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?
Hello, I’m E.M. Shue and I’m looking at the dark side of 40’s, but excited to see what’s on the other side.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in Southwest Michigan but raised in Alaska. I’ve lived here most of my life and couldn’t dream of living any where else except maybe Ireland
Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e., your education, family life, etc.).
I don’t want this to sound like my resume so just quickly I’ve worked in the travel industry, the medical industry and even as a volunteer fire fighter. I have three girls ranging in age from 28 to 17. Only one of them still lives at home. My hubby is a real-life ice road trucker and dispatcher for a local up and coming trucking company.
I like exploring this awesome state that I live in and we travel as much as we can. Next year we are travelling to Ireland as a family and then to Australia for a book signing. I’m super excited to have two places marked off my bucket list.
I write action-packed sizzling romance. Currently I write the Securities International Series it’s a hot and steamy romantic suspense series with one main bad guy. It takes place all over the world but primarily in Scotland. All of my heroines are strong females and have jobs such as sniper, spy, computer hacker, artists and even dancers.
I’m a two-time Colorado Romance Writers of America Beverley award winner. This is an award that honors the hook of the book. So, the cover, blurb and first 20 pages have to hook the panel. I won in 2018 for Sniper’s Kiss in the Romantic Suspense category and then again in 2019 for Angel’s Kiss in the Contemporary Romance category.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news is the fact I’ll be publishing a brand-new suspense series. This one does have a close tie to Securities International but can be read as standalones. This series combines all the things I love suspense, sexiness, and some comedy. It also includes hot fire fighters and cops.
The other thing exciting is I’m writing two books in the Samantha A. Cole world. My Securities International and Caine & Graco Saga hotties are coming to the Trident Security World. In the new Samantha A. Cole Suspenseful Seduction World.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I always loved writing but never thought I would do anything more thanjournal and write business letters for the rest of my life until I woke up from a dream. I just couldn’t get the characters out of my mind and their story needed telling. I started researching and writing down the words, until my hubby had enough of me sitting on it and he pushed me to self-publish Sniper’s Kiss in May of 2017. The rest as they say is history. Eight books later S.I. has a mind of its own and now the Caine & Graco Saga is coming out of it too.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Honestly it took me publishing Sniper’s Kiss before I even considered myself a writer. I still don’t consider myself an author most days.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Like I said before it was a dream. In the dream I had it was a female highly trained cop and a British agent. Of course, I changed that up a bit. Also, in the dream they were trying to kill the man that hurt his sister her best friend. Finally, there was an explosion in the dream. I changed things up and made her a female police sniper, him a British SAS officer that currently works for a security company and the explosion happened in book three with another couple.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My family helped me. There were all kinds of thoughts but when I said Sniper’s Kiss it just stuck.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’m a pantser, no matter how much I try to plot or plan the story it takes over itself when I sit down to write it. Being a pantser is hard when I have such an integrated storyline. There is so much going on I must keep timelines and I need I’m constantly double-checking facts from other books.
Also, because my stories are current and contemporary, I have to research the areas of the stories I use Google maps street level to help with roadways and car chases. I don’t live in Scotland where the S.I. headquarters are but I’ve found property and use it to work into my stories, plus actual locations.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I try to put something of myself in each book or character. Or someone I know. I was a foster kid and brought that experience to Bekah. I have suffered from things in my past life that I use to be able to make some of the scenes more realistic. I try to incorporate my girls in the S.I. heroines too. Such as I wanted Maya to be strong and independent what I want for my girls. My Ana is a lot like my middle daughter Kelsey both artists that struggle every day. For Ana it’s with her nightmares and what she suffered and for my daughter it’s her health and the body God gave her that she has to battle every day with pain and discomfort. My newest heroine Kenzie is a combination of my oldest two daughters, my oldest is a 911 operator just like Kenzie and what she goes through is the struggle our family has with my middle daughter. Finally, my youngest daughter she is artistic musically inclined and a book nerd she is a part of all my girls but mostly she’s going to be my Nikki when I get to her book. But a lot of Vivian is her too.
As for my guys I have several former military men I talk to and all have a bit of my hubby in them. They have a bit of the men that shaped my life from my brothers, fathers (real and step), my foster father, my uncle and my grandfather.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I haven’t travelled to a lot of the locations I’ve written about but I’m going to start now. Like I said before I use the computer for a lot of my research. I’ve talked to people in those areas to learn speech patterns and common words. Next year I’m going to Ireland and we are hoping to be able to do a trip over to Scotland so I can do some further research.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My original covers were designed by Anna Crosswell of Cover Couture. Earlier this year I hired the talented Leah Holt of Always Ink Covers. She has done the redo of book 2 and 3 covers and all this year’s releases. She is currently working on the cover for Hope’s Kiss book 7 of the S.I. series and just finished the cover for Accidentally Noah the first in the Caine & Graco Saga.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That all girls are strong. That you can do whatever you set your mind to. Just because we have emotions, ovaries and other female parts doesn’t mean we can’t do something that a guy can do. When I was a volunteer firefighter I was constantly running into those issues. Guys thinking, I couldn’t do it because I was a girl or even my age because I was over 30 when I did that. Well hell I showed them.
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?
