Here is my interview with Kimberley O’Malley

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 there! I’m Kimberley O’Malley, and don’t you now you should never ask a lady her age? LOL! 52 next month…

 Fiona: Where are you from?

 I am from Scranton, Pennsylvania originally, but I live near Charlotte, NC now.

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

I grew up as the youngest and only girl…a position I loved and abused daily. I was raised by a single Mom and my Grandmother, two very strong women, even though they didn’t see themselves that way. I went to undergraduate at Saint Joseph’s University (The Hawk will never die!) in Philadelphia. I have been married almost 24 years, and we have two children. They’re both in high school, which is less fun than it sounds.

 Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

 Coming Back, the last in my Contemporary Romance series, Windsor Falls, releases on October 30th. Woo Hoo!! This is my 9th book. I also hope to release my next Cozy Mystery by the end of 2019.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I never meant to be a writer. I was however a voracious reader my whole life. In 2002, we waited to adopt our oldest child from Russia. And by wait, I mean just that. Everyday, we waited for the phone to ring telling us it was our turn to travel. We’d been told to expect to go by the beginning of July. We went at the end of September. By mid-July, I was losing it. One day, I came home from work and started writing. No intention. No plan. Just started doing that everyday, and I’d written 110,000 words in 3 weeks. If only I could do that now…but writing was therapy for me. I never did anything with it until we moved to NC in 2015 then published that first book, Coming Home, in 2017.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Great question! Writing has always come easily to me. I made money in college fixing other people’s awful papers. I remember the first time I saw my very first published paperback. I may have cried. But the very first time was probably at the Romantic Times conference in Atlanta in 2017. Coming Home had been out about 6 weeks. I checked in and then got on the elevator, and as I was putting my name tag thing around my neck, the person next to me said, “Oh, you’re an author!” I looked behind me. Mind you, there were only the two of us in the elevator. But hearing it aloud, for the first time, was phenomenal.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

See above. Writing was an escape or therapy for me.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Titles have always been easy for me. They sort of just come to me. Not so much for blurbs…

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

I am a pantser, by which I mean I do not outline ahead of time. When I start a new book, I pretty much know how it starts and ends. The rest is up in the air. Things come to me as I wrote. In fact, I’m always afraid it won’t come to me anymore. The challenge lies in time management. I work full time and have a family, so finding the time is tough.

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

The story itself is all me. I do borrow heavily from real life. I take bits and pieces of people and things I know and see. For instance, I LOVE flip flops. You just might find a few of my characters wearing them.

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

I love to travel and do as much as I can. I love to see new places and meet new people. Again, I incorporate everything I see into my books. We went to Hawaii this summer, and I decided on the planeride there that I needed to set a book there.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

All my covers are designed by the amazing Rebecca Pau of The Final Wrap. She’s brilliant and fabulous, and I would be lost without her.

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

My Contemporary Romances involve a lot of the daily things that people go through; all the difficulties. But they always have a happy ending. That’s why we read, right? For the feels and the HEA? I also write strong female characters, which I think is important. Heroines shouldn’t be sitting around waiting for a hero to rescue them. Sometimes, like in my Saving Quinn, the hero needs rescuing.

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

My best source of support is other Indie authors. I have a great bunch of other women who write. And even though most of us are far apart from each other, we all know we are there for each other.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I would love to write full time. That’s not an option for me currently. Maybe someday…

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

Hmmm…this new release has been the hardest to write by far. But that’s because I was writing it last summer when my Mom died. The book centers around a woman who lost her love and struggles to come back to her life. Writing about grief while living it proved impossible. I am so happy to have finally finished it.

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

 Perseverance

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

 HAHA!! Wouldn’t that be great? Somebody very tall and blonde. Maybe Nicole Kidman???

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Listen to Nike; just do it. We are our own worst enemies. Sit down and write. Do it daily. Keep pushing yourself.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

The fact that anyone wants to read a book I have written continued to blow me away. I hope it always will. Readers have no idea how much effect they have on authors.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I recently discovered Annie Dyer, who is the bomb! I inhaled her Callaghan Green series and have now moved onto her Severton Search & Rescue series.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Not specifically, but it probably had a horse or dog in it. I very clearly remember the Misty of Chincoteague series by Marguerite Henry.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I laugh constantly. I find the world a funny place. Well, the world is really a terrifying place, so humour keeps me sane. I also cry very easily, much to my children’s chagrin. I cry at cheesycommercials, like the ones where the long-lost son comes home and wakes them up on Christmas morning.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

 I am a soccer Mom!!! And I sued to show dogs when I had time. I also love to travel.

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

I have very eclectic taste. I am currently obsessed with Supernatural. I never watched it until about a month ago, so I am binge watching. Others I have loved are, in random order:Gilmore Girls, Friends, Alias, Haven, Lucifer, anything medical or crime, Blue Murder, Criminal Minds, Mind Hunters, etc

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

 Like many people, I love the foods which are worst for me—pizza, ice cream, pasta, Mexican, anything sweet. I love a lot of different colors, but my favorites are in the blue family. Periwinkle is my very favorite color. Music depends on my mood. I love everything from classic rock to New Age. I listen to Enya when I am sleeping. I do not listen to music when I write, unlike many authors.

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

Travel

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

Reading all the books and eating everything bad for me.

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

 I made a difference.

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

 https://www.kimberleyomalley.com/ I blog on there occasionally.

Amazon Authors page USA

https://www.amazon.com/Kimberley-OMalley/e/B06XZPZW8Y/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kimberley-OMalley/e/B06XZPZW8Y?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1568124349&sr=1-1

 

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Here is my interview with Brent Michael Kelley

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

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

Hi Fiona. I’m Brent Michael Kelley, I’m a Taurus, and I’m 40 years young.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m originally from a small town in northern Wisconsin called Bruce. These days I live in another small town in northern Wisconsin called Tomahawk. Love me some northern Wisconsin!

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

Well, my wife and I have an amazing son who is just starting 2nd Grade. We have three dogs, one of which is named JP. JP is sitting on my lap under my shirt as I type this.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My most recent release is a collection of short stories called Doomsday Furnace. It’s got sci-fi stuff, dark fantasy stuff, horror stuff… It even has a story about my little buddy JP!

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I was a very young man when I got a book called “My Jedi Journal.” It’s yellow, and it has Yoda on the cover. I created all these heroes and villains. I gave them each unique weapons. They had names like Squid Sid, Iron Bull, Megaman, and Bionic Brent. Yes, I borrowed heavily from comics, cartoons, and Nintendo. I still have it. It’s right next to my writing desk.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Probably when I started on the second Chuggie novel. The first one waswrittenhere-and-there for like a decade. The second one I started from scratch and stayed up very late. I think it took like ten months.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I had a job I hated, so I’d go to the park for lunch every day and work on a story-poem about gnomes for my niece. When it was finished, I stumbled upon a small press out of the UK that was seeking children’s short story submissions. I sent it to them, and they accepted it. That gave me the bug. I had to try my hand at writing a novel. Luckily, I had a character named Chuggie who was bouncing around in my head for a long time. I had lots of drawings of him in various sketch books, and a ton of little story-snippets. When the gnome poem got published, I knew it was time to get Chuggie moving.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Chuggie and the Desecration of Stagwater is the first book I wrote. One of my all timefavorite movie titles is Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. I wanted Chuggie’s adventures to have titles like that. As it happens, in the first book Chuggie goes to a town called Stagwater. There is also a Desecration nearby.

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

I find it’s easier to wrap my head around characters if I use a real person as a jumping off point. Tom Waits, for example, is the basis for Chuggie. MillaJovovich was the inspiration for Fey Voletta. My friends and family members creep in, too.

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

I’m not able to travel as much as I would like, but whenever I do I tend to take lots of notes. I was lucky enough to go on a trip to South Africa in 2013. We were mostly in villages up north, near Botswana. Everywhere I looked there was something to inspire the story I was working on. The different plants, how people relate to animals, daily chores, local government. Everything was new and amazing.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

For the Chuggie books and Keep Away From Psycho Joe, Kate Jonez and I designed those covers together. For Cruce Roosters and Doomsday Furnace, the background art was done by the highly-talented Matt Wajek. I added the text elements, and Kate Jonez put on the finishing touches.

