Welcome to another interview with one of the authors featured in the Where Words Fail Music Speaks anthology.
You can find the anthology on Amazon, on Kindle and in paperback.
I hope you’re enjoying the series so far. I’m meeting lots of new writers, which is really cool.
Today, please welcome M.B. Feeney to my blog!
- Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I’m too close to 40, I live in Birmingham (UK) with my partner of 16 years (get less for murder these days), 2 kids, 1 mad dog, and 2 chinchillas. I’m not working (other than writing) at the moment as my youngest is still in Primary school, but that may change when he starts Secondary – unless I sell the movie rights to one of my books hahaha.
- Why did you decide to be involved with the anthology?
My friend’s teenage son suffers with Cluster Migraines and I know how much he suffers with them. I suffer with migraine’s and can’t imagine anything worse, and hoped my short helps even just a little bit. I also used it as an excuse to push me out of my writing comfort zone.
- All the story/poem titles are 90s Brit Pop songs. How did you choose your song title?
I’d originally picked a different song. The story was similar, but I didn’t ‘feel’ it. Then, I heard taunts of ‘there she goes’ and the song and story idea were just chosen for me.
- How did your story/poem develop?
As mentioned above, I’d started the prologue, but once the first chapter was almost finished, it didn’t feel right, so I put it to one side for a few days. Eventually, the darker side of my story began to develop in my mind, and I just went with it. Not long after I finished it, I watched 13 reasons Why, and with all the discussion about the show, I’m glad I chose the direction I did, even if I don’t deal with suicide, the bullying is still the main thread of the plot. Due to word count limits, I’ve had to end on a slight cliffhanger, but I will write the second part and release the two as a complete story in the future.
- Does your submission in the anthology reflect your published work, or did you take the opportunity to experiment?
As I mentioned before, I used the anthology as an opportunity to move away from my comfort zone with my writing. Mostly, I’m a romance author, and while this story does have a little romance included, it’s not the main theme.
- As a novel writer, how did writing to a tighter word count feel?
The majority of my books are between 10-30k, so keeping it short wasn’t a problem, but it will be extended into a Part Two.
- Tell me about your last/next project.
My next release will be a ‘bromance’ set in 90s London. It’s an NA almost coming of age story – with a hint of romance of course. It’s currently going through self edits and beta reads, but I can’t wait for people to read it as I had so much fun writing it. Took me back to my teenage years!
- What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Probably the creating side of it. I love thinking up new ideas – it’s so hard to find something completely original, so putting my own spin on a trope or plot is fun. Not always easy, but it’s my favourite part.
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time? (writing or non-writing answers allowed 😊)
Hopefully being able to pay bills with my earnings. I don’t necessarily want to be the next E. L. James fame and sales wise (although it’s nice to dream), but a steady and regular income would be amazing.
M.B. Feeney is an army brat who finally settled down in Birmingham, UK with her other half, two kids and a dog. She often procrastinates by listening to music of all genres and trying to get ‘just one more paragraph’ written on whichever WIP is open; she is also a serious doodler and chocoholic. Writing has been her one true love ever since she could spell, and publishing is the final culmination of her hard work and ambition.
Her publishing career began with two novellas, and she currently has multiple projects under way, in the hopes that her portfolio of what have been described as “everyday love stories for everyday people” will continue to grow. Always having something on the go can often lead to block which eventually gets dissolved by good music and an even better book.
Her main reason for writing is to not only give her readers enjoyment, but also to create a story and characters that stay with readers long after the book is finished, and possibly make someone stop and think “what if . . . ”
You can find M. B. Feeney here: Facebook // Twitter // Blog
Before you go, I just want to direct you to my guest post on The Bandwagon as part of Vikki Patis’s Cornish Reading Challenge.
I’m sharing my love for the Tamar Bridge!
18 thoughts on “M.B. Feeney: an interview”
Thank you for having me 🙂 (M. B. Feeney)
You’re very welcome 🙂
Hi Annalisa – just been to your other post … and now the interview with MB – interesting to learn how you coped with the anthology short story … and well done on adjusting this story to be a two parter … good luck to you both with your writing careers – cheers Hilary
Thanks for visiting my guest post as well, Hilary 🙂
Enjoy pushing forty– I’m pushing fifty!! Ah!! How did that happen?
I’d like to sell some movie rights too. That would be pretty sweet.
And I’m pushing somewhere in the middle 🙂
Great interview! I love how in-depth you went about the creative process, changing directions, thinking through things, and your topic/theme.
If I could sell some movie rights … yes, let’s hope we can all sell some movie rights! 🙂
I love reading about other people’s creative process – we’re all so different.
I enjoyed MB’s interview. I’m sorry to hear she and her son have migraines. I hope they find a helpful treatment and that she gets her earnings wish within 5 years’ time. 🙂
Thanks for visiting, Lexa. I have a friend who gets severe migraines – everything comes to a grinding halt while she tries to recover 😦
I definitely haven’t thought about migraines and/or cluster migraines for years. My husband used to get them as a child, but he’s one of the lucky ones where they stopped for some reason. I’m glad awareness about this is spreading. And what better way to do it than by going out of your comfort zone to create something new and help revitalize the topic. Thanks for the read!
It’s interesting how some people grow out of them, some INTO them… there must be a lot of research paths they can follow.
Thank you for sharing, it’s interesting to read other writers thought processes.
I agree. We all do it so differently!
Nice to meet MB. It’s always interesting to read about writers’ inspirations. I saw a documentary recently that showed a woman suffering from these cluster headaches – it looked horrendous, so this is definitely a great cause.
I’ve read a bit about them since becoming involved with the anthology – there are many more people affected than I thought there were.
I can’t imagine a migraine, never having had one, but I have had terrible headaches, so I’m thinking headache ten-fold. Not an experience for anyone, but interesting that it motivated a story. Thanks for the interesting interview.
Ten-fold sounds about right to me. My tolerance of pain is reducing as I get older…
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