Here is my interview with Stephen Scarcliffe

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. My name is Stephen Scarcliffe and I am 37.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Edinburgh.

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

I am the son of a preacher man. Born in London, I was brought up in Edinburgh from 6 months old, and have spent the majority of my life here. I was always very creative with a keen interest in Art, music, and writing. I spent a misguided (but fun!) youth in the late 90s and 2000s revelling in Edinburgh’s electronic music scene, and living for the weekend. I formed a post-punk/rock band, as singer-songwriter with my brother Adam, The Number 9s and spent ten years gigging in and around Edinburgh and Glasgow at venues such as Cab vol, King Tuts and the HMV Picture house before it closed its doors. And throughout that period the book grew and grew, before evolving from a sideline into my main focus as the band slowly petered off.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Well, the obvious news is I am about to release my first crime fiction novel Pure Angst. First of a three-part series might I add.

Besides this, I just booked a ten day holiday to Crete in October with my partner Angela, and I will be rolling back the years when I visit Freiburg Germany in July to celebrate a close friends stag. So between launching my book with all the work that entails to travel plans, a busy year lies ahead.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I always had a wild imagination from as far back as I can remember. I used to scribble fantasy stories on my storybook jotter at primary school such as Rohan the barbarian. There was another one about a lad with gigantic ears that could hear things from miles away. It all stemmed from reading Roald Dahl.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Probably when we formed the band. I was writing the lyrics for all the songs, something I threw myself into headfirst, and with a passion. Throughout this time I was also writing the books as a sideline, so yeah, this would have been the time when I started to regard myself as a proper writer, I guess.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I wrote a short story as part of a Creative writing module way back in 2005. It was about a heroin-addicted gangster coming out of jail after a long stretch and trying with difficulty to reclaim his patch. I got really good feedback from family, friends and my college tutor. It wasn’t until by chance I bumped into Irvine Welsh in a pub in Edinburgh city-centre with a copy of the short story on me that the seed was firmly planted. After a few pints, I built up the courage to go over and have a word. I handed him the copy and received an email shortly after detailing how much he enjoyed it. This inspired me to create a novel.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It started when I was researching and reminiscing around old club nights from 90s Edinburgh. Reminded me of a particularly popular night that was held on Saturdays at Edinburgh’s venue nightclub called Pure. I then put it together with the one feeling that runs like a strand through the entire story, and that is the Angst of the 3 central characters. Pure Angst. Just feel it fits perfectly.

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

Vivid descriptions, I like to mix it up in terms of pace, and chapter length and I use multiple points of view and storylines within the one overarching narrative.

When you have three central characters it makes writing a synopsis within a limited word allocation (for example when sending to publishers) a challenge, as you have to try and cover the story arcs of all three characters.

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

I grew up on the north side of Edinburgh. Some of my closest friends to this day are folks from in and around the areas the book is set, so I like to think this lends authenticity to the story and its characters.

Parts of the book are loosely based on things I was involved in and experienced personally growing up. Drugs were a big part of my youth. Ecstasy, speed, coke, etc, was always readily available and rife at every turn. This makes it alot easier for example to describe the feeling of a comedown after a heavy binge on class A’s than it would be for someone who has never experienced it. Not that I am for one second suggesting any writers should take this on as part of their research, quite the contrary!

Also, I was often in and out of trouble as a young guy, was very much par to the course when you moved in certain circles in the areas I speak of. You were often seen as weak If you weren’t up for a scrap, so pretty quickly, you needed to learn to stick up for yourself and your mates. This helped when it came to describing some of the stuff involving fights, petty crime etc.

Furthermore, there are elements of certain characters, and incidents in the book that are very loosely based on people I have known over the years, and things I have heard about or seen.

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

I wouldn’t say it’s vital but I would say that travel helps alot. I often find I am at my most creative when I’m experiencing the wonders of another country or even other parts of Scotland that holds so much beauty itself. There is definitely something to be said for detaching from the pressures of everyday life in the creative process, and it’s sometimes nice to reward yourself with a breakaway when you’ve been working so hard at it all!

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Domi from inspired cover designs did an excellent job creating an eye-catching minimalist cover that suits the story to a tee.

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

Often a person can be a product of their environment.

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 have recently been getting right into the work of Chris Brookmyre. Where the bodies are buried is an excellent book. Also Charlie Huston, his first novel Caught stealing is an absolute rip-roarer that I couldn’t put down.

My favorite writer if I had to pick on and one only would be Don Winslow. I just love his fast-paced style, and his depiction of the drug trade, and the corruption it breeds. He creates brilliantly well-layered anti-heroes and you don’t need to work at his books, so easy to read.

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

Claire Wingfield, my literary consultant, and editor. She gave me the confidence in knowing I had something decent there. Her help with ironing out kinks in my writing was invaluable, and her advice helped steer me towards self-publishing after first attempting to go the traditional route.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I definitely would like to eventually.

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

That’s a tough one to answer right now. Come back to me once I have had a few reviews in haha.

One thing I am struggling with a little right now is whether or not the dialogue is too heavy on slang or not, and whether this may limit my reach or not, time will tell. To have characters from one of the roughest housing estates in Edinburgh speaking in plain English would just seem a little false to me, however. Watering it down too much might cause the story to lose a bit of its soul and characater. And after all, Trainspotting didn’t do too bad did it? Neither has the Outlander, apparently massively popular as a book and TV series.

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

I learned an appreciation for the unbelievable amount of work that goes into being a self-published author, with this being my first book. Far, far more to it than just putting down words, you are effectively responsible for the whole package, marketing, formatting, setting up websites, you name it.

