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?
Kevin A. Ranson, 48.
Fiona: Where are you from?
West “By God” Virginia
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.)
I did the dreaded “some college,” spent the 1990s in the US Navy, and now live in Texas with my wife on a horse farm.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m finishing my fourth and (presumably) final vampire novel in a series.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I made comics and wrote short stories as far back as grade school. I’ve always had an active imagination, looking at and seeing things in different ways.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Since always, but not necessarily as a career.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
A fascination with vampires back in my college days. It took me two decades to finally re-write and publish it.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The Matriarch was inspired by the strong women in my life who inspired me.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I find for long prose I gravitate toward third-person omniscient but from a single point of view per chapter. For short stories, I often switch to first person.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I work all kinds of things from my own life into my works. I’ve argued with other writers about inspirations, but I believe every character, from the greatest hero to the most vile villain informs ourselves, and there must be a glimmer or ourselves there to embody and inform that character.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Google Maps has made that a thing of the past, but I have visited or lived in or around most of the locations I choose. It’s fun seeing actually places in person or recalling the first time you were there in setting a new story.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I do. Some of the work I’ve done outside of writing has been artistic and dealt with graphic design, so those skills cam in handy when crafting covers.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Be nice to one another, because karma is a real thing when I put pen to paper.
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?
Dicey Grenor really puts herself out there, and I’m a fan of Rhiannon Frater — both vampire writers as well. My favorite author of the moment is Neil Gaiman, if for no other reason other than his gleefully ability to bring weirdness into any genre he hops into into.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
All of my writing friends, of course, but in particular my publisher, Jeffrey Stundel.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
It’s my retirement plan so I can stop all this other work!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not a thing.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I tempted my main character to evil, and while I wasn’t sure I could pull it off believably, I managed to create a scenario where it became a slippery slope. Choosing little evils because they feel justified in the moment makes bigger evils easier to justify, and it took the main character and myself to a scary place. I hope that came across in the finished draft.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I think Shelley Hennig has the look and the chops to pull off Janiss Connolly.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Finish your first draft so you can see what your story is, then edit it down to make it solid.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Leave more book reviews… and tell your friends to leave reviews!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Survive Red Skies by Thomas Konkle.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I’m sure it was something by Stephen King I was far too young to be reading.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Robot Chicken make me laugh. Supernatural soap operas make me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Edgar Allan Poe… just because.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I’m also a film critic, enjoy photography and video work, plus I cosplay as the Grim Reaper at local conventions and the Texas Renfest.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Steak fajitas with sangria, black & red, Siriusxm Octane
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Something else creative, I’d imagine.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
“Inspirational quote to be written later.”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Author Blog: http://thinkingskull.com
The Matriarch Vampires Novels: http://cedarcrestsanctum.com