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?
Hi my name is Robert Gibb, I am 60 years young-ish.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in the charismatic city of Glasgow in bonnie Scotland.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Currently a single parent raising my beautiful daughter, who is just crazy about animals and we have a young mad dog which torments my poor cat. Education for me was a bit of myth, but learned much from many wonderful characters in the University of Life.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Well, my latest news is that I am soon to be a proud grandfather. I am also awaiting on a reply from several agents regarding my latest works, a fantasy titled The Gnarlian, also another novel set in Glasgow titled Cloud Cuckoo Land. The later coming into being during a creative writing course.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I did short ghost stories for my elder sisters and their friends when around 12 years old. I began seriously writing following a minor injury to my lower spine, thinking that perhaps that was the plan of the Great One in the Heavens to perhaps allow me the time needed to write what was going on in my head.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first considered myself a writer following self-publication of my first Crime novel, The Crime Files of Inspector Blaise, set where I now reside in Strabane Northern Ireland.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
To be honest I’m not truly certain. I happened across the name Blaise then just began scribbling into a notepad, which of course made me visit my local police station to ask for advice and so on.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
As I said, I just happened across the name. I suppose The Crime Files of, stuck in my mind after watching numerous TV shows.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
To be honest, I’m trying to discover a genre that makes me feel comfortable to write.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Some of the characters and certain events are from life and people I have encountered on my journey through this life.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Not really, most of what write comes from the chaotic madness of my mind.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The covers of my novels are from Createspace, the website where I self-publish.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not particularly, although my sister does think that perhaps I need to have a few sessions with a psychiatrist.
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 know being a writer that I need to read more but each time that I attempt to read my mind explodes with ideas and the need to write grows. I have started dozens of good books but my mind never allows me to finish.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I have often received encouragement and support from friends at writing classes or from writing group that I attend.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
It is my dream to become a successful writer one day soon, hopefully before the madness takes hold.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I honestly don’t think that I would.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I wrote a zany fantasy tale titled Whiddafugh, which I would truly love to see a movie as I think it is hilarious, in the Monty Python style. I’m unsure which actor would be crazy enough to play Whiddafugh though.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Yes, be prepared for many long lonely nights and the world going by without you.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
My books are on Amazon if interested and you have my sincere gratitude if you kindly purchase any, which would mean being able to feed poor hungry animals.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Oh if only.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Think that was in the 70’s, Papillion.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Life. I mean for all our wonderful modern technology, man it would appear is becoming more barbaric.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Absolutely, it has to be Spike Milligan. The man was and is a genius, the way he could write humour whilst suffering is truly amazing.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Apart from writing not really, although did love horse riding before my little spinal injury, also enjoyed just wandering the land.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
When I can love fantasy types or a gritty crime film.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Anything not cooked by myself, only joking. Love anything involving duck or salmon. Don’t really any particular fav colour. Enjoy classical music whilst writing, Mozart especially. I do enjoy Paul Simon, Barry White, Coldplay and I’ll stop there.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Being 60 now don’t think there will be much I can do in the future except lie on beach somewhere and drink Bacardi.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Perhaps go skydiving naked.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Something in hieroglyphics, keep them guessing.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Not as yet but in the planning. I’m on Facebook, R.A.Gibb Novelist.
Amazon authors page UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robert-Gibb/e/B00II5N6TG/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1543206601&sr=1-2-ent
Armen Pogharian said:
I too have find it difficult to read – at least in my genre – while I’m actively writing. That said, I have been able to read non-fiction while writing. I even used some of what I learned as background for a few bits. Best of luck to you.