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

I like the idea of using an unknown actor with little experience playing the lead. Someone recruited directly from the schemes, similar to what happened for This is England and NEDS.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Before you charge headfirst into self-publishing or submitting to an agent, publisher etc, seek out a literary consultant and pay them to evaluate your manuscript. It’s one thing getting the opinions of family and friends but there is no substitute for a professional evaluation in helping you become the best writer you can be. It helps you pick up on things that would never get addressed otherwise.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Fan of Trainspotting or Irvine Welsh? Do you like stuff set in the 80s and 90s? Do you like a good gangland tale with lots of violence, betrayal, power struggles, twists, and turns? Do you like to read stories where the main characters have to come through a ton of adversity, whether it be a difficult childhood or unfortunate family ties? If any of the above applies then hopefully Pure Angst is for you. And there is more to come as it’s the first of a three-part series, get in there nice and early.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Tweak – Growing up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Roald Dahl, BFG.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

A night with old pals always makes me laugh.

An emotional ending to a film can jerk at the tears from time to time.

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

Bob Marley, genius, one of my all-time favorites. Would love to discuss his views on religion, marijuana, music, and just life.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I go to the gym three times a week, I love my music. A big fan of football particularly Spanish. I enjoy cooking. And I love film and TV foreign and western.

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

Huge fan of Gomorrah, Italian crime show about the Neapolitan Mafia. Sopranos still one of my all-time favorites. Breaking Bad, The Bridge, The Killing, True detective (Not season 2), The Wire, Last Panthers, Stranger Things, so many…

Films, I’m a huge fan of anything by Scorcese. Also to name just a few True romance, Carlitos Way, Blow, Drive, The Wrestler, Killer Joe, Dallas Buyers Club. I really like Foreign films, Oldboy, La Haine, Bittersweet life, Irreversible, A Prophet etc.

Love a good horror.

Just watched Greenbook at the cinema, excellent.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I like a nice steak, am a big fan of Italian food, French food too. Really enjoy experimenting with all different kinds of cuisines, especially when abroad, Portuguese is nice.

Purple.

Music, all sorts. Hip hop, Reggae, Rock and roll, Techno, Blues, Indie…

Favorite artists to name a few, Joy Division, Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Pete Doherty, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, The Smiths, Bob Marley, Wu-Tang, Nas, Biggie Smalls, Black Keys, BRMC, Twilight Sad, Interpol, Ghostpoet.

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

I would probably go back to Art, and painting, that I used to enjoy so much at school. I would say music but that would be a pain if I am unable to write songs.

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

I’d spend it with close friends, family, and partner. Ideally, go somewhere in Scotland with amazing views. Have a great meal in a nice restaurant, with a cracking bottle of red wine.

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

It’s been a bloody good run, now for the next phase.

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

www.stephenscarcliffe.co.uk

Below are my web links.

https://www.facebook.com/stephen.scarcliffe/

https://www.instagram.com/stephenscarcliffe_writer/

https://twitter.com/stephenscarc

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MC5VBPK

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Here is my interview with Gary Gautier

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?

Gary Gautier, 62 (as an old Cajun once said, “if I’d a known getting old was this much fun, I’d a done it a long time ago”)

Fiona: Where are you from?

New Orleans

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

I’ve taught writing and literature at flagship state universities and have published a range of works for adults and children. My children’s book, Spaghetti and Peas, was featured in the Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Market, and a screen adaptation of my novel, Mr. Robert’s Bones, was selected to the second round (top 10%) at the Austin Film Festival. I’ve hitchhiked through 35 states and 12 countries, bartended in 3 states, run two marathons, and once, due to a series of misadventures, spent six months as the chef at a French restaurant. (Ph.D., CU-Boulder; MA, UT-Austin)

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

After 10 years teaching university English and 15 years as a senior technical writer, I gave away all my stuff and started hitchhiking around Europe looking for odd jobs. Taught at a German university for a year, now in Mexico, wandering, writing, and staying out of trouble (mostly). Glad to see reviews of my latest novel,Hippies, going up, and just re-released my previous novel, Mr. Robert’s Bones, as well as the middle-grade Phineas Frecklehopper.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Ah, Dr. Seuss! I think I started writing as soon as I started reading. I couldn’t separate the two.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I can’t remember that far back.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Everything.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Well, for my latest novel, Hippies, I wanted something short that could catch the eye on a book cover from across the room. It was either Trance or Hippies, since it is both a historical novel about the late 1960s anda novel that involves trance-like episodes in past-life regression (with a little help from an LSD-spinoff). It gradually became clear that the 1960s setting was the principal landscape and the regressions were part of the substrate. SoHippies it was.

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

My style varies, since I’ve written books for toddlers, middle-grade, YA, and adults, including poems, novels, and literary criticism. Hippies, e.g., is “literary/historical fiction.” By “literary,” I don’t mean “better” but a certain style – where the value lies not in the conventions of genre nor even in the story that gets told, but in the way it gets told. Woolf and Joyce and Brautigan excelled at this. The challenge is doing it well enough to keep a purchase on the reader’s attention. The challenge on the “historical” side is making the reader feel they are in that time, not just generally as nonfiction might do, but specifically, in the hearts and minds of characters living through it.

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

This question comes up especially for Hippies, due to all the 1960s craziness. Let’s just say that there is no one-to-one correspondence for any character or event, but I lived the lifestyle.

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

I love to travel, but I don’t have to travel to write. I just need a table at the library.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

For the colourful hardbound children’s book, Spaghetti and Peas, I had the publisher select an illustrator, and she did a great job putting it together. For my academic book, I queried a museum to use a relevant 18th-century art image. For the novels and middle-grade fiction and poetry, I usually take my own or my daughter’s (a design graduate) images and we put together our own design.

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

Not really. There are lots of serious themes floating around in there – racism, betrayal, freedom, relationships, growing up, the curls and buckles of the human psyche – but I wouldn’t want to pin one down.

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 read mostly classics: Plato and Boethius, Shakespeare and Dickens, Austen and Woolf. More recently (i.e., within the past half-century), celebrated works like Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon or Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera, and unconventional works like Richard Brautigan’s In Watermelon Sugar or Ed Buryn’swildly alternative travel guide, Vagabonding in Europe and North Africa.

