Here is my interview with Helen Buckley

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! I’m Helen Buckley, and I’m 34.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m originally from Hounslow in London, but now I live in Bedfordshire

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

I’m married with a little boy who was born in March 2019. Although I went to one of the worst-performing schools in my area I’m proud to have a degree in journalism and contemporary history, and a masters degree too. I’ve spent my entire professional career working for charities, including almost four years in Honduras, central America.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My debut novel Star in the Shadows has just been published by Austin Macauley. It’s so exciting! Reviews have been brilliant and I am so pleased that people are enjoying something I wrote. I have written my second novel and I am currently working on my third.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I have always loved reading and often thought I would be an author, but I only ever wrote poetry and never truly believed I could write a novel. In 2018, after experiencing a few years of infertility, I was feeling really low and I started writing Star in the Shadows as an escape from those feelings. I completed the novel in five months and then got pregnant on our first cycle of IVF!

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I think when I finished the first novel and started writing my second, In from the cold. Then I realised that I had so many ideas to build on, and writing was what I wanted to do.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I have always been fascinated by behindthescenes of fame and rags to riches stories. Star in the Shadows is about a teen runaway who becomes a popstar and the family that she loved and left behind, so it tackles those themes, with drama, grit and heart.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It was so tough! I really struggled. In the end I wrote down key words from the story and themes, and played around with various combinations, then sent them to a panel of my target readers to get them to vote on which one they liked best. I truly agonised over it though.

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

I’d say my style is light, easy to read, and descriptive. I write in third person, often with several points of view from different characters. I enjoy using flashbacks to reveal hidden secrets and surprise twists. I think the most challenging thing is to create realistic characters to identify with and root for, with understandable motivations and reactions to their circumstances.

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

The book is very much a story that doesn’t reflect much of my own life. There are pieces of me in there though – names of people I know, nods to drinks I like, and a few Honduran characters reflecting some of the people I met when I lived in Central America. The main character Kiara struggles with anxiety and this is also something I have dealt with, although her traumas aren’t ones I have experienced myself.

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

Only in my mind! I’d love to go “on location” as part of the research but having a small baby means that’s pretty impossible. Fortunately the internet helps to fill in the gaps if I can’t go somewhere I need to write about.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My publisher Austin Macauley

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

Lots of people think that fame and fortune can be an antidote to life’s problems, but Star in the Shadows explores how someone can still be haunted by their past even if they have made it to the giddy heights of fame.

There’s also a nod to the Me Too movement in the music industry, and how vulnerable young women can be taken advantage of.

The other important theme is the nature of family, and how love can be more important than blood when it comes to deciding who truly is our family.

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 really into Maggie O’Farrell at the moment. I love her astute observations about family life and characters.

Nicola May is an author that has really grabbed my interest recently, I’m so impressed by her self-publishing success!

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

My best friend Helen has always encouraged me and read drafts. She has been my number one cheerleader from the beginning.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I don’t necessarily see it as an income stream, as it’s so competitive out there, but I do see it as a life -long passion and hopefully something I can make into a career, even if the earnings are low.

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

I’m never satisfied so absolutely yes, I would change things and keep on changing them until someone told me to stop!

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

For Star in the Shadows I did a lot of research around overcoming trauma and addiction, particularly high-functioning alcoholics. I learnt a lot from the research.

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

Kiara is a character with fiery red hair so it would have to be a young actress that’s a natural red-head with an aptitude for singing. I don’t know any who fit the bill!

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Feel the fear and do it anyway. Don’t let fear stop you from taking every opportunity that comes your way.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Just thank you if you decide to read or have read Star in the Shadows. I appreciate you!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Instructions for a heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No I have no idea what it was!

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Soppy adverts on TV, anything to do with babies or children or kittens, and the film Titanic – even when the opening music starts I want to weep!

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

My gran. She died in the fifties and it would be amazing to actually meet her.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I play the flute and love music. Although all my free time outside of looking after the baby goes on writing, marketing, and editing my novels at the moment, so there isn’t much time for anything else.

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

I’m still a sucker for Friends – I could have it on all day. I love comedies, both British and American, such as Veep, the Office, Brooklyn 99, and Arrested Development.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

A bowl of pasta is always my go-to food. I love music – pop music, classical, golden oldies, love songs, country music – it often inspires me and helps me to write too.

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

Try to escape!

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

With my son and husband.

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

I’m not sure I want one. I’d like my ashes to be made into diamonds!

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

My website is www.buckleybooks.org and Star in the Shadows can be found on Amazon in both e-book and paperback versions:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Shadows-Helen-Buckley-ebook/dp/B07Z5V7LR5/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=star+in+the+shadows&qid=1575816539&sr=8-1

Twitter: @HelenCBuckley

Facebook: @helenbuckleyauthor

Instagram: @helencatherinebuckley

 

 

Here is my interview with Nathan Colston

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?

Nathan Colston and I’m 49

Fiona: Where are you from?

Mississippi

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

Not anything very exciting here. Just a simple guy that drives a truck for a living. At home I live the quiet life. Watch movies, cook out on the grill, spend time with the wife and my daughter along with my three dogs.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

At present I’m very busy with my writing. Working of a Co-auther project with Andreea Pride the series is called The Rose of Alabastra the first book with be called The Bleeding Thorn. The first book in my Dancing a Supernatural Tale Saga The Hidden Series Dancing In The Dark. The first book Dance of Unexpected Change was sent to my editor. Also, I’m working on the last book in Dancers Curse of Love Book 5 Last Dance of The Cursed.  I’m also currently working on Shemalight Existence Rise of Wateara that is the first book in the memory series I have several WIP Dancing The Magic Begins series one in Dancing a Supernatural Tale Book 1 The Book of Dunkar.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

About 2001

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I don’t really think myself to be a writer. I think myself to be a story teller and entertainer.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

A teacher

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

My wife helped me with Sheamalight a song gave me the idea for the Dancing a supernatural tale

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

I like to think my style is unique. All of my stories are out of the box. What I mean by that not your typical brand of stories.

