Here is my interview with Greg Kater

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

 

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Greg: My name is Greg Kater. I’m 78 years old

Fiona: Where are you from?

Greg: I live in Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).

Greg: I graduated with a BSc from the University of Sydney in 1960 majoring in Advanced Geology and Geophysics. I have also completed courses in accounting and management.

My wife, Anne, and I were married in 1961. We have four children and six grandchildren who are all doing well.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Greg: I began writing over two years ago after I retired from a 55 year career in the resources industry. For the first time in my life, I have time to write more than just the technical reports associated with my career.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Greg: I had never previously considered myself a writer, although I had been involved over the years in writing and editing many technical reports.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Greg: I had always been interested in history and I was fascinated by the various reports and memoirs concerning my father who fought in the Syrian and North African campaigns during the Second World War.

Also, having met and worked with many interesting characters all over the world during my career, I thought it would be fun to write about them as fictional characters.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Greg: One of the main fictional characters is a half-cast Warramunga aboriginal from the central part of the Northern Territory of Australia. I had spent some years working in that region. In the first part of my first book, he and an officer, who becomes his close friend, are involved in the war. Hence the title, The Warramunga’s War.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

Greg: My writing is generally quite simple prose although I mix in a few foreign language terms when appropriate to create favour. I write to entertain as well as to provide very accurate historical backgrounds. The only swear words in the books are the relatively moderate ones used in the 1940’s and I don’t want or see the need to resort to pornography or such in my genre of historical fiction.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Greg: All of my writing is as realistic as I can make it. I have spent a great deal of time on research to check historical accuracy and most of the characters are based on people I’ve lived and worked with, as well as drawing on my own experiences.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Greg: I don’t really need to travel any more for the purpose of defining characters or scenarios. During my career, I have worked in all parts of Australia, in South East Asia, the Americas, China, Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Europe and have many documents and photographs which I can refer to.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Greg: The covers were designed by Clive Dalkins of Zeus Publications.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Greg: I don’t really have any particular message for readers to grasp. I just hope they enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoyed writing them. I also hope that they become interested in the history and geography of events and places which they didn’t know before.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

Greg:I love the classics, I have to admit. Modern writers who grasp my interest are Martin O’Brien (Daniel Jacquot series), Stieg Larsson, and others. I also follow Will Davies who probably knows more about the First World War than many others.

My favourite authors also include the incredible historical fiction (so brilliantly researched) of Patrick O’Brian and Alexander Kent. Once you read one of their books, you have to read the rest.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Greg: My wife, of course. The only other people were those at Zeus Publications, here on the Gold Coast, who were always helpful and supportive.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Greg: No. I think I’ve already had a remarkable and satisfying career. Writing about places and characters familiar to me is fun and I’ll write as long as I keep enjoying it.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Greg: On reading a book again there are always things that could be changed or better edited. Essentially, I don’t think any changes would seriously improve the subject matter of the book.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Greg: I always learn something during writing. Careful research usually reveals the true facts of history and dispels any preconceived misconceptions.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Greg: I would say that the lead would have to be an Australian. Someone like Chris Hemsworth or Hugh Jackman.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Greg: My only advice to is enjoy writing and only continue writing if it is fun. Then readers are more likely to enjoy reading their books.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Greg: I only hope my readers get as much enjoyment out of reading my books as I got in writing them.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Greg: I am currently reading “The Yellow Admiral” by Patrick O’Brian.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Greg: No. I would have been very young. It was probably “Biggles” or something like that.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Greg: Good and subtle humour makes me laugh. I don’t cry often although I did shed a tear when my son’s beautiful wife recently died of cancer.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Greg: Roger Federer. I would also have loved to have met Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck when they were alive.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Greg: I play a little sport. Apart from that, writing has become my hobby.

 Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Greg: My wife and I love the older films with the famous actors, such as James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Gregory Peck, Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Michael Caine, Katherine Hepburn, Peter O’Toole, Laurence Olivier, Alec Guiness, Deborah Kerr, etc. etc. Does that make us a bit old fashioned? We also like British comedy on television.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Greg: Any foods, Chinese, stir fries, steak, roasts, you name it. Red, white and blue. Both classical music and modern music with melody.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Greg: I always find something to do.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

Greg: Making sure that I don’t leave my family with problems.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

Greg: Goodness!?! I think I’ll get cremated and they can spread my ashes in the ocean. I did find time, during my career to participate in a large amount of ocean yacht racing.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Greg: I do have a facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/greg.kater.7) and my son is working on a website for me (http://gregkater.com.au/).

https://www.waterstones.com/books/search/term/greg+kater

https://www.bookdepository.com/search?searchTerm=greg+kater&search=Find+book

 

https://www.amazon.com/Warramungas-War-Greg-Kater/dp/0648160742

http://www.zeus-publications.com/the_warramungas_war.htm

https://www.amazon.com/Warramungas-Aftermath-War-Greg-Kater/dp/0648278018

http://www.zeus-publications.com/the_warramungas_aftermath_of_war.htm

 

 

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Here is my interview with Delta James

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

 

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we?

That is probably best.  It can get a bit tedious if one doesn’t know with whom one is speaking.

Tell us your name.

Delta James

What is your age?

What’s the line from Miracle on 34th Street?  “I’m as old as my tongue and a little younger than my teeth!”  Seriously?  Not nearly as old as I feel sometimes in the morning!

Fiona: Where are you from?

Has no one explained to you about the birds and the bees?  Actually, I was born in North Carolina, lived most of my life in the Pacific Northwest, but came back to North Carolina three years ago.  I’ll probably be here the rest of my life, but one never knows.   Four years ago, I wouldn’t have thought I’d be in North Carolina … and yet, here I am.

If I could live anywhere, it would probably be in Wales along the coast.

Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e., your education, family life, etc.).

I live alone at the moment … well as alone as a woman can be with three (soon to be four) basset hounds.

We share a 1940 bungalow in a small town outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.  I am currently coming to the end of a major renovation on the house and am looking forward to being able to restore order.

I have shown competitively at the national and international level with three breeds of horses (Appaloosas, Paints and Arabians) and AKC Basset Hounds

I love to cook for friends and have small, informal gatherings as opposed to large parties.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I had a book release on Friday the 13th (my choice!) – it’s always been a lucky day for me.  It is on Amazon and Amazon UK  and called Brought to Heel.

https://www.amazon.com/Brought-Heel-Alpha-Shifter-Romance-ebook/dp/B07FKPN7TX/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1531676075&sr=8-5&keywords=delta+james&dpID=51drwl5h3xL&preST=_SY445_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brought-Heel-Alpha-Shifter-Romance-ebook/dp/B07FKPN7TX/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1531685754&sr=8-1&keywords=delta+james

 

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing novels in November of 2017.  I’d had books and characters in my head for years but never did anything with them.  Then last year I just sat down and started writing.  And I haven’t stopped.  I produced six books under a different pen name (Willa Bradley).

When the idea for this series (Brought to Heel is the first) came to me, I decided to go with Stormy Night Publications as one of their strong suits is their paranormal genre.  It has been a wonderful collaboration and I am so happy I made that decision.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

January 29, 2018 – the first time a book I had written appeared on Amazon.  I had written several non-fiction articles regarding horses and dogs, but this was my first work of fiction.  I had stalked Amazon all day waiting for it to appear and when it finally did about 9 PM I squealed so loud, I woke my dogs who thought I’d lost my mind.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Honestly?  The characters were inside my head saying “We have a story to tell.”  And they wouldn’t let up.  So, I sat down and started writing Etta and Brody’s story.  I submitted the book in mid-November and on Thanksgiving Day I was notified it had been accepted for publication!

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Again, it just kind of came to me.  The story opens in the evening of a Full Moon known as Harvest Moon and that’s what inspired the title and two of the other three in the series.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I find I write mainly contemporary westerns and now a paranormal series.  I write what the characters in my head tell me to write.  I’m not one that sits down and writes out a plot or even an outline.  I often haven’t a clue as to how things will turn out until they turn out.  It can be kind of interesting when I argue with my characters because I don’t like where they’re going or what they’re doing.

