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 Kristin Secorsky. When you get to my age, you don’t want to tell your age. Ha! Let’s just say that I’m a Libra.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I grew up all over the U.S. as a “Navy brat,” but I consider Corpus Christi, Texas my “hometown.” I live in Dallas now.
Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e., your education, family life, etc.).
I have degrees in English and Education. Though I studied to teach, I currentlyhomeschool my two daughters, Iliana and Elisabeth ages 12 and 10. I have two cats, Chiquitito and Lexi, and two dogs, Momma and Casper.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m currently still writing the second dragon book in my fantasy series. Sorry for the delay everyone! I had some medical issues that set me back, and I was unable to devote time to writing. But, I’m back! I’m about to publish a novel under my pen name as well. I will also be signing at a table in the vendor section of “Rebel Con” in St. Louis, March 20-21, 2020.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing short stories and poems in high school. I always dreamed of completing an actual novel as a teenager. It wasn’t until after the birth of my first child that I sat down after a long writing break to seriously write my first novel (which is still unpublished and saved on my laptop). I was often up late to nurse my daughter and would sit at the computer and write since I couldn’t sleep.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I have always loved to write, but I never considered myself a writer until after I self-published my first book. Before that, I just considered my passion a fun hobby…a dream. Looking back, I’ve really been a writer since my sophomore year of high school.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first self-published novel, The Immortal Scrolls, was inspired by a documentary I watched on the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius combined with my love of gladiators and the paranormal. I melded it all together.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I came up with The Immortal Scrolls because my gladiators were immortals: vampires and werewolves. Also, they actually find scrolls in the ruins that tell the tale of my hero and heroine. It wasn’t that simple, though, to name my book. Coming up with a name is always hard.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
My writing style tends to be fast-paced without fluff, which is great for readers, like myself, with short attention spans. However, it is challenging to add enough to please my readers who want thick books. I write in a couple of different genres actually. As far as writing in the historical romance, paranormal, and the fantasy genres, there are two challenges. One, I like to be as historically accurate and well-researched as possible. Two, with paranormal and fantasy, it is challenging to set yourself apart from other authors. You want to be original and fresh always. You want to offer something new and exciting to your genre.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The Immortal Scrolls is realistic as far as historical details. I did a lot of research to make it accurate. However, it is also totally unrealistic because my gladiators are vampires and werewolves and there is magic. It is not based on anyone I know or events in my life.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?No,
I do not have to travel for writing reasons. In fact, I do travel to visit family often, and being away always takes time away from my writing. However, I find inspiration in many things from music to locations, etc. Sometimes when I do travel, I come up with an idea.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I’ve used many designers, artists, photographers, cover models, and book cover design companies to create my covers. They are not all done by the same people or companies. It really just depends on my projects and needs. I have too many to list, but all of their info can be found in the first few pages of my books.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?Not really.
My novels are just for fun and entertainment.
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?
As I have been trying to write more, I haven’t had a lot of time to read lately. I have so many favorite authors, however. G.R.R.M., J.K. Rowling, and Anne Rice are a few. I really love their world building.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My friend and fellow author, Joseph Serrano,was the first non-family member to support my author dreams, and he guided me through the self-publishing process. He gave me his personal knowledge and experience of self-publishing through Createspace, which helped me realize I could be an author and publish without landing a publishing company. I had no idea such things existed before speaking to him.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I do. You have to dedicate yourself to working just as hard as you do a typical 9-5.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
There are always little things here and there that you want to go back and change in every book. Overall, the story is right on track where I want it to be for the series. I guess the main thing is to continue to improve my writing skills with each and every book I finish.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes. I started with this simple idea that branched out into this overwhelming fantasy world that continues to grow and grow. I learned to be more organized.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Good question! I’m not exactly sure who I would cast in Dragon Chosen. I would love to see a bunch of fresh new faces.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write what you love and what you would love to read. Don’t fall into genre trends. Come up with something new and fresh!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I’m sorry that I’m such a slow writer! I would love to crank out books faster. Thank you for being patient, understanding, and dedicated readers while I work on my projects and deal with my medical issues.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Sadly, I’m not reading anything right now, so I can focus more on writing. I need and want to finish the second dragon book.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, by Julie Andrews comes to mind as one of my first novels.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My children make me laugh. Sappy and sad movies make me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Yes, I would love to meet G.R.R.M. and pick his brain about world building.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I like to cook, travel, and spend time with my daughters. I usually love to read, but I haven’t been doing much of that lately. Writing is my passion as well as a job. I also enjoy going to comic cons with my kids. We dabble with cosplay.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Outlander, True Detective, Spartacus, Game of Thrones, Vikings, The Walking Dead, Top Chef, Masterchef, Project Runway, and a variety of Netflix originals like Mindhunter, Dark, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and many others. I watch a lot of random documentaries as well.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love any food! I would say pizza is my favorite, though. My favorite color is pink, but I find that I always wear black. Ha! I love all sorts of music, especially classical, ‘80s and ‘90s hits, and dance/techno music.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I guess I would go back to teaching. I would love to travel the world, though.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I would spend every last second with my children.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
“Loving Mother”and whatever else anyone wants to say about me. Maybe something funny or sarcastic because I am that way. I don’t like to think about death, though.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I don’t have an official website or blog. I usually use my social media accounts for everything. I did, recently, create my own book related Facebook group where I plan to become more active and post news and giveaways as well as interact on a more personal level with readers. I will leave you with all of my social media links.
Amazon Author Page USA : https://www.amazon.com/Kristin-Secorsky/e/B00GL9WLFQ%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share