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 Gary Stillman and I write under the name G.E. Stills
Fiona: Where are you from?
I grew up, and live in, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’m married with children although I’m not much like Al Bundy. (grins) Most of my adult life I spent in the automotive field while raising two children, a boy and a girl. For a few years I worked in the semi-conductor business where we made electronic circuits that formthe electricalparts in cell phones and many other electronic items. I have always enjoyed writing since I can remember, but never attempted to publish until 2008.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m currently working on two stories. One iscontemporary erotic romance in an apocalyptic setting and the other is Science fiction erotic romance.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing for my own enjoyment back in the time before computers on a typewriter. It was a pain back then. When you made a mistake, you had the choice of using correction fluid or typing the entire page over. (I never made mistakes. Grins)
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
It was when I started trying to get my first book published. That was a disaster. I, just like most writers I got numerous rejections and then an acceptance. I was ecstatic to finally get accepted. Then I was plunged into despair when the publisher went out of business before my book was published.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first inspiration was from reading my first adult book and thinking, Gee I would have ended the story this way.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’m what is called a punster in writing circles. I don’t make an outline or much of anything else. I just get an idea and start writing. Often, I don’t think of a book title until later in the story and have no idea how the story will end. My characters develop in my mind and frequently change during the story. Thus, making it necessary for me to go back in the story to change things and make them match the characters personality or traits. That is sometimes a pain but that is my style and my characters don’t seem to care how much extra work they create for me.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Most of my stories take place in fantasy worlds or in made up scenarios and aren’t realistic to my real life. Most of my books include lots of action and hot sexual encounters. Having said that, most characters I write have a little of me in them, what I’m really like or wish I was like.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Nope, sorry to say, I don’t travel much. I mostly stroke my way through the internet doing research.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Prior to 2013 my covers were designed and produced by my publishers, since that time I’ve made my own.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I don’t include messages that are intentional. I just want my readers to escape into the book and enjoy themselves.
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?
There are so many talented new authors whose works I enjoy that I can’t possibly name them. When I’ not writing I’m an avid reader.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I get and give encouragement from my author friends on Facebook, and my publishers all the time.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Since my retirement it is my career and although not a monetarily rewarding one, it is successful in many ways in my opinion. One of those ways is interaction with my readers.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Each time I read through one of my stories I want to change things. In every book I write I want to go back and make changes even after it has been published.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learn new things constantly when writing my books from research alone.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Female: Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Lawrence.
Male: Liam Hemsworth, Jake Gyllenhaal, Matt Damon.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write on. Write a little, no matter how little, each day.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
My books are written to be enjoyed. Get lost in my worlds and become one with my characters. Escape from your everyday life for a while and have fun.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Currently I’m reading Bakers, Bundt Cakes & Bodies by Shaunna Rodriguez
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I’m certain I read many Little Golden books but the first adult book I remember reading was The Pirates of Venus by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Comedies and jokes or funny situations.
Okay I confess, I sometimes watch tender romance stories (chic flicks) and some of them torment my emotions.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’d love to meet Morgan Freeman just to hear his magical voice in person.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Game of Thrones (but damn are they ruthless and back stabbing), Naked and Afraid, and as for films, so many. Comedies, action, Science Fiction, and some dramas. I’m not much into crime movies or series or horror films.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favourite food is Tacos. Color is blue, Music I like many different types. C&W, pop rock, soft rock,metal rock, classic etc.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Lol, be dead.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Don’t bother me, I’m writing.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorGEStills/
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/G.-E.-Stills/e/B007FRP90M
Thank you for your time and the great interview Fiona.