Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Thank you. I am happy to be here.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
James Watts. I will be 42 this Saturday.
Fiona: Where are you from?
West Jefferson, Alabama
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I graduated from West Jefferson High School in 1996. I was married twice, divorced twice and have one son, Bailey Watts.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news is the recent release of my horror novel THEM by from Hellbound Books.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I was around 11 or 12. I had been reading The Hardy Boys mystery series since I was around 9 when I discovered Stephen King’s The Stand. After reading this novel I realized that what I wanted to do was to write.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After many horrible attempts, I had one short story in high school titled Demon in the Dark that my friends and even some of my teachers loved. It was at that point that I realized I was born to be a writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The need to tell my stories. I wanted to share my stories with others of a like mind. Hoping that I could bring a needed escape to others like myself that enjoyed scary stories.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It was how the characters referred to the creatures in the book. It seemed like a title that would stick out.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I tend to write in third person and try to use word association. I like using descriptions and events, etc. to help paint the picture of the story I am telling.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I would say it is about 60/40. Forty percent of the story is based from my life and personal experiences. A few of the characters are loosely based on people I know or have met.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
For now, my works are based on small towns and areas around my hometown.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My publisher handles my cover design.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I never really have a message to send out. If there is one, it would be not to take your loved ones for granted as one day they will be gone.
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?
Dave Jeffery, James Longmore, J.P. Willie, Isobel Blackthorne, and Jacob Floyd. My all-time favorite writer is Stephen King. I have always enjoyed the way he makes you feel for his characters and their plight. A skill I am trying to master.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Jacob Floyd. He has been a big supporter of my work and a good friend and colleague.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to write for a living. It has been my dream for several years.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
A few things. I would have expanded on a few of the relationships between characters.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned how difficult it can be and how important it is to proof read and edit.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I believe Bradley Cooper would make a great Ray Sanders
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Never give up. Keep writing. Never let your dream die.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I hope that you find my stories entertaining and I love you all. Your support of my work means a lot to me as do you.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Cabin Sessions by Isobel Blackthorn
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not the title. I remember it was a Hardy Boys mystery.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Random humour will make me laugh until I cry. The death of a loved one will cause me to cry. Mistreatment of women, children, and animals upset me.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet either Stephen King, for obvious reasons, or Robin Williams. Williams was such a versatile actor and always seemed so full of life.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy camping, fishing, reading (books and comics), video games, movies, and crafting things from wood and metal. I also dabble playing trombone.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Venture Brothers, the Arrowverse shows, horror films, comedies, Gotham, westerns, fantasy and science fiction films.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Color: Crimson. Foods: Mexican and Italian dishes as well as good country cuisine.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Travel. Experience the world and other cultures with friends and family.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Life is too short to be stuck on yourself, go out enjoy life and try to be as good a person as you can.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?