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

If someone in power is exploiting people, they tend to meet a horrific end in my stories. If I have a message, it’s don’t be awful to people or animals.

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

My editor, Kate Jonez. She’s a fantastic editor who has always supported me, and she’s one of my very best friends in the world. She’s also a brilliant author. Everybody should check out her collection, Lady Bits!

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I’d love to be a full-time author. Just sitting in my treehouse clackin’ away on the keys, writing a bajillion stories and seeing just how crazy they can get. I’m not there yet, but that’s the dream.

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

No, I learned right away to make peace with the work once it’s published. We put together a pretty cool little collection, and I’m proud of it.

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

I learned I really like writing short stories. I need to do more of that.

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

Only one man can play Chuggie, and that man’s name is Tom Waits.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

When you’re out and about, having a tiny notebook in your back pocket is mighty handy. When you’re driving, it’s awesome to have a voice recorder.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m actually reading three. I’m reading Four Corners by Ian Welke, an excellent novel set in the Southwest. I’m reading Lady Bits, which a super creepy short story collection by Kate Jonez. And I’m reading The Heart of Hell by Wayne Barlowe. That man has a powerful imagination, and every page is an alien, hellish surprise.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

It had to do with Snoopy, I remember that much. I remember being very proud that I had finished an entire book by myself.

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

I’d like to meet Wayne Barlowe. I think a conversation with him would be a masterclass on creating alien civilizations and creatures.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. For those who don’t know much about it, it’s a non-striking martial art. Grappling, choke holds, arm locks, and stuff like that. My son and I do that together, and it’s awesome to see him understanding and applying the techniques. He’s a very sweet and gentle kid, but he knows the proper way to choke his father.

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

For TV shows, I really liked Stranger Things, Stan Against Evil, Peaky Blinders, Taboo, Legion, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. The Boys was awesome, and I can’t wait for season 2. Better Call Saul and Rick &Morty are brilliant.

For movies, the go-tos include The Goonies, Star Wars, Naked Lunch, Goodfellas, The Shining, Insidious, The Devil’s Rejects, or Friday the 13th Part 6. I’m looking forward to It 2 and 3 From Hell at the moment.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Corn Dogs are delicious. Bright Green makes me happy. Lately, music-wise, I’ve been listening to two bands: Tool and Heilung. Amazing!

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

A whole lot of paintings. I also see that in a future where I do write. Gotta get back to painting!

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

Here lies Brent Michael Kelley. It sure took a lot of lightning to kill him.

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

Folks can visit www.brentmichaelkelley.com to see what I’m up to. I have been pretty lax on updating it over the summer, but now that things are settling down again I’ve got some ideas for cool stuff I’d like to do there.

Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Brent-Michael-Kelley/e/B006EWR9PC/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brent-Michael-Kelley/e/B006EWR9PC?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1568123028&sr=1-2

 

Thanks so much, Fiona!

 

Here is my interview with JP Sayle

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 Jayne, and I go by JP Sayle, I hit the magic 50 on valentine’s day this year.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born and raised in the Isle of Man

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

I’m married and I’ll be celebrating my 26th Wedding anniversary this month. I have one daughter and two grandbabies, one boy age two and a girl age one. I’m a nurse manager by night, and trained locally but was affiliated with Liverpool. I have a BSc in health studies and more stuff to long to name connected to nursing.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I have been invited as a signing author to go to GLO in Australia in 2021 and I’m super excited for that.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I became disheartened with my full time job and I won some life coaching sessions. I went to the first one and she asked me what did I want to do, easy answer write. Then I spent a year looking at ways to make it happen. I got a part time job, after talking it over with my hubby. Dropping over half your pay is a scary thing. It took me a year after I went part time to publish my first book and I’ve never wanted to stop since.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

My first review, when someone took the time to give me feedback.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I went to a creative writing group as I was struggling because all the research I did suggested write about what you know. I couldn’t do that, so the course leader said write, just write is doesn’t matter what it is just put your hands on the key board and don’t stop. Six weeks later I had over 100,000 words and the beginning of a story.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Songs, pictures and the characters story. They talk, each are different. But now I also ask my FB group to help they are amazing.

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

I think because I write what comes to me, I didn’t really fit in my genre other than MM gay romance aspect. I’m a little quirky and that makes it hard to fit. I’m a pantser, I fly every time I sit down. I let the voices take me on their journey.

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

My current book Dominated but not Subdued has several characteristics of people I know. I use google for some research on areas and I do use personal events to add flavour.

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

Sometimes but it depends on what I’m writing. I actually find it hard to write anywhere but at home. So that makes it hard for me.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Now Tina Lowen and she is fantastic, can’t sing her praises enough

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

Yep, love is love, no matter what. That we all suffer something but it’s living with it and finding the courage to be more.

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?

That’s easy Kindle Alexander my first MM author, they write in such away it plucks your heart strings, love it. New author yep that would be Colette Davison, I now beta read for her.

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

A.E Via

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, I want it to be my only career I can taste it.

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

No because each book takes you on a different journey and that one is special because it was the one I knew was the best I’ve ever written.

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

Oh yes, I use HAD like its my second name and my new editor is trying to break my habit

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

If we are taking the current one, then Christian Bale springs to mind for Carl and Adam would be Dylan Sprayberry

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Yes, gain as muck knowledge as you can from other authors, seek out those who are like minded and learn from them.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

That for every book they read and it gives them a moments pleasure, then I achieved what I’d set out to do and I thank them for being a part of my journey

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I have a beta read unnamed by Colette and I’m reading the 11th Book in the Finn Factor series by RG Alexander

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Yep, this is so bad, my mother would get in trouble for this, but my first adult book was Harold Robbins The Carpetbaggers

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

A soppy love story makes me cry. What makes me laugh my grandchildren every time they so the silly things we take for granted

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

Elvis Presley, he was just such an influence in the music business I’d have given anything to sit and chat about what that was like for him.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Reading has to be top, but yoga, mediation, walking,  and hot holidays where you do nothing

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

Crime dramas are my favourite shows. Films anything really I have a huge DVD collection.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Cake, cake and more cake. Colour has to be anything vibrant. Music, anything but country, love it all.

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

Read and keep myself immersed in the world I love

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

With the people that matter most, my family, doing anything that would make you laugh

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

She never gave up.

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

I do have a website and I’m working on it being more active. My FB group JP Manx Minxs is where at the moment I share everything. I’m off to Dublin or Bust Oct 18/19th 2019, Shimmer in Birmingham Feb 23rd 2020, Eurocon in Amsterdam June 2020. There will be others but there not official yet.

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 Puzzle Pieces: La Trattoria Di Amore Series (Book One)

Why was he so drawn to a man when he dated women? A man who kept his true self hidden.A man who wanted to be his Daddy.

Richie Bellinger learnt just how cruel life could be: a family in crisis; he is left alone to deal with the unthinkable. His life in complete turmoil; he is drowning.

Until Sebastian became the one thing he needed.

Sebastian’s need to be a Daddy shows Richie he can choose a different life that makes him complete in ways he’d never imagined.

Sebastian’s ability to push past Richie’s defences has him opening to something he’s never considered, loving a man.

Sebastian showing his flaws gives Richie the power to embrace a new life.

But Richie understands life can come and bite you on the ass when you least expect it. A cheating girlfriend, a death, a discovery, a best friend, and a need to be out for Sebastian all work against Richie. Can he work past all the barriers to find happiness in the most unlikely place?

Puzzle Pieces is the first book in the La Trattoria Di Amore series and can be read as a standalone.

