Here is my interview with Tammy S Petersen

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 Fiona. Thank you having me on your blog. My name is Tammy S Petersen  and I’m 33 years young.

Fiona: Where are you from?

 I live in a beautiful rural town named Atherton, in Far North Queensland, Australia.

 Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

 I was born and raised in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa until the age of 17, at which point my family and I moved to Queensland, Australia.

I completed my last two years of high school in Australia, and attended James Cook University inCairns. I was actually meant to attend JCU in Townsville, but I met my now husband while I was bartending at a local bar in Atherton. He will tell you I was the one whohooked him, but really it was the other way around. Oh, and before I forget, I attained a Bachelor of Social Science with majors in Criminology and Sociology.

I count myself very fortunate to have been blessed with a wonderful and cheeky husband, and two beautiful babies. My kids range from 4 to 2, and keep me on my toes. We are an adventurous family, with time spent camping and exploring Far North Queensland.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I released my debut novel and the first book in the Evanee Sheperd Series, Moribund, in March 2019. Presently, I am working on edits for the second book, Exitus. I hope to release Exitus towards the end of the year.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

 I began writing fiction in 2015 after the birth of my first child. I had planned on returning to university to complete a degree in education when I fell pregnant with my son. I had never considered writing for creative purposesuntil a colleague at work told me I should turn my weird and whacky dreams into books. I had up until that point only ever writtenbusiness plans and statements for my clients.

I needed something to keep my mind occupied whilst at home on maternity leave, so I undertook a creative writing course. I started Moribund roughly 6-8 months after completing my creative writing course.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

The day I completed the first draft of Moribund. I needed that first draft as proof to myself that I was actually a writer.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

 Moribund is the pleasant result of one of my crazy nightmares. I’d been suffering muscle spasms in my middle back on and off,and one night it became the star in my crazier dreams. I quiteliterally felt my characters pain and fear as she ran for her life. The dream wouldn’t leave my mind for the next couple of days, and I became curious and driven to know more about this girl in my dream and what happened to her. From there Evanee took over, and her life story unfolded before my eyes.

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

 Moribund was the word of the day on a program I was using to look up synonyms online. The definition stuck out to me, and I felt it was perfect considering my character was in fact in a state of death.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

 My style of writing is definitely narrative. With any style of writing there are difficulties, but I’d have to say I am constantly aware of ‘am I telling or showing the reader?’. I strive to draw the reader in so that they experience each emotion my character is experiencing. I want my reader’s heart to accelerate during the action scenes and twists and turns.

In terms of my genre, paranormal romance, I would say I struggle with the romance side of things. I’m always second guessing whether what I’ve written sounds cheesy or contrived.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

 My book is wholly fiction; however, the majority of the proceduresused during autopsiesand handover of the bodies, are based on current procedures implemented by the Queensland Government and Coroners’ office. I have taken some liberties with the timeframes between receiving the bodies and performing autopsies;otherwise, I have tried to stay true to the laws Australian forensic pathologists adhere to.

The towns and cities in the book are based on actual towns and cities in Far North Queensland; however, I have changed the names so that any violent scenes are not associated with the actual town or city.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

 I travelled to Cairns after my initial manuscript was completed, in order to interview the lead forensic pathologist at the Cairns Base Hospital. Here I was shown around certain areas of the morgue, and given a presentation on how the morgue operated and implements used. It was fascinating and an incredible experience. For the most part though, the settings and bushland are based on my surroundings, or places I have travelled to previously.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

 Moribund’s cover was designed by the delightful and talented Amanda Pillar of Smoking Hot Covers.

 Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

 Moribund is, in many ways, about one woman’s journey to recovery after staring into that darkness that is depression.I wanted to examine the notion that depression and anxiety are not the same for everyone. Each person experiences it differently;however, it is important for each individual to notice their own signs of when they are headed for the darkness. If they miss those signs, that’s okay, it’s then about reaching out and undertaking the journey to heal oneself to a point they are happy with.

I want readers be inspired to reach out and seek the help they want or need. Moribund and Exitus both highlight the idea that it is okay to need help, and to ask for it.

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?

 Wow, I have so many authors who I admire and look up to. Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison and Jennifer Rardin are probably my top three. Their ability to draw the reader in so that they experience the characters journeyis what I admire the most. I love their imagination and how well thought out their series are.

Sally Thorne is one author I am following with a keen interest. Her recent 99 Percent Mine had me laughing and biting my nails the whole way through.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

 During my creative writing course, I had a mentor who really encouraged me, and boosted my confidence. She was brilliant and insightful. I also cannot forget my initial beta readers who tested out my work and came back wanting more. They have really spurred me on, and kept me at my keyboard.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

 I view writing as both a career and a hobby. My husband fishes, goes coin detecting and digging for antique bottles, I sit down and write. It calms my mind and soothes my many emotions. It is addictive, as is the research that goes along with each novel. It keeps my mind occupied, and satisfies my need to constantly learn. As with any career, writing affords you the opportunity to move forward and upwards. There is always something new to be learned, and a new goal to work towards.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

The initial structure. Having recently completed an editing course I learned some brilliant structural techniques that have really helped keep my second book on track.

I also think researching certain things before you begin your first draft can help cut short the editing process. For Exitus, it was far easier prepping and then writing the initial draft with the research already in my head. I have begun researching for the next series I am hoping to write, with the idea of being prepared when I sit down and write that first draft.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

 Books one and two in the Evanee Sheperd series have taken me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions during the creation process. I’ve cried and raged with Evanee. I’ve yelled at her for being so difficult. In the end I’ve learned that the emotions of the character can drain you as a writer, and that it’s okay to take a short break and walk away for a couple of days or a week, in order to heal.

I walked away from Exitus for three weeks. I was devastated after writing two specific chapters, and still cry reading. Evanee refused to come out of hiding, and so I focused on reading and plotting for my next series.

 Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

 Wow, who would play Evanee. I’d like to think a rising star would take the role of Evanee. Someone who is a combination of Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence’s physique,with the acting ability of Charlize Theron and Melissa McCarthy combined.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

 Keep at it. Preserver, because the high and the joy you get after finishing each book is exhilarating.

Also, if you are struggling, please reach out to your fellow authors on social media. We are a caring community, always willing to give each other a helping hand.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

 I hope that Moribund inspires you to read — to imagine. For those writers still plugging away at their first draft, I hope Moribund spurs you on to finish your own book.

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

 I am in the midst of Sleep by C.L. Taylor

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

 Oh wow, that was a while ago. I believe it was Sweet Valley Twins.

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

 Dry humour in books and movies. My kids being themselves, and of course my husband. Each of these also has the ability to make me cry as well. A little fun fact, if you get me laughing hard enough, I will start ugly crying.

 Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

 It would be the cast of Supernatural Cast. I have loved the series and the devotion the cast has shown towards the show and each other since I watched season one. Their drive to make mental illness a more talked about topic, is inspirational.

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

 Reading, writing and watching movies.  I have way too many books and DVDs. I also love camping and exploring new places.

 Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

 I’m a huge Deadpool fan. It’s my go to when I need a laugh. I also can’t go past Supernatural, BBC’s Pride and Prejudice, Suites, Haven and Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch, yes please.) I have others, but those are what spring to mind.

 Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

 Lasagne, hands down. My last meal on earth would be a massive batch of lasagne, salad and garlic bread. Shades of blue and green are my favourite colours. I’m loving teal and emerald at the moment.

I love the majority of music. I usually write and drive to heavy rock. The words and the heavy beat calm my mind and get my creative juices flowing. I’m weird, I know. Bands you’ll find on my phone are: Three Days Grace, The Amity Affliction, Smash into Pieces and Asking Alexandria.

 Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

 I’d spend a lot of time reading and re-reading my favourite series. I’d also day dream — a lot. Mind you, there’d probably always be some story spinning around my head.

 Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

 That’s easy. With every member of my family. I’d spend my final hours with my husband and my babies.

 Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

 She loved with all her heart.

 Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

 https://tspetersen307.wixsite.com/website

My links to my Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram are on my website.

Readers can purchase Moribund in ebook format from Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Nobel, Kobo, Bibliotheca and Baker & Taylor.

Below are the buying links to Moribund.

