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?
Kelly Buffum, age 26
Fiona: Where are you from?
Westfield, MA, USA
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Materials Science and Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. I currently work as a quality engineer in the aerospace industry. I’m an only child
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I recently self-published my second book, Teleport
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
The first story I wrote was for a first grade assignment. It was about a talking shoe named Harold and makes no sense when I read it now
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably as a freshman in college, that was the first time someone other than my mother read something I wrote (other than poetry)
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve no idea. The second one is the fault of some of my colleagues complaining about the size of the factory and how they wished they could teleport from one end to the other
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I needed to name it something to save it and, well, that’s what it stayed
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’m not sure. I tend to be very concise.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
A little. I’ll take a part of a place, an event, or even a person and completely fictionalize it and wrap it in story
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Be who you are
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?
I’m so behind on reading, I haven’t read any ‘new’ authors. I recently discovered JC Nelson, which was awesome. My favorite author has to be my mother (what choice do I have?). She’s exceedingly descriptive and writes characters I always end up quickly attached to. Being her primary editor, I read her stuff a lot and I never get sick of it. Ever. Otherwise, Jonathan Howard, he has an awesome sense of humor.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Not for me, I enjoy solving problems too much to give up engineering
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Probably not. I’m terrible about revising plot
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
IR cameras are a lot cheaper than I expected
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I have no idea. I always have the hardest time with visualizing my main characters.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep writing no matter what
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Apparently I have a strange sense of humor
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished Legend Has It by James Elliot and I’m forcing myself to plow through some of the magazine backlog before I pick up another book
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, I’ve always had books around me, but holding an open copy of The Great Blueness is one of my earlier memories
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
A sad movie or book scene will make me cry every time. Getting me to laugh is harder, I tend just to smile when I’m amused, but there are a few authors who do that
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’d like to meet my great-grandmother. Apparently, she was an amazing cook who had all kinds of wonderful recipes in her head that have been lost to time
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I collect antique buttons and bottles. I also volunteer to repair, restore, maintain, and operate trolley cars at a local museum
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Sherlock, Penn & Teller Fool Us, Inspector Lewis
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food- my dad’s BBQ pork roast with homemade mac and cheese
Colors- blue & orange
Music- Gaelic or soft rock
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Read more, spend more time with trolleys
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Gone to ride the great electric railway
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
No website yet, but if and when it happens it’ll be linked up to http://whipcitywordsmiths.blogspot.com/ I’m also on Goodreads, albeit I’m not very active yet