Nathan and his friends set off across the galaxy little realizing someone is targeted for murder. After several accidents on board the ship, they land in the alien's world.
My latest interview is with Profilecritics for the Eye of the Throne
Nathan and his friends set off across the galaxy little realizing someone is targeted for murder. After several accidents on board the ship, they land in the alien's world.
Here is a sample:
"What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book (“The Night the Bridge Collapsed,” a novella) is a true history story of a bridge collapsed in Idaho in 1971. I grew up in this small town of Post Falls and when someone reminded me of the occurrence, I knew I had to write about it. The officer who responded to the accident on an old logging bridge across the Spokane River was a friend of my father’s. This is an accounting of how the town came together to help those who were affected. All proceeds from this book will be donated to the local town museum. Read more about my interview here.
You can look up and read my interviews I have with each of my books. Here are nine listed for you. Similar, A Cat on Mars, Where, Danube, Matrix, Deflection, Crossroads, The Cruise, and The Pottery Sale More shall be listed.
Read my interview with Ally Shields.
My name is Nancy A. Nation and I write under the pen name of A. Nation
I’m retired, so I have lots of time to write. I used to run a screen print and embroidery business. When I did my first nanowrimo book, Where Did They Go? I thought about the story throughout September and October. I had it written all in my head when I started writing it on the computer in November. As a result, I wrote it in 11 days. Of course, I had it edited and published in December of 2015. I didn’t realize I could do that since I just began writing a few years before.
I currently produce 2-3 books a year. I’m one of those writers who can visualize in my mind what the characters are doing placed in certain locations. To me it’s like watching a movie screen and the characters are playing out their respective roles. I just write down what they are doing.
Something unique/unusual that isn't in your regular bio: “I have been married for 50 years to the same man. If I need to get something done, I research it, and do it. I’m at the point in my life that I can relax, travel, and write.”
Ally: What type of books do you write?
AN: My genres are science fiction, urban fantasy, and travel mysteries. Romance happens but isn’t the focus of my stories. It is implied.
Ally: Why did you write your featured novel?
AN: It was time to explore my darker side with my character and her fantasy friends. Taking off from my second book, The Pottery Sale, this is the fourth novel in the Urban Fantasy Mysteries. Here I introduce a love angle to my main character developed from the third book, The Cruise.
Ally: Describe what makes a good villain. What characteristics will make us love to hate him/her?
AN: Most of my villains are downright evil. They have insulted and hurt others. They are obsessive to the point of taking (or killing) what they think is theirs just for power. Since I said ‘most,’ I have a couple, due to circumstances they could’ve controlled, turned bad. Such as getting rid of witnesses, impulse actions, hit for hire, and covering up a lie. In my featured book, A Witch Comes a Haunting, she’s a magical witch who enjoys power over others and will destroy to get what she wants.
Ally: How did you get that first book or story published?
AN: I didn’t publish my first book for two years because I’m a snowbird and the writing class I attended is in Arizona. I learned everything I could until I was ready to end my story and the class showed me how to self-publish, get beta readers, an editor, and market on Facebook and Amazon. In other words, you need a group with a great tech that knows everything. Since then, I’ve published three books per year, started publishing on Barnes and Noble, Lulu, and updated my own webpage.
Ally: Do you use a professional editor? If not, what do you do to ensure a quality book?
AN: First, I read my draft over and edit to the best of my ability. Then, I use Grammarly and Prowriting aid, and send it to three to four of my excellent beta readers who know grammar and tenses. Then, I send it to my editor. She should be considered a professional but she’s not. She attended college and received a degree in creative writing. She’s extremely thorough, examines every sentence, and points out areas I never considered. I do pay her a small amount, but that is all she wants. While my betas and editor are working on my book, I reread and reread again. Most of the time I catch what my betas have discovered. After all is edited, I give my printed copy to another beta reader who is good at finding plot holes.
Ally: Why did you start writing? Why fiction? What keeps you writing?
