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.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
My father was a career Air Force man, so we moved around quite frequently during my formative years. Though born in Texas, I spent my early childhood growing up in a small town located in northern California. From there, we moved to Mississippi and then back to Texas while I was still in school. Having spent time living in various areas across America, I’ve learned much from my exposure to a wide variety of people and their cultures. I happily live in Texas with my wife, a son and daughter, and two Bengal cats named Phinneas and Shamus.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m a horror/sci-fi author who has published two novels thus far. My debut novel, Trisomy XXI, was published by World Castle Publishing on June 6, 2016, and I’ve recently completed the screenplay for it. My second supernatural horror novel, Antitheus,is a dark, supernatural tale of horror that takes Good versus Evil to a whole new level. Antitheus, also published by World Castle Publishing,was released on October 16, 2017, and is available in eBook, Paperback, and Hardcover formats. Currently, I am hard at work processing the text for another mysterious tale of the macabre.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing, and what inspired you to write your first book?
Truth is often stranger than fiction, so they say. I’m a believer in that adage, because it happened to me and it has changed my life! This is how my new novel, Antitheus, and my debut novel, Trisomy XXI, came into being. The way in which Antitheus and Trisomy XXIwere spawned is even more surreal than their storylines. Please allow me to start from the beginning…
A few years ago, I was celebrating my teenage son’s birthday at a restaurant with family and friends. When the party was over, my son, his cousin, and I jumped into my car, headed for my son’s basketball game. New to the area, I accidentally took the wrong exit and ended up traveling east on the freeway, when I actually needed to go west. No problem, I thought. I can take the next exit, make a U-turn, and then be back on my way to my son’s sporting event. Driving the speed limit in the right-hand lane, I was suddenly rear-ended by a speeding drunk driver, traveling at around 80 to 90 miles an hour. The collision shot us across four lanes of traffic into a concrete wall, completely demolishing my car—we were all fortunate to have survived such a horrible accident! Shaken, dazed, and banged up, my son and his cousin miraculously sustained no serious injuries. I wasn’t as fortunate though, ending up in the hospital emergency room with a closed-head injury.
As a result of this devastating car crash, I was left with memory loss and aphasia, resulting in problemsexpressing my speech and communicating with others. After months of seeing a neurologist and taking medication used to treat patients suffering from Alzheimer’s Dementia, my damaged brain slowly healed itself. But during my recovery, I noticed that something had changed in regards to my thought processes. As strange as it sounds, I had developed a newfound passion for writing, an overwhelming compulsion to pen a story—resulting in the birth of my first novel, Trisomy XXI. Somehow, the damaged neurons in my frontal cortex had rearranged themselves into a new and different configuration, thereby enhancing the creative abilities of my brain. Prior to my car accident, I had neither the desire nor the training to write anything of a literary or creative nature, much less a novel. It was only after my brain had healed from the closed head injury that an awakening of ideas for dark stories erupted from my revamped neuronal network.
The definition of a savant is “a person who does not have normal intelligence but who has very unusual mental abilities that other people do not have.” Savant syndrome “is a condition in which a person with a mental disability, such as an autism spectrum disorder, demonstrates profound and prodigious capacities or abilities far in excess of what would be considered normal.” I do know that I don’t have savant syndrome, because I am not autistic and my IQ has been measured at 161. Another form of savantism, known as acquired savant syndrome, is attributed to “a person who acquires prodigious capabilities or skills following dementia, a head injury or severe blow to the head, or other disturbance.” According to medical studies, acquired savant syndrome is a rare condition, affecting only a small number of people around the world. Apparently, this is what happened to me. I now regard my bizarre mishap as a gift, even though at the time I didn’t, having concerns that I would be left with a permanent neurological deficit for the rest of my life!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Only after Trisomy XXI garnered severalprestigious book awards and was so well received by readers and reviewers did I consider myself a bonafide author and novelist.
Fiona: How did you come up with the titles to your books?
After my brain had healed from the car accident, a little voice in my head came up with this great idea for a horrific tale involving a boy with Down Syndrome, and. strongly encouraged me to write it. Since Trisomy XXI is the genetic aberration responsible for Down Syndrome, and the science behind it plays a major role in the storyline, I immediately decided to use Trisomy XXI as the title for my first novel.. I also penned this story as a way to deter people from judging or belittling others, especially those individuals suffering from any type of a physical or mental handicap.
Trisomy XXI is the thrilling story about the adventures of Joshua Allen, a sixteen-year-old boy who was born with an extra chromosome—a genetic aberration known as Trisomy 21 (XXI), or Down Syndrome. When a serious accident leaves him in a coma at the hospital, Joshua receives a mysterious injection that endows him with supernatural powers. The transformed teen is linked to a string of bizarre, unexplained deaths that have both the town’s sheriff and the coroner completely baffled. But when a ghastly creature from another planet lands on Earth and begins its hunt for Joshua—viciously slaughtering anyone in its path in order to complete its deadly mission—Joshua and his friends are thrown into a world of horror that is totally out of control. What follows is a horrific life-and-death struggle with the seemingly-indestructible extraterrestrial being. The salvation of an entire race of aliens hangs in the balance!
