Here is my interview with MJ Summers

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?

Thanks for having me, Fiona! I’m happy to be here. My name is Melanie MacGillivray, I write as MJ Summers. My age? Yikes. 42 for a few more weeks, but I feel like I’m 84. 😉

Fiona: Where are you from?

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

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

I’m a mom of three crazy kids. I have a son who is 12 and twin girls who are 8. It’s busy around here. I used to work as a Chartered Mediator in my former life and it was there that I learned what’s beyond the things people say (very helpful for a writer to know).

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I just put out my first ever romantic comedy, The Royal Treatment! It’s the first in a trilogy and so far, the reviews have been amazing.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing four years ago, just to see if I could actually finish an entire novel. Weird, right?

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Hmm, hopefully sometime next week.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I had read a few romance books at the time and thought, “I wonder if I could do that?”

 

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The Royal Treatment (A Crown Jewels Romance) is the title of my latest book. It’s the logical title because it’s about an anti-royal blogger who moves into the palace for two months to see what the life of the royal family is really like.

 

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

I used to write in third person past, but this series is in first person, present tense. The challenge is in not telling, but showing what’s happening.

 

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

This book is completely fictional except that the main character, Tessa, has all kinds of embarrassing things happen to her, which is a lot like me. Generally, I’m really good at making a fool of myself. Good thing I don’t really care! LOL.

 

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

I travel only into my imagination. 😊

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Steven Novak of Novak Illustrations designed these covers. I absolutely love them and he was a joy to work with.

 

 

 

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

The book is really meant to be a fun escape, but if I had to say there is a message, it’s about not judging each other so much, especially until you’ve had a chance to walk a mile in someone else’s glass slippers.

 

 
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 really love Kelly Collins. She’s a terrific writer and her stories just flow. I’m hoping someday to be as good at imagery as she is.

 

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

I would have to say my writing friends. I’ve developed a few really close relationships with other writers. We share marketing info, help each other plot, and keep each other going when one of us wants to give up. It’s wonderful.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, I do. It’s what I want to do for the rest of my days.

 

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

Always. There are always things I would change, but I try not to think about them. I try let it go and move on because if I didn’t, I’d still be rewriting my first novel.

 

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

I learned that when I get stuck in the middle of my book, it’s really a lot to do with my own discomfort with conflict. I want everything to go well for my characters all the time so they can be happy, but that makes for a dull story! I have to learn to be comfortable letting them struggle and make bad choices, because that’s what makes a story rich and interesting.

 

 

 

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

Hmm, that’s a tough one. I’d say I’d like some unknown actors to be cast as Tessa and Arthur. Giving somebody their big break would be absolutely incredible.

 

 
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Just keep writing. Block out all the noise and self-doubt and keep going. Don’t worry about the changing market or all the millions of other things you can’t control. Just write.

 

 
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Please leave reviews. They’re the best gift you can give a writer and the best way to support his/her career. (And they only take a minute!)

 

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Redeeming Ryker by Kelly Collins. Told you I love her work 😉

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Dick and Jane when I was four-years-old. That was the first time the words actually made sense.

 

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My kids. Every day. Sometimes at the same time.

 

 

 

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

It’s hard to choose just one person. I’d love to go back in time and meet Nelson Mandela. I’ve always been a huge admirer of his grace and compassion.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Reading, watching movies with my family, going for long walks in the woods near my house. I love to cook but I hate cleaning up after.

 

 

 

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

These days, I love Game of Thrones, VEEP, Silicon Valley, Last Man on Earth, Catastrophe, and Better Caul Saul. I also love anything by Baz Luhrmann and really well-done romantic comedies.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Indian food, blue, too many types of music to mention. I always have something playing in the background while I write or cook.

 

 

 

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

Read.

 

 

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

Here lies Melanie. Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. She thanks you for making her laugh and sharing her life with her. Now, don’t just stand here, go have some fun.

 

 

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

 I sure do! Thanks for asking. My website is www.mjsummersbooks.com. All my updates can be found there, or people can sign up for my newsletter there as well.

 

Bio

MJ Summers currently resides in Edmonton, Canada, with her husband, three young children, and their goofy dog. When she’s not writing romance novels, she loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), and long walks in the woods near her house. MJ also spends a lot more time thinking about doing yoga than actually doing yoga, which is why most of her photos are taken ‘from above’. She also loves shutting down restaurants with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something. More like just staying until they turn the lights off.

MJ is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as the International Women’s Writing Guild.

MJ would love to hear from you! She does her best to respond to all inquiries and emails personally. If you would like her to attend a book club meeting via Skype please contact her to book a date.

Website:  www.mjsummersbooks.com

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Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/MJ_Summers_The_Royal_Treatment?id=ubetDgAAQBAJ

 

This has been a treat! Thanks so much, Fiona.

 

Here is my interview with Janae Stewart

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

 

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

Hi,My name is Janae Stewart. I am 37 years old.

 

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

I am Trenton, NJ

 

 

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

I am a single mother of an 11 year old son.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I have a book coming out called Beyond the Casket

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing at the age of 9.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I am glad that you asked me this question. I became a writer within 2 years ago.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book I wrote is because of my son and him writing his stories at the age of 9 years old. I stopped for a while. My son inspired me to start writing again.

 

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Sundries of A PoeticSoul. Sundries meaning the word different and PoeticSoul my poetry name.

 

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

No, I don’t have any specific writing style. No, I don’t have challenges with any writing I love any challenge.

 

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

Sundries of A PoeticSoul is mostly people I know and myself. Beyond the Casket has come from all different experience that was put together in the book.

 

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

Doing my crafts I don’t travel, before or after process.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My publisher Kim Morrow designed my book cover.

 

 

 

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

In Sundries of PoeticSoul I want people to know that there is all types of love. Beyond the Casket if anyone sees the signs of domestic violence they need to know to get out right away.

 

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

I am interested in all authors to see there writing to come up with my own stories and plots. I like any type of story it just has to be something new that grabs my attention.

 

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

I can say that my publisher herself did and also the Trenton Public Library took more into my craft.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, I can see writing as a career I do it every day anyway.

 

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

No, I wouldn’t change anything in my last book.

 

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

Yes, I did I just know how many people will not get out of a domestic situation when they see the signs.

 

 

 

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

If my book was made into no I wouldn’t like to lead

 

 
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Don’t let your haters get to you.

 

 
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I just wanted to tell my readers thank for all the support and love and helping through my success.

 

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am actually reading a book called Ice Heist

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, I don’t remember the first book I read.

 

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

For laughing I very silly so it could be almost anything. One of my family members being hurt.

 

 

 

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

Oh wow, there is so many that I would like to meet. One is Maya Angelou. I loved her poetry.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Yes, I praise dance. I am also leader to the dance ministry and I do spoken word.

 

 

 

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

I love watching reality TV. I also love watching the ID shows these shows gives inspiration to my books.

 

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

My favorite food I really don’t have one. Favorite colors I don’t have one either. I love all types of music except for metal I just can’t understand it.

 

 

 

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

If I wasn’t a writer anymore I will push more into my dancing career and give my writing career over to my son.

 

 

 

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

I never thought about that.

