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 Liz Gavin and I’m fifty-two going on fifty-three on November 29th.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Brazil and came to Southern California in September 2015 for my Master degree. I graduated in June of this year and am now teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in Palm Desert as part of my training program. I also teach English online and translate fiction and non-fiction works.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
On this past Halloween, I became a USA Today Bestselling Author and I could not be more thrilled about it. It’s been a year and a half of intense work toward achieving this goal. I can’t describe the joy I’ve felt when the list came outwith my name on it.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I published my first short-story in September 2013 as a test. I had always wanted to be a published author; but had no idea I could be a self-publishing one. I was introduced to the ideas when I proofread a self-help book on the topic for an author friend. In her book, she created a map for the beginner writer, which I followed and the results have been fantastic.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
There’s actually a cute story about that. I had been writing for a year when I spent Christmas in Kansas City with a Brazilian friend. Her husband asked me why I didn’t call myself a writer, to which I replied I was ‘only’ an indie author. He arched his eyebrow at me and asked, “Has anyone ever paid to read your books?” I laughed out loud and replied, “Yes, they have. Quite a lot of them, to be honest. But.I’m not under contract with a publisher or anything.” He shrugged and said, “If money has been exchanged, it looks to me as if you are a writer. Own it.” I’ve taken his advice to heart.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your latest book?
I’ve been a huge fan of rock and roll since forever. As a teen, I’d fantasied about being in a band and/or dating a rock star. When I started writing, I knew I’d eventually write a series about rock stars and it felt right to write about how the band got togethers as opposed to writing about a hugely famous rock star who finds love unexpectedly as a lot of the books in this troupe seem to be set up.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I love anything related to King Arthur and his knights, but I didn’t want to write a retelling of those stories in this series about rock stars, so I decided to use only Tristan and Isolt for the names of the main characters: Tristan and Izzie. When I outlined the plot, I decided to create a love triangle and a dark secret form their past as young lovers. I don’t want to give away much more of the story; but let me just say readers familiar with Arthurian lore will identify a couple of other play with names in the book.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
A lot of my stories deal with themes like violence against women, low self-esteem, drug abuse, loss of family members, sexual harassment, or betrayal. However, I make a point of always giving the characters a chance to steer through those winding metaphorical roads to find healing and happiness at the end of their journey. Fair warning – It gets quite bumpy at times.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I’ve used different designers for different books: HFH Book Services, who is also my PA; OliviaProDesign and GermanCreative I’ve found them both at Fiverr. I LOVE their work.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I’m a romantic and I believe love conquers all, so I hope that’s what my readers will walk away with after reading my stories.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, it is my dream job. Actually, as a little girl I used to play with an old typewriter pretending I was writing novels. Well, that kind of shows how old I am, right? Lol Does anyone still remember what typewriters look like?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope. The whole Knight’s Edge series is close to my heart, written from my guts and I loved every excruciating moment of it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
That writing under pressure of deadline can be painful, but the pain might turn out to make a story great.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I paint oil on canvas. It’s therapeutic.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Gosh, the list is just too long. Lol I use movies and TV shows as rewards for completing projects. I’m a sucker for late night shows, namely Trevor Noah’s and Stephen Colbert’s shows. Today I started watching Big Little Lies and I’m hooked.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Italian food, purple, and rock music, not necessarily in that order. lol
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I cannot imagine that. Sorry. It’s like asking me not to breathe.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Certainly. I love interacting with readers, so do come visit me at http://lizgavin.com.
In fact, feel free to stalk me. Here are some additional links:
Amazon Author Page – https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00F5BJC7Q
Facebook profile – https://www.facebook.com/liz.gavin.54
Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/lizgavinauthor
Twitter – https://twitter.com/LizGavin_author