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?
My name is Matt Smith and I am 37 years of age
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born and bred in the sunny seaside resort of Skegness, UK
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I left school at the age of 16 to go out into the world to earn a crust. I now work in sales, but like to spend my evenings writing. I’m currently trying to get finished a new epic adventure with squirrels, although whilst studying for a degree in Health Sciences time is a limiting factor.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Writing wise, I am working on a blog, “60 days of meat” which is proving useful as it’s keeping me active in the world of writing. I’m soon to be, not only a self-published author, but a published author, as one of my short stories is in the process of being published. That’s all I can divulge on that at the moment though!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
There have always been many stories in my head. My imagination is elaborate, and I’ve started many scribblings over the years, however it wasn’t until I wrote my first novel, “Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: The Journey Begins” that I actually sat down and finished a full story.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’m not entirely sure that I do. Although I guess I would have to say it would be 2016 when I finally published “Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: The Journey Begins”
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Interestingly enough, despite the amount of stories whizzing around my head, it was how my own life turned out that inspired my first book. Uncovering a rare, life threatening illness that has been in your family for years, yet gone undiagnosed makes for an interesting read, or so I’m told.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title was easy. The first part is the name of the disorder “ Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome”. The second part, “The Journey Begins” comes from the events that unfolded leading up to diagnosis. A journey through the health system, a journey of self discovery. Life is one big journey.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Writing the whole book was challenging. It was very emotional at times, having to go back through details that I suppressed a little. It was all very raw at the time of writing. I had been sucked up in a whirlwind of chaos and there didn’t seem to be a way out. Whilst it was challenging, I think it was writing about it that kept me sane…just!
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The book is quite realistic. Whilst the story is told through the eyes of a fictional character and the rest of the characters are fictional, the circumstances are based on real events.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
For that book, all I did was sit at my desk and bleed. The traveling and experiences had already been done, I just had to recall some of them from the memory banks
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I had a little help with the cover design. I started making some, then a friend gave me a few suggestions and pointed me in the right direction. So what was looking not too bad, ended up looking great, in my mind at least.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Certainly. Life is precious and time is guaranteed for no-one. Live your life in the way you want to live it and appreciate the smaller things in life. The world can be a cruel place, but we are also surrounded by beauty.
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 am currently tring to read a couple of books by Richard Daniels, although trying to find time to read is difficult at the moment. My favorite author is Dean Koontz, I always seem to get slowly sucked into his worlds and characters.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My partner. I had been going back and forth for quite some time whether I should actually publish. But with her help, I finally came to the decision to make a go of it.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to, although I know it’s not the easiest of careers to pursue. Perhaps one day this dream will be realised.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Would I change anything? I think we could end up changing everything over and over again if given the opportunity, so in answer, no. It was written the way it was, from the heart, and because of that I would not want to change it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
In a way, I think I came to terms with my diagnosis because of writing about it.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I would have to say Keanu Reeves.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
My only advice. Just write and keep writing. One day something marvellous will happen.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Richard Daniels “Our Bright Dark Summer”
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I think it was “Redwall” by Brain Jacques
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Flatulence is always funny as I seem to have not grown up!
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I wouldn’t mind bumping into Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins or even Alan Watts. I think they would all be interesting characters
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I like to partake in a bit of photography at the minute. I have just brought my first bridge camera so I’m aiming to master all it’s capabilities.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Tv shows- I love a bit of supernatural. Buffy the vampire slayer is my all time greatest and lets not forget Fringe. Fringe is out of this world.
Film wise I like almost anything. As long as its got a good story I’ll like it. “Them” is perhaps an all time classic. My DVD collection is varied and ample.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
At the minute it’s anything meaty. I’m doing 60 days of mat and staying away from carbs so I’m not even going to think about carb related food….or chocolate!
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would probably sit around on my ass all day playing pc games and drinking gin.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I don’t want a headstone, I want people to remember in their hearts, not on a piece of stone. The words in my books will go on far beyond my lifespan.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes you can see my website at:
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