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?
Will WM Bunche – Age? I feel like I’m 29.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Brooklyn, New York
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I attended college at Columbia University. I am a veteran. I live in New York City with my family.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Recently, I held a book signing at an Eastchester/Scarsdale Barnes & Noble in New York. I’ve been asked to return in Spring 2018.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
My love of writing began in middle school after I read Romeo and Juliet.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I considered myself a writer probably the first year of high school.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My veteran experience and a few military buddies.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It seemed like an appropriate title that would appeal to a broad audience.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
No. I write what I feel to make people feel with me. Writing in general has been challenging. However, telling a story seems the constant across genres. In the end, readers want to know what is the story about.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Some parts are very personal. Other parts are based on true events and people that I know.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Most of my research was in person and via the internet.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Jeanine Henning. Amazing artist. Highly recommended!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Redemption is possible for all no matter what life you lived.
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?
James Baldwin, Junot Diaz but I have many more. They make you feel. They take you into their space.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
No organization but too many friends to name. To avoid offending anyone that I may miss, I won’t list any.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. I dream that it will happen. We will see.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. If I did, I would change the beginning and ending over and over again.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
It was cathartic. It was emotional. At the same time, I laughed a lot. It was an experience.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Mike Colter, Idris Elba, Mahershala Ali, Erik LaRay Harvey are a few actors that I really like. If you have any leads, please make the referral.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Writing is rewriting, rewriting, rewriting.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Please support independent writers. Big Publishers don’t have a monopoly on great writers.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Bible. Re-reading Stephen King’s “On Writing”
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Fun with Dick and Jane.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Great movies with great story lines and characters. Great writing.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
There are so many but the first person who comes to mind would be Dr. Martin Luther King. A close second would be Barack Obama.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Running and martial arts
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Game of Thrones, Luke Cage, NBA Finals, Super Bowl.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Italian. Blue.Blues and Jazz. Old School R&B, Gospel and Hip Hop. Some classical too.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
That would be a very bleak future for all. I don’t want to think of this dreaded impossibility.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Laissez les bons temps rouler
Veni, Vidi, Vici.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?