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?
Hi Fiona, My Name is Andrea Bell and I am 37 Years Old
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in South Yorkshire and lived around the area until I was 19 years old, when I left for University in York and have lived in North Yorkshire since.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I Graduated from University in 2003 and moved in with my now husband Simon. We have two children who certainly keep me busy. I also help my husband run our business from home and in between all this I write.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing around 2 years ago, my son said something to me one day and that sparked an idea, and the beginning of my novel. Writing was something I always wanted to do and through my love of books and years of Diary writing when I was younger I knew I had to give it a go.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
It was the point at which I began telling everyone what I was doing. I had kept it quiet for the first 18 months and once felt ready to tell everyone, I then thought of myself as a writer. Once I finish the sequel and maybe a third, it will also make writing feel a lot more real.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My son Henry and his comment to me that day, he was playing up that day and being naughty and rudely spoke to me, an idea formed in my head and 52K words later and 32K so far on a sequel and here I am.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It’s named after the main character “Henry”
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I haven’t a style, just write what I think at the time and then lots of editing!
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
It’s a fantasy book where Henry is taken to a different planet and meets other species. However, there are some things that Henry says to his mum in the book that have been said to me at some point. The relationship between Henry and his sister Jorja is similar to the relationship they have, only slightly exaggerated.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, I don’t have to travel anywhere, but I wouldn’t rule out travelling to an exotic location, for research purposes of course! Unfortunately, I can write everything from imagination and my desk at home
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
It was designed by a great design company called “Creative Farm” and I couldn’t be any happier with it, they captured everything I envisioned and more.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not really, I feel that the way I have wrote about the family dynamics shows love and friendship but I didn’t set out to send out a message. Henry proves to be stronger than he imagined and at one point stands up to a bully at school.
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 open to reading any new authors work I encounter, downloading and purchasing any that grab my attention. I love reading so I am always on the lookout for different authors and genres. Growing up my favourite was Roald Dahl and Jill Murphy. Agatha Christie for a bit of mystery. As I have grown older I really enjoy Karin Slaughter work for the intrigue and details she writes in her work, you can immerse yourself in her characters. Jill Mansell’s novels I enjoy as they are easy reading and such fun.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My friends and their support.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Hopefully yes, I love every minute of it, even editing and formatting. I love being able to sit at my laptop and immerse myself in my writing but still work around the Kids and home life. I could see a series based on Henry and lot of other ideas floating in my head.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
At the moment no, but when I re- read it again I may see something that needs changing
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
To be patient, sit back and leave it for a few days.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Give it a go. It takes a lot to write a book and be proud of what you achieve, it will be loved by some and disliked by others but at least you’ve given it a go.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I hope you enjoy it and tell your friends.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’ve just finished re reading “The secret Garden” I haven’t read it for years and I enjoyed every page, it brought back good memories.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I think it was “The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark” By Jill Tomlinson, I’ve still got it and hope that Jorja likes it as much too.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Anything really can make me laugh,
Cruelty in any form
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Audrey Hepburn, her films and style is classic.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Anything but horror
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Read, without a doubt
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
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