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?
My name is Brigid P. Gallagher.
I am “in my prime!”
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live in Donegal on the north west coast of Ireland.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I was a natural medicines therapist for 20 years, and facilitated classes in community projects, a womens prison, Stirling University Open Studies and Summer Schools from 1993 to 1999…
After succumbing to fibromyalgia, I took two years out before retraining in organic horticulture.
I became a tutor for the Heritage in Schools project here in Ireland, and inspired children and teachers to create organic school gardens and care for our planet.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My memoir “Watching the Daisies- Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow,” is doing well.
I will be answering questions about my journey at “We Love Memoirs” Facebook group on Sunday 3 June.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have always enjoyed writing, especially non fiction. When I became ill I joined a creative writing group and we met every week for 6 years.
A memoir writing competition was featured in “Woman and Home” magazine. I entered it and kept on writing!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Our creative writing group published two books of our work, and we raised a good amount for local charities.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The “Woman and Home” magazine competition and my writing friends.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It came from my love of gardening and the need to slow down after my illness.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I like writing non fiction best. I aim to inspire others and inject a little bit of lightheartedness.
My Fibromyalgia can flare up and I find it a challenge to stay balanced.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
All of it!
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I love travelling and have included stories of my travels to Egypt, Bali, India, Morocco…in my memoir.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I wanted to inspire others on their self healing journey and to emphasise the importance of the little things in life that many people take for granted like a beautiful flower, a sunset, family, friends, good health…
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?
My favourite writer is Julia Cameron and her book “The Artists Way,” which really helped me to get in touch with my creativity.
I read and review a lot of great books by Indie authors – too many to choose a favourite.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My friends in Rosses Writers.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. Although it is later in life for me!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I am really pleased with it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I found writing very therapeutic and it helped me to heal a lot of grief and find a more peaceful place in my life.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Judi Dench or Meryl Streep!
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write from your heart.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I love to read your reviews. They mean such a lot to writers.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I have just finished reading “Angels Landing” by Christina Sadler.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The Teddy Bears Picnic.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I enjoy a good movie with both these ingredients.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Nelson Mandela. I listened to him many years ago in Glasgow. He inspired many to find a way forward after apartheid.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I sing in our church choir, I love to cook, do decoupage, garden, swim, yoga…
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I no longer have a television but I love a good movie. Doctor Zhivago, Mamma Mia, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are all among my favourites.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Seafood, Turquoise and Rock Music.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Spend more time in my garden.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Eating a good meal with my family and friends in my garden.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She inspired many…
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Links to my book:
E-book is currently on offer at 0.99 cents!