Here is my interview with Catherine Greenall

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 Catherine Greenall. And age is just a number!

 Fiona: Where are you from?

Lancashire

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

I have a Degree and a Master’s in Chemistry. After a long career as a government scientist, I wrote the first novel in a trilogy, ‘A Quirk of Destiny,’ a science fiction, apocalyptic tale, which was awarded joint best book of 2013 by Green Living. ‘Return to Gallanvaig’ is the second book in the series. I am now working on the third novel in the series.

My work includes ghost, horror, science fiction and vegan cookery, as well as scientific works. A long-term vegan and environmentalist,my published works include a cookbook ‘Vegans Can’t Eat Anything!’ My short stories include ‘Burnview’ and the collection ‘Echoes and Reverberations.’

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I am in the middle of writing the third book in the Quirk of Destiny Trilogy. I write most days and have a dedicated writing area. There are a few twists and turns in the final book in the trilogy which I hope people will enjoy.

I recently took part in a Literature Festival where several local authors read from their books.

I also have a free e-book, which is a creepy paranormal story, when people sign up to my mailing list. Written in my early writing career, ‘Burnview’ is a supernatural tale. When Rosalyn McDonnell moves from Glasgow to the Scottish Highlands, at first it seems to be an idyllic place to live. But, what is its history and why do strange things keep happening there? Click on the link below to sign up to the mailing list and get your copy:

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Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I have always written. During my career, this took the form of scientific and technical papers and policies. After retiring, I started to write for pleasure and first worked on a vegan cookbook, ‘Vegans Can’t Eat Anything!’

I moved on to thrillers and science fiction as a genre that has always interested me. I also wanted to convey a message, in a hopefully entertaining way, about the problems with our toxic food supply and covert, corrupt world power systems.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

After publishing my cookbook!

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I wrote the vegan cookbook to prove to non-vegans, especially in catering, that vegans can actually eat lots of things and stay really healthy.

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It’s simply something that restaurants and people have often said to me when I tell them what I don’t eat! The titles of all the chapters also fall into this category.

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

With my trilogy, I have tried to make the writing style accessible, although some of the subject matter is scientific in nature, I have tried to explain this in layperson’s terms. I also like to put in lots of conversational sections to make the story more readable.

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

The Quirk of Destiny trilogy is totally based on real events and science and I provide references for those wishing to read more. The characters are based on people (or types of people) I know.

I have taken the facts and spun them in a ‘what-if’ kind of way, based on what I think might be happening and why. I want people to really think, whilst being entertained and come to their own conclusions at the end.

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

I don’t have to travel, but I do lots of desk research to underpin the scientific bits and ensure that everything is correct and up to date.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I use a graphic designer called George Stephenson and he has always done a great job, getting my ideas, then drafting something out. He is always prepared to tailor the cover to my vision of what it should look like, based on what the story is about.

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

Yes, I want people to question the toxic food that we are expected to eat. I want to raise awareness of the corrupt power systems in the world and where we are headed if we don’t wake up soon!

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 love Stephen King’s work, it’s very scary and I love his ideas for stories. I would love to be able to write like he does. His books are compelling. I have quite a varied taste and also like Ray Bradbury, John Wyndham, David Icke, Jodi Picoult, Timothy Good, Marian Keyes, Alexander McCall Smith, Kate Atkinson, Terry Pratchett and Simon Toyne.

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

The variety of self-publishing companies that are out there at the moment were a boon to me, when I was a new author trying to get published. Whilst I have used both self-publishing and traditional publishers, some of my work would not have seen the light of day without the great self-publishing tools and services out there.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Well, at the moment it’s between a second career and a rewarding hobby! Either way, I totally enjoy writing every day and seeing the results materialise in the form of a book at the end.

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

You can always improve on your writing. Whenever I need to reissue a title, I always find something that can be improved. I always note reader feedback too.

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

I had to constantly researchthe latest science on genetic modification and also many other topics in the book. I learned just how toxic some of our food really is. For instance, did you know that 63% of UK bread now contains carcinogenic (cancer-causing) glyphosate, a weed-killer designed to be sprayed on GM crops?

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

David Tennant would be ideal as Calum and Gillian Anderson would be ideal as Jessie. Both would play the principled scientist roles really well.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Stick at your writing, treat it like a job. Write something (anything!) every day. If you can’t get representation, just publish yourself, but commission an editor and a proper cover designer.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

The final book in the trilogy will be out in 2018.

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Stephen King’s latest novel, written with his son, Owen, ‘Sleeping Beauties.’

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Probably something by Enid Blyton! I used to like the ‘Adventure’ series.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

People’s cruelty to other people and animals makes me sad. The Simpsons is always guaranteed to make me laugh!

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

Paul McCartney. He has been one of my musical heroes forever.

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I sing in Rock Choir and play guitar (badly!). I also love reading and walking in the countryside and by the sea.

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

Coronation Street, The Simpsons, Dr Who, The X-Factor, Broadchurch. Any films by Steven Spielberg. ET, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Aliens, Jaws, Whistle Down the Wind. Sound of Music.

 Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Foods: Vegan Nut Roast, Thai and Indian Curries, Chinese Stir Fry, Pasta

Colours: Black, Purple

Music: The Beatles, The Alarm, Status Quo, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Jake Bugg, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Dave Sharp

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

I enjoy long walks in the countryside. I like to travel and love cruises. I would be involved in music, singing with Rock Choir, playing and listening to music. Spending time with family, friends and having meals out.

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

‘Made a difference.’

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

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Here is my interview with Jordan Bates

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 Jordan Bates and am 26.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Apopka, Florida, but I was born in Las Vegas.

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

So, a little about myself. I’m married, have been for a little over 4 years now and have been with my husband for about 8 years. I graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from UCF. I’m kind of a dork, but totally embrace it.

Also, LOVE food. Baking. Cooking. Eating. Everything with food.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I’m currently working on my second book, No Way in Hell. It’s a Rom Com, set to release next March. I’m also working on a few secret projects, one which is an Erotica, which is new territory for me, but I’m loving it!

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started really writing when I was a sophmore in highschool. Technically I finished a book and then threw it away, but have since salvaged it and it’s sitting in a drwaer collecting dust. I started writing because it was an escape for me. It let me into other peoples heads that weren’t my own and that kept me same throughout the years.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Since I’ve been writing so long it’s hard to say. I work on the school newspaper in high school, was voted most likely to publish a book, went to school for writing, so I think I’ve always considered myself a writer, even if there were times when I wasn’t writing.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I was sitting in my Shakespear class my senior year of college and I started writing about this girl who had to move becuase of her husband’s job and the first day at her new job, she met a boss who knocked her off her feet. From there the words just flew out. That was 5 years ago, and within a 3 month time spane I wrote out 30k of the book and then stopped. This year I picked it abck up, with the full intension to finish and publish it. It still sings to my heart every day, but just goes to show you, even Shakespear can insire XD

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The main ugy in my book, Max, actually says the title to the main girl, Alexa. Let Me In.

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

I don’t think I ahve a particular writing style, but I’ve had man of my readers tell me that how I write is refreshing, not sure what that means, but I’ll go with it!

I write romance novels, so I think that is challenging in itself because you aren’t just creating characters, you have to figure out their emotions, because they are emotional, and decide do you want people to cry, laugh, scream, contimplate throwing their kindle? I mean that can be any book, but with romance, typically you bring it around to the wonderful HEA that everyone seeks out, and I think that’s the hard part. How do you tear characters apart and them put them back together without the reader actually hating you, and only play hating you.

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

A few of the events in my first book are based off of me and my husband. When we were dating I came home one day and found 35 post it notes around my room that all said I love you on them, and then for our one year wedding anniversary he wrote out 365 reasons of why he loved me.

I always try to put in real things into my books becuase it makes people connect to the characters just that much more.

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

My first series is set in Atlanta, Georgia, it’s one of my favorite places I ahve ever been. Before writing it, I had been there 3 times and at least once after starting the book. I don’t necessarily think you ahve to travel, but it helps make it that much more if you have or do.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

One of my really good friends and author, Kristen Hope Mazzola designed the cover for me! It’s totally different from books out there right now, which is what I was shooting for! She knocked it out of the park!

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

One of the biggest things that I ahve been telling people about my book is that, you first love isn’t always your true love.

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?

There are a few new authors who are publishing for the first time this year that have captured my soul, Dyllan J. Erikson, Danielle Norman, and Sarah E. Green.