For instance, in Brought to Heel I had been leading up to one of the other Alpha wolves being paired with a specific character, but it seemed he had other ideas.  I ended up writing a scene where he became mate to an entire different character who was originally a sort of ancillary character!  And now the second book in the series … features those two.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

For the contemporary westerns?  Quite a bit.  I’ve been riding horses most of my life.  And have been involved with rescuing bassets for more than twodecades.  I’m passionate about keeping the mustangs of the American West running wild and free.  I think they are a vital part of our heritage.

For the paranormal?  Not a whole lot … but I wouldn’t be opposed to experiencing some of the things I’ve described.

Some characters have traits I stole from friends, enemies or people in whom I am interested.  I do find that an effective and satisfying way to get “revenge” on someone who has done me wrong in real life is to kill them off or make bad things happen to a character I based on them in a book.

You know what they say, with writers everything is grist for the mill.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

I set my novels in places I’ve been.  I find that by doing so, I can give the descriptions of the physical place greater depth.  And by understanding the setting, it is easier to place my characters in it.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Part of what my publishers provide is cover design.  I have input into how they look and often supply them with pictures of people and things that inspired the novel.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Not one that I put there intentionally.  If anything I guess I’d like women to see they can be strong and not need a man but choose to submit to someone who is worthy of that gift.  And that there is nothing wrong with living your life with passion – for a man, for a cause for anything.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

For main stream novels, Robert Ludlum and Dan Brown have been my “go to” authors.

In erotic romance – there are far too many to name.  I fear if I were to try, I would leave someone out.  So, let me suffice to say that erotic romance has a tremendous breadth and depth of talent.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Entity?  I guess the two publishers I’ve worked with … Blushing Books and now Stormy Night Publications

But the most support I’ve received is from fellow authors.  Specifically, Piper Stone and Adaline Raine have been sources of both inspiration and steadfast support.  I very much doubt I would have had near the success I’ve had were it not for those two women.  I am proud and humbled to call both friend.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes.  Right now, it is a secondary career, but I do believe at some point that will change and will certainly always be a part of my life.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Never ask an author that.  Of course, there are things I would change.  I can nit-pick something to death.  But with the help of my wonderful editor, Jamie Miles, the book came out even better than I had thought.

I think one of the things I like when I go back is that I can see each successive book is better than the last.  I keep working on and honing my craft and I think it shows.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Yes.  I learned a lot of bits and pieces of the Welsh language.  Although set in America my heroine was born in Wales and didn’t come to the States until an adult.  The hero is first generation American and is of Welsh/Scottish descent.  I am so grateful to fellow author Gracie Malling.  I could IM her and say … “how do I say this in Welsh” and she’d shoot me back a reply.  It was invaluable.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

I hate to specify someone.  I want the readers to see the characters the way they want and attraction is such a personal thing.  One of the ways I create my main characters is to base them on public figures.  It allows me to give greater depth to their descriptions not only physically but now they move and what they sound like.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Write.  Every single day … write.  I don’t base it on word count but rather on time.  I write two hours a day, every single day.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Only that I hope they enjoy my characters and my stories as much as I enjoy creating them.  To leave reviews on Amazon and not to be afraid to reach out to your favourite authors and tell what you think.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’ve been too busy with my day job, the remodelling of my home and writing to do much reading in the last month.  But the last book I read was one of mine that has yet to be published.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My dogs make me laugh every single day.  Bassets are natural clowns and seem to enjoy the sound of human laughter.

The sound of an animal (or human for that matter) in distress.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

There are so many who have inspired me over the years that I can’t choose just one.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Showing dogs, writing, cooking, riding horses, white water rafting and interior decorating.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I don’t watch a lot of TV or films.  TV is usually something on HGTV or the Food Network.  Trust me with my day job, writing, working on remodelling my house and taking care of my girls (my bassets – Goody, Katy, Emma and soon-to-join-us Roz), I don’t have a lot of time to just sit.  And then there are those pesky characters clamouring to get their story told.

Fiona: Favourite foods, colors,  music?

Favouritecolour – Red!

Foods – Too many to mention.  A new one is fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese sauce.  I’d never had them until last week and I am obsessed with trying to figure out the restaurant’s recipe!

Music?  I have some of the most eclectic musical tastes.  Right now, I’m listening mostly to Mary Chapin Carpenter, Clannad, and Sting.  I tend to like more acoustical pieces than those than need electricity and engineers to be enjoyed.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

I can no longer imagine that.  I think I might go mad.  Once I let the first characters tell me their story and set pen to paper (so to speak), they just keep coming forward.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

Ensuring my girls would be cared for after my death and making sure the people I love know what they meant to me.  Then I think I’d head to the coast and sit on the beach until the end came.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

Sinfully sultry romantic — She lived with passion and without fear.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

I’m on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/delta.st.james.9 and via email at deltajames-author@hotmail.com

 

 

Here is my interview with RoZita Berry

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

My name is RoZita Berry, and I am 64 years young.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Jonesboro, Arkansas, where I’ve lived for almost 50 years.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).

I’m a graduate of Arkansas State University. I am unmarried and have four cats. I work as a home health aide, and I am also a singer/songwriter and composer, a sometime artist and jewelry maker as well as fiction writer. I have 7 books published and am working on the eighth.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I recently published a Young Adult novel called Moonshine Lullaby, which is available at Amazon.com, and I’m currently working on a fantasy novel or novella (not sure which it’s going to turn out to be) called Nella.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I have been writing since I was a kid. It’s in my blood, I suppose. I never considered myself a “writer” as such until I reached age 21, however, and got an unexpected grade on a research paper. I decided then I was destined to write and began reading classic books and poetry as well as popular ones. I went on to college majoring in English, and taught some classes while there. I published my first novel in 2013, Watchers and Dancers, which is a modern-day version of Alcott’s Little Women.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

At 21, as stated above.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My first completed novel was Pillars of Smoke. I published it about three years ago, but I had the characters in my head in my last year of high school. Of course they changed and evolved dramatically over the years, and are scarcely recognizable now, but that was when the seeds of the book came to be.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It’s from a verse in The Song of Solomon. “Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?” (3:6) It refers to the mysterious man that the protagonist, Susy Jarvis, meets one night.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I think my style is my own. I can be a bit flowery sometimes. I write my YA novels a bit different from my adult books, more informal and with a flavor of youthful jargon, especially when written in the first person.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

None of my books are based on real life people or events, although I draw on the experiences of people I’ve known and my own as well.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

I’ve traveled some, which I think helps me to get a feel for the settings. I wrote my novel Two Wild Swans, which is set mainly in Germany at the time of World War I, before going to visit a friend in Germany. But I had yet to publish it, and I think my visits were profitable for my novel. I visited the Ozark Mountains many times, where Pillars of Smoke is set.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I did.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I think my books are about finding true beauty from within and without. It’s an ongoing process and one grows to the extent of how one helped others to grow. Love begets love and when one discovers and develops one’s own beauty, then one can see the true beauty of others below surface appearance.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

I don’t think I have a favorite. I like J.R.R. Tolkien a lot and have written much fan fiction based on his works, but I don’t try to imitate him. I like Lucy Maud Montgomery, Elizabeth Goudge, Kurt Vonnegut, Stephen King, Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, Maya Angelou, and several others. As you can see, I like variety:)

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

My friend Donna Austin, who is also a writer. She it was who introduced me to the CreateSpace platform where I could publish my own books for free.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes. Although I don’t make a living from it.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I CAN do it over again, but right now I’m happy with it the way it is.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Mainly that when you think you can’t do more than you’ve done already, just keep going and you’ll surprise yourself with what you can do.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