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

A few things are based on real life events. But most of the stories are pure fictional.

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

No

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Melissa Stevenes, The Illustrated Author Designs

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

Sheamalight existence Not particularly. Dancing a supernatural tale, the plot is based off of multiple conversations that I couldn’t help but to overhear eating at truck stops.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

Rick Gualtieri I like the way he presents the story

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

My readers

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I hope to

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

No

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

I’m constantly learning

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

I haven’t really thought about that

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Listen to the negative things said especially if more than one person is saying the same thing and don’t give up

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you so much for your support and I hope you enjoyed the stories.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m not much of a reader I’m more of an audio book person. At the moment I’m waiting on several new releases.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Funny things makes me laugh sad and mushy things makes me cry.

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

I haven’t really put much thought into that.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Telling stories

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

I mostly like movies

Fiona: Favourite foods, colors,  music?

Just good cooking, purple or scarlet, I like a wide verity of music 60’s to now pop and country

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

Keep driving, I don’t see myself not righting. It may come to a point where I don’t publish but that doesn’t mean I will quit writing. I wrote many years before I published and will likely keep writing.

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

The same as every other day. We’re all born to die, say what needs to be said, do what to be done every day. When the last day does come you say you lived every day as if it was the last.

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

He won’t don’t do that shit again.

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

https://nathanc70.wixsite.com/mysite?fbclid=iwar1tin5q8icfsquaju7mzmmtlwfaiygasckhyrqzfgfz_g6cefkzfchsz28

 Amazon  Authors Page USA  https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B07BZ2KFWW?_encoding=UTF8&node=2656022011&offset=0&pageSize=12&searchAlias=stripbooks&sort=author-pages-popularity-rank&page=1&langFilter=default#formatSelectorHeader

UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nathan-Colston/e/B07BZ2KFWW?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1575979267&sr=1-2

Here is my interview with Lily Wallis

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?

Hey, my name is Lily Wallis and I’m in my thirties!

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m from everywhere but currently reside on the east coast of the US

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.  

I am currently finishing edits on my third book in the Gates of Hell series and have several other projects going as well to include a collaboration.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Years ago. My imagination has no borders and why let it go to waste?

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I published my first book, that’s when it felt like an accomplishment.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Lana Del Rey’s Album Born to Die. The book basically wrote itself while I listened to it over and over again.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It came to me while listening to the song BLUE JEANS and it was mentioned in there.

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

Challenging would be the research. I spend a lot of time on it to try to make it as close to reality as possible with it still being fiction. As for my writing style, instead of labelling my chapters the traditional way, I give each one a title.

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

The characters have some traits that I harbour, as well as others I know.

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

Luckily no lol

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I design them myself, I’m a bit of a control freak.

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

It would depend on each one. Ride or Die is about never giving up, Cash is about taking risks and seizing the opportunity, and my newest, Killer will show that it’s ok to ask for help.

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 haven’t had much time to read lately at all. My kindle has several waiting for me and I’m hoping to check out some of Jax Hart’s work.

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

My PA

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Isn’t that the dream? Realistically I’m sure it won’t happen, but it would be great.

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

Nope, I think it turned out pretty good.

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

Patience and to step away instead of forcing the words.

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

This is a good question. I have no idea!

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Keep at it and don’t let others tear you down. It’s an illusion that they have any bearing on you or your career.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I hope they enjoy the journey I send them on and I appreciate every single review, post, sale, or thank you I have received.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Sadly … none

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I actually don’t.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I’m happy by nature so the little things make me laugh. As for crying, the norm. Pain, dishonesty, people who hurt children, animals.

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

Drawing a blank. I’ll say Lana Del Rey since I love her music.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I love to shop, write, play a few videogames,

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

90 day Fiance

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Sushi, Pizza, Black, I listen to a variety

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

Something artsy, painting probably.

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

With family

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

I don’t think I want to be buried.

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

FB Author Page – https://www.facebook.com/LilyWallisAuthor/
Bookbub – https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lily-wallis
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19227658.Lily_Wallis
Reader Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/LilysRideorDieTribe/
Mewe – https://mewe.com/i/lilywallis
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lilywallisauthor/

Amazon Authors page USA  – https://www.amazon.com/Lily-Wallis/e/B07SKZRXBN

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lily-Wallis/e/B07SKZRXBN?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1575952159&sr=1-1

Here is my interview with JK Younger

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 Jhane, most know me as JK Younger. I am twenty three

Fiona: Where are you from?

Cincinnati, born and raised

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

Growing up I went to Lincoln Heights Elementary, which introduced me to my love of art. Once I reached seventh grade I went on to attend School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, which is where my gift of writing was born.  I am the third oldest out of six kids. I grew up dancing and singing in church until I was about eighteen.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My second book and sequel to Rebirth, named Anarchy, was released on Amazon on December 8, 2019

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing at the age of twelve but struggled with building the story, making everything come together, It wasn’t until I was fourteen or fifteen that I was actually able to develop a full story.

Truly I believe I started writing because I had a hard time socializing in school, so alot of my short stories began as simple High school plots.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I created a full story that surpassed a hundred loose leaf notebook paper pages. At that time I was Seventeen and the ideas were flowing like water. You couldn’t have told me that I wasn’t a writer.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My mom. She was going through old files on her computer and she asked everyone whose story outline had she found. Finally she asked me and I started to listen to the plot and I knew I had wrote it a long time ago. She was telling me how it sounded great and I should write the story, and Rebirth was alive.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The purpose of Rebirth’s story is to show growth. For people to see that growth comes with pain and weak moments, but it isn’t the end, you have to keep going. The main character is birthed into this new world that she is a little familiar with, that makes her grow.