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

I was lucky to have a lot of university contacts along with offbeat writer friends who were always coloring outside the lines.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I don’t really see things in terms of career any more. My life is composed of writing, vagabonding with my backpack, and sharing times with my loved ones back in New Orleans and abroad.

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

With my academic publications, I can always see specific ways to upgrade the analysis or delivery starting on the day of publication. But by the time I’ve put my poetry and fiction through the crucible, no, I don’t want to change anything post-release.

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

I am always surprised that my characters take me in a direction that I did not predict at the outset.

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

My books call for an ensemble cast. The funny thing is, I can picture exactly who I’d like to play roles in my forthcoming novel, but can’t really pin down the hippies or the neighbourhood characters from Mr. Robert’s Bones.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Do it for the love. Money or recognition may come, but if you do it for the money or recognition, you will likely have a lifetime of frustration.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Enjoy!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I just started Aura by Carlos Fuentes (in Spanish, which I read very slowly).

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Something by Dr. Seuss.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I don’t much laugh or cry, but I smile almost all the time. I’m not sure what this means.

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

Shakespeare. Not only for his writing skill and grasp of human nature, but he seemed an all-round good, sociable guy well-liked by all classes.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Jogging, vagabonding (11 countries hitchhiked since turning 60), finding art and culture off the beaten path.

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

Sorry if this sounds snobby, but I haven’t owned a TV in years, though I know there is a Renaissance of some kind going on in that medium. For films, usually something low-budget or a cult classic like “Harold and Maude” or “The King of Hearts” or “The Big Lebowski.”

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

All foods, all colors, all genres of music (but I suppose classic rock from the 1966-1975 decade would be my expertise)

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

Keep traveling

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

I think I would cook a nice shrimp curry for my ex-wife (who is now my girlfriend) and daughter.

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

I’ll borrow one from the Renaissance writer, Rabelais. “He owed much; he had little; the rest he gives to the poor.”

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

 Author website: www.garygautier.com

Amazon author’s page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001HPUGGU

Hippies facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BooksByGaryGautier/

Gary’s blog: https://shakemyheadhollow.wordpress.com/

Individual book links:

Hippies: https://www.amazon.com/Hippies-Gary-Gautier/dp/1535579862/

Mr. Robert’s Bones: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GBMJH76

Phineas Frecklehopper: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1515304914/

Year of the Butterfly (poems): https://www.amazon.com/Year-Butterfly-Gary-Gautier/dp/1530858046/

Spaghetti and Peas: http://www.garygautier.com/spag.html

 

Here is my interview with Adithya Srivastava

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?

 Sure, My name is Adithya Srivastava and I am 23 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

New Delhi, India

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

Adithya Srivastava, born & brought up in Delhi, India and lived in various parts of the globe. Being a Black Belt in martial arts, engineer and public speaker by profession, I’ve attained various titles in past 4 years. I have been living in a family of 4 with mom, dad and my younger brother.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I got selected for 2 Tedx Talks and also I have been given the title of Author of the Year 2019 by Ne8x.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I guess when I was 15 or maybe 16, I was kind of a dumb student in my school (atleast that’s what my teachers said), so I started writing small poems and anecdotes.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

The time when I started writing to fulfil the purpose of serving other, I believe it was 3 years ago, when I wrote on article on the internal site of my office to help other mates.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book was technical (SSH Protocol Architecture), my own profession and my passion towards technology inspired me to do so.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

If I talk about my first book then the title is very simple. If I talk about my second book (The Story Of Your Life), here are some interesting facts. I love travelling and getting along with strangers. I have this habit to listening and observing everyone’s story, in past 6-7 years I have travelled to numerous places and listened to various stories. Some were same and some were not. But whatever it was, all those stories were worth sharing as they were real life stories of people living on hills or hilly area or forest area. Hence, I merged all those stories and with some imagination I created the book, my second book.

If I talk about my third book (Master The Art Of Speaking), it is also very simple just go with the title, it is master the art of speaking basically a cheat sheet to be a better and then the best speaker among your community and also a guide to be a fantastic public speaker.

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

Well! I mostly like to write what I observe and read in things and people around me. Honestly speaking sometimes, I find it challenging but it also fascinates me.

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

My book is mostly based on real life experience. Being a hobby traveller and public speaker, I travel to various places and meet different people around the time, I observe their behaviour and their life closely and try to bring out a story out of it.

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

I don’t have to travel specifically to craft my word, but I have to travel to fulfil the needs of my mainstream profession.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I design the covers with the help of a friend who adds the magical touch in them.

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

Love & Believe in yourself, it is the most difficult thing to do. But once you’ve done it, no one in this whole universe can stop 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?

Nah, I don’t think so.

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

Actually, when I was writing my first book, no one believed me until I published it. Hence outside my family only God and my will power supported me. But for my upcoming book, there is one person who supported me and always pushed me harder and harder, and that person is Ms. Mahima Masand.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Umm! I can think of that. Right now, writing is my dearest hobby after guitar.

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

I am not sure if I would change anything. Because as I know myself, I like things to be perfect. You can say that I have a kind of OCD, if there is something which I am doing or pursuing and it is not 100% right, I’ll do it all over again before showing it to anyone.

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

The most important thing is that writing and publishing (including every other aspect of it) aren’t enough for a book. Your book must connect to your audience and it must deliver a message which they can understand clearly without any metaphors. Also, Self- Publishing is tough, and it consumes almost the same cost as traditional publishing does.

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

It would be great if they cast me in lead role….. Kidding. I like Joseph Morgan to play the lead role.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Read, Observe and Write. Follow this rule to get the great content in mind.

Read before sleep, observe after waking up, Write. But whatever you do, never give-up.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Read and observe everything with open eyes and wider brain.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by VishenLakhiani

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

It was, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I am a very emotional person, can easily cry just by watching a movie or feel immense pleasure out of it.

