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?
Owen Clough aged 70 years, heck that still shocks me when I see it in writing.
Fiona: Where are you from?
A small town of Takapau in the North Island of New Zealand population 400
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I had little education as I left school at fourteen, travelled around New Zealand on a working holiday until seventeen then joined the RNZAF for eleven years. I then drove buses in Christchurch for twelve years. I owned a couple of small business until I joined the Christchurch Tramway as a driver. The tramway is a tourist operation and was with them until the Earthquakes of 2010 when Christchurch city and suburbs were munted. We all lost our jobs, but I was asked to head up to Auckland to help set up another Tourist tramway. I retired from here. We then went on the road with our 5th wheel for the next five years
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My second book in the trilogy Shadows of the Mind will be out very soon. My first book in the Series Whispers of the Past is also this year coming out in Audio which is pretty exciting
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started to write when I retired It was a bi product of my hobby. I had been interested in genealogy for fifty years and was asked to write a book about the family. I thought it was a bit on the boring side so I used my research to write a novel.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After my first book Whispers of the Past was published
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My love of history, though I changed it to suit my story
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I just woke up one morning with the name in my head.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
No I don’t think to much about style as such, I just write. Historical fiction at the moment, and my new book is one hundred years into the future.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Quite realistic, Base on the time of the New Zealand wars around the time my family immigrated out to the ends of the earth. They walked into a war that had started in 1845 and finished in 1871
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Yes I travelled around the battle sites, talked to Maori and Pakeha ( white person) to get different points of view and history of what was pasted down to them.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My daughter who is an illustrator, she is self employed http://www.drawerfullofgiants.com
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
You cannot change the past, even though I did the outcome was the same. So learn from it.
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?
I have a few favourites ,Bernard Cornwall, Jack Higgins, Jack Ludlow. They write as though you are included in the story.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
No one I’m afraid, it was my immediate family that started me and a young cousin who writes in her own right encouraged me all the way.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
No for me it is a great hobby where I met people and get interesting advise.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Yes I think I would have found a better proof reader.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Always find learning’s in everything we do. I’m always open to suggestions
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just do it, we all have a book stored away, just grab your pen and paper or computer and start writing. It doesn’t matte what you write just get it down.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
My books to date are historical fiction, even though they are based of fact the story is my imagination so there are inaccuracies but they are deliberate.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Tombs by Clive Cussler
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Yep that is easy Enid Blyton Famous Five
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
English comedy, English comedy
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Kate Sheppard. She was the leader of the New Zealand suffragette movement votes for woman in 1893 and lead the woman in this country to be the first to vote in the world.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Read, writing, genealogy and watch rugby.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t watch much TV, but I like science fiction, action, thriller and musical movies
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Chicken Parprika with rice and peas. The colour blue, Music 70/80’s
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would create stories in my mind.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
No headstone for me, a good old scattering of ash will suit me fine.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I do a blog, but I’m not in the grove with it yet.
This is my Amazon site, https://www.amazon.com/Owen-Clough/e/B06XJMWYNM/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
https://web.facebook.com/Book1WhispersofthePast/ Whispers of the Past
https://web.facebook.com/Book2ShadowsoftheMind/ Shadows of the mind
https://web.facebook.com/clearingofthemist/ Clearing of the Mist
https://web.facebook.com/Liquidgoldnovel/ Liquid Gold