Name Miriam Davison
Where are you from
I’m from Newcastle Upon Tyne, and now live a few miles away in Washington, Tyne and Wear (not DC lol)
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I left George Stephenson High School with 9 GSE’s and 7 CSE’s. I have been married, and divorced twice, each lasting around 11 years. I have two daughters and a son from my first marriage, resulting in 5 grandchildren and 1 on the way. My Mother moved in with me over a year ago now as she is 84 and, apart from not being able to walk very far, she has Alzheimer’s Dementia.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I am rewriting my first book as a family book and hoping to have it changed into a screenplay for a partly animated movie. It’s just a dream at the moment, but watch this space!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I was 52 and had been working for Argos, when I had a relationship break-up, then an operation for my appendix. I was feeling very low, and decided to write things down as a kind of cathartic exercise
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I still don’t! I am just doing something I love
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I had been writing the story of my life, and one night I went to bed and dreamed of a mythological world that secretly went on in our world. I went straight to the library the next day and did lots of research. The idea excited me so much, I just had to write it down, and so, The Intercessor was born
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t think so. I just write things I would enjoy reading
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
A thesaurus! I wanted a name which meant mediator and Intercessor came up
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Letting your imagination run free is sometimes as good as a holiday for your mind
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
The Intercessor is based on mythological characters and fantasy
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not in this book, but in my last book Blushes, Blunders and Bagpipes, most of what happened to Sarah in Majorca actually happened to me and family members on a holiday there
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Paranormal and fantasy books. You can never feel bored when you are watching a hero or heroine battle supernatural beings
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I have just finished Soulsnatcher by Kerry Alan Denney
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue who collaborated on After the Ending series
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I am writing a paranormal book called The Elysian One Hundred and also rewriting my first book
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Other authors who are in a group with me on Facebook
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
If you are in this for money, then you could be in for a disappointment! I just love writing but unlike some of the huge authors, I couldn’t live on my earnings
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I am happy with it
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I have always loved writing, but never thought of writing a book. I used to write my children’s essays for them for school….Wrong, I know, but I couldn’t resist
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
She sent her mind out to Thad ‘Thad, wake up!’
‘Hey Sparky, what a wonderful way to wake up in the morning.’ He had called her Sparky for a while now, but would never tell her why. She didn’t know why she put up with it, but she had to admit, she quite liked it coming from him.
‘I want you to pick me up around 7.15 tonight and dress for clubbing.’
‘Wow are you asking me out on a date? Pretty straight forward aren’t you.’
‘Pftt! We are joining a few more for some full on demon slaying tonight in the Bronx. Just in case it comes up, I told my friends we met through work and you have tickets to some club tonight and asked me to go.’
‘Our relationship is moving on quickly, I am being introduced to the friends already.’
‘Just be here’ she barked, and sent him a mental raspberry before closing off. Now she had to deal with the child from hell.
‘Susie time to get up, I have some shopping to do.’ After explaining to the girl about her date and her babysitters, they left to find a killer outfit for the night.
She had just finished getting ready when her friends arrived. They looked over her tight black Lycra pants and the long deep blue top bustier top, which cut low with laces fastening the front. Cindy whistled, ‘this guy must be something hun, you seem to be going all out tonight.’ Charlie blushed and turned away completely missing the strange look Val had given her.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The middle of a story makes me flag, I take a break and a step back, then carry on
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter was genius! Her imagination is brilliant
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No they are sold online at the moment, but I am trying to get them in some shops
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My nephew, myself and the publisher for my second book. That’s the only one I have done through a publisher. I don’t like the prices they charge for the book as I want them to be accessible to everyone.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The book writing is the easy part for me. I let the book dictate the way it runs. It’s the marketing afterwards that I have trouble with
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
To have more self confidence
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Go for it! Don’t try to fight with your book, if it is steering you away from your vision, then go with it and let if flow
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I just hope they enjoy my writing and maybe give me a review
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The first book that really stuck with me, was, Stig of the Dump by Clive King
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Oh god, anything and everything. I have been known to cry at an advert. Poignant moments make me sob, and I remember seeing the film Of Mice and Men. I cried for days when he killed his friend. The antics of my grandchildren always make me laugh, children say and do the funniest things
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I’m not sure if I believe in him, but God. I would ask him if he really thought free will, where evil was concerned, was really such a good idea
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
She’s not dead, she’s just resting until her book becomes a best seller!….I want people to smile when they think of me
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I’m a geek! I love collecting Funko pop vinyls and going to comic cons
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Pretty Little Liars, Teen Wolf, Walking Dead, Forever, The Last Ship, Grimm…..anything like those shows. I love Disney films, horrors and sci fi
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Steak and chips, pink, any that actually has a tune
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I would have loved to do something in the movie industry, even if it was just painting the sets
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?