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

Nicola Tesla, I want to meet him and invite him to my home for dinner so that we can discuss about technology a bit deeply. Why? Well! Because I am an engineer by profession and I love playing with technology.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Guitar, Cooking and Writing are my top hobbies, rest I have many.

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

I Like science fiction shows like “The Flash” “Arrow” “Supergirl” and many more, but don’t worry I am not a fan of game of thrones.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I like authentic Indian and Italian food. Color: Black and Blue. Music: slow and soft, I am a fan of 80’s and 90’s music.

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

Well! Even now I am an engineer and public speaker and chocolate chef by profession.

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

I’ll definitely spend that time playing in a house full of dogs

While listening to soft music.

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

Don’t cry, I died happily.

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

 Amazon Author’s page: amazon.com/author/adithyasrivastava

Link to Books-

SSH Protocol Architecture: https://amzn.to/2DFrOUk

The Story Of Your Life: https://amzn.to/2BAU1vc

Master The Art Of Speaking: https://amzn.to/2InrDCq (Upcoming Book)

 

Here is my interview with Jackie North

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 Jackie North, and I’m a male/male romance author.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born in Waco, Texas, and years ago my family arrived in Colorado and I’ve been here ever since. I’ve tried moving to other places but it just never works out!

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

 I have two sisters (and two brothers-in-law and two nieces) that live pretty close to where I live, and I have a bunch of friends in the area as well. Of course, in this day and age I have online friends too! I went to college far too long because I realized I loved the structure it provided.

I studied technical communications and linguistics. The only thing I regret is that I didn’t study meteorology, which is the study of climate and weather. You can be wrong every day on that job and still not get fired!

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

 My latest news is my upcoming release for my m/m time travel romance called “Wild as the West Texas Wind.” It’s the third in my standalone Love Across Time series. The reviews from my ARC readers are very positive, so I’m feeling pretty good about it.

Here’s the Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43787252-wild-as-the-west-texas-wind

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

In the 4th grade. I was seized with a passion to write and have been writing ever since. I wrote a story about two kids and a kite that got lost in the woods and the bear that almost ate them. The teacher gave me an A, so I was pretty much hooked from then on.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

 In the 4th grade in Elementary School. I realized that I didn’t want to be a teacher, I wanted to be a writer. I announced this to my family and they kindly got me a red felt tip pen to edit my stories with.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

 The desire to tell a story. I think when I was growing up, I was so moved by the books I read that I wanted to do the same to other readers. Books are a profound way to communicate.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

 I love this song called “El Paso” and decided to write a story where the wild young cowboy who gets shot and the young man who is in love with the wicked cantina girl actually fall in love with each other! The title comes from the line, “One night a wild young cowboy came in, wild as the West Texas Wind” and it’s sung in such a mournful, melancholy way that it resonated very hard with me.

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

 I tend to over-explain things and write in what I call a curlycue style. It’s a style that weaves in and out of words and is somewhat flowery. That’s fine, but sometimes a story is better told more simply, so I’m working on that.

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

 I try to make my stories as close to real as possible. Of course, I have to take some poetic license, but to me, the more reality the better. None of it is based on my own personal life, though I’m sure thoughts and ideas that I have leak in there.

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

I will travel at the drop of a hat to research a story! Thanks go Google, I can do a lot of that research from home and typically it ends up that I go to that location after the story is written. Which isn’t a bad thing, as I can confirm whether I got it right.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Jay Aheer has been designing the beautiful covers for my Love Across Time series.

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

 That love is waiting for you, if you let yourself be open to it. Also, we make our own luck. That’s what my Dad always told me.

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 so many, too many to name! I like authors who try writing a story that is a little different.

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

 Wendy Rathbone, hands down.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

 Yes, I do. I’m struggling right now to balance a full time job with wanting to write all the time and I’m hoping that the hard work pays off.

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

 No, I think I tell a good story with that one, and I hope readers like it too!

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

 Don’t stop and start when working on a book project, just start and keep going. Otherwise, you will lose the thread of the story.

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

 Oh, good one! I think I would like someone like James McAvoy to play Layton (or maybe a young Sebastian Stan), and then, as for Zach, Cole Sprouse was my inspiration for him.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

 Write always, write every day! Don’t let anybody tell you what to write.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

 Live your life. Live it the way you want to and don’t let anybody tell you no. Also, I always want to tell them how much I appreciate their passion and enthusiasm about my characters and their stories.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

 Currently I’m reading “The Magic of Ordinary Days” by Anne Howard Creel. It’s about a woman who is pregnant out of wedlock and marries a sugar beet farmer in the wild outlands of Colorado.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

 It was called “Eighth Moon” by Bette Bao Lord, and was about a young girl in Communist China trying to survive under a harsh regime. She eventually escapes, which makes the book a very satisfying read.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

 Hallmark commercials make me cry, and cat videos make me laugh.

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

 I would love to meet Tom Hanks because he seems like he’d be fun to talk to.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

 I love to cook! Currently I’m teaching myself how to cook a good Indian curry from scratch.

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

 Numb3rs, Ghost Whisperer, Bosch; Galaxy Quest, Gone With the Wind, and Oliver!

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

 My favorite colors are blue and green. I love Billy Joel’s music and the band Pink Floyd.

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

Travel a lot. A lot! (But actually I couldn’t imagine not ever writing again.)

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

 Walking on a beach waiting for the sun to set. Having a glass of wine with a dish of seared scallops in garlic butter while the sun sets.

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

 “She lived the dream!”

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

 Here are my links:

Website – http://www.jackienorth.com/

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/308056686705719/

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Twitter –  https://twitter.com/JackieNorthMM

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18128460.Jackie_North

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Here is my interview with Carey Anderson

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? 

Hello my name is Carey Anderson, I’m 42 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from? 

I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area. I have lived in a few different places in the bay as the natives call it.

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

I grew up and have lived in the Bay Area my entire life. I come from a very large family full aunties, uncles, and tons of cousins. You can see this reflected in my work. The Wallace and Latour Families are very large.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news. 

