Here is my interview with Rowan Thalia

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 Rowan Thalia. I’m 42 years young.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Originally, I am from Louisiana. I have lived in Washington state for the last twelve years.

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

I am a mom of two wonderful little humans, ages 4 and six. I have a bachelor’s in elementary education. I am in my 14th year of teaching. I teach 2/3 grade. And I write books! I have nine books published right now, with four in progress.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I just teamed up with one of my closest author friends and we’ve started a co-write together. I’m pretty excited to be writing with Darcy Ray.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing poetry when I was sixteen. I’ve always been sort of a dreamer, and writing has been a way for me to express myself. I didn’t start writing novels until a little over a year ago.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’ve always considered myself a writer. I didn’t consider myself an author until my first book was published.

 Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I began writing my first book, Binding Rayne, to have something for myself during a difficult time in my life, separating from my children’s father. The topic of Binding Rayne was inspired by all of my favourite books.

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Well, basically a lot of brainstorming until something stuck! Rayne is the main character of the series. Binding alludes to how she is matched with her mates.

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

I suppose everyone has their own writing style. I tend to write more toward the supernatural/horror side of things even though I write Reverse Harem Romance. The tricky part of writing RH … I suppose is developing the romance between so many characters and making sure they all get equal ‘face time’ in the story.

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

There are always bits and pieces of my life interwoven in my stories. I don’t know if I could quantify how much, but they are there.

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

No, but I only write about places I have been.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I have had a few cover designers. My first series, Keepers of the Talisman, was designed by Reaper Designs. My second series, Soldiers of Blood and Ruin, was designed by Rising Phoenix Covers. My third and fourth series, Juniper’s Sight and The Manhunter were both designed by Inked Imagination. And finally, my upcoming books have covers by Rainy Day Artwork.

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

Love is love. Fight for what you want. And in the Manhunter: Break the Silence around domestic/sexual abuse.

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?

Darcy Ray is a new writer, and we are teaming up together. She’s a talented writer and an amazing person. My favourite writer is Anne Rice. I love everything about the world that Anne builds. My favourite RH author is Serena Akeroyd. She’s just amazing.

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

My group of author friends. I have been lucky to meet some fantastic people along my journey. To name a few: Jarica James, Blake Blessing, Ann Swan, Darcy Ray, Nikki Bopp, Bo Reid, and Suki Williams.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Right now? Not really, I’m not known enough for this to be my career. I’d like to to be, but right now it’s a really expensive hobby – and that’s okay. I write for me, and if other people enjoy it too, that’s bonus.

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

Not one single thing.

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

I would say that if a writer isn’t learning, they aren’t writing well. I always learn something from my stories.

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

Gosh, that depends on which book. For Rayne, I would choose Zooey Deschanel. For Rox, Rosario Dawson. And for Mia, Isla Fisher.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write every day. Get a support team and a trustworthy beta team.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you. Thank you for reading my books and leaving reviews. I appreciate being given the chance to step into your imagination and dance around.

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m reading an ARC of a friend, Simon Dillion.

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The first book that I read and loved was Interview with a Vampire.

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Lots of things.

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

I’d love to meet Ian Somerhalder. He’s my man crush.

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Hiking and writing.

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

I watch all the horror movies.

 Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Favourite food: Sushi. Favourite colour: Purple. Favourite music: Don’t have one.

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

I suppose I would mom and teach, as I do now.

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

Camping with my children.

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

Loving mother, pretty darn good writer

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

Website:

www.rowanthalia.com

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Authorrowanthalia/

https://www.facebook.com/Rowan.Thalia.Author

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2091937501083164/

Amazon USA https://www.amazon.com/Rowan-Thalia/e/B07MX3QGV2?ref=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rowan-Thalia/e/B07MX3QGV2/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Twitter

https://twitter.com/RowanThalia

Bookbub

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/rowan-thalia

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18796740.Rowan_Thalia

Pinterest

https://www.pinterest.com/rowanthalia/

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Here is my interview with Kaylee Rose

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?

Kaylee Rose 49

Fiona: Where are you from?

I have lived in the same small beach town in Northern California my whole life

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

Sports have always been a huge part of my life. Playing, coaching or simple watching. I decided to step away from coaching about 6 years ago and it changed my life drastically. My husband recognised the change in my mood and sadness I had from losing something I was fully immersed in for most of my life.  He took me on a three week long road trip, starting in Disneyland, up to Yellowstone Park in Wyoming and back home. That trip brought me back to me and now we take a yearly trip because we love it so much.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

After being The Redheads Romance Readers Book Blog aka Red for the last two years, I created a new pen name, Kaylee Rose, and just released my first book on Sept 9th. For the Love of Us; Fighting to Keep Our Love Alive.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve dabbled and started multiple stories over the past five or six years. I signed up for NaNoWriMo, an organization set up to help writers get started, set goals and learn. Unfortunately I never completed those stories but they stayed with me enough to know I wanted to publish a story someday.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

The day my book published. That’s when I said, “WOW, I really did this. I really am an author now.”

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

This story is very personal and it includes a lot of pieces of my relationship with my husband. The pieces I think a lot of women go through in their long term relationships and nobody talks about. There is a realism to my story that isn’t always the most sexy side of things but not everything is sexy and perfect. That’s what I wanted to show. I wanted to give a little boost to women and say, that’s normal and you’re not alone.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I really struggled with the title. Thankfully a friend said “I got it! For the Love of Us. We are both huge baseball fans as well and being so close to the movie title “For the Love of the Game” I was hooked.

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

With this being my first book it’s hard to say I have a style. However looking back at the books I’ve started and even this new one I’m working on, I’d say my style is realism. Those little things that make a reader say, I relate to that or that is me.
The hardest thing about writing a romance book is the sex. End of story, sex is hard to write.

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

For the Love of Us is filled with my life. Little things and big things. The storyline is fiction but and scenes are based around discussions my husband and I have had and experiences we’ve had. This is why the story is so special. Not because it’s my first book, but more because when my husband and I read it together we can say, remember when that happened? It might not be exactly like is written in the book, but then again sometimes it is. Only he and I will know the truth.

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

Currently I have not had to travel for my stories. It would be a good excuse to take a vacation though. I’ll have to let my husband know it’s a required author thing. We all do it.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

A wonderful author and more importantly, amazing friend designed my cover as a favour and supported me through the entire process. I hope to have his help again with this next book so I’ll stay hushed about it for now.

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

Yes. Several messages in fact. That things change in a marriage/relationship while raising kids or while earning a living. That doesn’t mean you can’t find that spark again.
Also that not every woman is sexually experienced and are rather naive. My main character has been with her husband since she was eighteen. She was only experienced with her husband and they never stepped out of their comfort zone until Callie decided she wanted more and decided to seduce her husband and try some new things.

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?

Donna Michaels is the first author I ever reached out to after reading her books. Her hero’s are real men and her heroines are women I want to be best friends with.

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

Without question it is author, Zane Michaelson. Without his gentle nudges I would not have published my book.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Ok, don’t laugh. I don’t see me having any career beyond taking care of my family. Blogging and writing is fun. It makes me happy. When it’s a career it has stress and worries attached to it that I don’t want. Do I want earn money from writing? Yes. but only if it continues to be fun.

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

Yes, I would have trusted myself more. I made a lot of extra work for myself by changing things and then having to change them back again.

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

I learned something new every single day I worked on this book. My editor took time to teach me more about the craft behind the writing. Without her faith in my abilities and her extra attention I would have given up.

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

Jane Seymour, because so much of Callie is me and I would love to pretend the gorgeous Jane Seymour is me.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. That was one of my downfalls. I was so new and inexperienced I didn’t even know what questions to ask.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I hope you continue to enjoy the stories I write and thanks for supporting me.

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Ashes to Ashes by Zane Michaelson

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I remember the first dirty romance book I read. Forever, by Judy Blume.

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My husband makes me laugh and smile. He will do goofy things just to make me happy. I cry most for my autistic son, 26. His life isn’t easy and the world isn’t always accepting of someone who is different. They can be down right mean. I cry for him.

