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 George Bachman. I just turned 44.
Fiona: Where are you from?
New York, where I’ve lived all my life.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
My family has always been my friends, for various reasons. I obtained a BS in Information Technology from the College of Westchester after getting my English BA from Concordia College. I’ve worked freelance ever since, preferring gigs to the traditional 9-5.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My first novel Spellcaster is available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords, among other places.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I don’t recall a time when I didn’t write, so ever since I could do it physically.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I got my first review. It was fairly positive, but more importantly it was detailed. Someone I do not know took the time to read something I laboured over and share her thoughts about it.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My favourite novels – John Crowley’s Little Big,Lolita, Crowley’s Aegypt sequence, Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast books, The Divine Comedy, Pride and Prejudice, The Wind in the Willows, Mark Helprin’sWinter’s Tale, Cao Xueqin’sThe Story of the Stone. I wanted to immerse others in worlds I have created just as others have immersed me.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The book was originally conceived as a Lord of the Rings-like quest fantasy (a third of which remains in the finished work), so I just named it after the villain as Tolkien did.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I tend to prefer the lyrical styles of my favourite writers and so use their immersive prose as a starting point. It’s challenging to keep it beautiful while not alienating readers used to straightforwardness. It’s a marvel how Ali Smith does it.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Most of the debutante stuff was thoroughly researched. I tried to keep the mise en scène as true to the period as the story’s needs allowed. My background and experiences nothing like my heroine’s; even her closeness with her family is the stuff of fiction for me.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Not at all, though I look forward to being able to research settings on location in the future.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
A talented designer named Clarissa Yeo.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Like Nabokov I tend to eschew any sort of message or lesson, anything that isn’t simply aesthetic bliss, to use his term.
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?
Newer writers I enjoy include Jesse Ball, whose prose and poetry collections are fantastic, and Richard Gavin, whose Charnel Wine is some of the scariest horror I’ve read in a while. My favorite writer is Shakespeare. The verbal texture of his poetry and prose combined with his nearly unparalleled insight into human nature may make him the greatest writer the West has produced.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
No one, really. Pretty much pushed myself through on my own.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Eventually, though programming is too lucrative to consider giving up any time soon.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I might emphasize the duped sister’s revenge a little more, though it really isn’t the book’s ultimate point.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
How hard it is to put together all the parts from beginning to end and make them work in concert. I’m thankful I brought it off.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Ideally a sixteen year-old Jennifer Ehle, which is how I picture my heroine.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write, write, write. Read, read, read.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I’m grateful to those who have been entertained by my book.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
David Bentley Hart’s translation of The New Testament. It gives the Lattimore a run for its money, that’s for sure.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Probably a Dr Seuss book, possibly an Encyclopedia Brown or one of those Choose Your Own Adventures. Loved those.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
The only film that ever made me cry was E.T. when I was a kid. The funniest thing these days is the daily political news. Idiocracy only begins to define it.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Elizabeth of York. I’d love to know what she really looked like.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Anime, Asian art cinema, running, traveling.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
The Americans, Game of Thrones, The Wire, any Star Trek except Enterprise, The Sandbaggers, the latest in world cinema, particularly Chinese, Japanese and Taiwanese film, the classic canon – Hitchcock, Truffaut, etc – and better popular films of all genres.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Burgers, though I’m trying to go vegetarian. Blue. Classical (mostly Baroque) and rock (mostly classic and indie).
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Try to come up with the latest mobile game craze.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Dinner at Daniels in Manhattan and as many movies as I could fit in.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
“Truth becomes fiction when the fiction’s true. Real becomes Not-Real when the Unreal’sReal.”
― Cao Xueqin
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
You can find me on Twitter @OfficialBachman, and Facebook at facebook.com/OfficialBachman. My author page is at: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B06Y1RP68C
Spellcaster is available on:
Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Spellcaster-George-Bachman-ebook/dp/B06Y1DHH1L and https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spellcaster-George-Bachman-ebook/dp/B06Y1FMY33/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1533758566&sr=8-1&keywords=Spellcaster+George+Bachman ,
And Smashwords at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/714891