I don’t know. I do choose pictures of actors, models, and regular people to represent the main characters while writing, but they are chosen mainly for their appearances, rather than for their suitability. Some of them I’ve never actually seen act.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Read lots of books on writing. Everything you can get your hands on. Listen to other people’s stories, even when they’re long and rambling. Take the fruit and throw away the rind. Read poetry, even if you don’t write poetry. Read the kind of books you want to write, lots of them. Read classics, but read popular literature as well. Popular literature will help you with the structural aspects of writing. And live your life. It will help you to write convincingly.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Love ya!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’ve just started The Blue Bottle Club by Penelope Stokes.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No. I think it was We Look and See, but not sure. I was only 6 when I read it.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Heartfelt tales that make you fall in love with the characters.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

There are several wonderful people online that I’d love to meet, and see their surroundings with them and have fun.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Writing songs, singing and making jewelry.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I don’t watch much TV. Mostly I like nature and science and historical type programs. I like movies that are visually stunning, emotionally engaging, funny, and uplifting. I like a lot of classic movies. I like scary movies that really are scary, and tear jerkers as long as I watch them by myself.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

I like good ole Southern food best. Catfish, fried shrimp, steak, garden tomatoes, fried chicken, black eyed peas, cornbread, that sort of thing. I like rich colors like purple, blue, red, and green best. But i love all colors. Music–classical, folk, pop, jazz, ragtime, blues, film music, new age, Broadway, some country, rock ‘n roll, some gospel, avant-garde, some hip-hop, world music, zydeco and Cajun music, bluegrass and hillbilly music, and opera.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Sing, paint, and draw.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

Finishing and publishing my latest book.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

Gone to Join the Great Ones.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

I have many websites, which can be accessed at http://delroz.bravepages.com/cafe/cafe

Links to my books:

https://www.amazon.com/Pillars-Smoke-Novel-RoZita-Berry-ebook/dp/B012HTP4VQ/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1531678392&sr=8-8&keywords=RoZita+Berry

https://www.amazon.com/Two-Wild-Swans-RoZita-Berry-ebook/dp/B014N6CBKI/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1531678392&sr=8-5&keywords=RoZita+Berry&dpID=51K4HYyyc%252BL&preST=_SY445_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

https://www.amazon.com/Watchers-Dancers-RoZita-Berry-ebook/dp/B00E0EBC5O/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1531678392&sr=8-6&keywords=RoZita+Berry

https://www.amazon.com/House-Peace-Ms-RoZita-Berry/dp/1542951682/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1531678392&sr=8-2

https://www.amazon.com/Moonshine-Lullaby-Novel-RoZita-Berry-ebook/dp/B07D1FHG4P/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1531678392&sr=8-4&keywords=RoZita+Berry&dpID=51uYzbOlptL&preST=_SY445_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

https://www.amazon.com/Angels-Happen-Poetry-RoZita-Berry/dp/1492135194/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1531678392&sr=8-3&keywords=RoZita+Berry&dpID=51-FL%252BfSByL&preST=_SX258_BO1,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

 

Here is my interview with Jay Willowbay

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

 

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

I write under the name Jay Willowbay, and lets just say I’m in my late 30s. My very late 30s. My extremely incredibly unbelievably late 30s.

Fiona: Where are you from?

The sunny south coast of England, where we’ve been basking in the mother of all heatwaves. Everybody has suntans, even me who usually looks like Casper the friendly ghost, and the lawns look like beaches where the grass is so bleached and scorched.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I’m married with a teenage son, which is a big reason why I use a pseudonym. I’m just coming to the end of one career and looking for another, although any part-time job will do, as I’m looking to get back into education one last time

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I have some – my debut novella Shagnasty comes out on Tuesday 17 July, on Kindle and Unlimited, with possibly a paperback release to follow.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

It’s always been a part of me, for as long as I can remember. I love to create, to form and run with new ideas, and express myself in ways that I never seem to be able to in other aspects of my life.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

That would be with my first publishing credit, my poem ‘To Serve Her Better’ in the anthology Coming Together: In Verse.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I was starting a new job, getting the office tour and the meet ‘n’ greet, and I happened to notice there were more than a few attractive women in my new place of work. It got me to thinking, what if? What if I was single, had no commitments, and no morals? What might I do then?

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I went through a couple of aborted titles, the first being ‘London A-Z’ – hoping to fool some commuters at service stations. For a time it was ‘Corporate Promiscuity’ but then I remembered ‘shagnasty’ a word my friend used as a catch-all term of address. It refers to one who will choose many sexual partners , without forming any attachments to them or having any standards as to who they go with.

Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I write in most genres and try to inform, entertain, and resonate in all of them. And yes, that is a challenge of both skill and style.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Certainly not for me! Are there guys like this around? I can think of a couple I know, albeit on a more opportunistic, less planned way. Going back to challenges, my biggest one was making my character pitiable even as his behaviour is increasingly abhorrent. Do I achieve this? I love to hear feedback from readers as to whether I do.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

I never have yet, and realistically, I’d never have the budget to do so. This one is set in London, but subsequent books in the same series will have settings further afield. I have some Facebook friends in these places who I will hopefully be able to tap up for their local knowledge.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

It was done by C A Bell of Envy Designs. She’s also an excellent author and one of the friendliest, most genuine people on the scene.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

There are many, but perhaps too complicated and contradictory to sum up here. This is in many ways my most ambitious work. It’s going into the erotica category, and I hope it’s stimulating on that level, but it’s also my most detailed character study, with probably the least likeable main character I will ever write. But he’s not just the shagnasty the title suggests; he’s a lonely, unhappy, insecure and troubled young man despite his looks and money.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

Yeah, there’s a couple of debut authors I’m seriously excited by: Avery Duncan with her new release More than Desire, and Piper St James with hers, Stolen Beauty. Two excellent young writers who I’m sure will do really well.

Authors I’ve admired for longer are the aforementioned C A Bell, Janine Ashbless, Kay Jaybee, L N Bey, Kivutar Amy Koski, Emmanuelle de Maupassant and Adrea Kore. I’m probably also forgetting one or two that I’ll kick myself for later. Anyone who thinks the genre begins and ends with E L James has so much to discover.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Definitely! I might not make a fortune doing it, but it’s the only thing I’m any good at, and there’s nothing I’d rather do.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No, it’s the realisation of my creative vision, which has been many years in the making. Not everyone will like it – some will hate it and have already said so – and it might not sell in huge numbers. But I’m proud of it, and wouldn’t change a thing.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I learned that sometimes you have to let the book write itself, and the themes and tone emerge. I’d imagined the whole thing being rather more light hearted than it turned out.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

He’d have to be a good looking guy, with a hint of menace, but also able to pull off youthful innocence. Who’s the guy who played Dorian Gray in Penny Dreadful … (checks IMDB) … Reeve Carney. Yeah, he’d do, unless the real life ravages of time take their toll – he’s a good ten years older than the character is intended to be.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Just stick with it, and love what you do. And never underestimate the importance of like-minded friends.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

It may be an unbecoming plea for an author to make, and I do so on behalf of my character rather than myself, but: stay with him, even if he’s not your cup of tea. This is just book one of seven, and he will evolve, he will grow, he will transform.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

The Coven by Graham Masterton. Pretty good, looks like a 3 star rating on my scale, which equates to a 4 on Amazon.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Difficult to remember the books from my childhood, and even more so to put them in the correct chronological order. At an educated guess, the earliest one that’s stayed with me is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I’ve been finding it easier to cry than laugh lately; hopefully that will soon change.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

It wouldn’t be a celebrity, it would be one of my Facebook friends who lives in the USA. Which one would be a difficult choice though; I’m not going to name any names here.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Yeah, the standard fun stuff: films, music, reading. I like to keep fit too, and am a real Zumba aficionado. Being the only dude amongst 30 or 40 women does nothing to ruin my enjoyment.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Brooklyn Nine Nine  is great fun – we’ll call that my answer to what makes me laugh. I read that it had been cancelled, but I think that decision has been reversed. I really like Gotham too – utter chaos, and so many bad-ass female characters, strong and sexy – that appeals to me very much.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I loved the Britpop scene in the 90s, since then I’ve come to listen to American punk pop more and more. I like my colours bold and bright, and my food hot and spicy – with ice cream after to soothe the burning in my throat.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

That’s not a welcome scenario. This identity was created solely to be an author; without that I am unnecessary, without that I am nothing. So literally, the life of Jay Willowbay depends upon being a writer.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

Food, drink, sex. As much of all these as I can squeeze in. 