AN: I chose fiction to create an alternate world that reflects reality. I have always been accused of having a vivid imagination. This way, I can do as I please. When you are dealing with non-fiction, you have to make sure all of your facts, people, and places are correct. I can do that to a certain extent in fiction without someone coming after me. Like I said, I’m retired. I have a lot of time on my hands and enjoy writing. Even when I’m traveling, I keep a diary to use as a notebook for my next book. What keeps me writing? When I see readers buying my books, giving me a good review, and asking me when the next one will come out.
Ally: What is your next writing project?
AN: To finish my next travel mystery coming out in the Spring of 2020, and another sci-fi the end of the Summer in 2020. After reading a real life drama occurring in my hometown, I might write a novella about that. All the short stories I attached to my newsletter will be compiled into another book. Then there is the outtake story….I’ll let you think about those for now.
Ally: Which quick answer questions did you pick to answer?
A Witch Comes a Haunting
Genre: urban fantasy
Release Date: Sep 30, 2019
Springtime brings the usual rain, sun, snow and even hail to this small town in Idaho. The river is rising, spiders are hatching, and basements are flooding. But are they the result of normal Spring occurrences?
Strange deaths and a construction siege motivate Susan to hatch a plan to stop a witch from killing her friend and destroying her town.
Buy links (pre-order until Sep 30):
Author Pages where her other books listed:
Come and check out my interview with Emmanuel Ortega in Between the lines. I was a little nervous since I have never done this before but Emmanuel put me at ease. What you see on the table in front of me are all of my 13+ books I have wrote in the last seven years. I hope to do this again. Find me on the YouTube Link.
Also check out my updated webpage.
Author name/pen name:
Nancy A. Nation, pen name: A. Nation
Eight books in the Domino Series:
Similar, But Not the Same - Deflection, A Race Against Time - Crossroads, A Moment of Decision - Found, The Lost Ones - Return, There’s Never an Easy Way -
Desert Shock, Secrets Never Stay Hidden - Fatal Error, Death by Innocence -
(soon) The Eye of the Matrix
Three books in Urban Fantasy series: Where Did They Go? The Pottery Sale and
Why did I pick the name, Domino? Because events just happen one after the other.
Bio: I used to be a Screen printer/Embroiderer and graduated with a BA in Computer
Information Systems. I never used that degree except in creating my own website.
When my husband and I retired, we started traveling between Arizona and Idaho.
In 2011 in Arizona, I found a writing club in the library. By 2013 I self-published the first
book, Similar But Not the Same, a science fiction story set 300 years from now. That
covers the years of developing living space on Mars and the Moon, onto our settlement,
development, and first contact in space.
I have always been an avid reader and loved reading stories from Asimov and Christie
covering science fiction and mysteries, so that became my genre.
I never wrote anything except essays and insurance letters. I always wanted to write
but life and work got in the way. I've always been accused of having a vivid imagination.
Now I'm putting it to good use.
When I first heard about Nanowrimo, I didn’t want to participate because I was afraid
writing it in such a constraint would be too stressful. After much urging from my writing
club, I planned the story out with one word scenes that would later become my chapters
in Where Did They Go? This was the easiest thing I have ever done. I did it in 11 days!
I have wrote so much with my new gained knowledge, that I have published almost eleven
novels in six years. Right now, I won't do traditional publishing just because it takes way
too long to get back to me. You see, I’m 70 and I have to write as much as I can.
Planning: Yes, I am a planner to the extent of capturing an idea that may have occurred in
the newspaper or in my head to extend my series or right now I’m using my current work,
The Eye of the Matrix to start off another series in the young adult sci-fi genre.
I take a slice of real life or non-fiction and weave a story around it. Fatal Error is a prime
example. Do I design my own covers? Yes. I could never find one that CS had that was
about my stories. I use Coreldraw which is something like photoshop.