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

I would love to meet Walt Disney. His drive and creativity would be something I could talk to him about for days.

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

The book world pretty much is my hobby at the moment.

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

Anything to do with cooking. Then there’s baseball and basketball.

 Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Favorite Food, Spaghetti. Color Red, Music County

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

I don’t know. Since this is all new, I’m not in deep enough to miss it if it went away.

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

Playing games with my sons and husband

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

When she knew better, she did better

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

☞𝙁𝙖𝙘𝙚𝙗𝙤𝙤𝙠https://www.facebook.com/KayleeRoseAuthor/

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𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒆𝒏𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒌𝒊𝒅𝒔 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒄𝒐𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒈𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒓𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒎𝒃𝒆𝒓 𝒚𝒐𝒖’𝒓𝒆 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒎𝒐𝒎, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒂 𝒘𝒐𝒎𝒂𝒏 𝒕𝒐𝒐?

𝑺𝒊𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒚 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔, 𝒐𝒏 𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒐𝒑𝒊𝒍𝒐𝒕 𝒅𝒂𝒚 𝒂𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒅𝒂𝒚, 𝒘𝒆𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒆𝒅 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒗𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝒐𝒏 𝒎𝒆.𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒘𝒉𝒊𝒄𝒉 𝒃𝒐𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒅 𝒎𝒚 𝒉𝒖𝒔𝒃𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒎𝒆, 𝒃𝒆𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒌𝒊𝒅𝒔 𝒄𝒂𝒎𝒆 𝒂𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈, 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒔𝒍𝒐𝒘𝒍𝒚 𝒄𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝒂𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝒂𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅𝒔 𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒘 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒅𝒆𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈.

𝑰𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒂𝒄𝒚 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒂𝒎𝒆 𝒂𝒏 𝒂𝒄𝒕; 𝒂 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆, 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒓𝒆, 𝒑𝒂𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒍𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒘𝒆 𝒐𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒅. 𝑴𝒚 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒚 𝒎𝒚 𝒉𝒖𝒔𝒃𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒂𝒕 𝒎𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒅𝒆𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒉𝒊𝒎 𝒔𝒆𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒎𝒂𝒏 𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒓𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒅.

𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒔𝒏’𝒕 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒖𝒑 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒉𝒂𝒕𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒅 𝒂 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒏, 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒊𝒄𝒉 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒉𝒐𝒑𝒆𝒇𝒖𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒈𝒆 𝒂 𝒏𝒆𝒘 𝒃𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒖𝒔.

𝑭𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒌𝒆𝒆𝒑 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒂 𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒌, 𝒃𝒖𝒕, 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒖𝒔, 𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒐 𝒂𝒏𝒚𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈.

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About Kaylee Rose

Kaylee Rose lives in Northern California with her very patient husband.

Together, they have four amazing sons.

After many years spent dreaming of publishing her own romance book, she finally took the leap with her debut novel, ‘For the Love of Us: Fighting to Keep Our Love Alive’.

After searching for a way to support her favorite romance authors,  Kaylee stumbled upon a Facebook blog and decided to try it for herself. In 2017, Kaylee jumped into the romance blogging world with both feet. The Redhead’s Romance Readers Facebook blog page and Red’s Erotic Bookshelf Facebook reader group was born.

This adventure has taught her many of the in’s and out’s of the indie romance book world. The most important lesson, you can’t do this alone. The friends she has made from all over the world have guided and supported her every step of the way.

When she isn’t writing, Kaylee is supporting the indie author community with her blog, and planning ways to take another vacation, probably to Disneyland.

 

Here is my interview with Paul Hobday

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?

Paul Hobday     I’m 63

Fiona: Where are you from?

I live in Kent, and practised as a GP there for 30 years. I was born in London and brought up in Surrey.

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

My proudest achievements are my three daughters with my first wife. My least proud moment was ending that marriage.  But I’m settled now having retired from medicine. However I  refuse to call myself a retired person as I’ve always got a full diary. I am pleased to have two step-daughters courtesy of my second wife.

I was brought up in a lovely village atmosphere of Blindley Heath in Surrey &attended a grammar school in Purley then Guy’s Hospital Medical School. I became a doctor because of the NHS and never wanted to work in any other healthcare system. Throughout my career I’ve seen the corruption that occurs when doctors and money mix. I’ve seen how patients do not necessarily get the correct management and come to harm because of the profit motive. That has driven me to fight for Bevan’s NHS—and to resist its commercialisation and any steps towards the disasterous American system.

 Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My first grandchild was born last year and we are expecting the second in a few months. I’m busy promoting my book at NHS meetings and book-signings. On finishing this interview I’m leaving for a holiday in New England.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I have written articles throughout my career and published academic papers. Much has been to persuade people that the NHS needs to be protected from those who want to dismantle it to make money for themselves.

I never however thought I had a novel in me. But I hit on the idea that I could try to get my message across in that form, as I do not believe it has been done in such a way before.  Everything else I have tried has failed to engage the public. After retiring from clinical medicine, with the attacks on the NHS intensifying, I decided just about 4 years ago to give it a go.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Only when I had the book in my hand six months ago and to my surprise found it had a good reception.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The Americanisation of one of our most cherished institutions, the one thing I think defines us as a nation, the NHS. Bevan said that the NHS would last as long as there were folk who would fight for it. I have to be one of those folk. We owe it to the next generation. The public need to know what is happening under the radar and under the smokescreen of Brexit.

The sole purpose of the book is to get the message out to the public. If they knew the truth they would rise up against the piecemeal destruction of our NHS. It should be a bigger topic than Europe. My motives are pure. It is something I am passionate about and all proceeds go to campaigns that are fighting for the survival of the NHS.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I had several other working titles. Eventually I realised the word Deceit needed to be in the title as the whole book and problem is about deceit. Initially it was The Deceit Disease which didn’t sound right and didn’t really describe the message I was trying to get across. Syndrome is much more appropriate. It describes a collection of problems not necessarily correlated with each pther and derives from the Greek word meaning “concurrence”.  It has the medical overtones that are obviously relevant. You will see why that is more appropriate on reading the book. And you will only find out why it has a subtitle of “Catch 69” on reading the book !

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

My challenge was to get what is a complicated, erudite and sometimes stuffy message across in a way that was entertaining, so my style had to be “chatty”.

I hope there are some good laughs in it too, and some shocking moments.

I enjoyed pulling threads together, and planting seeds of those threads throughout the novel.

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

Obviously one writes about what one knows and experiences in life. There are parallels between the central character and me, but it isn’t me, and nor necessarily are his opinions those I share. No one character is based on anyone I know, but some I know might recognise some personality traits.

The central theme is very realistic and factual. I describe what has actually happened to the NHS throughout its 71 years of existence and what is planned. This is intertwined with all the real scandals of our lifetime, bringing them to life.

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

I didn’t have to travel, but I have used my knowledge of the world from previous trips, for instance to India, to make the tale more interesting.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My editor and publisher has used Martin Driscoll before on other projects. He produced a few options. The one we chose is stunning and explains the book, as much as any image can.

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

That the NHS is being dismantled in a secret clandestine salami-slicing way, and this is being kept from the public by the main drivers—big business—who have politicians, the media and the medical profession in their pocket. But corporate ambitions extend way beyond the NHS.  This has been going on for 40 years through Governments of all colours. It is a frightening future. It is a dystopian novel.

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 used to read all Ben Elton’s latest, but not recently. I enjoy biographies from Michael Palin and Eric Idle to John Bew’s Citizen Clem. James Hawes’ The Shortest History of Germany is a great read.

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

Just the lady who turned out to be my editor and publisher. She encouraged and inspired me. I can’t say anything or anybody else did.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

No. This was one task that I said I would never repeat. It was never intended to be a career. I had one idea and that has been exhausted now.

However ! More recently I have begun to develop some other thoughts….so never say never. I’ve also been approached to collaborate with someone on a book project….

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

No, but the obvious thing is that it is a big book which puts people off. Would I reduce the size if I had my time again ? I doubt it. I would hate to leave things out and the intended audience was just me. What I really need now is an expert editor who is experienced at abridging books to produce a slim-line version. I couldn’t do thia. It would stay the same size. It needs an objective outsider.