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

I don’t think this name would be on it, but if it is, that would mean that I’ve been very successful under it, and that my work in the genre has been accepted by my family; possibly that the genre as a whole has embedded itself in the accepted mainstream. So yeah, that would be good.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

I do, there’s a fledgling Twitter account (3 followers and counting!), and my blog too. And I’m very welcoming and approachable on Facebook, when I haven’t deleted my account in some hissy fit or other. Links to all three below, and thanks for having me. It’s been emotional.

https://twitter.com/JWillowbay

https://jaywillowbay.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/authorjaywillowbay

 

 

Here is my interview with KL Humphreys

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

 

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Hi Fiona, I’m KL Humphreys and I’m 29.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born and raised in London, but I’m currently living in Ireland.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I’m a full time mum of one little girl, and I manage to get writing done while she sleeps. Before I started writing I was a blogger, so reading is a major passion of mine. I love finding new authors. There’s nothing better than being swept into a good book.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Oooh, so I have finished my Deadly series, I’m finally writing a standalone novel and I’m really excited for it.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always loved writing, I use to love making up stories when I was little. As I grew older, life got in the way and the love died. When I started reading again in 2014, the love of writing came back with a new lease of life. I published Deadly Hunt on August 22nd 2016.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Umm, wow. I think it was when I sold my first book.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

It was a dream I had, that the story came to me and then it kind of grew from there.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It was actually quite easy for my first book, I knew the title before I had even finished the third chapter. The storyline chose the title.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I write 1st person POV. I find it hard to write 3rd person and even trying to makes me anxious.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

The Deadly Series are full of Kickass women and they are based on women I know. They’re based on the strengths we have rather than the weaknesses. The working Girls Series, Jess, from The Secrets Of Life, her hard working nature and the way she’ll do anything to make sure her kids are safe and happy, is based on my mum. Gah, I love my mum to bits, she’s a strong lady and one I’m extremely proud of.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

I’m not a big traveller, but I do research a lot before I even begin to write and I have fabulous BETA readers who help me out when and where it’s needed

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The first 3 deadly Books were designed by Cover Crush Designs.

The two Hitman books were designed by the lovely Dawn Doyle

The rest of my books were designed by Under Cover Designs.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I hope so, my books have a strong family/friend dynamic. My books deal with loads of different aspects but the main theme that runs through them is you’re never alone, there is someone there for you, to listen, to support, to be a friend.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

I’ve not read as much as I’d like to since having my daughter but saying that I’ve read a few books this year. Ivy Rose’s Shattered Love is phenomenal, you wouldn’t think it was a debut novel.

My favorite author ever – ahh, I have a few! Karen Rose, her books never fail to draw me in and keep me captivated and guessing throughout.

Emma Hart’s books are ones that I can pick up and know that I’m going to love them.

Kristen Ashley, her books are life! No really, they are my go-to re-reads. I love her Mountain Men series, her Burg series, her Dream Man series. but I love, love her Unfinished Heroes series.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Wow, there’s so many! As I was a blogger, my blogging girls knew that I was writing and they were behind me 100% and they’re still behind me to this day. Then there’s Stacey, that woman, God, she goes out of her way to help everyone and anyone.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

At the moment no – I write because I love it, there’s nothing more I’d love than be able to say it was my career.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

More promotion, I think I was way to lax on the promo.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Yes, that it’s okay to talk proudly about mental health.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Ah, ooh that’s hard! Okay so if it were The Secrets Of Life, I’d want Jennifer Lawrence to play Jess. I think she’d make a great Jess!!

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Believe in yourself, trust your gut and write what you want.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you for believing in me and reading my words.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m actually doing a reread of JJ McAvoy’s Ruthless People

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The Lottie Project by Jacqueline Wilson is the first book I can remember reading alone.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My Daughter makes me laugh, it takes something really sad to make me cry.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Oooh, I’d love to meet Karen Rose, she’s my unicorn author.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Besides reading and writing? I like to talk long walks. It helps me relax

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I’m more of an action girl than a romcom. So Fast and Furious films are my all time favorite. I love watching the likes of Lethal Weapon, Rush Hour, Taken, basically anything that has action.

TV Series – I love the Blacklist, Criminal Minds, and NCIS.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Foods – Spicy and chocolate.

Colors – Pink and Black

Music – I love R’n’B, Rap, Pop, soul, Hip-Hop.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Eeek, that’s hard but I suppose I’d love to do something fun, maybe help people out. Like run a drop in center with counsellors and stuff.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

My daughter, my boyfriend, my sister, my brother, and my mum.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

I’ve never thought about it…

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

I have a newsletter…   http://eepurl.com/cZcdO1

Here’s the links to my Amazon Author Page –  http://amzn.to/2a57Za9

Links to my books –

Deadly Series – Available On KU

Deadly Hunt – mybook.to/DeadlyHun

Deadly Obsession – myBook.to/DeadlyObs

Deadly Past – mybook.to/DeadlyPas

Deadly Encounter – mybook.to/DeadlyEncounter

The secrets of Life:

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2zRju3o

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2A8kQqz

Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2zH7QJy

Amazon AU: http://amzn.to/2A6x0QV

Other Retailers: http://bit.ly/2IPTryu

One Night: Available on KU

AMAZON US: http://amzn.to/2odbgvb

AMAZON UK; http://amzn.to/2GlF8Ne

AMAZON CA: http://amzn.to/2Ho7mIB

AMAZON AU:  http://amzn.to/2F7VmKt

The Hitman Series:

Bounty:

★AMAZON ——> http://mybook.to/Bounty1

✩iBooks —> https://apple.co/2FzEfAf

★B&N ——> http://bit.ly/2DzMf3H

✩KOBO ——> http://bit.ly/2DRymBo

Captured:

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★ AMAZON UK ——>  https://amzn.to/2mgzQe7

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✩iBooks —> https://apple.co/2NLS0Rg

✩KOBO ——> http://bit.ly/2LcR362

 

Here is my interview with BB Walsh


Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

 

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

BB: Hi, my pen name is BB Walsh. BB is short for my “grandmother” name, which is “BonBon,” and Walsh is my maiden name.  As far as my age, “grandmother” explains it!

Fiona: Where are you from?

BB: I live in Georgia now and visit family in Florida and Massachusetts as often as I can.

Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).

BB:A few years ago, I retired after 25 years as a physical therapy assistant.I’d say most of my education came from raising our four children who are all out of college, happy in their own spaces and paying their own bills! My four grandchildren (with another due in September) live close by in Georgia which is why my husband, my beloved 15-year-old cockerpoo, and I chose to move here from Fl.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

BB: All ten books in my Nissa the Woodland Fairy Book Series were finally published this past May after many ups and downs. It took me quite a while to find the right illustrator and when I did, Nissa and her adventures were finally in the right hands! Mike Quinones was an angel to work with plus he picked up exactly how I wanted Nissa and her world. We had book events in Florida and Georgia in June and hope to have one soon in Nashville, which is where Mike’s from.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

BB: I find writing a sort of meditation. I can sit at the computer or with pen and paper and write for hours. Time flies by and I feel so relaxed, sometimes I don’t want to stop. Which is why I hardly wrote anything while I raising my family. I began writing poetry in junior high school. In high school I published in the school magazine and always chose to write papers for my humanities projects. I found several of my stories and publications in a bin when I moved to Georgia. That inspired me to take some creative writing classes. I took a poetry class, which led to many others and eventually I wrote a novel, which I am currently querying.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

BB: This is a hard question. Even though I have spent most of my waking hours the last three years writing and taking classes about the craft and the business, I feel like I have so much more to learn. But at my first event this past June when that first little girl asked me to sign my book- that’s when I first had an inkling that I just might be legit!

