Fiona has a new novella out, and you’ve got to love this: sexy sea captain’s, spunky librarians and high sea adventure Fi-style. Here’s the interview I gave Fiona at Total Exposure on release day.
1. First off, that is such a smoking cover. What are your thoughts on it as an artist?
My thoughts were – HOLY COW how can I steal this artist’s talent? My two favorite cover artists are Kanaxa and Anne Cain – and Kanaxa did this one. I actually have a date with her at RT to pick her brain – not only is she a terrific cover artist she is also an extremely talented author!
I’m glad I let other artists do their thing with my book cover – instead of trying to control things and do them myself. The results are always spectacular, and I’m honestly my own worst client, so it always works out:)
2. This sounds like so much freaking fun! Adventurous librarians–I love it–and time travel and pirates! Arrrhhhh. Where’d the seeds for this story come from?
Thank you! This is really an oddball theme for me – I do love time travels, but I never really planned to do a historical (kinda) with it. I really wanted to do something with Bermuda Triangle, but drowning my heroine wasn’t really an option lol. Time Travel seemed like a terrific way to make her “disappear”, and this was during the time when the second (or third?) Pirates of the Caribbean came out.
So here we are at the Bermuda Triangle, with Pirate influences… Treasure seemed like the most logical choice!
This is where I dug into my childhood – there was this really terrific cartoon in Russian retelling Stevenson’s Treasure Island. (Somehow is wasn’t as cool when I re watched it as an adult). Between that and re-reading Treasure Island, I had a good idea of what I wanted to do:)
3. When someone says ‘pirate’ what immediately pops into your mind?
Umm… Han Solo. (You knew that one was coming, right LOL)
4. How does this book differ from many of your other books?
This book is a lot lighter and more spunky/funny. My heroine has a very wry way of speaking which I really enjoyed. Here’s a small example:
“I’d prefer to get to my own century, but my red shoes won’t work.”
She had the oddest way of speaking, though why it would appeal to him he didn’t know.
She turned to leave, but whirled around again. “And I can come here to use the…what the hell do you call it, anyway?”
The girl had guts. “The pot. And yes.”
“I can’t wait to get back to working toilets,” Jared heard her mutter just before she slammed the door.
5. Finish this sentence….”If I’d only known how much work and fun it is to write when I first became an author, I would have not waited this long!!!
5. Describe “Treasure” in ten words or less.
How’s this? Fearless Librarian. Gorgeous Sea Captain. Pirate Treasure. Time Travel.