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 am too old to remember my age.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I was born in Devon many moons ago but was brought up in Buckinghamshire where I went to school in Aylesbury. After leaving school I worked in an office until I left home to train as a nurse. After retiring from nursing I started to write articles for national magazines. I am married to Terry we live in Exeter, Devon. I have one son and two grandchildren who live in Whitstable, Kent.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
The best news I have at the moment is having very good feedback and reviews for my debut novel – If Only I’d Listened.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I realised I could write after I’d written and had two books published in completely genres.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My writing experience started ten years ago with articles I wrote for national magazines on different subjects including hand spinning, pottery, gardening and cooking. I was commissioned and given an advance for my first book – Hand Spinning and Natural Dyeing by a publisher. The second book – If Only I’d Listened is my debut novel – is published by Olympia Publishers. The story is based in 60s London when Samantha gets pregnant while at school.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I have been told by many people that I have a contemporary style, I enjoy writing family sagas. One day I may change the genre.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I was an RGN so obviously the hospital details are partly true to life but the rest of the story I made up.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t travel to get details for my writing. I use the London A-Z to help me with the names of streets etc. I also go on the internet to look at google maps.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The publisher designed the cover for If Only I’d Listened. They sent me a few illustrations to look at and I choice the one I thought was the most suitable. The cover for the craft book was designed byRachel Gledhill.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I wasn’t thinking of a message when I wrote the book but I guess there is – don’t get pregnant when at school.
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 enjoy crime books and have read a few by the new author Kerry Barnes, she has worked hard to get where she is and her books are great. I have not got a favourite author I am in awe of every person that can write.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
No, it is more of a hobby for me which takes up a lot of my time.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would change the ending as people seem to think the story ended abruptly.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes finish two books before approaching any publisher. Once you have a publisher and the book is out and about you don’t get much time write the second due to having to go on social media to advertise the book most days to get sales.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
A young Susan George as Samantha and David Tennant as Pete
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep writing never give up
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am reading Twisted by Jeffrey Deaver
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The first book I remember reading – Charles Kingsley’s Water babies.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet and sit with Ian Rankin on the review show on BBC 1. This has been a dream ever since I started writing – sitting with Ian would make me realise I’d made it as a writer.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy gardening, needle felting and air dry pottery.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Strictly come dancing is my favourite show. I enjoy all films except horror
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Colours bright – nothing dull, food – hot and spicy, music any – I love music
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I cannot imagine life without writing but if I gave it up I would spend more time helping Terry in our garden.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
If I had 24 hours to live I would spend it with my family eating, drinking and having a good laugh
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She tried and worked hard
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
No I don’t have a blog or web site but you can visit me on