I just released “Looking Into The Sun” this past November 2018. This is my first standalone release since the finale of the Wallace Family Affairs series which was released in February 2018. I am proud of this release because it challenged me to find the proper way to voice Jasper and Lyla’s needs unlike my previous main characters.

Synopsis

Jazz’s first lesson in this world was, no matter how much you love them; the people you love will leave you. During his formative years his grandparents taught him to accept the limitations of others. Not to fall apart when others fall short. Meanwhile Jazz searches for the comforts of family and belonging in the world.

Lyla was suffering from a broken heart and memory loss. Lyla awakens cold and frightened one unusually cold night in a park in San Francisco. She only remembered her name and the name of her mother. Lyla had to learn patience with herself as she tried very hard to remember the things she appeared to have forgotten.

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Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing in grade school after a homework assignment. The assignment was to write a story. My teacher enjoyed my story so much that she shared it with my class. Writing provided and still provides an escape from reality for me. The clinical term for my personality is a “dreamer”. This person often creates alternate realities for themselves when the day to day prove to be too much. Writing allows me to capture most of my alternate realities in a tangible way.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I would always say, I like to write, or I write. However, I didn’t consider myself to be an actual writer until I published my first book.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My personal life had turned upside down. My reality was too much for me to handle. I needed to escape in the worst way. I started doodling on my phone. It wasn’t until I began my second book that I thought about publishing my first book. That idea sprouted into a whole new world for me.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

My first book was titled Tracy’s Complications because my dear Tracy couldn’t get it together. She lacked confidence and the communication skills to deal with her life in an effective way. She had to grow up and learn to deal. The summation of her growth was the now title “Tracy’s Complications”.

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

Are dramatic laments considered a style? If so, I would say that my style is dramatically typical of a person born and raised in Richmond California. I would say my style is very freestyle and froth with feelings. The challenge that my writing brings… timelines! Within the Wallace Family Affairs series all of those books are written on one timeline. I had to rely heavily on one of my beta readers to keep me honest. The payout was always the praise from my readers as they as asked me how I kept everything straight. It takes a team!

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

I don’t know too many relatable artist who don’t draw from their life experiences when they create. I’d say about twenty to thirty percent is based upon people I know and my own life. For example my first main character Tracy is deathly afraid of spiders because I am as well. She’s clumsy, insecure, kind, and compassionate. Most of those characteristics are reflections of me.

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

Since I mostly write about the Bay Area, I tend to visit my locations as I write about them. Once I begin to travel the world more often, I’m sure my settings will vary more often.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I’ve had the pleasure of working with a few designers. Most recently Kreationsk, Cover Couture, Nuance Art, and Mario Patterson. My last release featured a cover provided by Mario. Cover Couture designed my covers for the Wallace Family Affairs series and two of my standalones. Nuance Art created the cover for “Present” the first book in the Together We Are Strong series. Kreationsk created the covers for “What Comes Next” and “I Knew You When”.

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

Always! More often than not my message is simply to live freely within the love that life has provided for you. Also you will notice that even my strongest characters look to professionals for help with their mental health. It’s ok to rely on others for help.

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?

Authors that were new to me are Angie Liddell and Keith Kareem Williams. I’ve read Angie’s entire catalog, and I am in aw over Keith presence and style. When you have the opportunity you should check both of them out.

My favorite author of all time is Eric Jerome Dickey. He’s written African American Fiction, Spy and Assassin Fiction, and comic books for marvel. He’s successfully been in the business for over twenty years. His main characters are always flawed and very human. His works take you on a journey to locations all over the world meanwhile you’re completely relating to the main character’s plight.

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

My very good friend since childhood. Often times I tend to feel like no one cares about the things going on in my head. She has read my doodles read since we were children and she still encourages me to go forward. My sisters and cousins are huge pillars in my writing experience, but you asked for non family supporters so…

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I would love to call writing my career. Unfortunately it is still only my hobby for now.

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

As of today, I would say no. Ask me again in a year.

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

I learn something new with each project. During the editing of Looking Into The Sun I learned that I have a fascination with birds. Within most of my writings there’s usually a reference to birds. I always thought of myself as a dog lover, but it appears that I have a fancy for birds. I’m still trying to understand what that means.

Off the top of my head I think of Maya Angelou’s “I know why the caged bird sings”. If you’ve never read the book I won’t spoil it for you. You should definitely read it. Maya learned how soar while living within her cage. Maybe that’s what I want to do as well. Sing from my cage as if no one has caged me.

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

No, (chuckles) I’d want the movie to do well. Although I can write the words. I’d need a seasoned actress to bring them to life. I can imagine the emotion, I don’t think I would convey everything properly.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Yes, keep writing. No matter what, keep writing.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers? 

Yes, THANK YOU! Thank you for letting me entertain you. Thank you for your support. Thank you for taking a chance on my work and then coming back for more. Thank you so much! Thank you for your time and the reviews. Whether posted publicly or directly to me. And finally thank you!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I just finished Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen so now I think it’s time to reread I know why the caged bird sings in honor of black history month.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Breadsticks and blessing places, it’s about a young girl who suffers an extreme tragedy and how she deals with it.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I love to laugh and keep things light hearted. There are too many things that make me laugh. Pain makes me cry.

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

My grandmother, she died before I was born. I hear so many wonderful stories about her. I would’ve loved to have known her.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies? 

Writing is my primary hobby. Aside from that I watch YouTube videos all of the time.

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

Friends, Blackish, Grownish, Rel, Martin, Fixer Upper, Beat Bobby Flay, Say Yes To The Dress

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music? 

Mexican food period!!! Blue is my primary love (😜 you see what I did there?). R&B, POP, and Hip-Hop are favorite music genres.

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

 I’m sorry I don’t understand the question. I think I’d be dead in this scenario so there’s nothing left.

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

She made people feel as though they were loved.

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

Yes, I have both.

