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?
Brownell Landrum age 59
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m originally from Lexington, Kentucky. I now live in Aspen, Colorado
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
My undergrad degree is in Advertising and I have an MBA. I’m single, no kids. Almost 2 years ago moved from Atlanta, where I’d been living for 30 years, to Aspen, Colorado. I gave everything I had to charity except what I could fit in my car and just came without knowing anyone! Now I run the Aspen Screenwriters and Playwrights group.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m writing an exciting – EPIC new series – for both TV and books!
I’ve been making contacts in Hollywood to pitch a TV series I’ve created and written. This series is called We Meet Again. The easiest way to describe it is “The DaVinci Code Meets Outlander.”
My writing process for WMA is that I’m writing the first season of the show – 13 episodes – and then will convert the scripts to a novel. As it looks now, there will be 6 seasons / novels (one novel per season).
(I’m also pitching 3 other series – one is a comedy, one is a “detective show with a twist” and one is a Young Adult series).
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Books? I wrote my first book – a nonfiction book entitled “Five Reasons Why Bad Things Happen: How to Turn Tragedies Into Triumph.”
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I was about halfway through writing my first book.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was going through a really difficult time and kept asking “Why?” One day I was meditating and the “Five Reasons” came to me. I did intense research for about 2 ½ months and then started writing writingwriting.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It was pretty obvious! 😊
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’ve published 9 books – and countless scripts and screenplays. Of my books, I have 2 nonfiction books, 2 children’s books, and 5 novels – 4 of which are in the DUET stories series.
Even though I cross genres and media formats – everything I write is with a purpose and message. To get people to think – and feel. The theme for my DUET stories series – and really pretty much everything I write is, “Lose yourself in the Fiction… Find yourself in the Truth.”
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My first book – Five Reasons Why – is a “self help” book, but it was inspired by my own journey. As far as my other books, my first novel – DUET stories Volume I: The Song Begins – had quite a bit of “me” in it. Then the characters started “becoming” themselves in the subsequent 3 novels in the series.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Great question! The new series I’m working on – WMA – is set in several locations around the world. I’ve been doing a lot of “virtual travel” online, and it’s helping a lot. Still, I do feel compelled to go to these locations. For my other novels, they go back in time, which is a different kind of “travel!”
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
LOTS of messages in all my books. If there’s an overarching message, I’d say it’s “Get to the Why.”
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?
New Authors. Hmmm… Have to think on that one. Since I moved I can’t read as much as I used to. As far as favorites, Richard Bach has probably had more impact on me than anyone.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
A career, a mission, a passion.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
What I’m working on now? It’s still evolving! 😊 As far as my last novel – no, not a thing.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I’m learning a LOT while writing my newest series. It will be EPIC – probably 6 novels/seasons (one novel per season of the TV series). It needs a lot of research – so I’m learning a lot! Plus, it’s a serialized story – not episodic TV – which means the story will continue for 6 books. And it’s starting as a TV series, which I’m converting to a novel series, which is such a fun challenge!
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I’ll have to refrain from answering that question, for a few reasons. First, I deliberately don’t give physical descriptions for my characters. I let their actions and dialogue speak for themselves.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Try writing the script/screenplay for your book, too. If you can, start there. It really helps with direction, action, and dialogue. And if you do sell the film rights, you can get the money for the screenplay! Plus, if you write the script, you’ll have much more control over how it looks onscreen.
I saw an interview with Liz Gilbert of Eat Pray Love fame when the movie came out. She was asked how she felt about it. She said, “It’s like selling your house. It’s not your house anymore. They can redecorate, tear down trees, remodel, etc.” So I’d recommend learning screenwriting.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
This new series is so powerful and fun and different! So excited!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Just finished Elaine Pagel’s “Revelations”
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
See Jane Run? Seriously, that’s probably close. The first book I felt “transformed” by? A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engel.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I love it when my characters make me laugh – when I write something they say that’s fun and outrageous. I also laugh a lot at memes on Facebook. As far as cry – I often make myself cry when I write something especially poignant.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
The Showrunner who will run the TV show for my series!
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I go hiking up an 800 ft. mountain 6 days away.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t like really dark stuff. I like shows/films that have a message and make you think or feel – preferably both.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Last year did something I’ve never done before – write songs! I’ve written lyrics before, but this was the first time I’ve done both. Really fun!
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Write. 😊 Someone on FB posted the question, “If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?” I responded, “What I’m doing now.”
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
See You Soon
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?