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?
I’m Roberta Franklin, and I’m 45 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m originally from Germany, but I live in London and Athens now.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I studied History and English Literature in Munich, I worked for a local newspaper, then I became Social Hostess on a cruise ship where I met my ex-husband who took me to Greece. I had a daughter (who’s now 17), I got divorced, I worked as a teacher of foreign languages and a translator, and then I had my first book published! Now I’m living in London most of the time with my fiancé.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just had my second book published – and in October, I’ll get married!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’d been writing little plays at school, and later on some short stories, but I only started writing seriously in 2014, when I met my future husband – romance is the best inspiration!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I guess when I got my contract with Olympia Publishers for the publication of my first book.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
As I said, falling in love…
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I thought it should be something a bit unusual and fun, and so I thought of “The Professor and…” And what? “…the Bird”!
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I like to write in a simple style, somewhat humorous and sometimes also a bit sentimental. I want to entertain people, make them feel good. Adventure-romance isn’t the most challenging of genres, but sometimes the action scenes are a bit difficult.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The age difference between my protagonists certainly is based on my real-life experience. I think there simply aren’t enough romance stories out there featuring a mature man and a younger woman.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I try to get as close as possible to the places where I set my novels, usually before I start writing. I wasn’t able to go to the Anatolian desert, of course, for “The Professor and the Bird”, but I did a lot of research, and I’ve known a number of Turks. And I visited Crete, where “Treasures of the Deep Blue Sea” is set, years ago, and I’ve lived in Greece for 20 years.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The graphics department of Olympia Publishers.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Most of all, believe in true love. It is out there, and when you find it, don’t let it go. Love your partner with all your heart; love is the most important thing in the world.
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’ve been reading and reviewing a lot of new books lately, mostly romance, fantasy and mystery. I’ve come across wonderful new authors like Aliyah DalRae, J.B. Richards, Josanna Thompson, RamcyDiek and Lily Lamb; but the best of them all is Pat McDermott, she writes the most enchanting YA Fantasy stories!
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My fiancé was behind it all; he encouraged me to write in the first place and then submit my work.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Well, I hope so! Would be nice to be able to live on it.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I don’t think so; I don’t tend to change my stories around a lot.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I guess I learned how to develop characters; in the first book, I just introduced my protagonists to the reader, in the second I had to develop them further.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Difficult to say; maybe George Clooney and Aisling Bea.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
First of all, always believe in yourself, never give up. If you’ve decided you’re going to be an author, no one can stop you.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I hope you’ll enjoy my stories; they’re there to entertain you and make you feel happy and believe in love.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
At the moment, I’m reading a lovely cosy mystery called “Brownies and Broomsticks” by Bailey Cates.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
That must have been “Winnie the Pooh”.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Books, movies, and music can trigger a lot of emotions in me.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’ve always been a big fan of classic Hollywood movies, so I’d have loved to meet one of the great stars – especially Bette Davis.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Lots of them – reading, watching movies, listening to music, playing computer games, travelling…
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love murder mysteries, comedies, thrillers, adventure, sci-fi and even horror.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love Italian food, especially lasagne and all sorts of pasta dishes. I guess my favourite colour is red; and I love all sorts of music, from New Orleans jazz to 60s pop to reggae and hard rockto Irish folk songs.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Maybe travel around the world – or just sit on the sofa and binge watch old movies.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my fiancé, touring all the pubs in London!
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Roberta Franklin, writer of love and romance.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes, here’s the link: https://romanceloversite.com/
And here’s my Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Roberta-Franklin/e/B071RXM6FN/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1