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?
Hi Fiona, thanks for having me. My name is Theresa Jacobs and I am 47. I only began writing in my 40’s so I am not afraid to share this fact. I like to tell everyone my age and encourage others that no matter your age, you can achieve your dreams.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Currently I reside in Ontario Canada.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I worked for the past 15 years in retail and have only this year moved over to the administration side of the business. I still do commercial sales as well, so I am always busy and on the go.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I have been accepted into an upcoming horror collection,book one titled; Earth, by Red Cape Publishing. I will have a story in Kevin Kennedy’s 100 Word Drabble 3, (I’m lucky to be in 1 & 2 as well). And am aiming to publish my novella; The Zombie Effect, in August.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always dreamed of being a writer and it felt like an impossible dream. Until one day a dear friend of mine, Lisa Crawford, gave me a copy of her book; Becoming Lisa. This is the true story of her journey as a transgender person. It was eye opening for me in the fact that she shared her extremely personal life with the world and here I was afraid to write fiction. She opened my eyes to the possibilities and I owe her everything. Dec, 2015, I published my first novel.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I considered myself “there” when I had my book signing at the local Chapters book store. I had a steady flow of friends and family come out to support me. It was heaven.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I do tell this tale in the beginning of my novel; Cataclysm. It started when I was child and I woke to my cat’s eye-shine in the moonlight. Not knowing what wasstaring at me in the dark, I envisioned all sorts of monsters. That was the day this story seeded.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My main theme of the book is based around cats; therefore, I wanted a play on the word that involved a possible world ending event. And Cataclysm was born.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I am a panster all the way. I’ve tried to plot a book and it just doesn’t work for me. I essentially don’t know what’s going to happen until it unfolds as I write. Depending on what I am writing – horror comes easier to me. Sci-fi I never dreamed of doing and it was more challenging. I have written a thriller about a serial killer, it’s currently in line- editing, and that was the hardest to date, because all the facts involved with policing and forensics need to be accurate.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Mine are all fiction, the only realities are the characters. I use real people around me to breathe life into them – no one knows – shhh. Well, my good friend Jackie knows, she is Jacqueline in The Cimmerians.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, it’s all in my head and thanks to google maps, I can map out locations.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I’ve made a few of my own. Others by: Dark Wish Designs, Mar Garcia, of the The Bold Mom, and one by Eric Lahti.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Always be true to yourself, be strong, kind and honest.
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 really can’t pin down just one favorite. I have many, both famous and indie, that I read everything they produce. I read all genre’s except for romance – I don’t see the point. The one indie whom I wish to have the greatest achievement of all, is David Kummer. Check him out. He’s a teenager with an extensive collection of written works and any teen who works that hard at their dream, deserves it.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I was shocked to discover how supportive and uplifting my own co-workers, management, and owners of my company were when I published my work.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
100 % and loving every minute of it!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Only my poor grammar, to eliminate editor costs.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
The one I am currently writing, no. The one in editing, yes. I learned that I can not write hard core torture. The book, titled; The Zombie Effect, is about how our youth today can wrongly interrupt the violence they see on screen, and use it against society. I wanted it to be hardcore and visceral, but my heart is too kind and it’s softer than I envisioned. I still think people will enjoy the story and now it can have a wider audience because it’s not over the top maim and kill.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
No, I can’t act. Plus, the one character who most resembles my real personality, is the male lead, Finnegan in my sci-fi; Kept.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just write, write, and write more. Take critiques at face value, not to heart, and keep learning and improving.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Please always leave reviews and if you are like me and don’t like to leave bad reviews, contact me (or whomever you’re reading) and talk to them personally. If done with kindness and guidance, it’s you, who help us become better. After all it’s you we want to return again and again.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Cutting Edge by Jeffery Deaver. I always read my trades in the summer while I’m tanning and in the pool. My indes I save for the rest of the year, as most of them are e-books.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, but I do remember reading everything and anything in the house, until my parents started buying me Nancy Drews.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Sitcoms and Sitcoms.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
D.B. Cooper. I want to know the truth.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I used to do everything under the sun, read, knit, hike, mosaics, pottery, paint – this list goes on. Now that I write it takes up every spare moment.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Sitcoms are my go-to chill out. I love to laugh, so whatever’s funniest and usually raunchiest.IE: It’s always sunny in Philadelphia.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love most food, bring it on! Color – nah, I love all colors and go with my mood. It feels silly as an adult to pick one color and say that’s it. I’ve never been a huge music person. That also fits mood and activity. Just don’t play country, I’ll leave!
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Return to watching every movie made and knitting really long blankets.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Get rid of all my stuff so my family won’t have to and then lay on the beach until I pass.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Nothing, I want to wander into the wilderness (or the ocean as above) and die away from society, never to be seen again. Death should be returning to the earth, not wasting money on things no one cares about.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Of course😊 Please stalk me!And thanks for having me, Theresa
Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.co.uk/Theresa-Jacobs/e/B01BAS13T2/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1