How long does it take me to write a 70,000+ word book? On the average 2-3 months. Nano
of course, is one month or less. I have learned how to do my own formatting from the
writing club and reuse the template for my next book. I use third person in my sci-fi books,
and first person in my urban fantasy stories. Why? Nano is easier to write in 1st person.
What do I hate about writing? The wait to edit and to hear back from my beta readers. I don’t
mind the editing itself as I use Grammarly and ProWriting Aid, the free ones. I'd like to
have more beta readers. It's a long process to acquire them. Finally I found a real good
one in my writing club. My sister and another friend always find different things for me.
The thing I love about writing is to be able to put my thoughts immediately on paper or the
screen. My father always complained he had learned so much but didn’t know how to
pass that knowledge on. I wish he were still alive and we could write his books together.
Playlists. I don’t do Youtube but on my website, I have recorded excepts for each book
you can download. I haven't got into doing audio yet.
Superpower: When I was young, I wished I could fly so I wouldn’t have to fight traffic. I
almost died of a heart attack ten years ago, so I guess my superpower would be to
stay alive long enough to finish my novels.
My favorite book is Deflection. My MC is a strong Navajo police detective. In this story he
meets one of the younger aliens for the first time while he is in pursuit of the killer(s).
I’m not much of a steamy romance writer but in this story it comes close with the woman
he saves from a rich boyfriend. He’s quiet unless there is something important to say.
he’s smart and willing to take chances in his job to make the world right.
Favorite Food: As long as there is chocolate, I hope I can eat that for the rest of my life. When I was younger
many people kept saying it was bad for me. Now, the science community says its good for you. So there.
My favorite animal used to be horses until I met my first toy poodle. I have had three since
that one and write about one in my urban fantasies. I wrote cats and dogs that speak to
each other in my Domino sci-fi series. Another author did that and I found it enjoyable
to read the animal's perspective. I recently wrote a short prequel to my first book entitled
A Cat on Mars.
Favorite Song: I used to like Good Morning Starshine from Hair. It’s a good uplifting tune to think about
when I walk in the morning. Unfortunately, I don’t listen to a lot of music nowadays. I
like it quiet when I write.
What's Next? Lots of room between Fatal Error and The Eye of the Matrix (10 years) and
after The Cruise, and after The Eye of the Matrix. You won't be disappointed.
Facebook Links: A. Nation Books: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorANation/
A. Nation Author: https://www.facebook.com/AnationWriter/
Webpage: http://anationauthor.com/ There are 5 free short story downloads
Blogs: https://bloggingwrites.weebly.com/ and https://anationbooks.wordpress.com/
Book Links: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ANation
My book Amazon kindle links for each book can be found either in my author page or here.
You can find the links to the other book links above. If readers would give me more reviews
I'd appreciate it.
Cat on Mars - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075TLQ8XC
Similar - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RNM62YQ
Deflection - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PD8LW56
Crossroads - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E9N6FPW
Found - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015Y0OS1M
Return - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EP2C47U
Desert Shock - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LZ43IQU
Fatal Error - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073Q86NSM
Eye of the Matrix - Release in January
Where - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B019S493BU
Pottery - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N49IECN
Cruise - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077YYJT66
This week it is my pleasure to interview you. Would you please introduce yourself to my readers and share something about your life.
My name is Nancy Nation and I pen under A. Nation. I started writing in 2011 when I was 64, so I have a lot to catch up on. I grew up in Idaho, married in Idaho, and now live part-time in Idaho and in Arizona, I joined a writing club and from there I began to write the stories in my head. I’ve always been accused of having a vivid imagination, but that advantage helped me in the past when I studied and obtained a 4-year degree in Computer Information Systems and later as a screen printer. Since I’m retired from those vocations, I have lots of time to write. I have always thought about writing but I didn’t know where to start. I did write for an Audubon Newsletter several years ago. From that experience, my writing club prompts and tips, and my beta readers who help me edit, I have enjoyed the writing process. You won’t be disappointed.
