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?
I’m Andrew Pyper, and I’m 49.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I grew up in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I went to McGill University, where I studied English Literature, and then took a law degree at the University of Toronto.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest novel, The Only Child, came out in the early summer. I’m currently working on developing a couple of projects for TV and film.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I was always telling stories as a kid. Recording “shows” on my tape recorder, keeping notebooks. Why? It was an antidote to boredom.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I suppose some time after I made my living from my writing. (This is a very Presbyterian view of things, but I’m a first generation child of Northern Irish Presbyterian parents, so there you go).
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The pleasure in writing the stories.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My first book – a collection of short stories –went through a couple of different titles before we landed on Kiss Me. I really like the invitation in it, the opening for the reader to come inside.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Probably the most challenging thing about writing is, for me, quieting the demons of doubt in your own head.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Very little. I’m not an autobiographical novelist, relatively speaking. But it all comes from life, ultimately. Just exploded and reconstructed version of it.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Depends on the project. Although I do my best to come up with solid-sounding reasons to go off for trips, whether truly necessary or otherwise.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The publishers. I’m published in a number of foreign territories and it’s always fascinating to see the designs they come up with.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That’s for them to determine.
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?
So many favourites. Off the top of my head I’d say Dan Chaon. He’s an American novelist who writes very complex, disorienting, character-driven thrillers. Amazing prose stylist.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
So many. My agent has been with me from the beginning though, so a shout-out to Anne McDermid.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I’d be unemployable without it.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
A thousand small things, probably. But the big things are pretty much what I intended.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Know what your book is about before writing it. (This can change, of course, but start with an “about” you believe in).
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Make something happen.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you. Seriously. Thank you for coming along on the journey.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Quiet Room by Lori Schiller.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Don’t know. It would’ve had pictures.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Pretty much anything these days.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Whoever’s paying for drinks.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I golf a bit, and badly. I’m not really a hobbyist.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Lately Stranger Things, Homeland on the TV side. Any sci-fi, suspense, horror on the movie side.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Curry. Blue. Funk.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
A Good Dad.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Amazon Authors Page