Name Ailsa Abraham (also known as Cameron Lawton)
Age Old enough to know better, too mad to care. (pensioner)
Where are you from Narnia
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
Educated in Britain up to a degree in Drama with English Teaching (yes, two degrees at same time – busy student). Total mongrel, Scots/Irish with German Jew thrown in. Only child. Always consider animals more my family than people.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Getting better. (No, this is news, I’ve been rather ill since doing a triple somersault off my motorbike)
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Aged six when I was disgusted with a reading book from school. I re-wrote the last half to my own satisfaction.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Most of my life. I have always written for the amusement of my friends.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I got involved in fan-fic and the group ganged up on me to submit some to a publisher – snapped up with a demand for a second and there I was.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Not at all. I love doing all styles. Everything is a challenge and fun.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Which one? All my titles just popped into my head while walking the dog. My characters usually come up with them.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, in all of them although I try not to hit the reader over the head with it. Principally in many varied situations it is “don’t judge people before you know them.”
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic ?
All my books are based in my own life. The paganism of Alchemy series, military life in Cameron’s books. I never “guess” at things because I feel that show through.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Eve by Shani Struthers who is a colleague and friend of mine. She is also very interested in “other world” and we chat about it a lot when we get the chance.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Books 3 and 4 of the Alchemy series, the next book in Jack and Rory for Cameron and two other projects, both non-fiction plus I’m toying with branching out into crime under my own name. Cameron’s boys are military detectives so it is a genre with which I’m familiar
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
“Entity”? That’s an interesting way of putting it. I would say Nature. My shamanic path means I take to the green when I need comfort or inspiration
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes and no. I am retired from work on invalidity so I don’t have a “day job” but I’m realistic enough to know that very few authors earn a living wage from writing
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. They are like babies – you give birth to them and love them as they are.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
As a very small child I was given Beatrix Potter (Nature again!) wee books which I taught myself to read and from then on I was a book fanatic.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes, time and health. Although I don’t work I am the world’s most disorganised woman plus since my stroke I get blinding migraines if I type for longer than an hour.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No, only in my head – oh and Shamanic journeying which is a different thing
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My publishers designed the covers of both genres. I did the one for my self published funny memoir but wouldn’t do it again. Professional next time, please.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The synopsis and blurb. I can write whole novels faster than I can do thos
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Yes. Thank you for buying my books and please leave a review. You cannot know how good that makes an author feel.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
On my own? Yes, I think it was Biggles but can’t remember which one. I was a real tomboy.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Everything and anything. I laugh at things all the time as a weapon. I cry because I am a sentimental ole beast. I don’t cry at cruelty, I just get furiously Valkyrie-like angry.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Yes, Jeanne d’Arc a religiously-driven woman who pursued her path despite every obstacle put in her way.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Yaaaaahaaaaaa fooled you! Just because it is the sort of thing I say now.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Motorbikes (yes still) knitting and reading. I am an avid fan of TV detective shows too
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Comedy, especially kids’ cartoons like Shrek
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Mainly vegetarian, purple and black, any music except rap.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Already done so much in my life, perhaps would have continued as a veterinary nurse which was one of the best jobs I ever had.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
International links – takes you to YOUR Amazon
Cameron Lawton’s Books (over 18s only)
Four Go Mad in Catalonia (comedy autobiographical)