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 John Murray and I am 30 something (the rest is classified)
Fiona: Where are you from?
A miserably cold South Africa
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
An English educator trying to get my minions through to highschool. An Afrikaner Boer living in a Muslim community, teaching Indian children. You know, the normal story.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Trying to get book 2 of The Venom Protocols and book 1, part 2 of The N Days edited and ready for market. Oh and almost finished with a standalone novel. Busy boy here.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
It started with poetry written for beautiful women and then morphed into web series writing and final novels. Been writing since I could remember.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When that first royalty cheque landed in my account. The faith people put in me was staggering.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Boredom. I was an assistant teacher with too much time on his hands. So I found a gem of an idea and ran with it.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I always like to play with my title or have it as reference to something that happens in the novel along the way.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Can chaos theory be classified as a writing style? I just let this madness in my head loose and see where it takes me.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The emotions and the characters are real. Brutally so at times. The story is just my imagination.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Not at all. Just me on my fine behind.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Various artists I have met through publishers usually.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That we can be strong, no matter who we are. A simple but profound message.
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?
New authors- Julie Stanley and R.R Virdi are amazing for sure. Favorite writer is the late, great Anthony Bourdain. Oh and Clive Cussler as well. I loved how they brought me into their worlds and refused to let me go till I closed the book at the end.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Fans that I met through life. They have carried for so many years, I am so grateful to know them.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Of course. An amazingly hard but amazingly rewarding career for sure.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nothing at all.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
That editing sucks?
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Emily van Camp. As for the younger version of the character maybe Alexandria Daddario.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
You are never important enough not to be nice to others. That and never believe your own hype.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Don’t be shy to drop me a message and say hi. I love hearing from new fans.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
In a massive reading slump so it’s graphic novels for now. Tragic, I know.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Moments of real human emotion. When the dam walls break and it all comes flooding out. That’s real.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to sit down with powerful women in history and just talk to them. Yes, I know I’m weird.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Currently addicted to ‘Into the Borderlands’ and ‘Yellowstone’. So good.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Love Hotdogs and anything fried. My waistline hates me for it. Bright colors and pop when you look at it. Music has to be loud and one must be able to sing along at the top of your voice.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would cook and I teach. Nothing more.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Sitting on a beach, watching the Pacific. My soul would be at peace then.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
He was an asshole but a lovable one.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Check me out at https://www.facebook.com/NDaysSeries/?ref=bookmarks and
The Venom Protocols by Author John McKay
(Summer Indy award winning 2016, Wild Dreams Publishing best African author 2018)
“You should have left me alone.”
Charlotte Corday was once called the most dangerous woman on the planet by the FBI until she retired. But it’s not so easy to remain retired when the past is determined to drag her back into the hell she wanted to leave behind her.
To uncover the origins of the mysterious Valkyrie program, Charlotte fights through her own dark past, dredged up by those determined to keep her out of retirement… or out of the business permanently… and to find solace in her own razor blade filled mind.
Her own words—her own warning—will come to haunt them.
They should have listened.
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