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.
I’m Cherry Radford.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I grew up in Cobham (Surrey), but now live in Eastbourne and Almería, Spain
Fiona: A little about yourself
I’m a music college graduate and – I don’t know how this happened – a post-doctoral scientist. I now write and teach the piano part-time.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My new novel, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter, will be published by Urbane Publications on 5th April, 2018!
Fiona: When did you begin writing?
As soon as I could Sellotape pieces of paper together to make books.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I started my first novel about ten years ago – even though I didn’t know then whether it would ever be published.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Oh Gawd… an obsession with male ballet dancers!
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Men Dancing, because it was about a woman coping with the men and boys in her life – including some dancing ones 😉
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write about serious topics but have a natural flippancy; I have to keep checking my flippometer.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
One of the inspirations for my new novel was my unexpected friendship with a well-known Spanish flamenco guitarist who I originally met on Twitter. My characters might start out resembling people I know, but once I start writing they quickly move on and become their own people.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Definitely. Googling is never enough; I need to experience a place myself, with at least three senses – before and during the writing process.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The publishers have designers who do the covers, but the image used for The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter was designed by photographer David Izquierdo Arispón, who is a long-time Twitter friend of mine.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
It is a novel about communication – the difficulties we can have with it, but also the unexpected connections that can occur. Each reader will take something different from it.
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?
Too many to mention! My favourite author, however, is the same as ever: Penelope Lively. For me, her writing is perfection: elegance and emotion tempered with a little humour.
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?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’ve already been through it all over again many times, so… no!
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes. In particular, I learnt about the life of lighthouse keepers up to the early 1980s.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Kate Winslet. Natural, simultaneously strong but fragile.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep learning and don’t give up!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for choosing to read my book!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m just starting Kathryn Ferry’s The British Seaside Holiday. I’m researching piers, paddle steamers and other seaside stuff for my historical work-in-progress.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Bambi by Felix Salten, over and over. I cried every time I read it.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I tend to laugh at delusional characters like Alan Partridge (and myself!). Bambi and a million other books, films and pieces of music make me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Penelope Lively (see above), although I’m so in awe I’d be a mumbling idiot.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I play the piano, swim, and take long coastal walks
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I watch very little television, but try not to miss David Attenborough, the RNLI’s Saving Lives at Sea, and Strictly Come Dancing. I enjoy any films (English or foreign) that are good dramas, as long as they don’t involve much violence – I don’t want those images in my head.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Easy: Thai, turquoise, flamenco.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Daydream a lot.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Nothing! Just throw me in the sea.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My BLA BLA LAND blog can be reached through my website http://cherryradford.co.uk
I also chat about writing, lighthouses, the sea and anything else that floats my boat on Twitter @CherryRad and Instagram cherry_radford
Amazon authors page UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cherry-Radford/e/B005UEREGO/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1