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

Dyllan J. Erikson. She has been my rock through this all. I really ahve no idea how she came into my life, but she did and it’s been a miracle to have her. She is my soul mate, soul sister, soul everything. She has my heart and soul. And our guys are totally fine with it XD

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I do actually, it’s a full time job, with not just writing, but promo, and talking to your readers, every in between that people don’t realize you ahve to do. I work a full time job, PLUS I’m working on my book, and I even work as a content editor for authors too. But these are the best jobs I’ve ever had, so I’m fine with it.

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

No. I already changed so much from what it was orignally, that I personally think that I did everything in my power to make it the best possible book I could.

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

I’ve learned that I’m growing as a writer. That I’m more focused on the singular line, rather than a million things all happening at once, which was something that I really had to refocus on in my first book.

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

Hmm… I’ve never thought about it, I mean I have who my main character was based off of, but he has an accent and my main character doesn’t… so I’m not sure….

I’m also not a big fan of books to movies because things always get lost in translation. Books are always better.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Fine a good solid Beta group. They will help you when you ahve no inspiration, they will cheer you on, but also, they will tell you when your work is shit, and slap you upside the head with a what the hell were you thinking.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I want to thank every single reader I’ve ever had. You all are amazing, and that doesn’t just mean the readers who read my first book, but those who read my work in high school and college, you also helped me by demanding more words and letting me know that my wordsa ctually meant something to you.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Umm…. I’ve not actually read a book for fun in months… It’s been super crazy and I really jsut don’t ahve the time anymore… BUT I may have snuck in an ARC of His Rebel by Alexa Riley…

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I’m pretty sure it was a Box Car Children book, but I knew I loved it, that’s about it XD

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Depends on my mood. Songs. Movies. TV shows. Just being alone. I’m a pretty amotional person and kind of wear it on my sleeve.

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

Harper Lee. To Kill a Mocking Bird was the first classical lit book that I read and throughoughly enjoyed, and not jsut enjoyed, but LOVED. It spoke to my soul and when her second book, Go Set a Watchman came out, I finished it in one day. Haper wrote in a way that really made you think about life and how you were living it. The day she died it hurt so much, I really wish I could have met her at some point in time.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Besides reading and writing? I LOVE to bake and I also paint. I try to bake at least once a week, but I haven’t painted in some time and really miss it.

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

I used to watch TONS of TV shows, but I don’t anymore. I Love romance movies, and have been lately watching Christmas Movies, but I also love comedies.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Favorite color – Baby Blue, but my husband would say it’s black. Favorite Food – Pickles and Chips and Salsa. Favorite Music – Country, BUT my favorite band of all time is Papa Roach.

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

Well. I’ve been working in retail for 9 years now, so I’m pretty sure I’ll still be doing that even if I am still writing or if I’m not.

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

Nothing. I want to be cremated and spread out across Ireland.

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

I have a Facebook page!

Facebook: Http://www.facebook.com/authorjordanbates

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Jordan-Bates/e/B0757Z4TJ2/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

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Here is my interview with Multi-Author`s of Enchanting Yuletide

 

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

Hi Fiona, thank you for having us today.

 Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your names. What is are ages?

My name is Jena Baxter, and I am fifty-five years young.

I’m Raven Williams, and I’m fifty-seven winters.

My name’s Guy Donovan, fifty-one (but hitting fifty-two soon).

I’m CK Brewer and am the puppy at 47. LOL

Fiona: Where are you from?

Jena  – I’m from asmall historical town in Northern California. San Juan Bautista.

Raven – I live on the beautiful Gulf Coast in Pensacola, Florida.

Guy – Being a military brat (and a vet in my own right), I’ve lived all over, but I was born in Georgia and now call North Dakota my cold, white home.

CK – I’m from Montana, but I now live in Washington state.

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

Jena – I was born in Ojai, and grew up in Oxnard, California. While I have miscellaneous college classes, most were at the UCLA Writer’s Extension. They have a great online program for writers. I live with my husband, kitty, parrot, and the most recent edition, a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy with tons of energy that we named Sigh.

 Raven – A prolific writer, I began my career in 2010, first with a blog, next with non-fiction, then finally moving to fiction in 2014, when I began Elven-Jumper, the first book in the Realm Jumper Chronicles.  Now, I havetwelve stories published in that epic fantasy series with more planned, as well as two stories in a new series, Raven’s Twisted Classics, and a standalone paranormal story, Witch Hunters’ Society.

Guy – Before my current soul deadening job, I was an animator in Los Angeles, working on such films as Quest for Camelot, Osmosis Jones, and, my particular favorite, The Iron Giant. I also worked on a great many animated TV shows as a storyboard artist and designer, but honestly, most of those were paycheck jobs. My wife, also a writer, put the idea of writing into my head when she saw how insane a lack of any creative outlet was driving me after the bottom fell out of the traditional animation industry.

CK – I’m the mom to three profoundly gifted kids (no, really, I had them tested. 😉 LOL) who are between the ages of 11.5 and 17. When the kids started reading, they, being awesome nerds, all leapt ahead and were quickly reading 3 – 4 levels above their grade. As their comprehension grew, my realization that the content in the books they could read was highly inappropriate for their age. So, with their help, I began writing a fantasy series for advanced readers. I’ve spent most of my adult years trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I “grow up” but have come to realize that I’m probably not going to “grow up” (I just level up when the birthday rolls around) and I’m going to just enjoy being a writer. I also write adult romance under another pen name so I’m never without something to write.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Jena – I just finished a Christmas anthology with Authors, Raven Williams, Guy Donovan, C.K. Brewer, Ellie and Barbara Lieberman called Enchanting Yuletide.

Raven – Along with Enchanting Yuletide, I have a new story releasing January 2, 2018 in my Raven’s Twisted Classics series entitled The Watery Kingdom.  It’s a twisted retelling of The Little Mermaid.

Guy – Ditto Enchanting Yuletide, but I’m also in final edits on the fourth and final installment in my Epic Historical Fantasy series, The Dragon’s Treasure. It’s called Memories so Distant and Brief, and should be out later this winter.

CK – Well, aside from working with these amazing people on Enchanting Yuletide, I’m in the editing phase of the first book in my fantasy series, DragonStarA Royal VelanianStory. Plus I have two novellas recently released under my other name and two full length novels that I’m also in the editing stages of under my other name.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Jena – I’ve always wanted to write, but never really thought I could. One day a friend told me I read so many books, why not try writing one. It would still be years before I undertook the endeavor, but that comment always stuck with me.

Raven – I discovered a love of writing during my college days from 2010 to 2014.  I started with a non-fiction blog and poetry, then in 2014, I began writing fantasy to answer the burning questions I had in my mind that arose during one of my marathon viewings of The Lord of the Rings.  The rest, they say, is history.

Guy – Many years ago, I couldn’t decide between pursuing writing for a living (I’d been writing awful Star Wars fanfic since I was 12) or art. When I finally decided, following a hitch in the Marine Corps, I went with art. When that went down the proverbial toilet in the early 2000’s, I got a mind-numbingly uncreative job. As I said above, my wife saw me going off the rails without any sort of creative outlet and suggested writing. Several years later…here I am.

CK – I started writing in high school because I was bored to tears in class (Yeah, I was that kid) and I continued to write short stories in my first year of college. But I put it aside for a “real job” and then parenthood. By the time my eldest was about six, I’d started dabbling in writing again, nothing serious until 2011 when I was working through some personal upheaval and wrote four full length novels. I didn’t get up the nerve to publish anything until 2013.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Jena – The first day I put pen to paper with a goal in mind. Considering myself an Author took a little bit longer.

Raven – The moment I wrote that first college paper is the day I became a writer.

Guy – Same here. I was I writer (albeit a bad one) all those years ago when I wrote my own Star Wars stories because I couldn’t stand waiting three years to see what happened in The Empire Strikes Back.

CK – I didn’t really consider myself a writer until I received my first rejection letter from a big 5 publisher. I figured I earned my stripe.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Jena – I wanted to see if I could do it, and honestly, the first attempt had issues that drove me to seminars and classes. Just sitting down and writing isn’t enough. You need to be able to add a little humor, a touch of heartache. You need to learn how to bring the characters to life.

Raven – As I stated earlier, watching the Lord of the Rings stirred up questions for me.  Then, one day, the idea for a story started coming to me as I thought on those questions, and I decided to try to write it.

Guy – My wife had written a spec script for Mattel’s Barbie direct-to-video series of movies. When that went nowhere, she started trying to think of something else to write just for herself. I recommended that she take her Barbie script and “adult it up” some to do it as a book. After about a half second’s thought, she said, “Naah. Why don’t you do it though?” I thought about it (a bit longer than she considered my suggestion, I might add) and finally said, “Why not?” Some seven years later, her ninety-page kid’s movie concept has morphed into a four novel series that spans roughly the entirety of my main character’s life and touches on life, death, and religion.