When did you write your first book and how did it come about?
When I joined Write On the Edge writing club in Yuma, Arizona, I decided to choose literary science fiction mystery as my genre. Why? Because non-fiction would definitely get me into trouble with the guilty. I loved the stories by Asimov and Agatha Christie. When I chose my genre, I combined the two story types together.
After I joined the writing club, it took me two years to write Similar But Not the Same two years because (1) I was unfamiliar with the self-publishing formats, and (2) I could attend the club classes only during the winter months. I had my first story going on in my head for some time and this club helped me give it a home.
Do you always write in the same genre or do you mix it up?
I was staying with the same genre until 2015 when my club members convinced me to write for Nanowrimo in November. I wanted something different so I chose the genre Urban Fantasy that would take place in present time. As before, I had the story pretty much wrote in my head a month before the event and when November 1st began, I wrote 50,000 words in eleven days (Where Did They Go?). In 2016, I continued that story and wrote the second book in 16 days (The Pottery Sale). Of course it took another month for me and my beta readers to edit and expand on the stories.
When you write, do you start with an idea and sit down and let it evolve, or do you make notes and collect ideas on paper beforehand?
Before I go to sleep I think about it and let it evolve before I fall asleep. I keep doing that for the next several nights before I start writing anything down and eventually typing it into the computer. Since I now have seven sci-fi adventures written, I pick an unanswered occurrence from one of the last books I wrote and expand upon it, developing the characters more. I like to focus on a theme, whether it is prejudice, greed, or obsession. My Nanowrimo for this fall is ready with some notes I made last winter based on one of my recent travel experiences.
Would you like to give us a short excerpt from one of your books?
Sure, this is from the first chapter of Desert Shock, a futuristic murder mystery:
“High above in the overcast sky of the warm desert flew a small black bird. Fluttering from branch to branch of an old half live ironwood tree, the Phainopepla jerked upwards in fright. Without warning the dark clouds in the sky were illuminated by a bright flash.
A tremendous crack sounded across the Tucson autumn sky causing many people to look up in fear at mankind’s greatest threat–Nature. The dark grey clouds began gathering together as they elicit their conflicting energy across the desert.
Below, on the sandy floor, one pair of open eyes could not see the brilliant streak of light. Her eyes shed no tears. Her ears could not hear the low rumbling in the mountains nor the mournful cry of the black Phainopepla.
As the woman’s face directed toward the overcast upper layers of Earth’s atmosphere, a few drops began sprinkling on her unfeeling skin. The tepid sandy soil caressed and swirled in front of her blind eyes. Somewhere in the city, someone will find the rest of her body.” ©A.Nation2016.
Who is your favourite character and why?
I have created quite a few, I enjoyed the strong women characters I created in Similar and in Deflection who appear independent from time to time because when nobody seems to know what to do next. That’s when these women take charge. In my detective outtakes of the series, I enjoy writing in the mind of a Navajo detective as he chases his suspect to Mars. In my urban fantasy, my female MC seems weak at first but her strength grows when placed in death defying scenes. The villain in Found and Return was fun to write about, but the irritating cousin of my MC in Crossroads and Fatal Error became an interesting composite of several people I have met in my past.
Which of your books gave you the most pleasure to write?
Each one, as I did them, was pleasurable. The most interesting one would be Deflection and The Pottery Sale. The MC in Deflection had a humorous encounter with an alien child, but in The Pottery Sale, I began experimenting with local myths near the town I live in. The making of pottery thanks to my pottery expert and sister who helped me with the details, was fun and informative. In Return, I showed how evil a person can become and how others reacted to his actions. The Alice and Jan characters from the sci-fi stories, and the Susan from Where Did They Go? all have a little piece of me in them.
What is the best marketing tip you have received?
I use Facebook and promote my webpage. Although, I haven’t received much from Facebook. I prefer to say, from my former business experiences on the web, use links as much as you can to your webpage and to where your books are sold.
