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?
Catherine Green, 36
Where are you from:
Middlewich, Cheshire, UK
A little about yourself `ie your education Family life etc:
Let’s see, what sounds glamorous and exciting? Well, I grew up in a small town in Staffordshire near the famous Alton Towers Resort theme park – and I did my stint as employee back in my student days. I graduated university with a BA Hons degree, having written my dissertation on vampires in popular culture, so I suppose the novels were simmering way back then, although I didn’t admit it at the time. Nowadays I am married with children and pets, and I’m a ghost hunter.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
This Halloween I plan to release Heart of the Vampire (A Redcliffe Novel), Book 5 in #TheRedcliffeNovels series. I am also working on a non-fiction book called Ghost Hunter Diaries, detailing my ghost hunting adventures at haunted locations in England, Scotland and Wales.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
As a child I would copy out pages from my favourite books simply because I enjoyed the process of writing. I love words. As I grew older I would write poems and keep diaries, and eventually I plucked up the courage to write my first novel and a variety of short stories, with a little encouragement from my younger sister. By that I mean she kicked my backside until I wrote the novel that I described to her. That became Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel) Book 1 – thanks Sis!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Ooh, not until my first short story got published in a book. The Teen Game is a vampire story in the Young Adult anthology Devils, Demons and Werewolves.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My sister! No, seriously, the book was simmering in my mind for almost ten years until she forced me to write it. I first got the idea for the story when I read L.J. Smith’s Nightworld series of novels as a teenager. They showed me that I could unleash my imagination and it wasn’t wrong or taboo, which is what I grew up believing.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m a pantser! I tried to set up a structure and write my stories “the proper way,” but it just didn’t feel right. Now I simply fire up the laptop, settle in my chair, and let the words flow. They usually come out fairly well formed.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I’m not entirely sure, but I think my love for classic rock power ballads has something to do with it!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
All my novels feature characters that are trying to live their own lives in a human world, and sometimes they clash. We are taught to conform to cultural norms from a very young age, and when we are faced with something different or unusual, generally we hide from it and try to keep up a façade of normality. My supernatural creatures don’t try to do this. I want to be more like them. I want to be me.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Everything except for the supernatural element I suppose, although you never know…
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Yes. I use previous experiences, people I have met and places I have visited as the basis for my stories.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life?
Speaking in purely spiritual terms, I would say the book You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L Hay was a huge influence. I never gave self-help books a chance before I read that one, but now I am very happy that I found it. For fiction I was influenced by the Nightworld series written by L J Smith, and the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K Hamilton.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I’m not sure, to be honest. I admire Anne Rice and Stephen King, and they always seem to impart pearls of wisdom when requested. But I wouldn’t call them my mentors. I suppose I don’t have one.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am currently in-between books, although I did select The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson from my TBR pile.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
More recently I have enjoyed reading books by C.A. Bell (contemporary adult and erotica) and Joy Pearson (women’s fiction).
Fiona: What are your current projects?
As mentioned before, I am currently working on my first non-fiction book, Ghost Hunter Diaries. I am also writing book 6 in the Redcliffe novels series, and that will herald the end of the series. I’m sure there will be spin-off stories, however! Another non-fiction book I am preparing to write is 365 Days of Tarot: Daily guidance for busy life.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Your First 10k Readers. This is an online community for training and guidance, run by Nick Stephenson. It was nice to find an author entrepreneur from the UK who could guide me through the process with my self-publishing and marketing.Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. It is my career, and I love it.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. As I have written more books, so I can see that my writing style and form has improved. I think my books get better the more I write, and I am also more fastidious in the editing process before publication.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I think I was born with it! My mum took me to the local library from a very young age and she encouraged me to read. I was a total bookworm as a child, carrying a book everywhere I went and reading at every available chance. My imagination developed alongside the reading, and finally the urge to write simply took over.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Yes. You can see an exclusive sneak preview of Heart of the Vampire (A Redcliffe Novel) Book 5 over on my author blog. Here’s the link: http://catherinegreenauthor.blogspot.com/2018/10/sneak-preview-heart-of-vampire.html
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Not so much these days, apart from the treadmill of self-promotion and book marketing. My writing process is fairly easy. I would love to have a specific office, library or cabin to work in, but for now I am content to use the dining room table!
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
My favourite author is Laurell K Hamilton. I was impressed by the way her stories developed as I read the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. The novels have evolved along with the characters, and I like the diversity of content used.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Yes. I enjoy Tarot reading and meditating to develop my spiritual self, my biggest hobby is reading, and I also enjoy walking with my family. I am a paper crafter and jewellery maker in my spare time as well. More recently I have been learning the art of reiki for self-healing, and that is a wonderful hobby.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I have been obsessed with Grimm recently. I love it! And I watch Lucifer, which is hilarious.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I would probably have been a librarian! Or if the economic environment had been better I would have owned a small independent bookshop. There is still time…
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Yes, I have several. You can find me in the following places:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SpookyMrsGreen/
Author blog: http://www.catherinegreenauthor.blogspot.co.uk/
Twitter page: https://twitter.com/SpookyMrsGreen
Personal Blog: https://spookymrsgreen.com/
Amazon Authors page UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Catherine-Green/e/B005BTNHTG/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Catherine-Green/e/B005BTNHTG/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1538602069&sr=1-2-ent