Website

https://www.careythewriteranderson.com/

Blog

http://careyanderson.blogspot.com

Carey “The Writer” Anderson

www.careythewriteranderson.com

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Here is my interview with Mlungisi Nxumalo

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. My name is Mlungisi Nxumalo, aged 21.

Fiona: Where are you from?
The Kingdom of ESwatini, Mankayane.

Fiona: A little about yourself.
I’m a well groomed young man brought up in a single-parent headed family that made sure I got through all levels of education from Mount Hermon Primary School to Bhunya Usuthu High School and currently at Limkokwing University where by the grace of God I’ll graduate from next year, October.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Okay, I am currently on a blog tour promoting my latest release, a musical documentation titled ‘Rolling Stones With Cassper Nyovest’.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Professionally it has to be 2016, otherwise I turned my old homework exercise book into a poetry rough book at the age of 14. My friend and I used to pass each other poems during class.

I started writing because it helped me escape so many unhealthy thoughts. But while doing it, I didn’t know that I was healing myself. I had just started out in high school and I was still grieving my father. After a few years, my love for writing grew and here we’re today.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself as a writer?
After my debut poetry chapbook, in the year of 2016.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was going through a dark phase in my life. I just wanted to vent you know, tell people how I was doing and in the process sharing my story too; maybe someone would relate and heal. Because that’s how I felt with every word I gave birth to.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Tinjulo and Other Poetry Collection. That’s my first title. Tinjulo is SiSwati – means deeper thoughts. The book is full of emotions and is thought evoking. It also switches narrative a lot , that’s where ‘And Other Poetry Collection’ came from.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I am a music content writer, I specialize in Hip Hop. So my writing style is stained by the Hip Hop culture.

I have a musical background, at some point I used to do music. I still compile rap anthologies. I love music, Hip Hop is life. So that has helped me a lot in my writing career.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your life?
Hundred percent of Rolling Stones With Cassper Nyovest is realistic. It is just a documentation of this guy who later colonises the South African and African rap scene after dropping out of school at the age of 16. Real life, real stories.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Not really. Plus all my works of literature have one identity: African identity. I tell stories that happen around me.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My good brother and creative director, Phiwa Mvubu.

Fiona: Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
The message of this book rests chiefly on the epilogue. Through this documentation I am saying to Africans: you are doing very little to document our cultures and our stories. We have rich content.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Nobody. People don’t care, I am getting support from people in places I’ll never see. It’s the same story with family, they don’t care. You’d be surprised if I told you that I’ve actually sold a unit but everyone is my circle has been asking about this book.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I believe, with the right people around a writer, a foot on the right door and; top-drawer material, anyone can become a successful writer.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Lol, no. I wouldn’t change anythingMs. Fiona. I love the story.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I have learned to never rush art. This book has taught me patience. It took more than eight months for this script to leave Ms Word.

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

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Never rush art.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I just want to thank everyone who’s been supporting my works of literature ever since my first book. To the one who has bought my latest book; thank you for contributing towards paying my sister’s tuition fees. If you haven’t bought the book, please support me. It’s actually a nice story.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Chukwu John David’s ‘It came from the west’.

Fiona: What makes you laugh or cry?
What makes me laugh are unexpected moments that I have with the people around me and when I have silly conversations with my mom. What makes me cry? Lol, I also cry if I am happy way over the cloud.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
It has to be Cassper Nyovest and AReece. One of the many guys who are in the frontline of SA Hip Hop. They inspire me; I’d love to pick their brain.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Yeah, I love listening to music.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love watching Shiz Live, a South African Hip Hop show. Lol, I can’t watch a movie without falling asleep. My girlfriend always shouting me for this lol.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Damn. Go back to doing music, maybe?

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend this time?
Spend my last breath with my family.

Fiona: What do you want written on your tombstone?
I loved writing.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Unfortunately my blog crushed. But my readers can try to make use of my Amazon author-site.

https://www.amazon.com/Mlungisi-Nxumalo/e/B07N1XZJG8/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

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Here is my interview with Jack Strange

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?

Hello! My name is Jack Strange, but I write under the pen name J.S. Strange. I write murder mystery novels and horror novels. I’m 24.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m from a small town in south Wales. It’s the setting of my new novel.

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

I work in television as an editor for news output. I studied performing arts and media. I live with my boyfriend in Wales and my two cats.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My new novel, Murder on the Rocks, publishes March 1st 2019 with Panther Publishing. It features a leading gay private investigator, named Jordan Jenner, as he solves the murder of a writer in Cardiff. Jordan has returned to work following the death of his mother, which he thought was natural. However, as he investigates what is seemingly an unrelated case, he learns his mother’s death is involved.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

As a kid I was always writing. I used to write ‘scripts’, and enjoyed creating stories. It started as both adaptations of existing films and TV shows, and then a story involving my cats. I always found it as something fun, and I started taking it more seriously at about sixteen, seventeen years old.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I still don’t consider myself a writer, despite writing as often as I can. I don’t know why. I doubt my ability, and I doubt the words that go down, and so I don’t compare myself to anybody that I consider a proper writer.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I went through secondary school being told I couldn’t do what I wanted to do, so I wanted to prove people wrong. I wrote my first novel from age seventeen and published it when I was twenty-one. I’ve always been imaginative and had ideas, so as I got older I started putting those ideas in writing works. My first book was a zombie novel, and I had been watching lots of zombie films with my mum, so wanted to try and create my own with a twist.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

For Murder on the Rocks, the title came up from a misheard Fifth Harmony lyric. I’m a fan of Fifth Harmony – devastated when they broke up – and there’s a song where I thought the lyric was ‘Murder on the Rocks’, which it isn’t. I had been writing what was to become Murder on the Rocks for a while, where the writer is poisoned and killed by drinking whisky and ice. So it became whisky on the rocks, to Murder on the Rocks.

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

I don’t think I have a style. In fact, a publisher ripped apart my writing whilst rejecting it, even saying I had no distinct voice. I think I’m still yet to find that ‘voice’, whether or not it exists. I’m sceptical whether it does. I tend to write in a more darker fashion – there’s always death. I find it challenging to keep people hooked and entertained, especially whilst writing a murder mystery.