 

 

 

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

No, I do not have a website at this times.

https://www.amazon.com/Janae-Stewart/e/B01LX9TIDD/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1

Here is my interview with Liberty Parker

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?

 Liberty Parker…I’m 42

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

 Dallas, Tx area

 

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

I am the mother to three young men ranging from the ages of 19 to 23. I have my fur babies. Piper is a six-year-old German Shepard, Boomer is a 11-year-old black lab and my baby is three years old and she’s a German lab mix. Her name is Bella. She is special, she was hurt at three weeks of age and is paralyzed from the waist down. It’s like having a baby all over again. I had to relearn the whole changing a diaper thing. I have a wonderful husband who’ve I’ve been with for 12 years. In my previous life, I was a car insurance agent and when the hours became too much I retired early. I started blogging and reviewing for authors until a couple of my ladies talked me into giving writing a chance. That was three years ago and I haven’t stopped yet.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

 HAHA! Breaking news, I am writing a three-novel series called the Surrogacy Series…It’s three different surrogate situations gone wrong or right. Depends on who’s opinion your seeking. Rage Ryders will also be branching out and my other MC’s stories will be beginning soon. One of which will star in an anthology piece put together by Cree Davis (Nations). The Lost Devil’s Outlaws will get attention with part one of Hawk’s Last Submissive.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

 Blogging, Reviewing and Beta reading was fun. It didn’t take long though for my head to take flight into a story that was driving me crazy wanting to be told….Thanks a lot Kid! He lived inside my head until I finally put his story down on paper.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

 When my first book was pirated! LOL, seriously, you know you’ve made it when people will go to great lengths to steal your story. I do not condone or support piracy, I’m actually an advocate to stop piracy.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

 The urge to get my characters out of my head and on paper. And all my wonderful author friends who encouraged me to tell it.

 

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Taken by Lies came about because of all of the years’ worth of lies and betrayal. Taken because of a kidnapping and lies because frankly, there were a lot of them a young girl, Riley, suffered for her entire upbringing. Nothing she knew of her life was honest and real.

 

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

 My genre has been MC. Learning the culture and language is challenging in itself. I chose to make mine a combination of realistic and non-realistic of the lifestyle. I wanted some drama, romance and excitement in mine. In order to have that I needed it to be a combination of both.

 

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

 It is 100% made up in my head. I may have been influenced in my stories by other authors and what I’ve learned through them, but none that is based on any true-life event.

 

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

 I do book signings which sometimes isn’t a lot of traveling and sometimes it’s extensive traveling. I want to meet and greet my readers. Making new friends and having new readers find me is also very exhilarating.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Dark Water Covers (Tracie Douglas Rabas) has designed all but one of my covers. Taken by Rage was designed by a different cover designer by the name of Monica Langley Holloway who is an amazing photographer.

 

 

 

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

 Usually I like to put out there that if you try hard enough and never give up your HEA could be right around the corner. Life is full of surprises and sometimes you have to just go with them to find out what’s waiting for you on the other side. Life is full of curve balls.

 

 
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 several Author’s who’ve gotten my attention and I hope I can remember and do every one justice…

Hayley Faiman…her MC and Mob series is a showstopper.

Natasha Thomas…you just can’t put her books down once you start.

Vera Quinn…what can I say, she mesmerizes you from word one.

Kayce Kyle…my baby sister who is now an upcoming author with two novels released. I’m so proud of her she’s so extrememly talented it takes my breath away.

Brooke Green….Wow, wow and wow

Cree Nations…BDSM power house queen right there.

So many more, there’s just not enough room or time to name them all.

 

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

 VERA QUINN!!! Love you my dear sweet friend

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

 My dreams are for my writing to become a career. But for now I’m enjoying myself and giving readers a chance to live outside of their world and their box.

 

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

I wouldn’t change the story line…that was the story and the way they wanted it told. I would’ve however wished to have spent more time going through it. We all wish to make our books as perfect as possible for our readers. I am no acceptation to that rule.

 

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

 That Alpha males are a pain in the buttocks.

 

 

 

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

 Jensen Ackles…love him

 

 
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

 Don’t give up, get a good support system in place with other authors, groups and find yourself a good PA. They are your backbone when you feel like your crumbling.

 

 
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

 My dream for my readers is to take them away from reality and give them a fantasy. Dream big, love hard and give all indie authors a chance. Also, about me and my writing. I have dyslexia and ADD…sometimes you’ll find something that was missed from my beta’s and editors and you’ll go…UT oh, it’s a dyslexia moment

 

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

 No More Resistance…Kayce Kyle

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

 Little Women is what comes to mind.

 

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

 That’s a broad range….A good book, family, friends, t.v. and my babies…furries and human.

 

 

 

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

 My ancestors. I have Indian princess’, medicine men. I’d love to know more about a culture that has taken a hit and all but dies except in certain areas of the country.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

 Reading, I use to crochet. I seem to have lost time for what I actually used to love doing…. Dancing, loved to dance. The older I’ve gotten my feet and body are uncooperative. I used to dance competitively when I was in middle and high school.

 

 

 

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

 SUPERNATURAL baby…. that and HGTV, love to watch houses get flipped and decorated.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

 Foods: Anything Italian

Colors: Pink, purple and blue

Music: 80’s rock, country, some pop

 

 

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

 Be a stay at home wife.

 

 

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

 Mother, Wife and Entertainer.

 

 

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

 https://www.facebook.com/authorlibertyparker/

I also have a support team that gets insider information before it’s released anywhere

Liberty’s Luscious Ladies

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1153797384736487/

 https://www.amazon.com/Liberty-Parker/e/B00YHYEPBK/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1495647709&sr=1-2-ent

 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Liberty-Parker/e/B00YHYEPBK/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1495647845&sr=1-2-ent

 

 

   

Here is my interview with Barb Shuler

Name: Barb Shuler

Age: 37

Where are you from: San Antonio, Texas, but I live in South Carolina right now.

A little about yourself `ie your education Family life etc  

I’ve always been a stubborn person. It’s my inner Texan! For most of my childhood I lived in the back woods of South Carolina, but we moved back home to Texas when I was a teen. I attended school and graduated from Tom C Clark HS in San Antonio in 98. I’ve been working since I was 16, and in my short life I have had a total of 4 jobs. My current job (which was started right after high school) I have been at for 18 years. That’s a long time. lol

In general, I’m a simple gal. I like to read, watch horror movies, sew and play with my dog. Oh, and write. 🙂 I’ve always liked to make up stories, and now thanks to the support of my friends and family, I get to do that and enjoy it.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

My third book, Shatter Me Whole was released last month. It’s one that stole my heart. I shouldn’t pick favorites, it’s like picking a favorite child but that one, got me in the feels.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve liked to write since I was a kid. My grandma gave me a diary once, and that was it. I never stopped doodling.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’m not sure when, it took a while. The reality of it all sat in after my first book was released. I was 37 and finally living out one of my long time dreams, one I never thought imaginable. I have many of the people closest to me to thank for that. Without stumbling across the Indie book world, I’d never have thought I had a chance to be an author myself.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Ah, well life did. My mama was diagnosed with cancer of the lung and brain in November of 2015. That stress was unreal. We went through so much in the seven months to follow the initial finding that I picked up an old story I had started in ‘99, just to have something to focus on. I needed a positive way to deal with the roaring emotions inside me. Writing was a way to channel the anger, frustration, and worry.