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

I don’t have a certain writing style. It kind of comes with the plot of the story. Once I start to get down to the small details of a character or a real important part, I decide then how I want to deliver this to the audience.

So I believe there are a great amount of challenges for the genre I write for. Paranormal romance is the category my book falls under, but I felt that title made it seem like it was just going to be a supernatural character falling in love. That was not the message I was trying to send, yes there was love and sex.  What I really wanted to show though was a woman’s power both figuratively and literally.

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

So this book isn’t really based on realistic events. This book was created during a time where I was struggling on the inside to have the strength that the character shows through out both books.

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

I do not feel the need to travel to complete my writing process. Often times you’ll notice I don’t describe actually places like Time Square. My goal is to make you feel like your in a new world, you’ll feel like you know it but it’s all different.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My publishing company. They work with me to make my idea come to life.

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

Being different is good. If everyone was the same I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between you and someone walking down the street. Being different is a special power.

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 have a new authors that has grasped my attention. What has grasped my attention and probably always will are the amateur writers. There’s an app that I have on my phone where teenagers, adults, men and women, come together and share their stories.

My favorite writer is Sharon M. Draper. She wrote books I could relate to, stories about struggles that people around me were going through growing up.

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

My coworkers. I really debated submitting work to a publishing company to critique and pick apart. I remember everyone saying what’s the worse that can happen? They say no. It made me think of actors and writers who said they received a hundred no’s before one yes changed their career. I couldn’t pass up the chance.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

It’s 50/50. Sometimes I do see myself writing as a career and doing interviews and talking with fans sharing my ideas, really giving it everything I have. Then there is the other half, this half knows the hard work behind those pages. Late nights, rewrites, planning, revising, rereading multiple times. A lot thinks it’s as easy as sitting in front of a laptop.

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

Um, not that I can think of. I think I revealed just enough to bring the reader to the end of their seat.

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

Every note that you make is important, even if it was a piece of scrape printer paper you jotted down character names on. Learn to walk away, I personally think I did less back tracking when I walked away at a tough part. If I would’ve kept writing not with a clear idea of what I wanted to write, eventually I would read back through and realized it didn’t make sense and I have to rewrite.

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

I don’t know. I created a character from scratch, it’s hard imagining have to mold an actor into the main charecter.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Keep writing. The demand for ideas isn’t measurable. People enjoy a good book, it gives them a small escape from their busy days. Everyone can get a slice of the Published Writer’s pie.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

The best gifts are the ones you wait for. Patience brings great things.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am currently rereading The Highlander Series by Karen Marie Moning, another favorite of mine.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The first book that I really read and understood was Copper Sun.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Being surrounded by people I love brings a lot of laughter. Frustration and mental exhaustion make me cry.

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

Michelle Obama. She is an African American woman with a great education and a voice that people really listen to. She makes me want to do better and challenge myself.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Reading, watching movies, and DIY projects.

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

I enjoy watching any Marvel Studios movie, Shameless, Friends, Rachael Ray’s 30 minute meals, Wonder woman, Catwoman.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

My favorite food is pasta, especially fettuccine. My favorite color is green. I would say Neo Soul it my favorite kind of music

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

A pastry chef or a graphic designer, something that still allows great amounts of creativity.

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

With my friends and family. I would tell everyone I loved them and get to enjoy the people that makes life a lot less stressful and lonely, one last time.

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

Here lies a daughter, a sister, a friend, a strong person full of love and laughter.

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

You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at JK Younger. Feel free to inbox me with your comments and any questions I will be happy to answer. Any new updates can be found via Facebook and Instagram.

Here’s Rebirth book link

https://www.amazon.com/Rebirth-J-K-Younger-ebook/dp/B07JR7CPLW/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=jk+younger&qid=1575944764&sr=8-1

Anarchy

https://www.amazon.com/Anarchy-Part-Denouement-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B081Y6JWKX/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=jk+younger&qid=1575944844&sr=8-2

Reading around the Christmas Tree Anthology

https://www.amazon.com/Reading-Around-Christmas-Tree-bookworm-ebook/dp/B07L6V6FSM/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=jk+younger&qid=1575944844&sr=8-3

Amazon author’s page USA

https://www.amazon.com/J-K-Younger/e/B07QGGH2NP/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

Here is my interview with Janice Dison

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 Janice Dison, age 61.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born in Denver Colorado, grew up in Los Angeles, California

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

I am what is considered a serial entrepreneur. I was educated at UCLA. I also attended court reporting school which in turn allowed me to open one of the major court reporting agencies in Beverly Hills. I was in business for over 20 years.

I’ve  was married and have a Son and Stepson.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My latest news is the company I started 2 years ago, RIches, Inc is beginning to thrive.
RIches is a homeopathic, gemmotherapy facial care company dedicated to age reversal and rejuvenation.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing because after living one of the most fabulous lifestyles one could imagine, my life took a turn and I kept a journal about it. I started writing in 2013.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My Lessons in Life gave me the inspiration to share with others and help them on this life journey.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It could happen to you but let’s Hope not, is the title and it’s pretty self explanatory. It’s takes others through a journey in my shoes.

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

I don’t have a specific style of writing. It’s a memoir and it’s just from my voice .

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

The entire memoir is filled with real experiences.

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

No I don’t travel to craft my works, even though my story is full of wonderful vacations.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

 I designed the cover with my photographer the cover is the entrance to my home.

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

The message of my memoir is everything happens as it should… let go

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?

At this time the books I read are self help and metaphysical… no new authors.

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

 Yes Charlotte Burley, the friend who let me dictate my story as she typed it.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

No writing is not my career. Although I’m considering a sequel.

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

I would not change one thing in my memoir.

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

I learned to sell your story you must have s marketing plan and strategy.

