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?
Hello, Fiona! I am honored by your request for an interview! My name is Iris McKairin. As for my age, well … it is said age is just a number and I have never been good at math! 🙂
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in Fort Lauderdale, FL, but have lived coast to coast: Florida to California and back to Florida with a one year stop in Las Vegas, NV, where I was lucky enough to see The Beatles, live in concert! I have been a resident of Dallas County, TX, since 1978.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am an only child. Divorced, mother of two amazing adult children and grandmother of three beautiful grandsons ages 12,12 and 19. I have two precious dogs, both rescues and dear to my heart: Nasir, who is 3 yrs old and Magic, who is 1. I am an RN with an Associate Degree in Nursing, currently working nights as a Charge Nurse at an inpatient eating disorder facility.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news. Hmmm. Well, I recently self-published a short work titled ‘Destiny’s Champion’, which is a compilation of various pieces of roleplay/fan fiction written over several years’ time. These pieces do not come together to form a story, as they were not originally written with that intention. However, I structured them in a way I am hopeful readers will find unique and intriguing. My current WIP is called ‘Just Once’, an erotic short story set in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Much to my delighted surprise, since purchasing the cover image from photographer Eric McKinney in 2016, the model, Michael Yerger, has gone on to sign with a world renowned modeling agency, as well as having starred in a season of the hit television reality show ‘Survivor: Ghost Island.’
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
My interest in writing piqued during my sophomore year of high school, during which I joined the student staff of the school’s annual literary publication and was fortunate enough to have one of my poem’s selected for contribution. My next venture was a story about an Apollo space mission gone awry, written as a project for English class. I actually still have it – hand written in pencil and personally illustrated – somewhere within the depths of my closet jungle! LOL!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first considered myself a writer when I began writing role play/fan fiction, back in the early 1990’s, in an online game called ‘Ultima Online’ and was asked to join a group of writers for a community wide story line by my own design. It was an unexpected privilege and convinced me, for the first time ever, that my writing was actually worth sharing.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was inspired by the Disney movie ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.’ I’d already created a character who was a wraith, but was no longer using him in any writing projects. Missing him, I thought … WOW! Ancyous would fit perfectly in a story loosely based upon my favorite movie and thus, my novella ‘The Heart of Death’, was born!
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The story revolves around a quest for the main character’s heart which is believed to give the power to rule the Seven Seas to whomever succeeds in removing it from the chest of its spectral owner.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t know that I have a particular writing style. My preference is third person omniscient, which allows me to express the thoughts and feelings of each individual character without being guilty of head-hopping.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My current work in progress, ‘Just Once’, is semi-autobiographical in that portions of it are based upon myself and several of my real life experiences in New Orleans. The story line, however, is purely fictional.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I travel quite extensively…to my imagination!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I have been graced with the assistance of several extremely creative and talented photographers, models and artists in the designing of my book covers.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are no messages in the stories I write. I don’t go for ‘happily ever after’ endings, but follow the paths down which my characters lead me, be they joyous or lamentable.
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 have several favorite authors/books: Kate Aaron/the Free Men Series; George R. R. Martin/Game of Thrones, Fevre Dream; Anne Rice/The Vampire Chronicles; Jennifer Blake’s historical romances; Dan Jones/The Templars, War of The Roses; Laura Kinsale’s historical romances and ANYTHING written about Alexander The Great, regardless of author, fiction or non-fiction.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
The desire to rise above the jealousy of cyber bullies who have publicly slandered me in attempt to destroy my reputation along with my self-worth.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do not write for money or fame, but simply as fulfillment of a dream to see my work to publication. If my books are read and enjoyed by others, it’s an extra added bonus!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
The only thing I would change in my latest book is to add more pieces, which is definitely an ongoing consideration since there is still so much more to that roleplay.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I can’t say I learned anything during the writing of my recent book, aside from the realization that a story does not necessarily have to be written in a linear fashion in order to be compelling.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I would cast Orlando Bloom as Ancyous (The Heart of Death), Aiden Turner would be my Janus and Jared Leto my Aetius (Destiny’s Champion).
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Don’t let the haters bring you down!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I want to thank my readers for believing in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am currently reading ‘Dancing With The Lion: Becoming’, the first in a serious of fictionalized novels about Alexander The Great and his life-long lover, Hephaistion, written by Jeanne Reames. As mentioned previously, I read anything I can get my hands on about this iconic historical figure!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The first book that made enough of an impression upon me as to remain in my recall is ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Watching my dogs, Nasir and Magic, run and play together always brings me joy. I cry when people lie about me for their personal gain.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would LOVE to meet and spend time talking with …. YEP, you guess it! Alexander The Great! I find his legacy captivating…conquered half the known world, himself ever unconquered; his tactics so superb that they are studied at West Point to this day.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I am a Pirates of the Caribbean and Disney World fanatic. I also love New Orleans, which I refer to as ‘the city of my heart.’ My favorite hobby is … SLEEPING! 🙂 I also admin a FB Fan Page for stunt actor Winham Hammond who has appeared in the STARZ television series ‘Spartacus’, and numerous movies including ‘Lord of The Rings’, ‘Eragon’, and ‘Prince Caspian-The Chronicles of Narnia’.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t watch much television. There is only so much sitting, staring at a ‘box’ I can handle. I do watch the nightly news, both local and national, to keep up with the goings on in the world. I tune in to ‘American Idol, America’s Got Talent, Dancing With The Stars’ occasionally. ‘Victoria, Poldark and The Last Kingdom’ are my current vices, as was ‘Game of Thrones’.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My favorite food is Bread Pudding! My favorite color is teal. My favorite band is Thirty Seconds To Mars, although Jared Leto has changed over recent years, and not for the better in my opinion.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
My dream would be to own a little place in the French Quarter where I could disappear from the world and its worries.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
My last 24 hrs would be spent in the company of my family, cuddling my dogs and eating cake!
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I would like my headstone to read: She lived her best life
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I have an author page on Facebook and am in the process of creating a profile on Amazon. I also have book pages on Facebook for ‘The Heart of Death’, ‘Destiny’s Champion’ and one of my WIP’s ‘Kingdom of Darkness: Curseborne Legacy’.
Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Iris-McKairin/e/B07S7L851M/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1