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, thank you for inviting me here. I am Richard Savage and I am 56 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live in the UK, a small town just to the north of Cambridge. It is a quiet rural area.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am a self-confessed work-o-holic, I live and work from my studio. My early life and education for the most part was fun, so was my home life. From school I wanted to be an artist. I have had a number of jobs. I was a professional DJ for about seven – eight years in the 1970’s and 80’s. I have owned a restaurant and been a commercial cook. But during all that time I was developing my art and writing.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I own the publishing house Black Velvet Seductions, we have books coming out all the time. I have a couple of my own books in production, but my prime concern is getting our other authors out into print.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have always wanted to write. I am dyslexic, so it isn’t an easy process. I started with kids’ books, but could not find a publisher. I think most creative people just need to express themselves, in whatever form. I have been writing from school and onward. It is just something I enjoy doing. I love telling stories.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first considered myself a writer with the publication of my first story in 2005. I had been writing seriously be for then but for me, publication marks the change from writer to author.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was working for the publishing house as their cover artist. I was at the meeting with the other authors. I took the step then and offered a story into the anthology, it was accepted and that started me on the road
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title “The Anniversary” just fitted the story.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write erotic romance, but I also write nonfiction and have written a couple of childrens books. For me it is about the story. The real challenge is the dyslexia, I have to have understanding people around me, I have a great editor and great proof readers.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I think all fiction is based in fact, no matter how fantastic, or way out the plot is, the characters must be believable. Their motivation, wants and needs, to be based in something we can all relate to. The plots of my romance stories, are based in the understanding of lifestyle I am depicting. We have to know and understand the world we write about. I think we populate our stories with people we know, or amalgamations of people that we know. I also think we bring our characters to life with bits of ourselves, our thoughts, fears and aspirations.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
The fiction I have no problem writing from home, with google research. The non fiction books required going out and about, before and during the writing process.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
So far,for all my published work I have designs the covers and I still design covers for other people from time to time. Black Velvet Seductionshas a new art director. I took a step back and our covers are designed by a great designer called Jessica Greeley. She has been doing great work for us. She re-designed our web page too, and we are very proud of her.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
If there is a message in the romance stories, it would be, live life to the full. Be creative, respectful of others and above all not to judge others for the lives they have chosen.
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 read so much, I love all the stories we produce at Black Velvet Seductions if you follow me on Facebook you will see our writers there and on our web page. Beyond that for my personal reading I love the writing of Bernard Cornwall, Val McDermid, Terry Pratchett, Thomas Harris. I love a lot of authors for a lot of reasons. I love the stories they tell and the way that they tell them. They paint worlds and people that brighten my life.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I would have to thank Laurie Sanders, my editor and the founder of Black Velvet Seductions. She took a raw writer, that nobody else believed in and she made me first a writer and then an author. I owe her everything as an author and she is a very great friend.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Very much so, though I wish I had ore writing time. I do my best to do some creative writing every day.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Mmmm, good question. I think all my stories would benefit from another look over. Every day we grow, and I think we could put more insight into our stories as we do grow. But the bottom line is we have to say at some point, this story is the best I can make it, time to publish. Rather than go back and change what is written, use the knowledge you have gained and write something new.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Learning is an ongoing process, every blog you write, you learn something. Every story is its own learning curve. You improve your technique, improve your observational skills and delve that little bit deeper into the human condition.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
It is a good question, but quite honestly, I have never really considered it. I think that we are a little too close to our stories to be that objective. Maybe if any story was to be turned into a film I would like some creative input, but I will start worrying about that when Hollywood knocks on my door.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep going. Read as much as you can in the genre you ear writing in, but in other genre too. Learn as much as you can about the process of writing. As a publisher, find the right publisher for you. I read between ten and twenty scripts a week. I publish romance and erotic romance, but I get scripts for kids’ books, thrillers, horror stories, the author has just not understood who we are and what we do. So a reject may not mean it is a bad script, it is simply not the right fit for the publisher. A writer when you have a book finished and you have found a publisher or self-publish that is only the start. You have to promote, promote and promote some more.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I hope you enjoy my stories and I am always happy to hear feedback.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I have just finished “The Island” by Victoria Hislop
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I was a fan of the Biggles books, I really don’t remember the first.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
A good joke, and a sad song.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Peruvian painterBoris Vallejo. He is a hero of mine I would love to meet him and watch him paint.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Most of my hobbies I have turned into jobs, writing and art, but I do enjoy working on my bonsai trees.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I like most things and watch films from rom-coms to sci-fi. Current TV, I enjoy Game of Thrones, I liked True Blood, but I am usually happy to watch anything, I am usually painting while I watch tv anyway.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Love Italian and Chinese food, both cooking it and eating it. I am conservative with colour. Music I like anything from rock music, pop, soul, swing, and classical.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
There is no future I can think about where I am not painting and writing. I would find a way to do it.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Painting and, or writing.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
An atheist lays in the ground below, all dressed up and nowhere to go.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Thank you so much for inviting me to have a chat with you Fiona.
It has been a pleasure.