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! My name is Marie Mistry and I’m 23.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Kent in England.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’ve just finished university where I did my masters in video games. Family-wise, I live with my long-term boyfriend, and I have two younger siblings, both still at university. I also have my fur-baby named Diesel, he’s a rescue and a Labrador-Rottweiler mix.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just released the second book in my Vice College for Young Demons series and I’m currently working on book three.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
The earliest evidence my mum has is at ten years old. What my ten-year-old self lacked in novel writing ability, she made up for with hand-drawn illustrations. I kept writing through secondary school, and eventually published my first book when I was eighteen.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Eek, that’s a toughie. Really, people I knew started using the word to describe me a long time before I felt like it fit. I don’t think there was a specific moment. I’ve just always liked doing it.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The first book I ever wrote was a weird cross between Lord of the Rings, Tomb Raider and the MMO RPG Runescape. I think the reason I wrote it was probably just because I loved the three and needed to see them combined.
As for what inspired me to write A Demon’s Horns (which I’m considering my first ‘proper’ book) I’d say a combination of random shower thoughts and a lot of reading RH into the night. I just loved reading the genre so much, I wanted to write it myself.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Oh my god,coming up with a title was hell. I must have gone through fifteen different working titles before my best friend suggested I just ‘go with whatever makes the main character special’.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t know if I have a certain style. I’ve always been told my work is quite dialogue heavy, but I wouldn’t call that a style. The most challenging part of my genre is keeping all the characters straight – which I made worse for myself by giving the character seven mates. I have a notebook specifically to help me keep track of everything. Even then, it’s difficult to keep it from sounding like the main character is just bouncing between men.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I would say very little. I tend to write to escape everyday life and basing the book on it would defeat the purpose. The one exception is probably Budapest when Enzo takes Lilith. I went on holiday to the city and fell in love with it enough to include it.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I wouldn’t say that I need to travel, but I get a lot of work done on trains. I don’t know why but sitting on a train helps me focus and come up with new ideas.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
A wonderful lady named Les (Germancreative) from Fiver. I had no clue where to go to get cover art and I stumbled upon her completely by accident. I have all four covers for the Vice College series done by her and paperback ones on the way and I LOVE them.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I think the message in every romance book is one of the most important messages of all. It’s that love conquers all, and that what people feel for one another is powerful enough to change the world.
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?
Oooh that’s a loaded question. I normally read at least one book a day, so there are a lot to choose from. Nalini Singh, Sarah J Maas, Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter – all total goddesses of romance. The way that their men are so devoted to the heroines is so heart-grabbing that it makes you want to leap into the pages and take their leading ladies’ place. New authors I’m easily falling for… Winter Rose wrote The Last Vessel and I swear I swooned when I read it and Renae Wright’s Immortal Secrets was a total page turner!
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My biggest cheerleader who always believed I’d get published was a lovely lady named Mo. She was my best friend’s nan and always called me her ‘adopted granddaughter’ and insisted I was part of her family. She read all my early manuscripts and pushed me over and over to keep submitting to publishers because she wanted the first paperback book I ever wrote, signed. She passed away this year and that was what made me self-publish A Demon’s Horns.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
It’s always been the only career I’ve ever wanted (much to the despair of my school careers advisor). I wouldn’t say that I think it IS my career yet though. Little indie authors like me don’t make enough to support themselves from their books, but when I do, I’ll be quitting my day job faster than you can say ‘custard’.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Ask me that question in a year, when I’ve obsessed over it a little more, and I’ll probably have a dozen answers for you. Every writer grows with every book they write. Right now, A Demon’s Gifts is the best thing I’ve ever written, but in ten years, it will probably seem as bad as my hand-illustrated scribbles when I was a toddler.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Soo much. My Beta readers teach me something new on every page. I didn’t even know adverbs were bad until they told me. Apparently, I was also using commas and speech marks together wrong this whole time… That’s just the grammar side of things. I’ve also learned that some words I consider completely normal are utterly alien to my American readers (suspender belts/garter belts – who knew).
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Sophie Turner. She is almost exactly who I think of when I imagine Lilith’s face, and I know she can play a strong female character growing into the role well after how she did with Sansa Stark in GOT.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
I don’t think I’m qualified to give advice to other writers yet. I’m still making my own mistakes! That being said – that’s probably the only advice anyone can give. Make your own mistakes and make them so spectacularly that you never make them again. Also, never write a prude version for your prude besties or you’ll be committed to doing the same for the rest of your career. You have no idea how hard it is to write the prude version of a scene with vibrating panties… just saying.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
The biggest ever thank you! I can’t believe people are reading my books and I absolutely adore every one of you!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I have two books on the go, The Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman and Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. I take a long time to read ‘proper’ books, but I rarely put down an ‘adult’ book once I’ve started it.But the last romance I read was Immortal Secrets by Renae Wright.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I remember my mum teaching me to read the Peter and Jane books. The first proper book would have to be either Harry Potter or Beaver Towers.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I cry at sad movies (Notebook, I’m looking at you over there). I even cry at movies that aren’t that sad (Dobby died – I cried). As for laughter, my partner is pretty funny, and I laugh at myself because I can be pretty stupid sometimes. Mostly I laugh at the little things because that’s what makes life worth living.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Zenobia or Boadicea maybe? I always wondered what an ancient warrior queen was really like.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I do a lot of craft things: sewing, embroidery, painting, etc. I also play the violin (badly) and I bake (with varying results). Oh, and I play videogames; I’m addicted to Assassin’s Creed and have all the platinums (except for Unity – damn you, multiplayer trophies).
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
All the nerd stuff. Star Wars, Star Trek, Star Gate, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Game of Thrones, Supernatural but also The Princess Bride, Pride and Prejudice and Disney movies.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
The first two are easy:Yorkshire puddings, green and purple. Music wise… I don’t have a favourite because I listen to things on completely opposite ends of the spectrum and I can’t compare them. I like film soundtracks, ehru music and the occasional well-written pop song, but I also listen toLinkin Park, Rammstein and Crownless. The only thing I won’t listen to regularly is jazz, because it only sounds right if it’s heard live.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I suppose I might leave my desk every once in a while, have good posture and get some exercise!
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I think I’d hop on a plane with my other half and find a place where you can see the stars properly – no light pollution. Then I’d just snuggle him till the end.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I’m more of a burial tree or funeral pyre kind of girl. No massive lumps of expensive stone necessary.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My Facebook group is always accepting new stalkers!
Mistry’s Inc (My Facebook Group): https://www.facebook.com/groups/mistrysinc/
My Amazon Author Page:
Amazon authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Marie-Mistry/e/B07T8JHTPT/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
A Demon’s Horns (Vice College for Young Demons: Year One): http://books2read.com/u/b57NaR
A Demon’s Gifts (Vice College for Young Demons: Year Two) : http://books2read.com/u/mqDGX6