Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Hello Fiona…I appreciate this opportunity to share a wee bit of me!
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Jerry Pociask and a proud 64 years!
Fiona: Where are you from?
Born in Detroit, Michigan.
Fiona: A little about yourself, (i.e., your education, family life, etc.).
I have lived a full life so saying a “little’ may be difficult. Let’s try it this way: Divorced, three lovely children all grown and successful by their own rights, three lovely grandchildren. I have a B.S. in Business Administration and an Associate’s degree in Aviation. I did obtain a Commercial Pilot certificate but didn’t end up flying. Would love to relocate to a small village along the coast in Europe someday.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
“Hidden Lives” was recently released on September 10, 2017
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing things when I was young. I found introspection led to wanting to save my thoughts. Had a poem published in high school, but never considered myself a writer. Then I slowly penned stories in a journal, published a few blogs in the United States and the U.K. and then wrote “Call Me Grandpa” in 2005 when my son called me to announce I was going to be a grandfather.
I was overwhelmed with emotions I wanted to be sure I saved those feelings and thoughts.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Define a “writer.” As I said I always penned my thoughts, was always the one asked to author/edit training manuals and the like, but even after a few small articles that were published and “Call Me Grandpa,” I still didn’t see myself a writer. Then I published again…and now again until one night about a month ago I woke up, lying in bed thinking, “Damn! I AM a writer!”
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Honestly? I wasn’t sure I had been a good Dad let alone to have earned the distinction of being a grandpa. The book became cathartic for me.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My son asked me how I wanted my grandchild to address me. Call me grandpa was my reply. Now they call me Dzia Dzia which is Polish for grandpa. Guess my son wanted them to remember their roots since I am second generation.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I scored highly in Math and was abysmal in grammar! Thank God for editors! I also struggle with dialect. I can “see” my story but struggle to progress a story with dialect. As for style? My own.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Art imitates life. Even the greatest imaginations have been able to take the most inanimate creature or object and create make believe. I have even said history is based upon a writer’s perspectives and perceptions. Therefore, we learn history according to the writer’s rules.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I have seen and traveled quite a bit so I draw from experiences there. I am working on a book about Pearl Harbor and I am not sure if I NEED a trip to Hawaii or I WANT a trip to Hawaii for research purposes!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
For the “Grandpa” and “Tree” stories, Marsh Grill did the illustrations. She is a talented artist. In fact “Call Me Grandma” already has the cover designed by her. For “Hidden Lives,” my publisher Southern Owl Publications, LLC., had their designer create the cover with my approval.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Doesn’t every reader garner their own message? Certainly I would like to hear them say it was wonderful. However, I learn from those who say “bleh” and are capable of explaining why
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 enjoy reading books about positive life changes. Authors and speakers like Og Mandino, Joseph Murphy, John O’Donohue and Wayne Dyer to name a few
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
No one really.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. I am retired with a small pension and intend to make a career as a Writer, Speaker and a Life Coach.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
As far as storyline? No. However, there is ALWAYS that one word misspelled after 23 Kabillion edits that we find after settling down to read our own work for pleasure. I will Say this however, when I wrote “Grandma Me and Tree” I did not use as many illustrations. I could have added a couple more. When it goes to reprint perhaps I will.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Patience comes to mind. The other was to just write. Don’t edit or critique every paragraph. Just write!
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Good Question. There are a few favourite actors and actresses but frankly I have no idea who would be appropriate. Sorry
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Writing is a skill…anyone can “plink” a piano and create notes, but it’s the person who devotes the time and effort to practice becomes an expert.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I hope when they read any of my writing, the words elicit emotions. Fear, love, anger, happiness…you get the idea
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
“Four Elements” by John O’Donohue.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Besides the old “Dick and Jane” readers? Probably something from the Hardy Boys series of books.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My son possesses a sense of humour that is unparalleled. He comes up with thoughts, words and ideas that makes everyone laugh out loud. He should have been a stand-up comedian.
For me, tears will flow when I experience profound deep rooted emotions. Those tears can become tears of joy or sorrow, but I guarantee you they will not flow from shallow or callous emotion.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Too many to mention. My paternal grandmother who I never met and emigrated here from Warsaw. I admire people of integrity, i.e. those who live a life of THEIR integrity. Those who choose a life of independence and are willing to face adversity to adhere to their own convictions. The Norma Rae’s, the Lincolns and the Kings. Sir Richard Branson and Zuckerberg. It takes great courage to stand up for what you believe in. A writer has to write what they believe in as well.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I should LOL!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Nat Geo, History, Travel and some cooking. There are a few paranormal in nature that are amusing. Altogether I try to stay away from the television.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Seafood of all kinds, soups, stews and even haggis. I am partial to blue or green colours. As for music? NOT a fan of heavy metalor 99% of rap.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Travel. Meet people. See places where most only dream of. My daughter owns an expedition travel firm. The places she and my other daughter have been make a man very envious. Then again, a glass of red in a small village somewhere along the Mediterranean could get my attention as well.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Please. Celebrate my life. Don’t mourn my death.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Just today I created an Amazon Authors Page under jerrypociask.
I do have a website at https://www.jerrypociask.com/
However, with all the marketing and publicity I have found it difficult to update. My thoughts are to begin NOT a blog but a series of essays that are interactive. Unfortunately for me I am one person. I am appreciative to Crystal Gauthier of Southern Owl for all the help she gives me.
I am also creating a YouTube video for coaching, speaking writing and marketing. First one should be available within two weeks.
For “Hidden Lives”
Amazon ebook shortened: http://amzn.to/2y2GDN2
Amazon paperback shortened: http://amzn.to/2wmBRYA
Universal Link Shortened: http://bit.ly/2wYwJ0t
“Call Me Grandpa” is still available on Amazon.
“Grandma Me and Tree” at Amazon or Balboa Press http://www.balboapress.com/Bookstore/BookSearchResults.aspx?Search=Grandma%20Me%20and%20Tree