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?
A.S. Roberts(otherwise known as Andrea) I’m 50
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live in a little Village in the Kent countryside, England.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I left school at sixteen and went straight out to work. I’m married, and have been for many years to Mr. R. Together we have four boys (all men now, but they’ll always be boys to me)We always have at least one dog in the family, Coco is a brown Labrador and she’s thirteen (she features in my 3rd book Irrevocable)
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m currently writing my 6th Book, Rafferty. It’s the second book in my second series (I had to read that several times to check it was right)
Rafferty (Default Distraction)
Chart topping U.S. rock band, Default Distraction, have everything money can buy…
But I don’t.
I’ve got money, women, and the fans endless adoration.
But none of it’s enough.
I have one distraction, and I can’t forget her.
I shattered all our dreams, when
I walked away from our world,
to conquer the music world.
But now, I’ve got one fantasy,
And she wants nothing to do with me.
Those broken pieces I crushed,
she doesn’t want mended.
But when a cruel twist of fate puts her back in my arms,
I’m not letting go.
He was everything,
everything I ever wanted and needed.
When he walked away, he took a piece of me with him,
a shard of pain that I never thought would heal.
But I worked hard, and piece by agonising piece, I almost rebuilt my life.
Now, he’s back and wants only one thing.
He wants my forever.
Something I can’t promise.
I won’t give in, I can’t cling to the past.
This time, there’s more on the line, even more than my shattered heart at stake.
And forever isn’t really that long anyway.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’d always loved to tell stories, to anyone who would listen from a young age. After the boy’s all became more independent and no longer needed mum’s taxi service to play rugby all over the country each weekend, I went back to my first love, reading. A prolific reader, I can read a book a night after work. I started reviewing, then got on to a few ARC teams, eventually I began to beta read and admin for a couple of big American authors. One of them encouraged me to start writing by sending a blank notebook via Fed-Ex, it had a post-it note stuck to it, which read “I’ve read your reviews, I think you need to start writing.”
So, I did. My debut book came out in February 2016.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
A review for my latest book, Brody, stated that the reader had already decided I was an automatic one-click author for her. But after reading my latest book she decided that I was in fact now a true writer in her eyes. I was amazed.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Because life is short and you should have no regrets.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My first series is “The Fated series” And my debut was simply called Fated. I truly believe in Fate, so it came to me quite naturally.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t plan, not at all. I start a book at the prologue and end at the epilogue. I have an idea of the characters, what they look like and what their lives have thrown at them. I know where I would like them to end up and the rest as they say is history. My characters talk to me in my head, they also argue and fight. It’s their actions and conversations with each other that carry us through their story. I’m not sure that’s a real style, but it’s my style. I write romance. I can create an alpha male with ease, however, a heroine that female readers will love, is a little more difficult as woman are so judgemental of each other. The female protagonist needs to be strong and sassy, but have just enough vulnerability, so the reader doesn’t feel she’s a complete bitch.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
As I’ve already said I’m 50. Most of my books have situations in them that I have either lived through myself or have witnessed. I believe that this is what makes them so relatable. Although there is always a little bit of fantasy in there too, this makes them a marvellous escape from everyday life.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I do travel as much as possible. I take in everywhere I go and store it for later use.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
J.M. Walker, who is also an author.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I just want them to find an escape from their everyday life and enjoy the story.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I don’t get much time to read anymore. My favourite author is Kristy Bromberg. Her writing inspires me to be a better writer. You feel everything when immersed in her words and they are my ultimate escape.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
An American lady called Debi, we met working for another author. She was the first person to read the 25% I had written of my debut book. I needed someone to see if it was worth carrying on with, luckily, she said yes. She is one of my two alpha readers even now and I don’t know what I would do without her.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I do. Hopefully for me one day. But for now, I write alongside running my own business.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Although several family members have had dementia, I needed to do extra research into a particular sort.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Fated = Stuart Reardon
Inevitable = Tom Hardy
Undeniable= Scott Eastwood
Brody= Johnny Kane
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just do it!
The first draft is always rubbish, but it can be sorted out.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you SO much for taking a chance on me. I always said if just one person enjoyed my words, I would be a happy lady. I appreciate each, and every one of you.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Just about to start a new Corinne Michaels one.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Enid Blyton- The Faraway Tree.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My boys. My husband.
Cruelty to animals and children.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
The author in America who sent me the notebook.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love films, history programmes and enjoy a good box set. I hate reality TV.
Fiona: Favourite foods, colours, music?
Chocolate, blue/purple. I have an eclectic taste in music, just listen to any of my playlists on Spotify. Although, at the moment I’m heavily into Imagine Dragons as they are my muse for my fictional alternative rock band, Default Distraction.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my family, laughing, loving and dancing.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
You’re only here once, but man was she here.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Readers group http://m.facebook.com/groups/363569640805168
Amazon page is http://amzn.to/2oLDyLO