It is an MM romance with Daddy Kink, out for you, light BDSM play, an age gap, and a Daddy who needs to understand it’s alright to let go of the past. This book has a HEA.

https://www.amazon.com/Puzzle-Pieces-Trattoria-Amore-Book-ebook/dp/B07RFRLS7Q/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Puzzle-Pieces-Trattoria-Amore-Book-ebook/dp/B07RFRLS7Q/

Where it all Began: Manx Cat Guardians Origins (The Manx Cat Guardians Book 1)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FB15VDP

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07FB15VDP

 

Seeing Beyond the Scars (The Manx Cat Guardians book2)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079KHYN64

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079KHYN64

 Destiny Collides Past and Present (The Manx Cat Guardians Book 3) 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C6LP7X4

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07C6LP7X4

Searching for a Soul to Love (The Manx Cat Guardians Book 4)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H7T2MWD

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07H7T2MWD

The Twelve Disasters of Christmas (Manx Cat Guardians Book 5)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KNR82B9

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07KNR82B9

Laws of Attraction (Manx Cat Guardians Book 6)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q7GX7BF/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07Q7GX7BF/

If you are  in the UK JP Sayle  will be at The ShiMMer MM UK Author Event on the 22 .2 20 in Birmingham for more info go to the FB Page shimmer Attendees Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1147076735399309/

You can get your tickets here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shimmer-2020-mm-uk-author-event-tickets-61060808522?fbclid=IwAR1rKOd13L8QpkMgtrPxKMUOS48Li9G6Zf_9Or_mRrr-Prq8zn7bDAUHt7Y

 

Here is my interview with Becky Kapjon

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?

Hello Fiona.  My name is Becky Kapjon.  I am 47 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m from Chicago, IL.

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

Let me tell you a little bit about myself.  I am a mother of 2 daughters and enjoy spending as much time as I can with my family.  I have always been an avid reader and enjoy many different genres, so I decided to write my own stories. I am a huge Disney fan and love everything Harry Potter along with loving cheering on my favorite sports teams.  I love rooting for the Chicago Bears (football), Chicago Blackhawks (hockey my favorite), Chicago Bulls (basketball) and either Chicago White Sox or Toronto Blue Jays (baseball).  In my spare time, you can find me spending time with my family either watching movies, going to the zoo or at my favorite vacation spot, Walt Disney World.  You can always find me with myI Pad in hand and my kindle app full of new books.  I am the author of my first novel Starting Over.  I hope you like reading the story as much as I enjoyed writing it for you.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My latest news is I will be publishing my second book, Someone to Love this in late Fall/early Winter 2019.  I am excited to share this second chance romance with everyone.

My first book was published in January, Starting Over.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing about three years ago.  I am an avid reader.  I read a lot of different genres.  One day I thought I could write my own story.  An idea had been nagging at me, so I started to write the story.  I was happy to be able to get my story down on paper.  I hoped people would like it as much as I liked writing it.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I first considered myself a writer when I completed my first book and sent it to my editor.  I had my doubts as to if my writing was good enough to be published, so it was a great feeling when my first reader told me how much they enjoyed my writing.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I always liked reading about strong female characters.  I believed a lot of woman would identify with my main character.  She needed to overcome some struggles in her life.  There are a lot of woman who are dealing with the same daily struggles she was dealing with in the story.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I thought the title was fitting since the main character, Cassie needed to start some aspects of her life all over.  In some ways, she was becoming a new person.

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

I am what some people would call a plotser.  I am a mixture of a plotter and pantser.  I like to have an outline to refer to when I am writing, at the same time I will write scenes out of order.  I like to write what comes to mind at the time. As far as challenges, the challenges I come across in the contemporary romance genre is making sure what I am writing about hasn’t been over done or isn’t cliché.

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

My book is pure fiction.  My characters are pure fiction.

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

No

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I’m lucky enough to have a graphic designer in my family.  My daughter Brittany Kapjon designed my cover.

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

The message I want my readers to receive is no matter how bad you think your life is at the moment, you can always change.  Even if you have bumps in the road, just pick yourself up and dust yourself off and try again.  You will be a better person in the end.

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 two authors who have caught my eye so to speak.  They are Cara Wade and Kristen Morgen.  I read Cara’s Hollywood Lust series and love it.  I like the story line and how she tells the story.  These characters fall in love with the most unlikely woman.

I read Kristen Morgen’s debut novel Behind the Glass.  It is was a different type of love story.  I enjoyed the build up of the love story and how it unfolded.

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

I was lucky to be part of a great writing community who gave me the confidence to keep writing.  Their encouragement helped me to be able to hit the publish button.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

At some point, I think writing could be my career.  I have a lot of work I need to do to get to that place.  I am learning a lot about the industry and how to get my name out there.  It is hard work, but I think it will pay off in the end.

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

The only things I would change would be the timing of the release and learning about the marketing process.

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

While I was writing this book, I realized I needed to set goals and keep the goals.  I need to keep writing even if I felt like my life was getting in the way.  The story needed to be told and I needed to publish it for my readers.

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

Jennifer Aniston

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

My advice would be to keep writing no matter what anyone says or tells you.  If you want to write a story, then get that story out there for others to read.  No matter what you do please write something every day. It will keep your thought flowing even if you think they are not.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I hope you enjoy my book.  Please give me feedback if you like the book or not.  I don’t know what you like or dislike if you don’t tell me.  A review is a creator’s best friend, so please give it a review.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am reading The Truce by Becca Steele 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The first book I remember reading is Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary and Henry Higgins.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I am sensitive person, so there are a lot of things that give me the feels. I can laugh and cry over a good book or a movie.  There are times talking to a good friend I can laugh until I cry.

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

I would love to meet Walt Disney.  When I look at everything he had created, I wonder at the imagination he must have had.  I would have loved to know if he would have thought his creations would be so popular.  I also would have loved to hear him tell his story and tap into the way he thought.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Reading

Watching sports

Crafting

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

I like crime shows, rom-coms, suspense.

 Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Italian Food and Mexican Food

Purple

I love all different types of music.

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

I would be very boring.  I would read more and watch a ton of TV.  As a career, I would continue to be an accountant.

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

I would spend the time I had with my family.  My family meets the world to me, so I would want to spend every moment with the ones I love.

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

A loving Wife and Mother.  A person who enjoyed life to the fullest.

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

Here is a link to my website.

https://beckykapjon.wordpress.com/

Amazon Authors page USA   https://www.amazon.com/Becky-Kapjon/e/B07N8JRPY6?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1568019902&sr=1-1

UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Becky-Kapjon/e/B07N8JRPY6/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

 

Here is my interview with Jocelyn Pedersen

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

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

Hi, Fiona! Thanks for having me on your blog. My name is Jocelyn Pedersen. I’m 59 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m originally from Canada, but my family moved back and forth between the US and Canada while I was young and then moved to Singapore when I was 12-14 years of age.  Afterward, we moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where I finished high school (I had finished 3rd form in Singapore and was lucky enough to move before having to take my A and O level exams!). After high school, I attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma and I kind of forgot to leave, so I’ve been in Norman for 40 years now.

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

I have a BA in Spanish from the University of Oklahoma. I worked for a while after earning my bachelor’s degree as a Senior Software Consultant and then got married and started a family. I have three children, my oldest son is an engineer who lives in Missouri, my daughter is an artist in Oregon, and my youngest son is in his senior year at the University of Texas. After my marriage ended, I returned to school and earned my Master of Professional Writing degree. My master’s project was to write a novel, which was later published under the name, “An Eye for an Eye.” It’s a thriller. I

While I was in grad school, my children and I lived and worked our sheep farm–which is particularly unusual in Oklahoma which is known for cattle and horses, primarily. It took me a while to earn my master’s degree what with raising three kids and tending a sheep farm all while holding down a job, but it gave me time to get to know people at OU which served me well because I started teaching the semester after I graduated. My first teaching post was in the Journalism department, teaching Writing for Mass Media. I moved to Human Relations and taught writing there, then on to the Business College where I have taught Business Communication for about seven years now.

 Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

An interesting tidbit about me is that I am a competitive Olympic-style weightlifter at age 59.  I took up weightlifting by accident just under a year ago and have won five gold medals and I will be attending a national weightlifting competition this coming November.  I’m simultaneously excited and nervous, but I plan to go and do my best–hopefully I will be on the podium when it’s all over.  Cross your fingers for me! Meanwhile, I’m working with a strength coach who is wearing me out, but I can definitely tell I’m getting stronger.  Stronger equals the ability to put more weight up in competition. I can already lift well over half my body weight, and although I didn’t go this year, I qualified for the Pan American Games. I hope to go next year because they will be held in Rio de Janeiro. I have my sights set on the Masters World Games in 2021.  For your readers who might not know, a master athlete is anyone who is 35 years of age or older.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing when I was a small child. I wrote letters to my aunties and other pen pals.  I’ve always had a love of languages and decided to go for a second bachelor’s degree in English. When I talked to the folks in the English department, the advisor told me I might as well get a master’s degree for the same number of credits and since I had a goal to write freelance, I should go talk to the folks in the School of Journalism–Professional Writing, to be exact.  So I did, and while I was working on my master’s degree, for fun, I took an undergraduate course in Feature Writing.  I sold three stories before the end of the semester and now write freelance for several regional venues. My stories have been picked up by the Associated Press, I’ve won several awards for them.  In addition, in partial fulfilment of my master’s degree, I wrote a thriller called “An Eye for an Eye” which also won an award after it was published.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I guess I’ve considered myself a writer since I was in my 20s when I worked as a technical writer on a government contract.  I got on that train and I haven’t reached the end of the line yet!

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

As noted above, I wrote it in partial fulfilment of my master’s degree.  The funny part is that I love mysteries and thrillers, but thinking that the romance market was easier to break into, I first attempted writing a romance.  It was HORRIBLE!

In fact, my major professor looked at me over her glasses one day and said, “Jocelyn, what do you read?”

“Mysteries.  Thrillers. Slasher novels!” I said.

“I can tell,” she said.

“That bad?”

“Let’s just say that you writing a romance is like…well, it’s like you’re trying to dig your way out of the Bastille with a spoon.”

After I dusted myself off from laughing so hard that I hit the floor, I tossed the romance in the trash and started “An Eye for an Eye.”  They say to write what you know, and I know mysteries and thrillers.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I wanted a title about revenge and since the killer is a religious nutter who misinterprets and twists Bible verses, I decided a Biblical title would fit the bill well.

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

I don’t take things in life too seriously. I believe laughter is soap for the soul and therefore, I can’t write without adding a little humour.   The hardest part is figuring out all the plot points and burying those clues.  I asked a member of my master’s committee to read the book and see if I had buried clues deep enough. On one page, there was a single-word comment:  “Duh.”  That was, perhaps, the most meaningful piece of critique I received in the margin of my draft.  Yeah, I revised that chapter!

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

Oh my!  I get this question in various forms somewhat frequently. If you know me, you will immediately recognise characters who are named for some of my friends, Izzy, the protagonist is a blend of a friend’s personality and mine, her partner Moreno is Latino, so I get to throw in a little Spanish here and there, and her sidekick, Apple, is wacky as all get out.  Apple is a real animal lover–she totes her pet rabbit Norman (I live in Norman, Oklahoma) everywhere with her and I used to raise rabbits.  Many of the funny things Apple says are things that I have said or would have no trouble saying.  I popped off with a joke recently and a new friend who was cracking up said, “OMG! Who are you?”  I’m pretty funny in real life. Words just come out my mouth. I don’t think about it before I say anyting–it just comes out–and it’s hilarious.

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

Not really.  I’m well travelled and have lots of memories. And of course, there’s the Internet!

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My publisher, The Wild Rose Press, helped me find an artist named Angela Anderson. I think she did a great job! She asked me what I had in mind and I told her I had envisioned a big eye (I saw a mosaic eye in a New York City subway tunnel that inspired me), and I told Angela that I wanted fire. She came up with the cover art and I loved it immediately.

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

Yes. Lying and meanness doesn’t pay because the truth will always be found out in the end and the rooster will come back to crow.

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?

Recently I’ve been gobbling up new-to-me authors Linda Castillo and Chelsea Cain. Linda Castillo’s novels are intriguing because her protagonist grew up Amish, left the order, became a cop, and went back to her Amish roots to be the police chief in a small community.  Blending two cultures seamlessly while integrating a little German here and there all while telling a terrific tale is inspiring.

Chelsea Cain writes good thrillers. She can be very dark though, and when I was writing my novel, I had to decide whether to go into the dark cave like she does (a few of her torture scenes can make folks cringe) or stay this side of it. I chose not to go into the dark cave, although I have had a couple of people tell me my first crime scene is a bit too detailed for them. Guess I made them visualise what the scene was like. I’m sorry if I upset a few people, but I’m also guessing the writing did its job.

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

Meredith Blevins. She’s a mystery writer and friend. She and her husband Win are lovely friends and they gave my book a good read and made some suggestions before I send the final version off for publication.  Meredith sat back and let me ignore my book for a while after I wrote it and when I asked her if she would read the manuscript, she said, “Yes! I’ve been dying for you to ask!”

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, it already is.  I die a little if I don’t write every day.

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

Nope.  Writing that first novel was like giving birth.  I’ll improve on the next one!

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

Yes.  I’ve grown as a writer. Writing is a craft; a skill. You get better at it in only one way:  by writing.  I’ve written a LOT since my last book, and I hope my next book is even better than the first.

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

Sandra Bullock or Angie Harmon.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write.  Every day.  Have someone who is a better writer than you are give you critique.  Don’t ask a family member because they’ll just say, “nice story, dear.”Ask someone who isn’t afraid to tell it how it is.  Only with critique can we become better writers.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Read lots of different authors and try new ones!  Your favourite authors were once new authors who claimed a following.  If you like a book you read that was written by a new author, please post a review about the book. It’s truly the best way to help the author gain notoriety. Thanks!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

“The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson. It’s a fun ride!

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

It was probably “The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver” by Thornton W. Burgess. I have always loved animals and I read lots of Burgess’ animal tales as a child.

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Off-the-wall humour makes me laugh out loud! Painful memories and good deeds performed by the sweetest people in God’s humanity make me cry.

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

Harper Lee. I would have loved to have met her and picked her brain on Atticus Finch’s front porch. My favourite book is “To Kill a Mockingbird” and I would have adored talking to Ms. Lee about how she wove her story line, rooting for the underdog.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Yes, I make cards. I come up with my own designs sometimes. I find it relaxing to make cards and it feeds my creative side.

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

Mysteries! Thrillers!  Forensics!

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I like all kinds of foods–perhaps because I grew up in a Canadian-Danish family and travelled the world.  That said, I cannot choke down cilantro or pickles.  Other than that, if it moves, grows, or isn’t nailed down, it’s fair game!

Colours:  My favourite color is a dusty pink, with a pale turquoise taking a close second.

Music:  I sing lead in a Sweet Adelines International chorus, so it’s clear that I like Barbershop.  I also like Anglican church music–Ralph Vaughn Williams, and Randall Thompson, for example. I like The Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, and Pink when it comes to rock.  I guess it’s safe to say I like music with rich harmonies, a message, or a super great beat.

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

I’d be dead, so I can’t really say!

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

Doing something fun and making absolutely sure that the people I love hear it from me one last time.

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

She loved life.

Side note:  It will probably be chiselled in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font.

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

Website:  https://jocelynpedersenauthor.wordpress.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=jocelyn%20pedersen%20author&epa=SEARCH_BOX

Instagram:  jocelynpedersenauthor

Bio

Jocelyn Pedersen is an award-winning, AP-published, professional journalist with hundreds of published clips in various newspapers and magazines. A lover of the mystery and thriller, she eats popcorn while watching documentaries about serial killers and huddles under blankets on the couch while watching Criminal Minds with her friends and family.

Jocelyn is a gold medal-winning power-lifter breaking records every month. She works with Bob White of Team Metro in Norman, Oklahoma.