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

BB: My first book was a 77,000 word women’s fiction novel. An editor loved the back story of my main character and asked me to give try my hand at a 3 story children’s series about a fairy. Threestories quickly turned into ten.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

BB: Nissa the Woodland Fairy’s book titles came easily from the stories themselves (with a little help from my then 3-year-old grandson, Jackson.)

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

BB:Some of the stories were sparked by memories of my kid’s childhoods. But most of the Nissa’s stories came from my time spent with my grandson. For example, Bullies Be Gone, came from Jackson being a bit too rough with his little brother. The Perfect Pet came from Jackson wanting pets for the fairies in the fairy gardens I have around my yard. Too Many Talents originated with Jackson trying to mimic the talented kids on a popular TV talent show. (The title itself actually came from my oldest daughter who often told us that if she was good at washing dishes, or cleaning her room, or whatever the chore of the day was, then she’d have way too many talents!)

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

BB: As far as Nissa the Woodland Fairy, she always speaks in verse. So, coming up with rhyming dialogue to fit into the stories was a challenge, but also something I love to do.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

BB: I didn’t have to physically travel for the Nissa series; however, I time travelled to past memories of fairy gardens I created when my girls were young, miniature gardens and scenes I put together beginning in the early eighties and middle school English classes.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

BB: Nissa’s illustrator Mike Quinones came up with the cover design.  I wanted simple, whimsical, child-friendly as well as consistency with the ten stories.

Fiona: Is there a message in your book series that you want readers to grasp?

BB: Each of the ten books have their own message; if you hang around with bullies, that makes you bully; don’t judge something by the way it looks; little friends can be great and helpful friends; be careful what you wish for; patience is a virtue; just because you find it, doesn’t make it yours; honesty is the best policy; kindness is never wasted; jealousy isn’t a good look; and of course the golden rule- do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

BB: I am an avid reader and I love so many authors for so many different reasons. I am a fan of historical fiction and women’s fiction. I love a good story for the sake of the story.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

BB: As far as Nissa the Woodland series, once I found the right illustrator, the sky was the limit. Mike Quinones believed in me and Nissa. He’s a professional graphic artist as well as a film director and story-board creator. He wanted to make my vision possible. He encouraged me to even go beyond the 10 stories so now we have children’s journals called Sketch and Story for early elementary, beginning writers and journals with sketch areas and wide-rulepaper. We are also working on an activity book.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

BB: Luckily, I don’t have to worry about it. I give much credit to all those who write as they are working and raising children. I could never had done it. In saying that, I do plan on writing for the rest of my days.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

BB: Hmmmm, I wish I knew now what I didn’t know before I began self-publishing children’s illustrated books.  We did make a few changes after we published- the beautly of self-publishing! I self-published because I wanted to be part of the development of Nissa and her world. Once I was happy with that, I let Mike take the reins and run with the illustrations. We learned the hard way about just about everything from editing to formatting to marketing.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

BB: I have re-learned things I’m sure I learned before, such as grammar and craft. I’ve learned the joy of just one sentence, and how impactful words can be. Nothing profound, but there’s a sense of fulfilment when you write a good sentence occasionally! There is so much joy in writing and sharing stories with children. I was fortunate to be able to read my stories to my grandson’s and incorporate changes from his point of view. I changed the ending in The Perfect Pet, and that we needed to make the bird scarier in Nissa to the Rescue.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

BB: If I could give one piece of advice it would be to enjoy the process. Any writing can be cathartic, earn you a sense of accomplishment, and ease your view of the world.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

BB:  Nissa isn’t perfect. She manages to eventually learn from her mistakes and make good choices. Same as you!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

BB: I am reading Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

BB: I don’t remember the exact book, but I’m pretty sure it was Dr. Seuss. The first books I remember readingand collecting- I still have the spread sheet I made in elementary school- was Nancy Drew. I LOVED Nancy Drew!

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

BB: I love to laugh. My family- immediate and extended- is very close. From 2 years old to 80 years old- on a daily basis they are the ones to make me laugh and cry.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

BB: I would love to have met Queen Victoria. She was so young when she became queen, yet went through times of world changes while managing a family. There’s something quite pragmatic about her reign.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

BB: My husband would say writing is my hobby! And there’s something to say to that since I write in so many different genre’s. When I get stuck in my children’s books (I’m working on another series with a different illustrator), I work on my new novel, or a poetry book I am creating with my daughter who is a photographer, or work on one of the many classes I have cued up, or even write a short story for my blogs. When not writing, I enjoy creating miniature scenes and gardens, and of course, my most favorite hobby- being with the grandkids.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

BB: I love watching anything on History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and BBC. I like to binge watch series (like the Crown, Handmaid’s Tale, GOT, recently, The Staircase)

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

BB: Fun stuff! Favorite food: Pizza!  I love diet coke and cabernet! My favoritecolors are teal and yellow. And I love, love, love music from the 70’s though, when I write, I listen to simply piano music.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

BB: Gosh, I stated early I was going to write forever, never thought about not. But, if I couldn’t write then I would sink into the world of yoga and fitness, which is the world that got me through raising my kids!

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

BB: Eating pizza with my family!

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

BB: This one’s easy: “Best Mom ever”

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

I do!  BBWalsh.com  You can find all of the Nissa series and Journals for purchase through amazon, read my recent blog posts and peek at some of the miniature villages I have created. Sign up for future emails and we’ll send you PDFs of Nissa sketches you can print off for your little one tocolor or paint.

Amazon Author’s pg: https://amzn.to/2KYK7ub

website: www.bbwalsh.com

 

 

Here is my interview with Versha Gupta

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie. 

 

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age? 

Hi Fiona! It’s good to get in touch with you. My name is Versha Gupta. I am 29 yrs old.

Fiona: Where are you from? 

I am from Garoth. It is a town in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh state of Central India.

Fiona: A little about yourself (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I did my graduation in Bachelor in Arts from Mandsaur District and I get married in 2012. I used to have interests in literature, however, it is only after about 8-10 months of my marriage that my journey as a writer started and it was quite experiencing for me. Then, after four (4) years my book “Safar Reshmi Sapno Ka” published. Moreover, I also started taking dance classes & coaching classes during this period because I love children. There were few members of the family who were supportive to me however some were not. The journey was indeed full of struggle but as they say, “All well that ends well” likewise my destiny embraced me at the end. I presented my book to my father as a surprise. He felt more proud than he used to feel and I feel blessed for being his daughter.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news. 

Recently, I have completed writing one novel “Vajud Ki Talaash”. My one poem book “Safar Reshmi Sapno ka” is already published and my second storybook “Mela Junction” is under publishing.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Well, I started writing at the age of 22 yrs. There were so many sweet and sour experiences in life and I did not realize when I started writing them on pages and when they turned into poems. Then, after so many struggles, my book published.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

After about 8-10 months, when the words I used to write on pages started turning into poems and received praise from the guests visiting our home then I realized the writer within me.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

It is my friend who made me realize my dream that I write beautifully and I must publish the book. Incidentally, my father’s thinking is always with me as my motivator and that is why after publishing the book I presented it to my father as a surprise. Until then, he had no idea about the steps I had already taken but he felt more proud. I always think that every father should feel proud to be her daughter’s father.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I came up with many titles for the book. My journey was quite tough and strange that it can easily form a book. Moreover, it was my dreams as well so after much finding I come up with the title suggested by my brother Rohan.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging? 

