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, my name is Heidi Thomas, and I’m 36 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m originally from Nottingham in the UK, but I have lived in North Shields, on the North East Coast of England for the last nine years.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’ve been married to my husband David for three years, we’ve been together for ten. I moved 160 miles to be with him, after meeting him online and falling head over heels in love with him. We have a wonderful eight year old son.
I have studied up to level three (pre University) studying social sciences, as I am deeply interested in people, what makes them tick etc. My original plan was to go into work in the youth justice sector, but then my son came along and everything changed!
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I recently had my 12th book published, Gypsy Kiss Book 2: Nic, the second of what will be 5 books in the series. I am now working on book 3.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have been writing stories since I was a child.My dad and I used to make up stories on the way to school each day, and since I loved to read, and my school actually ran out of books for me to read, writing became a natural progression.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably after I self published for the first time, with To The Moon and Stars in 2012.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I can’t remember why I started writing my first book, it came to me many years ago as an idea that steadily grew. At the time I was in a difficult relationship and writing was my escape. For many years I wouldn’t let anyone read my work, but then I let my friend have a look and she insisted I self publish it. I haven’t looked back since.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I was unsure of a title for a while, and then it was something the two main characters said to each other a lot – “I love you to the moon and stars” – so it just seemed perfect.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I amdefinitely a romantic, and my work reflects this, although it seems to lean towards the tougher side of love – loss, heartache etc. I get very deeply involved with my characters and this can sometimes be emotionally exhausting.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
With all my books, there is an element that is familiar to me. Be it a place, a person, or an experience I have been through.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I haven’t as yet, but I have a manuscript tucked away that I want to do something with one day that is not set in the UK, and that may require a bit of travelling in order to truly know the places I am writing about, to ensure I get it right. It’s on my bucket list 😊
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I designed my book covers myself apart from my new one, which was designed by Castiel Gutierrez, who will be helping me with new covers for most, if not all my books as I look to make them all available on paperback
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That the most consistent, powerful force on this earth is love. Loving someone, being loved, can change a life profoundly. For me, there’s nothing more important in this world than love.
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 have recently gotten into books by indie author Michelle Horst.I think she’s a wonderful writer. My all time favourite writer is Stephen King. It’s not the horror aspect of his work I like, it’s the wonderful way he observes and writes about people, and about friendship. His characters feel real, genuine.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My editor, PA and right-hand woman (and very dear friend) Jen Wainwright. She’s been working with me for four years now, and believes in me 1000% percent.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I see it as somewhere between a hobby and a career. It feeds my soul, but doesn’t pay the bills, yet.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I don’t think I would. It takes me a long time to write and release a book, because I ensure I am completely happy with it before I release it, so as to have no regrets later on.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Only that to write the book that’s in your heart takes time, and patience. You can’t rush it. My latest book is my longest to date – 164,000 words, and it took me almost a year to complete. I could have finished it sooner, but I wouldn’t have done the story justice.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
With TheSarge Trilogy (All’s Fair, Soldier Down and Duty Bound) I always saw Tom Hardy in the lead role of Sergeant John McIntyre. With my other books, my muse tends to change several times as I am writing so I’m not completely sure. Ask my readers, and they all have very different ideas too.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write primarily for the pleasure of it, not for the money. It’s rare to make a lot of money from writing anyway. Create people, not characters. Readers care about people they can relate to. If you have enjoyed writing it, and taken care to write as well as you can, chances are that will show and people will enjoy reading your work.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Just a huge thank you, really for all the support.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
DH Lawrence – Lady Chatterley’s Lover, again. I love the classics and I love DH Lawrence’s beautiful use of the English language to convey what I believe are the two most important aspects of our existence – love, and passion.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I grew up reading Roald Dahl and Sue Townsend, but the first more serious book I remember reading was Watership Down, by Richard Adams. I cried, a lot. I also read Stephen King’s Carrie, when I was about 11. Since then I have read, and own, every Stephen King novel.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My son makes me laugh daily with his sense of humour and quirky personality. Lots of things make me cry, because I a very emotional person.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’d love to meet Karl Marx. Studying Sociology Marxist theory was my favourite and I’d love to thrash it out with him.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Like most writers I love to read. I also have an unhealthy obsession with boxsets on Netflix lol. Also, I live on one of the most beautiful coastlines in the country and love going down to the sea front and the river and just soaking it all in.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I loved the Vampire Diaries, Sons of Anarchy and the Tudors. Recently got into Stranger Things on Netflix and eagerly awaiting the second season.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love, love love mashed potato. I could eat it all day, every day. And, of course, chocolate. My favourite colours are blue, and black. Music…I have very eclectic tastes that vary depending on my mood, but I love the whole eighties vibe.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I think I would probably draw instead. I used to be very arty as a child before writing took over. I would need a creative outlet of some sort.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
If it just says that I was loved, I will be happy.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HeidiJThomasAuthor/