I mentioned to my best friend, Emily, that I had been writing again, and it was her encouragement initially that got the ball rolling.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Not really. I have multiple books that are completed (just waiting to edit/publish) and they all seem to have a different style. My ‘voice’ changes with the story. Or it seems to be anyhow.

 

 
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Oh, there are many answers here. So far, the stories I have written, and outlined have all been inspired by different things. Some of the titles are inspired by songs. For example, My Own Nightmare, my first published work’s title was inspired by the song, Nightmare by Avenged Sevenfold. That song spoke to my character, and I thought it over… and the title was born. In a way my character was living in her own nightmare.

 

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

Maybe? I like to write strong, take-charge women, even if they don’t see that quality in themselves at first. We are all fighters. We can do any dang thing we set our minds to, we just have to believe in ourselves enough to do it. I want every woman to see that, to know it, and to feel it in their bones.

 

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

There is a lot of my books that can be attributed to life in general. Some things have come from my life, some from others and a few that I have seen but not directly affected by.

 

 
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

Hmm… now that is a good question. I love many books. I love many authors, so it’s hard to say that any one book has influenced me. I do admire the tenacity and feelings the authors I read put into their books. I guess in a small way, everything I read influences me. They say you read and write what you love.

 

 

 

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

I love books in general. I have favorites, and favorite authors (but that list is HUGE!). But one of my favorites is TAG by Shari J Ryan. That book is the one that introduced me to the world I love so much. I fell in love with the book, and the author – who is now one of my closest friends – is one of the sweetest people I know. We met because of that story. I sort of stalked her on social media… lol So she is an inspiration to me.

Anyone that knows me, knows my love for all things Stephen King. HE is the one and only author that I used to read. All through High School the love of his books grew. As an adult I was obsessed. Then I discovered others but his works have always been there to inspire me.

 

 

 

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

The Indie Book World itself. I’ve been blessed to meet so many authors through social media outlets. You have a family with this book community and there are many that would do anything and everything they can to help you.

My friends are a huge help daily. My fellow authors are amazing. Annie Anderson (for whom I can NOT live without — Sorry Shawn, LOL), Shari J Ryan, Nancee Cain, Jessa Jacobs.. and many more that I have had the pleasure of working with. They lift you up when you need it. They are the cheerleaders we all need in our corner.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Maybe one day. I’d like that very much but for now, I am content to keep it as is. I will write everyday as I have been and keep hoping more and more people fall in love with the stories I bring them.

 

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

Nothing. The story’s I bring are powerful in their own rights. They are a story that brings hope, love and the sense of family to the forefront. It’s a way to show anyone that love and happiness is possible, even if you have to fight for it. Everything is worth the fight.

 

 
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Again i have to give the credit to my grandma all those years ago for giving me that little diary to write all of my secrets into. That started it all.

 

 

 

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Sure! I have four at the moment… I’m a multi book writer (I think most of us are.)

I have:

Primal Darkness (Paranormal Romantic Suspense/Psychological Thriller)

Finding Harmony (Contemporary Romance)

Shifted (Paranormal Romance)

Rescuing Innocence (Romantic Suspense)

 

 
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Keeping up with my idea of what I should write everyday. I do less some days, do more some days. I have had to learn to follow the muse.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Not really. So far the areas I have books located in, I know well. (Most are set in some part of Texas.) I do have a Cowboy Series that is set in Wyoming. I would love to travel there but for now I have been able to get what I need from Google and the internet.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

One of my best friend, Shari J Ryan (who is a fellow author, I mentioned her before) she is my Cover Artist. She is the bomb.com, let me tell you. She is the owner of MadHat Books and does a wonderful job at taking what’s in my head and making it come to life.

 

 
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

My need to make every single detail perfect… I drive my friends and beta readers NUTS. But they love me and deal with my OCD fits and ten thousand stupid questions a day. I’d be lost without them.

 

 

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Yes. I never thought I could do it. I mean, I can write, yes. I can make up all kinds of craziness. But I never had the confidence to just let go and do it. Writing has made that insecurity somewhat a thing of the past. I know I can do anything I set my mind to (just like my grandma used to tell me). Seeing is believing, and all that.

 

 

 

 

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead.

Now, that’s a good question, depending on the book. For each book I make a “bible” that has all of the information on who that character is, and a list of who the character reminds me of.

If I had to pick one (out of the ones written) I’d have to say my first novel being turned into a movie would be a dream. For that my leads(in a perfect world) would be Katie Cassidy and Stephen Amell. They are my Dani Lynn and Drew.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

I will give the same advice given to me of over the last eleven months. Be yourself. Write with the passion burning inside you, and don’t be afraid to write what you love.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

 

Thank you! Without readers, fans, and friends I couldn’t do what I do.

 

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

 Okay at this moment (because I’m a multi book reader) is:

Undone by Brenda K Davies

Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh

Dracones Thaniel by Sheri-Lynn Marean

 

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Yes and no. It was a Golden book. The ones all of us read as kids. Most likely it was the Disney books set as. My grandparents had a set.

I remember my first “big girl read” was Stephen King’s Pet Semetary. I was eight. Lol

 

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Animal movies. Movies about losing a family member. Two words: Steal Magnolias. That is THE ugly cry movie of the century for me.

 

 

 

Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?

It’s always been a wish/hope to meet Stephen King. I mean, he is the man. I’m a huge fan and it will forever be a wish to meet him. Maybe one day, that wish will come true.

 

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

She came, she saw, she conquered.

Because I was able to break through my own insecurities and do something for me, and only me, for which I’m proud of myself.

 

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Yes, I love to sew and do crafts. They’re both relaxing to me.

 

 

 

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

Anything horror(ish) I’ll watch. TV or film. Dirty Dancing, Steel Magnolias, Pretty Woman, Footloose (both versions) and the Jurassic Park movies are on rotation in my house a lot.

I’m a HUGE TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Marvel, Transformers nut! Oh, and anything with Patrick Swayze (RIP), Keanu Reeves, Kathy Bates, Chris Hemsworth, Kevin Bacon, Chris Evans, Julia Roberts, and Liam Neeson in it!

 

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Favorite foods are: Chicken, Turkey, lasagna and pizza

Favorite Color is yellow. (Fact about me. I’m color blind, with most colors. Especially dark colors but yellow is one I can usually see with no issues.)

Favorite Music: Has and will always be country. I’m from the old school as that’s what I was raised on. Nothing beats it. Though I love other genres and such.

 

 

 

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I’ve always wanted to be a nurse or a veterinarian… both of which I can’t do because blood and people or animals in pain would slowly kill me. I’m very content with me as a person, I don’t see me wanting to change it.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

I have both. I’ve been blogging after all kinds of different things off and on  since 2010. And my websites all new and pretty.