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

No, I would like Thandie Newton to play the lead.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

For other writers be patient. There are good days and bad days and days you are blocked.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

To my readers I hope you Receive My Lessons Learned!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m not currently reading.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The first book  I read was the Cat in the Hat.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Good movies make me laugh and cry. I saw three this week. Waves, Queen and Slim and A Christmas movie. All three made me cry.

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

Oprah Winfrey because she has defied all odds.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

My hobby is cooking.

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

I enjoy watching shows such as Idol,  Dancing with the Stars.  America’s got talent, so  reality based entertainment and competition type shows.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

My favorite food is tacos, next gumbo.  My best color is red. I like a variety of music but a favorite artist is Ariana Grande.

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

I may not write in the future but I will always journal.

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

 If I had 24 hours to live I would have a dinner gathering of loved ones on Newport Beach!
I would eat and discuss each persons impact on my life.

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

My headstone should say… She didn’t just talk the Talk, She walked the walk.

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

 I don’t have a blog and my only website at this time is my business, https://www.riches-inc.com/

Buying link USA  https://www.amazon.com/Could-Happen-You-Lets-Hope/dp/1539040356/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1575930579&refinements=p_27%3AJanice+Dison&s=books&sr=1-1&text=Janice+Dison

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Could-Happen-You-Lets-Hope/dp/1539040356/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Janice+Dison&qid=1575930636&s=books&sr=1-1

Here is my interview with Coral McCallum

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 is Coral McCallum and I turn the big 50 next summer…EEK! I’m not grown up enough to be that age!

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m from Gourock on the west coast of Scotland, a small town about 30 miles down the coast from Glasgow.

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

Well, I’m married with two grown up children, who are both at university and I’m the human slave to four spoiled cats. I started to train as a physiotherapist after I left school but, after a year, realised that wasn’t the career path for me (OK I got chucked out because I failed my exams twice!) A few months later, I started work for a high street bank and I’ve been there ever since. Currently I’m a team manager in the bank’s mortgage centre. Family life is busy with everyone coming and going about their daily lives. I really need a clock like Mrs Weasley in Harry Potter to keep track of everyone!

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My latest news is that I published my new novel on 6 December. Shattered Hearts is book 4 in my Silver Lake series and has already earned 5*s on Amazon. Happy days!

I also write a weekly blog and an ad hoc music blog. This coming weekend my music blog will be getting some TLC as I’m travelling to Nottingham and Manchester to attend two rock concerts then back to Glasgow for a third on the Tuesday.

My weekly blog will also be seeing the next instalment in my Silently Watching vampire series this week.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Oh, good question! I’ve always written. As a little girl I was always writing stories and plays. As a teenager I wrote what was probably my first book length story as a means to escape from the school bullies. I would find a quiet corner of the school (usually somewhere you weren’t mean to be) to curl up and write in peace during the lunch break. After school, in my late teens, I tried my hand unsuccessfully at writing short stories then marriage and children came along and my writing took a back seat for many years. I started writing poems while I waited on my daughter coming out of her dance class and had a few of them published. Then in 2013, after a period of self-reflection, I decided to try my hand at writing a story. I bought a new notebook and some pens, sat down on my doorstep in the evening sun and began to write. That story grew to become Stronger Within, book 1 in the Silver Lake series. I’ve not stopped since.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Probably the first time I held the paperback proof of my debut novel Stronger Within in my hands. Seeing my name in print on the cover of a “real” book was surreal. It was a dream come true moment.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I guess the need to achieve something by myself for myself. The central characters had lived in my imagination for many years and that night I sat down in the sun (8 May 2013), the creative planets aligned for me.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The titles of each of the books in the Silver Lake series are titles of songs written for the band by my “hero” Jake Power. My standalone rock themed novel Ellen is a spin off from the series. I decided to name it after the central character so that if in future I write further spin offs I have a formula for the name.

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

Oh, good question! I write from the heart. I aim to create believable characters but I also like slightly flawed characters too. I write all my books, short stories and blogs longhand before I type them up. If I want to experiment with a different style or genre, I’ll use my blog. There’s a whole section of it dedicated to short fiction in varying genres.

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

I hope all the storylines are realistic and that the characters feel “real”. There are some shared experiences in there but, on the whole, they are entirely fictitious. I did follow the advice given to me many, many years ago by my high school English teacher. He advised me to write about topics I was passionate about and places that I loved.  I’m passionate about music and Rehoboth Beach where the Silver Lake series is set is one of my favourite places on earth.

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

No but I’d love to travel to Rehoboth Beach every time I needed a bit of inspiration. The internet is a wonder tool. I love Google maps and street view and webcams are a Godsend!

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I did. I had assistance in creating the first cover from a fellow indie author but the photo used is one I took. The others I designed myself with a little hand holding from my “photoshop fairy godmother”. The Celtic dragon was designed for me as a gift from a close friend. I love it to bits!!

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

Not specifically. I try to capture relationships and wanted to portray rock stars as real people with real lives and not just the “guy on stage every night”.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

Oh, tough question!!! I loved Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. I also love Holly Martin’s books. As for my long-standing favourites…. oh, that answer varies depending on mood. I love Paolo Coelho and John Irving and Barbara Erskine and Kate Mosse…. oh, I could go on and on…. I guess the common theme in all of these is that they have characters who are a little different or quirky.

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

I couldn’t name just one as I have five wonderful friends, my Infamous Five, who are my alpha readers. Each of them has motivated and encouraged and supported me in their own unique way. Then there are my two beta readers, my cavalry. Every book needs their seal of approval.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I see it as a dream come true. From a financial perspective I’m a long way away from making it a viable career but I think of it more as pursuing the dream. Who knows, one day my work might land in the right lap at the right time and the dream job becomes the career job. Time will tell.