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

The research which was extensive taught me a lot about the society we live in. It’s not good.

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

A British actor like Tom Hollander, Tom Hiddleston or Mark Strong

Maxine Peake fit in nicely too.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Enjoy it. But that might not be as easy as it was for me. I had fun as I had no expectations, no deadline, no need to make money from it—so I only wrote when I felt like it or had inspiration. I often went months without looking at it.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Wake up and join the fight for our NHS

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Jessica Mitford :Hons and Rebels. Apparently it is J.K.Rowling’s favourite too.

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Janet and John , I suppose. It might have been a James Bond. Moonraker ?

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My favourite film “Life of Brian” and similar Python humour. Satirical hard hitting comedians like Jonathan Pie. Alexei Sayle. And of course my favourite, Eddie Iszard.

Schindler’s List should make everyone cry and be shown in schools.

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

John Lennon. Simple. My influence and flawed hero

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

History, travel , walking and genealogy. The Hobdays originate from Kent and I’ve traced the line back to 1415.

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

Anything by Stephen Poliakoff or Andrew Davies

 Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I think I’m the most open-minded person I know ! I like and will try any food and enjoy any genre of music (except rap). My wife has taught me any colours by Farrow and Ball.

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

What I do now.

Enjoy history, travelling, walking and the family.

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

Cuddling my daughters

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

I don’t want a headstone or even a funeral. Just a few friends and relatives having a drink over my ashes and listening to my favourite songs

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

 My publishers website and blog.  www.strandpublishing.co.uk

But I also Tweet and am on Facebook

Buying link

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deceit-Syndrome-Catch-69/dp/190734022X/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1570184835&refinements=p_27%3APaul+Hobday&s=books&sr=1-1&text=Paul+Hobday

 

 

 

Here is my interview with Tiffany Roberts

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 names. What is your age?

Our names are Tiffany and Robert, but as a writing duo, we go by the pen name, Tiffany Roberts. We’re both in our mid-thirties.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born and raised here in Idaho, and Robert is from New York.

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

Rob and I met on an online roleplaying chatroom on mIRC. We were both very passionate about writing and had similar interests, and we just really hit it off. We became close friends, and as soon as we talked for the first time on the phone, we became much more. We were together for three years online before Robert made the decision to move to Idaho to be with me. From there, we got married, had three beautiful, but crazy kiddos, and we’re currently working and doing what we love—writing.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

We recently released our second paranormal romance book called The Warlock’s Kiss, which is set in a post-apocalyptic modern world that is now overrun with fantastical creatures such as fae, werewolves, revenants (zombies) and more. We also have a novella from our Infinite City Series called Entwined Fates coming out October 8th in the Pets in Space 4 Anthology to help raise money for hero-dogs.orga non-profit charity that helps our service veterans and first responders. And we have a sci-fi romance called Escaping Wonderland set to release October 22nd as part of a collaboration with seven other authors.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

We both started writing when we were in middle school. It was a wonderful escape, and allowed us to create worlds and characters of our own.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourselves writers?

I considered myself a writer when I was in high school. I was writing short stories that I’d ‘publish’ on fictionpress, along with chapters to books I was writing. A friend and I would meet up in Barnes and Noble with a writer group where we’d read our work in progress out loud for critic. It was very intimidating when they were all so much older, and here we were, two teenagers, reading work that felt so inferior.

For Robert, the question is a bit complicated. He first realized that he wanted to be a writer when he was sixteen and first started to write daily, but years of day jobs and real life stopped that. It wasn’t until we sat down and actually wrote our first book (one that will never see the light of day) that he truly felt like a writer—following through to the end of something was what it took to solidify the feeling.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

While Make Me Burn wasn’t the first book we wrote, it was the first book we officially published. We had just published a short story that we’d written together in Sojourn: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction (Volume 2) called Ice Bound, and seeing our work finally in print after wanting to do this for so long made us realize that we could actually do it. The writing world had changed thanks to the rise of indie authors, and that had opened a door to us that would allow us to tell the stories we wanted to tell in the way we wanted to tell them.

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

 We just kind of threw out a bunch of titles that had to do with fire and romance and picked the one that sounded best, haha! Titles are so hard to come up with.

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

If we have a specific writing style, we’re not really aware of it. We work as a team from the beginning of a book to the end, and we benefit from having male and female perspectives to draw from, which we hope helps flesh out both our heroes and heroines. Our first foray into sci-fi romance, Dustwalker, felt so right when we wrote it that we’ve been in love with the genre ever since. The amount of imagination and world building we get to exercise is delightful. The only challenge is in writing them fast enough to keep up with our own ideas!

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

 We always strive for a realistic foundation in all of our books, even when they are fantasy, which means spending time in building the setting’s internal logic. While we’ve never consciously based our stories or characters on anything or anyone from real life, we often discover themes and subjects that reflect real life in hindsight. But that’s just the nature of inspiration and creativity—whether we realize it or not, we’re constantly absorbing information, picking up little quirks and aspects of people and environments around us that sneak into our writing later.

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

 We wish! If it were just the two of us, we could totally travel more often, but with kids and school, that makes it more difficult. We made a cross country trip to visit family in New York once, and we were kicking ourselves later for not having stopped in Cheyenne, Wyoming. We passed by it but didn’t go through it. Of course, we didn’t know what our plans would be at the time, but Dustwalker took place in Cheyenne. Instead, we had to settle with Google maps—which was actually really helpful and detailed!

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

 Isis Sousa painted our Isle of the Forgotten Series covers, and Cameron Kamenicky and Naomi Lucas created all our other covers. We absolutely love the work they do for us.

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

We’ve had a few reviews over the years saying that our books can sometimes be depressing, and we do cover some dark storylines sometimes, but we think even our darkest books have one unifying message: love conquers all.

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?

 A new author whose work I love I have fallen in love with is Kathryn Kingsly. Her first book was released in March of 2019, and she recently finished her first series The Masks of Under which is amazing. I’m looking forward to more of her work.

My absolute favorite author is R. Lee Smith. Her world building is phenomenal, and her books are so detailed and emotional. She technically writes erotica horror, but they are so much more, and the romance that she includes makes her books that much better.

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

Author Grace Draven. Before we decided to give writing a serious try, I’d discovered Grace and enjoyed her books, so I followed her on Facebook. Once we made the choice to go for it, she was immensely helpful with sorting the ins and outs of the indie author world, and always gave us very detailed answers on everything. She never owed us anything, but she gave us her time and attention despite how busy she was, and we’ll always be grateful for the guidance she provided when we were just starting out.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

 We are both currently writing fulltime, so yes it is!

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

 Nope. Each book is written as it’s meant to be. Though we’ve had an urge here and there to go back and rework our older books, we always resist. We are still proud of all the books we’ve written, and we like that we can look back on them and see our growth as writers and storytellers from the beginning up to now.

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

 That publishing in a genre you’re not well known in is a little scary.

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

 For The Warlock’s Kiss, Emmy Rossum would be perfect for our heroine, Adalynn, and Aiden Turner would be a wonderful Merrick.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

 B.I.C. (Butt In Chair) and just make the time. You can’t wait for the time, you need to make it.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

 We love you!

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

The Melier: Prodigal Son by Poppy Rhys. Love her books!

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

 Though Robert knows he read other books before them, the first books he can recall reading that stuck with him were the Lord of the Rings books in middle school—they’ve shaped his interests well into his adult life. For me, the first ones that come to mind are Goosebumps. I was always a horror fan.

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

 For Robert…everything. For Tiffany…Robert. Haha!

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

 I don’t think there is one person specifically that I’d love to meet. Honestly, I’d love to meet those who I have befriended since we began writer—authors and readers alike.

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Not since writing. 😛 We both enjoy going out to the movies together, playing games, reading. Rob also really enjoys drawing.