Website > http://authorbarbshuler.com

Author blog, all about my books is > http://authorbarbshuler.blogspot.com

I also have my book blog where we do promotions and such for other authors and promotional services > Paging Through The Days (http://pagingtheoughthedays.blogspot.com <> http://facebook.com/PagingThroughTheDays)

Website ~ Facebook (Author) ~ Facebook (P)Goodreads ~ Twitter

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Here is my interview with Brandy Dorsch

 

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 Brandy Dorsch.  I am 38 years young.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

I currently live in Pittsburgh, Pa.

 

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

I am a married mother of three.  My husband and I have been married 17 years in just a few weeks.  We have two sons, ages 16 and 13 and an angel daughter that we lost a few years ago. I work for a hospital as a medical coder and I enjoy it.  I am an amazon one click hoarder.  I have several thousand books on my ipad and my TBR list will take a lifetime to work through.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I am currently getting ready for a signing in July called Kiss and Tell.  I have been invited to write in Kindle Worlds.  We are doing a project called The Bennett Witch Chronicles based on Bonnie Bennett from The Vampire Diaries.  I am excited about this.  I have a writer’s retreat that I am participating in this August.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I wrote poetry in high school but I didn’t start writing till a few years ago.  I have always created stories in my head but never thought to be a writer.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

*snort*  I don’t consider myself a writer.  I usually identify as a reader or blogger before I even think of being a writer.  I have taken some time off of writing to care for my husband and I am just starting to pick up again.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book? 

A few years ago I was selected to be part of an exclusive group that works with Avon Publishing.  I was reviewing books for them on a regular basis and started blogging.  Not long after that a group of the girls and authors decided to participate in NaNo (National Novel Writing Month).  I joined them.  I wrote my book in 9 days.

 

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Everlasting Hunger.  Actually, my youngest son came up with it.  He thought it sounded “vampirey.”

 

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

I don’t feel like I have a particular style.  I currently write paranormal romance.  The difficulty with this genre is trying to find something a little different to make your book or characters unique to everything else that is out there.

 

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

Very little.  When I was struggling to figure out what to write, my husband reminded me to write what I wanted to read and that is where Everlasting Hunger came from.

 

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

No, I don’t do any traveling for them.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Rachel Mizer over at Shoutlines Designs.  She did the covers for Everlasting Hunger and Eternal Beginnings.  Jena Gregoire designs my websites and she did the cover to the #AmWriting book that I am involved in.

 

 

 

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

Just to have fun and that not everything has to be the way society dictates.

 

 


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 live in the world of Indie writers.  There is always someone new that I am discovering.  I don’t have one favorite writer.  There are too many that I love to read over and over again.  I just finished the final book in the Fallen Crest Series by Tijan.  She amazes me with the way her characters have developed over the series.  I am a huge fan of Julia Quinn and her Bridgerton Series

 

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

There have been a lot of people who have encouraged me to follow my dream of being a writer.  I had a boss a few years ago that allowed me to write at work on my downtime.  He always told me that he admired that I was willing to step out of my box and do something extraordinary.  He passed away from cancer at 33 but I still think of him often.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

LOL! Not for me.  I sell books every month with Amazon but not anything that would allow me to do more than go to the movies.

 

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

Well, I am currently working on five books so at this point there isn’t anything I would change.  I like the direction that they are heading,

 

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

Yes, I am a pantser.  This means that I just sit down and start writing.  I have learned that I need to find a way to be more organized with my writing and outlines.

 

 

 

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

Honestly, I have never thought about it.  If it was optioned I think it would be better for tv than a movie.  I would love to see Stephen Amell in the role of Jasper.

 

 
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Believe in yourself.  It is easy to see reviews and think that you are a failure or that you should quit but just remember that opinions are like a$$holes, everyone has one.  You don’t have to live your life based on someone else’s opinion of your work.

 

 
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Don’t give up on me.  I know it has been awhile since I have published everything but I am getting there.

 

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now? 

Nothing at the moment.  I have several that I need to review but haven’t decided yet.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, I don’t.  I do remember that I picked up my first Harlequin at 10 and I never looked back.

 

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My kids and my friends make me laugh.  My husband’s battle with cancer makes me cry.

 

 

 

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

I would like to meet Joan of Arc.  She was an amazingly powerful and strong woman.  She faced difficulties that would have broken many people but she stood fierce in her beliefs.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Reading is my hobby.  There is nothing better than a hot bubble bath, a glass of wine and a good book.

 

 

 

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

I am a TV/Movie junkie.  I love all the Marvel films, romantic comedies, Dramas, anything horror based (especially Wes Craven movies) anything by Joss Whedon, and pretty much anything that catches my eye.

 

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Coffee is a food group for me.  I love chocolate and pizza.  Sushi is a must have as well.  I am an eclectic when it comes to music.  I listen to everything from CCR to Justin Bieber.  I love Halestorm.  They are one of my favorite bands.

 

 

 

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

I would continue to read and support all of the amazing authors that I have grown to adore over the years.

 

 

 

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

Nothing.  I plan on being cremated.

 

 

 

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

 

They can follow my author stuff at brandydorsch.com.  If they want to follow my review blog it is romancebookworm.com.  I also run a blog that sends out daily emails with sales and bargains on paranormal and urban fantasy books.  It can be followed at paranormalandurbanfantasybargains.com.

My personal FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/brandy.dorsch

Author page:

https://www.facebook.com/authorbrandydorsch/

Blog Pages:

https://www.facebook.com/RomancebookwormsReviews/

https://www.facebook.com/paranormalandurbanfantasybargains/

Twitter handles:

@romancebookworm

@pufbargains

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Link to Everlasting Hunger: http://amzn.to/2rec7zI

Eternal Beginnings: http://amzn.to/2qSoU9Q

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Brandy-Dorsch/e/B00EHIM716/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1495565597&sr=1-2-ent

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me!  I am beyond grateful!

 

Here is my interview with Suzie Lockhart

Name Suzie Lockhart

Age 51…ugh

Where are you from Pittsburgh, PA

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc

Born in 1966, I was adopted by a lovely older couple who had tried to have a baby for 20years. I discovered a love for writing in 5th grade, and was highly encouraged by many English teachers to WRITE! But I was also good at art… I graduated from Norwin Senior High School in the fun & fabulous 80’s, and a little later that decade, graduated from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. I was a ‘Jack—or Jill-lol—of all trades; I worked in retail, then back at the Art Institute as an Admissions Rep. After my third baby, I freelanced as a caricature artist, a Pampered Chef Representative, and a jewelry designer. It was after I had my fourth child, my only daughter, that writing called me home.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

In elementary school, I was painfully shy, and often bullied. In the fifth grade, I had an amazing English teacher who helped bring me out of my shell…through writing!

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

 

When I got my 1st story, ‘Instinct’ published in Dark Moon Digest’s ‘‘’Frightmares: A Fistful of Flash Fiction Horror’. I was able to let my mom, who supported my writing 100%, know I finally was going to be published…two days before she passed away.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

That is something I am still working on. A few years ago, my middle son & business partner, Bruce and I completed an 85,000 word YA novel. A few agents requested the manuscript, but ultimately, they turned it down. The initial idea has changed and evolved, and we are working on something new. It is also a Young Adult book, but is top secret for now.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I have written Horror, Young Adult, Dark Fantasy, and I just sold my first Erotica short story—under a pseudonym. Together, Bruce and I have about 50 short stories published, and have edited several anthologies. Three of those placed in the top ten in the P&E Readers’ Poll.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

We came home from vacationing in our favorite spot, Wildwood, New Jersey. We were refreshed, and discussed in detail what we felt we needed. Let’s just say…we went from really hot to really cold.

