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 Fiona, thank you for having me. My name is Alexandra Reed, and I’m thirty-eight years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born and raised in South Africa, spent a couple years in Botswana and relocated to the UK when I was twenty-one years old. I’ve since settled in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I was raised an only child, and we moved around a lot while I was growing up. I never knew when we would move again, so I retreated into the world of reading and daydreaming. From there, I began to imagine my own stories.
Both my parents have passed away over ten years ago now, but I’m quite lucky in that I consider my friends to be my family, and I quite enjoy my own company.
Since being in the UK, I’ve taken numerous writing courses, a forensic science course, parapsychology course, proofreading and editing course, and even an astronomy course. Currently I am studying philosophy, screenwriting, social media marketing, and Adobe InDesign.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’ve just recently released two books; Pineapple Crush and Grayson Falls. Pineapple Crush is part of The Ice Cream Shop Series of books that were published throughout the month of July. It was an amazing project to be a part of and an honor to be invited to take part.
I’ll be publishing a short story in a Christmas Anthology due out in November called Holiday HiJinx. It’s set in the same town as Pineapple Crush, and the characters will be making appearances in future Shop Series instalments.
I’m also working on a Halloween horror short for another anthology due out in October, called Evangeline. Once I’ve completed that, I’m on to another project for the Shop Series.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always loved reading and somewhere along the way that love transferred to writing my own escape from reality. It’s always been a part of me, in my blood, and it’s a form of expression for me that keeps me sane.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Officially? I think it was when Graveyard of Memories was finally published. Truth be told, I’ve always thought of myself as a writer. The confidence grew with every word I wrote, every assignment I submitted and received a distinction grade for, every time someone read some of my work and it left them wanting more…
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was at a very dark stage in my life throughout the entirety of writing Graveyard of Memories. It was a difficult book to write as I put quite a few of my own experiences in it, whether it was emotional, mental, or physical. This was the reason it took me three years to write and publish it. My main inspiration for it was down to my love of The Walking Dead. I had the extreme pleasure of meeting most of the cast at the very first Walker Stalker Convention in London three years ago, and it only fuelled the need for Graveyard of Memories to be about more than just the zombies.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It was inspired by a song of the same name by a South African musician. It also relates to how I consider my memories of growing up in an abusive home – as a graveyard of memories.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’m not sure I have a specific style. I like to write from multiple points of view as I believe there are always two sides to every story. I think the thing I find the most challenging is staying focused. Every time I’m writing one book, I find myself inundated with ideas for other books. I have discovered that I find writing horror harder than I used to. I prefer writing contemporary romance or paranormal romance.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
All my books have snippets of real-life experiences, emotions and thoughts from my own life in them. Graveyard of Memories more so than the others. It explores the horrors of human nature and what people will do to survive in certain situations. I like to think that Darcy from Grayson Falls, and Ellie from Pineapple Crush exhibit certain aspects of my personality and experiences too.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t have the means to travel unfortunately. Majority of my research is done over the internet, talking to people, and merely by creating fictional towns and worlds.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Graveyard of Memories was designed by Tiffany Lynne of Gray Publishing.
Grayson Falls was designed by Francessca Wingfield of Francessca’s PR and design.
Pineapple Crush was designed by Tiffany Sokolowski of Fiery Vision Publishing and Graphics.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I like to think that one of the main messages through all my work is that people can get along regardless of differences, whether it be race, religion, beliefs, views, or other, if they only communicate and work together. The message I would love for them to grasp is that love always wins out.
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?
There are so many new to me authors that I’ve enjoyed reading lately. Laney Smith, Tiffany Carby, Samantha Rae, E.S. McMillan, Thea Valentine, A.B. Turner, Ali Reynolds, Marie Ahls, Stephanie Nichole, Kristine Raymond, Keren Hughes, Ainsley Jaymes, Anne Malcolm, John Brugge, Mia Jones, Judy Swinson, Jessie Butler and Hanleigh Bradley – to name a few.
My favorite writer depends on Genre. For Horror, it would be Dean Koontz or Stephen King.
RomCom’s would be Emma Hart.
Drama’s and Historical would be Danielle Steele and Lesley Pearse.
Crime and Thriller would be James Patterson, Caroline Kepnes, and Erica Spindler.
I love reading different genres and writing styles. The more variety of authors I read, the more I learn not only about writing but about myself too.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My best friend, Agata has been my rock throughout my writing experience. I honestly don’t know what I would do without her support, input, and guidance. No matter where I am in the writing process, she always lifts me up, motivates me, and inspires me.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do. I know I’m only starting out and I have a long way to go, and a lot to learn before that could be a possibility, but that is one hundred percent my goal.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
My latest book is Grayson Falls. I don’t think there is anything I would change other than maybe fleshing it out a bit more, but regardless, it’s one of my favorites.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
With every story I write, I learn more about myself, my style, what works and what doesn’t. I learn which stories come easier to me than others. I learn what type of characters I enjoy writing. I’m sure that this will all continue with future works too.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Good question, hmm.
