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! My name is Jacquelyn Faye and I’m 46.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Born, raised, and lived all of my adult life in the suburbs of Chicago
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’m not old, but I have gray hair, I blame my children for that one 😉
Single mom of two amazing gray hair giving teens. My son is at university, and my daughter just started her senior year of high school. Also a mom of a Siberian Husky, a cat, and a bearded dragon.
I graduated high school in 1991, did some college, did some technical schooling, and design fiber optic networks. That has kept me going until I started writing.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just released the sixth book of the Lovin’ the Coven series and I’m currently writing the second book of The Fox and the Hounds series.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
My writing career actually started as a dare, seven months ago. I made friends with, and started working for, a small publisher a few years ago as a graphics designer/formatter. One of them dared me to write a book…so I did. Thus First Moon was born and started this crazy rollercoaster of a writing career.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Not until I held the first paperback in my hands. It still feels surreal and I still don’t introduce myself to people as a writer. Maybe one day.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My publishers. As for the storyline, I’ve always been infatuated with witches and when I started reading reverse harem books, the story just popped into my head.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Lovin’ the Coven is where it started. I named the series before the book, knowing exactly what I wanted the premise of the series to be. First Moon came from the name of her coven and the title of he book. Sticking with the theme, Second Blood, Third Charm, Fourth Rite, Fifth Essence, Sixth Sense, and Seventh Seal were named before the stories were written.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
My style is funny. I have to put a bit of my humor into every book I write. As to how I write, I’m a total pantser. Start at page one and write, no plot, no planning, just incorporate the title into the book somehow.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Absolutely zilch. My characters might share some of my personality, but they are totally based on fiction. Much to my disappointment, especially since I write reverse harem stories.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I wish! My stories take place in fictitious towns that I make up in my head. Cedar Falls, for example. I have been to Upstate New York, but the town itself can’t be found on any map. Shame, actually. I wouldn’t mind moving there. Especially for the diner.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Lovin’ the Coven was all me, with some direction from my publisher. The Fox and the Hounds was done by Carol Marques. She did an amazing job and it was nice to be able to focus on the writing without having to worry about finding cover art!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Life without humor isn’t living. No matter how dark, how dismal the situation, find something to laugh at. It helps you get through it.
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?
Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time for reading lately, so new authors…no. My favoriteauthor…without a doubt is Anne McCaffrey. When I was young, I fell into the world of Pern and fell in love with spaceships. THOSE were the books that got me reading and kept me reading.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Jen Wylie and Sean Hayden. They’re the publishers I mentioned before, and both authors. They not only talked me into this, but have been there for me every step of the way.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
NOTHING would make me happier. At this point, I do enjoy my day job, and the security it offers. One day, I might actually build up enough nerve to step away from that security and focus on my writing full time.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I fell behind with the last book. Actually had half of it written, threw it all out and started all over on it. I didn’t like the direction the characters took me. If I could do anything over it would be to get that time lost writing 😉
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
A few things actually. First, never give up. If writing is your dream, you’re the only person who can make it happen and the only person who can stop you from making it a reality. Second, writing is important, editing is importanter.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU. The love and support that you have shown me made this all worth it.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Rising Tide by Rebecca Royce
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The very first? No. The first one that got me addicted? Dragonriders of Pern.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Laugh, pretty much everything. Humor is life, even if it is dark and twisted. Cry? Sad puppy videos
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Sean Connery. Rawr
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I play computer games when I can and have recently become addicted to VR games. I own an Oculus.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m an American Otaku. If it’s anime, I’ve probably seen it.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I freakinglove food. Love too cook, love to eat, hate getting fat but it seems to be directly related to the other two. I couldn’t even begin to give you a favorite. I’ll try anything once.
Favoritecolor is forest green
Favorite music is anything not country or rap.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Sit on a beach sipping fruity cocktails and read.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Saying goodbye. And eating.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Respawning in 3…2…1…connection lost
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My website is under construction. Jacquelynfaye.com
But I’m ALWAYS in my reading group on Facebook. Coven of the First Moon
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME!