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.

My name is Barbara Schlichting

Fiona: Where are you from?

I grew up in Minneapolis, MN, USA, but now live in Bemidji, MN.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I’m married 46 years and have two sons who are married. I have five grandchildren.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I just published my first White House Dollhouse book.  Fourteen Points to Death.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing books about 25 years ago, and kept going no matter what response I got.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

After my first short piece was published.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve always loved to read and loved books so it was natural for me to write with a story in mind.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I have a brilliant friend with a vivid imagination and she sure comes up with awesome titles.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I like to just write. I know the beginning and the end, but nothing between, which makes for an awful lot of editing. That’s my challenge, editing.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

The two books which I’m currently working on are based loosely on my life experiences. The mystery books have an awful lot of historical features and I love history, so it’s a good fit.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

I can do an awful lot of research online or at the library but going to the historical sites adds richness to the descriptions.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I have a young man make the covers. I send him the synopsis and tell him what I’d like to see on it, and he’s magical because they’re brilliantly crafted.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

What I’d like to see is the reader learning a little bit about history and enjoying it at the same time.

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?

Christine Husom is a great writer. I can never figure out the ending ahead of time. I like being stumped until the end.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

My penfriend in England, Chris Dove.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, but it takes an awful long time to build a career.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Not that I can think of offhand.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Yes, I learned more about how to plant clues throughout the book.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

I don’t really know because I don’t watch much television.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Keep writing and don’t give up, but read—read—between writing your books.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thanks for reading my books!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

The President is Missing.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Yes, it was Nancy Drew.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I loved the mystery.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

I would love to meet Dolley Madison because she had so much personality and held this country together as first lady.

I’d also love to meet Dame Agatha Christie.  She was a brilliant writer.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I knit, sew, crochet and read.  I also have a penfriend in England whom I’ve been writing to since I was about 12 years old. We’ve written for about 55 years. I love to travel and spend time with her.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I love the British crime series.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I love cheeseburgers, the color of blue and music from the 60’s such as the Beatles.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Read books.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

I’d invite my family over for apple pie and ice cream.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

Enjoy your life, it’s the only one you have.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

You can visit my website and learn about me and my books or events at:  http://www.barbaraschlichting.com