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?
Hi, Fiona, my name is Lesley Field. As for my age, well isn’t that a question one never asks a lady. But I’ll give a clue. I have been retired for a few years. The photo was taken a couple of years ago, but I’m older than I look. Any guesses??
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live on the North Yorkshire coast and have done now for over 31 years.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I was brought up in Teesside, had a normal education, but did not want to go to University. In fact, when I left school I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do, but my dad took that decision out of my hands and enrolled me in Pickerings Commercial Training College in Middlesbrough, where I learned shorthand and typing. I have always worked in Solicitors offices, starting as a junior typist, then secretary to a partner before studying law and becoming a Personal Injury Lawyer, dealing with claims on behalf claimants. I moved to the Yorkshire coast when I got married and have lived here for over 31 years. Sadly we don’t have any children. I am now retired and, as when I left school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Then I discovered writing and have now re-invented myself as an author. I love writing and also reading. When you write you need to read. I also enjoy long walks along the beach, a skinny latte, meeting with friends, the theatre and going out for a meal. In other words, I am now enjoying life.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My first contemporary novel, “Betrayal,” was published on the 27th February 2018 and I will talk about this later. At the moment I am dealing with edits for the first book in a contemporary series, which I have called the Saunders Series. Book 1 – Saunders – Lies and Deceptionis set in the township of Banff, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta Canada. I don’t have a publication date for this yet but am hoping that it will be released as an e-book in about May 2018. This was the first novel I wrote
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
It was January 2012, and I had read a short story in a magazine. I thought, I could do that. It was winter and there was little to do outside, so I sat down at the laptop and started to write. I had no idea as to how to set out a novel, or any idea that you didn’t head hop, (ie change points of view) in the same scene. I just wrote it. I have learned since how it’s done. So I guess you could say I was looking for a new challenge, and I found one.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I was fortunate enough to get a place on the Romantic Novelists Association’s, New Writers Scheme. This enabled me to have a novel critiqued. When my critique came back it was really encouraging and the reader said that I had the tenacity to become a published writer. So that was the first time I thought I could write.The confirmation of that came when I received my first offer of publication from my Canadian publishers.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was the one I wrote in 2012, which was a contemporary romance. The inspiration for this came from my love of Canada. This has become the 1st book in a trilogy set in Banff Canada and should be published shortly, by my Canadian publishers. I already have 2 historical romances already published by them, the first of which was shortlisted for Historical Novel of the Year 2016. Sadly I didn’t win.
Fiona: Tell us about your latest publication
My latest publication, “Betrayal,” is set near Calgary, Canada. This tells the story of Jessica, who is a lawyer, but is betrayed by the person she loved. Moving away she stays with her cousin, but is then forced to stay in a hotel for a couple of nights. It’s there she meets someone with whom she has an instant connection. Casting aside her inhibitionsshe has a one-night stand. Believing she will never see him again she is shocked when he turns up in the very place she now calls home. But is all as it seems. Then she discovers a plot to frame someone… If you want to know what she does, you will have to read the book.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title was there right from the start. She was betrayed, so it has always been “Betrayal.” Although I did have a moment when I wondered if I should change it when I saw how many books there were with the same title. But I couldn’t get the original title out of my head, so it wasn’t changed.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t really think I have a specific style of writing. I like to get inside the characters heads. Feel the emotion as they go through a scene and try and get that emotion down in the book. I don’t over describe either the characters or places. I like to give a brief description and leave the rest to the reader’s imagination. We all have a different view of a character and I think it’s nice to form one’s own opinion.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
It’s purely fiction. Although when my husband read “Betrayal,” for the first time he did ask if he needed to be worried after reading the plot to frame someone. I worked in the law as a personal injury lawyer before I retired, so the legal aspect came from there. Also I used to ride, and had my own horse, so it always seems natural to have a horse in my books. I visited The Core, shopping mall in Calgary to see the Devonian Gardens, and had lunch there. So that scene was based on personal experience. And the sushi was gorgeous.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No. The only travel I do is when I visit Canada, and that is on holiday. But I store things that I see or do, either in my head or in a notebook.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The covers for my historical e-books were designed by Charlotte Volnek on behalf of my Canadian publishers. The print covers for my historical novels were designed by my husband, who then brought the books out in print through CreateSpace for me.
