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?
My name is Thea Valentine and I’m 43 years young.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I was introduced to the world of writing many years ago when a position at the high school newspaper opened. Writing became an outlet that allowed me to share stories that developed in my mind. Ideas were constantly developing, a notepad and pen were a main necessity. Through the years, I have written several short stories, but never considered publishing. It wasn’t until a few years ago when a detour, on the writing road, led me into the horror genre. Enjoying the genre, I needed to explore other worlds of writing. That’s when the romance genre grabbed my attention. I enjoy writing paranormal romance with a slice of horror.
I am married to a man, whom I call, not only my husband, but her best friend. Being pen pals for over a year we decided to have a once in a lifetime, short courtship. 25+ years later we’re still happily married with two boys, a daughter in law, three grandchildren and two four legged babies. When not writing, I enjoy anything to do with the ocean, reading, writing, wine, coffee, photography, bee conservation, birdwatcher, squirrels and just enjoying life to its fullest.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m involved with a few different projects. Starting in 2020, I will be working on stand alone projects. Then in 2021, I will be putting out two projects that I’m so excited to get out there to my readers.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing in high school, so you can say over 20 years ago it all started. I worked on other stuff as well. It brought joy to my life. I had some family stuff going on and writing gave me that outlet.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
In 2014, when I published my first book.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My husband has always been an inspiration. He came up with a part of the book and I built the story around it.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
After much thought I took bits and pieces from the story and the title was born.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t think I have a specific style. I just write what a feel.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
In most of my work you can find realistic and experienced based events from my own life.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not really. I just want to give them an outlet to escape from reality for a short time.
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?
New authors that have grasped my interest….Alexandra Reed, Samantha Rae, Anna Edwards, Claire Marta, Tiffany Carby, E.S. McMillan, John Brugge, Mia Jones, Kitka Buchanan, Judy Swinson, Laney Smith, Marie Ahls, Fey Simmons, S.E. Roberts
My favorite author is Janet Evanonich and Debbie Macomber….I know you asked for one, but it’s tied between these two authors. I enjoy Janet’s books for when I want a good hearty laugh and Debbie’s books are for when I want a really good romance.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
It would have to be my publisher, Sam Clingenpeel
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I do
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, my book is exactly the way I want it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
One thing I learned is don’t let it stress you out.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I’m not really sure. I have muses for when I write, but I don’t know if I would want them to play the lead in a film.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Don’t give up. People can be very cruel to authors and most of the time its due to them missing the story. Writers have an idea when they write. You will have readers that will love your work and then you will have people that hate your work.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I just want to thank them for standing by me.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I don’t get a lot of time to read since I’m writing and doing a few other things. So it does take me longer to finish a book. But right now I’m reading Grayson Falls by Alexandra Reed.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Wednesday Witch by Ruth Chew
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Many things make me laugh. My husband, John is always capable of making me laugh. As for crying, I tend to be emotional and will cry if I’m overcome with happiness. I’ve found myself crying when I hear of bad things happening to animals, children, those with special needs and senior citizens.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would really love to meet Bing Crosby. I want to hear him sing White Christmas.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Writing, collecting Christmas ornaments, bee conservation, birdwatching, photography
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Live PD and Hallmark Channel
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favorite food: Mexican
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Music: Christmas or Big Band/Jazz
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would continue what I’m doing now. I would be a homemaker.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live, how would you spend that time?
Spending as much time with those that I love, doing all of the things I love to do.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Om Mani Padme Hum which means “The jewel is in the lotus”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTheaValentine/
Amazon Author page USA : amazon.com/author/theavalentine