How would you describe yourself?
Vertically challenged but innovative. Maybe that’s has helped my positive outlook on life. If I have a problem, I will access resources from my experience, from my husband, or the web to figure it out, whether it is from fixing something around the house or in the story of my book.
What do you do when you are not writing or reading?
Traveling, my husband and I love to go camping although we do it in an RV. We also travel back and forth from Idaho to Arizona and stop at museums or visit relatives along the way. Sometimes a slice of a story from these adventures will slip into my books. I used several museum pics meshed together to create the Crossroads book cover. I created my own covers just because Createspace doesn’t offer what I am looking for.
If you could holiday anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why?
Arizona, it’s always warm, except when we went on an Alaskan trip during the heat of the summer and it was great. Fresh air and wonderful landscapes.
If you have owned pets, do you have a funny story you would like to share with us?
I had owned a poodle. They are the clowns of the dog species. This one would throw her ball down the stairs and run after it. She would do this several times by herself.
What is the biggest factor for you when selecting a book to read?
Like most, I look at the cover and read the back blurb. Since I use my kindle completely, I read the blurb that was entered for the book. For my interests, the story has to have plot depth and a moral resolve toward the end. I’m not a fan of starting off the story with blasting action scenes without an explanation of why it’s happening.
Do you have your own website?
Are you working on a new book at the moment?
Yes, it will be the eighth in the sci-fi series that leans more to young adult with some of the previous characters. I may or may not get it done by Oct.30th as I will be traveling and Nanowrimo starts November 1st. For fun, I decided to create a prequel to my first book about the cat character in the story and all his adventures on Mars.
Do you have any events or book promotions coming up that you would like to tell us about?
Not at this time. In November, there is a craft show I will be attending in Yuma, Arizona in the civic center. I don’t know the date yet.
Here’s where you can also find me and my books:
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/A-Nation/e/B00SUHXM6E
Facebook: A. Nation Books: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorANation/
A. Nation Author: https://www.facebook.com/AnationWriter/
Blog: http://bloggingwrites.weebly.com/ - thoughts
And : https://anationbooks.wordpress.com/ updates/events
1) Welcome ! Would you please tell a little bit about yourself.
A - In my younger years, I studied Commercial Art and Computer information systems and received a B.A.degree in CIS. I grew up in north Idaho, USA and married an electrical engineer. After traveling, due to my husband's work, we settled in southern Idaho. There I acquired a screen printing business that I added embriodery and did that for for 15 years. Now I'm retired and enjoy writing.
2) When you decided to write and what inspired you?
A - I have always thought about writing and I did a small newsletter for the local Audubon society, but nothing real serious until I joined a writing club in 2011. I get my inspiration from the local and world news, or just some injustice that I want to correct.
3) Tell us a little bit about your books, your favorite genres etc.?
My books involve two series right now. One is scifi mysteries that take place in the future, the other is present time urban fantasy mysteries. The scifi story begins with how we would be living on the Moon and on Mars, first contact, and space adventures. Three books in that series have taken off into a futuristic detective who chases his suspects to Mars. The urban fantasy is present time down with to earth people that encounter strange goings on in their small Idaho town.
4) What was the hardest part of writing your first book ?
A - Not knowing how to put it together, or how to publish it. My book club and the people involved helped me put it all together.
5) What are your future projects?
I'm currently working on another scifi book that I may not get done in time before this November's Nanowrimo. My urban fantasies were created during Nanowrimo. I finished the first UF book in 11 days. My WIP scifi may begin a series in its own. I'll have to wait and see. The next book during Nanowrimo will involve going on a cruise. For those who don't know what Nanowrimo is, you have to write 50,000+ words or more in 30 days during November. Go to nanowrimo.org.
6) How do you involve in promoting your book? Any marketing
technique you want to share?