USA  https://www.amazon.com/Moribund-Evanee-Sheperd-Novel-Book-ebook/dp/B07P249HB9/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Moribund&qid=1559710387&s=gateway&sr=8-2

UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Moribund-Evanee-Sheperd-Novel-Petersen/dp/1797684531/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Moribund+%28An+Evanee+Sheperd+Novel%29&qid=1559719302&s=books&sr=1-1

https://books2read.com/u/bwqdee

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Here is my interview with Kandeis Lynne

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 pen name is Kandeis Lynne and I will be fifty-three this June.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I currently live in Tennessee. I grew up all over the southern United States. I never attended the same school two entire years in a row until college.

Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).

My background, as they say, is a mile wide and an inch thick. Because my father was in the military and then the ministry as a Southern Baptist preacher, we moved a great deal and I had the opportunity to experience many different things. I took ballet lessons here and dressage there. I studied Latin at one school and sign language at the next. This was a good way to grow up. This gypsy lifestyle forced us to be very close as a family,but it didn’t encourage long-tern friendships.

I wanted to write from the first time my grandfather put a stubby carpenter pencil into my hand. I won awards for the short stories and poems I wrote in high school. I even wrote a weekly column for the county newspaper. I headed off to college intending to study journalism. I wanted to be Barbara Walters.

But college was fun and there were so many other things to study. I graduated from Indiana University with a double major in television production and drama. Having no intention of pursuing either of those as careers, I enrolled in graduate school and earned a a master’s degree in Instructional Design. After a year of sitting in a dark back office pounding out manuals and scripts, I concluded this was not what I wanted either.

I sold everything I could and threw the rest in a trailer and headed south. Having grown up in the deep south, I decided my future must be there. After a summer of unsuccessful job hunting, I blew my last one hundred dollars on a ticket to see Jimmy Buffett at Lakewood in Birmingham. Within a week, I had a job teaching middle school.

Ironically, or perhaps not, I married a man who has lived in the same community his entire life. We live a few blocks from my parents and a few miles from his. He went to elementary school with one neighbor and dated another in high school. I have learned to appreciate having roots.

I’ve spent the last twenty-nine years teaching science, making a home, and raising our son. But now as my teaching career winds to an end, I am returning to my first love, writing.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I am thrilled to announce that my first book, Hot for Teacher, has been published by Extasy Books. I have a second book, Teacher’s Pet, under consideration. The final book in the series, The Emancipation of Jinx Montrose, is under construction. I am calling the series Reading, Writing, and Erotica.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I have always loved to write. I always intended to return to it someday. Someday came when I was browsing through Facebook and came across a writing contest. The contest was sponsored by a well-known writer and asked for a steamy story about a bad-ass heroine. Having just finished reading the Fifty Shades series I thought,hmm, I could do this.”

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have always considered myself a writer. The exciting moment for me was when I considered myself an author. When I saw the galley of my book with the Extasy imprint and an ISBN number, I thought, “Wow! This is a real book.”

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The contest was the nudge I needed to start. My imminent retirement was leaving me unsettled about my future. I needed to find a path forward. I feel like the rest of my life has purpose and structure now. I feel like the first half of my life was preparing me to have the time, experience, and financial security to do what I truly love now.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Please don’t tell Eddie Van Halen, but I stole it from his song.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I am enjoying writing erotica but it was more difficult to write than I expected. I had never written anything “steamy” in my life. Some of the vocabulary was difficult for me. I know it sounds naïve and silly but I had never even said some of the words aloud, much less written them. I still blush sometimes when I am writing.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

The story is loosely based upon events that occurred in college. I must emphasize-loosely. Some of it happened. Some of it didn’t. Some of it is wishful thinking. I will leave it to the readers to decide which is which.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

I have not had many opportunities to travel in the last few years, but in a few weeks, I am off to Quebec City to spend a couple of weeks exploring and writing. I am looking forward to experiencing a new culture and language. I think I feel a story coming on…exchange student…learning French and discovering love? We will see.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Extasy has artists that do our covers but we get input on them. I struggled with my first cover because it did not look like the hero in my head. I eventually concluded that the model did look like the hero I described in the book.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Love is love. Don’t let anyone or anything limit it. Accept and cherish it when you are lucky enough to receive it.

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?

Goodness, how much time do we have? I love Gillian Flynn. I am just finishing Sharp Objects. I will read everything by Ruth Ware, Dan Brown, David Baldacci, and Alice Feeney. Two stories that have really burrowed their way into my psyche lately are Strangers in a Strange Land by Heinlein and The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

I have a number of friends that have encouraged and supported me through this process. Although they didn’t know me until I was already published, VJ Allison, Amy Romine, and the other authors at Extasy have been extremely supportive and helpful by answering even the dumbest questions.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes. When I retire next year, I will be in position to become a starving artist without actually having to starve.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I think I am a better writer now. I don’t think my I would torture my editor as much.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I learned a great deal of technical stuff. The oddest thing I learned is how to punctuate the possessive form of fiancé in a quote-“Fiancé’s.”

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Masie Williams might be able to play combination of innocence and bravado that is Leah Gwaltney.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

START. Write everything. Write anything. Just start putting words on paper. The hardest part of writing is not the ideas, it is the writing. Don’t wait for the ideas, they will come.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Please buy my book. Make me famous.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am finishing Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn today. I just finished An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Next in line is The Bride Testby Helen Hoang.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The first book I remember reading was The Monster at the End of this Book, but the book I have read the most often is Wuthering Heights. I suspect I have read it more than a dozen times. The two books that I would take to a deserted island would be Wuthering Heights and The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I love a good pun. “The present, past and the future walk into a bar. It was tense.”

Sad movies and books make me cry. One of the reasons I fell in love with my husband is that he always brings tissues for me to the movies.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

I would love to meet Captain Chuck Yeager. He broke the sound barrier in the Mojave Desert in 1947. I read his biography a few years ago and fell in love.I would also like to meet Alan Alda. Hawkeye Pierce from the television show MASH was my first crush.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I love to read, cook, and sew. I also love to do home improvement projects.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

We just finished Game of Thrones.I have seen every James Bond movie with my father and every Marvel movie with my son.I love anything science fiction.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

My favorite foods are sushi, oysters and cheesecake.

My favoritecolors are the blues, greens, and browns of the beach. My home has a beach motif in those colors. My son says it looks like a tacky souvenir shop but I feed him anyway.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Read, eat, and sleep.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

I write erotica. What do you think I would be doing?

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

Funny question because I know exactly. She had the soul of a gypsy, the heart of a hippie, and the spirit of a fairy.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Lynnesletters/

Follow my blog at Lynnesleter@blogspot.com

Buy my book at Extasybooks.com or Amazon.com

Buying links USA https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Teacher-Reading-Writing-Erotica/dp/148742387X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1559671664&sr=1-1

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hot-Teacher-Reading-Writing-Erotica/dp/148742387X/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Kandeis+Lynne&qid=1559671731&s=books&sr=1-1

Here is my interview with Lee DeBourg

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 pseudonym is Lee DeBourg. I am old enough to know better, but young enough to follow through anyway.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I live in Mid-Michigan, USA

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I have a Bachelor Degree, but decided not to become a teacher. I work in a mid-techie environment. I have been helping my spouse proofread her PhD thesis in economics. I have self-published two novels, and am currently working on my third, which should come out sometime early next year.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I could always turn a phrase, both verbally and written. In 2009, when the world was supposedly ending because of the financial crisis, I had some time off from work, and began writing what became my first novel. In 21 days, I wrote over 30 pages, and continued on when the decision was made not to crash the financial world.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I knew I could communicate, making my thoughts comprehensible to others years before beginning my first novel

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I had a few life experiences, and had heard 10,000 stories revolving around the basic questions of man/woman relationships. These seemed to come together within my mind as a story other might find interesting

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I had a few life experiences, and had heard 10,000 stories revolving around the basic questions of man/woman relationships. These seemed to come together within my mind as a story other might find interesting

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I’ve written in first point of view. While I consider my work general fiction, others refer to it as romance from a Male POV. I believe my work is more the exploration of contemporary relationships as opposed to strict romance. I do not follow the genre convention of romance novels.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

A few details around the edge are based on some of what I have seen… There is some personal experience tossed in. The remainder is based on the 10,000 stories I’ve heard of others.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Part of my debut was based upon foreign trips I have been on, seminars I have attended, people I have met on those journeys. I drew upon memory for local color included within the descriptions I provided.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

A Canadian woman, Annette Tremblay, working as Midnight Whimsy, produced the covers for both my novels. Unfortunately, when I recently searched for her online I could not find her.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The message would be that there ARE good guys in the world, trying to do the right thing within a relationship. Modern women can be very frustrating, as they try to be all things, while expecting a guy to act traditionally.

