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?
Hello and thanks for taking the time to ‘look into’ me. I’m Dan Petrosini and despite my feeling that is was a vicious rumor, just turned 60
Fiona: Where are you from?
I came into the world in NYC
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I was a bit of a brain and skipped a couple of years of school and found myself in NYU at just 15. It was awkward but I survived! I am married with two adult daughters and a needy Maltese.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
The Final Enemy was just released and is ranking extremely well in paid Sci-Fi. It was my fifth book but first in the Sci-fi genre.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always been writing but attempted my first novel about 15 years ago.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I ‘may’ have made the jump from hacker to writer after Complicit Witness.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
A combination of factors including my work with homeless families and their children led to Ambition Cliff.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Play on misplaced ambition.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging? The first two or three books I never worked with an outline. It was a fun, dangerous way that left me with a lot of cutting and work to do when I completed them. Now I make a rough outline and let the characters take me places.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
We all pull from our own lives but Complicit Witness was based on a neighborhood I grew up in and the colorful folks who lived there.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I have not used any settings I am not familiar with.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I have used graphic artists and the last one The Final Enemy, was by Bespoken Covers
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, but it is different in each of my books.
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 liked two books by KL Slater, someone to watch!
Favorites are all over the map –here are old and new examples; Hemingway, Nesbo. I must also mention Solzhenitsyn, who made a huge impression on me in my twenties
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Phew, honestly just the writer groups like those on FB &Kboards
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, it is challenging but rewarding.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
How much time to you have? Just kidding, I am happy with it and readers are embracing it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
The Final Enemy required a lot of research of space and biology.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Yes, Write regularly, every day or at least weekly.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I have a new murder mystery coming out titled Vanished. It has already been edited and I’m waiting on cover samples. It features Detective Luca who was in my well received book, Am I the Killer?
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
At the tail end of a re-read of Lolita and just finished Blink.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Jesus Christ, no explanation needed!
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Music. I play tenor saxophone in a number of bands.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I am critical of most TV and movies but enjoy believable mysteries and solid police procedurals
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Any vegetable with pasta. The color blue and Jazz music
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Play my saxophone!
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
He was all in.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Amazon author page