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?
It’s a pleasure, Fiona! My name is Barbara Avon. My last name is pronounced like the famous make-up brand. I’m old enough to remember the “View-Master” as my favourite toy!
Fiona: Where are you from?
I reside in Ontario, Canada but was born in Switzerland.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I grew up as the middle child in an Italian household. “Pasta Sunday” is a tradition that my husband and I continue. I attended Brock University and I have always dreamed of writing a novel.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Recently, I won FACES Magazine’s 2018 Award for Favourite Female Author. it was my third nomination and first win, as they like to say in Oscar land. I also just published the sequel to my first thriller, “Michael’s Choice”.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing poems as a teenager. In High School English class, after my teacher awarded me an A + on my short story and asked me read it in front of the class, I knew I found my calling. Why do I write? I don’t have a choice. I was born a writer!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
That day in English class. I first considered myself an author, however, when I penned and published my second novel.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
After a significant break-up, I had time on my hands. My first book revolves around a real-life tree in Niagara Falls where I was once engaged but that’s the only true-to-life tidbit in the novel.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
“My Love is Deep” is in answer to the Bee Gees famous question, “How Deep is Your Love” (also our heroine’s favourite song.)
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I always write through the male protagonist’s perspective. As a woman whose audience is mainly other women, I think I know what we want and I create my male characters according to those wants. I don’t find anything challenging, so to speak. In fact, I like to write across different genres. Romance/Suspense, Romance/Time Travel, Thriller/Romance and my newest endeavor is my first horror!
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I touched upon this when answering a previous question. Now I’m considering all eight of my novels and the answer is still that one event, that I mention in my first book about being engaged at a tree in Niagara Falls. It’s the only true-to-life event in any of my novels.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, I do not. My imagination travels for me. I also research what I don’t know or am unsure of. I think research is very important!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Regardless of the genre, I always include “love”. It is not an old-fashioned concept. It is the most remarkable magic. There is also a recurring theme of “paying it forward” in my novels and my trilogy revolves around the dangers of drinking and driving.
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?
Oh gosh. This is a tough one. There are no new authors that have grasped my interest simply because I don’t have the luxury of time to help me find them! However, as a young adult, I picked up every single one of Richard Paul Evans’ books. “The Outsiders” was my favourite book as as teen and Jack Finney’s time travel novels still sit on my bookshelf.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Outside of family? I’ll omit close friends, too, who are like family…and if I do that, then no one per se. However, everyone supports me now.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I don’t see writing as a career as much as I see “author” as a title.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Yes and that answer may shock my readers because this is the first time I feel this way. i wouldn’t change the direction of the story itself, nor the outcome. Some scenes are perfect. Others, in the first third of the book, need tweaking. My husband calls me “paranoid” and my “own worst critic.” I tell him that when it feels right, I just know it and something doesn’t feel right. However, I’m not the type of author to “retract” the book, “fix it” and publish it a second time. That doesn’t seem right either. “It is what it is.”
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
That I can create creepy characters – it was a lot of fun!
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
My latest? Well, Michael in “Michael’s Choice” is a 6 foot tall, sexy Italian with a chiseled body, perfect face and long, silky black hair. If anyone has any suggestions, I’d be happy to hear them!
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Do not follow the crowd. Be different. Be bold. Be fearless and just do it.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Other than thank you? I want new readers to know that all of my books are set between the 1980s and 1990s. There’s too much technology in our everyday lives, my books help you escape that.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m not reading anything, unfortunately.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Oh gosh…Black Beauty? It was a picture book, that’s for sure.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I laugh at things that are “cute”, “serene” and genuinely funny. I cry at the injustice in the world but I also cry at happy endings.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
My Father’s father. I have a feeling there’s a lot of “him in me”.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Is cooking a hobby? Food is another prominent theme throughout my novels.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Most recently, The Good Doctor, 9-1-1, and any retro movie such as “Terminator”, “Gone With the Wind”, “Towering Inferno”. I’m also a sucker for old movie stars such as Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Stewart, Paul Newman…And I can’t forget my cooking shows!
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Blue (Navy) is my favourite colour and so is Orange since it’s the “happiest colour” I enjoy all sorts of food and even exotic ones. I’ll try mostly anything. I have to stick to my 1970s and 1980s music and Sinatra, of course.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Cry. A lot.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
“She did it her way.”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
New followers can find me on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraAvonAuthor/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel and from there, join my mailing list via e-mail. My website is under Barbara Avon – Wix and I’m also on Twitter @barb_avon and GoodReads.
This was great fun! Thank you so much!