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

I can always see bits I’d change. There’s nothing like hitting Submit or Publish for you to see a section you would improve on!

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

Every day is a school day. Whether you learn from topics you research or just learn a little more about yourself.

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

Hmmm…maybe Charlie Hunnam but his eyes are the wrong colour. I guess there are always contact lens!

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write, write and write some more. If you feel you’re in a rut or stuck, pause then go and write something entirely different.  Believe in yourself.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I’ll share my biggest fear as a writer with you – I am terrified of letting people read what I write. That’s a fear that goes back to childhood. I started my blog as a way of trying to overcome the fear. I challenged myself to write one blog post every week …. five years later I’m still rising to that challenge and have grown a little less scared about hitting Publish.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m currently reading Harper Maze’s debut novel, Life After. It’s a coming of age LGBT romance that is being sold to raise money for charity. Check it out! Great read.

My To Read list is growing longer and longer……

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I don’t recall the first children’s picture book I read but I do remember reading Alice In Wonderland when I was six. It was an edition that my mum had won as a prize in school and stubborn soul that I am, I read it and proved her wrong.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Just about anything! I cry easily at films, song lyrics and books. I have quite a dark sense of humour.

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

I’ve always had a fascination with the Emperor Caligula. I love I Claudius both as a book and a tv series. In school I studied Latin and wrote my sixth-year dissertation on Caligula. I think dinner with him could be an interesting experience.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Photography is probably the main one. I love taking photos and use largely my own photos in support of my music blogs.

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

I love Game of Thrones and Sons of Anarchy. I’ve also a huge soft spot for The Walton’s

Fiona: Favourite foods, colours, music?

Food would have to be pizza; colour is purple and I love my rock music. My favourite musician is Myles Kennedy from Alter Bridge and I actually run two online fan pages in support of him.

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

Eek!!!! I’d be a photographer.

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

 At the beach with the people close to my heart.

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

I’ve never been asked that before! Hmm…. that might require some thought but my first thought is “Life’s better at the beach”

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

 Yes, and the links are below:

https://coralmccallum.wordpress.com

https://the525toglasgow.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/coralmccallumauthor/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Coral-McCallum

https://allauthor.com/author/coralmccallum/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13809336.Coral_McCallum

Amazon authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Coral-McCallum/e/B00VYU1SZ6/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Coral-McCallum/e/B00VYU1SZ6/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Any freebies and competitions or events will be shared via my FB author page. I’m hoping to run a book giveaway before Christmas. Watch this space!

Book links

Silver Lake Series:

Stronger Within USA – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VXDSC1M

Uk – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00VXDSC1M

Impossible Depths USA – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C0GS30K

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01C0GS30K

Bonded Souls USA- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XSQHG71

UK- https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XSQHG71

Shattered Hearts USA- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZY8ZSDM

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07ZY8ZSDM

 

Ellen USA-https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FYHKR44

UK- https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07FYHKR44

Here is my interview with G.E. Stills

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?

Gary Stillman, I write under the name G.E. Stills

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m from Albuquerque, NM

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

I’m terrified of heights, so I haven’t braved the tramway ride in my hometown. I live in the southwest while longing to live by the sea. We have the sand here but where is the water?

I’m a multi-published author, my stories cover many genres including contemporary romance, paranormal romance and science fiction. My stories are both erotic and non-erotic in nature.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I currently have a number of WIPs among them is book 7 of my Demons & Witches series.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve written off and on since grade school for my own pleasure, I enjoy writing. The first time I began trying to get published was in 2008. After a lengthy number of submissions, and disappointing rejections, my first book was published in 2009.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’ve been a writer most of my live as for a professional writer,I guess that would have to be after I saw my first book advertised for sale.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Thoughts of something that happened in my past put into story form and of course embellished.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I usually think up titles for my books based on some eventfrom the story itself.

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

Most of my books contain action,romance and erotica. I write in several different genres but find noneof themany more challenging than another.

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

Very little is realistic. Some,but few, of my stories are based on past events. I use a few traits of people I know but not the person.

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

No most of my travels are confined to internet searching.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Various artists over the years. Most of the newer covers I do myself.

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

Not really, my books are for entertainment and hopefully a temporary escape from reality.

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?

H.K. Carlton is one, I just like her writing. There are many others. My all-timefavourite author is Edgar Rice Burroughs. His books are what got me interested in reading and writing when I was a young boy.

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

I’m not going to name names but there have been a lot of friendsthat have encouraged me to write.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I breath, therefore I write.It’s in my blood.

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

Every time I read one of my books or one of the unpublished stories, I’ve written I want to change things.

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

When writing a story, I usually do a lot of research and learn new things all the time. As with most authors, I find it easy to get distracted by research and taken away from writing the story.

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

I have a number of characters in my books but on of the actors I’d like to see in a lead part is Kate Beckinsale

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Keep writing, don’t get discouraged and don’t let others discourage you.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

 First: thank you for reading. Second: please don’t hesitate to contact me and tell me your likes, dislikes or suggestions about any of my books.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

The No Frat Clause

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

First adult book, The Pirates of Venus

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Things I read, things I hear, thing I see.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Reading

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

I prefer movies over tv series. As to what type it just depends on my mood. I like comedy, action, adventure, romance, mystery but not so much horror.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Tacos, blue, metal rock but listen to a lot of other types.

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

Decompose in the ground. 😊

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

Get drunk and party 😊

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

I’m fine, how are you?

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

www.facebook.com/gary.stillman

http://www.facebook.com/AuthorGEStills?ref=hl

www.hotinkbooks.com

http://keithpublications.com/

Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/G.E.-Stills/e/B007FRP90M?ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vu00_taft_p1_i0

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/G-E-Stills/e/B007FRP90M?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1575918858&sr=1-1

 

Here is my interview with Scott Skipper

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?

