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?
Hey, Fiona. I’m Angel Nyx and come September I’ll be 47. Just three short years away from the big 5-0!
Fiona: Where are you from?
Do you mean originally? That would be Maryland, Cheverly to be exact. I grew up in Florida, lived in Tennessee for a while, then Washington state, and now I’m in hot and arid Tucson, Arizona.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’m a single mom of two grown boys, I’m a furmomma two two pups that are spoiled rotten, and I’m a Nana. Don’t ask me which I like best because I’ll plead the fifth!
I’m unabashedly retro, I’m a huge LOTR and Star Wars fan, lover of all things Harry Potter, and an OG gamerchick. I was a gamer long before it was the ‘cool thing’ to be. My dad bought an Atari home back in 1977, when I was five, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I have a new release coming out on June 26th. It’s my eighth book and the first one I’ve gone all out with. I’m really excited about this one because I’m going wide with it on all retailers.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing off and on for years, mostly fanfiction, but it wasn’t until July 2017 that I decided I wanted to write something that was all mine. I’d gone through a several year span where I didn’t even have the desire for fanfiction. Then, one day I was at Dollar Tree and picked up Fair Game by Patricia Briggs. I read it and had to read the rest of her Alpha and Omega series. That led me to her Mercy Thompson series, which I devoured. It reignited my passion for writing. It started with fanfiction but I realized I wanted my own kickass heroines.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I was a teenager. I used to write poetry. I even got one published in 1995. Now, if you want to know when did I first consider myself an author, when I hit publish on my first book.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve been a long time fan of paranormal romance, so a lot of my inspiration came from other PNR authors, including Anne Rice, Patricia Briggs, and Laurell K Hamilton, among others. But my real inspiration comes from fellow Indie author Maria Luis. After I read her debut book, we became friends, and she encouraged me when I told her I had this idea in my head.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title for my first book is Wild Lilies. It’s the first book in my NOLA Shifters Series. When I started writing, I knew I wanted something unique. I didn’t want to go with a generic ‘Alpha whatever’, because I wanted it to stand out from the crowd. Wild Lilies just popped into my head one day, and I knew I wanted the theme to carry over into the story and the cover. Lily, the heroine, receives a bouquet of arabesque lilies from the hero, Declan. She also has arabesque lilies tattooed on her side, and there are lilies on the cover of the book.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I tend to put a lot of dialogue in my books and not nearly as much description. I blame my years of text based roleplaying for that.
I think my biggest challenge is putting enough description into my stories. I am a bit envious of these authors who seem to easily and consistently put out 90k+ word books when I struggle to get a measly 60k!
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Other than the shifter aspect, it’s fairly realistic. I focus on them as people first and shifters second. They have the same hopes, dreams, fears, as the rest of us.
There is one tidbit that I took from my own life, in a roundabout way, as it happened to a friend. I have a lion shifter who is a drag queen. His stage name is Venus Flysnatch and the story that comes out between Wild Lilies and Scarlet Roses (the second book), is based on something that really happened.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, luckily I can write from home.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The designer for all but my upcoming new release is Najla Qamber of najlaqamberdesigns.com.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Always be true to yourself. Sometimes, that means making tough decisions and walking away from everything you know, but its so worth it.
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’ve met a number of new authors recently and have taken several of them under my wing, so to speak. Nicole Cook (her debut is set for August 1st), C. Lymari (releasing in July), Amanda Carol (also releasing in July), Laura John (releasing in September), Stefanie Jenkins (releasing July/August), Lauren Bruce (releasing July/August), BJ Steele (releasing August/September), and Alley Ciz, who just released her debut the beginning of June.
As for favorite author, I have quite a few. In traditional publishing, there’s Patricia Briggs, Laurell K Hamilton, Christine Feehan, and Anne Rice, all because their heroines aren’t weak damsels in distress needing to be saved.
In the Indie world, there’s Maria Luis, because her books are funny, steamy, and just great reads. Danielle Norman because her heroines are kickass (hello, they ride motorcycles!), Arell Rivers, because she makes rockers fun to rea, and Joslyn Westbrook because her books are just fun to read.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Besides my core fans, like Kathy Wright and Jacinta Russell who have been with me from day one? A dear friend here in Tucson who has read all of my books and has become my loudest cheerleader.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I do. It is my goal to be able to focus on writing and my proofreading full time in the near future.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Maybe add a bit more description, but other than that, no.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, if I listen to my muse, instead of fighting her, I can get a book written in 3 weeks instead of 8.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
No way! I’m not nearly sexy enough to play a demoness! Or a shifter!
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
First, find your tribe. Find those core people who always have your back, no matter what. People you can turn to for advice when needed. Second, don’t stop writing. Even when it feels like you’re not getting anywhere. If this is what you want to do, then do it. Three, don’t let anyone tell you HOW to write YOUR book. it’s your voice, they are your characters, and you need to remain true to that.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
When you pick up one of my books, forget all the preconceived notions you have, because you’re going to find I march to the beat of my own drum. My shifters don’t follow the ‘norm’ by being more animal than human, my Mobsters aren’t cold and unfeeling monsters, and my demons aren’t evil, twisted creatures.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Awakened, the first book in the Awakened trilogy by new author Amanda Carol. I got the pleasure of proofreading it.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not really. The first one, besides the classics, that really stuck with me, however, was White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey. It was my introduction to fantasy.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Honestly, I’m not sure. I mean, funny jokes, sure, my pups when they’re being silly… as for crying, sad songs/movies/scenes in books. Sometimes thinking about how much I miss my mom, who died in 2010.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Freddie Mercury, the lead singer from Queen. I admired him and his love of life.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Besides reading, I also like to sew, and I am an avid gamerchick.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
TV shows, it depends on my mood. I’m bine watching Supernatural right now. I guess I like that kind of thing because I watched all of the Originals, Legacies, Riverdale, Dark adventure of Sabrina, so I guess I like sy fy type shows.
Movie wise, LOTR, anything Harry Potter related, Star Wars, the Marvel universe films.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food would be chinese, my favorite color is dark green, and I love a lot of different genres of music, but I’m partial to rock and Blues/Jazz.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Be a caregiver. it’s what I do in my day job.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I would reach out to family I haven’t seen or talked to in years because we’ve all just gone our separate ways And find a way to go see my son in Tennessee then my other son, daughter in law, and grandbabies in Washington state.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Here lies a woman who wasn’t afraid to chase her dreams, to be herself, and live by the motto ‘Be the Storm’.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes ma’am, I do! I am working on revamping my website to keep people even more up to date on all things Angel Nyx! They can find it here: https://www.angelnyx.com/
Amazon author page: http://bit.ly/angelnyxauthor
Wild Lilies: http://bit.ly/LiliesUS
Scarlet Roses: http://bit.ly/RosesUS
Midnight Orchids: http://bit.ly/OrchidsUS
Radiant Violets: http://bit.ly/VioletsUS
Black Tears: http://bit.ly/BlackTearsMafia
Whispers of Hope: http://bit.ly/WhispersHopeUS
The Devil’s Heir: http://bit.ly/TheDevilsHeirUS