Thursday, August 13, 2015

Author Spotlight: Fiona McShane

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Introducing author Fiona McShane and her novel Bluebells, book 1 in the Wolf Land series, fantasy based in Irish history:

1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I wonder if this is a difficult question for every author? I always feel more comfortable expressing myself through my fiction rather than talking about myself in reality! But here goes: I live with my husband in a little cottage in rural Ireland - a house we are doing up VERY slowly.  I'm lucky, because I live with the man I love, and I get to spend a lot of time writing.

2. When did you start writing, and why?
Even before I could write, I was telling stories. Once I COULD write, I didn't stop.  My school teachers would have me read my stories out at school assemblies. I was incredibly shy and mumbled my way through!  It's only very recently that I've gotten past that shyness - at least enough to publish some of my work.

3. What do you write, and why? What do you enjoy about what you write?
I love to read and write in many genres.  So far I have published in both the romance and paranormal genre.  The characters and their stories are always fully formed in my mind before I begin to write.  I know I'm finished a book when it's as close as possible to the story that's been playing in my mind.  And I enjoy every moment of the process.

4. What is your latest book or series? Any forthcoming books?
Wolf Land Book One: Bluebells is my latest release.  The second book in the Wolf Land series - Storyfalls - will be out this September.

5. "Welcome To My Worlds": Tell us a little about the world of your latest book or series.
The Wolf Land series was inspired by my interest in that time period of Irish history - the late 1600s. The wolf 'problem' in the country was making it difficult for settlers to clear land. The forests were areas of freedom for the wolves and the tories (Irish rebels). Because I also have a love of fantasy, I thought:
what if the reason that the wolf hunters found Ireland so difficult to clear was that our wolves were ... something different? And so the story began.

6. Introduce us to some of your characters. What do you like about them?
I love all of my characters.  In my mind, they live.  I know what becomes of them long after the books end, and I wish I could tell you everything I know about them!

In the Wolf Land series, the two main characters are Sorcha Moore and Rory Farrell.  At the Bealtaine festival, they share a kiss so special that the scent of bluebells fills the air.  The very next day, Rory leaves the village, breaking Sorcha's heart.  But their village is a special place - a place where unusual
wolves reign.  And in this village, despite all odds, their love remains constant.  It is this constancy that makes me love these two characters so much.  Even in horrific circumstances, they remain true to each other - and true to themselves.

7. A fun fact you would like your readers to know about you or your book.
When I was beginning to write the Wolf Land series, we adopted a stray dog.  It was full moon, and he howled like a wolf in his sleep.  He has done the same every full moon since then.  I've given him the nick-name Little Wolf.

8. Blog/site link, and where your book is available.
I will be launching a blog very soon.  Until then, I can be found on:
Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon author page
You can buy my books on Amazon

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