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?

My name is Grant, Clowd is a pen name and is from my second life profile. I am 40 years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

My parents were living in a small kingdom called Swaziland, and the nearest hospital was in Barberton South Africa. I lived in Cape Town, Harmony and Johannesburg growing up.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

When I left school I wanted to travel, so one day decided I wanted to travel to the UK, mainly because of the football team I support, I was 18 at the time and my mother asked my brother to go with me, I was grateful he did, as I was robbed the first week i was there, my passport and cash was stolen, and I was ready to go home, but his support and help we stayed the two years our visa allowed, and I would not change that experience for the world, except being robbed.

I worked a nightclub when i returned home and I realised friends were jealous of our travels and watching people in the club they were very two faced and would talk so much behind each their back, it was a awakening for me, and I have kept a very limited amount of friends, and I know that if I needed them they would be there to help

Worked several years on cruise ships where I got to see many wonderful places and meet some of my best friends.

Currently living in Johannesburg and have being working out of my food trailer, where I have done a lot of my writing when I have had quiet periods

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

As I write this, my fourth novel in the Bound series is currently under review in Kindle Scout, if it gets enough nominations there is a publishing deal. With only five days left I am anxious to see what feedback I get from the Kindle Scout team.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing online almost ten years ago, that’s where I met my wonderful friend Rayne and we kept writing through emails and instant messages.

Why did I start writing? The honest answer to that is, it was to fill a void, I had no friends at home as I had finished working on the cruise ships due to an injury.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Earlier this year, 2017, I was writing with Rayne and some of the scenes felt incredible.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I had being out of work for two years after being retrenched and writing became a release, I was writing with Rayne and it was then I realised it kept me from going into depression, I can’t thank her enough for her friendship and support.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I wanted something I could possibly use if there was a series in the making, so I used the club the story was based at as the title.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I control the pace, some things seem rushed others will have a slow build up, some people will argue it’s not how it should be done, but it’s how I do it. I try keep it third person, but I do go into first person.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I mentioned second life, and I am married to Rayne in second life, and some of the experiences are from our time together.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

No travel involved, I don’t use specific locations, leaving the reader to paint a picture in their own mind.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My first two covers were from Kindle Direct

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Always practice safe sane and consensual sex, talk to your partner, even if you not into BDSM, communication should be the base of your relationship.

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?

My favourite author in my genre is Cherise Sinclair, but Kallypso Masters is a Close second, their stories have a message and I can see my flaws in some of their main characters. I try to channel that into my works, but I do not think I am there yet.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Rayne and Frost, two of the most wonderful people in my life, I cannot thank them enough for their friendship and support.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I wish, I still get excited when I see someone has purchased my books, and hearing feedback that people enjoyed what they read simply is exhilarating.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

If funds were available i would send it to editors, I am like a bull in a china shop when the book is complete, I self-edit and try my best, even though I am told to slow down its full steam ahead and i want to get it out there.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Definitely. Enjoy the time you have together, you never know how long you have together

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Rachael McAdams as Rebecca and Bradley Cooper as Damian

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Be yourself and tell your story, if you try write it within others parameters you will lose some of yourself.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Violence against women is an act of cowardice, always participate in safe, sane and consensual sex.

Love is special, don’t let it become familiar, guys, grab her butt and tell her you love her when she least expects it, if she’s into it, push her up against the wall and claim her lips that make them tingle.

To everyone, do not feel pressured into participating, or into doing something you you not sure about or you do not feel comfortable with. Take your time, novels are works of fiction and time is sped up, but in real life wait for the right partner to participate in BDSM, and build trust, not Mr/ Mrs right now.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Hardy Boys

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Minions make me laugh, the silliness, you don’t need to understand, just watch and allow the story to unfold.

Losing a loved one makes me cry

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Not really, I have met amazing people and some are my friends for which I am blessed

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Watching football

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Be madly in love, spending every minute I can with her, and possibly with kids.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

He was loved as he loved

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

https://medium.com/@grant.clowd

https://www.facebook.com/Author-Grant-Clowd-435767596838133/

Book 1 in the Bound Series available for free here

https://www.books2read.com/u/mKJWj9

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B076N6RZ6B

 

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