 

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

The novel will deal a lot with people fearing what they don’t understand.

 

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

There will be parts drawn from real life experiences. I can say no more.

 

 
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

J.K. Rowling.

 

 

Fiona: Are there any newauthors that have grasped your interest and who  is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

As mentioned above, J.K. Rowling. There are other authors whose work I greatly admire, such as: Robin Wasserman, M.R. Carey, Stephenie Meyer, Lisa McMann, and Scott Westerfield.  Right now, reading submissions for ‘Killing It Softly, volume 2’, I have read so many outstanding stories that it is hard to narrow down to just a few authors. Besides, I don’t like to play favorites-lol!

 

 

 
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My good friend and former neighbor, Lesley Boatright. She is a busy teacher and mom, yet she took the time to read not only quite a few of my short stories, but our entire young adult manuscript. My Aunt Gloria and birthmother, Linda, also took time out of their hectic lives! Thank you all!

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Writing and Editing, yes.

 

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

I would write it faster!

 

 
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Through the encouragement of my 5th grade teacher.

 

 

 

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Due to the success of the first volume of ‘Killing It Softly’, my publisher, Digital Fiction Publishing decided to do a second volume. I just completed reading submissions for #2! I am also working on a poetry anthology for Lycan Valley Press.

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Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Not trying to edit my work as I go. And writing something every day.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The publishers I work for take care of that.

 

 
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Imagining the future.

 

 
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

We were so naïve writing our first manuscript! I miss that, however…it’s much more difficult now.

 

 

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead

No way! I’d rather be behind the scenes!

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t. Give. Up…!!!

 

 
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you!

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

‘The Ones’

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Nancy Drew…all of them!

 

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I like ‘Inside Voice’ humor. I hate to cry.

 

 

 

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

Of course, I’d love the opportunity to take a stroll with Jesus Christ, as I am a born-again Christian. However, the slightly darker side of me would love to meet Mary Shelley…I am a true oxymoron!

 

 

 

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

Something nice. I often feel as if I do and say the wrong thing. We recently memorialized my Grandfather, who was a WWII vet…a paratrooper. He was an amazing guy; everyone adored him. He had a great sense of humor, and a sunny disposition. It made me want to be better…

 

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

I make jewelry sometimes. I love to read, naturally.

 

 

 

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

That list is LONG!!! Walking Dead, Homeland, Scorpion, Better Call Saul, I Zombie, Billions, Orphan Black…The best movie I saw this past year was ‘The Arrival’. Brilliant!

 

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Mack’s Pizza in Wildwood, New Jersey. Black. I like a wide variety of music, from Sam Cook to Aerosmith to Lady Gaga.

 

 

 

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

An artist. Or a football player. A wide receiver, to be exact. If I was a guy. A big, fast, strong one.

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

I mostly promote through Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Suzie-Lockhart-authoreditor-519626704905620/

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Here is my interview with Martin Ferguson

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?

 Martin Ferguson and I turned 30 earlier this year.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I currently live in Norwich, England, but have previously lived in Nottingham and London for a few years at a time.

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

I studied Business Management at Nottingham Trent University and currently work as an Urgent & Emergency Care Manager in the NHS. I am married and expecting my first child in September (keeping the gender a surprise).

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I am very excited that the second book in my series Relic Hunters will be out on 1st June. It is called Curse of the Sands.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing as a way to avoid studying – especially around exam times. Over the years I wrote more and more, releasing a few novels and short stories under the pseudonym of Edward Drake. Then I came up with the idea of Relic Hunters, contacted Little Bird Publishing and the rest is history.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I first held the paperback copy of Eagle of the Empire, book one of the Relic Hunters series.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I wanted to write something that I myself would enjoy. I had been through a period of starting and stopping a number of books that I just could not get into – so I decided to give writing a go myself. Believe me, it was a lot harder than I thought. What really encouraged me to give writing a go with the Relic Hunters series was a knee injury that prevented me from football and running. I focussed all my attention to writing – initially as just a method of staying sane whilst I healed up. In a way that injury was a blessing in disguise.

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The titles for the books and the series as a whole are pretty self-explanatory. The series revolves around a group of treasure seekers working for the British Museum in London. The first entry, Eagle of the Empire,revolved around the team seeking out a Roman Legion Eagle standard. The second entry coming out on 1st June, Curse of the Sands, is about the discovery of a mysterious pyramid and the terrible dangers awaiting the explorers within.

 

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

I would not say that I have a particular writing style. I just try to entertain the reader. I try to not plan everything out – the plot, the characters, etc., but I’m afraid it does usually turn out that way simply to tie everything together and make sure I don’t forget anything. I find the biggest challenge is generally finding the time to write. With a full-time job and a baby on the way – I don’t think this challenge is going to get any easier!

 

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

I wish the books were based on experiences in my own life! That would be amazing. Sadly this is not the case and I guess the stories are wish fulfilment for me.

 

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

I do try to visit all the locations that feature in my stories. In preparation for Eagle of the Empire I visited the British Museum in London, Loch Lomond in Scotland, Rome and Pompeii in Italy and Vatican City. This was all before and during the process of writing the book.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My publisher Little Bird Publishing designed the covers and I could not be happier with them.

 

 

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

There are a few messages throughout the stories; trust, family and never giving up on what you seek no matter the setbacks.

 

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

I am currently reading A Hole in The Ice by fellow Little Bird author McCallum Morgan. I’m about halfway through and its proving to be an excellent mix of epic fantasy, historical and steampunk all rolled into one.

My all-time favourite author has always been Bernard Cornwell. The characters he creates are extremely relatable, despite the time settings, and the way he describes battles have you feeling like you are actually there in the midst of it all.

 

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

Really I cannot thank Little Bird Publishing enough. They helped and are still helping me to develop as a writer and without them none of my stories would ever see the light of day.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I would love for writing to be a full-time career for me and hopefully it will be in the future. For now I use every minute I have spare to work on the Relic Hunters series and develop my writing.

 

 

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

I would maybe add in a few little details and conversations that I have thought of since. I know that a lot of writers don’t like reading their previous books as they see things that they would change – to be honest I think I am going to be very similar.

 

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

Book two was a lot harder to write than book one. I guess in a way it’s the same for musicians and their infamous second album. For book two I wanted to expand the world of the series and introduce new characters but it quickly became a balancing act of expanding but not taking the focus away from the original roster of protagonists.

 

 

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

The lead protagonist in the Relic Hunters series is Adam Hunter, 17 years old, rebellious, reckless and always eager for an adventure.If the series was made into a film I think the casting for Adam Hunter would need to be someone like Taron Egerton (though I know he is currently 27). It would need to be someone with a bit of edge to them but heart too.