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

 American Horror Story, Stranger Things, and Game of Thrones. I really love older movies such as The Labyrinth and Rocky Horror Picture Show, adore horror movies, and would watch more romance if they had better endings (Hollywood needs to learn the happily ever after rule for romance!) Robert enjoys One Punch Man and My Hero Academia, anime shows he watches with the kids, but on the rare occasions that he watches any sort of TV alone he tends to watch nature and history documentaries.

 Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

 Tiffany: Comfort food like mashed potatoes, chicken and biscuits, mac and cheese, fried chicken, etc. Purple, green, and gray. Music…just about anything I can sing to.

Robert: Tacos, Chinese food, almost anything involving peanut butter. Black, red, and purple. Thanks to Tiffany’s influence, I’ll listen to almost anything music-wise, but in my heart I will always be a metalhead (and will always be sad that the (mostly) European bands I like are extremely popular basically everywhere except the U.S.)

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

Be really sad all the time. 😦  I honestly have no idea. I always aspired to be a writer. Possibly a party planner or baker. If Robert hadn’t pursued writing, there’s a chance he might’ve taken his art more seriously, and probably would do something with that instead.

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

 With my family, probably just talking and eating lots and lots of really good food.

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

Rob: He was all right, I guess.

Tiffany: Lived and loved with all her heart.

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

 We’re very active on Facebook, so feel free to check us out there at: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTiffanyRoberts/

Or you can visit our website at: https://authortiffanyroberts.wordpress.com/

Amazon Author Page USA : https://www.amazon.com/Tiffany-Roberts/e/B018WU1IQ4

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tiffany-Roberts/e/B018WU1IQ4?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1570094149&sr=1-1

Here is my interview with Juliette Harper

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?

Juliette Harper  “I” am actually two people. Rana K. Williamson and Patricia Pauletti.  Let’s just say we both remember the moon landing. 🙂

Fiona: Where are you from?

Rana is a Texan and Patti is from Massachusetts.

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

Rana: I am a former journalist and university history instructor. My parents are deceased. I have one sister, and two exceptionally fine gray tomcats, Mickey and Andy.

Patti: I’ve had a few finance industry positions as well as being a piano teacher for more than 30 years.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Juliette’s most exciting news is that we’ve signed a contract with Glenfinnan Publishing for the release of the second edition of our Jinx Hamilton series and the debut of its spin-off, The Seneca Chronicles.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Rana: I began writing in the fourth grade for a class contest. Those first stories were blatant rip-offs of Saturday afternoon movies. By high school, I wrote a column for our local paper and competed in interscholastic writing contests. I majored in journalism for my bachelor’s degree, and suffered through writing both a master’s thesis and a dissertation. Oddly enough, turning my hand to fiction scared me more than any of that.

Patti: My storytelling experience began as a child. I was always creating interesting characters and situations in my head. It didn’t take long before I started writing those things down on paper. I have always had a fairly busy and inventive imagination.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Rana: Sometime in the last three or four years I started identifying myself to others as an author or writer. Before that I thought of myself as someone who could get words down on the page, but I didn’t really “self-identity” as an author.

Patti: I announced to my family that I was a famous author when I was about 10.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

 Rana: Actually, Patti came up with the idea for our first book, so I’ll let her tell you about that.

Patti: Our first book, which by the way isn’t published, involved zombies. With my music background I thought it would be cool to have music influence zombie behavior. The plot evolved into a great adventure that I have no doubt we will eventually publish.

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Since the plot revolves around music, we chose the word “Fermata” for the title. It’s a musical notation that means a note is prolonged beyond its usual value.

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

Most of our books tend to be in first-person voice. We like to build a connection between the protagonist and the reader. More recently we’ve started switching between first and third-person in the same manuscripts, which can be tricky, but we’ve found what we think is the correct rhythm for the alternating narration. It’s challenging and fun to tackle.

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

Well, we write fantasy and neither of us has ever actually met a vampire, werecat, or witch — at least not that we knew about.

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

No, we only travel the fantasy worlds we create in our heads for our writing.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

We’ve worked extensively with The Cover Collection. Dar Albert is doing our covers for the Glenfinnan releases and we think they’re fantastic!

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

Patti: Yes. Women are powerful creatures.

Rana: What she said — and many of our stories consider issues of free will and the natural order.

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?

Rana: Frankly, it’s hard to keep up with all the interesting new writers who now have a chance to be heard thanks to self-publishing. As for favorite writers, I like Jim Butcher’s fantasy novels and consider his work a direct influence. Then there’s Laurell K. Hamilton and Karen Marie Moning, but I also enjoy a good adventure with Clive Cussler. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are an amazing duo. Their Pendergast novels are high on my list. All of these authors are superb at crafting relatable characters and intricate plots, skills I admire tremendously.

Patti: I just downloaded The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith. The premise of magic crossing into the world of winemaking captured my interest as something fresh and provocative. For favorites, I’ve always been a big fan of Stephen King and Paula Hawkins. Both are intricate thinkers that weave plot twists into their books that hit you right in the face. I think they get to the core of human behavior, good and bad. I also read extensively in the field of non-fiction because I’m an information hound.

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

Rana: Honestly, I kept largely quiet about our first forays into fiction for fear of looking silly. My childhood friend, Brenda, appointed herself head of the Juliette Harper fan club, but truly her husband has read more of our books and is an honest critic. I had two amazing teachers, Nancy Hagood Walker and Paula Cozort who continue to encourage my writing all these years later.

Patti: The Indie community has been the greatest support network for us. Their generosity and friendship has kept our writing going from the beginning. Working with Suzan Tisdale and her team at Glenfinnan Publishing is an incredibly affirming experience, and we also have received fantastic encouragement from Melissa Storm and Leighann Dobbs.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Rana: Absolutely. This is what I always saw myself as doing, I simply took a winding path to get here and am so lucky to do this with a creative, supportive writing partner who always pushes our work to the next level.

Patti: I plan to continue my writing until my last breath. I’m fortunate that I’m in a place in my life where I can do this work full-time, which is something of a dream come true.

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

On October 29 our book Once Upon Nevermore, the first installment of the Jinx Hamilton spinoff series The Seneca Chronicles will debut. While we might not change anything in how the book turned out, we would handle the interwoven threads in a different manner. We dealt with dragons, time artifacts, Edgar Allan Poe, and a literary war in the Otherworld. There’s even more complicated twists, but we don’t want to spoil anything for our readers. Going into the second book in the series, The Never Wood, we are planning and executing the plot threads in a completely different way — essentially writing each one as a separate story before going back and combining them to create the narrative whole.

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

Our process continues to evolve and at times even to elude us after almost 30 manuscripts. While we are getting much better at pre-writing a first draft and working from those notes, there are still times that a book simply will head off in a different, unexpected direction. Our work is research intensive. We often find a new, esoteric detail that derails all our careful planning. We are finally learning that while process is absolutely necessary, you have to retain sufficient spontaneity to go with great ideas when they materialize.

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

Rana: Patti and I often disagree on this because my tastes run to “old” Hollywood. It’s a little difficult to drag me out of the 1940s under the best of circumstances. I do think Tom Mison who played Ichabod Crane on the series Sleepy Hollow would make a wonderful Edgar Allan Poe. As for our character, Jinx Hamilton, I see a young Susan Sarandon type. Of course,  most of the people Patti likes, I’ve never even heard of.

Patti: I’d love to see Daniel Day Lewis play Edgar Allan Poe, but I understand he has retired, so that won’t happen. For Jinx Hamilton I think Amy Adams would be perfect.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Rana: Don’t listen to the people who tell you that writing is a good hobby, but you’ll never make a living at it. Self-publishing has rightfully blown that old saw right out of the water.

Patti: It is tremendously easy to give up writing when you aren’t getting feedback or don’t have someone to bat ideas back at you. A writing partnership gets around so much of that. Solo writers have to fight off discouragement and writer’s block. Don’t doubt yourself or your creativity. Do what you do best even on the hard days.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

A simple and heartfelt, “Thank you.” An author can certainly write without an audience. Journal writers do it every day, but we create these stories and worlds to share. The feedback and appreciation of our readers is something we value tremendously and do not take for granted.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Rana: I have several books in progress right now, which is normal for me. Clive Cussler’s Treasure of Khan is the one I keep picking up first.

