Name Stephen William Cheshire
Where are you from UK
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I currently live in Bedfordshire with my mum, dad, three brothers and one sister plus Saffy the family dog. I recently finished my Degree in Aviation at New College Nottingham and working towards my BA at the University Of Bedfordshire.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I have just released my first proper novel called The Day Trip. It was originally called The Field Trip. But because of the ongoing problems with Raider Publishing in the USA I had to change the name and story. So Zharmae Press took on the story but under a new name and a much better story for my readers.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I am like most authors, from a young age. I always had a note pad writing away. As you do.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I signed with Zharmae Press in the USA, a publisher that does not ask or “demand” for your credit card number
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book which I wrote was set in Toronto Canada. The rotary club had a writing contest out and in all of Bedfordshire and I won an award. From there I knew that I could write another and improve my story outlines.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I like to write simple. I do describe what is going on, but I pretend I am writing what I am watching. For example I pretend I am sitting at the back of a cinema watching The Day Trip on the screen. So I write what I am watching and listening to.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I came up with “The Field Trip” out of the blue. In America when students go on a trip somewhere it’s called a “Field Trip” Similar to the UK’s “School Trip” but as I said because of the problems with Raider Publishing I had to change the name to “The Day Trip”
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Teamwork and friendship. In my novel the boys and girls have to stick together in order to survive. Plus for the boys, do what you need to do for the woman you love!
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic ?
The locations I have used E.g. Yanisey in Russia, Moscow, New Haven and Manhattan. Plus other locations within Manhattan E.g. Times Square and Central Park show some realism but some of the locations like the hospital and central police station are made up. Plus a state of the art tram service that runs within the city has been placed from my imagination.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No I have never been involved in a car chase with aliens in hot pursuit. That is a shame though think of the book I could write J
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Harry Potter and the Resident Evil series. However I have watched many interviews by JK Rowling on YouTube and I agree with what she says. Writing can get emotional, when you have characters that are being killed off.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Only the subtitles on an XBOX game J
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Just SD Perry and the Resident Evil series.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Just The Day Trip 3 & 4 (Big battle at the end of that one) plus the Zombie Horror I would like to release one day!
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Traveling. I love getting on aircraft going to another country. Sitting on a jet going to Europe or the USA with my laptop is the way to live, plus and a bit of Olly Murs while in the airport.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes & No. If I had a set time I would say no, because if you rush it doesn’t pull together. However if I had a storyline planned out with a publishing house. I would say yes, I would love to write for a living.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I love The Day Trip series!
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
No I was born with the interest. It is like drawing. People are born with the talent.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
“Come on,” Max said, seeing where Bradley was looking. “She’s dead.”
The woman overheard them speaking and slowly opened her eyes, coughing up small drops of blood. She felt the blood pounding in her head. Police sirens wailed through her ears into her brain. She took a deep breath and felt her chest push out against the strong material of the seat belt. “Help!” she yelled. “Help me, please!” She feebly struggled to open her door.
“Shit!” Bradley gasped. “Come on.”
“Bradley, no,” Mr. Knightsbridge yelled. “Come on, we have got to get out of here.”
“We can’t just leave her,” Kevin said. “What would you want in her situation?”
Mr. Knightsbridge shook his head as Bradley led Kevin, Max and Eric over to the car. Then he followed close behind. Bradley dove to the ground to get a better view of the woman. The engine was smoking.
“You okay, miss?” he asked.
Blood was running down her face and mixing with her straight white-blonde hair. “I, I, I’m okay,” the woman gasped. “Get me out, please!”
“Okay, stay calm,” Bradley said to her. He got up and ran to the other side of the door, carefully army-crawling in the broken window. He winced as glass dug into his forearms and legs, but he had to release the woman’s seatbelt if she was going to get out. The smell of gas was overpowering.
“Kevin,” Bradley yelled.
Kevin leaned down and looked into the car. “What’s up?” he asked.
Bradley took a deep breath. “Remember that smashed up fire truck? Go and get me something like the jaws of life,” Bradley ordered.
“Got it,” Kevin said and left.
“And an extinguisher!” Bradley yelled as Kevin ran across the road towards the fire truck. “Just in case.”
Kevin ran inside the truck, but called out, “Eric, watch out!”
“For what?” he replied.
Kevin rolled his eyes as he searched every compartment he could find in the truck. “I don’t know, the green things?”
