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 Faith Marlow and I’m 40 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Knoxville, TN

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I am a Paranormal/ Dark Fantasy/ Urban Fantasy/ Horror author, basically I love all things creepy. My husband and I have been married for twenty- two years, long term high school sweethearts. I work in the IT field by day, and write at night. Our son is a junior at East Tennessee State University.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Most recently, my short story Sleepyhead has been accepted into the charity anthology. Clarissa’s Dreams Redux in honor of Cancer patients, survivors and those who we’ve lost. I am also very close to completing the third book in my Being Mrs. Dracula series. This has been a very long project for me, so I’m very excited.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing poetry in the fifth grade but I had dreamed of being an author long before that, around Kindergarten. My favorite book was “The story of Ferdinand” and I loved it so much that I marked out the author’s name and wrote mine over it in my five year old scrawl.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I had dabbled with it and actually wrote a fantasy novel (that will probably never see daylight) and entered several short story contests before writing Being Mrs. Dracula. I think I truly began to see myself as a writer in a serious sense when my short story “Chuckles” was accepted into the Cirque D’Obscure anthology from CHBB (currently out of print).

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My “starter” book was inspired by characters my husband and I created in a MMORPG game we had played for years. However, I consider my first book to truly be “Being Mrs. Dracula”. I was inspired to write this book because I wanted to read it and I couldn’t find it. I had loved stories of Dracula for years and always thought the brides were interesting but little was ever said about them. When I read Bram Stoker’s Dracula, there was very little information about these characters and it referred to them as “weird sisters”. While researching the idea, I looked at the historical Vlad III, who many considered to have inspired Stoker’s count. Again, much of the history surrounding his wives, especially his first wife, had been lost. Even her name had been forgotten. I decided to bring depth and life to these overlooked characters and to explore the historical figures for inspiration. Valeria and “Being Mrs. Dracula” was born.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I wanted to emphasize their relationship with Dracula, not just their status. So I decided to call the book “Being Mrs. Dracula” as opposed to Countess to show that intimate relationship was at the forefront of the story and they were the main characters, not Dracula. He is a supporting character in my story.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I think the biggest challenge I have faced with “Being Mrs. Dracula” is simply getting the historical side of things as accurate as possible. Since it does contain epistolary writing style with the brides’ journals, dates are dropped, historical events, locations, etc. As my stories travel through history toward present times, I have to make the things they come into contact with are accurate for the time. This can create a research rabbit hole that I don’t have to deal with in my present-day setting novels.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Considering the nature of the story, we don’t have very many shared experiences but I do try to place myself in Valeria’s shoes. I think her actions are very reflective of what mine would be. She doesn’t always think things through but her heart’s in the right place- most of the time.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

I am an armchair traveller. I have been all over the earth on google maps but not in person. It would be a dream come true to visit Romania.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Rue Volley has designed all my covers with images I have chosen and a basic idea from me. She creates images I never knew I wanted. I’m in love with them.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I think I would want someone to take away the message that nothing is final so long as we are breathing and trying. Valeria faces so many situations where she wants to lay down and die, but she knows a better life is out there for her. She craves that better life and defends her loved ones from the world. I think that is the message I want them to convey to the readers. Don’t underestimate yourself. Don’t settle and never give up on finding your happiness. You deserve to be happy and loved.

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?

I admire many of my fellow CHBB/ Vamptasy authors and read as much of their work as I can to show my support.

Lily Luchesi is a fantastic paranormal/ dark fantasy. She creates amazing worlds and produces so much quality work. I was fortunate to co-write “Soul Syndicate” with her and it was one of the best things I could have done for my career. I learned so much.

Carmilla Voiez is one of my favorite horror/ dark fantasy authors. Her stories are beautifully dark, dangerous, and sexy as hell. I love diving into her books.

Jenn Nixon is my favorite, go scifi author. Not only are her stories exciting they have heart, which appeals to my cuddly side.

If I am looking for steamy reads, I pick up a book by Felicia Fox. Some of her sexy stories also have supernatural elements to them and I really enjoy those.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

I didn’t have very much outside support until I was published just because nobody knew. Family and friends supported me before and now, but it took getting published and meeting my CHBB family to get that outside support and encouragement. I am very grateful to be a part of that family.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Most certainly. It is more than a full time job. Each aspect of it is a full time job, writing, editing, marketing, advertisement, research and development, etc. If I had two clones, I would still need a third.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I would go with this outline first instead of needing so long to get it straight.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I certainly did. I fought the story so hard but it just wasn’t moving. I couldn’t get any momentum. I deconstructed the story one scene per word document, reassembled, and finally started making progress. I wish I had done that years ago.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

I would love to see Valeria played by Clemence Posey, or maybe Sophie Turner orSaoirse Ronan. I think any of those ladies would be wonderful as Valeria.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Keep your courage. Write your story for you. Don’t write what you think other people want you to write. Your heart won’t be in it and the readers will know.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you! Time is one thing you can never get back and if someone chooses to spend their precious time reading one of my books, I am truly flattered. A special thank you to those who have been waiting years for “Being Dracula’s Heir” and encouraging me all along. You have kept me going when I wanted to give up and I love you for it.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I just finished “Broken Mirror and other Morbid Tales” by Carmilla Voiez and my next book with be her new release “Ribbons”.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I am easily entertained, so it doesn’t take much to make me laugh. I love that about myself. As far as what makes me cry, aside from the obvious tragic things, I am a sucker animal stories with happy endings. The story of Mr. G the goat and Jellybean the burro most recently! Heart warming things make me cry. Truly tragic and sad things tend to make me more angry than anything because of the injustice of it.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Marilyn Monroe because I would like to talk to her as a person, not an icon. That side of her was overlooked.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Between my day job and writing, I don’t have a lot of time to invest into a hobby. I do enjoy working out and want to get back into my running. I do crafty things on occasion, like my Krampus tree topper and decorations I made last year for Christmas. I love watching horror movies, too.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Creepy reigns supreme. American Horror Story, Black Mirror, and Stranger Things are my top three.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

My favorite food is Breakfast, all of it! I would suppose, judging by my closet, black is my favorite color. I love dark colors. My favorite band, forever and always is 10 Years. At least one of their songs is on my soundtrack for each project I have written. I love them so much that I have a lyric from my favorite song (11am Daydreamer) by them tattooed on my right forearm.

“The daydreamer’s nightmare is to never even try.”

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

I can’t imagine myself being alive and not wanting to write. I tried to quit and it lasted a day and a half. If I cant type, I will dictate or make someone else type it for me. At the very least, I will always be a story teller even if its just spoken out loud and disappears. It’s so much a part of who I am that I’m not sure I can be without it.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

With my husband and son. A few texts to a couple of dear friends, and then spend time remembering all the good times.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

I don’t want a headstone. I want to be cremated and scattered somewhere- anywhere but over water because I’m terrified of it. I don’t want a place where anyone can grieve over me or a plot of land to worry over it. My memory in the hearts of people who loved me and my books are all the memorandum I want. I will live on there

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Yes! You can find me on Facebook. I’m very active and responsive.

www.facebook.com/authorfaithmarlow

Instagram is my second favorite hangout

https://www.instagram.com/faithmarlow/

And of course my website

www.faithmarlow.com

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