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?
Hello Fiona and thank you for having me along. My name is T K Geering when I’m writing, Tee Gee on FB and usually Mad Tee to my friends. My age? Oh shucks just this side of OMG I can’t possibly be that old. I’ve just got out of the cradle.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Originally from Hastings Sussex where I grew up and matured like fine cheese and vino. My claim to fame is the little known fact that my great grandfather was one of the founder members of the famous Hastings Winkle Club. The Royal family here and abroad are members, along with stars of stage and screen. The Queen Mother used to single out my uncle when she visited Hastings so that he could always present her with a red rose. He often went up to the Royal garden parties and sat among the roses. Princess Diana found him on one occasion and sat chatting to him for a while. Bless him; he’s pushing up daisies now.
I moved to Kent the beautiful garden of England, back in the seventies I think it was. It’s a wonderful area to live in and you are surrounded by countryside if you don’t mind walking a bit.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I was educated by nuns in a catholic convent in Hastings, which also masqueraded as a grammar school and yes all the stories are true. It’s best left there. I loved Hastings and the sea was just five minutes from my door.
I’m single now simply because no one wants me sob, sob. Mostly I just haven’t found anyone that I fancied. I also rather like my independence.
I have a very good-looking son and his wife is very pretty. My granddaughter is twelve this year and is a chip from both of them in looks.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news…
So I’ve just been approached out of the blue by the local college, to see if I would go in and talk to some of the students about crime and I’m aware how that sounds. They know that I write crime and the idea is that they will write down various questions and I will sit in with them and come up with some believable answers!! I’ve also been asked to read a chapter from one of my books, which will be fun.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
When is easy. It was the hot summer of 2011. Late in the evening watching the sun go down with a glass of wine I watched a spider spinning a web and it went from there.
Why? Because the words started to form and I couldn’t write them down quick enough. Hence Erasmus the time travelling lover was born along with the stunningly beautiful Shasta.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Um, I guess it was when I was head hunted by a publisher who told me my writing was rather good. Then I got compared to J K Rowling and Jean Auel.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
It was a spider, spinning a web, one hot summer night as spoken of above.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The first book was originally called the Eye of Erasmus (His misdeeds see him turned into a book of spells with his eye on the front to enable him to look around. (Yep I’m a bit warped with my writing sometimes) The second book called Shasta Summer is two books in one. It covers the past and present life of a girl called, Willow in her present life, but Shasta in her past life. Willow goes back to her past life to try to change fate for people she cares for deeply.
My current publisher decided to put all three books together and it’s now called Soulfate.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I think my writing style has evolved completely. When I wrote Shasta Summer and Eye of Erasmus (Soulfate) I was still a novice at writing. Today I would probably write it completely differently (darker) and much tighter.
As for the second part of the question well the biggest challenge for me is when I have plotted everything out and as I’m writing my characters take over and completely change the feel of the story. Mostly I let them get on with it as they are far better writers than I am lol. Now and again I rein them in though if they start playing up too much.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
All of my books and characters are based on events in my life and people I have met or mostly… worked with at some point. Sometimes they even recognise themselves which I may have instigated J
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Fortunately I only have to travel as far as my MacBook because Google is my best friend. Having said that I did set Ghosts of Timeless Cottage around my great grandparents/grandparents cottage in Hastings and the unusual occurrences there, which I loved. I frequently pop down to Hastings so it wasn’t any hardship to look around and get the ambience surrounding it.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My covers have always been designed by the magnificent Gemma Poppet Rice (my little Popsicle) and always will be. She is an awesome writer as well as superb cover designer.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
lol I’m quite happy if the books are just bought and if the readers take a message from them, then happy days…
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?
