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?
Marteeka Karland… old enough to know better. 😀
Fiona: Where are you from?
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Happily married for 23 years. One son 15 (going on 12.) I have a huge garden (manned by my husband.) Day job is as and Emergency Room Technician. Has been for 23 years. 😀
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I have my first MC romance releasing in a matter of days. Bones MC: Cain. It’s a work in progress. Hoping to build on the club in the next 5 books. All for Changeling Press
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
In the third grade as a class project. A Halloween story. I used all my classmates as characters. I’d say they loved it but I honestly have no idea. I spent the time she read it too the class with my head down hoping to disappear into the floor.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
That afternoon in the third grade.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My son. He was just shy of a year and I was feeling all dramatic and stuff. So I wrote an alien invasion story. Yeah. Not sure how that last part came about. lol
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I honestly can’t remember. Probably something to do with all that drama. 😀
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’ve jumped genre so many times everything is challenging. I’ll start out in one genre and then wish I’d made it something else. I like to inject at least some amount of humor in anything I write. Even the serious stuff. It’s not good to be so serious all the time!
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
That first book, Forbidden, had places like The Pilot and Somerset that are places near where I live. The Pilot being “Pilot Rock” which would not be an ideal place for a battle at ALL, but I used it cause poetic license and all. 😀 The rest of it was strictly make believe. I just let my imagination run wild. I use places in my home town or state in my books all the time. One of my most popular series, The Carver Brothers, takes place in Lexington.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I sometimes use past travels, or vacation experiences, but I don’t make the kind of money to travel solely for research. *I WISH!!* I pour over maps CONSTANTLY. I wrote a book once about a goddess of water. (Oddly enough titled Goddess of Water.) The sea realm where she lived was at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. That was so many years ago, it was easier for me to just go to the library and pull out a big map and write there where I could have the material fresh. Now, I’ve got it all at my fingertips on the computer.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
That first book, Sahara Kelly did. Keep it mind it was nearly sixteen years ago. CGI covers were not what they are now and Changeling Press didn’t use photos for their covers. My latest book, Bones MC: Cain, I designed. I so most of my own covers now as well as covers for friends. It’s been years since I’ve used a CGI program but I’ve done those as well as photo covers.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Bones MC: Cain is about a biker gang who isn’t all good. They have their positive qualities, but they are ruthless in their territory. Pardon my language, but no one fucks with them. I think the message there is that nothing is what it seems. These guys aren’t the warm and fuzzy type, but they are very protective of their territory and their family, and anyone under their protection. Like their city. But they’re not heartless. They protect because they love deeply, even if they don’t admit 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 got so many they’re hard to name. I will say that I love it when an author takes a familiar subject (like vampires or werewolves or alien invaders) and puts an exciting, unique twist on it to make it their own. If an author does that, I’ll be a fan for life.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Honestly, the “published author” part happened so fast, I didn’t have time to talk to anyone about it. I was lucky enough that, when I submitted my first novella to Changeling Press, they liked it. My editor requested some changes before she would accept it but a week or so later, I signed the contract. After that, my editor, Katriena Knights, and Changeling’s owner, Margaret Riley, became my biggest supporters. Without them, I doubt I’d have kept going. Years later when I hit this big slump I found myself in, it was M and KK I ran to for help. OK, not really “help,” but support. I needed someone to tell me my writing was good. I didn’t suck. Then, finally, get your ass moving! Suck it up and write me something! They’ve been with me for nearly 16 years. I love them both.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I’ve had it as my primary income before. I’d love to get it there again. Yes. It’s definitely a career. A tough one that requires constant adaption.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I don’t think so. I’m really proud of Cain and looking forward to explore this group of men.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yeah. That I don’t think you can really know what life is like inside an MC unless you live it. I just hope I got enough right as to not be laughable. J This was one of the hardest books I’ve ever written, but I loved every word.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Hum… Possibly Kim Coates.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Have a backup job with a steady income. Then just… never give up. And proofread!!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
YOU’RE AWESOME! Thanks for supporting me all these years!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I don’t remember the name of it, but I was 3. I couldn’t really read, but I had it memorized from where my mother had read it to me so many times. I knew what each page said by the pictures. I could “read” it forward or in reverse. I convened my 16 year old cousin I could really read with that book. lol
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Sometimes, inappropriate things make me laugh. But, as stated earlier, I work in an Emergency Room. Have for more than 20 years. Sometimes, it’s either laugh or you cry. :DI get weepy at weddings, funerals, (there or reading about them) sick/injured children, segmental songs, (God forbid I ever hear Patty Loveless sing How Can I Help You Say Goodby… I mean, really, did she have to lose Mama too???)
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Stephen King. If there was ever an author I’d love to be like, it’s Stephen King. He gets a bit wordy sometimes, but he has the most wicked imagination I’ve ever dreamt of!
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Games. I love Lord of the Rings Online (Teekabell) and any city building games. Recently found Surviving Mars and I love it. 😀
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Documentaries. Love action/adventure. Anything serious and dangerous. Not much into drama or romantic comedies. My husband and I recently finished Bad Blood on Netflix. Hell on Wheels gave me palpitations every fucking show I watched. The movie The Dirt on Netflix was AWESOME!
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Peanut butter and Jelly is a staple to me. Anything with tomatoes and cheese and beef. Home canned pork is AWESOME! Blue is my favoritecolor. I love 80’s music/hair bands.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Same as I’m doing now. Except not writing. Sad looking future…
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?
Well, she must have REALLY fucked up this time.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Marteeka-Karland/e/B004FZT1IS?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1563471937&sr=1-1