CK – My first book? Boredom. It was in high school and it was probably pure trash. It will never see the light of day for several reasons, the fact that it was saved on a million 3.5 inch floppy disks via a Commodore 64 that have since been lost being one of them. My first published books were an outlet for me to deal with some horrific events occurring in my personal life.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Jena – My first story was the name of the band in it, but it wasn’t the first I published. Reflections is a story about a Regency Era girl trapped behind a mirror. She has her own life behind it, but also watches those she loves live out their lives from behind the mirror. Reflections seemed like an appropriate title for it.

Raven – One of the main characters in the story was a scout, or Jumper, as the Elves call them, because they go from realm to realm in my fantasy world.  So, the title Elven-Jumper just seemed fitting for the first story in the series.

Guy – The Dragon’s Treasure, was the original subtitle of my wife’s original (and far different) take on the concept, so I kept it. As for the individual books that make up the series, I wanted something that would encapsulate my main character, an 11 year-old, autistic princess in 5th century Wales. The Forgotten Princess of Môna seemed perfect.

CK – As with all of my stories, the book indicates to me what the title needs to be. With DragonStar, that is the item in which the characters need to find in order to prove the main character’s lineage. Something from my story will always stand out to me for the title.

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

Jena – My style is ever changing. Some of my books are written in first, others in third, so they can differ quite a bit. I do have a strong focus on love, family, and loyalty in all my books, and even my fantasy creatures are brought to life.

Raven – I write in third person, present.  It’s a style many are not familiar with, so it tends to put some people off, as they are used to either first person or third person, past.  I’ve tried writing in the other POVs, but automatically come back to third person, present.  So, I’ve stuck with it.  The one thing that’s always difficult when writing fantasy, is creating the world the characters live in.  I also struggle sometimes with fight scenes, trying to make them full of action without becoming redundant.

Guy – So far, I write in a third person, past POV, but each section (or “scene,” given my background) is told from a different character’s POV. The challenge with that is making it clear (and quickly) to the reader who’s POV the scene is being seen from. Luckily, a number of other mainstream writers do something similar, so I’ve had lots of folks to learn from. Being a short story, my contribution to Enchanting Yuletide (Tempus Fugit) is still 3rd person, past, but it’s all Santa, all the time.

CK – Generally, I write third person past with dual POV but… I will write whatever my characters dictate is correct for them. When I’m writing fantasy, the biggest challenge for me is to remember that my fantasy world doesn’t have things that are commonplace for me like units of measurement while maintaining the integrity of the world I’ve created.

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

Jena – I don’t really write about anything specific in my own life, but circumstances come in to play sometimes. The wolves in Reflections are fashioned after two Samoyeds I raised. One fostering a rescue, and the other from a pup. They’ve crossed the rainbow bridge now. I miss them everyday.

Raven – I write fantasy, so there’s not much realism.  Now, because some of the action takes place on Earth in the stories, there is a bit of realism as to some of the locations, but that’s about as far as it goes.

Guy – My approach with The Dragon’s Treasure is to keep it firmly grounded in reality, with the fantasy elements building off that. My MC, Cerys, is haunted throughout her life by a supernatural entity bent on her destruction. Rather than dream up my own, I researched a legendary Welsh pig demon named “Hwch ddu Gwta,” and based the character on that. Even my dragons have science behind them, as their entire species suffers osteoporosis. That requires them to chew certain types of calcium rich rocks, some of which also contain phosphates that produce flame when belched off as a waste product.

CK – My story is entirely fantasy. The characters and creatures were created with my kids and my eldest drew out the map of the world. Other than that I drew inspiration – very loosely – from Dungeons & Dragons.

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

Jena – No. Sometimes I need music to set the mood though.

Raven – I travel in my mind.  I sit and visualize my worlds and roam through them to get a feel for them, then hope I can translate that feeling to words when I write.

Guy – I don’t need to, but I definitely like to, given that my series takes place in a very real (if long changed) place. Google, and particularly Google street view, was a Godsend to me, but I did actually travel to Great Britain in 2013 shortly before the release of my first book. I got to travel the path my MC takes throughout the series from the isle of Anglesey (my Môna) to Hadrian’s Wall, and then north into the Scottish Highlands. Doing that really helped me to get the details right…especially the distances involved!

CK – Not really necessary but would be fun. I do plenty of research but as my world is completely fiction, no travel is needed.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Jena – My husband does most. Raven Williams created the covers for A Horde of Dragons, Haunted by Darkness and Enchanting Yuletide. Two of those books are anthologies, and Haunted by Darkness is a collaboration of short stories on the dark side.

Raven – I design my own covers.

Guy – Like Raven, I design and produce my own covers. My past as a professional artist in the film business finally became good for something!

CK – My husband does my covers.

 

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

Jena – My themes tend to be moralistically strong. I don’t really plan the themes though, they simply come together as the story unfolds. I try to give people a break from their own world.

Raven – In my fantasy worlds, there’s always a struggle between light and dark, good vs. evil, which pretty much mirrors the human world.  It’s pretty much what we humans deal with on a daily basis, deciding between right and wrong.

Guy – Allow me to paraphrase J.R.R. Tolkien here: the only message in my works is that which the reader brings along with him or her…as it should be.

CK – It’s unintentional and not a conscious decision but yes, there are messages in my fantasy books. It’s usually a message that reflects the Golden Rule and to remember that when asked, the universe will guide you.

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?

Jena – I’ve been a part of Virtual FantasyCon the last few years, and have met a number of new Authors as well as seasoned. Interacting with so many makes it hard for one to stand out in my mind. They are all brilliant in their own way.

My favorite Author is Anne Bishop. I loved her Black Jewels series. Her world and character come alive. She writes Adult, but her stories are alive, whether the characters are human, or fantasy.

Raven – I’ll be totally honest.  I’ve spent so much time writing and with my new online business, I haven’t done much reading of late.  However, I do love a good story by Dan Brown.  I’ve read The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons.  One of these days, I’ll get the rest in that series and read them as well.

Guy – My favorite? Easy. Ray Bradbury. The man’s use of language, purple as it sometimes got, is second to none. I can’t recommend his Dandelion Wine enough for the blend of light, dark, happy, and sad which that book includes so effortlessly, most of it seen through the eyes of a young boy not yet sullied by puberty.

CK – Well, as limited as my reading time is, I will always take time to read Raven’s books and she’s fairly new to me, as is Gloria Herrmann, who wrote the amazing book, The Pass Through. My very favorite fantasy author has become Brandon Mull. His way of telling a story is very much like my own and I find I appreciate his work for enjoyment and inspiration.

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

Jena – I’ve had a number of friends support me. Rachael Adams, and my husband Alan.

Raven – Jena has been a strong supporter of mine, since the day we met.  We bounce ideas off each other and help each other out.  I’d be lost without her.

Guy – After being published, there have been quite a few. But before? Only my wife really did, and for that, I’ll always be grateful.

CK – My best friend, Linda has always been the first in line to support my crazy writing both fantasy and romance. Raven, however, is the one who has been my cheerleader and the sweet nagging voice in my ear that tells me I can do this fantasy writing thing even when I doubt myself.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Jena – I do see it as a career, but there’s a walk to walk to be able to live off what we make. People write thinking it will be easy, but there is a lot of hard work to make it a viable career.

Raven – Right now, I don’t work outside the home, as I’m a caregiver for a disabled family member.  So, writing and my new business are my careers.  Granted, I’m just starting out, so it’s slow going, but I have faith they will take off and be successful in the days, months, and years to come.  As Jena said, it takes hard work to get yourself noticed and perseverance is the key.

Guy – Absolutely! It just isn’t likely to be one that I’ll ever be able to live off. Then again, it wasn’t likely that I would ever be a working professional in the animation business either, and that happened. So who’s to say?

CK – Absolutely. It’s the one I love beyond being a mom. And, given my current predicament with kid, their schedules, and the current job market in my area, it’s the one that gives me an outlet for everything else.

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

Jena – No. I’m happy with the way they’ve all turned out. I hope to write a novel based on the Season’s story in Enchanting Yuletide, but I’ve started another project I need to finish first, as well as some back-burner stories.

Raven – Not at all.  It’s an origins story that ties into my Realm Jumper Chronicles.  It gives the reader an idea of how the Ancient Witch line began and sets the stage for further stories of the descendants of these very witches.

Guy –I don’t think any of us can ever read through something “finished” and not think, “hmmm…I can make that better.” On the whole though? No. I’m happy with them all.

CK – Not in my fantasy one as it’s only the short story in Enchanting Yuletide that I have out there. As my other author persona – yep.