The cover for my latest book, “Betrayal,” was designed by GoOnWrite on behalf of Crooked Cat Books.
I have recently agreed the cover for the first Saunders book. This has been taken from one our own holiday photographs, and designed by Charlotte Volnek, but has not yet been revealed.
Fiona: Is there a message in your latest novel “Betrayal,” that you want readers to grasp?
Probably that things are never as they seem. That if you have been hurt by someone it is all right to trust again.
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?
For a contemporary novel, I love Sarah Morgan. She writes with such feeling that you are transported into the story.
For a historical novel, I love Sarah MacLean. (No I don’t have a thing for the name Sarah). Her books also take you into the story and are so enjoyable to read.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
That is an easy question. The author who I call my mentor and friend, Val Wood. I first met her in 2012 when she was doing a book signing. I plucked up the courage to speak to her, then asked the question, is this your first book? She very sweetly said, no, it was her 18th. That was a bit of foot in mouth moment. Anyway, I told her I had written a book and she as very supportive and gave me some good tips. I e-mailed and thanked her. A few months later I got an email from her asking if I would like to be her guest at her RNA (Romantic Novelists Association) Chapter meeting. I jumped at the chance and she introduced me to her fellow writers. Through that meeting I learned of the RNA and about their New Writers Scheme. Val has remained a dear friend and her support continues to this day. Also I have to mention the support and friendship I have from my RNA Northern Chapter, The Flying Ducks. Without this support I would not be where I am today.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I see writing as a re-invention of myself. It’s a career that I will continue to do until the grim reaper comes calling. I won’t make a fortune from it. But I love it.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. Only the two typos my husband spotted.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book, “Betrayal?”
Probably that it was fun to put in the point of view of a horse.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
That’s difficult to answer. I’m not really up on the new movie stars of today. I think I would have to interview all of the candidates myself before making a choice.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Only to keep reading. From reading will come writing. Don’t give up and accept rejection, that person’s view of the book, is not everyone else’s view.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
To enjoy reading the book and, if you do, a review on Amazon would be lovely. And to also see the other books I have written.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Sarah Morgan – Holiday in the Hamptons.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, but I read the classics. One of my favourites was “Children of the New Forest,” by CaptainF. Marryat.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Lots of things. Losing someone I love is the worst. Seeing animals and people in distress or injured can make me cry.What makes me laugh?My husband and my friends.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Not one but two, my parents. They died a number of years ago and several years apart. I would love to spend some time with them to tell them about my writing and my books, and all that has happened in my life since I lost them. My mum probably wouldn’t be surprised to know I was now an author.She always used to say I had a vivid imagination and, as they say, mum is always right.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Other than writing, which I love, I also enjoy reading, eating out, walking, meeting with friends, our holidays in Canada and,when necessary, gardening.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love a romantic film, The Holiday, Dirty Dancing, Sleepless in Seattle, etc. As for TV shows, Strictly come Dancing, for light entertainment. New Lethal Weapon (for a laugh). Some of the detective series, but I don’t particularly like anything that’s too gory. Downton Abbey and Victoria were a must to see. I also watch some of the soaps, not necessarily the British ones. Any documentaries about, Canada, Alaska, and nature programmes. Probably best to say I enjoy a broad variety. One thing I don’t like is horror movies.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food, curries, pasta, fish and seafood. Favourite colours are pastels, blue, pink and white. Music I love country music, also classical, and the sixties music. I loved The Beatles and the music of the 60’s.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Stand and bang my head against the wall.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I intend to be cremated so it wouldn’t really be necessary, but something along the lines of; “Hey, just a minute, I haven’t quite finished.”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Author links –
Website – www.lesleyfield.com
Facebook – Lesley Field (public page) can be linked direct from website https://www.facebook.com/lesley.field.79
Facebook – Lesley Field Author page – https://www.facebook.com/lesleyfield2author/?pnref=lhc
Twitter – https://twitter.com/lesley_field2
Amazon Author page link.
Link for Dangerous Entrapment
Link for Dangerous Deception
Link for Betrayal