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?
Hello Fiona, thank you for inviting me. My name is Whovina Munroe, and I am 44 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Florida, and now reside in Virginia with my family.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I have an Associates degree in Applied Science (majoring in Information Systems Technology). I am a work from home mother, who also homeschools, so I stay pretty busy. My children range in age from 23-7.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I have just begun taking pre-orders for ‘Incalculable; Saving Sophie’ (book 2 of the Incalculable series). The official release date is August 1. 2019, on Amazon.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I can’t remember that far back… I’ve been writing for the majority of my life. I have always loved reading, and the more I wanted to read, the more I felt compelled to write.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Funny, I never really thought of myself as a writer before I started witing my first novel. Looking back now, I realize I already was a writer. I have written a huge amount of poetry and short stories over the years- most for myself, but some were published and won awards, yet I didn’t perceive myself in that manner.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
After I finished college, I felt like I needed something more to accomplish. I had alwayss loved to write, but I never thought I could actually write and entire book. A very close friend of mine, who just so happens to be a professional writer, encouraged me to go for it. Having a friend who had already succeeded in writing several books, and believed that I could accomplish something I had only dreamed of doing, was my inspiration.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
So, to explain this without spoilers… Incalculable means ‘too great to be calculated’- In this series, the main character/victim will be suffering such an extreme level of psychological anguish that the level of damage being done to her is beyond measure. For book 1, the subtitle is ‘The Rousing of Mia’. This, being the start of the series, is our first introduction to the sinister plot which is carried forth throughout the series, however, in book 1, Mia is essentially ‘waking’ from her current state of oblivion. Book 2’s subtitle is ‘Saving Sophie’ – focusing in on a new perspective in the original storyline (panning out to realize there is another victim, Sophie).
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I am still honing my style. I do a lot of outlining, character planning and lists. I tend lack focus, so the multiple notes help me keep everything flowing. I do a lot of third person, as I enjoy that style, however, there are sometimes that I feel 1st person will convey the story in a more interesting way. Whichever POV I go with, all depends on the book I am writing. Currently, I am writing three different books, as I find it easier to have another project to write during the moments that the story starts to go dry.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Much of Mia’s reactions to her altered state of reality was based off of my own reactions (putting myself in her shoes, per say). Other portions of the book, such as character behaviors, interaction and manurisms were a culmination of many people/experiences I have been exposed to over the years. The major premise of the book, however, is not one that I have dealt with. It is based off of real situations, which I have intensively researched, although I did excercise a bit of creative liscence to tie up lose ends.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I did do a small amount of travel for book 1, but the majority of the scenes took place in locals that I am quite familiar with. I plan to travel for a few of my upcoming books, preferably during the process (it helps to write while I am inspired).
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I designed the covers for Incalculable.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
- Not everything is always as it seems. 2. We all feel alone at times, wounded. Instead of holding it all in, talk to a friend, a simpathetic ear. This is how you heal.
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?
To be honest, there are so many, and I just can’t pick one. Lately, I’ve been reading Paula Hawkins, I enjoy hers quite a bit. I also love reading Ruth Ware, and I recently read one of Jaimie Mason’s books- all amazing writers!
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Friend and Author Harley Gordon.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. Writing my novel has been such a wonderful, eye-opening experience. I love writing, it is truly a passion of mine. To write for a lliving is a dream come true.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I am very happy with how it turned out. If I were to change anything, I would probably tweak the formatting a little.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
More than I could have ever expected. Ihad never taken on a projectof that size, and my idea of an outline then was much smaller and less in depth than it is now. I had no clue about the publishing process, marketing, available resources. It was a learning experience in every sense.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Hmmm… that’s a hard question. I think maybe Adelaide Kane (The Purge), Nina Dobrev (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), or Nathalie Emmanuel (Furious Seven).
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep writing. You cannot grow as a writer if you don’t continue writing. It would’t hurt to join a writers group too, if you don’t already have friends who are writers. There is so much you can learn from eachother.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I hope you enjoy reading Incalculable. I am working on finishing the series, and plan for book 3 to be available by the end of the year.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Currently. I am reading ‘Into the Water’ by Paula Hawkins, and ‘Burried Ladies’ by Angela Hausman.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Probably not, that was a long time ago. The first book that I really remember reading was ‘Pet Sematary’ by Stephen King. I think I was about eight or nine at the time, but I was hooked. I spent my elementary school years hooked on Stephen King’s books.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Pretty much any well-written story line. I’m the type of person who prefers books over television (with the exception of 2 or 3 really adictive shows).
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Present- I would actually like to meet R.L. Stine. That would be pretty cool.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Reading, Art, Crafting, Hiking, and Webdesign.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Doctor Who, Stranger Things, Single Parents, American Housewife, The Goldbergs, and Sherlock.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Tacos, Sushie, Pho, the list goes on. My favorite ‘color’ has always been black, and I like most genres of music, depending on my mood at the time.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Cry. I would probably still try, via transcription or by whatever means possible… even if I kept failing.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Write down everything i possibly can for my autobiography, eat lots of good food, drink some good drinks and hug my children as much as they would let me.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She may be gone now, but while she was here, she made us all smile.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes, You can find all of this information on www.whovinamunroe.com.
Amazon authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Whovina-Munroe/e/B07NSP3DP9/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1