I am a Hindi author. Mostly, I have written Hindi poems but few stories so I want to write something that every word on the pages lives. Now, the challenge in front of me is about writing something good and different while fulfilling my responsibility as an Author towards Indian Literature.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

90% story of the book is true whereas some are incidents and experiences of my life.  My writings are hardly imagination based but more incidents based.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process? 

It never happened. But, yeah! Sometimes to freshen up my mood or to be with the nature I travel.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Sir Ajitabha Bose

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Being motivational writer, yes, there is a message in my book that “Failure comes only when we think we failed and not before that” so never give up. Whenever I feel low then this sentence runs inside my mind “If I would have given up then this dream would not have come true”.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

Recently, Divya Prakash Dubey’s novel has grasped my interest and I am reading his novel. I feel that this writer has understood life beautifully and how genuine experience he has in his life. He understands his readers well.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author. 

My best friend Shailendra Gupta has helped me with this book in every possible way. He did all he can to make me the published author.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Hmm. Writing is everything for me. It is my life. Every author gets royalty and I do not seek anything more than that because it is my dream. It is my identity. It is not business.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

If so, then I will edit my book by some good professional editor, add few more names with thanks in acknowledgement page, change my photo on the back cover and add few reviews by some authors. I will also try to reduce the MRP of the book so that readers can easily buy my book and read.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book? 

Yeah! I feel that life is all about learning. Talking about what I learnt during writing my recent book, it’s about how much an author live the characters of her/his book. It takes us to a world completely different and beautiful which is not strange to her/him but her/his own; gets happiest in happy moment whereas saddest in sad moment like a child.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

The lead role is of a girl. So, I would like it to be played by some cute and decent girl who would honestly play the role and justify the character as well as story.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Publish your work only when you are all set and your writing is mature. Don’t hurry! Because it is loss of literature if you hurry and present immature work. Moreover, giving due consideration also safeguards you from regretting for hurrying and realizing that had you published it sometimes later then it would have been much better and acceptable by readers.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers? 

Book is not a medium to spend time or say, “Time pass”. It’s a treasure of many more untold stories that it wants to share with you. Be friend with the book and you will realize it’s yours. You can relate it with the happenings of your life and learn.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

“Musafir Cafe” by Divya Prakash Dubey

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Yes. It’s “Kafan” by Munshi Premchand Ji. The stories made deep impact on me. The words were afresh in my mind for many days.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Sometimes when the thought of someone close comes and sometimes while reading my book and thinking of the struggle I went through to make it possible.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why? 

My Mathematics teacher because he will be proud of me. He will be very happy to know that I am among the published author now.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies? 

Yeah! Writing, Listening Music, Dancing, visiting historical places, getting wet in the rain, Photography, Drawing etc.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Mostly, I watch Indian Movies and Bollywood Movie to be precise. Recently, I watched “Bareilly Ki Barfi” a Bollywood Movie. It has something about writing, comedy and lesson to learn as well. Well, talking about TV shows I like watching singing shows, dance shows as well as reality shows based on mind games.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music? 

Favorite Foods: Indian Foods

Favorite Colors: Blue

Favorite Music: Dancing Numbers

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

I cannot imagine my life without writing. Writing is my life.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

I will definitely do at least one good work by fulfilling someone’s need. First of all, I will get ready and visit temple then I will take so many pictures, do lots of fun, and distribute chocolates to children and needy things to poor children. I will eat my favorite food and I want to spend my evening by the riverside from where sunset can be easily witnessed. I would like to walk barefoot there. Last but not the least; I want to read a novel by my table with a cup of coffee…

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone? 

Author Mrs. Versha Gupta “Rain”

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Yeah! I have one blog “Author Versha Gupta “Rain”

(Link: authorvershagupta.wordpress.com )

Buying link http://www.damickpublications.in/product/safar-reshmi-sapno-ka/

 

 

Here is my interview with Sherrie Brown

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

 

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

My Name is Sherrie Brown. I mostly write under the name of S. Brown and I’m 54 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I grew up in Sandy, Utah and I spent a lot of my summers with my grandparents in the Bear Lake (southern) area of Idaho.

Fiona: A little about yourself (IE, your education, family life, etc.).

My two worst subjects in school growing up were English and Reading. I remember reading only two books as a teen for enjoyment, both of those books were horror stories; Firestarter by Stephen King and The Funhouse by Dean Koontz. I attended one year of college and then worked for a couple of years before I joined the Air Force where I spent two and a half years, as a pharmacy tech. During that time, I meet and married one of my best friends, before having the first of my two sons. We moved a few times to different military bases starting in Texas, next to Arizona, then to Mississippi and back toSan Antonio, Texas to retire. I now have two grown sons who are married and one grandson.I picked up a book to read for enjoyment as an adult in 2002 at 38 years old. That is when I finally understood the love people have for reading.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I am working on book 4 of The Eternal Knot Series– MacKenzie: Time Travel

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing in Jan 2017 because of a dare. I was working for someone doing basic editing, but mostly beta reading. After a lot of work, he convinced me I could write a book, since then he has become a close friend.

I started writing in clean Jane Austen fanfiction and then after my third book, I changed genres to clean Time Travel with a hint of romance.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

After I sold my first 100 books because I really didn’t think it would sell. I still questioned if I was a writer until after I wrote my other books and they sold copies.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My friend, who was my employer at the time.

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The title Samantha is the name of the main heroine in the book. It is about her experiences as she time travels to find her soulmate.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I write Clean Time Travel with a hint of romance. I don’t dwell on technology, write detailed sex scenes or use foul language. I wrote the books, so each story takes you through the challenges of their lives before they travel. By knowing what their life’s like you can hopefully understand why some things are more challenging for them when they meet their soulmates. I try to keep the verbiage near to how people really talk. I know that I don’t speak in full sentences when I am with my friends, so neither do my characters. Involving all ofthese items, makes it challenging, also it doesn’t fit with the standard romances or with the science fiction time travel either.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I believe most of the interactions and scenes are realistic for the time in which the story takes place. I hope the fight scenes are, but I tried hard not to be too descriptive with them. Some of the interactions are taken from my past experiences or from people I know.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

I would love to travel in person to all the places I write about, but for now, all my travel is done on the internet. With each book, I do a lot of research. I searched for facts about the time, the people, geography, and language.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I know a wonderful artist that taught me how to do my own covers in exchange for helping her. However, she does have her own company and would love to design your cover at http://www.pixelperfectpublishing.com

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

First, I would like for readers to understand that every person is different and each one has different values. Second, there might be more than one soulmate out there for you, and you should never compromise what you believe just to be with someone. Lastly, we are all stronger than we realize, and we can overcome a lot if we fight for what we want in our life and that nothing worthwhile will be handed to us without some form of a price.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

There are many great new writers out there and one of my favorite things about that is there are so many different writing styles and genres to choose from. I have favorite authors in each genre and some of them overlap into other genres, so if I said a favorite I might hurt someone’s feelings. I enjoy the work of Stephen Kingbecause he draws me into the book and I forget that I am reading. But I need to be in the right frame of mind to read his books because they scare me.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

I cannot name one because both men encourage and support me, each in different ways.My two good friends, George and Eric. George for the writing and Eric for the moral and story ideas.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Hopefully, I can continue to write for enjoyment and make some money along the way.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I would probably make it longer, but then if I did that I might bore readers.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I try to incorporate the facts I learn during my research, such as; Vikings were not all blonde. They bathed daily and used lye soap to keep lice under control. The lye soap they used would bleach their hair blonde.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

I have never thought about it. She would have to be tall and strong. With a confident attitude.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Don’t be afraid to be different and to write books that you would want to read.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

You never know what you are capable of until you try. It is ok to be feminine and enjoy who you are, yet, still be able to hold your own with people who disagree with you. People can disagree with you and it is not the end of the world. Agree to disagree on some things.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I just finished Back to the Heart by Sky Corgan. She has a wide variety of books.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The first one I remember reading was one of the Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys mysteries.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

A good movie or book.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Probably, Mary the mother of Jesus. I would love to ask her how she developed the strength to stand by and watch while they crucified her son. And what was he like as a child of hers. Questions that Mothers would ask each other.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I throw darts with my husband, watch the Astro’s Baseball team, go visit the towns surrounding San Antonio and travel to see my family when we can.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

NCIS, home repair show, any shows about animals.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Favorite food is chocolate or crab. Favorite colorsare blue and black. My favorite music is Rock.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Read or listen to eBooks. If it wasn’t book related and I had the time and money it would be to travel and see all the places I would love to visit as well as see all my friends and family.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live, how would you spend that time?

