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! My name is Rinna Ford and I’m 38 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m originally from the Southeast USA but I live near St. Louis, MO.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I live with my husband, two daughters, a lazy dog, and a skittish cat. I have a degree in elementary education and was a teacher for several years before getting the opportunity to stay home with my kids. I started writing about two years ago and my one year authorversary is coming up next month! I’m a breast cancer survivor- diagnosed May 2016- and I’m on a beer bowling league with my friends. LOL
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My authorversary is coming up which is exciting, plus I have two books being released next month. I’m also attending Penned Con in St. Louis this September and I am nominated for Best Sci-fi/Fantasy Author.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
When I went through all the treatments I needed to rid myself of cancer, I read. A lot. It helped me escape. I loved writing and making up stories when I was younger, so one day a story idea popped into my head. I worked on it, changing it and making it better for almost ten months before I sat down and wrote Queen of the Fireflies.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think when I first got good feedback from my beta readers when they read my first book. I told myself that I would keep going if they liked it, but if they didn’t I would stop. That was when I decided that I was a writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
It was literally an idea that came to me in a dream. I woke up the next morning and wrote it down and it just snowballed from there.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Queen of the Fireflies didn’t have a title until I was halfway through writing it. There’s a specific scene that helped me come up with it. Titles have come a little easier since then.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Others might find my writing style challenging because I rely so heavily on my outline. Chemo has made my memory really awful, so I have to plan everything that has to do with writing or it’ll be forgotten. But, I’m always changing it when characters want to go another way than what I had originally planned. I just signed on to do my first co-write so we’ll see if my writing style can meld well with others. LOL
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I don’t think I’ve taken too many of my life experiences into consideration when writing my stories, but I have based some characters off of people I know. Not completely, but definitely some characteristics from those around me.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
It would be great if I could travel when I write new stories, but I usually try to stick to places I know or have read a lot about. Or, I make up new worlds. LOL
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Francesca Vance of Reaper Designs made the covers for my Aurelia Chronicles series, Quirah Casey of Salvation Creations made the covers for my Marked series, and Nikki Morris Thompson made my cover for Keelut.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
You only get one life. Do what you love with the people you love.
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?
CY Jones is an amazing new author. Jaymin Eve and Kelly St Clare are two of my favorite authors. I nearly fangirled when I met them both last year! They both have a way of making me delve deep into whatever fantasy world they create.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My friend, Talen has been incredibly supportive. When I told her that I was thinking of publishing a book (I had already written it), she got so excited for me! She even borrowed a Kindle so she could get the stories so she could read them. LOL
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I hope I can make it a career. My youngest daughter is almost ready for kindergarten, so I will need to make a decision by then what I want to do for work. The dream is to keep writing.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, other than not take so long to write it, it turned out exactly how I wanted it to.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I think I’m becoming a better and better writer with every book.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Oh man. LOL I have no idea. I think I’d like to see an unknown take the role of Alya (Aurelia Chronicles) or Emelia (Marked series)
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Read. Read the kind of books you want to write and talk to other authors. I don’t mean copy other books, but read. Always read.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Just, thank you.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I literally just finished Kristy Cunning’s Gypsy Moon this morning. It’s the fourth book in her All the Pretty Monsters series. I can’t wait for the next one.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I don’t, but it was probably a Boxcar Children or Babysitter’s Club book lol.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Everything lately lol. My kids often giggle at me because I’m always crying during movies.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would have love to have met my great grandmother. From what I was told she was an amazing lady.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Other than reading, I don’t have much time for hobbies. I’m constantly on the go with my kids and their activities. I’m trying to make exercise a hobby. LOL Oh! And my bowling league with my friends.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love comedies, but I also like darker movies and tv shows like Stranger Things and AHS.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Oh man. That’s a big question.
Foods- bacon cheddar dip with crackers, tacos, parmesan garlic fries, almost anything with goat cheese on it.
Music- I like so many different kinds of music. The only thing I don’t listen to is current country music.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Maybe go back to teaching? I loved teaching, but not the politics and paperwork that went with it.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my family. As to where, it’s not important.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I really don’t know. I hadn’t planned on having a head stone LOL.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I’m working on a website, but here are my social media links, including my email and newsletter.
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/rinnafordauthor/
Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/rinnaford
Amazon US: www.amazon.com/author/rinnaford