She enjoys her kids, the beach, teaching writing at the University of Oklahoma, and being a former sheep farmer, considers herself a sheepie slipper aficionado. She has more animals than brains and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Check her out at www.jocelynpedersenauthor.com or on social media: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestGoodReads.

Blurb

Rookie detective Izzy O’Donnell is on the trail of a serial killer who’s murdering victims and leaving behind body parts wrapped in Bible verses. Izzy tracks him down with the help of her two partners—a very enigmatic Moreno and a rather grumpy Cal—her injured dad’s former partner.

Meanwhile, her wacky sidekick, Apple MacIntosh, totes a pet rabbit around in a baby sling, insisting he’s telepathic and can smell death on Izzy’s clothes. Unnerved by unexplained dreams, Izzy forges forth to solve the case. A homeless man, a philandering televangelist, and a mentally challenged gardener are among the suspects who distract Izzy from seeing the killer, who has been getting to know her all along.

 

Here is my interview with Candace Osmond

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 Candace Osmond and I’ll be turning 34 this year =)

Fiona: Where are you from?

Newfoundland, Canada

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

I grew up all over Canada, but mostly in Newfoundland where my roots are. I studied Interior Design and worked as an Interior Designer for years before studying Writing & Editing Essentials. Now I’m a full-time writer/author residing on the Rocky East Coast of Canada.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I’m partnering with a luxury perfume line called Piper & Perro where my work will be featured on their perfume boxes. They’re short stories that describe each scent. Super fun!

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing at a young age, but never knew what to do with it. It was always a dream, a hobby at best. Then, in my early twenties, I published my first book. Iron & Wine.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Hmm that’s a hard one. Probably after I realized that people actually liked my first book and I should write the sequel LOL

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I had a really boring office job and was left to my own devices far too often. I tend to daydream, so I dusted off an old book idea I had after high school and began writing it.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The story is about the meeting of two worlds; Faerie and vampires. Good and evil. Love and hate. So, Iron & Wine seemed appropriate.

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

I write Fantasy Romance and I’m told my style is descriptive, sometimes dark, and plot driven. I guess that comes from my background as a screenwriter.The most challenging part of my job is knowing when to slow down a scene.

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

None of my books are realistic LOL aside from locations. I like to choose Canadian locales.

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

No, I don’t have to travel. But I do enjoy small road trips around my province. It really helped me to craft my latest series, Dark Tides. Time Travelling pirates set in Newfoundland.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Corey at Majeau Designs. He’s AMAZING.

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

In Dark Tides, I’d like readers to relate to Dianna. My main character. She’s strong, brave, smart, and takes no crap from anyone. But also, Henry. He’s a big, dark, brooding hero. But he’s also sensitive and vulnerable. It’s okay to be both =)

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 adore Gillian Flynn and I wish she’d put out something new soon LOL I love how she crafts a beautiful, gut wrenching story with relatable characters and weaves a fine sense of dread throughout everything.

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

My best friend, Brandi. When I first said I was writing a book, most of my friends and family laughed, or gave me a pat on the back like they would for a child who colored a pretty picture. But Brandi was onboard immediately. She helped me finish it and was the first person to ever read it.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, mostly because it IS my career. I’m a freelance writer by day, author by night. Sort of like a weird, mentally unstable superhero.

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

Nope. I love it the way it is. I did a lot of research and plotting before I began writing, so the book/series turned out exactly how I wanted.

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

I learned that my home province of Newfoundland has far more pirate history than I first imagined. It was like a rabbit hole once I began researching.

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

For Dark Tides, Emmy Rossum would be my Dianna, and Charlie Hunnam would be my Henry.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Don’t compare yourself to other writers and read lots of books. It will only make you a better writer.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Only what I tell them every day! Thank you for supporting me! I love you!

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m just finishing up Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick.

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Oh dear. Nope. But I do remember the first one that made an impact on me. The Diadem Series. Love the fantasy world the author created in that one.

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

When I see other people cry, I immediately cry. It’s like a weird switch in my brain. Laugh? My husband makes me laugh every day.

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

I’d love to meet Neil Gaiman, because he’s one of the best writers in the world (IMO) Stardust is one of my all-time fav books.

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Not really. I’m completely obsessed with writing, in any form. Books, articles, screenplays. If I’m not writing, I’m watching TV or movies to break down how it was written.

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

A bit of everything. I recently binged the crap out of Dead to Me on Netflix. I’m also diggin’ Carnival Row on Prime. Big Little Lies is another gooder.

 Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Pasta, black, anything but rap or country. Preferably Indie and Alt Rock.

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

Die.

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

Snuggling my kids.

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

Here Lies Candace Osmond. If Gillian Flynn has a new book, please lay on my grave and read it to me.

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

www.facebook.com/authorcandaceosmond

www.authorcandaceosmond.com

Amazon Authors Page USA https://www.amazon.com/Candace-Osmond/e/B00895H5C4%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Candace-Osmond/e/B00895H5C4?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1567953125&sr=1-1

 

Here is my interview with Sutton Bishop

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! I’m Sutton Bishop, a woman who believes age is just a number.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m a Chicago-area girl originally, but I now hail from Indiana (U.S.), having married a Hoosier. (That’s what long-time Indiana people are called. Really.)

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

I have degrees in Anthropology, Forensics, and History. My earliest memories are of an insatiable need to know about people, especially those who didn’t resemble me or grow up as or where I did. I was fascinated by what shaped them and their viewpoints—their cultures and histories. That I would study anthropology was decided in middle school, as soon as I understood what it encompassed. I don’t work in those fields today. However, they continue to be lenses through which I perceive the world and my work.

My family is multi-racial and multi-ethnic. My husband and I have four kiddos, two from China, one from Guatemala, and one home-grown (also known as biological). We are a very close-knit unit. We live in the woods of Indiana with our two Newfoundlands, two cats, and hoards of wildlife.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news. 

Afraid to Hope—Book 2 of the Ancient Passages series—is releasing late fall. I’m super excited about the book! Even though it has a carryover character from Afraid to Fall (Ancient Passages Book 1), the story is so very different. She contrasts if readers compare to Ari in Afraid to Fall. Readers will learn a lot about her background that wasn’t disclosed in Afraid to Fall, and they’re going to love her. I certainly do.

Afraid to Hope has more heat. More suspense. More twists and turns. The story takes place on another continent, and yes, I’ve traveled there (for anthropology and archaeology). Also, I’m introducing readers to a big, strapping, and sexy Hoosier guy.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing seriously over ten years ago, after being strongly encouraged by my husband. My first essays helped me process being a mom to a child with special needs. I expanded into parenting adopted kids and kept going. My articles and essays have been published in over one hundred magazines and anthologies, such as Chicken Soup for the Soul. As far as writing, I wanted to try something else, so I jumped from nonfiction to fiction. Wow; what a change. While I had a lot to learn, I have been able to apply my nonfiction chops to world-building.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I was first published, over a decade ago.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first fiction book?

My husband and I were on a mom-and-dad-only weekend in Puerto Vallarta (Mexico). I was drinking a cold one (beer) on our veranda and contemplating the sunset over the Pacific when it hit me.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It’s rather funny. I was enjoying lunch with two of my author friends, one a best-selling romance author, waiting on my daughter to join us after she finished her college tour. My title was in Spanish, and my best-selling romance friend was adamant I shouldn’t use it. We discussed titles and nothing was resonating with me. My daughter joined us, and our conversation evolved to writing conferences. My friend (the best-selling author again) had a conference she was very interested in, but it was out west, and it would take her days to drive there. My daughter asked her why she didn’t just fly and she responded she was afraid to fall. Bingo. Afraid to Fall. Perfect on so many levels.

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

I’ve been told frequently that my world-building is very good the writing is lyrical, with great detail, and the characters are well-developed. I find writing a sex scene very challenging.

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

The underpinnings of Afraid to Fall and Afraid to Hope are nonfiction, meaning that they are factually correct at the time of writing. The Maya figured into Afraid to Fall, and it was important to me that these remarkable people and their culture be accurately and reverently portrayed. I studied the Maya in high school and in some of my college curriculum.

