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 Vanessa Morgan, and I’m 43 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I was born in Belgium and still live there. I studied communication science at the University of Brussels. I’m not married, but I live with an incredible cat called Romero (named after the horror movie director).
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
In March, I published my latest novel, Clowders. It’s about a small town in Europe with a macabre curse: Whenever one of the local cats dies, nine human lives are taken.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing seriously about ten years ago.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I published my first novel, Drowned Sorrow.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Drowned Sorrow is a horror novel, my favourite genre. It is very much inspired by horror movies such as Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, Dagon, and The Wicker Man.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
If I explain the title, it’ll give away the plot. Let’s just say that at the core, it’s a novel about sadness, and that many characters die by drowning.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I recently reread a few John Saul novels. He’s an author I used to read a lot when I was a teenager, and it surprised me how much he influenced my writing style. My stories tend to be much darker and character-driven, though.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I focus on horror and supernatural thrillers, so the plots are obviously fictional. Many of the details, however, are based on reality. The locations from The Strangers Outside, Drowned Sorrow and Clowders all exist in real life. I used real terrorism attacks as inspiration for the scene in which hooded strangers attack a restaurant in The Strangers Outside. Two characters in that novel were based on real people. I also wrote a book about my former cat, Avalon. That book is autobiographical.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Because I use real locations in all of my novels, I visit those places so I can make the descriptions as vivid as possible. The only exception is the town in Drowned Sorrow for which I mainly used the locations from the film Let’s Scare Jessica to Death as an example.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Gilles Vranckx designs the majority of my covers.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Cats are evil creatures. Don’t trust them 😀
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Several of my books were turned to movies but none are with any famous actors. Apparently, Drew Barrymore used to be interested in directing and starring in Drowned Sorrow. I can definitely see her as the main character.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Yes. It’s a Dutch book called Minoes.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love all sorts of stories, but I have a passion for horror and exploitation films.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would probably be opening a cat café.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I think I would just stay home with my cat and invite a few people over that are very dear to me.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Please leave a message. I’ll be back at midnight to read it.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Amazon Authors Page https://www.amazon.com/Vanessa-Morgan/e/B0092GUO2M/