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

Jena – That’s a hard question. I think the biggest thing I learned was to have faith in my own judgement. I had a critiquer that kept trying to change the storyline. He didn’t realize what he was doing, because he didn’t know the entire story. It took me weeks to get it off the ground because of this. I finally sent it to a couple of fans and said, what do you think?

 Raven – I’ve learned that I want to write more about the Ancient Witch line.  In fact, I have another story planned that will tell more of their story.  I’m not sure when it will be published yet, but it is outlined and waiting to be written.

Guy – I learn something with each work. Writing Tempus Fugit for Enchanting Yuletide taught me how to really carry off a complete story without blowing out the word count.

CK – I learn something new with each book I write whether it’s kid’s fantasy, early reader books, or romance. And if I didn’t learn something, I’d be afraid to call the book “done”. As far as I’m concerned, I won’t be done learning until I’m pushing up daisies.

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

Jena – Father Time is my main character. I’m not sure just anyone can pull that off. I think probably Ian McKellen would be awesome.

Raven – If my story from Enchanting Yuletide were made into a movie, I’d want Catherine Bell from the Good Witch to play the role of Valael.  I think she’d be perfect for the part.

Guy – Either Paul Giamatti or Toby Jones would be ideal Santas for Tempest Fugit.

CK – This is going to sound strange, especially as the lead character in Deep Winter Fire, my Enchanting Yuletide story, is a giantess, but I think Dame Maggie Smith would be amazing as Lutecia.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Jena – If you want to write, learn craft, but never see anything as a rule. Trust your instincts. Too many people see craft as rules. They aren’t, but there’s also a reason some things work, and others don’t.

Raven – Write!  Write every day, even if it’s only a sentence or two.  The only way to improve your craft is to write.

Guy – Read. I don’t care what, but read. And don’t be afraid to read outside your favorite genre.

CK – Write what speaks to you. If it’s fantasy, science fiction, romance… whatever, write what speaks to you. And when the time comes to step beyond your comfort zone, don’t be afraid to do it. Leap. Because if you don’t leap, you’ll automatically fail. The simple act of leaping is success.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Jena – First of all, thank you for reading my stories, and for your support. I have a first draft of a story called The Covens of Misty Haven that is posted in my newsletter and website every month.

Also, check out Enchanting Yuletide. It has six great authors and the stories follow alternative traditions such as solstice celebrations as well as traditional Santa style stories.

 Raven – I just want to thank you all for taking a chance on me and your support over the last couple of years.  Also, keep an eye out, as I’ll be releasing the first four books throughout 2018 from a brand new paranormal series.  So, be sure to read Enchanting Yuletide, as you’ll want to learn the origins of the Ancient Witches before you read about their descendants (although it’s not necessary.  😉 ).

Guy – Yeah…don’t forget to drink your Ovaltine! Oh, and thanks for the past support. There aren’t many of you out there, but you guys rock.

CK – As I haven’t any readers outside my family and these cool authors who have included me in Enchanting Yuletide… because it’s my debut as a fantasy author… thanks for taking the chance and reading Deep Winter Fire, I hope you like it. Look for my first official full length novel in the Royal Velanian Series to be out soon.

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Jena – A Wild and Unremarkable Thing, by Jen Castleberry. It hasn’t been released yet, but I was given a copy for review. It will be available in January.

Raven – I’m not currently reading anything at the moment.

Guy – I’m about half-way through Jena’s Reflections. It’s really good!

CK – I am currently between books as I’m trying to get three full length novels edited and three novellas released. LOL My kids think they need attention so that leaves me with little spare time.

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Jena – No, although I remember the elementary school, See Spot run, and I knew Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, by heart when I was little.

 Raven – Nah, I’ve slept since then.

Guy – I think it was either Harry by the Sea or Sam and the Firefly. From there though, it was only a hop and a skip to 2001: a Space Odyssey.

CK – I do. I adored Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. As far as my first chapter book… I think that was Nancy Drew by Caroline Keene.

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Jena – Sacrifices make me cry. The kind of losses based on love for someone else, whether, friend, family, or some kind of leader. Loyalty is huge for me. Laughing is harder. I’m not sure what makes me laugh. Animals for sure. They do the silliest things sometimes.

 Raven –There’s nothing I can specifically pinpoint.  Suffice it to say, it has to touch my soul deeply to get a response from me.

Guy – I’m over fifty now, so pretty much everything makes me cry. But as for what makes me laugh? Leetletheengs…hitting each uzzair! (extra points to anyone who gets that reference)

CK – My kids, especially my youngest, make me laugh until I cry.

 

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

Jena – Sojourner Truth. She was an incredible woman and made a difference even though she was a slave. She was the first black woman to file and win a lawsuit in the US. It wasn’t even legal for her to file. She worked on freeing slaves and woman’s issues. Check out her, Aint I a Woman speech. (There is some debate over Aint vs Aren’t, but her statement is the same either way). Sojourner could quote the bible by heart, and she was illiterate. Seriously an incredible woman.

 Raven – JRR Tolkien.  The Lord of the Rings has had such an influence on me and my storytelling.  I’d really love to sit down and pick his brain.

Guy – Jerry Goldsmith. He was my favorite film score composer of all time and it killed me not to work on any films he scored before he died.

CK – Julie Andrews. And if possible… Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett together as they are good friends.  But I have loved Julie Andrews since my youth, watching her in Mary Poppins and Sound of Music and with everything she does, she just exudes grace and beauty. I think she’d be amazing to just have coffee with and chat.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Jena – I’m a soapmaker, and make soaps to correlate with my stories, as well as others sometimes.

Raven – I’ve taken my abstract art and jewelry-making hobbies and am turning it into a business.  For anyone interested, they can check out what’s available in my store at https://ravensmysticrealms.com

Guy – I still draw sometimes. I have a series of pen and ink sketches of Cerys from The Dragon’s Treasure, but mostly I teach my daughter a lot about drawing. I used to ride motorcycles a lot, but not so much anymore. I also have a really nice telescope, but North Dakota’s 9 month winters put a real cramp on going out stargazing for much of the year.

CK – I have too many hobbies and no time to do them. LOL I Quilt – wholecloth and patchwork – by hand; I cross-stitch, do needlepoint, enjoy puzzles, movies (especially old musicals that I can have on while doing all of the above), gardening, and baking.

 

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

Jena – I go to movies quite a bit, but don’t watch a lot of TV. I love Big Bang Theory though.

 Raven – I love a good drama, science fiction, or fantasy movie or television show.  Of course, Lord of the Rings tops the list, followed by Harry Potter, Star Wars, Star Trek, and the Marvel movies (except for Captain America.  I just can’t get into that one).

Guy – Pretty much anything by Christopher Nolan (Inception, Memento, and Interstellar) works for me film-wise. As for TV, I’m a huge Game of Thrones and Ash v. Evil Dead fan.

CK – I don’t watch much by way of TV unless its Seahawks (football) or Mariners (baseball). Most of my TV time is being around when someone else is watching something. Movies… I love musicals, action, comedy, adventure, animated… yeah, I just like movies. LOL

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Jena – Favorite food – A good pizza.

Color – Red (It’s always changing).

Music – Instrumentals and soundtracks.

Raven – Food is food.  I eat to survive, but don’t really care about it.  Favorite colors are black and autumn colors, especially dark reds.  Music is hard rock/heavy metal/hair bands/new age.

Guy – Favorite food—pizza, burgers, and tikka masala! Favorite color—purple. Music—classical (especially the bombastic stuff) and film scores, particularly the aforementioned Jerry Goldsmith along with John Williams, Thomas Newman, Patrick Doyle, and Marco Beltrami.

CK – I am a mood person with food and music. Some of my favorite foods are a good, fresh steak that is barbequed to perfection, chocolate, coffee, and chocolate. Favorite music… that’s tougher. I like George Strait, old Reba McEntyre, old country, Jason Grey, Jeremy Camp, Shinedown, Black Veil Brides, Breaking Benjamin… whatever swings me. I listen to a lot… and I mean, a lot of different musicians and bands. My favorite color is a deep forest green.

 

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

Jena – I would spend time on learning how to paint and draw.

 Raven – I’d continue creating my abstract art and jewelry.

Guy – I’d have to go back to painting and drawing more.

CK – I’d go stark raving sane. Probably spend more time quilting, cross-stitching, and doing needlepoint.

 

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

Jena – I’m not sure, but I’d like to think those that put it together would say something good.

 Raven – I won’t have a head stone, I plan on being cremated.

Guy – I’ll leave that up to either my wife or daughter. I’m pretty sure I won’t care by then.

