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?
Hello, Fiona, I am Teresa Watson, I write under the name of Terry H Watson and I’m 72 years young.
Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e. your education, family life, etc.).
I’m a retired special needs teacher, married to Drew for 30 years. We have just celebrated our pearl wedding.
We have no children of our own but have a large extended family of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, great-grand nieces and great-grand nephews, so we never weary.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news is that I’m working on three books at once! I’m writing a full-length novel: ‘Before Lucy’, and a second novella: ‘A Break for Julie’, and I’m also writing a second compilation of short stories: ‘A Few More Tales to Tell’. I have six books published.
-Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
My first venture into writing was in 2014, it grew out of curiosity as to the publication process. I had never given any thought as to how a book gets from to writer’s pen to a shelf in a bookstore.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think that must have been when my local newspaper, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser ran an article on me and referred to me as an author. I thought, ‘wow’, I’m an author!
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Not a ‘what’ but a ‘who’. I had been reading Rebecca Forster’s Witness series, finished the first five books and when I couldn’t find book six in the series, I fired off an email to Rebecca asking where I could find the next book in the series. She relied immediately to say she was busy writing it and it would be published in about six months’ time. Hence, my curiosity about the length of time it takes to write a book, so I plunged into the mysterious world of writing.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title to my first book CALL MAMA came from a phone conversation with someone who said, ‘I have to go now, I promised to call mama.’ Call Mama stuck with me.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t have a specific writing style as far as I know! My style develops with each book.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I think life experiences and events tend to creep in to my books. I don’t intentionally write about them, they seem to creep in. For example, I could write something and realise, ‘Oh, that happened to so-and-so’. Events seem to be stored in the dark recess of my brain and surface when I least expect it.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I haven’t travelled with a view to writing about anything, but past travels do tend to pop into my books, such as in the second book of my trilogy, SCAMPER’S FIND, where I bring in some knowledge of the east end of London.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My first two books were published by Matador and they designed the covers. My other books were designed by the wonderful Sinclair Macleod of Indie Authors World.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I want readers to identify and care for the characters.
Not Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I’ve come across several new authors from Indie Authors World over the past few years, all with different styles and genres: Tony Franks, John McGee, Claire Miller to name but a few. One of my favourite writers is Peter May, whose thrillers have captivated me. I like his style of writing and the plots set in the Outer Hebrides, describe the area in a way that transports the reader to that beautiful part of the world.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I challenged myself to have my first book published before I hit the big 70. Made it with a few months to spare!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I see it more as a hobby, something to keep my brain active.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
My writing skills are developing with each book, I sometimes long to re-write my first book using new skills, but CALL MAMA is special to me and will remain as it is.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
In writing my latest book I experienced for the first time the nasty ‘writer’s block’. I learned from it to leave the book aside for a time, then revisit it, read from the beginning and, hey presto, ideas emerged from the re reading.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I’ve never thought that far ahead, that would be a dream, so I’d have to give some thought to that question.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Go for it. If you want to write, give it a go and see where it leads. I did.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Yes, if you enjoy a book, please leave a review, nothing makes an author happier than to read good reviews.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading Dan Brown’s ‘ORIGIN’.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Yes, it was ‘Dumbo the Elephant’ that I got from my local Carnegie library. I re-read it so often that the librarian pointed out that there were other books waiting to be read! I progressed to Little Women and the follow up books, but my first love was ‘Dumbo’.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My husband makes me laugh. He has a great sense of fun and we laugh at the silliest of things. I cry at weepy movies.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet Rebecca Forster, to thank her for starting me off on a whirlwind of writing.
From the past, I’d like to meet Mary, Queen of Scots, someone I admire, and feel was unjustly put to death. Her life intrigues me.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Reading, obviously. I enjoy crosswords, especially what’s known as ‘The Wee Stinker’ crossword in theGlasgow Herald. It is well named. I won the competition some years ago and would like to repeat that. I also enjoy pottering in the garden.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love NCIS. Drama’s like Call the Midwife (wept buckets at that), also documentaries and nature programmes that show fantastic scenery.
Fiona: Favourite foods, colours, music?
Yes, I like food! I am a lady who likes to lunch but I’m not too adventurous in trying new dishes. Colours: purple and shades of it. Music: country music, classical and all things in between. I was brought up in the Beatles era and once hitchhiked with friends to Liverpool to look for our idols. We found the Cavern where they played, but they had gone on a tour. Sigh!
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She enjoyed life.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?