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

The book is as realistic as it can be in fiction. I’m sure there are police procedures that would be done differently, or words used differently, but the setting is as familiar as it can be. They’re normal people solving a murder. I’ve tried to make it as accurate as I can. As for my characters, some of the situations they’ve experienced are ones I have experienced or observed myself. I take real life and infuse it into fiction often. In the second Jenner mystery I’m writing, I’m killing off an ex boyfriend. I call that closure.

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

I wish I could travel, but I can’t afford it! Murder on the Rocks is set where I live and work, so I see the setting of the novel quite often. I definitely think that helps when writing to know where everything is and know what to expect.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I did! I went to Cardiff with a photographer friend of mine, and we took a lot of potential covers. In the end, I used one of those photos and manipulated in photoshop, resulting in the oil painting effect of a street of posh homes in Cardiff. Similar homes like that feature in Murder on the Rocks, so it’s the perfect cover. Right now, I’m happy with it!

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

My decision to make Jordan Jenner the lead who just happens to be gay could be considered a message. There are plenty of straight detective novels out there, where that detective is romancing women. In Murder on the Rocks, it’s the same, except Jordan is romancing a man. When publishers rejected Murder on the Rocks, I got comments that ‘we have already signed a series with a gay male lead’, despite signing numerous straight lead novels.

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 a lot of talented writers out there. Self publishing has brought those writers to prominence. I haven’t read any of L.J. Ross’s novels yet, but I’ve seen the success she has had and that is inspiring. Since getting a Kindle, I have been seeking out independent work and discovering new writers. My ultimate favourite writer, however, is J.K. Rowling.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I do see writing as a career, but one that won’t bring money. The sad reality of it is that many writers don’t earn enough from their hard earned work, and I think, somehow, that system needs to change. Publishers and corporates take a lot of that money. With self publishing, there’s a huge cost in marketing. It’s being done – successful writers living off their work. But it seems like a very unachievable thing, at least straight away. I know I have to work to support my writing.

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

I learned the importance of research and clarification, especially when writing a different genre. My last novels were dystopian, meaning I could almost change rules and expectations. With a novel set in real times, you have to follow certain laws and practices.

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

Richard Madden, mainly because I’d want to meet him and tell him how much I fancy him. But being Welsh, I’d like a Welsh actor.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Writer whatever the hell you want to write! Listen to constructive criticism, not criticism for the sake of it. Market and promote the hell out of your work. Talk to other writers and make friends.

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

I do! My website is www.jacksamstrange.com and is where I blog about travelling, life and writing. My social media accounts are great ways to keep up to date. My twitter is www.twitter.com/JackSamStrange and Facebook is www.facebook.com/JackSamuelStrange.

Amazon UK link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Murder-Rocks-Mystery-Jordan-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07L2FRDB8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550062483&sr=8-1&keywords=murder+on+the+rocks

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Here is my interview with Ava Danielle

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?

Ava Danielle, I’m 38

Fiona: Where are you from?

That’s a tricky question… I’m an Army Brat born in Germany, but have lived all over the states and Europe.

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

I’m a mother of four teenagers, an almost adult daughter, twin boys, and my youngster boy. I’ve been married for 18 years, love traveling and photography. I love food. All kinds of food. Just food in general 😊

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Heartmix, Book 2 in the Broken Hearts Series will release March 3rd and I’m super excited.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve enjoyed English class most of my school time, I journaled, enjoyed essay’s way too much, and am a big-time day dreamer. Stories are never a few. Books have always been a passion and I decided to create my own stories and friends encouraged me to publish them.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

From the first moment you write words onto a paper you’re a writer, regardless if you’re good and others enjoy it or not, you write something, you’re a writer. And it’s something you should never quit on. We’re all great in our own ways.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My marriage. The ups and downs of marriage, the things you’ve accomplished and wish you’d done differently.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I belong to him – because he’s the one I married and I’ll always be his. I chose him.

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

I don’t have a style per say, I just write when the story comes to me and it’s usually on the couch while I’m listening to my albums on the record player.

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

Every book I’ve written has some part of me or people in my life. The Polaroid Series is based on my best friends from high school and the big what ifs…

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

Not particularly, but I do integrate where I’m currently traveling to.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I do all my designs myself. I get joy out of finding the perfect image and finding the perfect font to finish the design.

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

I want to think that people take away to be more positive, enjoy life, and always follow your heart.

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 have read every book by Raine Miller & Sandi Lynn without ever reading the blurb of the book. Their books draw me in and pull me to whatever place they want me to follow.

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

My best friend Kristy and my high school best friend Casey, they encourage me to continue and enjoy every story that flows through my head. It’s always a blast to discuss plots with them and better my characters.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

It could be… but for me at the moment is raising my kids to be successful and preparing them for life more of a career, that’s more important to me.

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

Not one bit… the story is the way it’s supposed to be.

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

How different characters can be and how some characters are very difficult to write but it’s necessary for the story.

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

I have never really thought much about that. But Elliot from Perfect Melody would have to be James Levy

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Never give up. Keep going. You are not the worst writer ever. Be patient. If you love it that’s that all that matters.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Don’t underestimate my level of evil when it comes to plot twists 😉

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

The Player by Claire Contreras

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

It was a German book about a kitty cat that found a home – back in the 80s… good times.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Laugh – when my kids throw back sarcasm my way. Makes me proud. Cry – anything emotional about kids.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Photography, dancing, reading, watching reality tv (I’m a junkie)

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

I’m a big THIS IS US fan and watch all of Hell’s Kitchen and trash talk the Bachelor formats – like I said, I love reality tv 😃

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Hmmm, that’s tough. I love all sorts of foods, but mainly lasagne and Greek Food. Favoritecolor is purple and dark blue. Music I can’t even answer, I’m a fan of all genres even blues, jazz, and classical. It just depends on my mood.