CK – I plan to be cremated and have my ashes scattered to the wind in the Crazy Mountains in Montana, so I have no idea. Perhaps a cool Harry Potter reference like “She’s off on her next great adventure.” or some such.

 

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

Jena My website is:www.jenabaxter.com

I can also be found on Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/jenabaxterbooks

 Raven – I have two websites.  One for my books and one for my online store.  The first is https://ravenmwilliams.com for the books, and the online store is https://ravensmysticrealms.com  You can find my blog at:  https://ravens-mystic-realms.mn.co/ and Raven’s Mystic Realms has a Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/ravensmysticrealms/

Guy – I post random silliness and occasional updates/thoughts on/reviews of my Dragon’s Treasure Series on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/The-Dragons-Treasure-Series-172879129537712/

CK – I’m currently building my website, but you can find pretty much everything on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ckbrewer1

Thank you so much for having us. Our new release: Enchanting Yuletide is available at http://smarturl.it/enchantingyuletide

Here is my interview with Selene Kallan

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 Selene Kallan. I’m 23 years old.

 Fiona: Where are you from?

Colombia.

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

I live with my mom, 3 cats and a dog. Accounting was my choice for a career, I thought it would land me a good job, it didn’t. After years of not knowing why I had issues with certain words and numbers, I finally discovered I’m dyslexic. So, guess who made the worst career choice ever?

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My debut novel Starlight came out a couple weeks ago! I’m working on the sequel and an in between novel.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I have always had a thing for books and writing, but didn’t start seriously writing until late 2014. Constant daydreaming and speaking dialogues out loud was the kickstarter. I’m always developing plotlines on my head and talking to myself.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I wrote my first novel and I figured out the story wasn’t over. I have so many ideas, I’m not sure I’ll be able to write them all down.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Not sure… My imaginary world began to grow and take form, to the point I named it: The Dark World. A parallel universe where myths are real and everything is possible. And then Dahlia and Nick just popped on my mind and entered this new world. It was a story I just needed to tell. A story about self-discovery, loss, revenge, and love.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

While listening to one of my favorite bands, Delain. Their song Stardust just clicked with my book. Particularly a line that says: Bring me to life, bring me the Starlight. Nick and Dahlia are half dead in a way at the beginning of the book, so it suited them.

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

I write the beginning, the ending and then the middle. Descriptions and scenes that have little action are the most difficult to me, I struggle trying to describe surroundings. Curiously, action scenes are piece of cake. I had to cut back 2 because it could’ve been too much.
I think YA is challenging, most take it for granted, but I don’t. Doing something new is difficult, there are a lot of similar books out there, so creating one that’s original enough is hard.

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

Um, little really. Perhaps the only thing that I have experienced is the bullying part. Dahlia, one of my MCs has it difficult on school, not just the students but the teachers also give her a hard time, and she fights back. I was very much like that.

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

Nope. Just use my imagination. I do some online research though.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I did! My mom and a couple friends advised me.

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

Never believe everything you’re told. Always make your own judgements.

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?

Uff, where to begin? My friend Melisa A Joy has become my favorite author, fighting Rick Riordan for the first place. She’s an amazing writer with a beautiful style; once you start reading there’s no stopping. Her book Keys of the Origin has gotten me interested in High Fantasy.

Laurie Forest and The Black Witch Chronicles. 600 pages in 9 hours. She has managed to make some people uncomfortable with her writing thanks to her display of a world much like our own. A world where fear to the unknown leads to racism and bigotry. One of the best reads ever.

Angela J Ford and her series The Four Worlds. She has a unique way of portraying female characters, and a rich and vivid imagination.

Damien Black. His book Devil’s Night Dawning made me get into Grimdark. I was sure it was not my style until I devoured his book in 12 hours.

There’s also Ivy Logan and Origins: The Legend of Ava, an amazing introduction to her world. Kira Morris and Witch Awakening. JL Keathley and The Shadow Realm…  I better stop now.

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

I’ve found some good friends online. Angela and Melissa are the ones that I usually bug with at least 4 questions a week. They’ve been really helpful.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I do. I have my low days when I question myself and think I’m not good enough. But eventually the depression goes back into it’s evil little corner, and I realize there’s nothing I want more than being an author.

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

Nope. It took me 18 months to get it as it is, I love it.

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

Lots of things. How to format my manuscripts, how to do FB parties, why people like Twitter. But the most important thing, not to give up.

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

Saoirse Ronan.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Yes, don’t ever take writing advice. You need help with formatting, promotions, how to something? Great, reach out for help. But do not listen to “write this way” advices, ever. Not even from your favorite author.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thanks for giving me a chance. I know it’s scary to get a book from an unknown author. I’m very glad you have not been disappointed.

To those who haven’t read anything mine yet: Do you feel like you’ve read all paranormal stories? That all the leading characters are all the same? Starlight could be for you.

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Bound by duty by Stormy Smith. And I’m gonna re-read Keys of the Origin By Melissa A Joy.

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

It was probably the Bible, kids version.

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I love sarcastic humor, and nerdy jokes; you know, the kind you need to know a bit of science to laugh at, I blame TBBT for that. And cry, human cruelty, to others, to animals, to our planet. I try not to think about it.

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

Nikola Tesla. He was one of the most intelligent people ever, the brightest of all in my opinion. I have so many questions I would ask him, he’d probably think I’m an idiot, but I wouldn’t mind.

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Reading, sewing, discovering new bands.

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

Stargate SG-1 Is the best tv show ever!!!  Underworld is my favorite movie I could watch it 2 times a day.

 Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Chicken, pasta and potatoes, and cake. Blue, purple and black. Symphonic, goth and Power Metal are my fave genres. Kamelot, Within Temptation, & Delain are my fave bands.

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

Beta read. 

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

She was crazy, and unapologetic about it.

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

Yep. You get the first chapters of Starlight by subscribing to my blog.

https://selenekallanfantasywriter.blogspot.com

You can buy Starlight here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0762FXXJB

My author page: https://www.amazon.com/Selene-Kallan/e/B077DX71S7/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SeleneKWriter

 

 

Here is my interview with Diane Sherry Case


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?

Diane Sherry Case – over 21

Fiona: Where are you from?

My family is from the most southerly part of Missouri, three hours from Memphis,  but I was raised in Los Angeles.

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

I was an actress as a child and until I had kids,  As Lana Lang in the classic Superman, the Movie, I was the first Superhero’s first girlfriend!

I have two masters degrees – one in psychology and one in creative writing. But my very favorite thing to do now is to draw. My art can be viewed on instagram, my handle is my full name.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I wrote and directed a sitcom called House Poor which is available to view through Amazon.  And I have a book about therapeutic writing called Write For Recovery, Exercises for Heart, Mind and Spirit, due out January 17th.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing as a young child. I have always kept a diary or a journal. When I got a bit bored with it, I began to write short stories, then novels. I believe writing is healing, and that is why I wrote Write For Recovery.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I had my first short story published and found myself compelled to write four hours a day.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My first novel was inspired by my experience as a young actress, running away from Hollywood and joining a circus in Mexico.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It was in the last sentence of one of the chapters, after the birth of an elephant: “She smelled like flowers and Elephant Milk.

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

I am a minimalist – saying as much as I can in as few words as possible.

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

I assume we’re talking about my second book, Earth to Skye. But iboth of my books are loosely based on experience and the characters are composite characters, three real people per character and a lot of imagination thrown in!

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

I traveled to Mexico many times when writing my first book. My second novel takes place partly in the Himalaya and for that I just researched the location as it’s a harrowing trek!

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Lou Beach, a collage artist who is also a writer, did the covers. I’m quite proud of them.

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

The message in Earth to Skye is that we are sent here to love.

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

I’m fond of the surrealists, Gabriel Marquez, etc, and I like Joy Williams for fiction, Annie Lamott for non-fiction and in the young adult realm, I love Francesca Lia Block and her characters.

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

A community of writers. I do a lot of readings, and I’ve had many writer’s groups with some exception writers.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, but one that’s not so profitable. Thank goodness I enjoy teaching.

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

When I do readings, I’m always changing the prose. At some point though, you just have to say “done” or you’ll be rewriting the rest of you life.

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

I always learn something when I write – I’m constantly surprised by what I’ve written.

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

I’m not familiar with teenage actors these days and three of the main characters are teens. Reese Witherspoon would make a great Mom character and the Tibetan monk would be hard to cast!

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Keep the pen flowing. Write without thinking. Use prompts, as sometimes they serve to bypass the intellect and get to your wiser self.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Be kind.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

The More of Less.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Charlotte’s Web

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Things that are funny and things that are sad. I have a rainbow of emotions!

