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 Georgia Hamilton, and I am approaching a HUGE birthday
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am originally from London and moved to sunny Suffolk a few years ago. I never thought I would be a country girl but you can’t keep me out of the farm shops
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I have two amazing daughters and a husband who has been my heartbeat for most of my life. My 9-5 is in sales but I am quite a shy person when it comes to writing so this is huge for me. I have a BA in English Literature. I have always had a passion for story telling, didn’t realise I could be an author back then, more self doubt than anything else. As a family we love eating out, dinner is the most important meal of the day – whether its at home or on the River Orwell somewhere
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
The second book in my The Point Series is out soon and I am so excited! The last few months have been a dream. Check out my socials for release updates
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have always written. Poetry was my thing in High School, I loved writing poems, dark poetry was afavourite, I got an award at Uni for a poem about losing at love and I think that sparked the romantic in me
Before I published Turning Point, I had written 11 novels none of which I had finished. Turning Point was the first book I had ever finished
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
1st August 2018 after I published my 1st book
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I drafted a spine one day, started off as game with Chrissy (eldest) and before I knew it we had built characters that I loved and although the story ended up completely differently to my initial plan, Connor and Rayne became my children. I feel completely in love with them and took them on a journey.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It came out of nowhere. I wrote it before I named it and realised it was my Turning Point
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I enjoy writing in first person, as I think its easier to get the readers to understand the characters when they can get inside their heads. I write as I speak. Sometimes in short sharp sentences and at other times I can be long and protracted. I find it difficult to put myself in the male perspective sometimes, understanding male emotion as a female is hard enough, much less realistically portraying it
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I have taken a lot of inspiration from real life experiences, there are some reflective scenes, especially those about bad sexual encounters that I have based on stories from my friends. There is a little of me in all the characters, some of their situations and feelings are my own. My immediate family and friends are all represented within the book, purely coincidence.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I love holidays, we spend a lot of time in Portugal and America. I always take copious notes and photographs when I am away and I feel inspired. Whether it is for my current book or a story I am planning, if I see something that I want to share I take photographs of it and write down or make a voicenote of the detailing. Its easier to relive it then when I am writing. I live by the River Orwell and am lucky enough to have a river view on my doorstep so I tend to write by the marina most of the time.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Rebeca Covers – she doesn’t have any social media accounts which is a shame as she is super talented and does an amazing job.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That we all have a past, we all make mistakes but how you move forward is the only important thing. Love happens when we least expect it and everyone deserves to be loved.
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 have a great network of Authors that have become like family over the past few months and its always great to read their work. Toya Richardson and SE Foster are part of that group and although their styles are different they both write brilliantly and I am a fan of them equally. I also love Scarlett Flame – she has the filthiest sense of humour and the kindest heart. Her writing style is so clever – I recommend them all.
I am a huge Helena Hunting fan – The Pucked Series is one of my favourites and I love a book that makes me laugh out loud. Ruth Rendell was a close friend of my family and I she was one of the first authors I read as we had all of her books. I love how she could take you on a journey and I would say she has influenced my style the most.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My Virtual Assistant Amy Johnson has been my biggest champion outside of my family. She keeps me organised and pushes me into situations I wouldn’t normally find myself in! She keeps me growing as a person and as a writer. My friends have been great and they all kept me going when I nearly gave up
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I see writing as my passion. To me it’s the equivalent of watching a really good movie, I get to make these characters come to life and do all the things most people are either to scared to say or do. I do see it as my career and my 9-5 is just a wage. I see myself as a writer before anything else.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I believe everything happens for a reason and it was meant to be out there as it is… the response has been better than I expected and that for that, I wouldn’t change a thing.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, I learned to follow your heart. The story ended up somewhere I hadn’t planned and has meant that my series has now changed. I got really annoyed as I tried to change the story to make book 3 fit but it didn’t work, so I have added a novella to the works.
Moral of the story: don’t get mad when the route changes, the destination is still the same.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
This was a really tricky question as I had never imagined “real people” laying the roles. I think Zendaya would make a great Rayne and someone like Taylor Lautner or Redaric Williams to play Connor
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Never give up. It is better to write something than to write nothing at all. Write for yourself in the first instance, don’t try and please other people because if it doesn’t fit for you, it won’t work for them.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for taking a chance on me! Its tough as a new author but the feedback has been brilliant. If you liked Turning Point you will love Vantage Point.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Right now I am waiting for Crave to hit my kindle by Adriana Locke – releases at midnight and I cannot wait.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I read it along with the Television Mini Series when I was about 8 years old and loved every minute. Its still a favourite today
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
A good book or a film are usually triggers to make me laugh. A guaranteed cry is DIY SOS.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet Oprah, I think she has broken so many barriers for women in general over the years, she is multi-faceted and incredibly well respected. To have an hour with her could be life changing
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I have very little time for anything but I love to travel, finding new places and exploring. I don’t think Shopping qualifies as hobby otherwise it would be top of my list
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Netflix and Amazon Prime are my best friends as I rarely watch TV in real time. My favourite film of all time is Pretty Woman. I can talk along with it. It is my feel good go to movie. I have recently watched Molly’s Game and Miss Sloane – Jessica Chastain is brilliant. I love Power and Queen of the South on Netflix, binge worthy goodness. I do watch a lot of sport and Match of Day (dependant on whether Liverpool have won or not) is a must watch as well as WWE RAW and F1.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love finger food, spicy food and melted cheese. Tapas is always a winner with me. Seafood is my weak point – give me a prawn and I will do anything within reason, hand me a lobster and you can take me any way you want.
My favourite colour is Red. I always feel happy with a little bit of red in my outfit (usually a handbag)
Music is tricky. I love Music, all music. Music is my best friend when I am writing, each of my characters have a soundtrack for every emotion. My Apple Music Library is a key to my heart. I grew up on Soul and RnB and that will always be my go to genre but some days I will whip out an old Evanescence whilst cleaning the kitchen or some old skool Garage if I am on my way out. In the car, if I am in traffic, I love a sing along so maybe Curtis Stigers or Jimmy Nail just for kicks and to pass the time.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would have to work in film or television. Some form of outlet for my creativity. Otherwise I would become a complete fantasist and lie all the time
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my girls, on a boat somewhere making a memory. I would tell them every trick I have learned along the way and remind them that I will still be watching.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
See you when you get here, wherever here maybe.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes, my website: www.authorgeorgiahamilton.co.uk. It is updated regularly with a blog as well as offers and releases.