Name – Kevin Wignall
Age – Varies
Where are you from – England
A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect
I was an army child, so I was born in Belgium and lived in different countries as a young child. I studied Politics and International Relations at Lancaster University. I don’t think anyone needs to know more than that.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
K: I suppose the big news at the moment is that the film of “For the Dogs” is edging towards production (hopefully in the next couple of months). It’s been in development with different parties for eight years, so it’s been a long time coming.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
K: Well, I was one of those kids who always wrote and made stuff up. I suppose I started writing seriously – i.e., a novel – when I realized I’d been talking about it for long enough without actually doing it.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
K: Probably when I sold my first book.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
K: Time pressing on. That’s what inspired me to actually sit and write. The story was just there.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
K: For the first book? I don’t remember – it was thirteen years ago.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
K: All of it, albeit in a heightened form.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
K: In one way or another.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
K: “The Silver Chair” by CS Lewis, and a short story called “The Lumber Room” by Saki – between them they convinced me that I would one day be a writer.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
K: If you read properly, they all become your mentors.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
K: “Joe Victim”, the new novel by Paul Cleave – he’s a superb author and even though I’m only a few chapters in, I know I’m in safe hands.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
K: Chris Womersley, an excellent Australian writer. I’ve also just read “Norwegian by Night” by Derek B Miller and loved it.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
K: I rarely write during the summer so I’m not working on anything right now.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
K: I don’t understand the question. An entity? If you mean a writers’ organization or something like that, none. You’re on your own as a writer – it’s how it has to be.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
K: I’m not sure if you mean for me personally or in general terms. I’m a full-time writer and I know lots of other full-time writers, so I suppose the answer is yes in either case.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
K: The book and story I mentioned earlier – I think in different ways they opened my eyes to the alchemy that the best authors perform, and I wanted to be able to do that.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
K: I’m not working on anything, and I’m afraid I wouldn’t anyway.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
K: Oh, I have a cabal, including Graham Greene and Stephen Crane, Jane Austen, Evelyn Waugh, Byron and Keats, too many more to mention.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
K: I travel a lot and it usually ends up in the books. I also travel increasingly to promote them as well.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
K: Various designers. I’m rarely involved.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
K: All writers are different, but I’ve never understood this question. It’s such an inherent part of what I do that I don’t see it as hard or easy.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
K: Learn? No. Understand, possibly.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
K: A writer writes. Never forget that you’re telling a story.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
K: Everything I want to say is in the books and stories.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies
K: I just live life and try to walk lightly on the world.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching
K: I don’t watch much TV but I graze, and pick up bits of everything. I’m a big film fan, everything from classic noir and screwball comedies through to modern Japanese art-house cinema. For some reason, though, I tend to miss “big” films – I’ve never seen, Bambi, ET, The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, and the list goes on…
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
K: I’m a foodie, so no particular favourites, though I like game. I don’t have a favourite colour (I am in fact colour blind). I like a huge variety of music – probably easier to say what I don’t like, which is certain forms of jazz.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done ?
K: I’m sure you’ve had this answer countless times before, but it’s true – if I were not a writer I would want to be a writer. This is it.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it?
I love how Kevin’s answers were short and to the point. I find it interesting he has a military background even if he was just an army kid as I’d like to believe that helped shape his books. This also answered a question of mine – how much control do authors have over covers?