 

 
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Do not be afraid to tell others that you write or what you write about. It truly is an amazing thing to dedicate yourself and your time to writing and it is something to be proud of. Above all though, write. Write and make mistakes – it is the only way we learn!

 

 

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Just that I hope they enjoy what I have written so far and that I have a lot of big plans for the next few books in the Relic Hunters series.

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

A Hole in The Ice by fellow Little Bird author McCallum Morgan.

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The first book I can remember reading was the Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks – a great story about a magic cupboard that could bring plastic figures and toys to life (this was before Toy Story hit the cinemas).

As a young adult it was Sharpe’s Eagle by Bernard Cornwall. It is still to date my favourite book of all time.

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Sadly it is usually the inappropriate things that make me laugh – like my nephew accidently tripping over and landing face first in the mud. For crying – I must admit there were tears when I first felt my baby kick – I’ve no idea what I will be like when they are finally born!

 

 

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

I always wanted to meet Muhammad Ali. His charisma and energy always impressed me and I used his example a few times during my own running training and in life, specifically; ‘Don’t count the days, make the days count’.

The British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is a good one too – to ask him what it was like to lead your country when it was on the brink of annihilation during the Second World War.

I would love to see my grandad again too. He passed away a few years ago – before I was married or saw any of my books published. He always encouraged me and I would love to speak to him again and tell him all that has happened.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Outside of writing I am a keen runner and occasionally play football when my team needs me. The knee injury I mentioned before was inflicted during a game of football. I was told by surgeons that the damage was so great that I would never run or play sports again and that there were no medical/surgical options. I was determined to prove them wrong and though it took a long time I was able to recover enough to run again. I then sought to prove myself further by participating in running challenges; first 5kms, 10kms, half marathons and then this year the Greater Manchester Marathon. I still return to play football when needed but I am always cautious of damaging the injury even further.

 

 

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

At the moment I have been watching a mix of historical / fantasy TV shows; Game of Thrones, Vikings, Black Sails, The Walking Dead and Arrow/Flash. I enjoy films that are much the same enjoying this year’s Star Wars Rogue One, King Arthur and Guardians of the Galaxy Volume Two.

 

 

Fiona: Favourite foods, colours, music?

Food: Depends on the mood but Spaghetti Bolognaise, British Sunday Roast or Sweet & Sour Chicken Chinese takeaway.

Colours: Red and white (Arsenal fan)

Music: Foo fighters or 30 Seconds to Mars

 

 

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

I really don’t know, maybe more running or more of a return to playing football again. To be honest out of those options I would rather be writing.

 

 

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

Something like Spike Milligan’s ‘I told you I was ill’.

 

 

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

I have my Facebook Author page and my website. There is also the Little Bird Publishing website for updates as well and my books are available on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

Martin Ferguson Author Facebook Page

Martin Ferguson Author Website

Little Bird Publishing Website

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

 

 

Here is my interview with Michael Seidel

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?

Michael Seidel, sixty years and a couple hundred days old.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

 I was born in Virginia in the US. I was a military brat, though, so I’ve lived all over the U.S., and then I was in the military and lived and traveled the world. I now live in southern Oregon.

 

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

­Retired from the  U.S. Air Force after twenty years in 1995. I’ve been married for forty-two years and now live in Ashland, Oregon, held hostage by four male cats. IF YOU CAN READ THIS, PLEASE SEND CAT KIBBLE. I did stints in Silicon Valley in the SF Bar Area with medical device and computer security startups, and then fifteen years with IBM, ending my relationship with them in 2015.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I completed a draft of another science fiction novel, “Incomplete States,” last week. I’m editing and revising it now. After it’s published, I’ll return to writing “Personal Lessons with Savanna,” the third novel in that mystery series. I’m looking forward to writing it because Studs begins to more sharply question his mysterious years that seemed inaccessible to him while struggling to maintain separation from his dead girlfriend’s persona that’s residing in him.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’d finished reading a fantasy novel and thought, “I can write something better than this.” I was so arrogant, I believed it would be easy. I’ve since learned that even a crappy novel requires skill, discipline, and talent to write.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’d submitted a short story to Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. George Scithers was the editor. He wrote me a very nice personal rejection letter. From then on, I thought of myself as a writer. I believe that he probably wrote many of those letters, but I accepted that it was personal, and for that, I’m eternally grateful to Scithers. His rejection encouraged me to keep writing.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Well, let’s address the first published book, “Returnee.” It is, in essence, a survival story. Based on the future, multiple ideas inspired it. One was the increased use of cell phones and social media, and the increasing need for people to constantly be in touch with one another. A flawed Microsoft update that screwed up computers using Windows Vista, 7, or 8 came out. Getting it fixed required a rollback. At the same time, a new virus was rolling out there, causing issues. I was then contemplating the idea that people are embedded with augmented digital storage, and use virtual assistants as their memory, sex, as therapists, etc.

That led to the idea that a fourth-waver named Brett had a flawed update to his neural-ware and bio-ware. Combined with an accident in space, database errors, and some elapsed time, corrections and repairs eluded him. ‘Fourth-wavers’ is the future term for those people who inhabit a planet for a set period of time after terra-forming to ensure the planet is safe, an over-reaction to one disaster.

 

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I’ll address my first novel for that question.

Returnee works as a term in multiple applications in the novel. In the primary plot, Brett was a Returnee to Earth due to the database error – a place that he didn’t want to go to, because he was a fourth-waver – and he was a Returnee to the corporation he worked for after an extended absence. As there was a huge gap in his knowledge and his functions due to the flawed update, he was also a Returnee to being himself. In the secondary plot, Kimi was a Returnee after being in stasis without his knowledge.

 

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

My style tends toward the fluid. I like stream-of-consciousness thinking and epiphanies.

 

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

Well, “Returnee” is based on disastrous software updates that take place, and the ongoing challenge to secure systems and data against hacking. Yet, as it gets more complicated and embedded in our existences, we expose ourselves to greater risk. Technology and its related security is a risk/reward conundrum.

 

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

No, sadly.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Me.

 

 

 

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

Nothing is ever as it seems, and people have separate perceptions and memories about events, and different plans than what they might reveal.

 

 
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 question of a favorite among anything is difficult; favorite, to me, varies by my needs as a person at a given time, so it’ll fluctuate. Sometimes I’ll weary of a writer. But the few whose books I consistently look forward to more than others are Michael Chabon, Tana French, Kate Atkinson, Patrick Rothfuss, Neil Gaiman, C.J. Sansome, and Louise Erdrich. While the others are merely brilliant, Louise is a stunning writer. Her words flow like water, sometimes hard and thunderous or soft and smooth, but always fluid. I strive for that fluid prose. She’s also an insightful story-teller.

 

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

My ‘writing group’. There were a few of us pursuing publication in Ashland, Oregon, and we met, not to seek or give critiques, but to chat as writers about the challenges of writing and publishing. It was uplifting to discover others going through the same tribulations as me.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes. It is a career, and I plan to continue it as a career.

 

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

Well, it’s still in editing and revision, so I don’t have an insight into anything like that yet.

 

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

Writing is like a river. Some stretches are more challenging than others, but all of it must be endured to finish. Just keep going. I also learned more about quantum physics.