Patti: In addition to the The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith, I’m also reading Ruth Heidrich’s A Race for Life. I always have one non-fiction book and one fiction book going at the same time.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Rana: My parents were very good about keeping me well stocked with little story books. The first book I remember reading was a paperback I bought through some sort of school program for a quarter. It involved three kids at a haunted summer home, but I don’t recall the title.

Patti: I never actually read a book before being adopted at the age of nine. My new adopted parents gave me a wonderful book of fairy tales. It was the first time I had ever heard of Snow White, Cinderella, and Pinocchio. My mind was blown. Those stories were the first that ignited my own desire to create worlds. Once I began to read, I started to believe that anything you could imagine was possible. I continue to believe that to this day.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Rana: My cats make me laugh daily. I enjoy clever humor and word play. As for crying, all it takes for me to tear up is a bugle blowing “Taps.” Those sad, mournful notes get me every time.

Patti: I struggle daily with needing to know what’s going on in the world, and not wanting to know. There are stories of kindness and human compassion but mixed in are stories of the ugliness of which humans are capable. I probably cry and laugh every day depending on the information to which my brain is exposed. Finding a way to laugh more than cry can be difficult. Oh, and I do have a mini-poodle named Otis that seems to make everything better just being adorable.

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

Rana: Again, the list is long, but Amelia Earhart and Louisa May Alcott are definitely on the list.

Patti: Katharine Hephurn. I relate to her. My husband has known me since I was twelve years old, and says I’ve always had spunk. I can’t think of anyone who has more spunk than me, except Katharine Hephurn.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Rana: I’m an amateur photographer.

Patti: I studied as a child to be a concert pianist. Playing piano has been a lifelong passion.

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

Rana: That would be a long list for me. It all started with Dark Shadows. Currently I’m binge watching all twelve seasons of The Murdoch Mysteries.

Patti: The Crown, All old movies on Turner Classic Movies. Game of Thrones, The Voice.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Rana: Favorite food would have to be Chile rellenos, favorite color gray, and music Western Swing.

Patti: Favorite food is pasta, favorite color is yellow and favorite music is hard because I love just about every genre except rap.

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

Rana: The only answer to not writing is to keep reading.

Patti: Travel.

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

Rana: I’m not someone who makes bucket lists. If I had only 24 hours to live, I’d speak with a few cherished friends to say good-bye, ensure that my cats would be well cared for after my demise, and perhaps write a few letters. It is highly likely I would spend that time alone, perhaps looking through photos and remembering. If I haven’t done or said the things that matter in life before my last day then I’ve wasted everything that came before.

Patti: This isn’t difficult, spending it with my family.

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

Rana: Since I am the last in my family, I’ve thought about this: Here Lies Rana K. Williamson, PhD, Writer and Cat Lady.

Patti: She Lived.

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

Yes, interested readers can find us at www.julietteharper.com .

Buying Links

Witch in Waiting: Book One of the Jinx Hamilton Mystery Series

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XX8J26C

Once Upon Nevermore: The Seneca Chronicles Book One

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XK9BWLL

Moonstone: A Jinx Hamilton / Wrecking Crew Novella

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G8NX353

Merstone: A Jinx Hamilton / Wrecking Crew Novella

https://www.amazon.com/Merstone-Jinx-Hamilton-Wrecking-Novella-ebook/dp/B07HKRDV4N

Descendants of the Rose – The Selby Jensen Paranormal Mysteries Book 1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XA85W3Y

Blood Marked – The Selby Jensen Paranormal Mysteries Book 2

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HXMRJZY

You Can’t Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet – The Study Club Mysteries Book 1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XV42S5C

Amazon Author Page:

https://www.amazon.com/Juliette-Harper/e/B00QWSH7N2

 

Here is my interview with Ally Vance

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 Ally Vance and I’m 27 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m from Kent in South-East England in the UK

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

I’m married with a son, and a fur baby called Declan. Education-wise I’ve got a Foundation (Associate’s) degree in professional writing.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Latest news in the book world I’ve just been a part of an anthology with a collection of amazing authors. Something Wicked anthology.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’m not sure why but I started writing when I was 14.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Consciously probably after I published my first book.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

An old assignment from university and the enthusiastic prodding from fellow author and friend Michelle Brown.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The title is based off the story, the name of the main character and an ongoing theme throughout.

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

I’ve been told I’m very descriptive and lyrical which comes from years of writing poetry. It can be hard to adapt but I try not to force myself to write in a way that isn’t suited to me.

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

For my first book not at all based on real people or events. As for realism maybe.

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

No I don’t have to travel.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I’ve used several designers for my covers, Simply Defined Art, Pretty in Ink Creations, Raven Designs and Opium House Designs.

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

In some of them there are, but I think its always that dark and hard times don’t mean happiness can’t be found.

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’ve been meaning to read Ember Michaels who is a new author and also more of Faith Ryan.

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

Michelle Brown was my first supporter and I’ll always love her for it.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

One day I hope!

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

I’m not sure, I think the stories always happen as they are meant to.

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

That I can write strange stories and people will still read them. Love my readers.

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

I’m not sure.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Never stop, never doubt yourself and never force it. The story will flow as its meant to.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you so much for all your support and I appreciate and love you all.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m reading an ARC from Yolanda Olson, Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan, and Beast of Bondi Duet by Yolanda Olson

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The Island of Adventure by Enid Blyton when I was 8 years old.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

The weird senses of humour of my friends always makes me laugh, and I don’t lke seeing people or animals in pain, it upsets me.

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

Michelle Brown and Renee Botbyl because those 2 ladies are my US sisters and I need to hug them.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Reading! Also watching Crime Dramas

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

Crime Dramas, Horror movies, Harry Potter.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

One of my favourite foods is spaghetti bolognese. My favourite colour is probably Forest Green, and my favourite genres of music are rock and metal.

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

I’d like to teach or get into editing.

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

I’d spend it with family

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

I have no idea, I don’t want to be buried traditionally.

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

I don’t have a website but I post book news on my author page and in the reader group I share with my friend and sometimes co-author Michelle Brown.

Social Media Links:

Author Page: http://bit.ly/AllyVanceFB

Reader Group: http://bit.ly/MayhemHearts

Instagram: http://bit.ly/AllyVanceInsta

Amazon: http://bit.ly/AllyVanceAmzn

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/AllyVanceGRs

Bookbub: http://bit.ly/AllyVanceBookBub

Book+Main: https://bookandmainbites.com/AllyVance

Book Links:

Delinquent: Cavalieri Della Morte #9

http://mybook.to/Delinquent

Flower in the Dark

http://bit.ly/FlowerInTheDark

Fractured Darkness http://mybook.to/FracturedDarkness

In Plain Sight

http://mybook.to/InPlainSight

Hatter & His Alice

https://www.amazon.com/Hatter-His-Alice-Ally-Michelle-ebook/dp/B07H2MT5KV

Evelina: Blaire’s World

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1796385662/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i6

Ignite

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07R1V2TK5

The Emporium of Fear Anthology

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WZHR55D/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3

A Family Affair Anthology

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VDYH71F/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Thou Shall Not Anthology

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07T1SQRJB/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i4

Something Wicked Anthology

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TWMZ1N5/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1

Here is my interview with Claire Buss

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 Claire Buss and I am not quite 40!

Fiona: Where are you from?

I am from Southend-on-Sea, a coastal town in the UK.