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

I’d follow my passion of Photography – but what a sad world it would be if you could no longer write.

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

Lived a happy life

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

You can always visit http://www.authoravadanielle.com  or my group Ava’s Fucktastic Fan Club.

https://www.facebook.com/authoravadanielle/

Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Ava-Danielle/e/B00WI1ND4E/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ava-Danielle/e/B00WI1ND4E/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1550005024&sr=1-2-ent

Here is my interview with D.S. Wrights

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 author name is D.S. Wrights and I am 38.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m from Germany

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

I’ve done a truckload of things in my life, worked at a publishing house, was a freelancer, now I’m working in software support and have my own company doing signing events in Germany.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I am currently working on my latest book: Ocean’s Captive.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing the moment I began to write. It always stuck with me. I started publishing in 2015 since a few fanfic fans of mine asked for a book.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I honestly can’t recall.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

As already mentioned, it was an alternative universe fanfic, I rewrote to avoid copyright issues and there I was: a published author.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The Beast and Me was the title of the fanfic, and I kept it.

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

I always try to give the reader the experience of being the main character. I like to describe things that you can imagine seeing it in a movie.
I guess the biggest challenge for me is writing in a foreign language.

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

How people act and react due to their experiences is what I draw from my life, but nothing I write about has truly happened. How the character senses and feels comes from how I would sense or feel things.

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

No, I don’t.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Most covers were designed by me.

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

You can be your own hero.

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?

Since I don’t have time to write I haven’t discovered new authors, unfortunately.

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

My boyfriend.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Right now, no. I don’t have the time to write as much as I should to really make it a career.

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

No, I never think about that, it stops you from progressing.

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

No, nothing new. I just was reminded of how much my beta readers inspire me and that I am grateful I have them.

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

I would, but I’d need a personal trainer to get that level of fitness. *lol*

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

If something feels wrong, delete it. No matter how much it hurts. And start again.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

None.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I’m not quite sure, but I believe it was the Neverending Story.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

People.

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

Oh, a lot of them. Kurt Cobain for instance, although I fear I might be depressed after that.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Pen & Paper Roleplay.

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

Tons, actually. I love DC and Marvel movies and TV shows, My all-time favorite is The Punisher.Game of Thrones, I enjoyed Suits for a very long time… basically everything Fantasy/Sci-Fi.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Lasagne
dark red, dark blue, gold
soundtracks, indie rock, pop, hard rock, classic music

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

That’s not going to happen.

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

I would spend all the money I saved on my friends and family, giving them presents, and invite them to a fancy restaurant to stay with them until it’s over.

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

That’s a tricky one. I honestly don’t know. Maybe “no regrets”.

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

www.dswrights.com

https://instagram.com/dswrights

https://twitter.com/dswrights

http://dswrights.tumblr.com/

https://pinterest.com/dswrights

https://www.patreon.com/DSWrights

 

Thank you!

Here is my interview with Joe Pranaitis

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?

Joe Pranaitis, I’m 40

Fiona: Where are you from?

Whiting Indiana

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

I grew up in East Chicago Indiana to Mary and Leonard Pranaitis, I have an older brother Jack who lives in Ohio with his family. I went to two colleges the first was Viennese University and the second was Calment College of St. Joseph, the first was for media and fine arts while the second one was for business management. It was my parents that introduced me to science fiction by showing me the original Star Trek and the first five films as well as the original BattlestarGalactica.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I’m currently working on my third book in my temporal war trilogy.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

It was back in high school when my art teacher gave me the assignment to create my own comic book since she had seen me read a ST:TNG comic and that is where my original series Infinite Stars was born and I’ve been writing that space opera since.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Again that was in the summer after I finished high school and I adapted my two comics into a trilogy wanted to expand that universe.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

What inspired me to write my first book was the fact that I had already mapped out some of the IS universe that I wanted to begin filling in the gaps between the years of the trilogy.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I came up with the title Infinite Stars after doing a little research, and thought that Stars would be better than Possibilities.

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

No I don’t have a specific writing style and working with science fiction  is relatively easy since anything can happen.

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

I tend not to put my experiences into my writing and let the characters tell their own stories.

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

No I don’t have to travel but if there is anything that need to look up I just bing it.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The cover of Infinite Stars: Chronicles Book One was designed by Jessica Tahbonemah

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

Just that anything is possible

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?

My favourite author is Diane Carey and for the reason that she brought the first voyage of the original Enterprise to life. And I would say that Carissa Ann Lynch , M.D. Cooper, Carrie Vaughn , Jennifer Esetp. All of these bring something different and great to the table and I enjoy all of them.

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

My best friend David Shareef

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes and I have a lot more books in the pipeline just waiting to be published.

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

No I wouldn’t change a thing.

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

Yes that writing first person perspective isn’t always fun but I’ll go back to narrative in the next.

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

I would want Michael Dorn to play the lead.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Just write and continue to read and write.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Keep looking out there is more to come.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m currently reading two the first is Doctor Who: Terrible Lizards by Jonathan Green and the second is Perseus Gate: Inner Stars #1 A meeting of Minds and Bodies by M.D. Cooper

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No I don’t remember the first book that I read.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

A good joke makes me laugh, while what makes me cry is deep emotion being expressed for a love one.

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

That person would be Gene Roddenberry and why is because I’ve always admired his work such as Star Trek, ST:TNG, Andromeda, & Earth: Final Conflict.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Yes I draw, and I put together models

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

Science Fiction and Horror, and a comedy every now and then.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

My favourite color is sliver, my favourite food is Pizza, myfavorite music is movie scores.

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

I would draw and probably become a storyboard artist

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

Joe Pranaitis, beloved father, and brother

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

Yes it’s http://trekprime.wixsite.com/joepranaitis

Amazon Authors page

USA https://www.amazon.com/Joe-Pranaitis/e/B002R4MPUU/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Joe-Pranaitis/e/B002R4MPUU/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_8