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, thank you for having me. My name is Kelly, but I write under the pen name of KM Lowe. I’m 33, soon to be 34 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live in a small country village in central Scotland.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I live with my husband, two kids, and two fur babies. I’ve been writing since 2012, but I published my first book in 2014. I guess you can say the rest is history. I love reading, writing, walking, and swimming. I love taking family holidays, enjoying the great outdoors, and exploring different places.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’ve had a couple of months off due to personal experiences, but I’ve started January with a plan in action. My first release of this year will happen at the end of February. It’s another additional to my Guardian Shifters, a series that has taught me a lot about writing. A series I’ve come to adore.
I have several releases in the pipeline this year, and they range from paranormal romance, contemporary, and suspense. I like to mix my writing up just so I don’t get bored, or bore my readers in the process.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing as a form of therapy. I lost my mum suddenly, gave birth to my son and daughter, then took unwell myself. I used writing as my way of letting off steam while I went through surgery and treatment. I never dreamed that I’d publish at that time, but when book one went live I kind of got hooked in. Now, I can’t imagine not writing, publishing, or enjoying the book world.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Erm…this is a hard one, because it’s only recently that I’ve used the job title “writer.” I’m not sure if I fully consider myself a writer yet, but I’m getting there.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Grief was the biggest inspiration for me to write. When I lost my mum,I lost a big part of myself. I went on this crusade to find myself again, that’s when I found writing.
Now, several years later, my kids are my biggest inspiration. I want to show them that you can do anything you set your mind to.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I find my titles from the words in write in a book. It can be a word, a phrase, or the name of a character. I very rarely pick a title first.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I tend to write about heart touching subjects. I’ve become known for my tendencies to make my readers cry.
One thing I love about the way I write is delving into subjects I need to research, talking to people about those subjects, and getting first-hand experience from professionals. I’ve spoken with firefighters, soldiers, and councillors, all to.make my words more real and accurate.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Most of my books are based on real life issues. Issues I’ve either faced myself, or people close to me have faced. I think that helps to make the readers feel everything the characters do.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I’ve found travelling to new or different places very influential, but if I don’t have to personally travel I won’t.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I go between two designers for my covers.
Kellie Dennis @ Book Cover By Design is my go to designer for my paranormal and contemporary series. She has a fantastic way of making the covers flow well in a series, but also makes each cover stand out from the others. I’ve worked with Kellie from 2014.
I also use Abigail Davies @Pink Elephant Designs. I’ve worked with Abi for about two years now. I love her eye for detail, the way she captures everything I ask for, even though it seems impossible to me. She works mostly on my suspense and watercolour covers. She also did my new branding, which I love. She’s amazing.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
All of my novels have happy ever afters, but they all deal with tricky subjects, heartache, and dark moments. My message to my readers is that no matter how dark the storm is, there is always a rainbow or sunshine at the end. Never give up.
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 read a lot of books in a year, and I’ve found some amazing authors. My all time favourite authors are Sylvia Day, Leslie Pearce and James Patterson. However, over the last couple of yearsI’ve found new authors like Toya Richardson, Kyra Lennon and Laura Rossi. Each of these authors capture me with the way they tell their stories. They’re thrilling, exciting, and so addictive. If you get a chance I’d definitely recommend them.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I didn’t tell anyone I was publishing a book apart from my husband. He was very supportive and still to this day supports my journey.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I started writing as a hobby, but over the last 18 months I’m hoping to make it a career. It’s a hard journey to make money from writing, but I won’t give up.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’velearnt a lot since I published my first book. I don’t think I’d change anything, because I’m the person I am today, because of the mistakes I made.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Each book in write teaches me something. I’ve went from 2014, knowing nothing about the writing process, to being confident about publishing a new book.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I’ll go with Shawland Security: Book 1, because it was one of my most recent books. It’s a romantic suspense novel, dark and gritty.
Caleb would be Channing Tatum. Aria would maybe be Jenifer Lawrence.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Never give up. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do this. And when you get to that stage of publishing always make sure you have a polished manuscript. Listen to your editor. Have a decent, eye catching cover.
Most importantly, enjoy it.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I write my different books, and I try to make each book stand out from the others. No two books are the same, even my series of books. I write a wide variety of stories that will suit anyone from 18 to 80.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’ve just finished reading Animal Magnetism by Toya Richardson. A fantastic PNR novel. A must read.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Oh, I can’t. I think it would have been an Enid Blyton book. My mum was an avid reader, and Enid Blyton, Catherine Cookson, and Mills and Boons books were always floating around the house.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Sad situations make me cry. Anything related to babies getting hurt, animals neglected or hurting, my kids being upset, that all makes me upset.
I laugh at a lot of things, jokes, funny programmes, my son(because he thinks he’s a comedian lol).
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet Sylvia Day or Lesley Pearce, because it was while reading their books that made me want to try writing a novel.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I like arts and crafts, swimming, and karate training.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love binging on Netflix in my spare time. I’ve loved The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, izombie, Virgin River, Riverdale, Pretty Little Liars…a wide variety of shows. Lol!
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love Chinese and Italian food.
My favourite colour is pink or lilac.
I love singers like Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Sam Smith, Lewis Capaldi, George Ezra.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Relax. Lol! Writing is a full time gig. There is always something that needs to be completed. No writing = relaxation.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I’d spend it with my family, making as many memories as possible, showing them how much I love them.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Strong independent woman.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Facebook – www.facebook.com/authorkmlowe
Goodreads – www.goodreads.com/KMLOWE
Instagram – www.instagram.com/author_k.m_lowe
Twitter – www.twitter.com/KMLOWE
Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/KM-Lowe/e/B00MMA4FPM?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1578751494&sr=1-1