Oh that’s a tricky one because I don’t have a favourite author. However I’ve just read The Sundowners by Kath Middleton. It’s about a residential home for mature ladies, who decide to take things into their own hands when the home goes broke. It was hysterical.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Ah that’s an easy one. Richard Grayling and I were both struggling authors back in the day and he virtually gave up his own writing to mentor me and help me pursue my ambition.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Definitely not as I just don’t have the time to sit writing all day much as I would love to.It’s more of a hobby I guess.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Tricky one but no I wouldn’t. I reread my first book a while back and found myself reediting it. However it got to #3 on Amazon back in that time so not too shabby. To be honest I tend to look forward as my writing style has changed so much over the last 8 years.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
My recent story was part of an anthology, which I wrote with 7 other authors. I learnt from that, that its great fun to write with others.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Well Soulfate character of Erasmus I would have Richard Armitage. A Russian Gift of Love, the character of Nick (Nickoli) I would have Richard Armitage. The Ghost in Ghosts of Timeless Cottage I would have Richard Armitage. In Mirror of Darkness the main character Rik I would probably have Richard Armitage. In Sleeping with the Gods Mia’s love interest is Apollo and he would definitely be Richard Armitage. My character in the anthology story (A Corpse for Christmas) Inspector Freddie Laidler I think I would probably want Richard Armitage. J That sort of sums it up lol
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Um yes. Don’t start because once you’ve got the bug you’re doomed…. No I’m kidding. Write what you know about or at least do endless research because there will always be someone out there that knows the subject inside out and will pull you to bits. Work on your ideas and plot out you characters and edit, edit, edit, when you’ve finished the story.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Yes please. For the fans of Shasta and Erasmus I haven’t forgotten the prequel I promised to write. It will probably be called Merlin and the cover has already been done. It’s an absolute beaut. I’m probably about half way through writing it. It will get picked up at some point and continued but be pre warned. This one is not so pure as Shasta and Erasmus Soulfate. He’s a little tinker in this one with a love for women. Oh and it’s set in the medieval era when spell casting was sort of against the law but many got away with it including Merlin and his mentor Erasmus!!
In the meantime there is always my other books to keep you occupied if you so desire.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
It’s the Wreck of the Margherita by Bill Todd, which I’m enjoying immensely. I belong to the UK Crime Book Club and the challenge is to read other authors that are new to you.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Oh that’s another tricky one. I seem to recall it might have been What Katy Did, which rather ages me but I was reading from the age of around two and my nose is growing as I type.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Laugh: Well more or less anything really. I always see the funny side in anything, which frequently gets me into trouble.
Cry: Soppy movies, any form of abuse to children and animals. Don’t get me started…
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Yes – The God Zeus just to see what he’s up to nowadays and could I join him in some of his mischief. (See my book Sleeping With the Gods)
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Beachcombing, gardening, and conchology.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love watching any TV crime dramas. I’m not really a film buff as such but I do seem to be drifting towards horror, which will please my publisher. I love all the Carry On films, Sleepless in Seattle, Hooch, to name but a few.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Fave foods are Chinese, Pizza with salad, Steak (rib eye) with all the usual extras,A nice hot curry and of course all washed down with a bottle of red wine.
Colours, my favourites are all the light summer colours, like pale blue, pink, lemon, green, and lavender.
Music, well now in no particular order, I like some classical, reggae (I love) 60’s music, reggae, rock and roll, reggae. I adore Eva Cassidy and Barbra Streisand, Michael Buble, and he could lick chocolate off of my stomach any day of the week thank you very much.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Sit in a corner with my arms around my knees and rock.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Hm. Interesting. Probably get blind drunk, get in a plane and then jump out without a parachute. Beat the grim reaper to his 24 hours. Bad me.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I’m opting for cremation, as I want my ashes scattered under the hot sun somewhere. Yes I know I would already have had enough heat to last an eternity.
IFI had a headstone though it should say. “She skidded into heaven sideways with a bottle of merlot and a corkscrew in one hand and her MacBook tucked under the other arm murmuring so much to do and so little time to complete it.”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes I have a blog. I invite author ‘victims’ to visit my cave of torture. When they answer my questions I release them from the various implements of torture. I have a constant stream of applicants so I’ve had to up the anti on the torture.
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Links to my books:
Ghosts of Timeless Cottage:
Mirror of Darkness:
Another Bloody Christmas: (Anthology)
Sleeping With the Gods:
A Russian Gift of Love:
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