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

I wouldn’t mind meeting John Lennon. Or Gandhi. Or Picasso.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I draw and paint with Copic markers.

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

Big Little Lies was good. I just met Doug Jones, the actor in Pan’s Labyrinth, which is one of my favorite films.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Cole slaw, cornbread and baked beans.Mystic blue, Van Morrison.

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

Draw.

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

Good thing to think about…I haven’t yet decided.

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

http://miraculousproductions.com/

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Facebook fan page DianeSherryCase

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Here is my interview with Marci Baun

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 Marci Baun. Um… a lady doesn’t reveal her age. (wink) Let’s just say I’m 29 and holding. (grin)

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m from California. I’ve lived here all of my life.

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

I studied music in college, vocal performance (aka opera) and have both a BA and an MA in it. No, I rarely sing anymore. Once, at an audition, I was asked to sing “I Will Survive”. Let’s just say they’d never heard an operatic version before. LOL Pop and rock music is not my forte.

I’m married with one daughter, if you don’t count my two cats and husband as children.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

On October 6th, I released Some Place to Belong. This is a shape shifter, sci-fi short story set in Argentina in the 1960s. It was challenging and fun to write. But my muse loves settings that require places that are difficult to research. For instance, my current WIP is another shape shifter, sci-fi (category novel length) set in China, Tibet, and India in 1960. It’s the second in my standalone series Children of the Wild. I’m using NaNoWriMo to get it finished.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I wrote my first story at 10 years of age, or so. It was a fan fic of another student’s story that won a short story competition. I wrote the story because I loved reading and I thought if this person could write something that won a competition, so could I.

Yeah, no. I’m not even sure where that story is, and it’s a good thing. LOL

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

For most of my time in the publishing industry, I considered myself a publisher. That’s what I did for 17 years. Yes, I had a few books out there (Hieroglyphs, The Whispering House, Mr. Hotness, and Last Chance), but my focus was on our authors. Now, that I’ve closed the houses, I’m able to focus on my writing. I have two WIPs right now.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book is based on a chapter book story I wrote under my pseudonym Kit Wyldefor an online magazine called Last Chance. When I started Freya’s Bower, an erotica and romance publishing house, I pulled it out, cleaned it up, and published it as an eBook. Some of it was necessity, but, really, I think it was just an excuse to write. J Part of me wanted to be a best selling novelist (who doesn’t?) and part of me thought I was crazy. LOL

Many years ago, I received an email about this story from a fan. It was her favorite romance that she’d ever read. That’s what authors dream about: touching others with their work.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It’s been years since I wrote the story (17, to be precise). The heroine of the story was burnt by love and had come out of an abusive relationship. She really didn’t expect to find someone she’d be able to trust or to love again. She didn’t trust herself. To Susan, when she met Max and fell for him, she believed this was her last chance at love.

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

I’m a pantser. It makes for an interesting journey to the end of the book. I rarely know what’s going to happen next. My current WIP is a shape shifter romance thriller set in China, Tibet, and India in the 1960. I also have a novella set in Argentina titled Some Place to Belong (available at Amazon–https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075VQN1DT, iTunes–https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/some-place-to-belong/id1288801228?ls=1&mt=11, and Kobo–https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/some-place-to-belong) as well as another WIP set (contemporary romance) in Tahiti called Tahitian Nights. The shape shifter romance thriller is still title-less. I plan on holding a contest through my newsletter (http://www.marcibaun.com/newsletter) to find the perfect title.

My biggest challenge is not just researching, but then accurately describing places I’ve never been. Some of theselocations are so remote there aren’t any photos to view. Of course, this gives me some leeway for descriptions. It also means I learn about many different places around the world.

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

The shape shifter romance thriller set in China, Tibet, and China has a mix of reality with references to historical events and pure fiction. The same goes for Some Place to Belong. It’s the first story for the Children of the Wild series.

The location of Tahitian Nights was inspired by my honeymoon. I’m also a swimmer, which Tammy, the main character is, too, although she’s an internationally ranked triathlete. (I am not. I do not run…unless I’m being chased by rabid dogs. No true swimmer likes to run. LOL)

Both Last Chance and The Whispering House are set outside of Fresno, California, which is in the Central Valley. I grew up there and love the area.Susan is a Tarot reader. My mother used to read Tarot for fun. I have never studied it, but I enjoy getting readings.

The Whispering House is a paranormal, horror, sci-fi with some romance and hot sex. It’s really the journey of Eleanor to find herself through a fantastical, scary, and exciting race against time.

Mr. Hotness is a fun romp published by Decadent Publishing for their 1NightStand series set in Vegas.  Lila happens to be a website programmer. I’ve done a little bit of that many years ago. Joe, the hero, is a bricklayer and owns his own business. My brother-in-law is a bricklayer. I’ve owned my own business. So, some of this does come from my own experience. However, Lila is a 29-year-old virgin. Um… we do not have that in common. LOL

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

I’ve used a number of my travels in my books. In the previous answer, I mentioned how the location of Tahitian Nights was inspired by honeymoon. We took a cruise of the Tahitian islands. It’s set on Bora Bora. I’ve used my memories of our honeymoon, as well as some online research and reviewing of our pictures, to help describe it accurately.

As for the shape shifter WIP, I’d love to travel to the wilds of China, India, and Tibet, but right now, I’m traveling through research. I have been to China, but not these remote areas.

I’ve been to Vegas a few times, I grew up in the Central Valley, and I’ve never been to Argentina. Lucky for me, I have neighbors who are from Argentina. They were gracious enough to let me pick their brains.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The cover designers for my books are: Studio ENP for Some Place to Belong, Hieroglyphs, my shape shifter WIP, and Tahitian Nights. Valerie Tibbs designed Mr. Hotness. Last Chance was designed by Fiona Jayde. Skyla Dawn designed The Whispering House.

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

Most of my books are about the journey of the heroine. She must find the strength in herself to conquer her fears so that she can move forward with her life. The journey isn’t easy, but it can be done. You just have to make that leap of faith in yourself.

Some of my books are lighter, some of my books are darker, but that thread runs through most of them.

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

I have a number of authors I really enjoy reading. I can’t pick a favorite, so I’ll list them here. All of them have a mastery of the English language and have mastered their genre (mostly romance as I like happy endings.) Here they are: Kate Richards, S.R. Howen, Desiree Holt, Faith Bicknell (she has a number of pseudonyms), Siobhan Muir, James A. Greer, David Huffstetler, and Virginia Nelson. There are many more.

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

Lin Morel and Maru Dana have encouraged me to write from day one, even when I didn’t believe in myself.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I see it as part of my career, but, yes, I’d love to have it as a career.

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

No.

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

I learn something new, usually about myself, but also about the locations, with every book I write. That’s part of what makes this process so exciting.

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

Many of my books are so fantastical that I doubt they’d become movies, but, if they did, I would love Gal Gadot to play Eleanor from The Whispering House. The others would require some research to find the perfect actresses.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Keep focused and don’t let that inner critic stop you from writing. Write something every day, even if it’s a few words, and make reachable goals.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I am happy to answer questions and connect. You can find me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/marcibaun), Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/marcibaun), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/marcibaun), and my website (http://www.marcibaun.com). I also have an Amazon author page if you’d like to follow me there: https://www.amazon.com/Marci-Baun/e/B01L2SQZ52

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m not sure of the title, but it’s an old Regency romance that I picked up at The Ripped Bodice, a bookstore that sells strictly romance and erotica in Culver City, CA.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, but I think it was a Dick and Jane book in kindergarten. LOL

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Cat antics, clever memes, silly and/or clever jokes, my husband, romantic comedies all make me laugh. Anything that makes me sad will get me to cry. Sometimes, I’ll watch something that’s so moving I cry.

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

Hildegard von Bingen. She was a 11th century, German abbess who composed music and poetry. She also wielded a great deal of power. Popes, kings, and other powerful men came to her for advice. I think she’d be a fascinating person to sit down and chat with.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Is Facebook a hobby? I’m kidding…sort of. LOL Seriously, my biggest hobby is swimming. I don’t know if you’d call it a hobby so much as my lifeline to sanity. LOL I also enjoy reading, hiking, singing, and crocheting (when I have the time.)

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

Big Bang Theory, Project Runway, The Gifted, Superstore, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, SNL, and Great News.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

My favorite food is persimmon cookies. The other day I made nearly 6 dozen and, over the course of 10 days, ate about 5 dozen. They are addicting. So, for obvious reasons, I don’t bake them often. LOL

Colors? Most blues, red violet, royal purple, teal green, some grays.