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

I am most comfortable writing from what I know. I place my stories in settings that have resonated with me from a spiritual level. I’ve visited most of the countries in Central American, spending the more extensive time in Nicaragua, Mexico, and Guatemala. In Nica, I work with young girls who have been sexually assaulted and removed from their homes. I’m astounded by their warmth, spirit, and grace. I have an even deeper affinity for Guatemala; one of my sons is Guatemalan.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The fabulous Ally Hastings designs my covers.

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

Be intrepid.

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?

Gosh. As far as romance, I enjoy Althea Romig  and Dana Tanaro Brittfellow Hoosiers. They write well. If I want something naughty, I opt for Sierra Simone, another Midwesterner. She writes on-the-edge-of-your-seat erotica. Favorite writer? There are so many, but if I had to choose, I’d probably lean toward espionage and techno-thrillers. Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy. I have all of their books on my shelf in hardcover. Ludlum and Clancy wrote detailed, chewy, thrillers. Love them.

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

Christina Katz, my previous writing coach. She’s pretty special.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely.

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

No, but that said I seek to improve on every book.

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

Yes. I trusted myself more and allowed my imagination to run free. I understood that I would “backfill” later, but to get the framework of the scenes and story down first. I also embraced that I write slowly due to research and detail, and that’s okay.

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

Afraid to Fall:  Emma Stone (with curlier hair, freckles, and brown eyes) and Can Yaman

Afraid to Hope: Denise Vasi and Jason Momoa

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write what you know and what you dream. Keep honing your craft a little bit each day. Never stop wanting to be better. Join or create a small circle of writers you can develop a rapport with, who support you and help you stretch; writing is lonely. Take breaks and walk outside; be inspired by nature.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers? 

Thank you for reading Afraid to Fall, and for taking the title to review Ari and Luca’s story. Afraid to Hope releases soon!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

On the last chapter ofThe Things They Carried (Tim O’Brien) OMG, WOW! and then diving into Cathedral of the Sea (Ildefonso Falcones), a book given to me this summer when I was in Spain.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Sure do. I still have the book my mom gave me for my birthday. Wind in the Willows

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

People, places, and situations that resonate with me deeply.

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

God, because I want to know. I have so many questions.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies? 

I do. Travel, tennis, and gardening.

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

Currently my husband and I are watching Yellowstone.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music? 

Foods: whole-sourced and organic; no red meat. I enjoy coffee (black) and a few glasses of wine (varies) with my husband during our date nights.

Colors: red, yellows, and greens.

Music: just about everything

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

Oh, my word; I can’t. Care for any future grandbabies, become a master gardener, and travel all the time.

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

With my family.

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

I want to be cremated and scattered in a forest.

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

https://www.authorsuttonbishop.com

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Here is my interview with Lee Conley

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?

Hello I’m Lee Conley and I’m 34 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I live in the historic cathedral city of Lincoln in the United Kingdom

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

I work as a musician, guitar teacher and sound engineer by day, and write books and teach historic martial arts by night. I have published a guitar textbook and am currently working on speculative fiction. I’m also currently studying a Creative Writing and English Literature degree. I live near the countryside with my wife, Laura, and my daughter, Luna, and we are expecting another baby girl early July.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I have just re-released my first novel titled A Ritual of Bone,the first novel of a series titled The Dead Sagas. It initially came out last year but I wasn’t entirely happy with it so I pulled it back in and had it re-edited and had new covers and maps done, and put back out a much more professional book. That released on June 17th and it’s been going really well since. Currently finishing off the sequel A Ritual of Flesh and working on short stories.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always written for as long as I can remember but it really kicked off when, as mentioned above, I first wrote an advanced guitar theory textbook called The Guitar Teachers grimoire. I really enjoyed the process and that must have been when I caught the writing bug and towards the end of writing the Grimoire I started seriously writing more and more fiction. One thing led to another and out came The Dead Sagas.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

After the guitar book was published, I considered myself published, which was cool, but it wasn’t until I released A Ritual of Bone and began to move into the Fantasy Fiction circuit that I really considered myself a “writer”.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The guitar book was written to pool all of my theory knowledge into one place as a teaching aid that I then turned to a textbook. That aside, what inspired my first novel? Well I read a lot, and began to think I could do a pretty good job writing my own stuff. I mostly read fantasy, and I’m a big fan of the darker genres and I love monsters. So I set about writing a fantasy zombie horror crossover,inspired by TV shows like The Walking Dead and Vikings, but with an epic spin inspired by the Grimdark genre of books and games and also writers like Stephen King or Steven Erikson.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The title A Ritual of Bone came quite late in the books production and came from the book itself. The Bone Ritual is a ritual in the books which inadvertently causes all the trouble. I had the title The Dead Sagas from the very beginning. I wanted it to be in the style ofthe historic Dark-Age Viking/Icelandic sagas but about fighting the risen dead.

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

Having immersed myself in the fantasy and horror genres all my life, I found writing in that style came quite naturally. I like to keep an overall sense of fear and menace throughout my work and my historical martial arts background gives me a great insight into writing the fight scenes so I like writing plenty of action.

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

Well it’s about the dead coming back to life so it’s not very realistic in that sense. But the world I have created, the culture, the methods of war, the religions, are based heavily on the historical North European Dark-Age and early medieval England.

Some elements of the characters are drawn from reallife people, which helped me to create characters that hopefully feel real. And the fight scenes are based on actual historic fighting techniques as far as I can without sacrificing the writing.

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

I do like to research and travel to historic and often remote locations from which I can draw inspiration. Recently we travelled up to Pendle in Lancashire, England, where I did some research on the Pendle witch trials and pagan belief systems, also the landscape was very inspiring too. We also travelled up to the West coast of Scotland and regularly visit Devon and Cornwall in the South-West of England, again the history, culture and landscape of these places is quite an inspiration to my work.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The cover artwork was designed by Cloud Quinot, who I must say, did a stunning job. The cover art has been a real draw for people so that was a wise investment. The typography and layout design I actually did myself using my graphic design qualifications and experience taken from the music industry.

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

I have tried to tackle a number of issues, the one that jumps immediately to mind is: Is the price of knowledge always worth it? Should the pursuit of knowledge be pursed, no matter the cost?

I also focus on honour, duty and friendship. A notion that a noble light can still shine through from peoples actions, even amongst the darkest of settings and situations.

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

For my favourite writers I would have to list a few. I would pick Stephen King for his prose and for generally being a fantastic writer. Also, Steven Erikson for the sheer epic scope of his Mazalan novels. I also like the way Erikson and G.R.R. Martin shift between different points of view to tell an overall epic tale, which is something I like to emulate in my work. I am a huge fan of Tolkien, R.E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft, their work has certainly been a huge influence.

For new authors that have caught my interest, I absolutely love the work of John Gwynne. His world, his prose and ability to tell a riveting story are mind blowing.

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

Unfortunately, I have had very little support until recently. This has been a lonely long haul. I don’t want to sound like I’m playing a tiny sad violin butI’ve ploughed on alone for several years, overcoming the constant “you’re not really working when you write” or “You will never actually finish this or get published” type stuff from a lot of people, all the while I’m pouring my soul into something I believe in. I think people are starting to come round though. My wife and family have read my work and were often been my only encouragement.

Now though, I have a publicist, an editor, a beta and proofing team and a huge and supportive community of friends and fellow writers to lean on so it’s all looking up support wise, but at least I know, and learnt from my early years of writing, all I really need is me and I can pull through. But it’s still much nicer to have support and encouragement I now have.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I would certainly love to write as a career, I love my music career but that part of my life is perhaps waning in interest and I would love to steer my career more towards writing. I will keep writing regardless of success however, it is a passion of mine and something I always intend to keep doing.

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

Well I actually did change everything I wanted to for the new re-release. It was a chance to pull it in and make it as good as I was capable of making it. So in that respect I am lucky to have been able to change things and make it the best I could make it.