Making a video for my friends and family that I would not have the time to say goodbye to. I would try to spend most of the time with my husband.

Fiona: What do you want written on your headstone?

I will be buried in a military cemetery, so I already know what will be on mine. Basics. But if I could choose it would say “And she is off on her next adventure!”

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

http://authorsherriebrown.com  This is my website where you can find the most current book I am working on.

You can like me at http://www.facebook.com/authorsherriebrown

Or friend me at http://www.facebook.com/authorsherriebrown1

Follow me on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/author_SherrieB

As S.Brown

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As Sherrie Brown

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sherrie-Brown/e/B01N4S9XZH/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

 

 

Here is my interview with Kathy-Lynn Cross

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

 

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Hi there! My name is Kathy-Lynn Cross and well, I’m forty and a few years older than that.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I reside on the out-skirts of Sin City, aka Las Vegas, Nevada.

Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).

Well, I only made it to my second year of college. My grandmother was diagnosed with breast & lung cancer and I dropped out to help my mom with taking care of her. After several retail jobs, I ended up working as a pasta maker in an Italian restaurant. Which is where I met my husband. We’ve been married almost twenty-three years come this August, and have been blessed with two kids, a son and a daughter. When I’m not busy clicking away, creating chaos, I love baking or enjoying a book from my TBR list with a cup of vanilla coffee.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My short story Crestfallen, was accepted last summer for the Me + You: A Summer Romance Anthology by Wild Dreams Publishing. It recently released on June 14th of this year on eBook. You can find it on Amazon and it is listed in KU as well.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

In 2008, one of my nieces was visiting and became so sick she had to be hospitalized. We were reading the Twilight saga that summer and since she had read all of the books and was complaining of boredom, I decided to write a little story just for her. When I dropped it off, I wasn’t expecting her to share it. The next day, when I stopped by to visit, several of the nurses approached me and asked, “So, what’s next?” I didn’t understand until my niece told me the night nurses read my story. All of them wanted to know, “What happens next?” This moment sparked what I call, my journey into Storyweaving. Yes, that is my made-up word for us storytellers. I am a Storyweaver. But, I didn’t start seriously writing until 2011.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Not until I stopped viewing my writing as therapy and looked beyond the scope of family healing. Once I did a word count and shared my story with extended family and friends. Their reaction altered my view and I started considering myself as a writer. Or in this case, a Storyweaver.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Most of my fans know, I write under a pseudonym. My Unseen Series was inspired by my mother-in-law and my mom’s passing. We had lost both of them, almost six months apart. It was a very trying time and almost tore my family apart. I started toying with the idea if one could change Death’s mind. Maybe strike a deal with a reaper and plead for their life. Could I change their fate? Could I save them? Convince Death to save and protect that life. This is how my reaper series began.

Kathy is for my mother-in-law, Katherine. Lynn is for my mom, Linda. And Cross was an inside joke with my family; it was going to take a prayer to get me published. Kathy-Lynn Cross.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I knew before the book was finished how I wanted the titles to be linked together. For the series, it is told in duel, first person POVs. Tevin, my protagonist, and the main reaper, he is the hub on how the story unfolds between him and protecting Alexcia, who is the Child-of-Balance. Tevin’s decisions keep digging his grave deeper and sets off a chain of problems, especially now that Alexcia isn’t a
“child” anymore.

One day I thought, “Well, Tevin, you reap what you sow, right,” and then I heard his voice say, “So shall I reap.” I guess, you can say, my reaper titled the first book.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I Am. A. Pantser. I am also a Pisces. We want to be organized but get as far as attempting to. That’s me. I make a very short outline, if any. I will build a character into a person, to the point of creating a music playlist to get in touch with their emotions. The characters pretty much tell the story; I’m just their messenger.

With the reaper series, I find writing from a male POV, that is detached from positive human emotions or understanding, a bit of a challenge. They see far into the scope of black & white. The grey areas have little or no meaning to them. Tevin’s emotions are very dry, but the passion he feels for following certain desires, I find very compelling.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I write mostly, paranormal, urban fantasy, metaphysical & romance. My YA series takes place in my home town of Las Vegas, NV. I figured what better place for my reapers to play in, then Sin City. I take some part of the city and twist little truths into the descriptions of the area. Plus, I like tossing little Easter eggs into my stories. You’ll find connections between most of them.

I have a weird fear of gasoline trucks. When I was in junior high there was an accident near my house that involved a gasoline truck. When I was writing Alexcia’s POV of the crash with her boyfriend, I was practically hyperventilating by the time I finished the scene.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Not really, but I do like to get out of the house every now-and-then for a different environment setting.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Shout out to Strong Image Editing Service for my Unseen Series covers. Marya’s work is “scythetacular.” I made the cover to my novella, A Spirit’s Last Gift – A Winter Novella. (It’s one of my favorites.)

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I wanted to turn two sorrows into something worthwhile, so in each book there are side stories. In book one it touches on teenage alcohol and drug abuse. At the end of the book there is a special page from me to the reader titled, You Are Not Alone. On that page is a list of hotlines and websites for help. Each book in the Unseen Series will have a side story that will touch upon issues of today.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

Once I entered this world, I’ve been introduced to so many authors. It is hard to pick just one. That is like walking into a convenience store and staring at the back cooler trying to decide on a drink. I’ve read Tricia Copeland’s Kingdom Journals Series – it is worth the YA read in spades. Julie Wetzel’s Kindling Flames Series, it is a New Adult clean read, a little steamy but packed with a vampire, paranormal plot twist. I give it two fang bites. Sherry D. Ficklin’s historical YA series, Stolen Empire Series is beautifully written and sweeps you into the time-period.

My favorite are authors, Kim Harrison, Karen Marie Moning, and Amy Plum.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

My break into the publishing world would have never happened, if it wasn’t for a group of submission readers that decided to take a chance on my story. It was because of them, I had the opportunity to dream, discover, fail, and preserver.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I do. But unfortunately, it is a very hard market to advance in. I’ve been at it for three years and I still feel like a newbie. I can write another book on what NOT to do as a writer/author. Lots of trial and error.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

From the short story, Crestfallen, we had to cut a lot to meet the word count requirement. I would have liked to keep a few of those paragraphs and maybe explain more about a certain object that connects both characters.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

 A little more about the California coast and how to refurbish wood flooring. (lol)

 Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

 For Crestfallen, I would say, Margot Robbie would play Jezza extremely well. For my Unseen Series, definitely – Avril Lavigne. I loosely based Alexcia off of her and I love her music as well.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Keep notebooks everywhere. I have them in the kitchen, in the car, in my purse. I may not write outlines but when my characters start talking I like to be prepared. My daughter knows full well what happens when Mom has a meltdown and can’t jot down what the voices are saying. Keep writing: the first draft is the foundation, you can only build up from that point.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

From the bottom of my reaper heart, “Thank you, for giving my world the opportunity to live within you for a spell.”