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 have not read much new fiction. I do prefer a solid read where the author gives his readers credit for being intelligent and aware, while providing insights of well-reasoned thought process

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

I have not read much new fiction. I do prefer a solid read where the author gives his readers credit for being intelligent and aware, while providing insights of well-reasoned thought process

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

As a career… initially, I decided to let the market judge whether I should make a career of writing. Fortunately, I did not give up my day job. I have confidence in my writing, and a few others have expressed support, so I continue without unfounded expectation of great wealth.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

My latest book I am currently writing, a work in progress entitled, “The Club” which I will have ready in early 2020. Changes and improvements will come to first-draft through my self-editing process.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

What I have learned by writing two novels and being involved with my third is that I have have a deep well of knowledge, insight, memory, and imagination. It has also been great fun each day, seeing a blank piece of paper and knowing I will fill it with good storytelling.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Anyman or Everyman could be the lead guy… good character comes in many forms.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write the story first, apply the craft secondly. A great story can be improved with craft. A dead horse can not be resurrected with all the craft in the world.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Everyone has their own taste. Some reviews of my work have been overwhelmingly positive, while others did not like my stories. I don’t write for a specific audience. I write the type of story I enjoy reading, always giving the reader credit for being intelligent and insightful.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am busy with writing right now, so am not currently reading.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Probably Tom Swift or the Hardy Boys

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Logical inconsistency provides humor. There is so much in the world that I laugh all the time.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

I have met so many interesting people, and continue to do so

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I have had many hobbies, indoors and out. Between working, being a loving husband and writing, I have not been involved with any hobbies. I do have my own music channel(s) at Youtube, so perhaps that is an ongoing hobby.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

My favorite all-time movie AND television series was ‘The Highlander’

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Music… I enjoy a full sound, soundtracks, classical updated, and modern based upon classical.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Continue writing and interacting with people.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Website: https://leedebourg.wordpress.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLeeDebourg/

Twitter: @LeeDebourg

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7275983.Lee_DeBourg?from_search=true

Concurrent Relationships: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JWW3M02/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Young, Only Once: https://www.amazon.com/Young-Only-Once-Lee-DeBourg-ebook/dp/B00JG4AVRI/ref=sr_1_12?keywords=Young%2C+only+once&qid=1559589771&s=digital-text&sr=1-12

 

 

Here is my interview with Brynn Paulin

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Thanks for having me!

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Hi! I’m Brynn Paulin. I’m 49. I am a romance writer.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Grand Rapids MI.

Fiona: A little about yourself (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I always wanted to be a writer, but I didn’t have my first book published until 13 years ago. At that point, I had been writing toward publication for 7 years. I majored in Communications at Grand Valley State University, here in Michigan, which I’ve found helpful in this career. To date, I’ve published over 60 books, though only half are available right now due to publisher changes.

I’m mom to two grown boys and three canine fur-babies. Other than my dogs, I’m an empty nester and love to do things with friends and family, but also love my alone, quiet time. I’m a bit of an introvert that way. Most of my time is spent writing, editing or designing book covers. I also do website design.

When I’m not working, I love to cook. I became vegan about four years ago after being vegetarian for three years, and by doing so, I learned a whole new way of cooking I never knew about. Because I’m always expanding my mind, I’m also learning to play the guitar at the moment. My writing is much better than my guitar playing, LOL.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I just released my 62nd book, The Billionaire and the Beast, the 4th book in my Billionaire Club series. I will release Mad About Her Cowboys later this month.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always written and in fact wrote my first novel in 10th grade as a way to pass time and amuse my Biology lab partner (Fan Fact: I still got an A in the class). But I started writing seriously with the intent to get published in 1999. I had my first book published seven years later.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I joined the RWA (Romance Writers of America) in 1999 and got serious.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Strangely, I’m not really sure. I wanted to write and decided to write a medieval historical novel. I’ve studied a lot about that time period and really love it, so it seemed like a fun thing to do. Ironically, of my published works, only two are historical. That first book was never published. In fact, my first five books have never been published.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Brainstorming with my critique partner at the time.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

My writing style is constantly evolving. Mostly, my style is a combination of plotting and writing by the seat of my pants. There are certain things I have to know about the story:  who the characters are, what’s hurt them in the past and what their motivations are, how the story starts, how the story ends, the big black moment (when all seems lost) and some of the important events that will happen. I call those guide posts. Then I just write from there. I do a fast first draft then a more thorough second draft. After that, I do a third draft during which I layer in descriptions and any details I may have missed, and I polish it up to send my editor.

In the past, the most challenging part of writing has been getting stuck in my head and literally, being fearful about the book not being good enough. My current process helps to free that up.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Occasionally, I’ll hear a headline or read something on social media that will spur an idea, usually unrelated to the headline or post, but beyond that, not a lot. From my own life, I know about being bullied, pushed aside or belittle, fighting for your place, etc., but don’t we all?

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

No.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I am a cover designer and can be found at Supernova Indie Publishing Services. Because of this, I make all my own covers.

 Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Love matters. Don’t settle. Everyone is important. The underdog can win if they don’t 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 Indie authors. I love Dakota Rebel, Lacey Thorn, Alexa Riley, Ruby Dixon, Ella Goode, Ella Fox, CM Steele, KL Fast, Elisa Leigh and MK Moore. I just discovered Chashiree M and Pixie Chica and am delving into their works. The fact that they’re all prolific feeds my hunger for books, LOL.

Favorite author? Probably Ruby Dixon. I’m not big on Sci-fi but her Sci-fi romance series are amazing. Not to be missed.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

The RWA and the writing group I belonged to through them.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No, I’m pretty happy with it and how the process went (though faster would always be good).

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I really employed the fast drafting method this time (see writing process answer, LOL)

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Tom Hiddleston

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

  1. Keep going. If you’re to the part where you hate your book, just know it’s better than you think right now.
  2. Make an appointment with yourself to write. Keep that appointment and don’t let anything short or a real emergency keep you from it.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I love you! Thank you for your support all these years!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Rated Ex by Ella Fox

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No. But I know it was Nancy Drew that got me hooked.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Sappy reunion videos. My dogs.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Keanu Reeves. I think he’s an extraordinary person.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Cooking, reading and playing the guitar.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I like romances and action films (must have an HEA!). My fav. TV shows are Supernatural and Big Bang Theory, as well as some other older sitcoms like Mike and Molly and Friends.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Food: Mexican

Color: Blue or pink

Music: anything but jazz, bluegrass or rap. I’m pretty eclectic.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Cry. But for a job, I’d probably be a vegan nutritionist.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

Play with my dogs and hang out with my family. Pray some. Enjoy a last great cup of coffee.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

She was kind and loved all people.

(Really I don’t much care about other stuff. For me, it’s about being good to others)

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

www.brynnpaulin.com

 My author group on Facebook is Brynn’s Place: https://www.facebook.com/groups/brynnsplace/

My author page on Facebook is: https://www.facebook.com/brynnpaulinauthor/

My newsletter signup: http://bit.ly/2Y3vbgo

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UK https://www.amazon.com/Brynn-Paulin/e/B006428FG4?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1559588447&sr=1-1

The Daly Way Series https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074CH6TYB/?ie=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0

The Taboo Wishes Series https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074BZ2QFN/?ie=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0

Billionaire and the Beast (my latest release): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SHN9LVZ

Stranded with the Billionaire: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1623441242

In the Dark: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q34Q6VB

Runaway Cowgirl: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H7RFBRS

Here is my interview with C.V. Leigh

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! My name’s Charlotte, I write under the name of C.V. Leigh and I’m 37.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’ve lived in Somerset for the past 16 years, but I grew up on the Lincolnshire / Nottinghamshire borders.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I grew up in a small village, and am a country girl through and through. I’m married with two children (my son is 10, and my daughter is 11), and we live with our dog, two cats, two guinea-pigs, and turtle. I have a BA (Hons) in Arts & Humanities, with a focus on creative writing, English literature, and English language.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My urban fantasy debut novel, The Change (The Wolves of Faol Hall Book One), was released at the beginning of May and is currently available to read on Kindle Unlimited.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

 I’ve been writing my entire life. I had a poem published when I was 14, and it grew from there. In 2012, I started writing romance, but my love has always been with fantasy and the paranormal. It just took me a while to finish an urban fantasy novel!

