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?
Hey there! My name is Grayson, but my publishing name is Unspoken Poetic! I’m nineteen, almost twenty years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from Boston, Massachusetts. Residing a south of the city!
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I went to a trade school for High School. Studying Culinary Arts, even though I knew I didn’t want to do that with my life. The only passionate thing I have for culinary anymore is Baking and Pastries. But that isn’t what I want for my career anymore, but fun to do on the side! Family life, that’s a long story haha. I am the youngest of four brothers, so I’m the baby! I have two biological brothers, and two step brothers. My father originally married my biological mother, but she passed away when I was a baby. He later remarried my step-mother, who took me and my two brothers in as one of her own. While there have been challenges through this, I’m grateful for them. I also have a baby niece, Brianna, she is truly the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me. A little more about me, I am nearly twenty years old like I stated. I am part of the LGBT community, as I originally came out as gay, but then recently came out for who I really am, a transgender male. It has been one of the hardest moments to overcome in my life, but I’m thankful for my supportive family and my wonderful girlfriend, who always have my back!
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Few months back, September, I released my first published work. Which was my poetry book, Misfortune But Perseverance, which covers the mental health downfall after losing loved ones. Right now, I am currently starting the process of my second book, which is currently untitled. I am very excited for this new work, as it steps outside my poetry background, and brings creative storytelling to my work. While it will still involve bits of poetry, it is going to be more a NonFiction memoir, balancing with poetry!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing at ten years old, just little blurbs and such. Nothing great when I was that young. I started because with my background, I struggled very harsh depression and anxiety, and I never thought ‘therapy’ would be the right thing for me. So I turned to spoken and written word. Which has helped me grow into the person I am today. With each word I write, I feel the support of my deceased mother, and grandmother alongside with me, who keep me motivated. They are behind every single story, and word I write.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Although, I have been writing for almost ten years, I didn’t consider myself a writer up until more recently. I began sharing my work online via Instagram at the beginning of this year, and finally getting my stories out there. I would say I didn’t consider my writer until this year.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
What inspired my book most, was the fact that since I was so young at the time my mother died, I never truly got to give anything back to her. The three years I had with her, while I may not remember it, there was nothing but love from her end. The stories I hear about her, she was an amazing and supportive mother. And I felt like she deserved this, she deserved to have someone tell the story of how it at first, ruined us, but how it also brought us more together as a family, and made us stronger. Same with my grandmother, she is also a big part of the book, she passed away when I was twelve, and she was the biggest inspiration in my life, and while I got twelve years with her, I still wasn’t old enough then to give her what I knew she deserved. So, Misfortune But Perseverance, is for them.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I came up with the title, Misfortune But Perseverance, rather easy actually. Almost every childhood memory, ‘Misfortune’, bad luck, tragedy surrounded it. Someway, somehow. But yet, here I am, still standing, as strong as I can possibly be, and I’m ‘Persevering’ through, and keeping my head up high.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Most of my published writing, is poetry. But I also do excel in creative writing and long compositions. The most thing I find challenging about poetry, is being different. A lot of people want to get the same message across, and you don’t want to do it the same way someone else did. You want your own personal touch in it, and sometimes that can cause a stressful writing tense for me.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My book is 100% based on my own experiences, and life. There is not one lie within the book, completely a work of nonfiction.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t necessarily travel to work, I will go around different sceneries sometimes. But most of my work is done at my home desk, where I sit and ponder for hours. Misfortune But Perseverance was written at my home desk, and also at my mother and grandmothers grave. It really depends on the message and story I’m trying to get across. If it’s a warmth sense of work, I usually will start the draft at my desk, and go finish it somewhere in nature like a park or something simple. But I don’t travel far with my work.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I designed the cover, it’s very simple, but it speaks to the story. In my book, Misfortune But Perseverance, you hear a long of similarities and descriptions of roses, which is why I chose a rose as the cover.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The main message for my readers, is that it’s going to be okay. Even when everything you love is ripped away from you, and you feel the sense you can no longer go on, or love, you can. It’s going to be tough, but you will get through it. In your own, creative way.