As for music, I have a wide range that I enjoy. Everything but rap. Some country is okay. I mostly listen to classical, but I enjoy anything with a melody I can sing/hum along with. Some of my favorite classical pieces include: TheMoldau by Smetana, Peer Gynt Suites by Grieg, any German lieder that EllyAmeling sings, The Enchanted Cathedral by Debussy, and so many more. It really depends on my mood. I’m not a huge fan of the Russian string pieces that I find to be depressing. LOL Contemporary music I enjoy listening to a wide array: anything Queen, Happy, Bruno Mars, Adele, Gordon Lightfoot, Ella Fitzgerald, Julie London, Depeche Mode…I’m kind of all over the place. It really depends on my mood at any given moment.

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

 Um… I can’t really imagine a future without writing. I think my muse would drive me insane. Perhaps I’d be writing music instead, so I’d still be writing. LOL

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

I don’t want a headstone. I want to be cremated and a tree planted in my name.

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

I do. They can find me at http://www.marcibaun.com. They can also sign up for my newsletter for exclusive excerpts and contests: http://www.marcibaun.com/newsletter. And if they’d like, they can follow my Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Marci-Baun/e/B01L2SQZ52

Book links:

Hieroglyphs by Kit Wylde

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ZUY6X4

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1102465924

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/hieroglyphs/id410709016?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/hieroglyphs

Last Chance by Kit Wylde

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003S9VK72

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1008282748

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id631377257

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/last-chance-16

 

Mr. Hotness by Marci Baun

Amazon only: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A2KL6S2

Some Place to Belong by Marci Baun

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075VQN1DT

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/some-place-to-belong/id1288801228?ls=1&mt=11

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/some-place-to-belong

The Whispering House by Marci Baun

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FCSL31Y

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1123859867

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-whispering-house/id1112031456?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-whispering-house-2

Print: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1617981796

 

Social Media Links:

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

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/MarciBaun

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/MarciBaun

 

Here is my interview with Ngozi Olivia Osuoha

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.

Yes, we shall. My name is Ngozi Olivia Osuoha,

Fiona: Where are you from?

.I am from Nigeria.

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

I am a graduate of Estate Management with experience in Banking and Broadcasting. I am a poet/writer/thinker.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I am working on my third poetry book.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

My parents are/were teachers. My dad is a great writer though yet unpublished. Wherever we find ourselves, we mostly become secretaries. One is even a professional.

In secondary school, my Igbo teacher was always commending and loving my translations.

During my OND, I had some personal quotes. After the examinations, I was spontaneously singing strange English songs which I was inspired to write down, I think that was the major point I remember. But put together, about two decades.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

From the moment I began penning my thoughts.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The horrors of this world.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I wanted the world to be transformed, coupled with the fact that my then President called his mission TRANSFORMATION, so it was everywhere. I now tittled my book THE TRANSFORMATION TRAIN. I just needed the world to be really transformed.

I also dedicated it to him and others.

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

No style. Free and fluent ink. But I love poetry, I am a rhymer. And it is even harder rhyming everything. Everything in life is challenging.

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

Life is terrible, the world is crazy, unbelievably dark. I want it to be transformed.

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

No. Not really. Everything is inspired almost….Inspiration. But the future is pregnant.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The publishers

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

Yes. Why not? Change, Peace, Unity, Justice, Love, Fairness, Equity…

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?

The social media has a bunch of good writers, it is difficult to mention names. I don’t really know much though. But I love Chinua Achebe.

THINGS FALL APART strikes me. It is unfortunate that things fell apart and things have fallen apart and things are still falling apart.

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

Justina Ochigbo

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, Of course, whether or not.

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

No.

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

Yes, the former… Many new words.

The latter, the power of talking to the unborn.

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

Yes, the recent…the role of that mother .

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Yes, keep writing. We shall get there, no matter what, when and  how.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Yes, I love them.

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

None. I am not a reader or a good reader.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Nope

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Laugh?  Hope

Cry? The world, politics, hate, wickedness, injustice….

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

The past? I would go for Mandela, Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu, Abraham Lincoln, Florence Nightingale, Mother Theresa or My Grandma.

The present?? I would go for Queen Elizabeth or Obama.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Hobbies??  Writing, sports, music..especially when necessary.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Foods.. Fried plantains, banana.

Colours.. Coffee, army green, purple, pink..

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

I think working for God.

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

UNCONQUERED AMAZON

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

Blog….  https://ngozioliviaosuoha.wordpress.com/

Twitter….  @OsuohaNgozi

Instagram….  @ngozi.osuoha

Facebook page….  https://www.facebook.com/INKOCEAN/?ref=br_rs

Facebook name….  https://www.facebook.com/ngoziolivia.osuoha.3

Amazon Authors Page https://www.amazon.com/Ngozi-Olivia-Osuoha/e/B076DHSWD3/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

https://www.amazon.com/Letter-My-Unborn-Poetry-Book/dp/1549927183/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1510630009&sr=1-3&keywords=Ngozi+Olivia+Osuoha

https://www.amazon.com/Transformation-Train-Ngozi-Olivia-Osuoha/dp/1544867387/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1510630009&sr=1-4&keywords=Ngozi+Olivia+Osuoha

 

 

Here is my interview with Fiona Hogan

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 everyone, my name is Fiona Hogan and I am a writer, blogger and editor from Ireland. I’m on the other side of Forty and fabulous.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I live in a beautiful rural spot called Abbeyleix, in County Laois, in the midlands of Ireland.

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

I’m a mother of five, my eldest baby just got married! I am a writer of mixed genres, a poet and a blogger.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My latest book – The Nightmare is just out on Amazon. It’s a collection of dark tales that I felt inspired to write coming up to Hallowe’en as I’m a bit of a horror fanatic and I spent weeks watching horror shorts.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I have always written, scribbling in notebooks (I write longhand) and anything I can get my hands on. I wrote poetry from an early age.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I took the plunge and became an Independent Author in October 1995. It felt amazing to hold the paperback copy of my collection of short stories – “The Lights Went Out and Other Stories” in my arms, and even better to see people queuing to get a signed copy at my launch.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I had an injury – I ruptured my achilles tendon six years ago (dancing at a school reunion – embarrassing as well as hugely painful), anyhow I was literally laid up on the couch with nothing to do but read and think about where my life was going. I wrote Martha’s Cottage, which will finally be published in February 2018.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Martha’s Cottage is the name of the tiny cottage that my protagonist – Sarah, escapes to when her marriage explodes. It is set on a hill overlooking a beautiful, windswept beach in Mayo, in the west of Ireland.

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

I write in many different genres from romantic fiction, to horror and fairytale. I love writing gothic horror in the style of Edgar Allan Poe, I just love those old-fashioned tales and like to think my style is very descriptive and has an Irish flavour.

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

Well, in The Lights Went Out, many stories are part-autobiographical. My novella – What Happened In Dingle is about a woman who revisits the place of her honeymoon and I also honeymooned there. I guess, like many writers, I put a bit of myself in all the characters.

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

Like I mentioned above, my novella – What Happened in Dingle could not have been written without all my travels to and from Dingle, Kerry. The descriptions of the wild beauty of that peninsular are drawn from my mind.

My current work in progress is set in the South Downs in England, an area that I haven’t visited but I have researched and seen via the wonders of the internet. I hope to travel there next year to photograph areas and make it more real for my own imagination.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I’m an amateur photographer and I used one of my favourite photographs – of an old hall down the lane from my parents’ house in Ireland, for the cover of The Lights Went Out and Other Stories, I manipulated the colour and image and then designed the cover myself. I designed my two horror books myself, using various images I had myself.

The used a stock photo for the cover of What Happened in Dingle and had a designer create the design.

I have my eye on a beautiful pre-made cover for Martha’s Cottage and I can’t wait to see it as a physical book.

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

Martha’s Cottage is a  love story but told in reverse and I guess, its message is that it is never too late to fall back into love, that wonderful things can happen and even though your world feels like it will never recover, love always finds a way.

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 favourite author has to be J R R Tolkien, his “Lord of the Rings” just inspires me so much.

There are so many great new authors out there, especially in the Indie platform, people like Pam Lecky, who writes wonderful historical romance, (The Bowes Inheritance is just great) and Eva Pasco, whose “An Enlightened Quiche is one of the wittiest, most beautiful books.

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

I have a great network of female friends who support each other in so many ways.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, I do. I’m on a huge learning curve and it’s so exciting. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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

No, only because Martha’s Cottage has been revised about fifty times since 2009.

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

The Nightmare taught me that writing daily really does reap rewards.