Well, my name is Scott Skipper and my age is ancient. Seriously, I’m sixty-eight.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born in Akron, Ohio, which at the time was the Rubber Capital of the World. Now, it’s a backwater.

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

Education? I’m severely under educated. I never got a high school diploma, which has more to say about the high school than about me. I was there with the requisite credits, but they weren’t forthcoming. As for family, I’m batting 500 in the marriage game. I have no natural children, but I have a fantastic collection of step-kids.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

This month, I released my 17th novel, The Klansman’s Wife. It’s about illicit love and danger in small town South Carolina in the late 1970’s.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I submitted my first story for publication when I was thirteen. I typed it on a 1910 Underwood with a broken ‘p.’ It was accepted by a start-up magazine who said they were sending it to an illustrator. Two weeks later, I received a letter from them saying they had gotten a better offer and didn’t need me. Fast forward thirty years. In the eighties, I had the opportunity to not work for a year during which I devoted my time to travel and writing. I published several items, was paid a grand total of twenty-five dollars and decided I had best go back to work in the metal industry. Thirty more years passed before I got serious about my real passion. Now, I’m searching for a topic for my eighteenth book.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have always considered myself a writer, but it took sixty years and the advent of self-publishing to become actualized. Don’t let anybody denigrate self-publishing. It is the future.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book was inspired by my fondness for pre-Columbian culture, but it wasn’t published until I completely rewrote it in 2017. The first book that I published was inspired by fifteen years of genealogical research. Family Traits is about the arrival of my ancestors in the New World.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Ha! The men in my family all have a distinctive trait. We are blessed with a somewhat prominent proboscis.

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

My style leans heavily on dialogue and fast pace. I have difficulty prolonging a story beyond sixty thousand words. The Klansman’s Wife is only fifty-two thousand words.

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

That’s a pointed question. The Klansman’s Wife is about a young engineer who follows a job from California to South Carolina. I indeed had that experience in 1976. The characters are all based on people who I met there, and that’s all the confession you’re going to get out of me. Read the story and deduce what you like.

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

Travel is great for inspiration. I incorporated experiences I’ve had in exotic places into my work on several occasions. Mexico and the American South are prominent in my stories. Even when the setting is domestic, I use places I know well such as San Diego and Santa Barbara.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I’ve designed all my own covers except for In the Blood which was done by my wife.

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

Well, I prefer to tell a story than to promote a message, but if there is a recurrent theme, it’s that the human species is a fallible creature guided by baser instincts.

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?

As for contemporary authors, I like Nelson DeMille and Daniel Silva. My favorite author is Hemingway. I admire how he was able to touch a nerve. When I read Hemingway, I often stop and say to myself, “How did he know that about me?” He was able to say things truly.

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

I owe a great deal of gratitude to the members of the La Verne Writers’ Group. They are a small band of local writers with whom I participate on Friday afternoons.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

It’s more of an avocation. If it were my career, I’d be a lot leaner than I am, but having said that, I am always hopeful that one day something I wrote will take off into the stratosphere.

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

If I were to think of something that would make The Klansman’s Wife a better story, I’d change it. That’s the beauty of self-publishing. You can republish as many times as you like.

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

Well, not really. As I mentioned, it’s largely based on things that actually happened to me, so I knew where it was going from the start. Now, don’t take that as a confession. I was not pursued across the country by a deranged Klansman.

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

I was first asked this question about my most popular book which is Alien Affairs. Without hesitation, I said Sandra Bullock. If The Klansman’s Wife were a movie, the main character would have to be Brad Pitt. It would be hard for me to cast the female lead because she is based on a person who is fixed in my mind.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

I always give the same advice. Be mindful, but not obsessive of passive voice, and do your damnedest to give every preposition an object. Stay away from excessive detail.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I write multiple genres. You are bound to find something that suits your interest.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m reading The Reckoning by Grisham. It’s one of his best.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The first book that I remember reading was a young adult story by Robert Heinlein. I can’t remember the title, but it was about Martians.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

The silly little dog that is waddling across the floor is making me laugh right now. Lots of things make me cry. I tear up over my own writing sometimes.

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

There are so many people from the past who I would love to meet; Thomas Jefferson, Attila the Hun, Alexander the Great come to mind. But more than anyone, I’d love to spend an afternoon in a Paris café with Ernest Hemingway. I think we’d hit it off.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Do you mean besides writing? I enjoy reading and I like to cook. I’m not sure either of those is really a hobby.

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

I’m not big on TV or films. I mainly watch the news and strange channels in the high numbers.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I love all sorts of food if it doesn’t come out of a can. Anything from sushi to grits suits me fine. Colors? I’m a beige sort of guy. As for music, I’m partial to rock and roll from the seventies and Latin jazz.

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

Roll over and die.

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

Ravishing young maidens.

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

A very wide date spread.

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

 Sure. My website is https://www.scottskipper.com/

I also have some Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008974519195

https://www.facebook.com/ScottSkipperAuthor/notifications/

https://www.facebook.com/Alien-Affairs-913409592012818/notifications/

Amazon Authors Page USA https://www.amazon.com/Scott-Skipper/e/B007BQDCWO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1575915793&sr=1-1&linkCode=sl2&tag=scoskiautssit-20&linkId=a4fc4b89bcf8fcfa8140cded834094ed&language=en_US

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Scott-Skipper/e/B007BQDCWO?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3&qid=1575916213&sr=1-3

The Kindle edition of The Klansman’s Wife will be free this coming Friday and Saturday, December 13th and 14th at https://amzn.to/2OBpH9h

Thank you, Fiona.

 

Here is my interview with Leeah Taylor

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

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

I’m Leeah Taylor and I am 35 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Very sunny, sometimes too sunny, Orlando, Florida.

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

I was adopted at birth and blessed with two amazing parents. I was raised in Ohio, so cold, until I was thirteen and then my family moved to Orlando, Florida. I’ve called that home ever since. I certainly don’t miss the snow!

