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?
I use the pen name Maya Nicole. How did I come up with it? It’s a little bit of nostalgia and a little bit of my real name. I would love to use my real name, but I teach elementary school and the last thing I need is for my students and their parents to find my fast burn reverse harem romance novels.
I am 34 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am from central California. I transplanted from the southern end of it to the northern end. Vastly different from each other! I moved north to go to college and never wanted to leave.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I went to UC Davis and have my multiple subject teaching credential and two master’s degrees (MA Education & MS Reading). I teach full-time at a low income, high needs elementary school.
My family lives about 4-5 hours away. I have discovered that I am a lonewolf type of person. I have a dog that is a rescue and he is spoiled rotten.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My 4th book is going to be released January 22. I am currently working on my 5th book which will be part of a trilogy (but possibly a longer series). My first book is also currently being recorded for an audiobook.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have always been a writer.I remember my teacher in Kindergarten showing my mom a story I wrote. It was probably only a few sentences long, but it was the first time I remember an adult commenting positively about my writing.
I also wrote N Sync fanfiction during my teenage years. It was a nice escape from reality.
I have randomly been writing over the last few years. I’ll start stuff but then never finish it. I finally had an idea that I couldn’t stop writing.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I was five… but if we’re talking about when I thought I could make this into a career… about six months ago when my first book came out.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
There’s this really boring stretch near Lodi on I5 North between Stockton and Sacramento. Sam Smith’s ‘Pray’ came on Pandora and then my mind just started coming up with ideas. I also had just binged watched a season of Lucifer so he was on my brain.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The books in my trilogy for Celestial Academy are commonly used angel words: Ascend, Descend, Transcend. My next trilogy is Infuse, Defuse, Transfuse. I guess I have a thing for verbs as titles.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I have tried several times to write in present tense, but I prefer past tense by a mile. I would say my style is pretty straight forward and to the point. I LOVE writing multiple POVs. I don’t think I could ever just write from the female’s perspective now that I have drank the multiple POV Kool Aid.
Reverse harem has quite a few challenges… instead of just the female and male dynamics there are multiple males you have to juggle and make unique. Four seems to be a good number for me, but I might try five males in my current work in progress.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
There are quite a few little Easter eggs from my life in my books. For example, the main character loves Flair pens and I have a major problem with Flair pens… I have hundreds. I think all author’s draw on their experiences and mold them into their work.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No travel. I did take some “field trips” on YouTube though. There is a scene in Ascend where they are chased, and I went on Google maps so I could describe the turnouts going through the mountains. I try to be as accurate as possible about locations.
My current work in progress is my own creation so no field trips are required.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Celestial Academy’s covers are from Original Book Cover Designs. Widow’s cover is Jessica Allain at Enchanting Covers. Infernal Council is Avdal Designs Book Covers and Custom Artwork.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In the trilogy, Danica goes through a lot of personal growth. She has combination ADHD which includes being impulsive and distracted. She has always struggled with school and the choices she makes. The biggest overall takeaway I would love for reader’s to take away from Danica’s story is actually a quote from Lucifer in book 1, “You don’t need wings to fly.”
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 unfortunately do not have a ton of time to read with a full-time career and writing which is also shaping up to be a full-time career. Most of what I read are authors I’ve been reading but am devouring their backlists. However, I am intrigued by Erica Woods writing.
I love L.J. Shen (out of my genre) and C.M. Stunich (in my genre). Their storytelling is top notch and I eat their books right up.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
The Reverse Harem Readers and Authors group on Facebook is so incredibly supportive of authors. I don’t think any other genre has the level of support we do.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
It could be if I really wanted it to be. It is a big life decision to leave a salaried position that has retirement, disability, and medical insurance.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
This is a loaded question! Right now, I’d say no. I pour my heart and soul into my writing. The thing is, once a book is released and people start criticizing it for whatever reason, I want to go and change things or start doubting myself as a writer.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
That I booked my editing dates too close together.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Camila Mendes (Veronica on Riverdale) was my look inspiration for the main character.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Find other authors in your genre to connect with and don’t be afraid to ask for help! Most writers know what it’s like just starting out and can offer words of wisdom.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for supporting me and my books!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am listening to Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy and reading Credence by Penelope Douglas
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I remember the first chapter book I read was Socks by Beverly Cleary
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
What doesn’t make me laugh or cry? I cry all the time over the smallest things. A team celebrating a win? I cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
This question has always been a hard one for me to answer. I actually don’t know, if I’m being honest. Oprah? I feel like she would give good life advice and just be fun to hang out with for the day.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Reading and writing.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I got rid of cable so I mostly watch Netflix. I like dramas and docuseries.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food? That’s a tough one. I love a good sandwich. Also, I LOVE Hot Cheetos even though they are really bad for you. Color? Orange and cyan. Music? I listen to everything
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
First, I would get rid of anything embarrassing in drawers and then spend the rest of the time with family.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She didn’t want to be buried.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Amazon authors page USA www.amazon.com/author/mayanicole
Link for book 1 of my trilogy: mybook.to/book1Ascend
Link for new release Widow: mybook.to/widow
Link for series starting in March mybook.to/infuse