A - It's nothing more than most writers do, I post on my blog or facebook page, A. Nation Books or A. Nation Author. I have joined many writing groups on Facebook. I don't offer my books for free, number one because, all the work I put into the books should account for something. Number two, I believe less is more. When I see the same types of covers and storylines that a lot of writers do every day on FB, I have a tendancy to ignore them. So I will do a FB blast to the groups once a month.
7) How you made your first book published? Share your experiences and strategies of promotion and marketing.
A - I'm self published. I load it first into Kindle, Draft 2 Digital, and Smashwords. I have offered ebooks for sale on Smashwords because I don't belong to Kindle Unlimited, too restrictive and I want readers to be able to get my book on other formats. Publishing through Draft2Digital and Smashwords will get my book into the other formats like Apple and Barnes & Noble. I also enter my books into basic Kindle and Createspace. I have a website where you can order from my catalog or go through Amazon or other formats.
8) Give your thoughts about traditional publishing Vs. self-publishing? Which are the publishing platforms you use to publish your books?
A - Because I do this for my own self improvement, I chose self-publishing. I can get my books out to the public, fast and correct them quickly if I have to. From what I have heard about traditional is you have to wait 6 months to a year to get a response, if they want your book. By then I would have two to three more books to publish. I like doing this on my time schedule. Also I chose fiction, which still takes some research, doesn't hinder me in factual legalities.
9) Personally, I would like to know about social and political issues of your country? Have you ever thought to write about those or something which may be beneficial for the society or nation?
A - Well I have. In my first and second book, I have the characters reflect back to what our politians did 300 years prior to the story and mimic the corruption throughout the story. I use the alien characters as a reflection of ourselves when choices are made that destroyed their planet. When I created the alien characters, I wanted them to look just like us, a human, but their procreation and social values are completely opposite to what we believe to be normal. Hence the title, Similar But Not the Same. I created a lot of social interaction as well as new inventions that I see being studied right now. For these innovations, I do research to see if they are possible.
10) What advice would you want to give to an aspiring writer?
A- Read, read, and read some more. This gives you the basis of sentance structure, dialog, and plot making. Then, the new writer should take a writing course to freshen their work. If you haven't had an grammar class since high school or college, you may not remember all the rules. Above all, join a writing book club where the intricacies of other writers guide you to format and write your book.
11) Anything you like to share about your writing process or reading habits?
A- I write or read at night before I sleep, or write directly to the computer. I use Word. I can easily format my book on that software. I believe you need to read before you know how to write. In my lengthy life, I have seen a lot of movies and read a lot of books. When I put certain characters in specific locations, you can visualize what they will do next and watch them play out the story. After almost 10 books, I have never had what one would call Writer's Block. If I'm taking time off, because I have to make dinner or pack for a trip, I like to call that time: Taking a moment to evaluate the next scene. Because that is what I'm doing.
12) What do you think encourages a reader to buy a book?
A- For me, it's the cover, the back blurb or the price. Sometimes it's the first page of the first chapter. I like to ease into a story that had explained the why, where, when, and how before the characters start their action. Some I have started to read, lost me when the character is behind something and he's shooting back at who knows who. It's confusing.
13) Tell something about your cover designer, editor and other contributors or service providers.
A - When I did my first book, I used the Kindle and Createspace cover. It was okay until I did the second book and couldn't find anything acceptable that related to the story, so I created my own. I have a Coreldraw program from my screen printing days, which is like photoshop, that I can use my own photos to manipulate into a cover. It takes me hours sometimes unless I'm just using one picture as I did in Where Did They Go?.
As for editors, I have a bevy of beta readers and each one has their own take and finds errors that another one won't. One of my readers is well knowledged in grammar and flow of story. She's priceless but like the rest do not want to be paid. So I give them little gifts like restaurant gift cards or a free book. For example, my neighbor took a foggy picture of her old shed behind her house. She received a free book from me.