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

I am a stay-at-home mum and housewife but before I had kids I was a qualified marketer, events planner, NVQ assessor, adult tutor and a multitude of other office based jobs. I am happily married to Kevin, a policeman, and have two children – Leo is 6 and Anabelle is almost 2.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My latest book news is that The Gaia Solution, the third book in The Gaia Collection hopeful dystopia series, is available for Kindle pre-order! The book will be released in paperback and ebook on the 8th November.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I wrote a lot as a child, short stories and lots of poetry then growing up and adult life got in the way and I stopped writing. It wasn’t until after I had my son and I saw an advert in my local library for a writers workshop that I reconnected with my passion. I’ve always been an avid reader, that never changed.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I considered myself a writer when I held my first novel, The Gaia Effect, in my hands – a truly special day.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The initial idea for The Gaia Effect was a flash fiction I wrote about 12 years ago and kept in a drawer for a long time. While I attended the writers workshop at my local library, a book writing competition was suggested so I entered a first chapter based on that flash fiction. I was short-listed and became a finalist and was then expected to submit the rest of the book in three months time. The only problem was I didn’t have a rest of book! That was a baptism by fire for sure.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The title is a derivative of the gaia hypothesis, a scientific idea that the planet will rebalance itself despite the acts of mankind.

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

I am a discovery writer who does no planning whatsoever and so editing is usually a total nightmare lol.

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

The Gaia Effect, The Gaia Project and The Gaia Solution are set two hundred years in the future so the science and technology developments are based somewhat on fact but of course, I have writers imagination to help me.

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

I do not have to travel but I won’t deny that working in the local coffee shop is a nice alternative to working at home.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The Gaia Effect cover is artwork from Shutterstock whilst the covers for The Gaia Project and The Gaia Solution were designed by cover artist Ian Bristow.

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

We really need to respect the planet we live on and do everything in our power to look after her. There are so many solutions and ideas out there for a more harmonious way of life with nature, we really should start paying attention and doing what we can to reduce mankind’s negative impact on the Earth.

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?

Favourite writers at the moment are Ben Aaronovitch, Becky Chambers, Rachel Caine. Robin Hobb and my all time favourite is Sir Terry Pratchett but I read a lot of books including some brilliant indie authors so the best place to check out the books I like is my Goodreads profile – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16197976.Claire_Buss

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

Pen to Print who are a non-profit library organisation based in Barking & Dagenham in the UK. They ran the writers’ workshop I attended and the Book Challenge competition I placed second in. They have been supportive of my writing journey every step of the way and now I am involved with giving back to the Pen to Print community by providing book surgeries and helping produce their magazine, Write On!

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, I do.

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

At the moment I am waiting for beta reader feedback so right now I feel like the worst writer ever. Hopefully when I get that feedback I feel better and of course action any problem areas.

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

Planning is important when writing a series lol!

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

I’m never very good at these sorts of things but my main characters are fairly young so any up and coming actor in their 20s would be great.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Never give up, never surrender!

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you so much for reading my books, leaving reviews and joining my online community – I am thrilled to have you with me and chuffed to bits that you like my books.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am about to start reading a fellow Pen to Print author’s books – Sweethearts of Ilford Lane by Farzana Hakim.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No but it was probably an Enid Blyton, they were firm favourites.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Usually my kids lol.

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

I would have loved to meet Sir Terry Pratchett for tea and cake.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I used to crosstitch and I am hoping to get back to that soon. All my time is currently taken up with my children and writing but one day I’ll get that work-life balance figured out. I also enjoy baking and usually manage to rustle something up on a fairly regular basis.

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

I like sci-fi and fantasy tv shows and movies. I’m currently watching Peaky Blinders, which doesn’t fit into that category at all lol.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

My favourite colour is blue, favourite food is Italian and I love listening to movie scores when I’m writing.

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

If I couldn’t write I’d like to learn how to draw and paint, especially digitally.

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

With my husband and children, soaking up every single second with them.

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

Tea, books & cake.

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

My blog is called But I Don’t Like Salad and can be reached here – https://www.butidontlikesalad.blogspot.co.uk and my website is www.cbvisions.weebly.com

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Amazon authors page UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Claire-Buss/e/B01MSZY649/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1502652914&sr=1-2-ent

USA https://www.amazon.com/Claire-Buss/e/B01MSZY649?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_4&qid=1569894463&sr=1-4

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?

My name is Nathan Colston. I’m 49 years old

Fiona: Where are you from?

I live in Mississippi where I have lived most my life.

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

Just before I turned 21 I went to a trade school to learn how to drive tractor and trailer and been doing that ever since. I am married with a daughter of 11 she keeps me on my toes. I’m not very exciting I spend most my time on the road. When I get home, I tend to be a home body. Watch movies and cooking on my grill, have a cold beer or two. Most nights at home I enjoy a glass of wine and normal things. Work on books, playing games with my daughter. Since I drive going and doing things is something I seldom do. But I do take the wife out to eat and enjoy small things with my daughter.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

At present I have started work on another series within my Dancing a supernatural tale series. It will be called Dancing In The Dark; The Hidden Series. I am working hard to complete the second series Dancers Curse of Love; Series two. That will open the door to the first series in Dancing a Supernatural Tale Series One; Dancing the magic begins.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

This is a bit of a long story, but I will shorten it down as best as I can. I had always known I had a wild imagination. I was very young the first time the thought ever crossed my mind. It was a teacher that put the thought into my head. Gods truth…
School bell rang, and I ran into the classroomand my teacher said Nathan homework please. “Bigfoot ate it.” I sat down in my chair and the entire class was looking at me. Without missing a stride, I grabbed my book and opened it to the page written on the board. As I was opening the book my teacher said, “Bigfoot ate your homework.” Me: “Yep.” Of course, I was lying. In case you haven’t figured that out. I thought that was over and done with until the last class of the day. The last class was study hall and she was the same teacher. As I walked into the class on time this time. She stopped me as I walked in. She told me to take a seat at the first desk in front of the class. When I sat down, she walked up to the desk and said to me. “I have thought of this all day long. How did bigfoot eat your homework?” I was the man for the job. For nearly an hour I went into detail how Bigfoot ate my homework. By the way I got a 100 for my homework that I didn’t turn in. Anywho, the bell rung, and I was standing she called me to her desk. That was when she told me I had a wild imagination that I should consider being a writer. The next day she asked me to tell a story anything I like. I told the story I called One Sword Seven Daggers. It took me nearly the entire school year to complete telling it. She would give me 15 to 30 minutes to tell the story. Over the years what she said to me did pop into my mind. But the lack of education and knowledge of the industry would rapidly push the thought back out as fast as it came. It was 2002 when the thought crossed seriously about writing came to mind. I came in from the road. I was living with my father at the time. I took a shower went and got something to eat and came back home. My plans were simple, go out drink and try and find a wife for the night. When I pulled into the driveway, I saw a car I didn’t know. Parked beside it and got walked in with my takeout. I walked into the kitchen door and Dad called out to me. Nathan you have company. I sat the food down on the table and walked to the living room saying, “Who is it Pop?” There sat an old woman with smile on her face. She stood and held out her arms and I walked over and gave my former teacher a hug. My plans changed as we sat and talked for a long time. Her granddaughter who brought her laughed at the way we carried on. The conversation drifted to bigfoot eating my homework. Then her voice got very serious she said to me, “Nathan I went with my granddaughter to see Lord of the rings. What surprised me was your name was not anywhere on the credits. Are you writing under a pen name?” I shook my head, “What is a pen name? Why would you think my name would be on the credits?” Her voice grew with excitement as she said, “You told that story in class and I was wondering why you changed it to rings?” I said to her, “I did?” At this point I was getting very confused. She said, “Yes you did, you haven’t seen the movie or know anything about it?” I answered her, “No, I’ve heard it was good and is defiantly my kind of movie. I haven’t taken the time to see it.” She sent her granddaughter to the video store to rent it. We watched the movie together. Many of the lines I said the words before the actor did. Some were spot on others were not quite the same, but the meaning was. When it was over, I said that was strange. My teacher asked me again you didn’t have anything to do with writing that.I laughed and said I wish I did I’d be sitting on easy street. She asked me why I didn’t become a writer. I spoke the truth, my education or lack thereof. I couldn’t form a sentence properly. She didn’t say or do anything to encourage me that night. She gathered the movie we said goodbye and my plans changed. I didn’t go out instead I sat and watched movies and thought about what she said. I wanted to give it a shot but had serious confidence problems. I knew my imagination was up for the challenge my ignorance would make me seem like a fool a laughingstock. Making people laugh is something I do like to do but at my expense. The next day was just a normal day. I got up doing normal chores when I was home. Laundry, cleaning the truck for my next time out. I wouldn’t be home for a couple months. I was about to get ready to head over to a relative’s house. When my teacher pulled up her granddaughter was driving. She got out holding a box and walked up to me. I invited her in, and she sat the box down on the couch. “I believe in you.” Were the first words she said to me. This laptop will help you and I got you an office program that will help you with your grammar. If I give you this will you promise me, you will write.” I didn’t know what to say at that point. No one had ever said those words to me in earnest. I wanted to say no. But I couldn’t break her heart. That was my first computer and my first attempt to being a writer and the last time I would ever get the opportunity to see my former teacher. I often think of her and I put every bit of my energy and effort into my stories because she believed in me.I’ve made my mistakes and learned from them, but I move forward because I love to entertain people.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

