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?
I’m Taryn Leigh and I’m 35 years old
Fiona: Where are you from?
Durban, South Africa
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I studied Interior Design, now work in Procurement, and I’m married with a son
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I fell in love with books when a teacher suggested that my mother take me to the library to improve my reading skills. From there I wanted to write my own stories
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve never really given myself that title, I think I might when I’m old lol.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Someone suggested I write as a way to express my creativity. I had done it years before, and decided to try it again. The story just came to me while falling asleep.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I love John Legend’s music, and the words “Perfect Imperfections” is a phrase in one of his songs. It just felt right with the story.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I am descriptive, and that can be either a loved or hated quality to readers. So the challenge is finding a balance where I describe enough for those who like it to love it and relate to the characters, but I also leave enough unsaid, for someone to imagine their own story within the story.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The lead male character is based on my real life husband, and the story of friendship is based on my own friendships. Different friends are described in different ways, all mixed together. Also the places I mention are all real places I’ve been to in South Africa.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Yes and no. Things like google help when you can’t travel to a place. However the places I’ve gone to make it more authentic when you describe it. You can add detail that no one can find on google.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My publishers did. I sent them ideas, and from there we came up with something that makes sense when you read the book.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Definitely. There are a few. The one is that woman have inner strength, that they need to realise and rely on. The second is that there is hope even after the worst of situations, and the third is that forgiveness is essential to walking life’s journey. You forgive for your own freedom, and not for the other person.
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?
New Authors I would say are my amazing fellow Authors from The Fiction Café. As far as my favourite Authors are concerned, there are a few. Enid Blyton for her amazing imagination. Sydney Sheldon for his ability to research, and Karen Swan for her phenomenal way of transporting you into the story and away from reality.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My publishers were very supportive. They believed in my story and helped me share it with the world
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes definitely. You should make a career from what you love doing right?
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, that time is of the essence. I need to make time. It isn’t always going to just come easy.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Run your own race. Don’t try to write like someone else, or expect success like someone else. Just do what you do best, and focus on your life’s journey. The rest will come.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
The characters I write about are real to me, and I hope they are real to you. I write because I want you to walk away from the book and remember something from it that will add value to your life. There is nothing worse than wasting your time reading something that leaves you empty at the end. I hope my books leave you feeling strong, empowered and ready to conquer the world.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
A book by a fellow Author from my same publisher. It’s called ‘Like China’ by Vanessa Streete, it’s her debut novel
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The faraway tree by Enid Blyton. Best children’s book ever!
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Anything can make me laugh. I’m one of those people who laugh until tears roll down my face. I can cry for pretty much the same reason. Lol.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I love writing, painting and baking. Best de-stressors
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t watch TV believe it or not. But I like a good movie, especially ones based on true stories or romantic comedies.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Oooh all food is good. Carrot cake is my favourite dessert, Roast lamb would be my favourite meal. I love yellow, and music I listen to pretty much anything except heavy metal.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Like my Page on Facebook
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Connect with me on my Website www.tarynleighauthor.com
Blurb of Perfect Imperfections
Sarah Lewis desires nothing more than to begin again after a failed marriage and a tragedy so terrifying, it forces her to leave her life in London to stay with her best friend a world apart in South Africa. Despite immediate success in her business, she struggles to understand who she really is and where she belongs in the world. So begins a journey of discovery as Sarah re-unites with Katy in the land where she was born, where the air is lavender scented, and weekends are spent cycling on the beach. Until the day when she has to return to London to face the ghosts of her past and confront a situation that has grown more complicated in her absence. Perfect Imperfections is an intriguing tale which hints at wrongdoings and deceit without giving too much away. The author cleverly weaves a tale around fragile yet strong Sarah as she tries to reconcile her past with her future, engaging the reader to the point where we simply want the best for her and for happiness finally to come her way.