“Oh, right,” Eric replied. He walked around the truck to get a better view of where the Armazoids were attacking people a few streets away.
Kevin finally found what he was looking for and hauled the jaws of life and extinguisher over to Bradley, who was now standing outside the driver’s door assessing where he should cut without harming the woman. As Kevin passed over the jaws of life, he heard Eric scream. He whirled around to see two of the Armazoids coming towards him from the fire truck.
“Shit!” Kevin gasped. He pulled out the tiny plastic pin and activated the extinguisher. He pulled the silver hook and blasted the Armazoids away from him. As they were blinded by the foam, Kevin delivered two beautiful head kicks, knocking them out cold.
Bradley looked at Kevin and then the extinguisher. “Not what I had in mind,” he said, “but there we go.”
Thicker smoke started to billow from the hood of the sedan, and the woman began to wail. “Shit!” Bradley gasped. “Kevin, spray now.”
Kevin sprayed the car engine, struggling to find the source of the smoke. Bradley started cutting through the material—it wasn’t easy. “Come on,” he started to groan.
The thick black smoke started to fill the car, the lady finding it harder and harder to breath. Finally, the last of the material was cut. Bradley pried off the door and took the woman’s outstretch hands, helping her to avoid the sharp metal edges of the car frame.
Kevin watched Bradley help the lady until he saw some flames licking the inside of the engine compartment.
“Bradley, we gotta move.” He sniffed the air, the gas smell thick in the smoke. “This car is gonna blow!” He took the woman by the other elbow, and together, they ushered her out of harms way, followed closely by Mr. Knightsbridge, Max, and Eric.
The fire slowly crept into the engine, igniting the gas and fumes. The green sedan was thrown up into the air from the explosion. Bradley fell forward as the explosion rocketed through the street blasting other car windows out. He looked up at Kevin, who was helping the woman stay standing. They all turned their heads around and looked at the burning car.
“Jesus Christ!” the woman said. “Thank you so much.”
“No problem,” Bradley said. He lay back down on the ground.
“Come on,” Mr. Knightsbridge yelled. “We have to go.”
The woman continued to look at Bradley. “Name’s Amelia,” she said.
“Hi Amelia,” Bradley said. “Nice to meet you. We must go out for a drink sometime.”
“Hello,” Amelia replied, shaken up. “I think I am a bit too old for you.”
“After today,” Bradley said, “I think people will have a lot more on their minds than a younger man and an older woman dating.”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The one thing I find a challenge is trying to make up names for someone and something that is what I find the hardest.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Michael Crichton. All I am going to say is two words “Jurassic Park” and yes I have down the Jurassic World position many times with friends and family J
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I have been to a few book fairs one in Paris and Dubai plus the London book fair. I love to travel I hope one day that I am summoned to some more wonderful places where I can meet and greet new people. Plus write and drink tea in airports J
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Zharmae did The Day Trip’s front cover, and I love it.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest thing I found was writing about why the aliens have invaded New York. That is one of the things that I found the hardest. But it got there!
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I didn’t so much learn from The Day Trip, but it stuck with me through thick and thin, it is the same with the airline industry. It means a lot to me, and has helped me through some tough times. Like with JK Rowling as she says about he she used her darkest times to describe the dementors.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Just do it as Richard Branson says. And he who dares wins (Del Boy my bestie) even if you write a book and self-publish it on Amazon for a year, it still gets you out there. Think of 50 Shades and how she started. Self-publish and promoting. (No I haven’t read it, but only a few naughty parts to see how it is worded)
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Enjoy it. I have added a bit of humor for the readers. Like films do. Eric is my favorite in The Day Trip. He has made me smile a few times. Oh and Marco! Typical loud American J
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Kipper, when I was at preschool.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Eric from The Day Trip, and I will admit sometimes certain characters death on a soap me hit me.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Michael O’Leary who is the CEO of Ryanair. I need help with my airline establishment J
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Stay Back I’ve Got A Chainsaw” I’ll let you the reader figure that out!
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Traveling, as I said earlier
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
24, it helped with some research for The Day Trip. American political professions such as: Chief of Staff, homeland, etc etc. P.S Kiefer Sutherland, thanks for being Jack Bauer!
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Chicken Ceaser Salad, and film soundtracks, they help program my brain to writing different scenes and scenarios!
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
God knows! (No seriously)
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
YouTube Zharmae Author
Pre Order The Day Trip on Amazon for February 4th release.
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Thanks for reading and to Fiona for this interview.