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?

My name is Ester Lopez and I’m 66.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m from Florida, originally, but I live in Tennessee

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I’m married and live with my husband, Jerry, our two dogs, Ellie and Charlie, two mini horses, Pepper and Bucky, two cows, Ginger and Luna, and 4 chickens. I’ve got a degree in Physical Education and Recreation with minors in Spanish, Interior Design, and Photography.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My latest releases, “The Quest” and “Between Heaven and Earth” are my new books in The Angel Chronicles Series, just released this month (Nov. 2019)

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

After reading books to my children, I thought “I can do this.” And after taking classes in Writing for Children and Teenagers, I realized it wasn’t as easy as I thought. I started writing stories that came to me and realized (at that time) the stories were more adult in nature and steered myself toward the romance genre.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

During the time I was trying to write children’s stories, I also submitted stories to the local paper about Campfire activities, since I was a Campfire Leader. When those stories were printed, I considered myself a writer.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The first book that was published, “The Abduction,” was inspired by my own close encounter of the third kind.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

After having the space ship fly above my car and staying with me for over seven miles, I thought, “What if I had been abducted?” So I wrote about someone who was abducted and how they responded to the experience.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I usually like to write the story with a pencil in longhand. I like the feel of the lead against the paper. After that process, I go back and flesh out the characters (sometimes I do that first before writing). Once I get one draft done, I will re-write it by typing it into the computer using WORD. I use the Snowflake method while working on the story and also try to incorporate the “Save the Cat” method as well. I will let the story sit awhile and then go back and edit and re-write as I go, making sure I’ve covered all the bases of both methods.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Since it’s either sci-fi or paranormal, I will do as much research beforehand as I can for the story, but I try to use realistic feelings for my characters.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

So far, I’ve lived in some of the places I’ve written about, and I have travelled to Ireland for another story. One story takes place on a cruise ship and I have been on a cruise before. Most of the travel occurred way before I got the idea for the story.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

For “The Abduction,” my son designed that one. “Revenge” was designed by Mallory Kane, another author. For “Betrayed,” “The Quest,” and “Between Heaven and Earth,” they were designed by an artist at ebooklaunch.com

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I use the title as part of the theme, but the underlying message in most of them is forgiveness and second chances.

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?

I like reading other sci-fi and paranormal books, as well as historicals, but I’ll read anything, really. My all-time favorite is Sherrilyn Kenyon who writes dark paranormal stories. All her characters have something to hide, but she writes them well. It’s hard to put down one of her books.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

I joined RWA and a chapter of that was SMRW (Smoky Mountain Romance Writers) and they encouraged me.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Yes. I’ve gotten feedback from reviewers on “The Quest” which is a re-telling of a bible story. I wasn’t sure how much to embellish since I had changed several things in the story already. I may go back later and tweak some things about the characters.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Yes, I think I learn something from each book I write. They are all journeys taken by the characters in which I get to tag along.

 Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Well, in “The Quest,” Oded Fehr came to mind as Raphael and a younger Paul Rudd for Toby.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Never give up. If your heart tells you to write, keep writing! Find time to write as often as you can, even if you can’t write on a regular basis. Eventually, you will HAVE to write, then you’ll know you are a writer.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Find what works for you. It took me years to find the style that works for me. It was a trial and error thing.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Currently, I’m doing research, so I’m reading “Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays” by Stephen Hawking

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, but I read a lot as a teenager. Most of them were sweet romances.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

A good story or movie.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

An astronaut who has been to the moon, so I can find out what they really saw that the public has been in the dark about since the 1960’s

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Yes, photography, sewing, gardening, stained glass, arts and crafts

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Sci-fi movies, especially the Marvel movies

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I like spicy ethnic foods, all sorts of music (especially between 1950-1980), and the color purple.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

I would still write. I would horde a pen or pencil and paper and I would still write.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

I would walk along the beach and enjoy the quiet sounds of the waves splashing on the beach and my bare feet while I collected seashells.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

Here lies a woman who followed her dreams

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Yes. I also do author interviews at www.AuthorBlogSpot.esterlopez.com and my website is www.esterlopez.com