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 Alan Austin and I am a mid-thirties family man.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am originally from Canada, but I live in the US now.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am married to the love of my life and have four amazing kiddos. I entered the workforce right out of high school out of necessity, but I was able to go back later in life and complete my undergrad degree. I have loose plans to go back for my masters at some point in the future. I love to spend time playing games and watching TV with my kids along with coaching my son’s basketball team. I also teach martial arts on the side.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just started writing in this genre in 2019 so all of my work is pretty recent news. I am very excited about a project I am working on with Summer Layne and J. Morgan Woodall this year. Each of us is writing one volume of a trilogy with mine kicking off the series in March.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I discovered my love for writing very early in life and explored it quite a bit in high school. I put it aside for nearly 20 years as life got busy, but I have allowed myself the time to dive back in lately. It is a fantastic release for my creativity!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I had a few things published when I was younger, but I was never seriously writing and they were not in the same ballpark as the fiction that I am writing today. I would say it wasn’t until I saw the response from my books in the latter half of 2019 that I started to see myself as a writer/storyteller.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The first fiction book that I wrote is actually not yet published. It is outside the genre that I write in under this name and I am working on getting it polished for submission to a literary agent in 2020. I actually read an article about the erotica genre discussing what people enjoy, but don’t often find in it, and I felt challenged to give it a try. I much prefer the story telling in my books than the erotic elements, but I try to work both together to create a compelling tale that will also add the heat for those who enjoy it!
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title for my first erotica book was Temptation Control. The nature of that book is controlling and manipulating others’ thoughts by tempting them to do things that they otherwise might not let themselves think or do. The name was an obvious choice for me.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I always outline a book before I begin, but I am also a character driven storyteller and my characters often take my books in a wildly different direction than I had planned. That can be challenging as I try and work their paths back toward an end goal. Sometimes I am able, and sometimes I end up with something very different than I had intended.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Virtually none. I write more from my fantasy and creative mind than I do experiences or character models from my real life. Just like any writer, the creative elements are shaped by my experiences, but I what I write tends to be pretty wild and fantastical.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Nope. I am able to write my stories from the comfort of my home and do any research I need online. Perhaps one day I will have a story that requires me to gain a new perspective on a location, but not as of yet.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I design most of my own covers, but I have help from a friend named Heather who is exceptionally talented with graphic design!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In most of the novels I have produced today, I am simply writing for entertainment. For me, this genre is just a safe place to express and enjoy fantasy. I write about things I might never do in real life, and even some things I would suggest others avoid to if asked for my opinion, but nothing is off limits in writing.
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 love many well-known authors as a reader, but as I have started to write in this genre and gotten to know others, I find myself more drawn to certain characteristics in the person rather than the authors’ works themselves. I like interacting with people who are comfortable with who they are and confident in themselves. Collaborating, cross-promoting, and just talking with authors can be very challenging when they lack those qualities.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My street team – first and foremost. Stephanie Knapp was the first person to really take an interest in my work and go out of her way to promote me. She introduced me to others who have stepped up and promoted me far more than I ever could have on my own. I had no idea this community existed 8 months ago and now I talk to all of them daily.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would like to! Realistically, I don’t think it will ever replace my income, but I would love to strike gold with a novel or series and prove myself wrong!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I don’t think so. I try not to reflect too much on what I have written and stay focused on what I am writing. That is more than enough to stress about!
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned that I need to pace myself more. I write very quickly, but I nearly missed a deadline when I became sick and I learned to wait an extra week or two rather than paint myself into a corner.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
If the last book I published were made into a film I think I would pick Richard Madden to play Nick. He’s not a perfect fit, but I think his demeanour would translate well.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write what you love and don’t do it for the money. Expect nothing and be thankful for anything and everything your books bring you. Be thankful for the money if it comes, the praise that lifts you up, and the constructive criticism that makes you better.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
That I appreciate their support and hope that they continue to love the books I am putting out there!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am between books at the moment, but I just finished Origin by Dan Brown
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I read lots of books growing up, but one of the first to have an impact on me was Danny the Champion of the World, by Roald Dahl.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I laugh pretty freely. Not a lot makes me cry, but I have been known to from time to time. I’m not a robot!
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would say Jesus for obvious reasons, but putting my worldview aside… I think I would like to sit and have lunch with CS Lewis. The man was brilliant and a creative genius!
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I practice and teach taekwondo. I also enjoy playing computer games, but it has been months since I have had the time!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Current favorite bingeworthy TV series is The Mentalist. Past favs include 24, Friends and in the movie world… The Matrix (original only)
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Pizza & Lasagne for food. Blue is my favorite color, and I like almost every music genre.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Everything else I already do, but with more time to do it! I already work full time, raise 4 kids, teach martial arts, and volunteer in my community. It’s much more fun to think of a future where I no longer work and get to write full time!
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my family. There’s not enough I can do in 24 hours to make an impact on my life and I will be on my way to something better soon anyhow. I can have a far greater impact on their lives with my last day than my own.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
He’s not here anymore.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I have a website, but unless they want to get a signed copy of my book, following my on amazon or facebook is much more effective!
Amazon USA https://amazon.com/author/alanaustin
Discovering Desire Series
Complete – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZZG5L71
Call of the Vikings Series
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Family First – Dynami Series
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Becoming my Daddy Series
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Temptation Control Series
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