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?
Hey, thank you so much for having me! My name is Emily Alter, I’m 21 –probably 22 by the time this interview goes live.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from a northern city in Spain. I also lived in an even smaller town (same country) that taught me to hate winter and snow with a raging passion. And now I’m going to be living in Madrid for the near future
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
So, I studied Psychology, and I’m starting a masters on Social Psychology this month –hence why I’m moving. I love everything that has to do with it, so we’ll see how it goes. As for family life, don’t know what I’m supposed to say. I only talk to my bio mother, pretty much. But I am in a poly family! And I have a Mommy/puppy relationship with my girlfriend.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Oh! I love this! So, last year I was contacted to take part in an anthology that would help kids in the Philippines. The theme is Enemies to Lovers, where I got to explore how one of my established couples in the series I’m working on got together, and after lots of work, it finally went live last month.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Ugh, now is when I sound super cliché, but… I’ve written for as long as I can remember. When I was a little kid my mother had one of like the first laptops, and I’d watch Xena the Warrior Princess and then write what would now be called ficlets about it. I wish I could have access to those files, to be honest.
But… Yeah. After that, I just kept writing, and reading, and writing some more. Sometimes it was just because I enjoyed it, and because I needed to let out all the stories, and all the overflowing imagination. Other times it was an outlet, because I needed somewhere to hide from all the bullying and toxicity that was going on in my life.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Hmm… I guess I always considered myself a writer. Now, an author? That was probably when I first got a five star review that didn’t belong to a friend or a family member, and that didn’t come from winning a high school contest.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Lots of things, honestly. More than Family is about false acceptance, about gatekeeping in the publishing industry, about issues within the queer community… There are things I’d change now, things I should edit because publishing it the way I did was kind of impulsive, when I was drowned by all the excitement of being in World Pride 2017 for the first time, but… At the same time, it was a story that I needed to tell, a struggle I kept seeing every day…
Also, I was in love with the characters, and they wouldn’t let me be.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Hmm, I’m guessing we’re still talking about my first book, and the answer is… I’m not one hundred percent sure. I kind of am, but I’m not sure what to say that wouldn’t spoil it.
Let’s just say that More than Family is about accepting that you don’t have to just be okay with someone pretending to accept you when they don’t, and accepting a chosen family is a much more beautiful thing.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I guess, yeah. People have said before my books aren’t the typical romances. Neither are very predictable at points. I take it as a compliment. I don’t know, to be honest. I love writing dialogue, and I love POVs that feel close to the reader and warm.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Which book are we talking about exactly? In general, of course there’s stuff based on my own life, and yes, I do want my books to be realistic, and reflect society (albeit I do try to avoid mentions of Trump existing, because… Trump, and a lack of energy).
I mean, I’ve been bullied like Ben is, I love Broadway the way Joshua does, even though I wouldn’t be able to make it in a million years, I am an activist, and I’m proud and loud about it the way Jake is, I was burnt out by my university and everything else going on at the time the way Elijah is, and Mason’s experience with anxiety is also pretty much based on mine, if not exactly the same. Justin is a swim instructor who would spend his whole life inside a swimming pool if he could, and I’ve been mocked about that before.
As for characters that haven’t seen the light of day yet, I have the same thoughts about education and today’s view of success as Garrett does, I once was the baby gay who wanted so badly to get into the scene but felt held back in a similar way to Alexis, and I love to eat up history facts. As for Paige, I’m nowhere near as confident as her, but we both play cello –or, at least, I did once upon a time.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, I don’t travel. I do research and Google Maps becomes my best friend (along with people from the places I’m writing about), but… I mean, I wish I could just take off and go to all the places on a whim.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The covers are designed by me, and lately my girlfriend is helping in exchange for my homemade brownies (she’d literally kill for them. It’s scary).
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In general, again? I guess the message is that love is love, but that may sound a little hollow, and it’s not all of it. Social justice is needed, and yes, love is love, but it’s not an explosive kind of thing that destroys everything in its path. It feels good, and it can be slow, and it requires communication, and consent, and all of those things.
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?
This isn’t me not wanting to promote (I’m always doing that), but… I literally have no idea how to answer this. I don’t have a favorite writer, and I’m not sure I’ve read any newcomers lately (but if people hit me up in the comments, I’m definitely willing to check them out).