Antitheus is a supernatural tale of unspeakable horror. Akin to Seven, The Prophecy, and Angel Heart,Antitheustakes the forces of light and darkness to a whole new level—holding an unforeseen ending that will both surprise and amaze its reader. Prepare yourself for a terrifying trip into the world of infinite evil! Trapped by a blizzard in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a group of clergymen attending a religious conference find themselves thrown into a gruesome battle with evil incarnate itself. One by one, the holy leaders are being brutally slaughtered by an unknown, malevolent entity. Facing impossible odds and running out of time, the survivors must work together to match wits against their deadly adversary. It’s an epic battle of Good versus Evil, with the winner taking all. . .the fate of every man, woman, and child on Earth is in peril!
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I believe that my style of writing is somewhat unique in comparison to most other authors. I am able to pen my novels in a freestyle fashion, relying on no outlines, formats, diagrams, or templates for assistance—the narrative is able to flow freely from my imagination, ending up with a storyline that contains an ordered sequence of events. To me, it’s a creative art form, much like painting—each stroke of the brush is analogous to writing a sentence. When the artist has delivered enough brushstrokes to the canvas, a beautiful painting is created, similar to an author merging a number of sentences together in order to produce a thrilling novel.
It’s hard to describe, but the ideas for my novels appear to me from out of the blue, like an epiphany, or something spawned de novo in my mind. From my earliest recollections as a young child, I’ve always loved the genres of horror and science fiction, so that’s probably where Antitheus and Trisomy XXI came from. I didn’t consciously choose to become an author…it chose me. Though I can’t technically explain my writing skills, they appear to be intuitive by nature. As long as I can retain this creative ability, I will continue to write stories—especially since I’ve developed a passion for it. Weirdly enough, even though it sounds like a twisted plot conjured up from the mind of Stephen King, it was a car accident that was responsible for this newly acquired gift of mine!
Antitheus and Trisomy XXI were written in a stream of consciousness-like manner, taking me around three months to finish each novel. As a result of thisnewly-acquired savant-like ability, I am able to start with the first page of the novel, inexplicably continuing the storyline until the ending is completed. Coincidentally, Trisomy XXI ended up having 21 chapters, whereas Antitheus has 13.
Both Antitheus and Trisomy XXI are suspenseful tales involving the supernatural, written with a number of surprises, twists, and turns, all of which are interrelated and strategically placed into the storyline. Though fun and challenging, this makes for a more complex write for the author.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Karen Fuller, author and owner of World Castle Publishing, designed the covers for Antitheus and Trisomy XXI.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?
Without getting too esoteric, I try to relay positive fundamental messages of goodness, morality, and humanity that will transcend all cultures of mankind.In the continuing saga of life, Good usually triumphs over Evil.
Fiona: Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I enjoy reading the literary works of many authors, but Stephen King is one of my favorites, given his creative abilities and amazing imagination.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I thoroughly enjoyed writing Antitheus,and am happy with the finished product, so I wouldn’t dare change a thing!
Fiona: If your book were made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Russell Crowe would make a great Sheriff Scott Parker (one of the main protagonists).
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Read, read, and then read some more—it’s all about learning and fine-tuning your craft. Select any pertinent information about writing on the web, in book form, or through a workshop that you think will be beneficial for you, and would help to make you a better writer.In order to better hone your craft, read as many books by different authors as you can. If you truly have a love for writing, don’t allow yourself to get discouraged—and most importantly, never give up. Perge!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I write because it gives me the freedom to openly express my creativity—a way to transcribe my thoughts and allow my imagination to go into overdrive. I love the sense of fulfilment that I receive while penning a story down on paper. Writing has allowed me to connect with others through my stories, hopefully stirring up those emotions that will bring excitement and entertainment to all of my readers. Writing also gives me peace of mind, a sense of accomplishment, and teaches me patience—a necessity for any author who wishes to write well. Just being able to put your thoughts down on paper, creating an entertaining story that can both be shared and enjoyed by others, will give you an adrenaline rush that no amusement park ride can even come close to. To me, that is what’s great about being a writer!
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Meeting Edgar Allan Poe would be an amazing experience for many obvious reasons.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Other than writing and reading, I enjoy the game of golf, working out, swimming, snorkeling, traveling, and watching great horror and science fiction movies!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Most anything with a horror, sci-fi, thriller, adventure, or comedic component is usually up my alley if done well.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Seafood, pizza, steak, nachos, ice cream, frozen yogurt, gelato; blue, purple, red, orange; hard rock, some heavy metal.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
G.A. shared his great stories with others.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
You can find out more information about G.A. Minton and his books at:
G.A. Minton Author Website: https://www.gaminton.com
G.A. Minton Author Webpage at World Castle Publishing Website: http://www.worldcastlepublishing.com/author_g_a_minton.html
G.A. Minton author webpage at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01D5QASXO
G.A. Minton Facebook Pages: https://www.facebook.com/TRISOMYXXI and
G.A. Minton Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/horrornovelist
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/Antitheus-g-a-minton/1126827593?ean=9781629897622 Barnes & Noble link for ANTITHEUS
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35821559-Antitheus Goodreads webpage link for ANTITHEUS