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?
Old enough that hot flashes are my personal nemesis.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’ve lived in a few US states but mostly in Connecticut
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
My educational background is in computers, but I’m currently retired. I live a pretty introverted life with my fiancé.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My most recent release is Him Improvement, an opposites-attract story about a rich real estate developer and a used bookstore owner.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing seriously (meaning I actually finished what I wrote and then did something with it) in 2014 as part of NaNoWriMo.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think I’ve always considered myself a writer, just one who didn’t get a lot of writing done, but publishing my first book was a big step forward.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The first book I wrote and published (it wasn’t the first book I published, but I did eventually publish it) was very wish-fulfilment. It was about a middle-aged woman with two younger lovers. I thought I’d enjoy that.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The book is called My Guys because the narrator has two guys.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
In terms of genre, I’m all over the place, so the challenge is marketing. Not all my readers want to read all my books. But I’d say that what my books all have in common is that they’re character driven and, as my tagline says, feminist friendly.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
None of my books are based on events in my own life, but they all include a little piece of me in there somewhere. I often use hobbies or places I know well to add color.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I have one book that’s based on a trip I took. It’s called High Lonesome and takes place in a mountain lodge. Other than that, most of my books are just set in the United States, typically somewhere I’ve at least visited. My default is Connecticut since that’s what I know best.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I’ve worked with a variety of cover designers, and if I only need something simple, I’ll do my own. The cover for Him Improvement was done by Alexandria Corza via Dreamspinner Press.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In Him Improvement, I’m trying to emphasize that compromise is possible and that people can learn and grow. Mac and Hailey, the two main characters, are in a position where they could treat each other as enemies, but they continually bend toward each other rather than away.
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?
Reading romances growing up, I was really impressed by Nora Roberts and how she could write so many books and have them all be so different. I strive to not write from a formula. In terms of new authors, I’ve got a few friends who released their first books recently and I think they’re all great but if I start naming them I’ll never stop.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Other writers have been great, especially those who are at the same spot in their careers or just a little ahead of me. In particular, there was one critique partner who kept pushing me to self-publish and then an in-person writing buddy who helped me with some of the early steps.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, but not one I expect to make day-job money from. I’m retired now, so this is supplemental income, but I do put a lot of hours into it every week.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Only the title. I came up with a few titles and ran them past some people, and they all chose this Him Improvement, but it wasn’t my favorite. I sort of wish I’d gone with the one I felt best represented the book even if it wasn’t as marketable.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
This was my first time working with a publishing house rather than self-publishing, so there was a lot that was new. It was a great experience, which hopefully I’ll repeat.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
The guy on the cover looks a little like Chris Evans, and I’m sure he’d be a box office draw.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
It’s not my advice but “you can’t edit a blank page.” Just keep writing, then keep editing, then keep submitting/publishing. Focus on whatever’s on your plate today, not who’s going to play the lead in the movie.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Just that I’m grateful to them, especially to my Kindle Unlimited readers who were the first to give me a chance.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Triangulation, the second book in the Borealis Investigations series. It’s amazing. More of a detective series than a romance series but there’s so much pining. I can’t wait for these two guys to get together.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No. I’ve always loved books but my memories don’t go that far back.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I was literally laughing out loud at some of the dialogue in Triangulation the other day. I usually only cry about happy things.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’ve got a writing friend who lives across the country from me. I’d love to get together with him in person someday.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I’m a runner and a rock climber and I do light design for a community theater. You’ll see all that in my books.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I really don’t watch things. I much prefer to read.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I like sweets—chocolate, cake, all of it. My taste in music runs to Broadway musicals and pop if it’s catchy and has good lyrics. I’ve never managed to pick a favorite color. I have a least-favorite, which is pink. I’m tired of the pink.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I hope I don’t find out.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Eating all the sweets and making phone calls to tell people what they’ve meant to me.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I don’t want a headstone. Cemeteries feel like a waste of space to me.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Absolutely! Readers can visit my blog for updates or subscribe to my newsletter to have everything conveniently emailed about once a month. I have a free story collection which gets added to frequently and newsletter subscribers receive a password they can use to download the stories in mobi or epub format for offline reading.
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