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?
The name that goes on my books is Robert D Turvil, but everyone calls me Bob. As to my age, I’m just nudging the age of indiscretion.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Originally, the Hampton Court area by the grand old River Thames (but not the actual palace – or the river). After a few meanders around the UK, we’ve ended up in a village on the Dorset/Hampshire border.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’m married and have three adult sons, all in happy relationships: two in London and one on Dorset. I must have been educated since I remember going to school a couple of times. Something must have rubbed off as I ran my own management training and consultancy business for twenty odd years.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Everyday is new and an adventure.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Can’t really remember when I didn’t write. Initially, just for the pleasure – and I guess it’s still that way otherwise there’s not much point.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I suppose the milestone was when my first book was published – although I’d had articles and all sorts published beforehand.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I just get an idea (usually an odd one) and it just has to be written.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Deciding titles drives me to distraction. It sometimes comes down to a vote!
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I quite like writing in the first person as you can really live the main character and indulge in things you couldn’t possibly do in the real world. However, some stories simply won’t work that way so it’s a matter of adopting a style to suit the story.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My first published book was a fantasy (written in the first person) so realism took second place to story credibility, i.e. making the story believable. I don’t consciously base my books on personal experiences or specific people. All my characters have a purpose and that’s what makes them who they are and determines what they do.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Only in my imagination.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I’m not in the business of giving anyone messages. If readers want to interpret my writing in any particular way, they are most welcome.
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 good authors about these days. It’s difficult – and possibly unfair – to pick on just one.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
In terms of an ‘entity’ I would have to say Amazon as they have put together a platform that really supports authors.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
A pastime perhaps.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’m very happy with my latest book ‘Vengeance of an Evil Man.’ However, everything can always be changed and there will always be the odd word, sentence or section that might benefit from a little extra polish. There comes a point when change does not fundamentally equal improvement.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Every experience teaches something and it’s important to be open to learning opportunities. I think that a sense of perspective is something to appreciate.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
There are three books, one with 7 short stories, so a tricky question. I think ‘Vengeance of an Evil Man’ would make an excellent film, but I wouldn’t care to name anyone for the lead. This is mostly because the main character is not described in detail, thereby letting readers draw their own impressions. Naming a particular actor would restrict this.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for your support. It’s really very much appreciated. As for my books, I really try to avoid clichéd, contrived or predictable situations and go for twists that invite the unexpected. By doing this, my stories are different and keep you guessing right to the end.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m between books just at the moment.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not the title, but it was an adventure story and it really opened my eyes to the world of books.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Not so much an individual, more a period in history. I think it would be really interesting to experience life as it was at certain key periods in the past. But as to making a specific choice, that’s really difficult.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
You mean there’s a life outside writing!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m not a great TV watcher but drama that’s credible and well acted has definite appeal.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I’m not sure about the idea of having favourites of anything. I’m definitely not a foodie and regard each colour and/or musical composition as simply different, neither better nor worse. Someone, somewhere is bound to be a fan, so who am I to judge!
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Give my wife the attention she deserves.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
“Quiet at last!”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Robert D Turvil website- https://books-rdt.com
Link to ‘Vengeance of an Evil Man’ – http://getbook.at/VenMan
Link to ‘The Devil’s Charity’ – http://getbook.at/Charity
Link to ‘7½ short stories you’ll want to read’ – http://getbook.at/7stories
Link to The After Death Afterlife of Ronald Foster https://www.amazon.co.uk/After-Death-Afterlife-Ronald-Foster/dp/1511638869/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8