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?
My name is Xavier Harrington and I’m 36 – slowly pushing toward 40.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I recently relocated to Wisconsin, but I have spent the most time in Massachusetts.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
That’s never an easy answer, but I am a recently-published author. When I’m not writing orgasmic content, I’m promoting an agenda and thought process of individuality. Time ago, I adopted two slogans: “Fuck Censorship” and “Remove the Warning Labels.” I also think of myself as being educated and knowledgeable about many topics, but not an expert in anything specific.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
As of Memorial Weekend, I had the honor, with the help of my incredibly talented PA, Raven Canely, of publishing The Xavier Harrington Files, which is a carefully-selected collection of my work from my early days to the current. I can also report with excitement that I am working on my second book “Scandal In Churchville”.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I would say I began in the early 2010s and before I truly had much concept of writing fiction. At the time I started writing and due to some personal experiences, I didn’t have much concept of plot development or telling a story. We are six months away from the end of this decade and I managed to turn a random assortment of writing into an independently published book, complete with great fans to support it.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I would say it started during my upbringing. I was always writing and brainstorming thoughts. It is said that voracious readers become deep-thinking writers; seems that to be the case here. I grew up reading a combination of newspapers and magazines, becoming fascinated with the sentence structure and the time it took to research the information.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
After putting out more than thirty stories of varying story lines and characters, and after networking with the author community via Facebook and Twitter, I decided it was time to publish something to expose people to my style of writing.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
In more than one way, the title is representative of the stories I created over the course of my writing career, but if you’ve seen the cover, it’s for the mature audiences. If you combine the two, you get ten steamy, erotic, and orgasmic stories that have their own individual and unique story.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I would say that my style is a combination of “play-by-play” and direct impact. I don’t use flowery language and I don’t beat around the bush with my dialogue. I’m also the type that isn’t afraid to push boundaries. I would say the biggest challenge is not allowing stories to spiral out of control – just because the scene might make it seem good or gut-punching, doesn’t mean it needs to be included.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I’d say while they’re a work of fiction, there’s a realistic component to each story. The only exception to this rule is one of the stories in the first release that is actually an erotic write on a classic song – after hearing the catchy classic and watching the video, I knew something had to be done. I do my best to research as much as possible about what I write so that it’s relatable and realistic.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
While I am obsessed with travel, I don’t necessarily need to, but being places helps me better construct scenes and characters.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My PA, Raven Canely. She’s also the talent behind my teasers and reboot of my series called “X’s Steamy Mind.”
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not for the first release, since it’s a compilation. I would say that you should be able to gain perspective into my style of writing, as well as the diversity of characters I can write.
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?
When I was a voracious reader, I read indiscriminately. I didn’t develop any favorites, but in combination with an upcoming career change into the legal field, I have become drawn to legal dramas, steamier romance novels, and to some degree, books about events in history.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
It’s really hard to pin it down to just one person because the support has been incredible. It really was a team effort to push me to that finish line, so I’m sorry to disappoint in saying that I can’t just name one since I know I would alienate someone or some group unfairly.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I see it being a side gig to my eventual full-transition into the legal field, even if the sales and standing brought me to being able to live sufficiently on it.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nothing. The works that didn’t make it into the final product were excluded for a number of reasons.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I can’t emphasize this enough, but you need a team behind you from first draft to final product. This should include a PA, street team, editors, and beta readers. Additionally, you can’t expect to achieve fame and prominence after release; it takes time to promote work, especially when social media is your primary advertising vehicle. Finally, when you have editors and beta readers read your manuscripts, you have to have thick enough skin to deal with criticism.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
It may sound screwy, but I would cast actors who didn’t have an extensive resume. They’d have to be comfortable with nudity considering the genre, and while they don’t need to be pornstars, there are plenty of not-famous actors that I’m sure would go for it.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write the book and its underlying components the way you want to see it appear. If the characters swear a lot, let them. If the scene involves sexually explicit situations, so be it. If your character wants to be controversial, let it play out. If a scene would be deemed socially unacceptable, write it anyway. In the end, make sure you include appropriate trigger warnings and disclaimers; there’s no harm in warning a reader that a scene or character might trigger something sensitive.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Criticism is not your enemy. When you ask people to critique or evaluate your story, be sure you ask them specifically why. Be able to differentiate between criticism involving the work and a person’s opinion.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
At the moment, nothing, only because my time is currently filled up with classes and a wonky work schedule.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Probably the Hardy Boys.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Mocking absurdity makes me laugh and I would say that crying depends on the trigger – I can’t listen to the National Anthem without tearing up.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Probably Edward Snowden and not because of what he’s known for, but because of what he decided to do, whether or not one agrees with it.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Traveling obsessively. I’m on a mission to see all 50 U.S. States, visit every Canadian province, and visit all seven continents.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Anything that pushes boundaries. My favorite shows to date are Nip/Tuck and ‘24’. My top three favorite movies are the American President, The Shawshank Redemption, and Se7en.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I’m a burgers-and-friends type, I don’t have a favoritecolor, and music, I tend to like metal and hard rock.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
That’s where the legal profession comes into play, but I’m going to assume you mean that I don’t have use of my hands – I would use technology to speak the stories and enlist of the help of my PA and others to turn those spoken words into text.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I’d probably find a way to hijack the news media and go live exposing a lot of what people in power don’t want people to know.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Probably some quote from George Carlin.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorXavierHarrington/
The Xavier Harrington Files on FB: https://www.facebook.com/TheXavierHarringtonFiles/
The Xavier Harrington Files on Twitter: https://twitter.com/xhfiles
The Xavier Harrington Files on IG: xhfiles
My upcoming WIP, Scandal In Churchville: facebook.com/sandalinchurchville
Twitter: twitter.com/xaverharrington (note that there’s no “I” in the handle)
X’s Steamy Mind on FB, Twitter, and Instagram: /xsteamymindx