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

 I still don’t! I’ve been working as a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader since 2008, and even though I have 14 books published, I still struggle to see myself as a professional writer.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

 Oh wow… Well, for my first urban fantasy, I’ve always been fascinated by myths and legends, particularly when it comes to witchcraft and werewolves. I come from a long line of natural witches, and work as a Tarot reader and holistic therapist during the day. I’m also a huge fan of reading fantasy, and love Kelley Armstrong and George R R Martin.

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

 The Wolves of Faol Hall relates to the family the books are based around. The Change can be taken in any way the reader wants to. The story is about a lycanthrope, Megan, who is struggling to control her transformations from human to wolf. But, when someone from her past comes back into her life, the whole group dynamic of the family shifts as well.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

 I don’t know if I have a particular writing style, but I do struggle with finding a good balance when it comes to description. I want to make sure the reader can really envision my thoughts and ideas, but at the same time I don’t want the books to come across as trying to be clever, or being too “flowery”.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

 I guess the struggle with fitting into the human world and family could be paralleled to my own life. Growing up, I never felt “normal”, and as a teenager, I was bullied for being a short redhead. I am a Goth with a love for the occult and strange, and a lot of people struggle to understand that. The characters in my book are creatures of the paranormal world trying to live normal lives, whilst also being true to themselves.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

 I love to travel. The Change is set in the Cairngorms of Scotland. I have family in Lossiemouth, so we did drive up to visit them, going through the Cairngorms, which gave me a good idea of how to really describe the scenery.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Cora from Cora Graphics.

 Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The overall theme of the book is about family and being true to yourself. It’s about being able to come together, even though they are completely different. It’s about survival, and finding your inner strength during turbulent times.

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’m not really sure I have an overall favourite writer. I will read pretty much anything!

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

 I don’t think there is one person really. I joined Yeovil Creative Writers group a few years ago, and although I don’t go to the meetings anymore due to other commitments, I do feel very supported by the group.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

 I would love it if my writing could earn enough to be considered a career!

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

 No. Lucy (my editor) and I have worked hard on this book, and I absolutely love the cover.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

 I use the word ‘that’ too much!

 Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

 I would love to see Gerard Butler play Alistair.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Keep going! Listen to the advice you get, and grow a thick skin to deal with some of the harsh criticism that is going to get thrown your way.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

 The Change is only the first part of the story. There’s a lot more to come!

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

 I’m currently making my way through the Game of Thrones books.

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

 Probably a Roald Dahl one.

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

 My children.

 Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

 I’m sad I never got the chance to meet Roald Dahl. I loved his books growing up, and I share them with my children.

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

 Other than reading and writing? I watch a lot of movies, explore National Trust and Heritage sites, read Tarot, walking through woodlands, and do a lot of arts and crafts.

 Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

 I’m currently watching Lucifer – absolutely love it!

 Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

 Food – curry.

Colour – purple, turquoise, and black

Music – I will listen to most things, but am a big Disturbed fan.

 Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

 Live on a smallholding and be fully self-sufficient.

 Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

 With my family, going for walks through the woods.

 Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

 Here lies Charlotte, aged 102. The good die young.

 Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

 All my links can be found here: http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Leigh_CV/index.htm

Amazon Authors page UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/C.V.-Leigh/e/B07Q5JNXTJ

USA  https://www.amazon.com/C-V-Leigh/e/B07Q5JNXTJ?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1559570462&sr=1-1

Here is my interview with Alison Wem

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?

Alison Wem and it is a lady’s prerogative to not say her age. However, if you push me hard, it is 62.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I live in London but raised my family in Berkshire.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I am the founder and CEO of Your Soul Family and a life coach, author and inspirational speaker based in London, UK.

Unexpectedly widowed in my 40s, I suddenly found myself with two children, a demanding job and no husband. Not coping with life and with no-one to turn to, I needed help. In the early hours one night as, newly widowed, I had to confront my anguish and went within – and found not chaos and more pain but a space of calmness and route to strength, love and guidance. Soul Maps, the subject of my books,were born from this experience.

During my corporate career I held roles as a Business Change Director and Chief Information Officer so I am well acquainted with the pressures of work and the stress it can bring. Istepped out of my corporate role to build a life coaching business, Your Soul Family.  It provides techniques so you can feel more in control of your life to be more effectively at work and live more harmoniously at home. I am also a Non-Executive Director of the Mount Green Housing Association.

I have complimented my business and family life with training as a psychic medium for more than 15 years at The College of Psychic Studies and the London Spiritual Mission in London. I have given inspirational talks, demonstrations and sittings at the college and in spiritualist churches. Iwrite a ‘Life and Living’ blog and give live broadcasts on life topics people send her.

I am married with five grown-up children who have all flown the nest

 Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My second book, Finding Your Soul Family, has recently been published and develops on the first book taking Soul Maps much deeper to give greater insight into your life. There is a discussion on whether we get multiple lives in which to learn our Life Lessons. I run workshops internationally using this book as a reference guide

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I have recently taken up writing to share how I moved forward from widowhood through Soul Maps to find an inner strength and wisdom I did not know she possessed.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I am dyslexic so at school I found learning to read and write a challenge. Even now I am a slow reader. However, I have always loved the written word as it can transport you to so many different and amazing places. I see myself as not only an author but also an inspirational speaker, life coach and medium. They are all different ways of communicating so hopefully anyone can find one that they are comfortable with.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

In this always connected world, many people are struggling to find and hold their calmness. In my view this is leading to stress and anxiety. My first book is a simple guide to using a Soul Map to help with relaxation and calmness. A Soul Map is geometrical picture and a visual representation of you and your life.

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I tried out different titles with friends and then I did an on-line survey to see which was the most popular – Finding Your Soul Family won.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I try to keep my style friendly but professional, informative but not too dry. It is a delicate balance to achieve in a personal development book. I hope the book conveys a little of me rather than just being informative.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

All the examples are from students, friends and family. None of them are fictitious even though I change the names for privacy.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

I only had to travel through life but I do make notes to help my memory.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Jessica Bell, she lives in Athens and we have never met but she is very good at understanding what your book is about and produces great covers.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Life is full of challenges which are opportunities to learn life lessons. While we are doing that, we should not forget that life is for living and enjoying.

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?

Ali Norellwho has published her first book in May – The Truth Inside, Lessons from my Daughter in the Afterlife. Like me she is a psychic medium and tells an honest story of how she coped with losing her baby daughter, how it challenged her beliefs and how she is trying to re-build her life. I like it because it is not pushy but just says this is my experience, just knowing it might help you.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Gerrie March an internationally renown psychic medium and my mentor. I have taken years to write Finding Your Soul Family but she never gave up on me and always encouraged me to keep going even when my editor wanted a total structural re-write. Without her encouragement, I am not sure I would have published.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I see writing as a part of my career. It is another channel to helping people to lead a better life, giving them ideas and encouragement to be their best self be it partner, parent, friend, colleague or neighbour.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I use this book in my workshops. Perhaps I would include some free flowing, art type exercises to relax the mind before we get into the work of looking at relationships and life lessons. I am learning as well how people respond to the material. We can always do a revision at a later date.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I find writing very therapeutic. I was almost sorry when I finished it.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Andrea, the main case study.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

In the process of getting a book published, remember to enjoy yourself and to celebrate your achievement.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Finding Your Soul Family is not a book to rush. Take the exercises in Part 1 at the pace that suits you. At the same time read Part 2 which aims to challenge your views on how you look at the world and your life. If you have a question, drop me a line through my website http://www.yoursoulfamily.com

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Shine Forth – the Soul’s Magical Destiny by William AMeader.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The Janet and John books to teach you to read. I found it hard to keep up with my friends as I am dyslexic, although in my childhood no-one recognised it.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I have a very basic sense of humour so it is slap stick. A love story that goes wrong because I always want people to be happy in the end.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Dalai Lama, his words are very profound but he has a great sense of humour. He doesn’t take himself seriously.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

As a country girl living in London, I miss the greenery of Berkshire. I am never happier than when I am working on my allotment.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Top Gear travel episodes. They really are boys behaving badly but it makes me laugh and the locations are inspirational.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

The curry my husband cooks is to die for. I love pinks and mauves and listening to classical music to relax.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Paint as I love the energy in colours and shapes.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

Kind and loving wife, mother, friend and hopefully at some point Grandmother! No hints of course.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

www.yoursoulfamily.com The blog is on the Life and Living tab. Do sign up to the email list for updates, events and special offers. You can also download the free Soul Map templates and simple instructions to create a Soul Map to help find your personal calmness and wisdom.