My one small regret is not releasing the first and second book as one huge book. They really are intrinsically linked and were originally intended as one book but length became a factor and I had to split them in two. I am however still happy that I made the best decision and if I could go back I would most likely do the same thing again.

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

I have learnt a huge amount during the writing process of The Dead Sagas, also through my creative writing studies I have learnt a huge amount and improved my writing on a technical level. The publishing and promotion aspect has also been a huge learning curve and the book I just released is of a much higher standard than the initial release a year ago. I think there is still a lot to learn in all these areas and the journey continues to be most enjoyable.

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

I have often been asked this recently, but honestly, and disappointingly, I really don t have any actors in mind as I write. I think I would prefer to use talented but relatively unknown actors who don’t remind the viewer of their other roles. That way they can embody the characters themselves and have a fresh new feel.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write what you love and are passionate about. Don’t try to please other people just write what you would want to read yourself. Oh, and keep typing, just keep going it will get there in the end.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

If anyone is reading The Dead Sagas or any of my work, first and foremost I would like to give them a heartfelt thank you. But also, with a cheeky grin, I will tell them to brace themselves because it’s going to get pretty epic.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m currently reading the beta of a re-release from my good friend Michael Baker, a very talented author, who like me is also an indie author based in the UK. He is currently preparing to re-release his book The Thousand Scars. I read it first time around and it was amazing, this time it’s going really blow people’s minds, so keep an eye out for it.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The earliest proper book I remember reading was The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, which I read when I was very young. Quickly followed by all the David Eddings books, by that point I was a lost cause, the fantasy books had me.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I would say I am quite easy to laugh, I laugh at everything, from funny animals to a more sick twisted humour. I love South Park for example. So much makes me laugh.

What makes me cry? Sad stuff I suppose. I’ve always been a sucker for sad stuff. I’ve noticed though, as I’ve got older there’s stuff on TV, or in books, that would never have affected me in my youth, and now really punches me in the feels, in particular family related stuff, especially now since I’ve got children of my own, I just think if that was me and Luna, and it gets me. Also I suppose watching cruelty of any kind gets me sad and also angry, be it people, animals anything and I want to go sort it out.

 

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

I would love to have met Rory Gallagher, an amazing Irish blues guitarist, I’m a big fan. I wouldn’t mind meeting Rob Zombie too. I love his music and his films. I’ve always also admired great military minds from history, perhaps I’d meet Napoleon. That’s not one person is it.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Well music is one hobby. I play guitar professionally but it’s always been a passion of mine. My writing is obviously a big passion of mine and also my historic martial arts too. I fight with a longsword primarily but also train and teach a number of other disciplines, sabre, sword and buckler, tomahawk and bowie knife. I play a lot of tabletop and computer games too, when time allows.

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

Well I already mentioned The Walking Dead, Vikings and South Park. I love horror films and zombie/monster films. I am a huge fan of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies too. But also, Willow, Startrek TNG, Starwars, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, all the Conan films new and old. I loved Game of Thrones, but didn’t we all, at least for a while? I loved every second. Basically, most things with either spaceships or swords. Yeah that sounds about right.

Fiona: Favourite foods, colors,  music?

Favourite food: Pizza and Cheeseburgers.

Favourite Colour: Green (and then Purple as a close second).

Favourite Music: If I had to pick, and that’s a mean question for a musician – Thrashy Industrial Metal with lots of good riffs and guitar solos. Megadeth is possibly my favourite band.

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

I would play my guitar. I suppose I can still read too. I would drink fine single malt scotch and hang out with my friends and family. I would laugh, live and still love… but I sure would miss the writing.

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

I would without doubt spend every second of it with my wife and daughters.

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

Wow that is something I have never actually thought about. I suppose something cool.

Perhaps off the top of my head – “Father, Husband, Rockin’ Bad-Ass, Warrior.” but I suppose that is something worth giving some thought.

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

Not currently but I am working on the website, I keep a blog on Goodreads too.

I mostly use my social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads. Heres my links so feel free to pop over and say hello.

Follow Lee on Twitter – @LongswordLee

on Facebook -www.facebook.com/LeeConleyAuthor/

Goodreads Author pagewww.goodreads.com/author/show/14649012.Lee_Conley

on Reddithttps://www.reddit.com/user/LeeConleyAuthor  or u/LeeConleyAuthor

 

Lee C. Conley mailing list: https://mailchi.mp/ec0e4d5c30e7/leeconleyauthlaningpage

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lee-C-Conley/e/B07HDPV3Q5?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1567620360&sr=8-1

Amazon book link (international):  getbook.at/ARitualofBone

It’s been a pleasure speaking with you and thank you for having me.

 

Here is my interview with Andy Peloquin

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 Andy Peloquin, dark epic fantasy author, a whopping 31 years of age.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m Canadian by heritage, born and raised in Japan, lived in Mexico for half of my life.

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

I’m married to a gorgeous woman, have four teenaged and young adult children, and the proud holder of a high school diploma. Traveling around the world as a youth (missionary parents) didn’t give much time for schooling, but it gave me a chance to see lots of cultures and peoples—many of which make an appearance in my writing. Though, as of 2018, I officially moved to Canada, my home country, for the first time, and am enjoying living in the Great White North.

 Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I’m so excited to share this: the first book in my brand new Epic Military Fantasy series just released!

Shields in Shadow (The Silent Champions Book 1) takes the modern special ops-style team (think SEAL Team or Delta Force), but uses it in a fantasy setting. The army is very Roman Legion-esque, but the team of seven elite soldiers operates behind the scenes and ex umbra to take on impossible missions against the enemy hordes (giant Viking-esque warriors). It’s an epic, action-packed series, and one that goes deep into the minds and hearts of specially-trained soldiers giving their all to fight for their country against overwhelming odds.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I officially started writing in 2013, but I was always a creative child and teenager. I come from a very artistic family (musicians, artists, graphic designers, chefs, and other writers), and writing was my only outlet for my inherent creativity.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Probably in 2014, when I self-published my first novel—In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent. I learned A LOT from that experience, all of which went into the writing and release of my 2015 novel, Blade of the Destroyer (now relaunched and retitled as Darkblade Assassin).

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I actually started writing Darkblade Assassin as a graphic novel script, after a comic book publisher expressed interest in a piece I’d written at the age of 19. I thought that if they liked an older piece, what could I do with a few more years of life under my belt? So I set out to write the graphic novel script of a bad-ass assassin with a cursed dagger that drives him to kill. The publisher LOVED it, but it didn’t fit in their world so they had to pass. Thus, I set about to turn it into a novel—and the rest is history!

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The title for the Darkblade series is pretty self explanatory: it’s a DARK, evil (ish) weapon (dagger) that is sentient and a voice in his head. He’s an assassin, so it was the perfect fit. The series title “Hero of Darkness” is reference to his journey from amoral killer (in Book 1) to someone more heroic, yet still very much a killer.

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

I tend to write introspective. My characters think a lot, and they tend to go on emotional and intellectual journeys to reach certain decisions. It’s my approach to writing so I can better understand the characters myself.

It does make for longer books (my shortest is around 100,000 words), but I find that I really get to sink my teeth into the characters and get to know them. Ultimately, that’s what helps me connect with them.

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

Everything in the book is as realistic as it can be. There are bits and pieces that come from my life or experiences, or that draw on the lives and experiences of others. But for the most part, I just set out to write a character that feels as real and genuine as possible. Everything they do is what makes it realistic—all their reactions, thoughts, and feelings toward their situations.

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

I don’t, but sometimes I find that the places I travel to end up shaping the characters’ journey. For example, I just had my first PROPER Canadian winter, and that experience shaped my characters’ journey in the fourth book of The Silent Champions series.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Wicked Smart Designs. She does AMAZING work, and I love her colors!

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

I don’t think I go for one message overall, but I do like bringing a feeling of hope to my stories. Even the darkest, grimmest stories and situations end on a note of hopefulness. Things DO get better—in the stories, and in real life, too.

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 a huge fan of Scott Lynch, because his characters are just so colourful and intriguing yet utterly real. The scope and breadth of Brandon Sanderson’s stories are always something I strive to emulate.

