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, I’m Ava James

 

Fiona: Where are you from?

I live in London, United Kingdom

 

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I am Indian but  was born and raised in Southern Africa.  My professional background is in law and I work in a medico-legal role.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I recently published my first e-book.

 

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I have written in the past, but focused more on work and in a professional setting.

In 2010 I started personal writing, but didn’t start a blog until 2014.

 

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

This year.

 

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My faith as a Christian and my journey through life’s experiences.

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I originally started this book as a specific prayer diary.

 

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I have been able to switch between different styles of writing, but non-fiction would be strength.  I have considered writing one of my books as a fiction novel, but there is still alot of work around this.

 

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I would say the book is very realistic to me and I would like other women to find inspiration from this.

 

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

No.

 

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I designed the cover, but for the next book, I will definitely be open to seeking a professional on the design of a cover.

 

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

To find hope as they aspire to pray into any area that they might be facing right now.

 

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

As a Christian author, I have numerous authors that I respect.  However the one that stands out the most right now is Erwin McManus.  The reason is because his writing encapsulates creativity and innovation which spurs you to believe that in all of us there is a writer.

 

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

All my friends and family have been amazing. Even other writers have been so supportive.

 

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes I would love to have a little writing summer house.

 

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Maybe a few tweaks to the introduction and end of the book, simply to engage with my reader more, because at the end of the day without YOU(reader), I wouldn’t be here.

 

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

This has been such an amazing learning curve.  I have learnt so much about marketing and allowing people to see me (as author) behind the book.

 

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

In one of my next books, which I am considering as writing fiction, I would definitely like to consider this.

 

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Be persistent, don’t give up and know that great things take time.

 

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I would love you to tell me what you think and how my writings have positively impacted you.

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Mind Mapping, Mindfulness and Shyness (all non-fiction books)

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Romance/fiction.

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

A soppy film.  Hearing other peoples real life experiences of inspiration and hope.

 

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Shakespeare because he was so vivid and wrote so many different plots.

 

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Makeup artisty, playing the keys, horseriding and roller dancing when I have the time.

 

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Real life dramas, but not a huge television fan.

 

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Blue and green is definitely my favourite (currently have blue hair). But love so many colours, especially in this season of autumn, from reds to yellows to brown.

My musical taste is very diverse, but my favourite is Christian rock.

 

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Horse ride and maybe consider writing music.

 

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

Sorry I haven’t considered this. But as a person who is passionate but calm, enthusiastic but down to earth, reserved but am able to speak my mind when I need to.

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Yes, it is Inspired by HIS Words – www.inspiredbyhiswords.co.uk.

The link to my book can be found on my blog via Lulu and ibooks currently.

https://www.lulu.com/shop/view-cart.ep

Thank you for allowing me to share my journey with you.

Ava