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?
Jeff Coulter 51 yoa.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I currently hold an AS in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati. I’m a retired Police officer and have a background in Security Electronics. I’ve been married to my wonderful wife Suzanne for 30 years and have two adult children.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
We are currently scheduled to speak about our book Until Death Do You Part : A Story of Faith, Hope and Love at Teen Challenge on October 24th. I’m about to release a new book next year entitled Angels Unaware.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I was involved in a near fatal crash in 2014. I almost died twice and after my experiences I wanted to write about my testimony. We wanted to share what a cop and his wife go through without God in their lives.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After our first book was self published through Westbow Press. It was a learning experience and honed a lot of skills that proved to be very useful later on.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Again going back to my crash in 2014 and almost dying. I wanted the world to know about my experiences and my relationship with Christ.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My wife Suzanne actually came up with the title. My original title ides was “The Almost Summer.”
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’m dedicated to Christian based themes, whether fiction or non-fiction. I can’t really see myself writing secular material based on my brush with death.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Our book is 100% real life. It’s our autobiography.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, all my stuff is researched in-house and online
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My wife and I both designed the cover.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes. Simply that God is the God of second chances. It’s never too late to turn your heart around and be saved.
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’m really not a strong reader as ironic as that may seem. I’ve read some of Rodenberry’s and Shatners’s stuff but for me to sit down and just read is quite uncommon.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My Savior and my King. Jesus Christ.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Not a career in the traditional sense but I can see writing for the rest of my days.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I think I would have made it longer. I stopped at what I felt was the correct stopping point. I still would have liked to make it longer but I fear that it would have gotten off track if I had.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned a lot about format and style but most of all about the Self-Publishing process.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
No not at all. Acting is best left to the pros.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep at it. Blocks will come and go but plan on at least 1 year for each of your books. Don’t get suckered in to paying out a lot of money. There’s plenty of Self-Publishing opportunities out there. Read the blogs and pointers. Pay attention to the tips about marketing.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Just never give up. Make it a happy place to be when you are writing and you will produce.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m always reading the bible but I am re-reading Prayers that avail much by Germain Copeland. I suppose much like the Bible I should more accurately say “continually reading.”
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not by title or author but it was a sci-fi from the library.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Funny movies make me laugh. I cry when someone else is hurting especially my family.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to have met Christ when He walked the earth. A bit of that is reflected in my book series “The Yesterday Christ”
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Fishing. I am addicted to fishing. Before my crash I used to hike and fish like a madman. My family has since bought me a small fishing boat and it has indeed blessed me beyond description.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Anything related to Star Trek or Star Wars. I’m a bit of a history buff so I watch the History Channel quite frequently.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I’m a dedicated pizzaholic. I suppose my favorite color is blue and I enjoy classical music. My favorite music is Christian music.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
It doesn’t matter to me, I’ll be in Heaven
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes. I usually post updates on our website www.jnsbooks.com