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 Fiona. My name is Glennis Browne and I’m a sixty-seven year young author.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live in Queensland Australia, although I have lived in New Zealand most of my life.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am married with two adult sons, and two grandchildren. They live near Brisbane, which is why we emigrated- wanting to be a greater part of their lives.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I have revised and republished my first novel. It is ‘The Fortune Seekers-Dan and Charlotte. It took ten months to re write. But finally, today, I signed it off, and sent it to my publisher.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing
I began writing as a child. Something within me inspired me to write experiences and work through issues imaginatively. I love writing.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I held my first book in my hands, it became real.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Picking it up again three years ago after discovering interesting historical facts about my family after a decade of ancestry research. I had to tell the story, and delve into the issues of the Victorian era. Hence, the storylines occupy my mind and time daily, changing from facts to imaginative fiction.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The Fortune Seekers explores what people seek in their lives- is it wealth, ambitious endeavours, or something that is found within? The characters face their fears, challenges and circumstances to locate what to them is important. Is this what they are Seeking in life? – hence the title.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I have discovered I like getting into my characters minds. I now prefer to write first person.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My mother told me she sees me all through my writing. This is probably because I work through real issues, real historic situations that may have caused my family to make certain choices. Experiences I have lived through or know an ancestor lived through are brought to life, in an attempt to bring understanding and resolution.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Yes, I travelled to Wales and England to retrace the lives of two characters. Since then my research has benefited from exploring certain areas of Australia and New Zealand. Doing so, before the writing process, assists in my getting into the story easier. I see the places more vividly, experience the countries’ quirky aspects, and discover how it was back when the stories happened.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I supplied the photos and gave suggestions to the cover designer.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, there are many messages about life I hope readers grasp.
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 enjoy Leanne Moriarty and Jack Kregas, two Australian authors. Their stories move quickly, and don’t have unnecessary descriptive paragraphs.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
The excellent Autocrit editing writing tool and the people who run it, has improved my writing immeasurably.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I am retired, and I write for pleasure, and to give enjoyment to others.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I have already changed my first book, by spending ten months revising it. A first time writer is beginning the craft. There is a lot about writing techniques and grammatical areas that need honing. I am three quarters through my second of the series, and my writing is clearer and more concise, according to grammar scholars.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learn something important every day. Writing for me is about becoming a better writer, in all areas. This includes the stages each chapter must go through to hold a readers interest, with a great start to draw the reader in, and an ending that leaves the reader wanting to read more.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I have no idea.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write, write some more, and get the words down until the story inside you is out. Only then think about editing and refining your story. Give your story to trusted, helpful, but not critical friends to read and make suggestions. Plus they are great encouragers.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
My novels are historical in nature, answering questions each of us deal with in our lives. It is relatable and encouraging, and I’m told is an excellent read. I am building a followers list, and have regular blogs that may interest my readers. I welcome you to join my team on Facebook, WordPress and email newsletters for updates about books, writing and book displays
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished ‘I see you- a Journey with Autism’, by Slaven Vujic. Now reading ‘Travels through my mind’ by Leanne Wood. Both are great reads.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Possibly the Bronte Sisters – Little Women
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I laugh over funny Facebook posts. I cry when emotional over an incurable illness or death of a loved friend or family member.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
VictorFrankl, – psychologist and deep thinking theorist.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Artwork, craft interests, singing as I play my guitar, or while picking a tune out on a piano.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
A thought provoking story, historical discoveries series. Nothing specific.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Easy listening music, red is my favourite colour, food-scallops and salmon, and fresh seasonal fruit.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Play music, read, garden, create with my hands.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She was like an energiser battery who kept going and going and going.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
WordPress – https://glenniswritingabc.com/
(This is the website where you can sign up for my monthly newsletter)
WordPress – http://GlennisBrowne.wordpress.com
Amazon website – to buy- https://www.amazon.com/Fortune-Seekers-Dan-Charlotte/dp/1514497522
Facebook groups for readers (Sunshine Coast Readers Group) and Facebook followers page – (GlennisBrowneWriter).