Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Fiona McGier
Your Name or Pen Name you use: Fiona McGier
Title of the book you are promoting: For The Love of His life
Link to purchase your Book: http://www.eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781615729210
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Welcome FM…I, LH have some questions for you 😉
LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?
FM:An English teacher! I’ve always wanted to teach others how to organize their minds to be able to express themselves better. I did want to be a gynecologist briefly, but that was when I was discovering that I was a feminist, and I wanted to help women. Alas, I had no interest in the medical field beyond politics, so it was back to my first dream.
LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?
FM: My Mother, who read romance novels by the shopping-bag full, and was always trading paperbacks with her 4 sisters and 4 sister-in-laws. I read a lot of her books, mostly on the sly, sneaking them into my room. She hated books that “faded to closed doors”…she’d drop-kick them across the room and swear she’d never read that author again. She wanted real sex scenes!
LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?
FM: I got so many rejection letters I could paper my bathroom with them. After all of the big 6 and many of the smaller pubs rejected me, I was ecstatic when a tiny publisher accepted my first book, 4 years ago. I did 5 books in a series of contemporary romances involving the members of a large Hispanic family…the 6th is a free download at Smashwords.com, to let readers “try before you buy”. Then I had 4 books published with a slightly larger publisher. Now I’ve got 2, soon to be 3 out with Eternal Press. I’m happy with all of my publishers, but love the fact that EP has someone to help authors with promotions.
LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?
FM: Not sure. I’d love to have a promotional budget and people working to get my books in front of “the right people”, to encourage more readers to give me a try. But I fear as a newbie I’d get lost in the shuffle, and once my books were remaindered, they’d never give me another chance.
LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?
FM: With Johnny Depp or, my own personal favorite, Keanu Reeves, I wouldn’t invite them to dinner, that’s for sure! A clandestine meeting in a no-tell motel? Yeah-baby!
LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest offenders. Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Which form of media do you think is the worst offender?
FM: Not offended by sex as much as by violence. The US is a very violent place, with way too many guns and too many who fear the government is coming to take their guns away, when in reality it’s our Medicare and Social Security that they’re coming for…that scares me more. As for movies, I love huge action flicks with aliens or lots of explosions. I avoid “chick flicks” and movies about reality. I want to escape at the movies, not be even more depressed at how hopeless the human condition can appear to most of us who aren’t independently wealthy.
That being said, I don’t understand how some so-called “celebrities” can be famous only for having made porn videos. They have sex…on camera? Big deal! Every living being on earth has sex. That’s not newsworthy. To be famous you should have to have done something important, something to improve the lives of other people, or to entertain them. Excuse me but reality TV “stars” are not important enough for me to waste my time learning who they are. I gave up TV years ago, and haven’t ever missed it.
LH: I’m a huge softie and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?
FM: I’d make sure that every human baby is born to at least one person who dotes on it, who truly believes that the sun only shines when that baby smiles. And no child would ever be unfed or uncared for. Think of how much each we as a race lose each time a child dies…that could have been the one to discover the cure for cancer, or solve how to save the ozone layer, or how to successfully learn to live in space. Every child deserves to be loved and educated so he/she can achieve his/her potential.
LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?
FM: Even on-line, the cover might be the first thing that catches the eye of a potential reader. So I still think cover art is important. In fact that’s one of the major things I like about being published by smaller presses: the author has a say in the cover art.
LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?
FM: I’ve always had stories in my head…always figured out ways to insert myself into movies or TV shows I liked. I thought everyone did that. I only started writing my stories down after my Dad passed away and I had to take care of my Mom as she sunk into dementia. I needed some happy endings in my life, and decided to write some. Plus writing good sex scenes gave me a reason to be thinking about sex all day and all night!
LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?
FM: Sometimes I dream up whole plots, or just characters, then their story grows in my head. This is why I rarely have stand-alone books, because once one romance is done, the supporting characters begin to demand to star in their own romance story.
LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?
FM: I’m working on the sequel to my latest release, For The Love of His Life. The biker queen is a minor bit player in the story, but the book ends with a suggestion of what happens to her. I’m writing her story now. I might write one or two more books based on the characters from this book. We’ll see. Summer is coming and I’ll “only” be working one job in addition to my writing. I hope to write a lot.
LH: I’m working on #6…3 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?
FM: For The Love of His Life is my 13th book to be published. I submitted one that EP didn’t like. I may re-write it some day. But there are always other stories to be told.
LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?
FM: I started out with the hope of having my Mom read my book. Sadly, she’d lost the ability by the time I got published. I had hoped I could make enough to work “only” one job. But that’s not the case, when royalties are only sporadic at best. So I write because I love to tell the stories, and the characters can get demanding when I don’t give them a voice.
LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?
FM: I promised my Father-in-Law that I wouldn’t use “his” name for my books because I write graphic sex scenes and he was a devote Catholic. He thanked me. I miss him a lot and wouldn’t mind him haunting me, but you don’t break a promise like that. So I use a pen name. My other in-laws won’t read my stuff because they are uncomfortable with the sex. My husband reads everything I write, and 2 of my 4 kids have read some of my books. One son writes very well, and once considered getting an English degree himself, until I talked him out of it, explaining that we don’t need another under-employed English major in the family. He says I write in a literary style, with tasteful sex scenes.
LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?
FM: Frankly, I have trouble finding the time to write. The characters can get very demanding in my head. They never shut up, so writer’s block hasn’t been an issue for me.
LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?
FM: Read constantly. Then write and keep on writing.
LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?
FM: Ah, this question haunts me all of the time. My parents didn’t want me to get an English degree. As a new teacher, I had to leave teaching after a year because I couldn’t make enough money to make my car payments or repay my student loan. I love teaching English, but the education field is harsh and has no time for older teachers. So I should have gotten my degree in Math, which was always easy for me. But it’s a moot point now.
LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?
FM: I’d tell the scientists working on the Manhattan Project that just because they CAN do something, doesn’t always mean that they SHOULD. The world has not become safer due to letting the nuclear “genie” out of the bottle. In fact, I think all students should have to take classes in ethics…read Kurt Vonnegut’s Cats Cradle, for an example of the ultimate results of unfettered science.
LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?
FM: I’d tell my husband and my kids first. And I’d avoid the spotlight as much as possible. Not for shyness, but because I value my privacy.
Thanks for that more than awesome interview FM…Now… for the fun stuff!
Favorite Beverage? Daytime: coffee. After 5 pm: Beer…or Meyer’s rum and coke.
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise.
Favorite Color? Teal.
Take out or Dine in? Take-out.
Camping or Hotel? CAMPING!! No question!
Sports or Chocolate? Dark chocolate.
Dogs or Cats? Dogs.
Favorite Food? Aged cheddar.
Favorite Song? Industrial Metal or Blues as a genre. Too many good songs to pick one.
Favorite Movie? Idiocracy, a little-known movie starring Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph, about how society could end up if the human race continues to “de-volve.”
Favorite Car? My Ford Sport-Trac truck.
Sex or Chocolate? SEX! No question! How about chocolate sauce smeared all over both of us while we’re having sex?
And now for the essay part of the interview 😉
FM: If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?
I’d go on a trip to a private island in the Caribbean with my husband…only we’d both be younger and able to party all day and all night, not get pooped at 10pm like we do these days! And baby, we’d make the most of every minute!
Thanks for spending this time with us and make sure to get your copy of Fiona McGier’s
For The Love of His life