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 don’t necessarily have a ‘favorite’ writer. I read all sorts of work, whether it is a well known author, or someone else I see who brings their work online. One of my favorites to read at the moment, is The Poetry Bandit, he is truly a wonderful amazing poet. People who can tell their story, with and without being vague, and up front, always catch my attention. Someone who, in just a couple of words, can get you feeling their emotions and understand completely what they are trying to say. That’s what really strikes me in authors work.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Just one? Oh jeez, that’s a tough one. If I were to just choose one, it would have to be my girlfriend. We’ve been together almost two years, and since day one, she’s always supported what I wanted to do with my life, and how I wanted to tell my story. While we started dating before I was posting my work for others to read, she was the only one who saw my work before I came online to do so. If it wasn’t for her always pushing me to get my story out, I don’t think I would have done it yet, as I’m very shy when it comes to my life, but I’m very grateful I did it when I did. I actually wish I did it sooner.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I definitely do. All I ever wanted was to be a writer. While it can be hard to transform your hobby to your career, I’m trying to do everything I can to do so. I practice my work every single day, craft new ways to reach my audience, and bring forth my stories, in hopes that it will help me pursue writing as a career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
That’s a hard question. Yes and no. My first book is very raw, as it was completely done by me, no outside source. I love the sense of rawness it has, and how it’s very ‘me’, and no one else. But I do wish, I took a bit more time to try and tweak a few things here and there. But overall, I believe it is truly a great sense of work, for being my first published book.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Between Misfortune But Perseverance, and the book I am currently writing now, they are both nonfiction and based on true life situations I have encountered. And with writing them, I have learned a lot more about myself. It’s one thing to write a story about someone else, and make up a new character. But you truly need to learn yourself inside and out to be able to completely write about yourself.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
That’s a tough question too. Since the story is about my past experiences and my life, I would be the lead character. So I would probably say Jonah Hill. Our personalities are very much alike, we’re both very outgoing, humorous, and joyful. But at the same time, in past work he has done, he’s also been able to balance the humorous rolls he plays, with the more serious and complex rolls. I think he would be a good fit.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
For other writers, my main piece of advice would be, don’t listen to anyone else. You create the story, imagery, and message you want to write. And don’t listen to anyone’s harsh comments if they don’t agree with your message. Writing is about expressing yourself, not pleasing others.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Most important thing for the people who pay attention to my work,
Thank you for supporting me, in any way shape or form. Whether you are just a social media reader, or you have purchased my book, thank you for all the kind support you give. And I hope you continue to stick by to hear more of my stories!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished rereading ‘A Walk to Remember’ by Nicholas Sparks. Now I am about to read, ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ by Shirley Jackson!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I can’t remember the very first, but the first book I remember reading was the Amelia Bedelia series, back in early grade school.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Very simple things make me laugh, I’m a very joyous soul, so I try and find the best and the humour in almost anything. But I’m also the type of person, who laughs in awkward situations unfortunately. Which can just make it way more awkward. Crying, isn’t hard for me to do. While I am very humorous, I’m very sensitive when it comes to certain things. Tragedy in the family, is what sets me off most. Whether it’s a human loss, or an animal loss. I get very attached to everyone surrounding and supporting me, so loosing that breaks my heart.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Out of anyone, past or present, I would most want to meet Amy Winehouse. I grew up around her music, and truly grew and inspired from her story. Many people told her no, and she did everything possible to get where she was. Unfortunately, her passing made it impossible to actually meet her, but she truly is an inspirational artist to me.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
When it comes to my hobbies, my biggest two are writing, of course haha, and animals. I have a strong love and passion for animals. I have eight of my own, and tend to them all lovingly and passionately. I love to volunteer and help the animals in need at local shelters, even if it’s just to say hi, give them a pet, and give a spark of hope to them.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Currently, my favorite show is ‘The Haunting of Hill House’, on Netflix. I just finished it recently and it was so well done, really can’t wait for season two! Along with that, most Netflix originals I love, especially the cartoon animations that have been coming out. My favorite being BoJack Horseman. I tend to stick to comedies as it always lightens the mood no matter what!
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I grew up in a very Italian family, therefore my favorite food is tied between chicken parmesan or lasanga. Very Italian at heart, and in stomach haha! Color, definitely agray/black tone. I tend to find more appeal in darker set tone colors than lighter. My favorite genre of music is rap. My ultimate favorite artists in the industry being, Mac Miller, Sif The Grey, Jake Miller, Hoodie Allen, Drake, and Post Malone.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Oh boy.. I have no idea. I would think I would fall back on my education, go back to Culinary and pursue that. While I don’t enjoy it, I am very gifted when it comes to preparing and executing meals. But, that would still break my heart if I were to ever start writing.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I think about this question a lot, ever since ‘The Purge’ came out. No doubt would I surround myself with my friends and family. I wouldn’t want to do it any other way.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Ah, I never expected to be asked this question.. Took a lot of thinking to figure this out. But I would want it to say something along the lines of, “Still trying their best”, or, “Beware: Writing in process”. Either something a bit humorous to fit my personality, or just my overall quote that I think whenever something gets tough, “Try Your Best”.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I do have a blog, I just recently started it. So still learning to figure out how to do my best with it. To keep up to date with me, all you need to do is either follow me on Instagram, WordPress, or Facebook!
I always update those sites as to what I’m up to, and my new work!
And thank you Fiona, for taking the time to allow me to do this interview. Gave me a lot of mind opening questions!