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?
My name is C.L. Williams and I recently turned 30
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from central Virginia. Born, raised, and currently residing
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I got into writing because it was my saving grace in English class in high school. While I love reading, I always hated what we had to read for English class and I usually didn’t read it. However, when a writing assignment showed up I would easily get an A and compliments from teachers. In college, I actually went to school for business/marketing but my writing kept getting noticed. I eventually started releasing books on my own.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
There’s a lot of stuff that’s happened recently that can be considered news.
-I recently reissued my book of love poems Aspects of Love which I retitled Aspects of Love 1.5 which is the fourth book I released this year (I have one more 2018 release)
-An anthology I am appearing in titled Sideshow is now available in paperback with a 10/28 release for the e-book
-I’m officially being advertised for my local comic con which happens in February
-In addition to Sideshow I’m appearing in two other anthologies coming this month; a family friendly Halloween collection called Sweet Candy Delights and a horror anthology called Ghostly Writes Anthology 2018 and if I remember correctly the ebook is coming Halloween and it will be free
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing throughout high school. I would write poetry just to let out any emotions I wasn’t showing. It was 2008 when I released my first book of poetry, after the response I got with my first book of poetry I kept writing.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
For me this one has two parts. 2012 and this year, 2018.
In 2012, after a failed attempt to start my own business the person who was helping me with it noticed my books I had released at the time (I had four and was about to release my short story collection) noticed I was making more money from my books than I was from my business and asked me why I wasn’t doing more with it. In 2012, I started taking it more seriously and was calling myself a writer
In 2018, I really stepped up on everything. I would normally release one book a year, I’d do interviews, promote it, etc. This year I released four books with a fifth book on the way, I’ve appeared in anthologies, magazines, and had one of my poems turned into a video on YouTube (“Sad Crying Clown” was directed by Matthew Mark Hunter). In addition to releasing more work, I’ve noticed myself giving advice to other writers and many of them are approaching me for advice.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book of poetry is titled Notebook of the Mind and it came about from being offered an opportunity to write a poetry book. I selected 40 poems from my notebooks and these were my thoughts so I combined notebook and mind for the title
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Given I mentioned how I came up with the title for my first poetry book. I’ll use this one for my first fiction book. In 2017, I released my first fiction work, a fantasy novella titled Three Crowns I came up with the title because it involves the former kings’ three sons becoming kings.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
My writing style is very scattered. One day I’m writing poems, the next day I’m working on a short story, the next I’m working on a chapter for a novel or novella. I’ve been branching out so right now I’m still discovering what I feel works best for me when writing a specific genre. Right now the only thing I find challenging is making sure something is completed on time because I’m always working on several projects at once
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My poetry is either based on my life or on the life of someone I know. As far as my fiction work goes, nothing is really based on my personal experiences but I do try to keep most of my work grounded in reality
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I try to travel. It’s always during the writing process. Getting out helps me come up with ideas to fit a story or stories that I’m working on
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
A friend of mine, Mary Bolling drew the covers for my poetry book Approaching Humanity and my fantasy novella Three Crowns Sondra Hicks at Lelene Designs designed the cover to my most recent novella, Dream Awake and I did the cover to my most recent poetry book The Paradox Complex.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
My most recent fiction work is my horror novella Dream Awake and the message I tried to get across is that sometimes you’re not sure if something you are going through is real or not and you need to stay somewhat grounded. There’s also the message of it is ok to let someone in. My main character is an isolated person and things begin to change when the main character finally makes a friend
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’ve been attending comic cons recently and one author I got to meet is Michael Thompson, I bought his book Winslow Hoffner’s Incredible Adventures and it’s amazing. I gave it a 5 star review on Amazon. Another author I enjoy is actually someone I knew in high school and that is Criss Jami. He has five amazing poetry books his most recent release is Healology
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I’d have to say those I work with at my day job. A lot of them have bought my books and even buy the anthologies I’ve appeared in.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. This year I’ve learned it is absolutely possible to make a career. There’s a lot that has to be done (In my case it’s releasing five books in a year, appearing in other published works, and doing live events) but this year has shown me it is possible, it’s a lot of work and it can be tiring but it is very possible
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I had originally intended for my horror novella Dream Awake to be a novel. Had I known then that it would make a better novella than novel, I would not have spent as much time as I did trying to get the word count to novel length and that time could’ve went to making sure my first novel The Escape of Ernest Frost was released on time
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned that not everything needs to be novel length. I was so consumed with trying to release a novel that I didn’t realize that I could tell a good story as a novella
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
In Dream Awake I tell everything from first person point of view so that whoever is reading it feels like they are the main character. I did base the dream killer off of Alex DeLarge from Clockwork Orange so I’d have to say I’d want Malcolm McDowell to play the dream killer antagonist
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Whether or not you think the story you are working on is good or bad, keep writing it. I PROMISE there is someone out there who is ready to read your story
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I just want to thank all of my readers, this year I was all over the place with my writing. This year I released a poetry book, a thriller novel, a horror novella, and I have a romance novella coming soon. The fact that my readers bought most of these books not knowing what to expect is an amazing thing and knowing my readers have enjoyed the books I’ve released this year has been an amazing feeling
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
As I mentioned, I’m appearing in an anthology called Sideshow I’m currently reading the other stories in the book. I must say thanks to Samie Sands (compiler of the anthology) for putting me in a book with many talented writers. It’s a true honor.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I don’t but if I had to guess I’d say something from Dr. Seuss
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
It doesn’t take much for me to laugh. It does take a lot for me to cry though.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’d love to meet Shakespeare because I’m sure I’m not the only one who would consider him the greatest writer ever. I’d love to meet him so I can learn from him and improve my own work.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Right now everything is connected to writing. If I’m not writing or doing something promoting my writing then I’m reading and/or promoting the works of other independent authors
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m a comic book nerd so I’m watching all of the comic book shows on TV. I’d have to say Arrow, Gotham, and Daredevil are my favourites. Outside of comic book shows I watch Westworld and Mr. Robot.
As far as movies go my favorite movie is The Matrix and once again I love comic book movies and I’m also a fan of horror movies as well
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My favorite foods are tacos and I love burgers. My favorite sweets is easily cheesecake. As far as music goes I listen to everything. My playlist currently has Lupe Fiasco, Lindsey Stirling, Skillet, Nine Inch Nails, and Johnny Cash
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
If I am no longer writing then I hope I’d be a manager or agent to another writer. If I’m not writing myself it would have to be because I see something in someone else that requires my attention
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I’d spend it fulfilling my bucket list which would be several crazy antics along with notes for unfinished books for someone else to finish for me.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I swear I was kidding!
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My website is writer434.wordpress.com where I try to go further into detail about whatever I mentioned on my other pages.