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 Craig Mullins and I am 46
Fiona: Where are you from?
I currently live in small village in Norfolk England called Feltwell
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I was adopted at birth, and the family I grew up with had a daughter who was also adopted, she is two years older than me, unfortunately we do not speak, my adoptive parents have both passed, my dad 25 yrs ago and my mum 15 years ago. I had a normal education and went to college to train as a chef for three years – I am currently a chef manager at a local tearoom. About thirteen years ago I traced my birth family, unfortunately my birth mother had passed away a couple of months previously, though I do now have a brother and there is another brother who was born a year after me who was also given up for adoption. There was another brother (that would make 4 of us if you are losing count) who was 2 years older than me but unfortunately he died at age 18. I live with my wife Tina who I have been married to for nearly 25 years and our cat Tia Maria who is 16 this year.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I am currently working on my fourth novel, a psychological thriller which I hope will be out later this year time permitting.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing about five years ago, it is something I have always wanted to do, the first book I wrote was No Refunds a story of a boy searching for his birth mother, although it isn’t my story there is a lot of me in it. When it was finished I didn’t thin’ it was good enough and embarked on my next book Hard Candy which was the first one I self published, I then went back to No Refunds and rewrote it before publishing
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I don’t, my sole aim is to get my stories out and if one person enjoys it then all the effort was worthwhile, I think I would consider myself a writer if I was able to make a living from it.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I had always wanted to get the emotional aspect of adoption onto paper, and as much as I wanted to write my own story it would have been too painful, maybe one day though. So I decided to do one of the scenarios for my own journey that had played itself out in my imagination along with many others.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title for No Refunds was because as a child my adopted mum once told me when I was being stubborn that she was going to take me back to the shop and get a refund
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Not really, my books so far have been present tense whereas my latest is more conventional
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
All the emotions of the main character are based on my own life, including the self harming aspect. Most characters are based on people I know, though names are changed, and sometimes characteristics are exaggerated. Some of the events are real but a lot is pure fiction.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Not at all, the internet is a wonderful tool
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
No Refunds – I designed ,it is my own adoption birth certificate
Hard Candy – This is one of my own oil paintings
Breaking Hard Candy – one of my oil paintings again
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In No Refunds I think I want the reader to finish with a sense of hope, that no matter what life throws at you something good can always come from it, it may not be apparent at the time but there is always hope.
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?
Over the last couple of years I have only read Indy authors, one that has stuck with me I Simon Maltman’s A Chaser On The Rocks
One of my favourite authors is John Wyndham, his style of writing was always a joy to read even as a child, my favourites of his are a Trouble with lichen and the chrysalis
Other authors I like are Clive Barker, Stephen King, John Grisham to name a few
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?
I would like to but with commitments like bills to be paid writing has to be a hobby rather than a career
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, my last published book I was extremely happy with, it completed the story perfectly as a follow on to Hard Candy, though it went in a completely different direction to the original outline for the story. I tend to let the characters decide their own path rather than stick rigidly to a pre planned route.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
The one I am currently working on I have had to do a bit of research into serial killers and police procedures
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
No refunds – Danny Miller, Aaron out of Emmerdale, such a talented emotion driven actor
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write, write and write some more, never give up, don’t write to make a fortune but write the story you want to tell
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Just a big thank you to anyone that has read my books and even more gratitude to the ones that have been kind enough to leave review.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Lost connections by Jim Ody, actually just finished it last night, will be starting Strictly Murder by Lynda Wilcox later
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
First proper book was The chrysalids by John Wyndham
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Laugh – classic comedies, Morecambe and Wise, laurel and hardy, Abbott and Costello, carry on films, monty python, more recently the Big Bang theory
Cry – cruelty to others and animals, remembering those lost members, some of whom I never got to know
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Amy Winehouse, to tell her how talented she was, I don’t think she ever had the faith in her own ability or realised how much she was loved by her fans.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Painting, writing, diy (up cycling furniture) reading, golf
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Big Bang Theory, The Good Doctor, Greys Anatomy, The walking Dead
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Veal escalope in a Madeira cream sauce with sauté potatoes and asparagus
Music, most music especially Classic jazz – John coltrane, miles davis, thelonious monk. More modern paloma faith, Alicia Keys, Kasey Musgraves
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Chef – my current job
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
He had one more book left in him
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Working on it at the moment
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