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?
Hello there. My name is Daithi Kavanagh and I am 59 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I come from a small town in the South East of Ireland called Wexford
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I was educated in the Vocational School in Wexford but decided school wasn’t for me and left at 15. I have since gone back to education at the ripe old age of 54 and am currently in my last year of college studying for a Higher Degree in Irish Culture and Heritage Studies. I am married to Caroline and have two children Ella and Rory.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news is that Book 3 in The Tadhg Sullivan Series is to be published by Tirgearr Publishing on the 8th November – The Crucifixion. This is my third book in The Tadhg Sullivan Series.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing in 2012 when I went back to education. In my English class I began scribbling The Gun (now Book 1 in The Tadhg Sullivan Series). I love English and always wanted to write so with the encouragement of my teacher I kept going. Caroline typed it and sent it off to several publishers. Eventually Tirgearr Publishing offered me a contract.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When The Gun was published.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The recession in Ireland inspired me to write The Gun. I had just lost my job as a musician and a lot of my friends were feeling the “pinch” due to the recession. I felt frustrated with the government in Ireland and The Gun flowed from there.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The whole story of The Gun revolved around a sniper rifle which had been hidden in the house of the protagonist during the troubles in Northern Ireland.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I tend to be better at dialogue than descriptive writing but in my latest book I feel I’ve worked hard at writing descriptively (I hope!).
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 realistic in that the character of the shooter feels downtrodden and backed into a corner financially due to the ‘financial crash’ in Ireland at the time,which has affected his whole family.But of course he takes that frustration too far. I think the character of Tadhg is realistic in that he is both weak and strong like us all. He battles with his addiction to alcohol and also with the powers in authority. I think there is a bit of my characters in all of us.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, my stories are all based in Ireland in locations that I know well, so far!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Cora in Tirgearr Publishing has done a brilliant job designing my covers.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, through Tadhg Sullivan I believe that the books make a statement that one should pursue justice even it if means going against authority.
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 love the books of Henning Mankell and how you can feel at one with his character Inspector Wallander. The stories are great as well.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My English teacher encouraged me to keep writing my first novel The Gun. While it was in its infancy he encouraged me to keep writing and as a result I sent it off to publishers with Tirgearr eventually taking my work which is a dream come true for me.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I see it as a career. I also realise how difficult it is to make a living from writing but the important thing is to write what comes from within, not what you think will become popular.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
There are little things I’d change but overall every story brings you in the direction it’s supposed to go.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Probably the most important thing I learned is to try and improve my descriptive writing style. I also learned things about myself because parts of the storyline are related to things from my own past, going to the Christian Brothers School in Wexford.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I enjoyed Kenneth Brannagh playing Wallander. I also think Killian Murphy, the Irish actor from Cork would be a great lead.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just to keep writing and keep putting your books out there. Never give up or lose hope.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Give new authors a chance. We all have a tendency to go for the well-known authors work.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Ulysses by James Joyce. Not the type of book I normally read but I’m reading it as a challenge and finding it very difficult! I think it’s important for authors to challenge themselves with what they read. I think I can learn a lot from the classics.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
It was a book called Chopper. It was about Hells Angels (I was about 14 at the time).
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
God and I’d ask him why he divided things up so badly!!
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I sing and play the guitar. I am in a group with my kids who play fiddle and flute. I have an interest in history and politics. I have recently taken an interest in going to the theatre with my wife as my kids are getting older now and we have more free time.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Intelligence – a Canadian drama on Netflix. I have also seen all of the series’ of Wallander (the Swedish version) and am currently watching a British series called Happy Valley set in the North of England.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I’m a steak and chips person. I like homemade plain food. My favorite color is blue and I like loads of different types of music – traditional, classical, rock, some heavy metal. I’ve recently (through my son) come across an Armenian band called System of a Down who I think are brilliant.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would continue to play music. My son has recently gotten into rock music and it has renewed my interest in that genre.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Just my name and the date of my death, nothing else.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I have a blog site firstname.lastname@example.org which I will be updating in the coming weeks to coincide with the release of my new book The Crucifixion.
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