Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New YAtopian: Fiona McLaren

It is with great excitement and happiness that I announce a new addition to our YAtopian family: Fiona McLaren! Fiona will be posting on the 10th of every month. Please give her a warm YAtopian welcome!


“Odd ball”, “the quirky one” or “black sheep” are all badges author Fiona McLaren wears with pride.  She is always looking for unique perspectives on common knowledge and loves to dig into history, myths, culture and science, or any mixture thereof.  A passionate horse woman, she owns two beautiful horses and a German Shepherd, all of whom are known as her misplaced children.

Throughout her formative years, Fiona could often be found scribbling away in notepads, reading Encyclopedias or inventing things from toilet roll tubes and macaroni.  Needless to say, her creative talents have now progressed into more literary endeavors.

She is a passionate writer, critique partner and animal lover.  She divides her time between the wind-torn hills of her Scottish home, and her love-affair with the sun-filled island of Cyprus.

Fiona is represented for her YA Contemporary and her YA Gothic Horror by Jamie Bodnar Drowley of Inklings Literary Agency.

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Sarah: Which book do you wish you had written?  

Fiona: I wish I had written Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma.  It is just so evocative and looks at some tough issues in a touching way.

Sarah: Describe yourself in three words 

Fiona: Committed, stubborn, hard working.

Sarah: What is your biggest pet peeve?

Fiona: Being ignored!

Sarah: Team Edward or Team Jacob 

Fiona: Jacob all the way!  It's all about the heart!

Sarah: If you could be a Disney character, who would you be? 

Fiona: I think I'd be a boy character - most likely Aladdin!

Look out next month for Fiona's first official post as a YAtopian and make sure to welcome her in the comments below! All of us at YAtopia are so excited to have her on board!


  1. Great post and Welcome Fiona McLaren to YAtopia! Look forward to reading her first post.

  2. Welcome, fellow YAtopian! So cool that you'd be a boy Disney character--I'd be Peter Pan!

  3. Thank you for the warm welcome, everyone! I can't wait to get started! I've loved YATopia for a long time, and it's great to get involved! :-)