Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Hello! Thank you so much for having me! It’s very nice to meet you!
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Charity Bailey and I am 33 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Wichita Kansas.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am married with a 5yo boy that keeps me on my toes. I write dark romance and I love to binge Netflix and spend time with friends and family. I don’t currently work anywhere at the moment, but I used to be a cosmetologist before I had my son.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just came back from my first signing which was an incredible experience! I can’t wait to do another one. I also have a new book called “R.I.P.” coming out soon, though I’m still figuring out the release date. Sometime next month I’m planning on.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing since I was really young and least nine or ten. I’ve always loved telling stories and being able to control the way they go.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably when I decided to publish my first book. But now I believe if you’re writing, you are a writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
A few things. At the core I wanted write something that was so raw it affected people on an emotional level for days. Also, the Jacee Dugard story had a bit of an impact on me while I was writing. It’s the first in a series so her story didn’t inspire the concept, but it did inspire a lot of the emotions portrayed in the series.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I thought for a while on it. I wanted it to be a clear mix of dark and light as well as incorporate something to do with sweets. While playing around with options, it just came to me and I knew that was it!
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 thing that is so common in all my books is the mix of light and dark concepts. Combing the funny and dreary, the sweet and the cruel. Balancing those things is so fun to me. The most challenging part for me is being sure each book is clearly its own entity without reminiscence of my prior books.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
There are people in the novel who were inspired by real people in my own life and events that happened for sure. Nothing is exactly based off anything real, but there are things that really occurred in my life that gave me the ideas. I’ve always thought of my characters as little pieces of my personality broken off and morphed into their own being, so I would say quite a bit.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I’ve only travelled once when I was writing Anointed. It was so cool to see the place I had been researching and writing about. Mostly though I use Google street view LOL. If I could afford to travel for research though I 100% would do it as much as possible.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The Sweet Treats covers were designed by Murphy Hopkins.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
To not judge people because what you think you know about them and who they are could be completely wrong. There are things about people that we could never imagine.
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?
Okay, I can’t choose between Yolanda Olson and K. Webster. They both push boundaries while telling incredible stories in such beautiful and unique ways. They are so different at the same time so it’s hard to choose between them.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I have had so much support from people it is hard to choose just one because I have some incredible people in my life. But I have one friend that let me talk to her for hours months and years about my stories. She not only listend but gives me encouragement and praise. She was the first person I told that I wanted to publish and has been with me every step of the way. I don’t know where I’d be without her.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Having writing be my career is the ultimate goal and what I’m working toward every day. Ultimately though, if you are continually writing and getting paid for it, I see it as a career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
The reason it takes me a while to publish a book is because how obsessive I am with the details. I go over it until I can’t stand to look at it and then go over it some more. I don’t publish until I know I have done everything I could possibly want to do to it. So no, I wouldn’t change a thing.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Every book teaches me a lot. I grow so much with every story. With R.I.P. I learned a ton about the funeral industry and things about the human body. I also learned a lot about schizoaffective disorder which was very interesting.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
For Tavin and Alexander in the Sweet Treats books, I always pictured Lily Collins and Justin Hartley.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
I would say to embrace constructive criticism and know you can never stop learning. Write what speaks to you and don’t force anything.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I do this to impact you in some way, but instead, you impact me. Hearing that you loved my characters and stories is one of the most incredible feelings for me. I would be nowhere without you.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am about to start ‘The Veil’ by Ruby Papciak. I’m just on a deadline so I haven’t started it yet.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Hmmm. I don’t. I think my first book boyfriend was Logan from the Babysitters Club though LOL
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
A TON of things make me laugh. That’s hard to pin down, but I tend to have a dark sense of humor. There are definitely more specific things that make me cry. Animals/kids being hurt. The thought of anything bad happening to my son, onions, being yelled at.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Wow…well I have a lot of these too. I think I would like to meet my birth grandparents. My mother was adopted and I’ve always been curious to see where I came from.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Not much since most of my time is spent writing, but I am artsy and like to do crafts quite a bit!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
This changes a lot. Right now,I love 13 Reasons Why, Schitt’s Creek, Daybreak, andSanta Clarita Diet. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a new movie, but I watch mostly anything if it’s good.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Seafood and Chinese food are my favourites. I love pink and all pastels, and am obsessed with YUNGBLUD. I also love Halsey and Melanie Martinez
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
This is terrible! But I’ve always wanted to either be a counsellor, social worker, or a parole officer.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Kissing and hugging my son and husband.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Bahaha this question is great! But I have no idea! Maybe, “Look for the beauty in everyone you meet”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Charity-B/e/B079K2ZMQX?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1572373353&sr=1-1