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

Stevie Collier has been my partner in the Fantasy Fiends Podcast, and a great sounding board for business and marketing details. He’s got a business degree and is far more savvy than I, so I always lean on him when I have questions.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely! I’ve been doing it full time for about a year now, and though it’s very stressful, I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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

I’d give the characters a bit more room to “breathe”—to dive deeper into their emotional journeys, to develop them a bit more. It’s tricky because they’re all so unfamiliar with each other, so they have to develop a bond over the course of the story. That’s hard to do without slowing down the pace.

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

A LOT! It’s all military and tactics and strategy and battle, so I had to take a deep dive into that aspect. It was exhausting and thrilling all at once.

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

Tough call! I think there are any number of actors who could pull off the burdened, guilt-ridden Captain Aravon, but maybe I’d go for someone like Chris Evans or Jensen Ackles.

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m in the middle of Son of a Lich by Zachary J. Pike. It’s absolutely hilarious satirical fantasy, yet it’s written with so much heart and a fascinating storyline. VERY highly recommended!

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I don’t, but the first one that stood out to me was the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. That was my first taste of fantasy, and I was hooked.

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I laugh easily, but it takes a lot to make me cry. I usually tear up at the scene at the end of The Return of the King where Aragorn and everyone in Gondor bow to Frodo and the hobbits. That sort of universal acceptance and recognition gets me choked up every time.

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

I think Arthur Conan Doyle would have been fascinating! I devoured his Sherlock Holmes series, and I think he’d have been a very interesting person to talk to.

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I took up snowboarding for the first time this year, and we live near enough to BC’s wine country that we can enjoy the vineyards and local wine tastings. Other than that, I’m pretty laid back—I cook, I watch TV, I read, I work out. A quiet, pleasant life.

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

I’ll watch most anything, though I tend to steer clear of very overly dramatic or emotional shows. I watch TV to shut off my brain after a long day of writing, so I definitely prefer the more “entertaining” ones to the really meaty shows.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Japanese and Thai, black, and I’m VERY picky about music!

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

Security guard, bouncer, or bodyguard. At 6’6”, it’s kind of the best job for me.

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

Probably with my wife and kids, calling family, enjoying the best food and drinks in my town. 

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

Absolutely! You can find out more about me at http://andypeloquin.com

Amazon Authors page USA      https://www.amazon.com/Andy-Peloquin/e/B00J9008MC/

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Here is my interview with Keely Jakes

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 Keely Jakes, I’m 57 and I write gay erotic romance. I am also Cooper McKenzie and write erotic romance across the genre. I also write children, young adults, and PG women’s fiction under the names Susan Walker and S. E. Walker.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I currently live in central Texas, not far north of Austin.

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

I am divorced for 15 years, but still hoping Mr. Right enters my life so I can find my own HEA. I currently live with my 70 lb mixed breed dog known to the internet world as Honey.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My biggest news comes from S. E. Walker. My book, She: The Journey Out is currently in the works to be made into an independent film.

As Keely, I am plotting several more entries for my Stalking Love series, as well as a series of M/M BDSM books in the Club Latitude series.

As Cooper, I’m working on Victor, the fourth in my Kinky Saints MC series, as well as the second in a series of sweet romances built around the concept of a mafe (MAn-wiFE).Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing in elementary school, mainly to quiet the storytelling voices in my head. Those stories are long gone, but I remember writing the adventures of a curious panda bear whose best friend was a seahorse who lived in a Mason jar.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I knew at the age of 5 I was going to be a writer when I grew up. I started calling myself a writer at 25, though I had about a zillion rejection letters before I sold my first story at the age of 38.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

There was a house in the North Carolina town where I lived that was completely surrounded by overgrown bushes so that all you could see was the roofline. Curiosity about what went on in that house led me to write my first full length book, a mystery/ghost story called 101 Borden Street, which was accepted for publication 3 weeks after my 40th birthday.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The title was a homage to the Borden family who built the house, and added to the mystery of the story.

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

I write from the heart and soul. If I don’t feel it when I’m writing, I cannot expect my readers to feel it when they read it. The challenges come when my muse decides he needs a vacation or just plain doesn’t want to work on any of the stories that are lined up to be finished.

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

 In my book She: The Journey Out, there are scenes and moments taken directly from my life. Scenes of abuse, of belittling, of strength and courage that I can point to and say “I lived that”.

 As for the erotic romances, there are bits and pieces of me in nearly every character I write in some form or another.

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

 I have travelled for some of my stories, but usually the stories come to life after the traveling is completed. Kiltnapped by Cooper McKenzie, was plotted while touring Scotland, and the writing began on the plane home. I’m hoping to return again in the near future.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My publishers are in charge of covers.

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

I think the message across all my books is that love can be yours, despite the obstacles, despite the challenges, all you have to do is take a chance.

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?

Lately I’ve been reading Pepper North, Harley Wylde, and J. M. Dabney, which just goes to show how eclectic my reading interests lie.

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

My family wasn’t supportive, but I had friends that would read and critique my writing. My friend, Joan, who has now passed, read my first erotic romance story and demanded I write more and more and more about Donovan and Jayne.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Oh yes, I’ve been a full time writer for the last 8 years. I plan to continue until they pry my cold dead hands off the keyboard.

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

I would have written the six books back to back and waited to submit them all at once instead of one at a time.

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

I learned its more difficult to write about a writer as a character without putting too much of myself into her.

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

Oh no, I have no acting abilities. For She: The Journey Out, when it was first published 17 years ago, I saw Sandra Bullock playing the lead.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

BICFOK….Butt In Chair Fingers on Keyboard. You have to write, and edit, and then, when you think that work is perfect, read it out loud and see how many more errors you find, because you will find them.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you. I love you. I love hearing from you. I do respond to all messages.

And please keep buying my work…LOL

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m rereading Bull, part of the Brawlers series by J.M. Dabney.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The first book I read my mother was Hop on Pop, which is when I said, “I’m going to be a writer when I grow up.” My first romance was The Ivory Key by Rita Estrada, in 8th grade when I said, “I’m going to be a romance writer when I grow up.”

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Cute animal videos that cross my feed make me giggle like a loon. Seeing the cruel way some people treat other people makes me cry.

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

I would still love to meet Rita Estrada to thank her for writing the book that changed the course of my life.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I am a yarn junkie. I make baby hats and donate them to hospitals (Current count is about 17,000 over the past 22 years), I make amigurumi animals and sell them through my Cooper McKenzie FB page. I read. I help whenever I can, wherever I can.

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

I watch Netflix. My favorite show that I watch an episode or two of every day is Gilmore Girls. Also Blue Bloods, NCIS, Royal Pains, and some of the new Netflix movies such as Agatha and the Truth of Murder and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Foods – Macaroni and cheese, steak, Texas BBQ.

Colors – Deep red, deep purple, hunter green.

Music – Musical movie music, country, classical and Christian.

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

I would live on a farm with a horse, several goats, some alpaca and a couple of dogs. I would grow lavender and peppermint and other herbs. I’d spin yarn and make hats and scarves and slippers.

Or I’d be in a mental institution telling stories to my socks.

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

I would call everyone I knew and tell them I love them, I’d write a last story of love and loss and instructions to the world on how to save itself.

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

She never realized how she helped the world.

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

 Keely Jakes – www.keelyjakes.webs.com

www.evernightpublishing.com/keely-jakes

Amazon Authors Page https://www.amazon.com/Keely-Jakes/e/B06XFXGND8?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1567608776&sr=1-2

Cooper McKenzie – www.coopermckenzieauthor.com

www.bookstrand.com/cooper-mckenzie

Amazon Authors Page https://www.amazon.com/Cooper-McKenzie/e/B00EACCARA?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1567608878&sr=1-1

Susan/S. E. Walker – www.susanwalker.webs.com

https://books2read.com/u/47k2rL (She: The Journey Out)

Amazon Authors Page https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Walker/e/B07MXMMGMZ/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1