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 Everyone. My name is Alexandra Holovitz. I’m 33.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from Hungary a small town called Pécs.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am an economist by degree and a life enthusiast, writer and adventuress by soul since a young age. I have been living, working and traveling over 100+ countries for the last ten years. I returned to roots in my home country Hungary early this year. Now I have a base in Budapest close to my family. I’m studying tantra, meditation and conscious living.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
After 20 years ‘dreaming’ of becoming a published author I sat down and got into doing.. Once my mindset was set. My book unfolded within a few months.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
When I was young, I used to write in my personal diary every day. Handwriting has magic. I craved to become a writer, but perfection kept me from writing anything else rather than the diary. I started my latest attempt early in 2016 after I attended a creative writing course I haven’t stopped since! I’m writing short stories, blog posts, and my diary-style book of recent travel experiences.
Writing helps me create, express and ‘make sense’ of my inner world and lets my fantasy soar. Hopefully it will provide some inspiration to others when they are reading my stories.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I finally held my paperback book with my photo on the cover.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I wanted to inspire other women to dare to travel solo, explore the world and open themselves up for new experiences. To be courageous and live a more authentic life. In my opinion, traveling is the greatest gift of life. Traveling solo gives you the chance to spend time with yourself and find out what makes you happy. Traveling also opens your heart to other cultures, teaching you patience, compassion and humility. If I was a life doctor I would prescribe to everyone to travel alone at least once in life to feel how powerful this experience can be! Life changing!
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I was looking for something catchy. Fun. Short. Something personal. The final title came to me as a suggestion/ intuition…
“When in Doubt…Travel.”
I believe we all need to get away from our everyday routines and embrace new perspectives. That’s what (solo) travel can give you.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I find that writing a diary-style book gave me an ease about writing. I always felt comfortable and happy when writing my diary. Writing in first person have helped me get deeper into experiences happened during my trip.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
It is 100% authentic and based on my year-long journey.
Fiona: To craft your works, did you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Yes. I took the plunge and left my ‘safe and secure’ life behind in London. Traveling gave me the confidence that I can do anything in life. The book is a blessing and fantastic outcome of being an empowered women/writer and solo traveler.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
A talented cover designer Domi from Inspired Cover Designs. She has done an amazing job!
Fiona: Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
Life is a journey. We all are able to shape our destiny, if we willing to step out of our comfort zone and experience life to it’s fullest potential. If you believe you ‘can’t’ do something, you must!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that strikes you?
His books are inspirational and thought-provoking. I love everything about his work.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to becoming a published author.
I’m grateful for my publisher and editor: Mark Davis. Authors and digital nomad groups on Facebook.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
It’s my dream ‘job’.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I like every bits of the book. However might add some pictures and spice it up little more with emotional aspects of how it feels to travel solo as a girl. Make it hotter. Although it is perfect as just it is. I can always update or write another part of my travel adventures.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes. Writing same as anything in life. Takes practice, believe and daily discipline.
Booking ‘writing time’ in the daily schedule to write is hard but necessary.
It was the best practice to start writing and believe I’m a writer.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I would love to re-live the whole journey again, so would happy to take the lead. Otherwise, I admire Charlize Theron as an actress. I would be delighted to see her bring alive my Eat-pray-love journey on screen.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just start where you are today! Starting somewhere is better than never write a line. Write, write, write daily. Write anything that makes you happy. People appreciate authentic content and will love you who you are within your writing style.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Hope you enjoy reading the book as much I loved writing it!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Eva Fejos – Bangkok Transit
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
It was some romantic novel trilogy – can’t remember the name.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
A great night out with friends, both can make me laugh and cry ( from joy) 🙂
Or the movie Pursuit of Happiness with Will Smith. Touching and heart-warming at the same time.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Oprah. She is a true inspiration for all that anything can happen if you work hard and believe in your dreams.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I love arts, photography, traveling.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
All genres except horror movies. Depends on my actual mood. I like to laugh or think. Comedies – Action – Thriller movies are always welcomed.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love sushi. My next bucket list travel place is Japan.
Favorite color – turquoise.
Music – Cafe Del Mar, chill out. Perfect for writing.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Now that I broke through my limitation about writing, I will write as long as I live.
Fiona: What do you want to be written on your headstone?
I will not have a headstone.
Would like my ashes to be released on the wind and be as free as I have been while I lived.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events, and special offers?