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.
Hey everyone, my name is Louisa Mae or Lou for short.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live in Leeds, in the North of the UK. Think flat caps and whippets (kidding).
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I work full time handling complaints, I went to college and studied Travel and Tourism and after many years in the travel industry found my way through several jobs to where I am now. I’m independently owned and operated (single) and mummy to a crackers hamster called Max.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news *taps chin* It’s the end of August and I’ve already got my first ever Christmas story done. I’m not normally so organised. Planned my Nano piece, and am working on the third book in the ‘Dawn’ series, and plotting a Valentines special for the Voyeur series.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing after reading so much fanfiction and becoming friends with people in the community. The push to self publish came from my friend, Nicole Colville, she’d read one of my fanfics and demanded more. I turned 10k words in 110k words.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When my first book published and I got to hold it in my hand. That feeling never, ever gets old.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Innocent Man was fanfiction, and as I’ve said Nicole Colville read it and demanded more. We’re talking foot stamping, post it notes on my desk (we worked together) and much pouting. Turning a 10k short into more, was great, it gave me scope to tell the story better, and give my men the voice they deserved. That book contains one of my favourite lines I’ve ever written, and there are scenes which still reduce me to tears.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It was a fanfiction competition piece, I was given a prompt and it was about a man on death for a murder he didn’t commit. So it was obvious to me.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
My writing style is disordered. I can jump about in the story, writing what they want to show me and then trying to piece it together. The challenges come from within myself, I doubt what I’ve written as only want to do justice to the story my men need to tell. I wouldn’t ever write a book I wouldn’t want to read myself.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
For Innocent Man, there is nothing of my own life in there, but I have woven real events into books, it makes them more real.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t, but if I see something that inspires me. I’ll take a photo at the time. I have a folder of inspiration photos.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The majority are done by Tammy Clarke at Graphics by Tammy. When I got the proof for Innocent Man, I cried. It was perfect.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
No matter how bleak things seem you should never, ever give up hope.
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 seem to have got pickier as I’ve written more books, I seem to have less time to read. I’ve recently read AE Rycart’s books and love the fact they are set in London and have that unique London feel to them. My favourite writers, there are two who’s work I’ve read over and over again, it’s like a comfort blanket.. When I don’t know what to read, I will pick up either Nicole Colville’s or Jack L Pyke’s books. They are not alike at all, Jack’s are dark, deliciously so with a twist to them which I can’t get enough of. The weird thing is they both have a character called Gray in them, and he’s my ultimate book boyfriend in both their series!
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Without a doubt Nicole Colville. She supported and pushed me, we’ve had so many nights with wine and conversation. Nicole published a charity anthology where I published my first, ever book. If it wasn’t for her, I don’t think I’d have taken the leap.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
To be brutally honest, not at the moment. I am nowhere near well-known enough, or having enough sales to quit the day job.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not a thing. Once it’s out there and free, I could think about a million things I could do differently, but then I’d never write anything new.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
My most recent book was a short story, called Strangers In The Night, and I learned just how much I can pack into a short story without skimping on the storyline, characters, and of course the sex scenes J
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Innocent Man, I’d love to see Mark Ricketson, who’s a model play Theo. I found an imageof himonline while I was writing it, and my god. Him in glasses holding a book – *swoons*
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write from your heart, don’t get pulled into the whole writing a book to fit the latest genre which is popular, unless of course it’s something you want to write. Oh, and don’t take a bad review too much to heart. Everyone has an opinion, I got told one of mine was like reading a sex manual, and it proved gay sex is as ugly as straight sex. I have no idea what they were expecting, I’m always clear it’s Gay/MM books I write.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Stick with me, I promise there is more to come. Also, thank you, to everyone who’s borrowed in KU, bought the Kindle version, paperback, it means so much. Knowing people are reading your words is quite surreal, but without you, there’d be no point.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Death by C*ck by Susan Mac Nicol.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, but I grew up in a house where reading was encouraged, I was taken to the library every week by my dad and it was amazing. One of my fondest memories.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Lots of things. I laugh at inappropriate things most of the time. Crying, sad films/books, those I love being hurt.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’d love to have met my maternal Grandad. He died the month before I was born and he always wanted a granddaughter, he had four grandsons at that point.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I love watching F1, outside of writing which I class as a hobby, there isn’t time for much else other than reading, watching films, the usual
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I am currently watching the last in the series of Poldark, I’ve LOVED this series. I’m a huge Marvel fan and also adore X-Men and a decent horror film.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food, anything not overly spicy, colours, blues, purples and music, I have such an eclectic range from Metallica and Faith No More right down to Whitney Houston
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my family, telling them how much I love them. Then I’d go to Whitby Beach and watch the sun set while waves crashed on the shore.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Well I tried!
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I don’t! I do have a Facebook group, Louisa’s Lovelies where I share snippets and teasers. I’m also one of the founders of Talking RoMMance… with a british accent.
Louisa’s Lovelies https://www.facebook.com/groups/louisaslovelies
Talking RoMMance https://www.facebook.com/groups/551776582017623/
Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01GJ6MOQG
If you are in the UK Louisa Mae will be at The Shimmer UK Author Event on the 22 .2 20 in Birmingham for more info go to the FB Page shimmer Attendees Group