14) Share links about you and your works -
A - Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/A-Nation/e/B00SUHXM6E
iTunes group page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/a-nation/id805154994?mt=11
Smashwords page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ANation
Barnes & Noble page: http://bit.ly/2cgFZjn
Books2Read page: https://books2read.com/author/a-nation/subscribe/1/28898/
Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8196987.A_Nation
Webpage: http://anationauthor.com (free sequels or prequels)
Weebly Blog: http://bloggingwrites.weebly.com/
Wordpress Blog: https://anationbooks.wordpress.com
Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorANation/
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Here is the Interview:
Author A. Nation – Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy Writer
This week, I am going to jump at the opportunity to interview a wonderful woman who has written about Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy that has enticed many readers. Her name is Nancy A. Nation, and I’m excited to get this chance!
Interviewer: Welcome to the interview!
Nancy: Thank you!
Interviewer: So let’s start off a bit different than I have with the first two and tell us about yourself.
Nancy: I am the first born of three siblings. I received a degree in Idaho for Computer Information Systems. I had a successful screen print and embroidery business in town which fulfilled my creative energy. I raised three poodles, one after the other, no children. I’m one of those people that if I have a problem, I fix it or find someone who will.
Interviewer: You definitely sound like you don’t like to wait to get things fixed if you can do it yourself. That is very similar to me, so I like having that in common. Tell me, when and why did you begin writing?
Nancy: In 2011 I was in a library in Yuma, Arizona where we were staying for the winter and saw a sign that said, “if you have a story, our writing club meets on Tuesday” Having nothing else to do I signed up and found it was a working writing club. Two years later I published my first book, Similar But Not the Same. I chose sci-fi as my genre because it gave me more flexibility.
Interviewer: What inspired you to write your first book?
Nancy: I wanted to project how we as humans may be living in the future and how some of the mistakes our leaders do today can affect our lives long term.
Interviewer: Interesting ideas and I see you have a number of books available. Is there a message in your novel(s) that you want readers to grasp?
Nancy: When I began writing my first book, I had no idea that religion or concepts like retribution would be something I would attain. I have been exposed to vindictive people, so I use that in a few books. I try to show how the wrongs in this world can be righted in the fantasy world.
Interviewer: I love that. To use the fantasy world to show the ways to right the wrongs of the real world is very unique! Now a fun question. If you were to find out that you books were to be made into a film or just one of your books, who would you prefer play the lead?
Nancy: The lead would have to be of American Indian descent because my main character is Navajo. He’s broad and tall with long black hair. Sorry gals, I married him off. I really don’t know of any particular actor currently that could play this part. Maybe someone who is reading this might have an idea?
Interviewer: I’m sure my readers might be able to come up with an actor that fits your description. So is there anything you want to tell your readers?
Nancy: I am sure you will all like my stories. They are fast paced, thought provoking, and always have a happy ending. That’s another reason I write, my readers want to know what happens next.
Interviewer: Awesome. I like fast paced books as they tend to keep me entertained more. As we wind this interview down, do you have any advice for other writers?
Nancy: Read, read, read. Then write like nobody cares.
Interviewer: Excellent advice and I would like to thank you for doing my interview today.
Nancy: It was my pleasure!
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Here's Fiona Mcvie's Interview
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 grew up in North Idaho, married when I met my husband who traveled a lot in his work to the East and South in Texas. I am retired from retail and now live in Idaho and Arizona.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am the first born of three siblings. I received a degree in Idaho for Computer Information Systems. I had a successful screen print and embroidery business in town which fulfilled my creative energy. I raised three poodles, one after the other, no children. I’m one of those people that if I have a problem, I fix it or find someone who will.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m almost done editing my latest book, Fatal Error, the Seventh Saga in my series and the ninth book I have written.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
In 2011 I was in a library in Yuma, Arizona where we were staying for the winter and saw a sign that said, “if you have a story, our writing club meets on Tuesday” Having nothing else to do I signed up and found it was a working writing club. Two years later I published my first book, Similar But Not the Same. I chose sci-fi as my genre because it gave me more flexibility.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After my first book was published and sold.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I wanted to project how we as humans may be living in the future and how some of the mistakes our leaders do today can affect our lives long term.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
In Similar But Not the Same,my aliens looked like us but were socially different than us. As for Fatal Error, this has to do whena human accidently kills someone andusing humanoid androids as a work force. Is the robot obligated to tell or just record. Will they follow the three laws of robotics?