I am married, 17 years now, to an amazing and supportive husband and we have two children; Lucas, 12 and Kaylee, 6. They are both on the autism spectrum and there’s never a dull moment with the two of them. As a special needmomma, it’s almost always chaos lol. But I love them and wouldn’t have them any other way.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I’ve decided that 2020 is the year I chase and catch my dreams. I’m excited to announce that I’ll be launching the first in a seven book series of paranormal romances on January 31st.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

When my parents moved my brother and I to Florida from Ohio, I was thirteen and in the middle of seventh grade. It was a culture shock going from small country town to big city madness. As an introvert it was very intimidating. It was the middle of the year and just after winter break. Cliques and groups were established, and I was the certified new kid. And 13/14 year olds can be cruel. Not a good feeling. It was lonely and isolating.

This is where I discovered writing. I wrote a lot of cringeworthy self-insert boy band fan fiction. But it helped combat that loneliness and isolation I felt. Once I hit my twenties, I found that I loved writing more when it was original ideas and I knew without a doubt that I wanted to be a writer.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

After I finished my first story. Looking back at it now I cringe really hard, but it was about 38k words and all mine.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book came from my love for all thing’s vampires, romance and paranormal. It was truly a labour of love and I spent years writing it.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It went through a variety of different titles before I finally settled on Surface Below which was a plan on the setting in the book, which was the idea that there was an underground supernatural world filled with vampires, wolves, and magi’s.

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

I prefer to write in third person limited POV past tense, which is challenging since I write in Romance and the trend there is usually first person present tense. But I do stick with the typical dual POV for romance, sometimes even more POVs depending on the story.

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

Most of the situations and experiences in my stories are loosely based on my own life experiences. I write fictional cities/towns with vampires, witches and wolves. This usually awards me a lot of freedom to do whatever I want, as long as I can make it believable.

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

I don’t have to travel though I did pull inspiration for my fiction town of Sterling, Georgia from my love of Savannah, Georgia and St. Augustine, Florida. Two places I love to visit as often as I can.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My very good friend, Anne. She’s learned Photoshop over the years as a hobby and as a fellow writer, knows a lot about cover design.

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

In my most current series I’m getting ready to launch, I didn’t go into the story with any message in particular. It’s about four vampire brothers, their love interests, and their home of Sterling and the different conflicts in it that affect their lives and romances.

But with each book I wrote in the series the more messages and themes came through. The big one that sort of encompasses the entire series is family always matters or the bonds of family beyond blood.

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 am a big fan of Jeannine Frost and her Night Huntress series with Cat and Bones. She writes strong female leads and weaves them into gripping tails of love and conflict.

On the indie side and almost exclusively what I read now, I’m a huge fan of K Webster. She writes dark and taboo romance. While I love writing paranormal romance, I love reading romance in general. Her writing is always full of twists and turns I never see coming.

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

Back when I published my first book, Surface Below, I had a very close friend, Jessi, that I met in a writer’s group on Facebook. She was an amazing cheerleader and spent so many hours with me- way into the wee hours of the morning, helping me write that book. If it wasn’t for her I probably would have never hit that publish button.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I’d like to. I lost my father a couple years ago to cancer and I quit writing for a long time after. Mostly because I just didn’t have it in me. But late 2018 I realized that if there was anything my father didn’t do; it was wait for things to happen. If he wanted something, then he made it happen.

I made the decision then to get my butt in a chair and write this series because I wanted to make this a career. If there’s anything I’m good at, it’s telling a story with twists and turns and a happily ever after.

So yes, in 2020, I’m determined to make writing my career.

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

Not a thing.

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

I learned a lot about myself as a writer, yes. I found my voice and style. I found my strengths and weaknesses. And I’d say that even on a personal level I’ve learned a lot about myself.

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

Funny enough I have character inspiration boards dedicated to the actors I’d love to see play my characters. For Damien, my most stubborn of the Frost brothers, I’d love to see Joseph Morgan play him. Lucien Frost, my diplomatic peacekeeper, Daniel Gilles. And lastly, my sweetest and favorite Frost, Oliver, I’d love to see him played by Nathaniel Buzolic.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

There are technically no rules to writing. Write what you want. You don’t need permission to write. Just do it.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Keep an eye on 2020! I’ve got a lot coming out this year including all seven books of Kings of Sterling. It’s been a year long in the making and I can’t wait to share the Frost brothers complicated love lives and lives in general with you.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

None currently but I have a very long TBR list lol including K Webster and M Robinson.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and that’s where my love of reading started.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My husband makes me laugh. He’s got a sense of humor that I can’t love enough. If I’m upset he’ll make it his job to cheer me up.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Aside from writing, I love to crochet.

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

Oh my goodness, so many. Where do I begin? Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Originals, Criminal Minds, Mindhunters, Riverdale- just to name a few.

I haven’t really watched many new movies lately. The Avengers was a bid deal in our house for a while and I love a good superhero movie.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Burgers and Fries! That’s my all time go to favourite. Blue, purple and pink. And music is always all over the place. My Spotify is a hot mess. It can be playing What Ifs by Kane Brown one second and the next song will be Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson. I love everything.

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

I’m pretty sure that will never happen. Like I can even imagine waking up one day and my mind being that quiet.

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLTaylor/

Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/c198caf1f523/authorlmtaylor

Those are the two best ways to keep up to date with all happenings.

The first book in Kings of Sterling is currently available for preorder here at $0.99 until release day and then it goes up to $2.99

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0821VJ4FV

I also have a five chapter preview available for download as well if you sign up for my newsletter here

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You can grab a copy of Surface Below on Amazon

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Get the latest on releases from Amazon USA

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 UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Leeah-Taylor/e/B01HVVEBY6?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1575882271&sr=1-1

Here is my interview with Amanda Fino

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

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

I’m Amanda Fino, and I am almost 30 with Cerebral Palsy.