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Several. I downloaded seven this past week alone. But, first and foremost, I’m reading the Me + You: A Summer Romance Anthology. I haven’t had the chance to read all sixteen stories. (There are seventeen, but I’ve re-read mine so many times already. *(snicker))

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Yes! Nancy Drew; The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Everything. The Kleenex and Extra Gum Commercials, songs, books, a note from a friend, my sister trying to tell me a joke, my husband whispering he loves me… still, stubbing my toe. I’m an emotional grenade and can explode sappy at any time.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

I deeply wish I had the opportunity to meet Robin Williams. I love his stand-up comedy and spontaneous nature. His speed to improv made a huge impact on my ability to perceive life’s moments at different angles. His laughter and presence from the big screen is greatly missed.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I love baking. Cookies and cakes mostly. I have a picture of a cake I made my niece for her 17th birthday. I’m still proud of how it came out. I also love picture puzzles, the more pieces the better, and solving sudoku problems.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

From my childhood, my Nana watched M*A*S*H every night. As I got older I became hooked and now my kids watch it. New shows, I like Lucifer but I’m behind a seasons. I really don’t watch too much TV because I could be writing instead.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Coca-Cola red, I love it and collect it as well. Trays, mugs, glassware, Christmas decorations, if Coca-Cola is on it, I want it. (lol) Favorite music band, Evanescence, Seether, Skillet, Flyleaf (the older songs), I could go on but I think we’re running out of time. I yammer.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Oh, that’s easy, wither, die, and then become a zombie. For real, I’m not sure honestly, maybe go back to clerical work. *(shudders in a corner)

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

I would write three short stories for my husband and both of my kids. Afterward, I would spend the rest of the day with them making memories. Then for the final thirty minutes eat cheesecake until I croak.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

I’m not sure if I’ll have one, but maybe the phrase, “Tempus fugit.” Make moments memorable & Scythe ya later.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

I do. My website is www.klcoss7.wixsite.com/authorkathylynncross . You can also find me on:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kathylynnbooks

Twitter: www.twitter.com/kathylynncross

I would love to build-up my readers on BookBub : https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kathy-lynn-cross

I’ve just started leaving recommendations there too.

Instagram; https://www.instagram.com/kathylynncrossbooks/

My characters and I would love it if you followed us on Amazon, as well.

http://tinyurl.com/nyw6tzy

 I’m in a couple of anthologies that are free to download. The links are on my website. *(wink-wink)

So Shall I Reap – Book One:

Amazon: http://bit.ly/SSIRbook1

Smashwords: http://tinyurl.com/y9eopdm4

To Keep Death’s Vow – Book Two:

Amazon: http://bit.ly/TKDVbook2

Smashwords: https://tinyurl.com/ybv9f9gs

My first novella – YA (15+) Paranormal Romance

A Spirit’s Last Gift ~ A Winter Novella:

Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/y7w7f3kj

Smashwords: https://tinyurl.com/ycmx9l6y

Thanks for having me on today. Remember reapers need love too and I’ll scythe ya later. x.x

 

 

 

Here is my interview with Demetra Gerontakis

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Hi Fiona. Thank you for having me.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

My name is Demetra Gerontakis and I am 53 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois U.S.A, but have Greek roots and have been living in Greece for many years.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I am married, have four children and two grandchildren. I live in Northwestern Greece, on the outskirts of a beautiful city, surrounded by nature. I have been involved in all kinds of things such as Astrobiology, Paranormal research, Meteorology(captivated by severe weather), Byzantine music and teaching English as a second language. The most challenging was mothering and raising my children while doing all that.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I have just released my newest book which is a romance – drama novella called She wore my name. This genre is a first for me, so I am excited to see what happens.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I wrote poems, lyrics and rymes when I was a teenager, but I always ended up throwing them away. I realised that when I was angry or sad about something, I took out my frustrations on a piece of paper.  I had all kinds of stories to tell, but I didnt actually get around to telling them until 2012 when I released my first non fiction book The reality of the supernatural.  Another reason I wrote was because writing took me anywhere I wanted to go and I was able to take whoever I wanted with me.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

From the moment I realised I couldn’t stop putting my ideas on paper.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book as I mentioned above, was a non fiction book, all about  supernatural accounts and explanations. I had been gathering  information of true accounts for a long time as well as the fact that I had had my own experiences as a child and I was stuck on sharing what I knew with others.

https://www.amazon.com/Reality-Supernatural-Demetra-S-Gerontakis/dp/1984056468/

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It was easy to come up with because it is exactly what the book is about.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

In general, I do narrative like fantasy novels, short stories and Christian biographies.  With fantasy, I set the idea on paper and then go from there. This has sometimes gone very smoothly to the end and other times it has been very challenging to try and find the perfect ending. In fantasy I think one can basically do whatever he or she wants.  Afterall, it’s fantasy!

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

In my first book which was nonfiction, all experiences were based on true accounts of people.  In my fantasy books, every character is strictly created by me.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Not really.  I do think of places I have been to previously though and use some of those in my books, but I mostly visit the places I am looking for virtually on line to get a good grasp of what I am going to be describing.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My book covers  and some of the illustrations within the books have been made by my son.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Good can always overcome evil even if it doesn’t seem like it at the time.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

Too many to mention. My favorite is George RR. Martin, but it used to be Tolkien.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

A sweet acquaintance whose name is Christina. She was very encouraging and supporting from the very beginning. She is now a friend and one of my top readers.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Definitely.  That is really all I can see. It would be a dream come true if I were able to write full time.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

 No, if I wanted to change it,  I  would  probably end up making it a different story, so why not just write a new one.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Yes, I did. You need to try all genres to overcome your fears and see what works best for you,so I did.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

If we’re still talking about the last book I wrote She wore my name, then Josheph Morgan would be the protaganist while Kit Harington and Gal Gadot his co stars.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Writing is a form of art. Some figure out what the artist wants to depict and others don’t. The artist always knows what he wanted to say though, so never get discouraged with the outcome of your work. Some will hate it, many might like it and others will love it, so keep writing just because you love to write.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you  for reading my work. I hope that I have helped you get away from your daily routines and into my fantasy worlds. For those of you who have enjoyed my paranormal books I’d like to say that this is the genre I intend to pursue, hoping to lead you onto a path of many suspenseful and paranormal adventures.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am reading – Living, Loving & Learning by Leo F. Buscaglia, for the third time as I can’t get enough of this book. It is a wonderful guide and teacher which I believe everyone should have a copy of. Oh, one can get it in practically every language.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I believe it was – The little engine that could

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I laugh alot watching cartoons, and by that I mean looney tunes etc, funny series and when my three year old granddaughter says things that are out of this world. I cry when others are sick and can’t get better,  are hungry or have lost everything they owned and live on the streets. Ok…  I also cry with some movies.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Elvis Presley, because I read about Elvis – the person behind the scenes, and I believe him to have been a decent Celebrity.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I have many hobbies. Reading, gardening, collecting and researching herbs, photography, nature walks, studying the sky, stars and weather patterns, paranormal investigations, crochet/knitting, collecting stamps, dried flowers, old things and many many more.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Game of thrones, Supernatural, Mom. MARVEL & D.C movies as well as all comedy & horror movies.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

My favorite food is a medium rare steak, a green salad and a tall glass of beer. Favorite colors are Black and deep red  and my favorite music is …  difficult to say because I listen to almost everything, but having to chose one I’ll say – Rock ballads.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

I’d probably wither away! Or maybe I would just record my stories and have people listen to them or even narrate them myself.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

Spend time with my loved ones and make sure I have asked forgiveness from anyone I might have hurt.

 Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

Don’t live dwelling in the past nor live chasing the future, just live in the present, because it will soon be gone!

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Yes. I have an author site, You tube channel with my book trailers.

Website

https://bubsdaddy.wixsite.com/demetra-sgerontakis

Youtube channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBQLXg60vSktOH7rGJ0QehA?view_as=subscriber

Twitter account

https://twitter.com/ghostsgr

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/demetra.gerontakis

Amazon author page

https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B00ADQ1RVC

Email: bubs_daddy@yahoo.gr