 Amazon Authors page UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Alison-Wem/e/B075THW9ND/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

USA  https://www.amazon.com/Alison-Wem/e/B075THW9ND?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1559554401&sr=1-1

Here is my interview with Tory Gates

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 Tory Gates, and I’m 53.

Fiona: Where are you from? 

I was born in Vermont, and grew up in a small town called Cambridge. I currently live in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I grew up on a dairy farm in the northwest part of VT; I went to college at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, where I graduated with a degree in Communications/Broadcasting. I’d gotten into the radio business while still in school, and that has been my career. I’ve been in it 35 years more or less, worked in markets large and small and have felt lucky to still be in it.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news. 

My new book, “Searching for Roy Buchanan” is out on Brown Posey Press. It is my fourth book, and the first of the Sweet Dreams Series. The story is of a Japanese girl named Aki who has the ability to time travel, but doesn’t know how to use it. A fortuitous meeting with a strange, retired blues musician propels Aki and her brothers back through time, and the world of music. On the way, the three rediscover themselves, and Aki finds a connection to the music, and its power.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I think I’ve always made up stories partly to get attention. Being the youngest of four, it was pretty hard to get that, even after my old siblings moved out, it seemed. I read somewhere that the youngest child often turned to stories and other vehicles to get that validation, or recognition. So a lot of it was done in my head, and largely forgotten.

I made stabs at writing short stories in high school, and later in college, but I never had the focus or drive to make that work well enough. I wrote record, book and concert reviews for various publications for years, but those were a short, easy format. I didn’t seriously begin writing until the early 90’s, and even then there were gaps in what I could produce. I began writing the Sweet Dreams Series in 2007, and continued to write from that point on. My first book, Parasite Girls was self-published in 2013.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I don’t know when; I just finally started to consider myself one when I realized that the series began to take on a life beyond just one book, and I knew I could make it work.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My first was a lame attempt at science fiction, which I still have somewhere. I began writing it in 1991, after having a discussion with a roommate about video games and I suddenly had an idea. I envisioned a series, but the first one turned out to have a lot of problems. It was more Star Trek fanfiction than anything, just different characters.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

If we talk about “Searching…” that just came to me. Roy Buchanan was a legendery blues/rock guitarist, and while I admired his work, I wasn’t sure how it fit into the story I had going in my head. But it stuck, and I realized it did fit into the plot. So I went with it.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I bounce around to different genres, though I primarily write young adult/new adult fiction. I describe it as young people dealing with grownup problems. I try to write descriptive narrative, but I also write as if I’m writing a script for a film. The film is playing out in my mind as I’m envisioning and writing it, and I hope it translates to the page.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

“Searching…” has very little of me in it. I consciously tried to leave myself out of the story, because I was not comfortable with writing about me in 2007. Over the years, however, I’ve noticed that Aki’s brother Hiro has some elements of me. Hiro is 16 at the time of the story, one year older than Aki; the angst he feels over his family’s situation, and the frustration at not being able to change the problems they face weighs on him. His introduction to Kazu, the retired bluesman, and music of Roy Buchanan give him a moment of clarity, where Hiro suddenly realizes his direction.

I think that was the same reaction I had to radio; the opportunity to do something that was not handed or given me, but I had to work for it, and take it seems to have been infused in Hiro.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

I wish I could travel more! I’ve never been to Japan, so I’ve spent years reading, watching and trying to discover as much as I can about a place and its people, and then transfer that to my work. I’ve been fortunate to have friends who can help me with a lot of that.

My plan is to travel more, to research works yet unpublished, and for the new ones, to get a better feel for the settings.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Mitch Bentley of Atomic Fly Studios, Harrisburg. He does all my work.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I want the readers to find their own truth. The story is I hope a good one, that at least entertains you. Perhaps you will find in my work, someone you know or recognize, and come to like them. You might see yourself in them; if anything, I hope people think, and if they have issues in their life, they are surmountable. I put my characters through a lot of s**t at times, but from my own experience, we’re largely still here at the end of the day. If they can do it, anyone can get beyond whatever is before them.

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 don’t know how new he is, but Tan Twan Eng wrote an amazing book, The Gift of Rain. It’s a historical novel, and it is incredibly detailed, graphic and thoughtfully done. That’s probably my favorite recent book.

Of late I have been reading Japanese authors, to get more of an idea of how their styles translate to English. Haruki Murakami remains top of the form to me; South of the Border, West of the Sun inspired me to include its inclusion in my book A Moment in the Sun. The characters in a book club are reading it; I was very taken by the loners who are the leads. His new one, Killing Commendatore I’m still reading; very dense but well done so far.

Yasunari Kawabata’s work, and that of Yukio Mishima are also of interest to me. I tend to read a lot of an author, before I move on, I guess. In terms of favorites beyond Murakami: JRR Tolkien is above all others. I read The Hobbit when I was nine, and Lord of the Rings when I was ten; I didn’t read much else for a long time! Tolkien’s imagination was so expansive, and I don’t think we’ll ever have anyone like him again.

For other authors, Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, for his fluid and vivid writing style (One Hundred Years of Solitude and Chronic of a Death Foretold are the best); Sylvia Plath’s poetry, and I also liked The Bell Jar; Oscar Wilde’s works, those of Edgar Allan Poe; Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast is a favorite, and James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room is one of the finest crafted stories I’ve ever read.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

I don’t really have entities, but I have friends: an old friend named Alice Potteiger, who has often been a voice of reason in my life. A former bandmate of mine, Elizabeth Stine-Reed read everything I did in the early series, and saw the big picture. But I have to give a lot of credit to the late Dick Huntington. A poet, bard and writer, as well as a teacher, Dick had the most amazing grip of language. He helped with my terrible grammar, and helped me think through a lot of the series.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I would like to, but I do not see that as a viable option. I’m no fan of what some call the “Gig Economy,” because it takes from a worker without giving the proper benefit. Gigs might be fine if you’re a musician or an actor, but you have to keep working, constantly, and you pay your dues for a long time without being well known. I didn’t start till later in life; I worked for more than 20 years in broadcasting without being “known,” and I’m still not. That doesn’t matter to me, but I do realize that writing as my sole enterprise is unlikely. But it wouldn’t be bad, either!

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

After 12 years of work, rewrites, scene changes, and numerous other things, no. I think “Searching…” is as good as it could possibly get.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

No work is never “perfect,” nor is it ever “done.” You have to take any project, put all you have in there, and if you are satisfied fully, then it is done.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

I don’t know; I would suggest a Japanese actress who could sing (Aki finds her voice, so to speak), but I would not want someone from a girl group or one of those packaged acts. I would want a professional actress, and someone who understood the story; having done a little acting, you have to immerse yourself in the story, and become the character. Most professionals do that without even thinking; I’d have to leave that up to a casting director, in terms of who to pick.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

WRITE! Even if you are not putting it on paper, write in your head. If something takes you, then sit down, make the time, and get it out. Everyone’s style is different, but I would only suggest to make time for yourself, be comfortable in your surroundings, and then put all your focus into your work. If you feel it, follow “it.”

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I just hope my readers find “Searching for Roy Buchanan” a good story, a fun one, but also one that opens your mind to another world, to the roots of our music, and that my stories have meaning. I hope they find their own meaning, or as I said before, truth in my work.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Still working on Murakami’s Killing Commendatore, a biography of Chogyam Trungpa by Fabrice Midal, Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, and Kinshu by Teru Miyamoto. I’m also reading the manga Nobu by Isekai Izakaya.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I don’t. I remember my mother reading numerous books to me when I was little, but I don’t recall what one I began with myself.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I have a dark sense of humor, in which I find things funny that others might not. In terms of crying, anger is usually what would cause it, or when I hear a piece of music that gets me. Certain one just do, and music has in fact been the main inspiraction of a lot of my books.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why? 

I would love to sit down and have a discussion with Stephen Fry. Rather, I’d let him do the talking; his work as an actor, author, and really anything he puts his hands to seems to turn out well. I also was inspired by his struggle with bipolar disorder, and how he’s come to terms with it.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies? 