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

Martha’s Cottage is the one that really lends itself to the screen. I always say Aidan Turner for the role of Ben and Sarah would be played by Sarah Greene, both Irish actors.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Believe in yourself. Write. Write. Write. If you have a daily habit you improve each time. An editor is your best friend. I have recently set up my own editing business – The Editing Hub but I wouldn’t dream of doing my own editing – your own work is too familiar, you just won’t get everything.

Editing adds the shine to your work.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Watch out for my two new books in 2018 – Martha’s Cottage in February

and The Mandrake Root in October.

And most of all, thank you for choosing my books.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Grey Souls by Philippe Claudel, a poignant tale of love and loss set in post-World War II France.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The Tale of Mrs TiggyWinkle by Beatrix Potter.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I have a very quirky sense of humour and laugh at the silliest of things. I cry at sad parts in films (to my embarrassment) such as when Thorin died at the end of The Battle of the Five Armies.

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

Peter Jackson to congratulate on The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the man himself JRR Tolkien. Maya Angelou and Stephen King.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Reading, photography, walking in our lovely countryside, Binge-watching box sets,

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

I’m obsessed with Game of Thrones, Outlander, Poldark, the Walking Dead, Sex & the City, Stranger Things.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Spicy Indian curries, sausages and savoury snacks such as peanuts and chicken pieces.

Favourite colour  – violet, deep blue and the colour of the Irish sea – jewel green.

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

Direct films.

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

She was never dull.

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

I blog at http://www.unusualfiction.wordpress.comand http://www.facebook.com/theHazelHedge

The Lights Went Out and Other Stories

http://amzn.to/2mmT9Fr

What Happened in Dingle

http://amzn.to/2AClr0K

Death Comes Calling

http://amzn.to/2yzGYqo

The Nightmare

http://amzn.to/2hwttVl

 

Here’s my Amazon Author Central Profile

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B016E4HRBU

 

Here is my interview with L.M. Mountford

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 Lewis Mountford. I write under the name L.M. Mountford. And I’m 27.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Somerset, England

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

I’m an erotica author, but please don’t judge me by that alone. I’m also trying to break into dark romance, historical action and sci-fi/ fantasy. Honestly, though, I’m interested in anything plot that involves sex and violence. They make up some of the greatest stories in my opinion. A story is like any portrait, it needs to be made up of many colours, but make sure it has these two and you’re bound to be a susses.

When I was in school, I wanted to be an actor. I gave that up after a Final ‘E’ grade in GCSE Drama. That was a knock as everyone told me I was great. Before that and now, my dream is to be a successful author. I may be an author but I doubt it’ll ever be successful, so I largely write for the love and challenge of it.

I wrote my first story when I was 14/15. A fanfiction story that I posted online. I’m something of an anime aficionado you see, and like any little boy, my mind had a tendency to wander. After that, it wasn’t long before I moved into the erotica genre, after all, what is it a boy that age thinks about, and I have been in the genre ever since.

Although I’d never really thought about self-publishing, it occurred to me when I was 21 after running across the kindle section of Amazon and seeing how many short stories had been published and were selling. It was something of an eye-opener. Until then, I’d thought KDP was for novels. Shortly after, I wrote and published Sweet Temptations: The Babysitter. I’d thought that would be the hard part, but after publishing, I came to realise it was only the beginning. Not only that, but I was woefully unprepared.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I have a cover reveal scheduled for the 8th of December

https://www.facebook.com/events/440769126324887/?active_tab=about

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

When I was 14. Because I’ a Dyslexic and writing seemed like a good way of combating my disability.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

After Publishing my first book on Kindle at 24.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

It was just an idea I had and wanted to experiment on KDP.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I thought it sounded appealing.

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

No, I sort of just write what sounds good and has the right flow.

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

The setting is true to life, I had family living in the very building. But the rest is a work of fiction.

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

Nope, though a drive can stimulate the creative juices.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The first was a deviantart artist whose style I liked. The next was the FB Artist Covers by Design.

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

Nope

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?

George RR Martin and Bernard Cornwell are my top favourite authors. The sheer span of their Vision is extraordinary.

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

My Girlfriend, Claire.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes

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

To be honest, I might have turned down the project altogether, it took a awful long time and has taken a considerable amount of work.

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

Yes,  over writing is as bad as underwriting.

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

Given the amount of sex in the book, I think a pornstar is all I could draft in.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Never give up.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Yep, you don’t have long to wait for the long awaited sequel to my debut.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Gallows Thief by Bernard Cornwall

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Yep, Phillip Pullman’s The Northern Lights

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I rarely ever cry but I laugh at any good one liner quip.

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

David Attenborough , it couldn’t say why, he’s just someone I’ve admired since childhood.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Yep, Cooking

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

Game Of Thrones

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

My Favourite Colour is black and I love Welsh Cake Cheesecake.

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

I’d live, play games, read, but I can’t think of anything that would take writings place.

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

‘We will never see his light again.’

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

Yep – http://lmmountford.com/2017/08/23/hello-world/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/L.M.-Mountford/e/B01DVDIKQI/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

Here is my interview with Cristina Perelman

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?

Cristina Perelman. I will be 60 in December!

Fiona: Where are you from?

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, but I havelived in the States since I was 3 yrs. old. First in Upstate NY, now in Arizona for the last 30 years.

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

I’m an only child, so I’ve always been very driven! I am a physician (neonatologist- I take care of sick babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), a wife, a mom of a 24 yr. old wonderful young lady and an author.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I continue to work full-time and write when I have some time and when I find a topic I’m passionate about.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing to give this generation of women a roadmap to help empower themselves at work and at home. I got upset about the popular novels that glorified being a “submissive”, even if it was by choice. Were were the days of trying to pass the ERA??? Of helping women become equals? I felt we had lost our way.

Once I finished that book, I wrote another about employee rights and corporate “internal” social responsibility.  I was fired for having spoken my mind and trying to bring accountability to our practice. Therefore, the corporation I was working with did not feel I was a “team player”!

The third book I wrote was on death and grieving, unfortunately topics I have much experience with being in the subspecialty I practice.

I also wrote a children’s book, that has animals teaching important lessons to a little girl.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I finished my first book. I had, in the past, written articles, but never a book. It was quite the feeling of joy holding my book, in print, for the first time!

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

As I spoke about above, my inspiration comes from topics I am passionate about. My first book, as I have explained, came about to to counter the acceptance of being “submissive”. I do believe, we are starting to see women take the lead and not allow the status quo to continue, especially in the work environment. However, we have a long way to go!

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I wanted to give the reader the idea that women can shatter the glass ceiling with the glass slipper. In other words, the glass slipper is a thing of the past and not at all useful to become seen as a true leader.

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

Since most of my books are self-help, I write them as if I am talking to the reader directly. I try to keep it personal and current.

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

The books are based on my experiences as a woman in medicine, a woman who was fired for challenging the status quo and a woman who has dealt with death frequently.

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

No I do not travel to enable me to write my books.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I have used free-lancers from FIVVER and UpWork

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

Again, these are self-help books, so there are messages throughout.

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 enjoy reading suspense novels, such as Robin Cook.

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

On of my closest friends, is also an author. We have helped each other during the creative process.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I would love to see my writing take off as a career in speaking, webinars, coaching others to reach their goals. I think the messages I have to offer are important, powerful and helpful to the reader.

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

No, not the latest, which was the children’s book. I would redo the cover of my second book on employee rights.

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

Yes! I love to write children’s books too!

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

The two books that could be made into a movie would be my children’s book and the book on Death.

The lead for the children’s book is a little girl. I don’t have any picks for that, just a child who truly loves animals.

The lead for the book on Death would of course represent the interviewer, who was me. (Since Death would be seen as an orb of Light). I think Helen Mirren would be wonderful as the interviewer!

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Persist in your dream, never give up. At the minimum, you will have a book or books to pass on to your children and children’s children. That in and of itself is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Read my books! Your life might change for the better!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Nothing right now, I honestly have no time.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Alive in Wonderland

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I laugh at silly things and silly jokes.

I cry at the drop of a hat, a soupy commercials, on internet animal stories and in general on stories about random acts of kindness by others.

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

Past: Any historical figure that made differences in our present lives, whether scientific or political.

Present: Gloria Steinem and Malala Yousafzai

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Growing roses and vegetables.

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

Lucifer, Designated Survivor, Modern Family, The Brave, Blacklist, Year Million (National Geographic)

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Foods: anything with chocolate (except chocolate covered insects!)

Colors: all hues of pink and purple and blue

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

Speak, teach through coaching or webinars.

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

It’s been a wonderful life. Thanks for the privilege of making a difference to many.

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

Website: www.mpwrwmn.com

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

Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Cristina-Carballo-Perelman-M.D./e/B01CRM0512

Twitter: @ccperelman