Fiona McGier is on my blog promoting two books, and if you’re a paranormal fan, you’ll want to check them out. The first was recently released, Prophecy of the Undead. The second, Mayan Prophecy Fulfilled, will be available on February 1st. Let’s get started!
Tell us about yourself.
I live a life of constant busy-ness. I’ve been married for almost 30 years to the man of my dreams. But I’m the kind of person who can’t relax. Even when he convinces me to sit and watch TV, I’ll crochet afghans so I’m not just sitting there “wasting” my time. Our 4 kids are now young adults, 2 of whom are still in college. I’m a certified English teacher who likes teenagers, and they like me because I treat them like they’re my kids. But schools always hire the newbie-grads, so I’m in my 10th year of subbing. I also work retail at night and on Saturdays.
Sundays I sleep in late and work on my author business. I love to bake pies and cookies, and I believe in home-cooked dinners, but I’m not home much at dinnertime anymore. The only time I ever really relax is when we are camping, which is a theme I often put into my books: nature = relaxation.
What is the most romantic gesture you’ve ever received?
When the kids were all toddlers, husband once saved his once-a-week lunch money to buy me a single rose for Valentine’s Day. The gum-cracking girl in the check-out line rolled her eyes at him and made him feel cheap. I cried because I knew he had to have sacrificed something to afford it. That one rose was so special!
What type of music do you listen to?
My favorite music is anything with a loud, driving beat and screaming guitars. I’m a heavy-metal gal, and I think Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails is a god, along with Maynard from Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer. I also love blues, and have seen Buddy Guy many times, along with other greats like Carl Weathersby, Howard and the White Boys, and Kenny Wayne Shephard. More recent additions to my I-Pod include the Dandy Warhols Divine Fits and Julien K.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
The north woods—specifically Wisconsin and Minnesota. I love to camp up where the pine trees make the air smell good, and there aren’t any city lights to pollute the night sky so the stars are so bright you can almost touch them. In fact, I have a book coming out in May that will explore how the peace and quiet of the north woods can change your life by making you slow down enough to listen to the voices inside your head.
Finish this sentence: You gotta love a man who…
Morphs from the sexiest, hottest man you’ve ever met to the most hands-on Father, taking care of babies and small children like he was born to do it. The heroes of my Reyes Family Romances books are men like that…so is my husband.
Yes or no: Does size matter?
Did you ever read Xavier Hollander’s The Happy Hooker? I read it in high school and spent years testing out her theory that finger size has a direct correlation to the size of a man’s…ahem…joy stick. Hot damn! She was right! So…yes.
What does the area where you write look like?
I have my laptop on a stand so it doesn’t get too warm. I have a wireless keyboard and mouse so I can “feel” the keys as I write, which is hard with the flatter laptop keys. There is a bulletin board next to the laptop with notes/calendars on it so I don’t forget things I commit to, and framed covers of all of the books that have been released in paperback are hanging on the walls around my desk. There is also a poster from the “Demotivator” website that shows pine trees at night by the light of a crescent moon, with the phrase: “Madness does not always howl. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, Hey, is there room in your head for one more?” That about sums up my experience as an author, since there are always new voices clamoring for me to tell their stories.
What inspired you to write your latest release?
I had a dream that gave me the heroine, Keisha, a brilliant neuro-biologist who was searching for the key to intelligence to help the human race better itself. Once she finds it, she becomes a target. But why? I knew the Mayan prediction of the “end of time” in 2012 was a part of it, but once I started writing the story, I got writer’s block by the second chapter. Then I had a second dream about 6 months later, in which a tall, very white-skinned blond man told me I was having trouble because I was giving Keisha the wrong hero…it had to be him. Then he smiled and showed me his fangs.
I told him I don’t write paranormal romance, that vampires have been done to death. He laughed and told me, “Research the Mayans.” When I work up the next morning, I did just that. I discovered that all of the religious rituals involved blood sacrifice. Why did they need to bleed so much for their gods? Well if their gods were vampires…
The rest of Prophecy of the Undead almost wrote itself, and as soon as I finished it, I began work on the sequel, Mayan Prophecy Fulfilled, which is coming out February 1st. The story arc left open will be finished in the second book, Keisha and the other characters will be back, and the heroine of the sequel is a Chinese female vampire who discovers her own humanity in the arms of a blue-skinned alien who is shocked to discover that he can fall in love.
Is there a scene in the book you particularly enjoy? Tell us about it and why.
I loved writing the scenes where Keisha discovers for the first time, what she can feel and do now that she’s a vampire. In the very beginning, she is taking a shower and accidentally discovers how much more sensitive her skin is now that she is “changed”. Then she panics when she can’t find her own pulse. Yuri introduces her to just how much more she can feel when she has a partner, and since sex has always just been incidental to her drive to do her research, it’s a very pleasant surprise to be loved and cherished by such an extremely hot man. Then he later teaches her to fly. I tried to be somewhat realistic, but then wouldn’t it be cool to be able to fly?
Do you have a favorite hero and/or heroine you’ve written? What makes them special?
I really fell in love with Alejandro Reyes, the Hispanic hero of my first book, Never Too Old For the Game of Love. He’s an alpha, rich and successful, and just what the heroine needs for her shattered self-confidence after her husband announced he was divorcing her to move in with his partner because he is gay.
My favorite heroine is Melanie, the English teacher from Two For Tuesday, because she is a rebellious wild-child when she is at college, and that’s when she met the hero, a skinny Black man on a full-ride scholarship to become a doctor. He’s too poor and too busy to have time to date. She’s okay with having him over once a week, on Tuesdays. Before long, that’s not enough for either of them; they re-connect 10 years later.
You’re husband’s romantic gesture was very sweet. What does that checkout girl know? Boo. Tell us about the books!
Prophecy of the Undead
Blurb: Keisha is a neurobiology researcher determined to discover the secret to intelligence to save humanity from itself. What she learns leads her to realize a bigger threat comes from beyond the stars. Yuri is a Russian vampire whose long-dead feelings respond to the scientist whose brain he admires but whose curves he can’t resist. Will his love reach the places in her heart that she has ignored for so long? And can they defeat the prophecy of the undead to find happiness sharing eternity?
(I did a review tour for this book so on my website are links to 7 bloggers who participated with reviews.)
Prophecy of the Undead, available now at all of the usual places, like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All-Romances eBooks.com and CoffeetimeRomance.com. Also available from the publisher.
Mayan Prophecy Fulfilled
Blurb: As a gifted child she was given to the state by her Chinese parents, leading to a harsh life. Her un-dead existence has been worse. When other vampires urge her not to further the destruction of humans, they bring a blue-skinned alien Visitor. She never expected to discover her own humanity in the arms of an alien; he never expected to fall in love. Can their passion bridge the gap between their races? And can they join forces to face the return of the Mayan aliens and save humanity?
Mayan Prophecy Fulfilled will be out February 1.
For more information about any of my books please visit my website at: www.fionamcgier.com.
If you leave a comment here telling me if anything I’ve said here encouraged you to want to read any of my books, I’ll enter you into a drawing for a PDF of Prophecy of the Undead. I’d love to hear from you! I’ll pick the winner on Sunday, February 3rd.
Thanks for visiting my blog, Fiona! Readers, be sure to leave a comment letting her know if anything she’s said today has encouraged you to read one of her books, and you have a chance to win a free copy of Prophecy of the Undead!