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.
Charlie B, now retired
Fiona: Where are you from?
SE London, on the Kent border.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Divorced long ago. Went to a comprehensive school. Have a grown up son and daughter
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Not much. Working on my next book.\probable title. ‘Schoolgirl Snippets’Due out around June. Life gets pretty mundane when you get older which is good in many ways.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
When? About 40 years ago. Suddenly had this idea to write and sell my own books on the internet. I did ten books back then, and illustrations for two of them, however, no amazon then, so it never happened
Writing part two, 2013, I self-published four books to get things rolling. All very new then. After that I wrote a book a month, until about 18 months ago. Now its every three months.
Those early books?Well, I started writing on an Atari ST, switched to word, but password protected them. Then later, I forgot the password. Have them on disc now, but modern word doesn’t even recognise them.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I first self published.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Back when, it just came to me out of the blue at around 5am one day so I got up and started writing that morning. Later it was just the realisation that I could now do my own books and publish them.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Many books, many titles. I sometimes just work titles over until I get the right one. One title came in a dream, before I’d even written the book.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Probably, Although I mostly write erotica, I cross through to many areas, including historical. So maybe my style changes with the subject.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Depends on the book. One in particular relates to my time as a cab driver. Most though are pure fiction. There are always bits that I remember that I slip into my writing.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Nope, I write from my head, in fact I often write in my head when relaxing, bath or bed. I sometimes wish I could transcript automatically to word from my brain.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
In the early days I paid a designer for covers and formatting. Spent a lot of money before I realised I could format as I write. I started doing my own covers around 18 months ago. Takes about 30 mins for each one, once I have an image.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
No, I don’t think erotica has a message. I always add storylines but not messages. However, in my non-erotic book, East End Alice, under a second author name, the message is certainly there, as it deals with Victorian, child-prostitution.
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 mostly read thrillers. They fascinate me, and I like to guess the whodunit, but most thriller writers hide the real revelations/evidence until late in their books. Too ma ny authors to list here.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
No one at all. My son knows since my covers adorn my office, but he isn’t interested. A few friends too. But I haven’t ever asked for or needed support.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
No, it began as a hobby to keep me occupied when I’d had enough of playing war games. Definitely not a career as such, but the friend contacts certainly make my days interesting.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
The latest, no? I’ve re-proofed and edited many of my books from earlier days. Some really needed the work, but in general they still stand as written. The odd thing is that when I read them again, it seems like I didn’t write them at all. odd huh?
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
No. As I said, its all in my head. but for my ‘Historical’s’ I do have to research pretty extensively, and yes, its surprising what one learns then.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
No idea. I’ve never thought about it.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Well I’m not sure that going it alone is the best way, but on the other hand, you learn from your mistakes. Look, if you can afford it, do use a proof reader, and editor, and a cover designer. But remember, they cost money, so work to a budget.
One other thing. Don’t join review groups. For some reason, other writers seem to be ultra critical when they review. They forget that a written review stays put throughout the life of your book, no matter if you make edits and corrections. The reading public in general will give you better reviews
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Ha, Ha, yes write reviews if you enjoy the book,….please. People who read erotica seem to shy away from doing reviews. All it needs is a star rating and one line. Write more if you want but do take a few moments to help out the writer.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Joy Ellis, The Guilty Ones, one of a crime series.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No. I used to read avidly when I was in primary school. Belonged to the library and I had an uncle that used to buy me books for xmas. Of those, I remember a western true story book that told of the Donner party, and another that dealt with the second world war. My first book I owned other,than those, was a school prize. ‘Flip the Otter’ Had it till I got divorced.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Laugh? Mostly these days, posts on facebook that are funny. Cry? When l see sad, bad news on TV that hurts people personally; oh,and sad bits in books, including one or two that I have written
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Grief, well Marilyn Monroe, comes to mind here. Happy but sad person. I often think it would be great to bring a few people together like one of those cooking programmes. So, Dakota Fanning, who I’ve loved since her earliest movies, Helen Mirren. and Julie Waters.That would be interesting.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
No. I watch football and soccer mostly on TV. The news interests me too.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I used to like he programs on Sky Atlantic,but I’m with a different supplier now who dont do that channel. So Atantic boardwalk, Spartacus, GOT. Not into American crime series at all.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Traditional english, Chinese and Indian. Yellow. Music?A huge range. I have vinyl dating back to rock and roll right through to the advent of rap. That’s a no-no. Favourites?Original rock, blues, lots from the Woodstock era, defo Hendrix, and stuff like culture club, dire straits, etc.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Ha, ha, It’s not my be all, but a few years ago I developed uvitis. I nearly lost my sight, so that was a pretty scary time, and yes I was struggling to finish my current write back then. 10 days in hospital saw things improve and my sight is great again now.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I think I’d visit, or re-visit places from my childhood during the day. if its summer I’d sit outside until the end.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Ha, ha, there won’t be one, cremation. But if there was, I’d let others deal with that.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
No, I can never come up with enough for blogs. I have my own GR group which is quite well supported though. I did have a web site and newsletter, but dropped it through lack of interest. I use facebook now mainly to advertise my books. Will look intoMeWe soon.
Well, there you go.
If you click on any of my current book ads on FB, Well the links above them, they go straight to my books. If you want to add links to them, I’d suggest you copy the links from the pages and paste them in.
I’ve gone back through and think its all proofed, but check of course, and you’ll need to format it all, quite possibly-Charlie b.
Amazon Authors Page UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charlie-B./e/B004ML8ROE/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0