Not really; writing and music have always been a part of my life, so I do those. I swim to stay in a semblance of shape, so I suppose you could call that a hobby.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I don’t watch much TV; I just find it repetitive and boring. I have certain anime I like, New Game for one; that’s kind of my target audience for my books, and the second season of the show came out recently. It’s an office comedy, and it’s very well done.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music? 

I’m vegetarian, so anything in that line is fine. I don’t drink, so coffee is my drink. Music is blues, and then most else follows, such as rock, jazz, and Americana.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

I have no idea what that would be like. I probably would stil be in broadcasting or media, but writing is integral to those.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

I would do one thing that I’d denied myself all my life. That would be a good way to go out.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone? 

I’m not sure I want one. I’ve indicated I wish to be cremated, so I’m not sure I really need one of those.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers? 

http://torygatesmedia.wix.com/home

My website has my blog, my appearances, and you can purchase my books from there as well. My three books for Brown Posey are available at brownposeypress.com — these and Parasite Girls are all available on Amazon.com

https://www.sunburypressstore.com/Searching-for-Roy-Buchanan-9781620061107.htm

Amazon Authors page USA   https://www.amazon.com/Tory-Gates/e/B01LXQ5YSQ?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1559388012&sr=8-1

UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tory-Gates/e/B01LXQ5YSQ?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1559388544&sr=1-1

Here is my interview with Stanley B. Webb

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Stanley: Hello, Fiona.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Stanley: My name is Stanley B. Webb. I was born nearly fifty-eight years ago.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Stanley: I grew up in a small town called Parish, in Oswego County, in New York State, USA. I have spent one year living in Long Beach, California, and then a few months in Perrine, Florida, but I have spent most of my life in the area where I grew up. I now reside in a town called Pulaski, which is slightly larger than Parish.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).

Stanley: I was the third of three children. My youngest sibling is eleven years my senior. We lived rurally, with acres of woods and swamp to explore. There was a shallow pond and an abandoned gravel pit on our property, and also a small brook. I loved monster movies. I drew thousands of sci-fi pictures, and hundreds ofdiagrams of the submarines, tanks, spaceships and etcetera that I planned to build someday. I believed in sea monsters and UFOs, but not ghosts. I drew plans for elaborate hoaxes, but never actually played the tricks.

My parents divorced when I was twelve years old. I have a high school education. I have worked as a dishwasher, a video rental clerk, a short order cook, a carpentry contractor’s assistant, and a factory drudge. I am now retired. I live on a small pension, and work as a janitor to help with our bills.

My wife and I have been married for twenty-two years. We have three children.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Stanley: My giant creature tale “Chopper City” may be read on Tell-Tale Press’ website, in the site’s sci-fi library, “The Star Ship Logs: Creatures”. Another recent publication is short my story “The Day of the Deer Flies”,which appears in the anthology “Animal Uprising” from Nightmare Press. Alban Lake Publishing’s upcoming anthology “Haunted Life” will include my ghost story “The Sea Came In”, and The Writer’s Co-op anthology “The Rabbit Hole, Volume 2” will feature my weird tale “The Screaming Storm”. I’m awaiting word on several other submissions.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Stanley: I learned to tell myself stories during nap time in my kindergarten classroom. I did not take naps at home, and I thought that it was a bit bizarre when the teacher made all of us lie down on the floor and close our eyes. (The teacher made me lie behind her desk so “I can make sure that you keep your eyes shut.”) I passed the nap time by making up stories in my mind. At that time, my daydreams were based on the Saturday morning cartoons that I used to watch, old shows like “Moby Dick” and “Gulliver”. My mother and I drew books of giant monster comics. When I got older I began to write stories, sometimes basing the tales on dreams. I tried submitting a few stories to magazines when I was a teenager, but without success.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Stanley: After the factory where I worked went out of business, when I was in my early fifties. I started then to send my stories to market, and I have enjoyed a modest success.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Stanley: I wrote my first novel when I was thirteen. The story was based on a dream I’d had about a new species of intelligent reptile that lived in hiding from humanity’s campaign to exterminate them. That novel, written in longhand, ended at seventy-two pages, and included illustrations.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Stanley: With very little thought, I fear. I called that first novel “The New Species”.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

Stanley: I do very little hard planning before I write. I do not make outlines or character charts. Instead I dwell with my ideas until I feel ready to write, then I create the first draft without pause. I have dwelt with ideas for ten years or longer before putting my pen to paper. When the idea is ready, it seems to flow into the story. On rare occasions I reach a point where I must stop for conscious thought to get the plot where to it needs to go.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Stanley: Few of my stories are based on any actual experiences, but I usually put familiar locations and activities into my work.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

I have never travelled for research. Most of my stories have familiar settings. For those that are set in unfamiliar places, I use online research. Most of my work has been short stories, but I am currently involved in writing second drafts of several novel-length works. For these projects I anticipate some travel experience, but not long-distance travel.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Stanley: My short story “Blazing Beamard” inspired Keely Rew’s cover illustration for the weird western anthology “Principia Ponderosa”, from Third Flatiron Publishing. Stealth Fiction’s horror anthology “Daylight Dims II” hired artist Alex Hewitt to illustrate my story “Bony River”. I have framed copies of both pieces.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Stanley: I do not write messages to my readers. There are a lot of problems in this world, but I lack enough wisdom to offer solutions.

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?

Richard Matheson is a favourite of mine. Mr. Matheson was a master of short fiction. Many of his stories appeared as episodes of the old Twilight Zone television series. H. G. Wells is also a favourite author. Mr. Wells invented all of the sci-fi and fantasy tropes that we know today. Mystery writer Dick Francis is another favourite of mine. Mr. Francis’s protagonists are stalwarts: character’s unswerving in their goodness, and yet realistically flawed. Dick Francis’s heroes never deliberately defeat his villains. His heroes prevail by being who they are, and his villains defeat themselves by being who they are.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Stanley: My ninth grade English teacher, Mrs. Gray, took a personal interest in my writing. She critiqued stories for me, and encouraged me to submit them to markets.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Stanley: I do not. I see a career as that which earns one’s living. I write for enjoyment. I would be pleased if my writing became a career.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I have had several previously published stories accepted as reprints. I always revise again before I offer a story for a second market, and never fail to find room for improvement.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I have begun research on the United States Coast Guard for one novel that I am editing, research on gambling for another, and prehistoric Earth for a third.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

This is your most difficult question, for I have many stories, and I’m unfamiliar with today’s actors. I used to dream of filming my own stories, with myself in the lead role.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Do not worry about how bad your first drafts seem to be. My first drafts read like garbage. Amazing things can happen during revision. On the other side of this process, do not delay marketing for endless revisions. I cannot read through my work without revising, even for pieces that have already earned publication.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you for reading my work. I hope that you enjoyed it.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am reading “Founding Mothers” by Cokie Roberts for my reading club. I am also reading Gypsum Sound Tales’ “COLP: A Little Bit of Nonsense”, an anthology that includes my story “The Island of Doctor Minid”. My waiting-to-be-read shelves are currently four years long, with a physical length of about three meters.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

“20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”. I still want to be Captain Nemo.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I’m a fan of bizarre comedy, such as “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, and Gary Larson’s cartoon “The Far Side”. I also enjoy Bill Watterson’s comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes”. My favourite comedy novel is Eric Idle’s science fiction title, “The Road to Mars”.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Robin Lee Graham. In the year 1966, when he was sixteen years old, Mr. Graham began a solo circumnavigation in a twenty-four-foot long sailboat. I first heard of his voyage when I was fourteen, and I fell in love with the idea. I spent years drawing plans for boats of my own. My voyage never came to be. I would enjoy meeting him, to say hello and thank his for sharing his story.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I used to draw. I have done wood carving and stone carving, quilting, stained glass piecing, and boat building.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I used to watch “Star Trek”, “Kolchak: The Night Stalker”, “Land of the Giants” and “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”. More recently, we have enjoyed “Game of Thrones” and “The Walking Dead”. I plan to see the new American Godzilla film in a few days.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I enjoy Mexican and Mediterranean food. When I was young, red was my favourite color, but as I grew older I picked favorites in many hues, such as emerald green and royal blue. I like popular music from the 1970s and 1980s.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

I think that nomadic living on a boat would be nice.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

With my wife. That would be a sad experience, but we would never see each other again.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

I imagine a headstone with a holographic projector and proximity sensors built into it. The projector would create ghostly images when people were nearby.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

My online presence is limited. I have an Amazon Author Central page, which lists my available works.

