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?
Thank you for having me! I’m International Best-Selling Author, Taylor Dawn.Do I have to say my age? Just kidding, I’m 39 years young.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live in Southern Illinois, right on the Mississippi River.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Is it weird that I don’t like to talk about myself? Anyway, here goes…I’m literally a small town girl who can either dress to the 9’s or get covered in mud. I like my quiet country life, but I love traveling when I can. I’ve been married for 15 years, and have a 15 year old son (do the math hehe). My days are filled with laughter because I’m determined to have plenty of that in my life. Before becoming a full time author, I was a hairstylist, and a manager at a wholesale beauty distributor. I have 3 dogs, 5 geckos, 5 pet spiders and about 70 pet snakes. My husband and I also own a reptile breeding business called Snake Road Constrictors and I am the chief snake whisperer. Fun facts: I am a licensed sports coach in the state of Illinois, and am also an ordained minister.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news is that the last 4 books in my Magnolia Series will soon be under contract with Breaking Rules Publishing!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Writing for me began when I was in high school. I learned the art of poetry writing and it kind of stuck with me. I always wanted to be a writer, but it took me so many years to figure out what I wanted to write. I wrote my first novel in 2012 and pretty much never looked back.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
To this day, I don’t think I have LOL. I just do what I love and have fun with it.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
There wasn’t really an inspiration. I’m not a romantic person at all, so I think it was more of a challenge to see if I could write romance LOL.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
We get a ton of second chances in life, so Our Second Chance seemed fitting.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’m a pantster when it comes to writing. I don’t outline or even have a solid idea when I sit down to write. Character names, locations and a trope come to mind, but I write what flows from my brain into my fingers. Thank God for a good editor!
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
If I’m being 1000% honest, each of my characters have a small part of me in them. It could be a habit, a way of talking, or even certain personality traits. I think it’s important as a writer to add yourself to your characters. It helps that character connect with the person reading them. We read fiction as a way to escape, but even the most elaborate story has to have someone likable leading it.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Although I love to travel, I don’t have to in order to craft a story. I’ve used some locations I’ve been to, but others I do deep research for the locations.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Most of my covers are designed by me. However, my release coming up was designed by Anne Berkley.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
When I write, I tend to add more characters that you would meet in real life. I want those characters to have triumphs and struggles like the average human being. I don’t know that I have a certain message, but I like to show that even the most wrecked life can be salvaged.
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?
My favorite writers would have to be Cody Gary and Cora Kenborn. These ladies are incredible writers and amazing women personally as well.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I have several friends that have been with me since the beginning. Some thought I was crazy for writing, but they stood by me anyway.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Writing IS my career. I’m blessed to be able to work from home full time as an author.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
For my book releasing in January, I would not change a thing. It is based off a personal experience of mine and to me, it is perfect.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Writing to me is always a process of self-reflection and self-revelation. But in writing my upcoming release, I learned that it’s perfectly fine to be f@cked up. Because honestly, we are ALL f@cked up in one way or another. I now embrace it instead of seeing it as a flaw.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I’m not sure if he acts at all, but I would love the DJ, David Guetta to play my lead. His looks and type were who I based the main character on.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
As Dory, in Finding Nemo said “Just keep swimming”, I say “Just keep writing”.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I want to tell them thank you for taking a chance on my writing and books. With the millions of books out there, I’m grateful and blessed for every page of mine that gets read.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Currently I am multi-reading, Shelf Awareness by Katie Ashley, Changing Tunes by Heather Gunter and The Dressmaker’s Gift by Fiona Valpy
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I make myself laugh because I’m super funny. I cry more when I’m angry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
This may sound silly, but since I’m adopted, I would like to meet my biological family and ask them about the circumstances of why they gave me up for adoption.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Crafting is my hobby. If I can do something with a hot glue gun, I’m on it!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m a PBS and BBC nerd. Anything that is more historical is my kind of show.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favoritecolor: Green, Favorite Food: Coffee, Favorite Music: Anything by Skrillex, Martin Garrix or David Guetta
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
If I could no longer write, I would love to be involved in helping others reach their dreams of becoming a writer.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my family, pets and all the junk food I could fit in my stomach.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
“I’m gonna haunt all of you!”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
You can visit https://www.taylordawnauthor.com/ for all the latest info on me and my books. And be sure to click on the connect tab to subscribe to my email list for monthly updates.
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