About 3 or 4 years ago.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I had been writing for several years mostly as a hobby. I asked my wife to look at my work which she did, and she said It is good, but I don’t like it. I thought she was being nice, so I let it go, I even stopped writing. I was driving team and I had the day shift and my codriver drove nights. He listened to audio book to help him stay awake and pass time. I normally didn’t like any racket when I slept but not waking up dead was top on my priority list. The name of the book was Bill The Vampire from the Tome Of Bill saga. The author was Rick Gualtieri. I’m not going to lie as I listened to the story which was fantastic, I will add. I got to thinking I can do better the simplicity of the story made me believe. I went home and told my wife, “I can do this, I know I can. It’s good but I don’t like it makes no sense to me. What can I write that you like to read? I want to hear it’s good and I like it or best just to keep on driving and forget about writing.” She said, “Romance.” And think she wanted to discourage me, but I was up for the challenge.

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

This was when I was just writing for hobby. I have several titles Sheamalight Existence. That is by far the funniest I was under my truck on the side of the road drizzling rain near freezing temperature my flashlight was hanging by a wire and prayer My wife was outside the truck waving traffic over because she didn’t want me to get hurt. Long story won’t go into it. A truck went by and the wind from his truck shook my truck and the prayer failed and the flashlight fell and as it was falling I said shit my light. Then my light womped me upside my head I moved my head and conked it on a steel bar. I lost all my religion under that truck in the mist of words I’m sure my mother rolled over in her grave came, “Oh how sweet I love you too.” From my wife. Yep I’m telling ya that shut me up real fast because of her tone I knew she wasn’t being sarcastic. I crawled out from under the truck and said what did you say baby. She said that was the sweetest thing I had ever said to her. Yep her cheese done slid off the cracker. I calmly ask what I said to deserve such a compliment. She said I said she was my light. I nodded and said yep you are, and I crawled my butt right back under the truck and that is how shit my light came to be Sheamalight. I didn’t tell her it was the name I called the light of death but hey it works. Dancing a Supernatural Tale was because what the books were primaryabout.

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

Not as of yet, so far everything rolls along smoothly

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

Very little happened from real events. The parts that are none would believe it happened.

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

No, but traveling with work has contributed to my stories

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Melissa Stevens/ The Illustrated Author Design

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

Not really however some of the issues in the books are problems that I have overhead on multiple occasions out on the road by conversations that I wasn’t trying to hear.

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?

A lot of authors I communicate with and follow are well established. AndreeaPryde is fairly new and I like her work.

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

No one at present that I’m aware of.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I am hopeful.

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

I don’t believe so.

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

I learn constantly when writing.

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

I haven’t really put any thought into that.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Be consistent, openminded, constructive criticism is far more helpful than praises.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you, I hope you enjoyed the story. Leave an honest review positive or negative. That helps both the author and other readers.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Sad to say I don’t read that often; I do however listen to a lot of audio books. The book I’m listening to at the moment is, Fury The Awakening by R. E. Sargent

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, I do not.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Things I find humours makes me laugh. I quite emotional sad movies makes me cry. More often than not: Myself.

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

No one that I truly would like to meet stands out.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Spending time with my family and dogs. Cooking on the grill.

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

Action movies, Cartoons.

Fiona: Favourite foods, colours,  music?

I don’t really have a favourite food. Purple is my favourite colour. I have a wide variety of music Pop, Retro, Country, Contemporary, Oldies and Goodies,

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

To be honest I can’t.

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

With my loved ones.

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

Hm.. A legend of his own mind and a hero in his own time.

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

Amazon Author Page USA https://www.amazon.com/Nathan-Colston/e/B07BZ2KFWW?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3&qid=1569896106&sr=1-3&fbclid=IwAR1buERiFWJY0hsQaIaMUE3ZzNYneJzD3SMoehm0qSRmSFW9hfnTwPUW4Xk

 UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nathan-Colston/e/B07BZ2KFWW?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1569896214&sr=1-1

 

Here is my interview with Margaret R Blake

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 Margaret R Blake – I use this form as there is another author with the same name) I am on the young side of 67

Fiona: Where are you from?

I am northern hemisphere born, spending almost 10 years in Britain. I now live in Queensland after living for thirty-three years in Tasmania – a place I regard as my southern home.

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

Education for me has been an ongoing thing starting with the regular stuff until high school, graphic design at college, editing and proofreading a few years ago with Open Colleges, and lots of other bits in between. I was married many years ago and have two fine grown-up children. I have lived on my own for an age – and I love it. Never a dull moment.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I have just launched my latest book, ‘The Healing,’ a novel set in medieval times. It was my first foray into writing for adult. I am now focusing on my ongoing series, Merlin’s School #3, and a second novel for adults.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing about twenty-five years ago after reading a particularly horrendously written novel. It was a personal challenge for me.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I was picked up by a small publisher for my first middle-grade novel, Merlin’s School for Ordinary Children – The Ring of Curses. To me that signalled that I was doing okay.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book was a disaster as I was trying to write like Stephen King. There is only one Stephen King! I then fiddled around with other bits and pieces, took two writing courses and then started developing my own style. My first book came from the ending of the Harry Potter series. I thought … ‘What am I going to do now for my magic fix?’ That’s when I came up with my idea for Merlin’s School -no witches or wizards in that castle … or is there?

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

My titles come to me before the story. The story seems to unfold out of them like a flower opening up its petals … allowing me to see the words I need at the time.

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

Each individual story I write dictates its own style – it has its own voice – so they are all different. Is it challenging? Sometimes, when trying to keep the plot together and running as it should.

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

I like to take a little bit of history to incorporate into my backstories. I find this makes for a good solid base. Little bits of people I know or whom I have met in the past do find their way into my stories, but I think that’s the way it is with all writers. I use a lot of my own experiences also, as this gives a real feel to the characters. I don’t like to be too airy-fairy within my imaginary worlds.

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

I only travel to the library, and these days that’s online, so I don’t go far. At my age I don’t want to.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I design my own covers because I have a specific idea in mind of what I want. I get my images from online, and of course, I give all the credit to the artists involved. Not all of us are as talented as they are in this department.

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

In all my novels there is a touch of wisdom. It’s usually subtly woven into the story – nobody wants it shoved down their throat. Novels are designed to entertain, but it doesn’t hurt to learn something from them as well … like friendship, co-operation, even learning about ourselves and what we are capable of.

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?

Once I followed particular authors, but these days I find it is the storyline that grabs my attention. There are a lot of them out there these days.

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

My first publisher, Kerry B Collison, I guess. He’s a big-time author himself so that counted for something.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

No. It’s a hobby. In the big pond that is Amazon, people like me are only little fish unless a big wig catches you on their hook. But I’m happy, so that’s what counts in the long run.

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

No. It took many months to get the information in ‘The Healing’ together. I had help from Beta readers for the first time ever and I found that this was what I needed with this book. It was very time-consuming to write as it was imperative to get it right.

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

Yes … patience. I found also I gained more focus, which is always a good thing with a craft of any type.