 

 

 

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

Again, addressing “Returnee,” I’d like to cast Toby Maguire or Sam Rockwell as Brett. I can see either of them fumbling through crashing on Earth and struggling to survive and get their neural-ware and bio-ware updated.

 

 
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

First, read. Read, read, read. Reading always massages and stimulates my writing urges.

There’s no formula or magic. Find your style and your process. Write for yourself, be true to yourself, be patient and persevere. Whatever. Who am I to give advice on this?

 

 
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Yeah, if you read my books, you’re embracing complications, but that’s my take on life. Life and getting through the days is complicated. Meetings and efforts are filled with half-understood, half-explained, and half-assed facts and misunderstandings. We don’t know nearly as much as we think we do, and that’s what the novels are all about, regardless of the genre.

 

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

An old one, “The Shadow of the Wind.”

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?Not really. The first title that comes to mind is “Sabre Jet Ace.”

 

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Stories of murder, stupidity, discrimination, abuse and cruelness make me cry. I laugh at a lot of things.

 

 

 

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

My father as a teenager. I can’t learn anything about his youth, so I’d like to meet the sixteen-year-old version of him to see who he was. Maybe then I can begin to understand more about who he is.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Feeding and herding cats, drinking beer to relax from feeding and herding cats, reading, home improvement projects, walking, and taking care of cats. I like to travel, but I have cats.

 

 

 

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

“American Gods,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Justified,” “Bosch,” “Raised By Wolves,”“Jack Irish,” “The Expanse,” “Dark Matters,” “Game of Thrones,” “Westworld,” “Rake” (Aussie version with Richard Roxburgh), “The Preacher,” “Into the Badlands,” and “The Americans.” That’s a partial list.

 

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Blueberry pie, purple, classic rock and R&B – Bowie, the Who and the Stones, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy, the Cranberries, and U2 – you get the idea.

 

 

 

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

 Read. Drink beer, paint,and travel. Either that, or become a pro football player. Or a beach bum. It depends on what the cats will allow.

 

 

 

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

 I don’t plan to have one. I want to be cremated, and then use my ashes as kitty litter to reduce my carbon footprint. I think my cats would appreciate that.

 

 

 

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

I certainly do!

Blog – Michael Seidel, Writer

On Facebook – feel free to friend me.

Amazon author page – My novels are all listed on this page:

“Returnee” (Science Fiction)

“Life Lessons with Savanna” and “Road Lessons with Savanna” (Mystery series)

“Everything Not Known” (Science Fiction)

 

Thanks for the opportunity, Fiona!

Here is my interveiw with Clifton Kenny

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

 

Hey Fiona. Thanks for this opportunity.

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

 

Clifton Kenny, I am 57.

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

 

I am originally from Burlington Vermont.

 

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

 

I studied science, music, and education. I taught high school science for 20 years, now I’m loving retirement in sunny San Diego where I write and give music lessons. – In between dog runs on the beach.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

 

I am having fun helping a new young writer in our little group, Clifton Kenny Publishing. Emerson Gamble is authoring the first installment of our YA series, titled Bad Luck Zach. It’s fun to just be supportive and throw my two cents in here and there as an editor/publisher/mentor.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I can remember back in my school days, the long writing assignments that made all the kids groan were always something I could rattle off easily. In high school, college, and grad school, I got a more than a few comments from professors that I should be a writer. I always brushed it off. Once I realized my adult ADD was not going away, I started writing when I had to wait for my girls to get ready to go out, when I couldn’t sleep, and when my wife was busy working on her master’s degree. An odd reason to start writing maybe, but the bug bit me hard, and I just kept at it.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Well, I remember when I got a preliminary copy of the first edition of Reflections in the mail, and on the back cover it was stamped “PROOF.” I snapped a pick and posted a cheesy line about having proof that I’m a real author. That was the moment!

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I remember being on long runs when my imagination would wander. I would people-watch, and wonder what traits they got from their ancestors, what stories their family line might hold, and how it would make a good book. I’m a closet history buff and a science fiction fan, so those elements were fun to explore. Once the plot kind of took off in my head, the northeastern edge and theological philosophy just seemed to fit perfectly based on places I have lived and experiences I’ve had.

 

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I just kept it simple and went for less is more. Shane’s ability needed a name, and I like the alternative definitions of the word reflection.

 

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

I don’t know that I have a specific style, but one element that is important to my writing is authentic dialogue. I want my characters’ voices to be raw and real; if they used slang, improper grammar, or didn’t pronounce word endings in that area or time period, I want the reader to see that. This can make for a lot of research when characters from different time periods speak different versions of old English. I also like to develop characters whose intelligence might seem surprising or unlikely to most readers. Homeless vets, tough kids from the ‘hood, shy awkward types . . . it always feels rewarding to reveal their hidden intellect.

 

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

I used some of my own teenage experiences to sketch out Shane’s life. I had a paper route, I was the youngest, and lived in Boston and the Vermont islands. I also definitely resurrected some memories of high school and college friends, those times when being an almost-adult can be very R-rated. I had a friend with four brothers whose house earned the title of ‘Hotel,” after their family name due to overnight parties that were frequently held there, so I borrowed that dynamic of an innocent good-hearted kid being immersed in the older teens’ party scene. I also took from experiences playing soccer in a seriously competitive soccer town, and being moved up early to be the youngest on the team.

 

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

I have not had to travel for my writing yet, but I have focused on places I have lived in a few different projects. If my writing ever supports more traveling, that would be sweet!

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I found a connection by networking with friends of friends. They connected me to a great artist in a company called Serebral 360. I am very happy with it!

 

 

 

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

I have promoted some book blurbs on social media in the past with the hash tag #historyplusscienceequalsfaith. I think faith in God, fate, kharma, the universe and most religions can embrace science as an evolving, best possible way to explain miracles with irrefutable evidence. –And that history can explain the human condition and give validity to countless generations of faith. The lead characters of Reflections portray the viewpoints of history, science, and faith in a way that creates a balanced equation. It’s enlightening to see how intertwined these elements can be.

 

 
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 most recent addition to my list of favorites would be R.J. Palacio. Otherwise I lean on the classics like C.S. Lewis, J.D. Salinger, mixed with some historic fiction and nonfiction, some musician types’ autobiographies, and a few graphic novels here and there. My all-time favorite book has got to be Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. I remember reading that in high school because I had to, and discovering like, hey! This dude is real! Finally a genuine character I can relate to!

 

 


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

The San Diego Writer’s/Editor’s Guild or SDWEG recommended my manuscript of Reflections for publication through their manuscript evaluation process. They also published a short story of mine in their annual anthology titled The Guilded Pen. That story is currently in the works to become a children’s book with a very talented illustrator on board, so I am pretty psyched about that project!

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Sure, but more of a second career, and/or retirement project. I started in my late forties, and was surprised how much I really loved it. The learning curve takes a while before it ever turns a profit. It’s an exciting, interesting journey, and it lets me dream big dreams, but they take time.

