Interview with Fiona McGier

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I've been "writing" stories in my head since I was a kid. I thought everyone walked around with characters "talking" in their heads, showing them scenes from their lives. The first actual book that I wrote was "Never Too Old For The Game Of Love", and it's now listed on Smashwords, available through my publisher. It's the first book in the Reyes Family Romances series, about the various members of a close-knit, Hispanic family, and the people they all fall in love with.

When I finished this book, the work really began, trying to find a publisher. But before that, I was surprised that the characters from this book were now quiet in my head. Of course, some of the "side" characters in this book started demanding I write their stories also. That's how 1 book turned into a series of 6 books, 1 of which is a free download here at Smashwords. (Prescription For Love)
How do you approach cover design?
My publishers provide an artist who designs a cover based on the information I supply as to the plot and main characters. I've been happy with all of my covers. But since I decided to offer one of my novels as a free download, I let my daughter design the cover, so it's not a professionally-done cover. But don't let that put you off! I put the same time/effort and perfectionist tendencies into this book that I did for the others.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This changes almost every day! I'm a huge sci-fi fan, so when I discover an author I like, I read everything I can find by that author. Lately I've been reading a lot of cultural anthropology (love Desmond Morris!), to study how and why humans react to each other. I recently read, "The Ape That Spoke", by John McCrone, and I loved his ideas about memories being tied to words.
One of my sons has been guiding me through everything ever written by Kurt Vonnegut, and I just finished "Slaughterhouse Five"...wow! I really liked "Cat's Cradle" also.
I like Margaret Atwood--"Oryx and Crake' is a great book looking into a distopic future and seeing the logical end to many of the things now happening..."After The Flood" was the sequel, and I just saw there is another sequel, "Mad Addam", which I'm looking to read very soon.
And being a huge Doctor Who fan, I just finished a definitive book about the last 50 years of the series.

I'm an eclectic reader who frequently goes on genre "binges".
What do you read for pleasure?
Reading anything is a pleasure! I love books! Hard-cover, paperbacks, eBooks...I love them all!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a kindle, but a really old-school one, with no touch-screen. I prefer buttons. I've had it for a couple of years and still don't understand how to do much of what it offers. But I've figured out how to get books onto it and off when I don't like them enough to keep them. What else do I need, right?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have a website: http://www.fionamcgier.com
I also have a Facebook page, but I don't get there often...my life involves a couple of jobs in addition to a family, and my writing suffers when I use my limited computer time for social networking.
I have my Facebook page, my Amazon page, my Manicreader page, and my Goodreads page all hooked up to my website, so whenever I put up a new blog, it goes "live" on those pages as well.

I read that the best way to gain readers is to keep writing, so there's always something new from you for your readers to enjoy. I've been trying to do just that.
Describe your desk
It's a mess! I have bits of paper scattered all around, with tiny notes about characters, events, plot ideas, etc. I also have a book with phrases en español, for when I'm quoting a Hispanic character. Under that book is the headphone set I got when I bought Rosetta Stone, all 5 levels, of Spanish. I'm so disappointed that OWNING it isn't enough! I've only made it through the first disc, and I'm still not bi-lingual! I also have a mug holding pens, a large water glass filled with ice, and lots of paperclips scattered around. Oh, and an open package of Corn Nuts...love that salty corn taste!

And I can't forget to mention my husband's contribution to inspiration: a small to-scale model of a famous sculpture, "The Kiss", with a nude couple sitting on a rock, embracing passionately. He's my muse!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the suburbs west of Chicago, and I still live there, although quite a bit south and west of where I grew up. I've set my Reyes Family Romances series in a nearby suburb. I've also set other books either around here, or in other areas of the midwest that I'm familiar with, like up in Wisconsin, where we love to go camping at any opportunity.

I grew up in an area with an urban "feel", with friends of many races and nationalities. Because of this, many of my romances are inter-racial because that's what seems normal to me. And I like to incorporate the differences between cultures as a part of what the romantic couple has to deal with as they fall in love.
When did you first start writing?
When I first learned to hold a pencil. I was reading the newspaper to my Mom while she cooked dinner before I got into kindergarten. Words are my life...always have been.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My 2 latest books are caused by my love for an area we've been heading to for summer vacation for the past few years. Grand Marais, Minnesota is a gorgeous little town up on the north shore of Lake Superior, very near to the Canadian border. The Gunflint Trail leads north out of town, and you pass many resorts, camping areas and fishing lakes, along the one-hour drive that eventually ends in a federal park appropriately called, "Trails End". I was unhappy at having to leave the area two years ago when our vacation was over. To make myself feel better, I imagined how wonderful it would be to fall in love with a native of the area, so you could move up there and be seduced by the area as well as your beloved. That books is "For The Love Of His Life".

Then one of the bit players in the book wanted her story to be told next. It's hard to ignore a red-haired biker queen, so I wrote her story next, and that's my most recent book: "Only One Man Will Do." This one is set in Minneapolis, but I'm working now on a sequel to this one, that will be set up in Grand Marais again.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I got so many rejection letters from all of the publishers that I sent my first book to, that I could paper my bathroom with them and still have left-overs. Most were form letters with no indication that they'd read any part of my submission. Since I was an unknown, no one would take a chance on me, or even offer me any useful advice. Agents cost money, and they don't like unknowns either.

I was thrilled when a small publisher offered me a contract. I have all 5 books of the Reyes Family Romances with them. I have 5 books with a second publisher and 4 with a third publisher. I'm happy with all of them. And of course, I have one book published here, as a free download. I'm very happy with Smashwords also.
Published 2013-12-10.
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Books by This Author

Prescription For Love; Book 4 in the Reyes Family Romances Series
Price: Free! Words: 56,120. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Interracial
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Enrique Reyes was named after his grandfather, and together they visited his hometown in Mexico, where Enrique is now happy being the doctor. The only thing he is missing is a wife. When Tanora Doyle, a bi-racial research biologist arrives in town, he is intrigued. But will the baggage she carries keep them apart? Or can Enrique cure whatever ails her and solve his problem as well?