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

Now that’s a tough one.  I have a picture in mind, but actually putting it to a real face is difficult. I’ll have to think on this one.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Yes. Do it! And let your words flow. Don’t worry about all the grammatical things. A writer needs to find their voice and this, I found, was the best way to do it. Then just keep at it.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Firstly, and always, thank you. And please … let me know what you think. I’m always open to improvement.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

A crime thriller by Sue Grafton, The Book of Forgotten Authors, by Christopher Fowler, and I’ve just finished a murder mystery by Karen Slaughter. I’ll read almost anything except politics, sports-based novels and biographies.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Possibly … Black Beauty. I love horses. If not that it was Wind in the Willows – one of my favourite books.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I have a very British sense of humour, so I love good comedy. A lot of British sit-coms would do it for me, like the Two Ronnies, or Black Adder. St. Trinians movies are fantastic. America comedy show M*A*S*H is clever, love the Big Bang Theory, and Friends was great in its time also. I try not to take life too seriously. As for crying … I’m pretty soft-hearted. It’s the usually the sweet things that animals do, a tragic love-story, or an uplifting struggle by someone who is deserving.

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

Jimi Hendix. I think he was magical. He was a very spiritually person, as well as being extremely talented. But then he’s the first person who come to mind.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Yes, I love needlework in all forms and do quilting as well. I like to create, even if it’s only in a small way. I would walk more if I could get out into an English wood, but sadly they are two far away.

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

I’m a movie buff so therefore I’m always on the look out for one. Sometimes I’ll do a repeat … even a repeat of a repeat but that is because there is so much rubbish on TV these days. Other than that, I choose to watch British shows.

Fiona: Favourite foods, colours, music?

I enjoy food in general. Love to be surrounded by colour. As for music I like something different and find I’m looking for stuff that is from the past, even way back to medieval times. Love the harp.

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

Read or stitch.

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

With my children.

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

She had a go at most things!

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

My web site is www.margaret-r-blake.com I post my new books, news and general stuff on here.

 

Here is my interview with L.B. Carter

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 L.B. Carter and I’m about to turn 29 for the third time.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Originally, I’m a Mainiac (I want to make that the official term rather than Mainer), but I have lived all over and currently reside in Boston.

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

I’m a nerd – I love to learn. That’s partly why I enjoy reading. I’ve been in school my whole life. After high school, where I worked summers at the local university, I attended college for geology, then did a masters in natural hazards at another school, a PhD in volcanology at another school, and now I’m working at yet a fourth university. Obviously, I’m all about science and volcanoes, but I also have a love for languages and diverse cultures, especially legends and myths. I have a snuggly orange Mr. Cat and occasionally can be found baking or crocheting.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I just started a new sardonic supernatural urban fantasy series that is getting a lot of great feedback from readers because of its unique premise. Here’s the tagline: “Don’t sell your soul to the Devil. Just take out a loan instead!” Intrigued? Book one was out summer 2019 and book two releases the week after Halloween. More coming soon. All are free in KU.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always been a reader and have written books since elementary school. But I first published a book right after completing my PhD – about a year ago. I became passionate about sharing scientific discoveries with the world in a fun and interesting way — through stories. I alsogot involved in the indie book world around that time, and a few author friends convinced me to share my words with the world.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I still struggle with this owning this title! I suppose when that first book released on Amazon, it felt more real. But having someone who doesn’t know me leave a review is really when I feel like I own that title.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My first published book was inspired by my PhD. I participated in a lot of public events where I explained to kids about my research on climate change, and sometimes their parents would be shocked at what I said. I think knowing about the world everyone inhabits is essential for all to know, so I wrote some truths about climate change into a mysterious/actiony/romantic story that I would want to read — the Climatic Climacteric trilogy (my first series, which is now complete).

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Silent Siren relates to the main character who is mute and a myth that inspired a sci-fi twist as well as having the double meaning of a siren being an alert to something terrible happening.

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

I tend to write with a lot of mystery, dark twists, and sardonic and punnyhumor. I write in a few genres – so far iYA/NA sci-fi, adult mystery/thriller, supernatural urban fantasy, mythological fantasy, and supernatural suspense. I’m overly verbose – I always wrote my school essays longer than the required word limit. So, my books are always longer than I intent (and thus take longer to write, which is already hard with a day job).

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

I mentioned this above, but the science is based on fact or at least prediction, and I draw on locations I’ve been for my settings often so that I can really describe it thoroughly. The characters probably have quirks from people I know … or me, too. I think it’s impossible to keep knowledge and life from bleeding through and actually play to that; I prefer to write what I know than research something new.

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

I do not. I’ve travelled a lot in my life, so I draw on those experiences, or use my imagination.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I have a couple cover designers. For my Climatic Climacteric trilogy, I designed the current ones but they’re getting recovered soon by Covers by Christian. And my new series and mystery/thriller standalone were made by Black Fox Design (Claire L. Monaghan) . Some upcoming works are by Covers of Darkness (Logan Keys) and Burning Phoenix Covers (Trish Beninato).

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

I hope my readers learn from my books as well as find a fun escape and a new way to think about things. My motto is “Curiosity calls.” And I think everyone should answer.

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?

My idols are Patricia Briggs and Helen Harper. Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series is exceedingly well-written, and it now contains eleven books. Each is different from any other, and from other series. I’ve reread the series many times, and enjoy them every time. I also idolize a couple indie authors: ST Bende, CL Monaghan, Ednah Walters, Stacey Marie Brown, and Jackie May, at the moment.

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

Authors Ednah Walters (RIP), ST Bende, and CL Monaghan have been invaluable in encouraging me to actually publish and in providing advice and support. The book community is my family.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

It is a dream to make writing my full-time job, but I do certainly see myself sticking to it for the rest of my life either way.

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

Nope. I love it; it’s my favorite yet.

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

Yes. I learned about taxidermy art! 😛

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

Hmm… I think Karen Gillian could make a great Darcie Rose in Ginger Ferreira’s body.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Get lots of input from other writers, don’t give up but also don’t measure your success or style against others – there are readers out there who want your stories! Practice – write all the time and get lots of feedback.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I love meeting other book lovers! Do not hesitate to friend/follow/contact me on any platform (LBCarter.com has all links). And I especially love to learn from you and meet your furbabies (I have a Mr. Cat).

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Shayne Davies #2 by Jackie May and (re)reading Moon Called by Patricia Briggs for the 800th time.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Definitely not. When I was very little, my parents read to me. I can still remember my mum reading out Harry Potter to my siblings and I.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I love to laugh! Humor is in all my books. I especially love dark humor and puns. Books with tragic endings will make me cry if it’s written well enough to get me invested in the characters.

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

I would love to meet my great grandmother. She was a fierce and stubborn Welsh woman who lived through a lot (including 10 kids and a war or two) and was over 100 when she passed. I bet she has all the stories to share!

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Besides reading? 😉 I also enjoy crochet/knitting, yoga and working out, and though I haven’t been active recently, I enjoy ice skating and dancing too.

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

I like to watch many different genres. I watch a lot of movies, but am not very good at watching TV. My top movies are The Little Prince, Baby Driver, Wall-E, A Quiet Place, the Princess Bride, Monty Python and the Holy Grail … and my current favorite TV shows are Supernatural, Jessica Jones, In the Dark, the Office, and the Great British Bake-Off. 😉

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I’m variable on foods, though I adore French fries, cheese and cookies, lots of tea and hot chocolate in my life (no coffee). I like red and black. And I listen to all sorts of music, but Michael Jackson and 80sballads are always welcome.

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

I have a day-job, so I’d just keep on doing that, and otherwise read a lot. 😊

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

I’d host a get-together at a restaurant somewhere new and invite all my friends/family from around the world, gorge myself, laugh and have fun, and do what I can in that time to make the world a better place before I go (such as throw my little savings at charities).

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

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

I have a website with all the latest and complete bookish info, including a sign up for my newsletter with exclusive free stories, and I update the blog on there about once a month with extra goodies (free books) and news.

https://www.lbcarter.com/

Amazon authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/L.B.-Carter/e/B07FKVLQHR

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/L-B-Carter/e/B07FKVLQHR?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_7&qid=1569839389&sr=1-7