 

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

That is a tempting question because of this dilemma: I didn’t start writing with selling a ton of books in mind. I started writing because it is really fun to write selfishly. By that I mean writing stories and characters that are intriguing for me to imagine, design, research, and develop. A novel that has a young athletic teen with a supernatural ability, genuine friends, science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction elements, a party house, a handful of R-rated taboo scenes, and a theme of developing religious faith amidst good versus evil sounds like a blast to read… to me. And it was a blast to write, but I’m not sure if it is mainstream enough for everyone to want to run out and buy a copy. –With that being said, I guess my answer is . . . hell no! I wouldn’t change a thing. The minute I try to market the mainstream, it stops being fun to write.

 

 


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

I learned so much! Another reward for writing projects that require a lot of research – I get to flex those lifelong learner muscles. I was surprised how events in American history I researched now have more current, alternative possible explanations that were never in the age-old, patriotic textbooks we learned from growing up. It’s like every thing now has a Zinn-ist slant if you look for it. I have also noticed that truly good science fiction is based on a fair amount of true science, so it was cool to research genetics and mapping the human genome to back up Shane’s ability.

 

 

 

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

Maybe a Grayson Russell or a Daryl Sabara could pull off The Shane Sullivan character. He needs an old-school kind of persona to fit in to 1970s New England culture, with a young look that holds a hint of wisdom. It also depends on how tall they are.

 

 
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write what you love, otherwise what’s the point?

 

 


Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

A Reflections sequel, our YA premiere titled Bad Luck Zach, part three of our short story series The Navigator, and our first children’s book are all in the works! It’s an exciting time at Clifton Kenny Publishing. J You can follow us on social media links found on the blog here:

https://cliftonkennypublishing.wordpress.com
 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m on Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper, good stuff. Oh, and I just read Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons to my Grandson. Man, that cat is cool! It’s all good!

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Not exactly, but one early memory of a first chapter book I read on my own was when I read Charlotte’s Web. It was unforgettable to get to the end of that story and get a lump in my throat when Charlotte died. What a connection for a young reader like me to feel genuine sadness for an old dead spider!

 

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I like goofy comedies, Adam Sandler-type movies for a good laugh. The San Diego Padres make me cry.

 

 

 

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

I’d love to meet all my great grandparents. I love how stories keep our family line alive, and it would be amazing to get perspective on how my family existed a century ago. This fits well with the theme of Reflections, and Shane’s ability to see people’s family history through their ancestor’s eyes. I even mentioned my great grandparents in the dedication. It’s fun to wonder about where, or who you came from.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I play guitar, a little piano, a little bass, and I have a group of soccer buddies for pick-up games. We try to stay in shape. Try being the key word there.

 

 

 

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

I love Star Trek shows and movies, Marvel and DC shows and movies, and Star Wars flicks, to name a few.

 

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

I like Baja cuisine, Italian food, the color blue for my baby blues, and many genres of music including Celtic folk rock, classic rock, blues, jazz, and jam bands; namely the Grateful Dead and Phish.

 

 

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

I would play out and try to be a musician.

 

 

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

This dude married up, worked hard, and had fun.

 

 

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

Here it is: https://cliftonkennypublishing.wordpress.com/  Thanks a ton!

https://www.amazon.com/Clifton-Kenny/e/B0045X2VZ0

https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/clifton-kenny/id1042901277?mt=11 ALL iBOOKS EDITIONS ARE CURRENTLY FREE!

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/reflections-clifton-kenny/1122691432?type=eBook

 

 

Here is my interview with Marsha Black

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?

Marsha Black and I’m in my mid 30’s

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

Virignia

 

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

I am currently taking college classes to get a degree in Web Design and Development. I have two kids. One is 16 and the other is a year old, both are boys.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I am currently working on my first book. It’ll wind up being a trilogy, and I have some ideas for spin off books concerning it as well as a prequel.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always enjoyed writing, even back in elementary school. I started back up and actually am working on finishing my current WIP thanks to all the indie authors I’ve met and befriended.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I feel that everyone who takes the time to write is a writer. It doesn’t matter if you are published or if only you have read your works.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve always been interested in the paranormal and I’m not a fan of writing sex scenes, so paranormal YA is what I’m going for. Indie authors and their support are what has inspired me to start back writing a book I had started writing about 12 years ago.

 

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It’s pretty self-explanatory. Triplet sisters that are cursed. Hope’s story is about Hope’s story, her part of the curse and what she does about it.

 

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

To be truthful, I don’t. Once I have an idea of what I want to write, I sit at my laptop and just let it come out. There are somethings if I’m undecided, I do ask for other people’s opinions, but outside of that I just let it flow through my fingers to be typed.

 

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

None of the book is realistic or based on anyone. It’s all just ideas and portrayals of people from inside my head.

 

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

I don’t travel at all, I may use normal states, but I usually make up the town. I’m not worried about being specific as it’s just a story, no realty is based on it.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I did for the most part. Did have some help from another indie author who writes as well named Veronique Poirier.

 

 

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

No, I just want readers to be interested and if it helps them to escape reality, if that’s what’s needed, then that is all I ask for.

 

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

I’ve met a lot of new authors that in one way or another their books have tickled my fancy. I would have to say Nora Roberts is my favorite as she was the first author I really remember reading. I’m really big on her Key of Trilogy books. Find them fascinating.

 

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

All of the indie authors that I have met through Facebook are all so supportive and help so much in keeping me going as a writer.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I would love to write as a career if my books are liked well enough.

 

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

At this point I would say no, however I am only about a quarter to a third of the way through it 😊

 

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

I learned my grammar is horrible. LOL. But that is what editors are for. I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is that there’s a lot more to writing a book than you would think.

 

 

 

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

Good question! I absolutely have no idea. I’m just trying to get the book done 😊

 

 
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Don’t let anything stand in your way if you truly want to be a writer. Take into consideration what your readers would like to read, while keeping in mind what holds your interest. If you try and write books that don’t hold your interest, it will show to the readers.

 

 
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Only that once my book is available to order, that they purchase it and leave reviews if they find it catches their fancy.

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am currently reading The Moorigad Dragon written by: Debra Kristi

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I honestly don’t. I’ve always been an avid reader and even in elementary school I would read all the way through our reading books, not just the stories we had to read for the class.

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My kids make me do both. Family is good for a laugh. Cry, when something bad happens to kids. It’s hard for me to watch or see on the news, movie, read about something bad ending up to a child. Especially if they are around my own kids age as I think, what if this was them and it upsets me.

 

 

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

Ian Somerhalder, because he’s just so hot!

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Reading, watching T.V, spending time with my kids. I sometimes crochet and have sewn a little(still learning so really bad at it.)

 

 

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

Castle, Bones, The Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time, Baby Daddy, Young and Hungry, Lethal Weapon, Red Sonja, the XXX movies, RED, Kickboxer and so many more.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Junk food, chocolate, burgers, steak, fries lol. My favorite colors are black and red. I listed to an eclectic of music. Just depends on my mood at the time.

 

 

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

As I mentioned before I am taking classes for web design and development, so will probably go/stay in that field.

 

 

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

Random much? I would have to say probably. Loved by all and who brought special meaning into the lives of those she left behind.

 

 

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

I am working on creating a website, but don’t really have too much on it until I get this book published. Then I plan on doing a whole lot of stuff with it.