Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Mitch Bensel, 61
Fiona: Where are you from?
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Basic high school start with an added interesting world of being an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). I am also a certified phlebotomist and a CNA. I had my own martial arts school for thirty years and taught Shaolin Kung Fu. I have three daughters and two grandsons, and two plants that I am trying not to kill. I love God and do my best to help others and show His love is real.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Two new books available soon, T.O.D. Time of Death and Heart Shaped Rock. I am excited to get these released, they hold so much for many types of readers. Romance with mystery and ghosts on the side.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
When I was an EMT I had to find a way to let go of the day. I started a journal that held not only short stories but poetry and songs. That was the start of officially writing. As a child I was the best story teller in the neighborhood. At dusk we would gather in someones front yard and all share impromptu tales. Mine always scared everyone. I loved seeing how the creation of a story did so much to people.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I had published some poetry books and even created two spoken word Cd’s, but not until I published my first novel did I feel like I was a true writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I would write everyday on something that I knew would go nowhere. Just a quick fiction or some poetry. But one of my short stories wouldn’t stop. More characters popped in and more mystery occurred to the point it ended up almost 300 pages long. So it was born from a wee baby story into a grown up book.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Titling poetry or books is always difficult for me. I usually just take part of the poem or try to take the gist of the book and put into title. Then I ask friends and family if they like it or not. May not be the best way, but it is my way.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write so people don’t realize they are reading, if that is a style. I like to bring the reader into a scene just enough to pique their interest then switch to the other side of the mystery, then wrap it all up at the end.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
For the most part all of my books, even my children’s have some part of a real experience in them with added imagination and a twist of magic.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I haven’t had to travel yet, I say with a sadness because I love hotels! I usually call people that are the experts with the topic. Traveling would have helped with the current short story I am writing. A dude ranch just doesn’t hit the core of a reader if you cannot describe the feel of the air or the smell of the Montana dust. But I am doing my best.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I have done all but two of my books covers. T.O.D. Time of Death was done by
C.D. Rodeffer Designs. And KD did, On the Edge of Evil.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Find love, even if you are alone find the beauty in life. Turn away from pain and evil and enjoy this place. My book, Pumpkins Revenge, tells children that every action has a consequence. And if you ever smashed a pumpkin, the night will come when they will visit you to teach that lesson. Fail and you are forever trapped in the leftover pumpkin place. : )
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Sandi Archibald and M. Vail, co authored a wonderful book that I recommend highly. The Path of Fire – Vision Quest. I don’t read too many books much to the angst of my daughters, but I do like Kurt Vonnegut. A few people have compared my writing style to his.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Jean W., she is an avid reader, has degrees in may areas of writing and the language arts. She read the rough draft of my first novel and said it was the best book she had ever read. She couldn’t figure out the ending and every moment kept her interested. So I published it and here I am today.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, it is beautiful and carries the reader into dangerous and mysterious places with love and romance rising to the occasion.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, to not only double and triple check it, but check it even one more time before putting it to print. I cannot tell you how many times, small mistakes cost so much after printing.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Mark Wahlberg, he has a sensitive side for the romance and could do the fight scenes well, especially the last one against the devil.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write your style, be careful of some of the popular online selling venues. I would think twice before doing an E-book.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Everyone of my books will remove you from your day, entice emotions and carry you into experiences you have never imagined. My children’s books teach a lesson and my adult books teach love. Sometimes love has to be found through pain but romance seems to stir the heart and give rise to love again.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
My Someday Book by Beverly Giammara. A book of poetry and amazing.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Cry when beauty of love or generosity is shown in a book, movie or life. Laugh at silly wonderful and humorous events.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Greg Lemond, he won the Tour De France on his own.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I am a rock hound and love the Oregon coast. Metal detecting, there is so much history right under our feet. Love hotels and casinos and cycling. Playing the harmonica and making crosses from wood and coins. Love a good movie. Walking beaches and visiting the reservoir near me to feel the beauty of God all around.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Italian is always good, chicken and salads. Gave up diet drinks and love Le Croix water. Black, light blue, dark blue and deep green. I love most music just not those of yelling that they have out now. I burn a lot of food so I am developing a taste for burnt food?
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would inhale nature into my soul, help people when I could and play my harmonica, with that ever on the constant look out for a good rock.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I did my best
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
www.mitchbensel.com All the links to my CD’s and books are on that site.