AUTHOR INTERVIEW 114 – Veronica Faye


Veronica McGill (pen name) Veronica Faye


Veronica Faye is the author of three novels in the Gemini Jones mystery series: Gemini Jones: My Past Came Knocking (The Savannah Wooten Case), Gemini Jones: The Dr. Marquise Crawford Case, and her latest book, Gemini Jones: The Future of My Past (The Rodney Earls, Ph.D. Case). A devout reader of mysteries and good story telling, Veronica’s influences include Agatha Christie, Walter Mosley, and Jeffrey Archer. She lives in Gary, Indiana.

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.

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