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Entity… Sounds fancy. Online friends, definitely. My girlfriend, but she wasn’t in the picture while I was still unpublished.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, of course. That would be the dream. But, honestly, I’m taking it one day at a time. (Yes, I love that show, and yes, I’m still depressed it’s canceled).
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Resolve? I’m not sure. Maybe I would’ve been a bit nicer to Cole, had him go through a bit less… Or I would’ve given Justin lots of tattoos to scandalize Cole’s parents more. Who knows?
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned that it’s perfectly okay to cry with your own characters, and it’s a thing that actually happens and not just something people say for fun.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Resolve? I don’t know why, but when I think of Justin, I kind of picture Ricky Dillon. With shorter hair. As for Cole… I can’t think of anyone right now that fits his image, but it would have to be a wheelchair-user for sure. Representation matters. It definitely does when it comes to disability.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Carry on my wayward son?
Okay, nope, my Supernatural days are over, but… Just keep writing, and take things with a grain of salt.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Honestly, just… Thank you!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Right now I’m reading Lost and Found, by Raquel de Leon.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Nope. As in “actual book”? It would have been one of the The Famous Five books by Enid Blyton.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
What makes me laugh? Mommy’s puns.
What makes me cry? Right now, pretty much everything, but… Holding the Man.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Like, pretty much every author I read and obsess over.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Yeah, sure. Who doesn’t? Just because the first thing that came to mind was reading doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything else… right?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Lately I’m rewatching Glee with Mommy, but I’m super hooked up on Pose, Dear White People, and Mindhunter.
Yeah, it’s an eclectic mix.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food: I’m obsessed with a Hindu restaurant here, but also Japanese food is always a win.
Colors: No idea. It used to be orange, then purple… Now I’m thinking pink.
Music: BROADWAY. ALL THE MUSICALS. IT’S NOT EVEN FUNNY
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Social psychology, preferably working at a LGBT Center.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
In a dungeon.
All the gangbangs.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I’ve… literally just finished college. Do I have to think about this already?
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
The main way to be up to date with me is follow me on Facebook, to be fair. Also, my Patreon has lots of exclusive content, and special offers (“free” ebooks, paperbacks sent to your door…), but… Yeah, let me add the links below:
- Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/emilyalter
- Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/itsemilyalter
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/emiwhat
- Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/drYm8L
- Amazon Authors page USA : http://amazon.com/author/emilyalter
- UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Emily-Alter/e/B073LWQF19/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_3
Starstruck (Liberated, #1.5): https://www.amazon.com/Starstruck-Liberated-Book-Emily-Alter-ebook/dp/B07DH8DYW2/ref=pd_sbs_351_7?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07DH8DYW2&pd_rd_r=1fd345ed-7ee2-4d72-b493-a37474853cec&pd_rd_w=cl3GE&pd_rd_wg=SFO0F&pf_rd_p=d66372fe-68a6-48a3-90ec-41d7f64212be&pf_rd_r=AXBQSRCNMDX8QGH7MTHR&psc=1&refRID=AXBQSRCNMDX8QGH7MTHR
Trust (Demands, #1): https://www.amazon.com/Trust-Demands-Book-Emily-Alter-ebook/dp/B07G5JGYCY/ref=pd_sbs_351_6/132-8933430-2157758?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07G5JGYCY&pd_rd_r=a22b790a-3884-49e1-b531-bb2424077eb3&pd_rd_w=aI2VV&pd_rd_wg=3xpvh&pf_rd_p=d66372fe-68a6-48a3-90ec-41d7f64212be&pf_rd_r=ZH65WA2XVE3Z93DNF9YC&psc=1&refRID=ZH65WA2XVE3Z93DNF9YC
Resolve (Demands, #2): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RKLHKQS?ref_=dbs_pwh_calw_1&storeType=ebooks
Fighting Chances (an anthology I’ve been a part of, and I couldn’t be prouder of): https://www.amazon.com/Fighting-Chances-Enemies-Anthology-Anthologies-ebook/dp/B07VVGTN1J/ref=sr_1_1?crid=UC4TYH32YGOB&keywords=fighting+chances+anthology&qid=1568145206&s=digital-text&sprefix=fighting+ch%2Cdigital-text%2C239&sr=1-1