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?
Hi! I’m Rowan Thalia. I’m 42 years young.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Originally, I am from Louisiana. I have lived in Washington state for the last twelve years.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am a mom of two wonderful little humans, ages 4 and six. I have a bachelor’s in elementary education. I am in my 14th year of teaching. I teach 2/3 grade. And I write books! I have nine books published right now, with four in progress.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just teamed up with one of my closest author friends and we’ve started a co-write together. I’m pretty excited to be writing with Darcy Ray.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing poetry when I was sixteen. I’ve always been sort of a dreamer, and writing has been a way for me to express myself. I didn’t start writing novels until a little over a year ago.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always considered myself a writer. I didn’t consider myself an author until my first book was published.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I began writing my first book, Binding Rayne, to have something for myself during a difficult time in my life, separating from my children’s father. The topic of Binding Rayne was inspired by all of my favourite books.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Well, basically a lot of brainstorming until something stuck! Rayne is the main character of the series. Binding alludes to how she is matched with her mates.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I suppose everyone has their own writing style. I tend to write more toward the supernatural/horror side of things even though I write Reverse Harem Romance. The tricky part of writing RH … I suppose is developing the romance between so many characters and making sure they all get equal ‘face time’ in the story.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
There are always bits and pieces of my life interwoven in my stories. I don’t know if I could quantify how much, but they are there.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, but I only write about places I have been.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I have had a few cover designers. My first series, Keepers of the Talisman, was designed by Reaper Designs. My second series, Soldiers of Blood and Ruin, was designed by Rising Phoenix Covers. My third and fourth series, Juniper’s Sight and The Manhunter were both designed by Inked Imagination. And finally, my upcoming books have covers by Rainy Day Artwork.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Love is love. Fight for what you want. And in the Manhunter: Break the Silence around domestic/sexual abuse.
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?
Darcy Ray is a new writer, and we are teaming up together. She’s a talented writer and an amazing person. My favourite writer is Anne Rice. I love everything about the world that Anne builds. My favourite RH author is Serena Akeroyd. She’s just amazing.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My group of author friends. I have been lucky to meet some fantastic people along my journey. To name a few: Jarica James, Blake Blessing, Ann Swan, Darcy Ray, Nikki Bopp, Bo Reid, and Suki Williams.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Right now? Not really, I’m not known enough for this to be my career. I’d like to to be, but right now it’s a really expensive hobby – and that’s okay. I write for me, and if other people enjoy it too, that’s bonus.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not one single thing.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I would say that if a writer isn’t learning, they aren’t writing well. I always learn something from my stories.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Gosh, that depends on which book. For Rayne, I would choose Zooey Deschanel. For Rox, Rosario Dawson. And for Mia, Isla Fisher.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write every day. Get a support team and a trustworthy beta team.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you. Thank you for reading my books and leaving reviews. I appreciate being given the chance to step into your imagination and dance around.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading an ARC of a friend, Simon Dillion.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The first book that I read and loved was Interview with a Vampire.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Lots of things.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’d love to meet Ian Somerhalder. He’s my man crush.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Hiking and writing.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I watch all the horror movies.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favourite food: Sushi. Favourite colour: Purple. Favourite music: Don’t have one.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I suppose I would mom and teach, as I do now.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Camping with my children.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Loving mother, pretty darn good writer
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?