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?
Hello! My name is Sabrena Bishop. I am 38 years old, Madison Bishop is 7 years old and Elijah Bishop is 4 years Old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in Kingston, Jamaica but currently live in Florida.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am currently in school studying to become a teacher, prior to this I had a career in Aviation. Since I was about 16 I had a passion for Aviation. After my daughter Madison was born my life had a 360 degree turn around. At age two she was diagnosed with speech impediment. By the time she was 3 years old, we moved to the UAE where we were introduced to a very diverse culture. Due to her speech delay and living in the middle east there was not much of a choice but to started teaching her myself. It was a struggle, I’m not a teacher nor an expert but I knew it had to be done. Because of her determination and struggle, I stopped to rethink life. If I could make a difference in my childs life I could make a difference in others.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
On April 2, 2018 Madison was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum, ADHD and speech delayed. At the moment she engages in Gymnastics and Swimming as an alternative to therapy.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Living in the UAE, we were unable to get Madison properly diagnosed hence I began to teach her myself. I began to document how Madison and Elijah could approach children with disabilities and special needs. They would go into these adventures and I would record them. Once night after deleting videos from my cell phone I came across a video where Elijah was talking about his invisible friend the dinosaur. I documented the story then sent it off to Lauren Simone Publishing. Through Madison and Elijah’s eye I began writing their journey.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I saw the book for the first time. It was all surreal until I held the book in my hand.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Madison and Elijah inspired me, after documenting their story, I read it to them one night while explaining to them that we could make it into a book. They were super excited.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It was a back and forth toss with the title. Eventually we settled on Elijah and His Invisible Friend.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
No, at the moment I write from my heart. I find it easy to write directly from my heart rather than make believe.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Elijah and His Invisible Friend is authentic, the illustration in the book also reflects Elijah’s real toys. The videos and pictures of Elijah in action was sent to Lauren Simone Publishing to use as a part of the illustration aspect.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
We didn’t have any need to travel but we are excited that we will be in Atlanta this July for the AAA Book Fest at Georgia State University.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The illustrator was given details for the cover and he landed it on the first shot.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Actually, no one knew until the book was out. I wanted he book to be a surprise to everyone.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Honestly, at the moment no. Life is an interesting journey, you never know where you will be.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
After working on Elijah and Madison series. I had a journal where I was documenting their reactions to children with disabilities/special needs. It never crossed my mind that this would become a book until the Parkland shooting in Florida. I wanted children and adults o know its ok to love and accept someone despite of their abilities or special needs. I was told several times this was a sensitive topic, but I was adamant in teaching that it is ok, we need to step outside the box once in a while and see what the world has to offer us.
“I May Not Be Like You But We Could Be Friends” is my solo book that has received amazing reviews on Amazon in the 3 months it has been out. I have no regret writing a book about a sensitive matter. I honestly think our society need this. As the world change we change.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Anglina Jolie, Sandra Bullock, or Jessica Biel
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write from your heart.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Read is essential, it enables us to travel into another world without having to book a flight.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I love Grandma by David Bedford and Brenna Vaughan
Things you never knew about Santa by Giles Paley-Phillips and Rowan Martin
Betty Bunny Loves Easter by Micheal B Kaplan
Lulu the Big Chik by Pauletter Bogan
Just to name a few
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The first book I read was 101 Delamination’s.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My children, Madison and Elijah makes me laugh. Children are the best little people to be around, their imagination, creativity and adventure is unique. If you listen to children while they play, you are amazed by their vocabulary and understanding of self-expression.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Pink, the singer. I have always enjoyed her music, its mandatory in my playlist. Pink received an award a while back and her speech touched my heart. She spoke about a conversation with her daughter letting her know it ok to be different. I have taught Madison and Elijah to love and accept everyone even the children and adults with disabilities/special needs. They look different, but they have the same abilities.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
At the moment, running from one activity to another with Madison and Elijah.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Power, Empire and Scandal.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Fruits, vegetables, and seafood is on the top of my food chart.
Definitely blue for my favourite colour. Madison is obsessed with pink and purple while Elijah is still unsure.
As for music, Bob Marley along with pop and R&B.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
In the classroom teaching children of special needs.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Spending time with my family while ensuring that my children financial needs are set.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Do what you think is impossible.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I do not have a blog, all updated information can be found at https://www.laurensimonepubs.com/