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 names. What is your age?
Our names are Tiffany and Robert, but as a writing duo, we go by the pen name, Tiffany Roberts. We’re both in our mid-thirties.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born and raised here in Idaho, and Robert is from New York.
Fiona: A little about yourselves (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Rob and I met on an online roleplaying chatroom on mIRC. We were both very passionate about writing and had similar interests, and we just really hit it off. We became close friends, and as soon as we talked for the first time on the phone, we became much more. We were together for three years online before Robert made the decision to move to Idaho to be with me. From there, we got married, had three beautiful, but crazy kiddos, and we’re currently working and doing what we love—writing.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
We recently released our second paranormal romance book called The Warlock’s Kiss, which is set in a post-apocalyptic modern world that is now overrun with fantastical creatures such as fae, werewolves, revenants (zombies) and more. We also have a novella from our Infinite City Series called Entwined Fates coming out October 8th in the Pets in Space 4 Anthology to help raise money for hero-dogs.orga non-profit charity that helps our service veterans and first responders. And we have a sci-fi romance called Escaping Wonderland set to release October 22nd as part of a collaboration with seven other authors.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
We both started writing when we were in middle school. It was a wonderful escape, and allowed us to create worlds and characters of our own.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourselves writers?
I considered myself a writer when I was in high school. I was writing short stories that I’d ‘publish’ on fictionpress, along with chapters to books I was writing. A friend and I would meet up in Barnes and Noble with a writer group where we’d read our work in progress out loud for critic. It was very intimidating when they were all so much older, and here we were, two teenagers, reading work that felt so inferior.
For Robert, the question is a bit complicated. He first realized that he wanted to be a writer when he was sixteen and first started to write daily, but years of day jobs and real life stopped that. It wasn’t until we sat down and actually wrote our first book (one that will never see the light of day) that he truly felt like a writer—following through to the end of something was what it took to solidify the feeling.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
While Make Me Burn wasn’t the first book we wrote, it was the first book we officially published. We had just published a short story that we’d written together in Sojourn: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction (Volume 2) called Ice Bound, and seeing our work finally in print after wanting to do this for so long made us realize that we could actually do it. The writing world had changed thanks to the rise of indie authors, and that had opened a door to us that would allow us to tell the stories we wanted to tell in the way we wanted to tell them.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
We just kind of threw out a bunch of titles that had to do with fire and romance and picked the one that sounded best, haha! Titles are so hard to come up with.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
If we have a specific writing style, we’re not really aware of it. We work as a team from the beginning of a book to the end, and we benefit from having male and female perspectives to draw from, which we hope helps flesh out both our heroes and heroines. Our first foray into sci-fi romance, Dustwalker, felt so right when we wrote it that we’ve been in love with the genre ever since. The amount of imagination and world building we get to exercise is delightful. The only challenge is in writing them fast enough to keep up with our own ideas!
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
We always strive for a realistic foundation in all of our books, even when they are fantasy, which means spending time in building the setting’s internal logic. While we’ve never consciously based our stories or characters on anything or anyone from real life, we often discover themes and subjects that reflect real life in hindsight. But that’s just the nature of inspiration and creativity—whether we realize it or not, we’re constantly absorbing information, picking up little quirks and aspects of people and environments around us that sneak into our writing later.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
We wish! If it were just the two of us, we could totally travel more often, but with kids and school, that makes it more difficult. We made a cross country trip to visit family in New York once, and we were kicking ourselves later for not having stopped in Cheyenne, Wyoming. We passed by it but didn’t go through it. Of course, we didn’t know what our plans would be at the time, but Dustwalker took place in Cheyenne. Instead, we had to settle with Google maps—which was actually really helpful and detailed!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Isis Sousa painted our Isle of the Forgotten Series covers, and Cameron Kamenicky and Naomi Lucas created all our other covers. We absolutely love the work they do for us.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
We’ve had a few reviews over the years saying that our books can sometimes be depressing, and we do cover some dark storylines sometimes, but we think even our darkest books have one unifying message: love conquers all.
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?
A new author whose work I love I have fallen in love with is Kathryn Kingsly. Her first book was released in March of 2019, and she recently finished her first series The Masks of Under which is amazing. I’m looking forward to more of her work.
My absolute favorite author is R. Lee Smith. Her world building is phenomenal, and her books are so detailed and emotional. She technically writes erotica horror, but they are so much more, and the romance that she includes makes her books that much better.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Author Grace Draven. Before we decided to give writing a serious try, I’d discovered Grace and enjoyed her books, so I followed her on Facebook. Once we made the choice to go for it, she was immensely helpful with sorting the ins and outs of the indie author world, and always gave us very detailed answers on everything. She never owed us anything, but she gave us her time and attention despite how busy she was, and we’ll always be grateful for the guidance she provided when we were just starting out.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
We are both currently writing fulltime, so yes it is!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope. Each book is written as it’s meant to be. Though we’ve had an urge here and there to go back and rework our older books, we always resist. We are still proud of all the books we’ve written, and we like that we can look back on them and see our growth as writers and storytellers from the beginning up to now.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
That publishing in a genre you’re not well known in is a little scary.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
For The Warlock’s Kiss, Emmy Rossum would be perfect for our heroine, Adalynn, and Aiden Turner would be a wonderful Merrick.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
B.I.C. (Butt In Chair) and just make the time. You can’t wait for the time, you need to make it.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
We love you!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Melier: Prodigal Son by Poppy Rhys. Love her books!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Though Robert knows he read other books before them, the first books he can recall reading that stuck with him were the Lord of the Rings books in middle school—they’ve shaped his interests well into his adult life. For me, the first ones that come to mind are Goosebumps. I was always a horror fan.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
For Robert…everything. For Tiffany…Robert. Haha!
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I don’t think there is one person specifically that I’d love to meet. Honestly, I’d love to meet those who I have befriended since we began writer—authors and readers alike.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Not since writing. 😛 We both enjoy going out to the movies together, playing games, reading. Rob also really enjoys drawing.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
American Horror Story, Stranger Things, and Game of Thrones. I really love older movies such as The Labyrinth and Rocky Horror Picture Show, adore horror movies, and would watch more romance if they had better endings (Hollywood needs to learn the happily ever after rule for romance!) Robert enjoys One Punch Man and My Hero Academia, anime shows he watches with the kids, but on the rare occasions that he watches any sort of TV alone he tends to watch nature and history documentaries.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Tiffany: Comfort food like mashed potatoes, chicken and biscuits, mac and cheese, fried chicken, etc. Purple, green, and gray. Music…just about anything I can sing to.
Robert: Tacos, Chinese food, almost anything involving peanut butter. Black, red, and purple. Thanks to Tiffany’s influence, I’ll listen to almost anything music-wise, but in my heart I will always be a metalhead (and will always be sad that the (mostly) European bands I like are extremely popular basically everywhere except the U.S.)
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Be really sad all the time. 😦 I honestly have no idea. I always aspired to be a writer. Possibly a party planner or baker. If Robert hadn’t pursued writing, there’s a chance he might’ve taken his art more seriously, and probably would do something with that instead.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my family, probably just talking and eating lots and lots of really good food.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Rob: He was all right, I guess.
Tiffany: Lived and loved with all her heart.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
We’re very active on Facebook, so feel free to check us out there at: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTiffanyRoberts/
Or you can visit our website at: https://authortiffanyroberts.wordpress.com/
Amazon Author Page USA : https://www.amazon.com/Tiffany-Roberts/e/B018WU1IQ4