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?
Hello and thanks for having me! I’m Yukimi, and publish under YW Lumaris. I’m 29.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from Indiana, started in a small town then moved to the big city.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I had a 4 year hiatus between ages 22 and 26 from art and writing; after which I got back into and it’s helped my depression and re-center my life and goals. I have a son, dog, and two cats.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Besides my personal life upside-down and inside-out, I’m still trudging along in book 2 for Chronicles of Fen. I’m hoping to have it ready for Beta Readers within the next couple of weeks!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Honestly? I was inspired by the Lord of the Rings movies (which made me love the setting and idea of elves and magic), the Harry Potter books (the themes of struggle and growing up) and a Forgotten Realms book called Temple Hill by Drew Karpyshyn (for the mixing of the above 2).
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Haha, when I was 11 and churning out a book in a week (it’s like 40k.) I clocked 30k words in a day when I was 15. I dreamed of making writing my career. Sadly I didn’t understand indie publishing, and abandoned the idea (reluctantly) in my early adulthood. I’m so glad to pick it back up (highest I’ve clocked recently was 15k words in a day. But I have a kid and responsibilities now that I didn’t have as a young’un.)
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Ignoring my very first book (oh boy, it was fun haha,) my first published book is Chronicles of Fen: Cernuin – book 1 of 4 in a series of novellas. I was inspired by a character, a male harpy concept, and started thinking what would cause a male harpy to exist, and what would the repercussion be? And more yet, after developing my own version of the harpy myth, how would he, the character, endure it? And it led to a simple sentence, which defined the outline of the first book’s premise: “He robbed their immortality and now hunts the gods.”
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It was a placeholder, the idea being “it’s a story about Fen, who hunted gods.”
But as I continued outlining, with the second main character having an unspoken interest for books and scholarly things, I felt Chronicles of Fen was most fitting, with each book installment being named for a god they face within.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I do have a particular style – I like being brief and simple. The idea of “less is more” resonates a lot with me. However, I haven’t quite mastered the art of building a scene/setting with a few words without some help. Beta readers have been super helpful in pointing out where needs fleshing out. I hope to get better with each book.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
To be honest, none of it is based on real life, except with some societal problems that tend to happen from time to time. It’s not overly political of a book, but there are ideas of separation of the magic users and non, and it’s something the society has slowly been moving away from in the advent of their post-apocalypse era.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Nope, I’m usually in my house, hiding in a corner where my 5 year old won’t find me for a good 5-15 minutes, haha.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I designed the composition and did the typography, but hired an artist, Anndr Kusuriuni, to do the art of the cover.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Digging your heels when you’re wrong can have lasting consequences. Pride is powerful, but it’s okay to set it aside admit to making mistakes, to try to be a better person.
This is more a theme for the overall series, and I feel like it’ll be easier to see by book three.
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?
Oh, man, I have so many now. Mercedes Lackey really re-ignited my passion in 2017 with the Last Herald-Mage trilogy, and then Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova. Anne Rice’s the Vampire Lestat, and Weis& Hickman’s The Death Gate Cycle. Several indie authors have been inspirations to me. Daniel Arenson, May Sage, Maximiam Held, Beth Hodgson, and Liz Steinworth come to mind immediately.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Delyth Thomas. Her solid support since the beginning, and her commitment to keeping to her own goals despite her personal struggles has inspired and kept me going.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do. I’m job hunting at the moment for something stable, but writing by no means has gone to backburner status. I’ll be up late, up early, and writing anywhere I can to get these books out. But a solid income means more, for book covers and editing and the like.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I mean, yes—and no. I’m always learning and I know I could probably do things better five years from now. But dwelling doesn’t help you move forward. Book one has been released, in all its current glory – I did it, it happened, and book 2 will be out soon. And as I grow, I’ll get better and better. Maybe I’ll do a revise down the road if I find it much better for it. But as it is, you never move forward if you dwell on things in the search for perfection.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
A lot, haha. How to manage time, how to outline better, and took a lot of feedback from my beta readers.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I haven’t really thought about it. It might do better as an animated film, to be honest.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep going, never give up, and always listen when people give advice. You don’t have to take the advice, but being open to other ideas helps you grow. Maybe the change won’t work, but appreciate the effort, and maybe file it away for something to keep in mind for another project.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for your support!! You have no idea how much it means.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Beth Hodgson’s Spectrum of Light.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Big book? Harry Potter. Little book? It was about a girl who couldn’t sleep, and a horse from the moon came to visit her, whisking her to other lands, until sunrise. I don’t remember the title, but the pictures are vivid. I loved it.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
My dog, Lucky, who passed away while I was at work when I was 21. I was there with her since she was born when I was 7. I know she wasn’t human, but she died alone outside in the middle of summer. I’d want to change that; the idea she was alone still haunts me.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Art, working out, going hiking.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
The Dragon Prince!! And working on Voltron currently (Netflix version.)
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My music is all over the place, from indie producers to mainstream; from rock to pop. It depends on mood, style, lyics etc. I lean to earthy colors, but love yellow and iridescent things.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Probably keep drawing.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my son.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
That I did my best to live the best life for me, and be the best mother I can for my son.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes! Website is yukimiwintel.com – it’s behind on being updated, but I have a newsletter sign up there. Also, I have a facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ywlumaris
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Thank you 🙂