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.
Andy N: Hi Fiona, nice to hear from you. My name is Andy N.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Andy N: I’m from Manchester, UK.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Andy N: I’m 46 years old and have been writing in one form or the other since I was very young (Have some poetry suriving when I was 10, it’s terrible before you ask – lol). I never took it serious when I was younger and only began to start taking it more serious when I went to university at 28 where I studied creative writing and then joined a few years after I left university a writing workshop and a few years after that, formed my own and then have co ran two different open mic nights, formed and fronted a few different bands and inbetween have wrote two full length poetry books, a few split poetry books and numerous musical / experimental albums and Eps.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Andy N: I’ve just finished off NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) 2018. A lot of poets use NaPoWriMo as a chance to write at least 30 poems following the themes. When I first started doing NaPoWriMo in 2011 I did the same but the time I got to 2013, I decided I wanted to take it in a different direction and therefore started off Ghost Story where I would tell a thirty piece sequence set in a supernatural world. Part 2 went onto Part 3 and now I’ve just finished Part 5.
Rest of the year – I am currently sending around my next poetry collection ‘Premature Birth’ to publishers and finish off my next split poetry collection with Nick Armbrister who you have interviewed before ‘Europa III’ and work on my debut novel but likely before that I want to release some remixed versions of my first two solo poetry collections ‘Return to Kemptown’ and ‘The End of Summer’.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
See above. I’ve still got my first poem ‘Colours in the sky’ from when I was 10. It kinda stuck. I knew by the time I got to university, I knew I wanted to become a writer and its never stopped.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Andy N: At university when I was 27 but it was only ever part time. That changed when I was older slowly but surely I must admit.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Andy: Return to Kemptown which came out in 2010 was an accident really but most of the material was wrote about two relationships, both of which were over by 2010, one of the girls in question was Manchester based, the other not.. (It needs stating too I never dated them both at the same time).
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Andy N: Return to Kemptown was the last piece in the book to be wrote where I returned to Kemptown where one of the girls in question after she had moved on and after that it became apparent almost by magic that was the title of the book and the order of the book came together quite quickly.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find part restrict myself poetry with a form really,
I prefer to write in blank verse. I have wrote in Sonnets and other forms in the past but have found my language is simply too restricted and forced when attempting forms.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Andy N: I may not always tell the truth in poetry or play around with stories, but everything has to have something in it which is true at least to me even if there is no chance I could have experienced the events in that piece.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Andy N: Poetry wise, more often than not, its while I am travelling the beginning of the piece and then when at home. My Music and my longer pieces, I have to write at home although I will sometimes review pieces while travelling.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Andy N: All me. I’m a good photographer and have a good photo editing package while helps me. The End of Summer for people interested may notice the pictures are took at Guide Bridge Train Station which is about half an hours walk from where I live at about 6.30am in the morning on the way to work.
Fiona: Is there a message in your poetry that you want readers to grasp?
Andy N: I try to keep away from direct messages in my poetry. Although nearly all of my poems cover elements in my life, I prefer people draw their own emotions 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?
Andy N: I am fairly active on the internet so tend to be inspired a lot by writers I read there, but my favourite poet is probably Hugo Williams in particular Billy’s Rain which certainly was an influence in his short emotional snapshots which feature in the End of Summer and also the forthcoming Premature Birth.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Andy N: Without doubt my partner, Amanda. I have dated other people prior to Amanda but Amanda is a writer like me and without bad mouthing anybody from my past, it is a big difference dating a writer as we are always pushing each other along with whatever creative projects we are both doing.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Andy N: I’ve never made it as a career yet, and not sure whether I will now, but I don’t doubt I’ll still be trying when I get to 80, so who knows – lol.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Andy N; The End of Summer it has to be said took 5 and a half years to write, and to be honest I’m glad I took 5 and a half years to write and release. I nearly released at the end of 2013 / start of 2014 about 18 months or so before I get, and in hindsight I’m glad as it gave me time to really discover myself as a writer just that little more and I learnt each full length poetry collection I create writes itself at its own pace.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
See above. I wrote over 200 poems for the book, and trimmed it down to a lot less than that. My next solo poetry collection has took about 18 months so far and will need another year or so I guess but I won’t push it, it wouldn’t be fair to me or the book if I rushed it.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Maybe when I get my first fiction book completed which will be a fantasy which will feature a very crooked and mad working class demon hunter / magician called the Author which I’m about two thirds of the way completed (Its around 40,000 words wrote). Definitely see Johnny Depp playing that role, but we’ll see.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Andy N: Take your time with your words. Don’t force them. Let them breath.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Andy N: Don’t give up with your writing. I’ve never given up a few times over the years with it but I know I never will now, whether I’m doing work on my podcasts I’ll always be there with my writing in some form or the other.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Andy N: Getting book reviews for my Literature review podcast with my partner Amanda which we will be recording tomorrow. Amanda used to run this podcast by herself but asked me end of last year to co host it with her. I had kind of drifted away a little from reading but doing this has got me reading again big style, usually two novels and a poetry collection per month. This month it will be Simon Widdop’s ‘Sending a drunk text while drunk’ and The Guilt Game by L J Sellars and The Curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Andy N: I’ve forgotten sadly but my father bought me the Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison which I remember reading when I was 10 and its still great. Mad as anything Science Fiction with a very crooked main character. Funny and brilliant.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Andy N: Life. People really. Amanda and me saw a very funny lady on the tram screaming at her ex boyfriend a few months back who was that funny and brutal to him, Amanda wrote a poem about it and had people laughing like anything at a poetry open mic about it a few weeks later.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Andy N: Ian Curtis from Joy Division. A major influence growing up.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Andy N: I go to the gym twice a week but sleeping as much as I can usually otherwise.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Andy N: I tend to be writing more but me and Amanda do like watching programmes on Netflix a bit which we both got into fairly recently. Currently watching: Supernatural, Westworld, travellers, Jessica Jones (A lot of Marvel stuff). By myself, I’ve been watching lots of Bergman films like The 7th Seal.
Fiona: Favourite foods, colours, music?
Andy N: Italian, Indian Curry. I’m colour-blind so useless with colours. Music, that varies and I don’t have my iPod so can’t really answer your question over music but its varied and when I say varied, I mean varied.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Andy N: Sleeping.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Andy N: Trying to keep Amanda out of Thornton’s Chocolate shop or maybe joining her (:
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Andy N: He’s now upstairs teasing God.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
A few links:
Samples of my writing can be read here –
My official website is:
My amazon page is:
A detailed list of my publications is:
A detailed list of the books I’ve wrote are
(Some not on Amazon)
Spoken Label (my podcast series for interviewing writers and artists)
Reading in Bed (Literture review podcast)
Ocean in a bottle (my music band)