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, thanks for inviting me. My pen name is BL Maxwell and my name is Barbara. I’m 57.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m originally from a really small town in northern California, but I currenly live in Citrus Heights, a suburb of Sacramento.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I started college as a business major, and after a year I hated it. I ended up going to beauty college and have loved it every since. I work at a hair salon two days a week. I’m married and have a 15 yo son, that I homeschool, and two dogs who take turns wanting out all day.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just finished work on a story that was included in the Fighting Chances Anthology. Every story is enemies to lovers, and all proceeds go to help Project Children Alcoy, you can pick up a copy here> https://smarturl.it/FightingChances . I’m also putting the finishing touches on my next release, the second in the Valley Ghosts Series titled Ghost Trapped. I’m excited to share this with everyone, I really love writing paranormal and my next two books with also be PNR, one will be the next in my gargoyle series, and the one after that a vampire story that’s been in the works for a while with a friend of mine.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing in 2017, after seeing so much hopelessness in the news I was inspired to write a story that had a little bit of hope in it.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When my book was actually posted available on Amazon.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I saw an article about how parents who feared deportation were teaching their older children, still in their teens, how to care for the younger ones if they were taken from them. My first thought was my son would not be able to handle this. Then I saw the statistics on homeless teenagers was such a high percentage of LGBTQ teens and that really shocked me. I wanted to write a story where both characters were thrown into very difficult situations and realize together, they can do it.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
That was so tough! I wrote it, had a cover and could not think of a title. I was brainstorming with an author friend and said, well they really are better off together, and it sort of stuck with me. I shortened it to Better Together.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I like writing first person, with alternating POV. For me it’s easier to get in each character’s head that way, and tell the story from different perspectives.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Ghost Hunted is based on a true story from The Vineyard House that I saw on a paranormal show when I was a teen. I never forgot it, and when I moved to this area we drove to the house and saw it. I actually like to use real stories I’ve heard, or things I’ve seen. For Ghost Trapped I dragged my family down to Old Sacramento to go on the underground tour to get a better idea of what it looks like, since that’s where most of the story takes place.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t have to, but I do like seeing what I’m writing about. For Ride, I have taken most of that trip, but for the parts I’d never visited I watched lots of road trip videos on YouTube.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I use some premade covers from James at GoOnWrite.com. But the majority of my covers I’ve made myself.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Hope. That anyone can have a happy ever after.
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 don’t have a lot of time to read these days, but some of my favorites are NR Walker, Garrett Leigh, Posy Roberts, Eli Easton, and Amy Lane. All of them make you love and connect with their characters so much, it’s painful when something happens to them. They literally feel like old friends.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My clients, they’ve all been very supportive.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Maybe make them hate each other a bit more LOL.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, that I’m not a huge fan of writing enemies to lovers, and I love writing paranormal.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Robert Pattinson 😉
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just write it, don’t think about it, don’t plan it, just write it and untangle it later.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I appreciate you all and I’m endlessly amazed that you actually read my books.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m rereading Ghost Hunted to make sure I get the characters right for Ghost Trapped.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not specifically, I’ve always read. But when I was younger I enjoyed books of short stories and fairytales the most.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry
I love stupid humour, when I visited Australia recently my friend and I would watch a show called Gogglebox, it’s so fun! Everything makes me cry LOL I try to avoid sad movies or books.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
EL James, because I read her fanfiction and I think it would be fun to talk about the good old days of Twilight fanfic.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I have many, I love arts and crafts. My most recent is scrapbooking, mostly because I can put it down and pick it back up at any time. I’ve tried most other crafts at some point.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
As you can tell I’m a Twilight fan, I’ve watched all of them many times. I love Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Marvel Universe, anything fantasy or sci fi.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Mexican food, blue, I’m a little obsessed with Old Town Road at the moment.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Hair, or something with crafts.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
In Cancun Mexico, morning on the beach evening in the clubs.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She worked hard, and boy was she tired.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Amazon Authors page UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/BL-Maxwell/e/B07CZQ1RN7/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
mybook.to/GhostHuntedBLmaxwell Ghost Hunted
mybook.to/GhostHaunted Ghost Haunted
getbook.at/BLMaxwell Better Together
mybook.to/StoneunderskinStone Under Skin
mybook.to/SaltandLimeSalt and Lime
https://smarturl.it/FightingChances Fighting Chances Anthology