Name Viv Drewa
Where are you from
Born in Detroit, Michigan, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan
I’ve enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. I studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan but my passion has always been writing.
I was awarded third place for my nonfiction short story about my grandfather’s escape from Poland. Later, I rewrote this story and was published in the “Polish American Journal” as “”From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life”
Since I preferred writing I took creative writing and journalism courses to help transition to fulfill my dream of becoming a writer. I worked as an intern for Port Huron’s ‘The Times Herald”, and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter “Thumb Prints.”
Most of my life I worked as a Pharmacy Technician at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
I also write a blog for ShareTV for the shows: River Monsters, Finding Bigfoot and The blacklist.
I spends my free time working with physically and mentally challenged adults; a cause close to my heart.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I just published my second novel, “The Angler and the Owl” on Amazon.com and Amazon.com.uk. The links are:
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I read my first novel at age 9, “The Whispering Sword” but don’t remember the author. That sparked my imagination and started reading and writing.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I published a short story on my grandfather’s escape from Poland in 1993. I won third place in a contest in high school and rewrote it for the Polish American Journal.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Decided it was time. I tried writing children’s books but that wasn’t working out for me. I wanted to be a writer so I came up with an idea and let it flow.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Since my novels all have owls in them I use that in my titles. Then I use something from the story itself. “The Angler and the Owl” started out all right but I wasn’t sure what my male protagonist was going to be. One night my husband and I were watching River Monsters and that fit perfectly.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Love can be found when you’re older.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I’d say 90%. I spent three weeks researching, even though River Monsters filmed a lot in the Amazon, to be sure I got things right. Also, my knowledge of medicine helped me with parts of the novel.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My first two novels are. Dr. Christopher Donnan, archaeologist, in my first novel, and Jeremy Wade in my second.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Action/adventure, paranormal and thriller.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Stephen King, because of his way of weaving his stories.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished “Common Sense would be Good” by Alec Hawkes, and started “Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts”.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Alexander Kavalier, Carol Kauffman, Rayne Hall, Joanne Jayntine, Alec Hawkes.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m working on my third novel, which will be the only one not to take place in South America, but will still have an owl in it.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My friend Carol Goodin, who is also my editor.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. Even at my age I still have a lot of stories to tell.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. It came out exactly as I wanted it.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Reading. I was impressed by the use of imagination to tell stories.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
It’s a paranormal murder/mystery. That’s all I’ll say.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
When I get writer’s block, or have three or more ways I can go with a scene.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Stephen King and Michael Weems. I love how their stories flow.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Wish I could. I’d love to visit South America. I’ve been in love with it since I was 10 and learned about the different countries there.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Right now I do. I plan on having Titan do my next book, though.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
My first two novels practically wrote themselves. The third one is more difficult because I’m going off-script. I have the owl, but I’m not in South America, and it won’t feature a mature single woman who meets a good man.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I love to learn so all the research I’ve done has educated me on archaeological sites and the different owls for each novel. I also learned a lot about the Amazon River.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t give up. Finding your voice may take a while but once you do you’ll be able to treat readers with fantastic stories.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I’m not really a romance writer but I want mature women to know love is always out there.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Yes, “The Whispering Sword”.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I sew, crochet, cross stitch and, of course, read.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
River Monsters, Finding Bigfoot, The Blacklist, NCIS, CSI, Grimm, to name a few
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Pizza, green, Country, Rege, Pop, Opera and Classical
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Became a professional traveler, maybe.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Http://theowlladyblog.wordpress.com It’s new so there’s not much on it yet. Still trying to get the hang of it.