Fiona: Where are you from?

The enchanted of Williamsburg,Virginia! 😉

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

I underwent emotional/mental/physical/sexually abuse by 19 years old. I was isolated in my youth by homeschooling and the bitterness of a mother that I tried to love, but as always rejected/ Was it my handicap? Another reason that I am not aware of. Putting it simply, I was a rejected child. Today, I hold no bitterness or hatred against her, but it still hurts. Fortunately, with my limited capability, I earned a high school diploma with honors.

In 2016, I had found myself homeless in Pahrump, Nevada. Having nothing but my laptop and my prepaid cell phone and the clothes I had on my back. That was when I reached out to Ron. When Ron heard of my dilemma, he offered me a place in his home in Williamsburg, Virginia, with his wife, Alla, and their son, Daniil. I immediately flew out to them and fell in love will all of them that I am their adopted daughter now.

 It was my dad, Ronald, who had a long talk with me, heart to heart. I was open with him for the first time as we talked about everything under the sun. My dad helped me embrace my cerebral palsy. He sat me down to really explain what my cerebral palsy was like no one did before. I discovered how fulfilling life with Cerebral Palsy could be with the right family, activities, and unconditional love. Had there been the proper advocacy, protective laws, and services from the beginning, I would not have suffered abuse and neglect in my youth.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I’m thrilled and excited to say that my new book, Cerebral Palsy Gal, is coming out on December 15, 2019. In it, I wrote the real hardships that I have endured growing up with cerebral palsy. I found my own voice in the hopes of becoming the voice for those who, through disability, cannot speak for themselves. Writing Cerebral Palsy Gal was very therapeutic, expressing myself, being very truthful. I realized that telling my inner emotions had helped me heal some pain. Like a heavyweight has been lifted off my shoulders. I can’t wait for it to come out.

For my 2020writing goal: Ytherynia: Gifted Blood Academy Anthology One never knows what this writing journey will take me. Being my first YA anthology, and I am looking forward to working with others on this project for the next four years!!! 😀 Also, I am working on another book called Blue Bell, a dark romance.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I start writing at age thirteen, encourage by my beloved 7th-grade teacher, Ms. Santana, whom I still an excellent relationship with today. From then on, I’ve jotted down fanfic or storylines that I’ve come up with. It gives me a chance to escape real life for a bit. Letting me getting into my charters’ minds and emotions. Thinking about my childhood, I always had a writer’s intuition. Everything seems to fell into place at age 23 with help from amazing people in which I became an author. My dream comes true.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

It’s all began on my 22 birthday. I went to the newly open Mob Museum in Las Vegas Nevada. To my shock, Frank Cuttolla was there signing his book. I met him and told him that I want to be a Mafia-Romance, and he said to me that if I need help, just let him know. I said okay thinking he has better things to do than helping me a young CP gal at the time. I found him on Facebook weeks later, and we began to talk, he always inviting me to this and that. I base my first book “Omerta Affair” off on Tony Spilotro’s reign as The Las Vegas Mafia boss, in the 1970s. He had it all, running the Crime underworld. He could have any woman he wanted in Las Vegas. Instead, he became romantically Geri Rosenthal. At first, it was a Casino’s FanFic to the 1995 move, that I was witting and putting online for free. My family and friend told me it was way too good to be a FanFic. After I finished my book, Frank hooked me up with some people and that how my book came to be. Now he’s Uncle Frank to me.

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

Never stop fighting for what you wish!

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

Frank Cullotta, the former enforcer for the Chicago Outfit. The right-hand man of Tony Spilotro, The Las Vegas Mafia boss, in the 1970s.

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

Yes, I do some significant parts,yet I can’t since Cerebral Palsy Gal is my life story.

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

Cerebral Palsy Gal helps to let go of the pain I had hidden away since childhood, and it was tough to write, reliving my worstmemories and such. I’m proud that I wrote all down in hopes of helping others with Cerebral Palsy.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Never let anyone stop you from writing your book. This story is atrue story; my sister was dreaming about the same idea and wanting to be the next J.K. Rowling. My mother once told me that my sister would be the author of the family, not me. My mom indeed refuses to read any of my books until after my sister’spublication becomes published and turned into this major Hollywood movie. That was painful to hear my mother said that. Yet I push on writing I didn’t let her stand in my way this time. To this day, she had never read any of my books. 

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Right now, I am working on getting my college certificate in cerebral palsy self-advocate.

I wake up each morning with a burning passion in my heart in hopes of spreading Cerebral Palsy awareness. Provide a beacon of light for all disabled people. I’m dedicated to making life better through proper advocacy.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Swimming, Coloring, Walking, listing while dancing to music, going on trips.

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

Crime of all kinds, love stories,scary movies. Love Dexter, and The O.A. it’s my two favourites TV shows along withMindhunte, You, Casino, any of Stephen King shows or moves! If there nothing good of I tune in and watch whatever is on the ID channel.

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

This Sunday, Dec 15. I invite all of you to CerebralPaly Gal Release Party and enter to win one free paperback copy of the book; https://www.facebook.com/events/768447166901838/

 https://cpgal.com/ – My own blog is on there.

http://bit.ly/afinocpgalnewsletter  -My Newsletter

http://bit.ly/343hAJL  – FB Page

http://bit.ly/afreadersnest  – FB Group 

https://twitter.com/afinocpgal  

https://bit.ly/2tiKGUf  – Instagram

Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Amanda-Fino/e/B07QGNX7MB/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amanda-Fino/e/B07QGNX7MB?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1575833935&sr=1-2

Thank you very much Ms. Fiona for having me on your blog. I had a lovely time with these questions.

Love & Light, Amanda Fino!!