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?
Norman W. Wilson, PhD. I am 85 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Washington State, USA
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.)
I am a retired college professor with 40 years in the teaching profession. I hold two PhD Degrees: One in The Humanities and one in Metaphysical Humanism. I am a minister, and spiritual counselor . I am a Reiki Master Third Level with two advance certifications. I hold a certificate as a Crystal Healer, certified in Qigong and I am a shaman. I have over a dozen books published and nearly 400 articles published on various venues on the Internet. My wife and I take yoga classes twice a week.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I am pleased to announce that my latest book, a nonfiction book, is being published by Zadkiel Publishing located in England. The book will be released in e-book and paperback versions.The book is titled Not Getting What You Want? Here’s Why. It is available on Amazon as well as other places.
I really want to talk a bit about this book. I am sure many people have heard about manifesting, the movie and book called The Secret. There are many books on the subject and when I wrote Not Getting What You Want? Here’s Why I was concerned that the public would just chalk it off as anther one of “those.” As far as I have been able to determine Not Getting What You Want? Here’s Why is the one that really explains why you don’t get your heart’s desires and then tells you what to do about it and does so within 70 pages.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Actually, Fiona, I think I have been writing since I was able to do cursive. I was in third grade and wrote and produced by first play. (Only for my class, of course.) Moving on to my teen years, I wrote for my local home town newspaper. It was a column about my school activities. I remember by editor, a wonderful woman, telling me I would never make any money if I didn’t start to use more adjectives and adverbs. I wrote articles for my school newspaper and then for my college newspaper. I had my first article published in a magazine called Science et Voyage in the late 1940’s early 1950’s. I wrote then as I do now because I wanted to see my name in print. Yes, that’s certainly ego. I also have something I want to say and hopefully in today’s world, it will help defuse the hate, bigotry, and prejudice that is suffocating our world.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When my first editor handed me a one dollar bill for the articles I had written.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was a college textbook. Current books on the market at that time did not provide the necessary information; for example, books at that time, 1980’s did not provide students with relevant “how-to” information on art criticism. Necessity called.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It just popped into my mind.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I am going to assume we are to move into the fiction area. I have five novels published, the first four is a series carrying forward the same characters. Basically, first-person is my preference. However, the fifth novel, The Making of A Shaman, is told from second person. For me, that was a challenge. Placing myself into the character’s personality and not having it as my alter ego was a challenge.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The material relating to Native Americans is true. I was, at the age of seven, brought into the healing world of the MicMaq Indians. Consequently, the ceremonies, procedures, and experiences are based on life.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I did not travel to garner information for my books. The Internet has saved me hours in the local libraries. For that, I am grateful.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I am so blessed to have an award winning graphics designer do my book covers-fiction and nonfiction. His company is srwalkerdesigns.com. Stephen R. Walker.is located in the state of Georgia.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
My novels carry definite messages. Among those messages is to respect all things, living and non-living.
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?
My Favorite author is probably Charles Dickens . James Rollins would be a good choice for a modern favorite author
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
The late Elisabeth Allen.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Writing is a career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Since my latest book is non-fiction there is nothing I would change.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I am sure I learned something. I can’t imagine not learning something from every writing experience whether it’s a fact, or a turn of a phrase. At some point, a new understanding evolves.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
It would be wonderful if one of my novels (better yet if it held true for the five of them) would be made into a film or a television show. Because my main characters are Native Americans I do not know of any actors who might fill the main lead.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write about what you know. Use that as the foundation for your writings and then expand.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Without readers, an author is nothing. He or she lives for the readers. If they tell you otherwise, they are kidding themselves.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I have two books going at the moment: a nonfiction titled Becoming Supernatural by Dr. Joe Dispenza and a bio-fiction titled Stinger: Operation Cyclone by Bill Fortin.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
One of the first books I always remember is Moonstone by Willkie Collins.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I cry when I hear of mass senseless killings. I laugh at funny incidents that are not hurtful to others. You know, the jokes on you type of thing.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet Allan Watts, Spanish poet, Gavriel Navarro,
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I have no hobbies as such.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I seldom watch television and haven’t been to a movie in several years.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Love Italian, Greek food. Blue is my favorite color and Jazz is my favorite music.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I am a healer. I would spend more time trying to help others heal themselves.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I am being cremated and my ashes are being distributed on the top of a mountain. I will not have a head stone. But if I did I would have on it the following: There is no such thing as the end of life.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My website, in need of updating, is as follows: www.shamanicmysteries.com