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Since I have never taken writing classes except for a couple of online courses and college English, I like to present the location, the main characters, and the event that brings everyone together. I have beta readers that help me with grammar and thoughts on how to make it better. My writing club has guided me a lot in this area.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
In my urban fantasy, Where Did They Go? And The Pottery Sale, which is present time and near my home, some situations have happened to me. Such as a Corelle dish exploding on the kitchen table. Things disappearing and returning. If you have bifocals, you’d understand. In Fatal Error, the accidental death has occurred. I have watched a lot of movies, have read a lot of mystery novels, and I pay close attention how people interact with others.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Sometimes, but I try to finish my work before we head south or north. If I don’t, it is still waiting for me to return. I write the night before and put that on the computer during the day.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I do. I was not satisfied with kdp/createspace pictures. They didn’t represent what I was writing about. From my screen printing business I inherited the Corel Draw program. It’s like Photoshop. With that I can manipulate my photos.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
When I began writing my first book, I had no idea that religion or concepts like retribution would be something I would attain. I have been exposed to vindictive people, so I use that in a few books. I try to show how the wrongs in this world can be righted in the fantasy world.
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 fan right now of J.A. Jance and C.J. Box. I have read all the Asimov, Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer, and Tim Stout books. Their work is the mystery, who done it and how the main character solves the crime.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
The writing club, Writer On the Edge, in Yuma, Arizona. Everyone there has been helpful and easy to get information from.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
No, I do this for fun. I wish for more sales but I don’t need the stress of tracking down an agent that won’t give you much in royalties. I don’t have to do this, but since I enjoy writing, what do I have to lose? By the way, I am self-published.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Since it’s not quite done by the readers yet, I am thinking about make the first chapter the Prologue. As my betas send me updates, I sometimes think of another scene that should have been mentioned. For right now, it is what it is.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Memories became more vivid. Some of the early scenes in the beginning have happened in my presence. This is my ninth book and with each writing, I get better in the showing and less in the telling.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
The lead would have to have some American Indian descent because he’s Navajo. He’s broad and tall with long black hair. Sorry gals, I married him off. I really don’t know any current actors that fit the bill. Maybe someone in your readership can throw out some ideas.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Read, read, read. Then write like nobody cares.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I am sure you will all like my stories. They are fast paced, thought provoking, and always have a happy ending. That’s another reason I write, my readers want to know what happens next.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Pretend You Don’t See by Mary Higgins Clark. I like her work too.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
That’s too long ago. I do remember reading Edgar Allen Poe’s work in high school, Then I read some Robert Heinlein, Wow, I just remembered. My mother had me go to the library and I loved the Nancy Drew books.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Kittens that are funny. Sad story like the one I wrote in my Where Did They Go? I’m sure there were more.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
My mother, she died when she was 66. Because sometimes I thought my mother would like to hear something funny I saw. Just the sharing of thoughts. Now I share with my sister.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I guess writing is my hobby but I still do embroidery for groups.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I liked the Poirot mysteries, Father Brown, Star Trek series, science programs, Better Call Saul and more.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My food tastes are simple now, but I do enjoy dark chocolate and white wine. My music is from the sixties and the seventies. My favorite color is red but I also like aqua blue.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Have someone else do it or get Dragon. By that time, I may not care.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Always be better that you were yesterday.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Blog: http://bloggingwrites.weebly.com/ Web: http://anationauthor.com/
I post most of my specials and events on Facebook.
Facebook: under A. Nation Books and A. Nation Author