USA https://www.amazon.com/Stanley-B.-Webb/e/B078VDKTYV

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stanley-B.-Webb/e/B078VDKTYV/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_8

 

Here is my interview with JF Holland

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, Fiona, all, I’m Julie (aka JF Holland) and I’m now 51-years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I live on the border of Manchester and Cheshire in the UK. I still live in the small town where I was born and raised. I’ve lived in my home now for just over 25-years; a house I used to play in as a child as a school friend lived here.

 Fiona: A little about yourself (ie,  your education, family life, etc.). I

I’m a mother to six children, 5 boys and 1 girl. My 2 eldest sons have both left home now though, but still come to visit. However, my daughter and my 3 teenage sonsstill at home. As 2 of them are on the autistic spectrum, life is never dull around our house. My background is in customer service and teaching unemployed adults IT, Customer Service and Back-To-Work Skills.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I have a new release due out next month, the 1st in a new series. Each book will be a standalone read and the series is called, ‘When the Ink dries,’ Second Chance Romance for over 40’s. I love romance, but to be honest, there isn’t much around in the genre for us over mid-twenties, early thirties and I’m not a spring chicken myself anymore. The idea came to me about 5 women becoming friends after meeting at an exercise class. As each of them is either divorced or going through a divorce, they named their little club, After the Ink Dries. Each book will follow one of the women’s antics as they search for their Second Chance at love. Blindsided is book 1, and I always try to work the title into the blurb. In Blindsided, an old crush comes on the scene and he’s blindsided by the woman she has become, the more mature and confident woman. Blindsided releases on June 16th.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Reading and writing have always been my escape. If I didn’t have a book in my hand I had a pen writing something for as long as I can remember, I’d rewrite the stories I’d read to my own preference.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I got my first review from someone I didn’t know saying they’d enjoyed my story, that was my defining moment. To be able to come up with something that someone else enjoyed reading was a wonderful feeling. Then, recently, with another book, I had a message from a male reader saying it was as if I’d written his life story due to how well he connected with the male character. That was an awe inspiring moment for me, and very humbling.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve always written in one capacity or another. People watching fascinates me… so, if you ever find me looking at you, I’m not being weird honestly, it’s just that I tend to look at people and try to work out their story. If it’s a couple, I try to figure out what brought them together. As for my first book, just an idea that popped into my head. I passed a building and got to thinking about the people who worked there and their lives in and out of the workplace and The Dennison Property Services Series was born.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Only One came to me as I believe there is always that one person for us, a soulmate if you will, so the title seemed rather apt.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

As I write in the romance genre, I find too many make their characters too perfect or the town or village is somewhere they know or want to go which I find limiting. I don’t like to be specific about areas,my Paranormal is a completely made up place, based loosely on where I live. I think reading should be immersive. You should be able to lose yourself in a story so I try to make my characters relatable and give them flaws like all humans have. Being none specific on area allows the reader to put themselves in the story, to think of it as a building or place they know and they can let their imagination run wild.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I try to add some realism to my characters, as a writer, you will find most of us end up putting more of ourselves into them than we’d like. Writing can be cathartic, if we are going through something painful, we may add in a little of that into our story which can add another layer of realism as we work out our own conflicts. As for specific people, not really, but there may be characteristics or mannerisms we use from others we know. If someone annoys me, I may add them in as a victim but that’s just another writer thing lol

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel?Before or during the process?

 I haven’t, but research is a major part of writing… hell, if they ever got hold of my search history, I’d be doing time. If I’m writing shifters, I research animals, the way they move, the noises they make etc., Soldiers, I have to look at age, rank, area, uniform and weaponry. I’ve used wiccan terms and written spells and let’s not forget the research done for the best way to kill someone… yeah, I’d most definitely be doing time. I’d have to travel if I was area specific, but as I’m not, I’m good on that one, although never say never.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I design my own covers, I like the cover to represent what is on the inside. I’ve seen too many covers where there is a blue-eyed blonde on the front only to find the main character has black-hair and brown eyes… very confusing.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

There is always a message. I’ve covered life after abuse in This Time, I’ve covered the effects of PTSD on the main character and those around them in others. There is always a fight either psychologically or emotionally with my characters as they find their way to their Happily Ever After. The message is, nothing worth having is easy and that it takes work, either physically or emotionally to get there.

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 recently read a debut book called, Ice Burns by Lucy Alice and thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend. As for my favourite writers, there are so many, but I’d have to say that Lynsay Sands is my absolute favourite. I love how her characters have flaws and that she adds in a bit of snark and humour; which I also try to add into my own. Afterall, we are not perfect, and sometimes, life and circumstances can be damn amusing.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Friends, I have a few friends that had been telling me to write for years. I’d been making up stories since I was little and I was told it was about time I began putting them on paper.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

The simple answer is, yes. Writing is what I love to do, what I’m compelled to do.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No, I don’t think I would, I write what I see. By this I mean, I don’t just get ideas, I see a screen playing in my head and I write what I see. Each book I write is a movie I’ve watched in my mind, so very little control over what I write.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

 I always learn something, with this one I’ve learned about the divorce process lol

 Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

 Sandra Bullock, she’s about the right age.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

The only advice I could give is to never give up, to just keep writing. To do your research, not just for your books but also for an editor who meshes with you and understands you. To find your own way of doing it and not to worry too much over the small things. Also, you’ll never please everyone, what one person loves about your book, another may hate. Therefore, write what you enjoy and are comfortable writing as it does come across on the page.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Just that I hope they enjoy what I write as it’s not a simple, easy or quick process. That I hope that after reading one of my books they’ve either laughed, cried or screamed, and if I can do that, I’ve done my job.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m reading a mix of Indie and Traditionally published books. I’m reading Rosie Chapel, a regency duet, shifter romance and also I’ve just gotten Gena Showalters latest Lords of the Underworld, The Darkest Warrior. I’m also about a quarter of the way through Frost Bites, Lucy Alice’s second book.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I think it was Mrs Pepperpot, my gran bought it for my sister (who was 6-years older than me). Also Anne of Green Gables; I was an early reader. I was reading Great Expectations by the time I was 8-years old.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I have a weird sense of humour, I laugh at the strangest things, like someone falling over. As for crying, cruelty and unfairness makes me cry.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Marilyn Monroe, I’d love to get the real story about her life.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I read, I crochet; when my hands allow it. I make my own swag, I enjoy family time, cinema’s with the kids. I used to love walking the dogs, but as I struggle to walk now, that is a no go.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

TV shows, Medium, The New Sabrina and Criminal Minds to name a few. Films, I’m a Marvel and DC Junky, I also love The Predator Films, Commando and also Independence Day.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I struggle with food, partly due to my illness and nausea, but I love bacon on toast and roast dinners. Colours, red, black; and yes it’s a colour. I also like pink and baby blue. My musical tastes are eclectic. I listen to everything from classical to metal.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write.

 What would you do? Apart from go mad with all the voices in my head, maybe go into some kind of social work or a therapist, someone who helps people.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

With my family.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

I have a few places, but I’d probably say my newsletter and these other places are update the most often:- Newsletter signup- https://jf-holland-romance-author.us13.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=d75290c9e09826b67b1cdbf5c&id=123411f168

Facebook:- www.facebook.com/JFHollandAuthor

Amazon author page:- Author.to/JFHollandBooks

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Book Bub:- https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jf-holland

 

 

 

Here is my interview with Georgiana Fields

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?

Georgiana: I’m Georgiana Fields and as for my age…I’m 58.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Georgiana: My father was a Marine, so I grew up everywhere. However, I call Jacksonville, N.C., USA and New Bern, N.C. my hometowns. My mother was from New Bern.

 Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e., your education, family life, etc.).

Georgiana:  As I said, my father was a Marine. My mother was often left alone for months if not years at a time while my father served. He did three tours in Vietnam. Because of her and the other military wives, I grew up witnessing strong women who took care of themselves.

Since my father was in the military, we travelled. As a child, I hated having to move. As an adult, I’m thankful for the experience. In fact, Wyvern House in Crimson Dreams is childhood memory of manor home we toured. I’m not sure if the house was in Scotland or in England, but I can remember the many rooms and the gardens.

In college, I studied Medical Technology. Upon graduating, I went to work for Roche Biomedical as a Toxicologist. After the company closed, I went to work for the American Red Cross and stayed with them until they too closed the testing lab.

