Fiona: Tell us your name and your age?
My name is Thomas Leslie McRae and I am 36 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn New York and after I finished Junior High School we moved to Far Rockaway Arverne New York in the Queens County.
Fiona: Tell us a little about yourself your education, family etc?
I went to beach Channel High School in Far Rockaway Queens New York and from there I went to Delaware Valley Job Corp to learn construction painting and some routine facility maintenance.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I’m currently promoting my newest book project which is all poetry and the title is fatal impact. this book has a collection of love, spiritual, death, personal and political poems. If you’re the type of person who enjoys poetry then you will enjoy this book because it has all kinds of emotions and personal feelings written all over it.
Fiona: When did you begin writing why?
I begin writing at an early age. But I never truly began to pursue it until I got older and truly began to appreciate my gift plus Talent as a writer and a poet.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
At first I considered myself a writer, when I published my first book. But As I Grew Older and became more mature I began to believe I was a writer from the very beginning. But also when I got published in my local newspaper The Wave which is located at Far Rockaway Queens New York.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I had several inspirations, but the one that stood out the most was every time I thought about falling in love and when I thought I was already there. You see Poetry for the soul was strictly a love poem book inspired by love songs that I enjoyed, wonderful women I have fallen for Plus close friends and family that I keep in the core of my heart.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title for your newest book?
It’s kind of funny what inspired me to give the title of my book, was one day I was watching the TV show called Castle. It’s basically a writer who follows around this Detective as inspiration for his research on his book. On one of the episodes they encounter this major Popstar who was competing with another one and she was doing a press conference during her album release party in which she named the title of the album Fatal Impact. Now I can’t explain why but for some reason the title just spoke to me and from that point on I decided to run with it and here we are now.
Fiona: How much of the book is based on you and your loved ones?
Well pretty much all the poems in this book was inspired by life events or personal experiences. Whether its my own or the people I know and love. Fatal impact speaks for itself the title, the poetry, the passion and the soul it’s nothing like it and there will never be anything close.
Fiona: Who designed the cover?
I universe publishing took a picture I sent them from a old calendar and help me design a cover similar to match the one closest to the calendar. It was a very beautiful mountain, clear sky scenery like photo that just really caught my eyes and warmed my heart.
Fiona: Is there a message in your poetry book?
Yes every poem has some kind of a special message, it depends on what you get out of it and what you decide to read. If you’re into love poems then get ready for love and if you’re into Political, spiritual, personal or death then be ready to be touch in some way, shape or form.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that grab your attention?
Not really no I’m not trying to be conceited or obnoxious. I’m just really focus on me right now and trying to be the best writer I can possibly be. But that doesn’t mean I won’t support anyone who reaches out to me.
Fiona: Outside of family name one entity that supported your publishing career?
If I had to name one specific entity then I would have to say all of my genuine friends from my job and personal life who actually bought a copy of any of my books.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I see writing as a hobby and a way to release stress. Of course I would like to make a lot of money doing it, but money isn’t what got me into this. I love to write because writing is who I am and it’s a huge part of my personality and my soul. It gives me something to look forward to and provides the Hope I need for a new beginning. I’m very proud of what I’ve done and I hope I can continue to be blessed just like the great writers before me. I’m also grateful that I was able to reconnect with my Uncle Charles McRae and send him a copy of my newest book Fatal Impact along with the newspaper article about me from The Wave paper. Charles has been nothing but genuinely kind, super supportive and all around a loving kind positive influence and that is why for my next book project I’m going to dedicate the book to him now the question is am I going to write another poetry book or short fiction novel.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again would you change anything in your latest book?
In my honest and personal opinion I sincerely believe Fatal Impact is completely flawless and doesn’t need any changes. Now unfortunately I’ve had a few bloggers who said they didn’t care for the book but people are entitled to their opinion what matters is I’m proud of it, I stand by it and I believe in it.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
The only advice I can honestly give is to follow your dreams and never give up. Because it’s better to try and fail then to never try at all. Life is too short and precious so cherish it while you’re here and hold on to the people you love but more importantly the ones who love you back.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Yes Fatal Impact is available online all over and if you’re a poetry lover, or a poetry enthusiast please purchase this book because it’s something you won’t regret.
Fiona: What do you want written on your headstone?
These are the following things I want written on my headstone. I Thomas Leslie McRae loved his mother Sylvia McRae in more ways than words could describe. Because she wasn’t just my mother she was my best friend and inspiration for life. Thomas Leslie McRae had a Carefree heart for his favorite uncle Charles McRae and several close friends plus family members. He tried to do right by them all even the ones who hated him in private and public. Thomas was also a talented writer who had much to give to the world and even though he is dead his literary Talents continue to touch us all in more ways than one.
Fiona: Is there anything else you like to share?
Fatal Impact is undeniably one of the most inspiring and most influential poetry books of its time so please support this phenomenal literary piece ordering online at amazon.com Google Books.com barnesandnoble.com fishpond.com and any and every book retailer online. You can even do a Google search and learn more about the book and myself contact my publisher iuniverse for more information and details. You can personally reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward speaking to you all and please have a safe plus blessed holidays.