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?
I’m Nicola Jane and I’m forty years old, although I feel like I’m still mid-twenties.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from Nottingham in England (UK).
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’ve been married for fifteen years. I have two children aged fifteen and eleven, both are boys. I work full time as a teaching assistant for children aged five to eleven. I have a diploma in supporting schools in teaching and learning which sounds really posh lol.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m currently writing my seventh romance book. It’s a second part to one I have recently released. I was receiving so many messages from my readers asking for this story and I’m hoping that I don’t let them down.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have always loved to read. I remember my primary school teacher reading us The Hobbit when I was around seven years old. I fell in love with stories from then on. As a teenager I would write stories with my friends and we would read them to each other in our English lesson (instead of learning) our English teacher would sit back and read the newspaper and leave us to it. As I grew up I didn’t really see writing as an option, I needed to make money and so I stopped. It was more recently when I was at a family gathering and my Dad said to me “Why don’t you write stories, you were always really good at it.” Up until then I’d been thinking stories up in my head but hadn’t bothered to write them down. I mentioned it to my husband and he went out the next day and brought me a laptop and told me to write. I had no intention of ever showing anyone but then one day I sent it to my friend (she loves to read too) and I pretended it was by someone else. She was amazed and said how great it was, that’s when I finally confessed that it was me.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Maybe when I received my first good reviews. Up until then I was convinced nobody would like my work and also when the publisher signed me.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The story had been in my head for a long time. I would think about it at bed time and make it up in my head. When I got the laptop it flowed right out of me. I would also say that my Dad had a part to play in inspiring me to write, if he hadn’t of commented on it I probably wouldn’t have bothered to try.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I used a title generator to get some ideas and then I played around with the ideas. When I send a book to the Publishers I have to send more than one title and then we agree on one from there.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write in first person. I find it easier to put myself in the characters shoes and go from there. I have tried to write in third person and it just doesn’t flow well for me. I love writing motorcycle romance, I find that the story will flow so much easier than when I write another genre. I’ve tried to write vampire romance and I find that difficult.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not much is based on my life experiences. When I tell people that I write romance/erotica I always get asked if I base the erotica on my husband! Lol. I don’t. I will sometimes use funny conversations from nights out with my girls and put that in my book when the female lead is with her friends. I think that the relationships are sometimes based on previous experiences although I perhaps dramatize them to make them more interesting. I like to write relationships that have drama and angst, my life really is nothing like that. Me and my husband are very chilled lol.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, I really wish the day would come where my publisher asks me on an all expenses trip to America for research. As it happens, I just google everything and if someone was to check my google history I think they’d be shocked!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The publisher chooses the covers but I’m not sure where she gets them from or who is responsible for the design.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not really, I want my books to be enjoyed and I want them to take the reader away from daily life for a while. It’s always good to get lost in a book.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I’ve recently started reading books by Yvonne Robertson. She recently released the Vampire Brides series which I’ve fallen in love with. There are so many writers that I love. Tillie Cole is amazing and her books always pull me in, they usually have some kind of cult story line which I find so interesting.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My best friend, Fay. She loves to read just like me and we’ve always talked books. She is my biggest fan, she reads all of my work and reports back.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Not really, it doesn’t pay well enough but I set out with no intention of ever letting anyone read my work so to now be at the stage where I am published is amazing and anything I make from it is a bonus. If one day I make a career out of it then it would be a dream come true, I’d love nothing more than to write every day for the rest of my life.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I always write whatever flows when I type and I only change it if it doesn’t make sense or I’ve made an error. Sometimes I can start with an idea and that snowballs into ten thousand words with a twist I didn’t know was coming until I’ve already written it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
That sometimes you can write a book and think that it won’t do so well only for everyone to love it and ask for a second one.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Jason Momoa…he is just gorgeous. For my female lead Megan fox!
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Never give up, it’s normal to have moments where you doubt yourself. Make sure you take a break when you’re having writers block, it’s your minds way of telling you to rest. Don’t let negative reviews put you off, not everyone is going to love your work and that’s okay!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
You are all amazing, I never get tired of hearing from my readers especially when they say such wonderful things. It makes me want to continue to write.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading Vampire Brides: For Richer, For Poorer by Yvonne Robertson.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Yes, it was The Famous Five by Enid Blyton, I was a huge fan of those books and The Secret Seven.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My husband makes me laugh, every day, he knows just what to say to get me smiling. I cry at films all of the time, I last cried to Indecent Proposal last week.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’d love to meet EL James, just because I find it fascinating how quickly her Fifty Shades series took off. I’d love to know how she felt, at what point it took off and when did she realise how huge it actually was.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I don’t have time! I guess writing is like my hobby. I obviously love to read at any spare chance I get.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love the oldies like Dirty Dancing, Ghost etc. I like reality shows like Teen Mom and Love Island.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I big on Cauliflower rice at the moments lol I have it with everything. My favorite fast food is McDonalds. I really enjoy cooking and I like to experiment with food and different combinations. I love R’n’B music, anything Drake is fine by me and at the minute I am a huge fan of Lewis Capaldi. I always listen to music, especially when I write. The color purple is my favorite.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Oh gosh, I’d be so sad. I don’t actually know what I did before I wrote. I’d probably read a lot more because I find it a good way to relax and escape the stresses of every day life.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my boys on a hot beach somewhere pretty.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Nicola Jane, loving mother and wife and top selling Author lol.
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/-/e/B07GMYZBFV