New to me authors that I’m really liking are Miranda Lynn, AJ Renee, JM Walker, Sarah Robinson and Samantha Lind. I have so many favorite writers Aurora Rose Reynolds, KL Donn, CP Smith, Natasha Madison, Samantha A. Cole, Rebecca Zanetti, Harper Sloan and Lani Lynn Vale.
When I read books, I like action adventure, comedy, hot and steamy romance, and characters that catch my attention. I don’t like weak females I’ve DNF (did not finish) a couple books if the heroine is a sissy. I write books that I like. Yes, I’m looking at doing sci-fi romance at some point because I like paranormal romance.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Wow there are a couple but one that read my unedited script and pushed me to get it out there is Wendy Olivia, she’s a close friend of our family and one of my best friends. Also, my two sisters in laws have pushed me to keep publishing and to get my words out there. I joke that one of them is my silent partner and she lets me bounce ideas off her and helps with business decisions.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do now. I’m currently writing full time. With my publishing schedule for next year this is the best time to do it. I’ve got at least 5 up to possible 7 books set to publish next yer.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Wow great question. With my latest book Identity’s Kiss that came out in August I wouldn’t have changed the story it became what it needed to be for the story and the series, but I would have loved to have had it out sooner then I did.
With Accidentally Noah that comes out in October, I can’t think of anything I would have changed with it. I’m excited for everyone to meet Noah and Kenzie. Also, to meet my Caine and Graco hotties.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned to trust myself more. I’ve learned with everything that happened before Identity’s Kiss published that my voice is what the readers love about my writing. They love the story and characters too. Because of the nature of this business I’ve learned to be careful what you say at all times. I’ve also learned that there are good people out there who just want to help, not for the glory or because they want something from you, they just want to help.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Oh man I have my ideas but if Sniper’s Kiss was made into a movie, I’d want Gemma Arterton to play the young Maya she eventually grows into Kate Beckinsale. I’ve always seen Daniel Cudmore as my Duncan.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep putting the words down. We all start somewhere and not everything that I write down is published but at least keep writing.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for your support I couldn’t do what I love to do if you didn’t read it. Also please leave reviews that’s a way to tell us writers you like what we do.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Right now, I’m reading two books. I’m doing research for my Samantha A. Cole world book by reading all her books currently it’s Absolving his Sins. I’m also reading Natasha Madison’s Pieces of Heaven.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Beverley Cleary Beezus and Ramona is one of my earliest that I can remember. I know there was some before that, but I can’t think what they were. I remember my mom reading the Secret Garden to us and one of my favorites is Jane Eyre.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My hubby laughs at me because I cry in a lot of movies and books. I’ll even cry at commercials sometimes. Laughing happens in our house on a daily basis with my family. With three dogs, three girls and a truck driver that made sure his girls had his sick sense of humor we are always laughing. We are constantly trying to out kid the kidder. We’re sarcastic and full of crap most of the time.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Elton John is who I always say when I’m asked because he isn’t afraid to be himself.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I read of course like crazy. I like to go fishing with the family. I’m a movie and music nut so I’m constantly finding new artists, new songs and new movies.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love police procedural shows, action-adventure movies and some dramas. Some of my favorites are Criminal Minds, CSI, Major Crimes, Rizzoli & Isles, all the Avengers and super hero movies, Die Hard movies (Christmas classics I watch every year), Downton Abbey, and Bones.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love a lot of foods that’s why I’m over-weight, ha-ha. I love comfort foods for me those are bangers and mash, biscuits and gravy, fried chicken with gravy, grilled cheese sandwiches, and Italian foods.
My favorite color is purple. But I like reds and greens too. I love Fall because of the maroons, golds and greens combining.
I love all genres of music. I was in choir for years until my vocal chords were damaged. I have playlists set up for my books because I listen to music as I write. That’s one of the ways I build my characters is by figuring out what kind of music they’d listen too.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
That wouldn’t be a very good future for me. Writing is my outlet for my emotions so it would be bleak if I couldn’t write now that I do it.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Loving on my family and spending time with them. I would spend everything I had to get all my girls in one spot again and mend my family to what it was before it became broken.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
First, I’m going to be cremated so I probably won’t have a headstone. Ever since I was kid, I’ve said I don’t want to be buried. But if my urn was set by a headstone, I would want it to say something like. She loved fiercely and gave the naysayers the middle finger.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My website is www.authoremshue.com there is a blog attached to it and I try to keep it updated. Also, I’m on lots of social media come hang out with me.
All Author: https://allauthor.com/profile/emshue/
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Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/e.m.shue/
Amazon USA – https://www.amazon.com/E.M.-Shue/e/B071KV3DMG
💋Sniper’s Kiss: Https://books2read.com/SnipersKiss
💋Angel’s Kiss: Https://books2read.com/AngelsKiss
💋Tougher Embrace: Https://books2read.com/TougherEmbrace
💋Love’s First Kiss: Https://books2read.com/LovesFirstKiss
💋Secret’s Kiss: Https://books2read.com/SecretsKiss
💋Second Chance’s Kiss: Https://books2read.com/SecondChancesKiss
💋Sniper’s Kiss Goodnight: Https://books2read.com/SnipersKissGoodnight
💋Identity’s Kiss: Htts://books2read.com/IdentitysKiss
💋Securities International Volume One: https://books2read.com/SIVolume1
💜Accidentally Noah – https://books2read.com/NoahCaine