Too morbid, next question please LOL.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
You can come find me at www.shannonmcroberts.com
Amazon Authors Page UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shannon-McRoberts/e/B0060ZFD60/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1