Veronica McGill (pen name) Veronica Faye
Romelia: WHAT IS A SIGNIFICANT WAY YOUR BOOK HAS CHANGED SINCE THE FIRST DRAFT?
Veronica Faye: I have written three books in the series and my character in each book learns more about her disorder and how to deal with it.
Romelia: WHAT PERSPECTIVES OR BELIEFS HAVE YOU CHALLENGED WITH THIS WORK?
Veronica Faye: My perspective in this series is that mental illness is still a difficult subject of conversation in the African American community.
Romelia: WHAT INSPIRED THE IDEA FOR YOUR BOOK?
Veronica Faye: I have been a lover of murder mysteries since childhood.
Romelia: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR BOOK’S IDEAL READER?
Veronica Faye: My readers tend to be college educated, 30 to 70 years of age.
Romelia: HOW MUCH RESEARCH DID YOU NEED TO DO FOR YOUR BOOK?
Veronica Faye: I have to do a lot of research on bi-polar disorder and criminal law which is extensive since they are not my areas of expertise.
Romelia: HOW IMPORTANT WAS PROFESSIONAL EDITING TO YOUR BOOK’S DEVELOPMENT?
Veronica Faye: It is very important since my readers are college educated and expect a professional product. I had my second book re-edited because I was not satisfied with the first editor’s work
Romelia: WHAT WAS YOUR HARDEST SCENE TO WRITE, AND WHY?
Veronica Faye: In my second book the hardest scene to write was showing a particular event from different characters who were at the same place.
Romelia: WHAT CHARACTERS IN YOUR BOOK ARE MOST SIMILAR TO YOU OR TO PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
Veronica Faye: My protagonist has my humor and I created her based on a relative who suffered with bi-polar disorder.
Romelia: HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK?
Veronica Faye: It took me a few years to write the first one because I had to stop as I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Romelia: HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE TITLE FOR YOUR BOOK?
Veronica Faye: My books all start with the name of the main character Gemini Jones. I created the name because that is my zodiac sign and the last name jones fit.
Romelia: WOULD YOU AND YOUR MAIN CHARACTER GET ALONG?
Veronica Faye: Definitely. She is a series of contradictions like me, she loves people but likes to be alone.
Romelia: IF YOU COULD MEET YOUR CHARACTERS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM?
Veronica Faye: I think you are the coolest people I have ever met.
Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR WRITING PROCESS LIKE? ARE YOU MORE OF A PLOTTER OR A PANTSER?
Veronica Faye: I like to start with the purpose of the book, then the murders then the rest just falls into place.
Romelia: WHAT DO YOU NEED IN YOUR WRITING SPACE TO HELP YOU STAY FOCUSED?
Veronica Faye: Chopin.
Romelia: IF YOU WERE TO WRITE A SPIN-OFF ABOUT A SIDE CHARACTER, WHICH WOULD YOU PICK?
Veronica Faye: I plan to write a spinoff on Gemini’s son Enoch.
Romelia: IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY WITH ANOTHER POPULAR AUTHOR, WHOM WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
Veronica Faye: British author Jeffrey Archer.
Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR SCHEDULE LIKE WHEN YOU’RE WRITING A BOOK?
Veronica Faye: I really don’t have one. I just write until I finish.
Romelia: HAVE YOU EVER TRAVELED AS RESEARCH FOR YOUR BOOK?
Veronica Faye: No.
Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WRITING SNACK OR DRINK?
Veronica Faye: Popcorn and cranberry juice.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE WHEN YOU FINISH YOUR BOOK?
Veronica Faye: I thank God.
Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR KRYPTONITE AS A WRITER?
Veronica Faye: Finding the motivation after working a fulltime job.
Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY FROM YOUR ADULT LIFE.
Veronica Faye: My dog is the leader of the house.
Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.
Veronica Faye: I love people, I am pursuing my dreams at the age of 63. I hate racism and intolerance.