My husband and I dated when I was in high school and he in college. He was my brother’s college roommate. We married once I graduated from college and have been married for 37 years. We have two grown sons. One works with the CDC and the other is in IT.

Now retired from the lab, I spend my time writing, gardening, and taking care of my two dogs and two cats.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Georgiana: My book Crimson Dreams is the winner of the 2019 Georgia Independent Author of the Year Award for Romance. This is my first award. And I’m still pinching myself. In honour of my win, Crimson Dreams will be on sale for $0.99 from June 1 to June 8.

Currently, I’m working on my fifth novel in the Crimson Series; the working title is Crimson Haze. I’m also working on a short story for the holiday season.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Georgiana:My mother’s sisters lived in New Bern, N.C. A wonderful town located on the Neuse and Trent rivers. I would enjoy sitting under the table as a child, listening to them talk. Many a summer night they’d tell stories of local legends, i.e., ghost stories. I think I was in the second grade when I started writing down as many of these stories as I could. That began my writing. I alwayswanted to know what happened next. Did the ghost find his head? Did the blue lady find her lover? When my aunts would answer no, I would change the endings of the stories, so they would always have happy endings. I mean the poor people who the stories were about, always met grizzly ends, they needed to have a happy-ever-after somehow.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Georgiana: Not until I sold my first copy of Crimson Dreams. The reason in school, only one teacher ever encouraged me to write, that was Joan Reid. I don’t know whatever happened to her, so Miss. Reid, if you’re reading this…Thank you.

My husband isn’t a reader, but he has supported me throughout my career. And it was he, who first signed me up for Romance Writers of America 24 years ago. I did not believe in myself. But he believed in me.

In college, I had a professor tell me I was the stupidest person he’d ever met and would only amount to be a housewife. (Thirty years later, this same professor brought my third book and loved it.)

I have a wonderful editor, now.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Georgiana: I write to escape. I wrote my first book, Crimson Dreams,in 1996 after the deaths of my father and mother. My dad died on his birthday. I’d just gotten off the phone with him then headed to the store. When my husband and I returned home, my brother was there and informed us dad had died of a heart attack. I lost my mother a year later to breast cancer.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Georgiana: My characters tell me usually.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

Georgiana:Yes. Most writers write from the beginning to the end. I don’t. I get an idea, and I jot it down. Then the story forms and I write it down, usually a page or two. This is not an outline or a synopsis. I don’t use a plot board. Well, maybe, I do. I write scenes then put them together in the order. I think they should go. Think of it like putting together a puzzle. My Characters usually have different ideas.

 Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Georgiana: Usually,I get my villain from the evening news. I mean, watching the news sometimes can give you nightmares? Sex trafficking, BTK Strangler, Ted Bundy, Jake Patterson,the list goes on. Can you imagine being a 14-year-old girl, witnessing your parents’ murder then held captive under a bed for 88 days? If I wrote this in a book two years ago and presented it to an editor, I would have been told no one would believe it.

As for the rest of my characters…I have a disclaimer in the front of my books. Just because there some similarities to a few family members,deceased or not, are just coincidence. (LOL)

I love to people watch. I could see aperson walk across the street and something about her draws my attention, their look, or actions, something. Anyway, they many end up in a book.

 Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Georgiana: Funny, you should ask. For the last two books, the locations have all come from where a friend of mine has vacationed. She tells me about her travels, and I end up using it for my story.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Georgiana: Gina Dyer. She is a retired school teacher and loves to tinker with photoshop and loves to take photos. I love her work. We’ve been friends for a long time. I’ll bounce plot ideas off her and usually before the story is finished, she’ll have a cover designed. Most of the back drops for the covers are photos she has snapped.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Georgiana: Yes, don’t judge someone because of their religion, sexual orientation, the color of their skin, or if they happen to grow fangs and fur. Judge them on their actions and their hearts.

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?

Georgiana:Oh, wow. A hard question. I have over 3000 books on my kindle and nearly that many in my basement. I love to read! Right now, I’m readingSusan Sands, Harmony Raines, and V. Vaughn.

I love to laugh, and I love happy endings. Susan Sands makes me laugh.

My favorite all time writers are 1. Jane Austen, 2. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 3. Mary Shelley. 4. William Shakespeare. 5. Poe

All these authors have whit.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Georgiana: There are two. The first is Mary Barfield. I’ve known her for over twenty years. She’s my editor now.

The second is Gina Dyer. I would not be speaking to you now if it weren’t for her. 20 years ago, she dug Crimson Dreams out of the trash. After a very harsh critique I thanked the group, walked out of the convention and tossed the manuscript into the rubbish bin. Gina snatched it out and shoved it at me, telling me that is was a good story even if it did not fit the popular ideas of the time.

She has encouraged me and has listened to me bounce ideas off her when my characters go off in left fields. She is also the person who “dared” me to enter Crimson Dreams for the Georgia Independent Author of the Year. She is also my cover artist.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Georgiana: YES! Most jobs are 9-5, but writing is 24-7. I get an idea or thought, and I must write it down. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve woke my husband up, talkinginto my phone to record my idea.Then there is the promoting. Even if you are with a major publisher, the author is still responsible to promote their work.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Georgiana:(LOL)My editor keeps reminding me; it is her job to make changes. I have added things, cut things, and even when I finally hand it over to her, she’llhaveto nick it and run. I’ll chase her, screaming,“One more thing.”

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Georgiana:Yes. In Crimson Haze, my protagonisthas lost his leg. In order to get the emotion, correct, I spoke with several amputees to learn the challenges they face. It made me realize how much, most of us take for granted.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Georgiana: That’s a tough question. Hmmm, probably Chris Hemsworth as Vaughn.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Georgiana: Don’t give up and don’t stop writing. Also, find a local writing group who welcome your genre. If you are like me and write paranormal, then a Christian group or a Non-fiction group may not be the best fit. Your local library should be able to help you find the right group.

The next bit of advice is to keep a journal of your characters. I make a family tree and things such as education, appearance, jobs, full name. This way you don’t make the mistake of making your 6’4” character 5’2. I’ve read books where things like this have happened. Readers will let you know of your mistakes.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Georgiana. Thank you for picking up my books and giving them a read. Thank you for following me and supporting me with your reviews. And thank you for your input.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Georgiana: Eve Langlais, Bad Boy, Inc. series.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Georgiana:Black Beauty

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Georgiana: Good whit makes me laugh. Cry…that could be anything, but heavy emotional scenes seem to get me.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Georgiana:Queen Victoria. She ruled an empire during a time when women had little to no rights. Plus, I would like to ask her why she was against women’s rights.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Georgiana: Cross stitching, gardening. Reading!

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Georgiana: Outlander, The Crown, Victoria, NCIS, Stranger Things, Big little Lies.

Movies: Just about all of them. I love action adventure and suspense. I’m not a big fan of slasher movies.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Georgiana: Food: Mexican, Cuban, seafood…just about anything.

Colors: Red, purple, jewel tones. However, my closet tends to be full of black.

Music anything from techno to country. When I write, I tend to play music from the 30’s and 40’s.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Georgiana: Nothing, I’d be dead.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

Georgiana: Spend time with family and friends.And probably trying to finish another chapter.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

Georgiana: Beloved wife and mother.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Georgiana: You can follow me at:

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorGeorgianaFields/

https://www.instagram.com/fieldsgeorgiana/

https://twitter.com/georgianafields

http://georgianafields.com/

http://amazon.com/author/georgianafields/

https://www.goodreads.com/AuthorGeorgianaFields

Book Links:

Crimson Dreams:

https://www.amazon.com/Crimson-Dreams-Book-1-ebook/dp/B07GQBW359/

Crimson Heats:

https://www.amazon.com/Crimson-Hearts-Book-2-ebook/dp/B07JNCYMT5/

Crimson Moon:

https://www.amazon.com/Crimson-Moon-Book-3-ebook/dp/B07KQFCX3J/

Crimson Dawn:

https://www.amazon.com/Crimson-Dawn-Book-4-ebook/dp/B07KT9ZXJV/

Tulips Mean Love

https://www.amazon.com/Tulips-Mean-Love-Short-Crimson-ebook/dp/B07MZH5G8M/

Crimson Haze, which should be out this summer.

Yuletide Magic

https://www.amazon.com/Yuletide-Magic-Magical-Short-Story-book/dp/B07KTBN5HS/