Graveyard of Memories – Drew / Tyson – Joe Manganiello
Kate – Lauren Cohan
Pineapple Crush – Jude – Jared Padalecki
Ellie – Lily James
Grayson Falls – Grayson – Chris Evans
Darcy –Lili Reinhart
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Have faith. Learn from other writers and learn to take criticism. Above all, if writing is your passion then don’t let anyone deter you from doing it.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Just that I value each and every one of them. I am beyond honored and thankful to all my readers for taking the time to delve into my worlds. Thank you for being awesome.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I have about three books on the go at the moment. Stephen King’s It, Seth King’s Fem, and A.B. Turner’s The Attention Seeker.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
My very first mature read was Dean Koont’s Lightning when I was about twelve-years old.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would absolutely love to meet Chris Evans. He just seems like a truly upstanding and friendly guy.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
That involves having time to do them, right? Lol. When I can, I read, watch movies, tv shows, knit and crochet, and play games.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
The Walking Dead, Supernatural, NCIS, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, SVU.
Captain America, The Avengers, Stephen King’s IT (1990’s version), Twilight, Scream, Dead Poet’s Society, St Elmo’s Fire, Twisted, The Greatest Showman, Mamma Mia’s, Indian Summer, Serendipity, While you were Sleeping, The Skeleton Key.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Seafood, steak, mac n’ cheese, pizza, chicken. I love shades of purple, blue, pink and black. I mostly listen to 80’s, country, pop and instrumental (piano, violin, sax).
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would continue to do what I do now, just without the pleasure of writing. Mostly, I would read.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I’m not sure. Probably spend it with my best friend or go on an adventure.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Wow, never thought about that. I honestly don’t spend too much time planning my death lol.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Here are a list of all the ways readers can get in touch and keep in touch with me!
Graveyard of Memories
Model: Nathan Hainline
Cover Design: Gray Publishing Services
Purchase Link: http://mybook.to/UniversalAmazonLink
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Brothers Drew and Tyson Hawkins embark on a search for one another, but soon find themselves confronting more than just their inner demons.
Kate Reilly is a scientist with a secret. A secret, which could either destroy her, or be the key to humanities future existence.
Individual lives collide, intertwined, not out of choice, but out of necessity. Friendships are formed and romance blossoms as a group of survivors fight their way to safety.
In a world where the dead aren’t quite dead, and life as it was has ceased to exist, the only option is to survive – or die. Faced with the choice of allowing your fear to be your downfall or your saving grace, all you can do is hold on and keep going before your entire existence becomes nothing but a Graveyard of Memories.
Warning: Contains triggers that may be disturbing to some readers.
Cover Design: Fiery Graphics
Publisher: Fiery Vision Publishing
Purchase Link: https://books2read.com/u/brpzo7
The Ice Cream Shop Series Website: https://icecreamshopseries.com/
The Shop Series Page: https://www.facebook.com/theshopbookseries
The Shop Series Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/theshopbookseries
Ellie Dalton was in trouble, or rather, her business was. So, when her best friend suggests she hire a PR guy, Ellie knew she had nothing to lose. Except her heart.
Jude Cavanagh is good at his job. His job is to market people and their brands, but when he meets Ellie, all he wants to do is sell himself – to her.
Together they come up with a brilliant idea to inject some fun into her business and some cocktails into her ice-cream. Adventure, fun, romance and mayhem follow as Ellie and Jude are thrown together in a bid to save Pineapple Crush.
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Model: Nathan Hainline
Cover Design: Francessca Wingfield Francessca’s PR & Designs
Publisher: Fiery Vision Publishing
Purchase Link: mybook.to/GraysonFallsFVP
The last thing Darcy Quinn expected when she stumbled upon Grayson Falls, was a town built from supernatural legacy, with mystical powers, that had become home to all things paranormal.
On the run from her past, she discovers more than she’d bargained for when drop dead gorgeous Grayson rescues her and takes her into his home. As secrets are revealed, fate intervenes and legends of the past are brought to life, and Darcy’s purpose becomes evident.
Grayson Ashford is more than just the town Sheriff. He is not only responsible for the future of Grayson Falls, he also has a prophecy to fulfil. Regardless of how resistant he is to his fate, he cannot help but give his life, and his heart up to destiny when Darcy comes into his life.
In a town where magic lives, the impossible is possible, and creatures of your wildest imagination roam free – two hearts and souls collide, drawn together by the inevitable, to discover a love worth dying for.
Welcome to Grayson Falls…
Thank you, Fiona, for taking the time out to interview me. I really appreciate it. All the best.