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?
My name is Maureen Larter and I’m now 71.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in England, but came to Australia when I was only a toddler.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Mum and Dad are long gone now, and as I have no siblings – there’s not much to tell. I am divorced and live alone. I have a daughter that lives in Ballina, N.S.W. with her family, which includes two lovely grandchildren. My son is seperated and lives close by. I see his two children on a regular basis.
I went through University and then on to teaching English, Social Studies and Music. I still teach piano and violin at home. Of course, my other love is writing – and when I’m not teaching, or out in the garden, I’m busily writing.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news is that I am now publishing (as Sweetfields Publishing) for other authors. I’ve also got three books coming out this year, with more ready to write in my head.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I can’t remember the time I wasn’t writing. My first novel was written when I was eight!! Where it disappeared to, is anybody’s guess!! I started writing seriously about 12 years ago when I retired.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I write because I love books. I love reading – so that was my inspiration.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I have now written 15 children’s chapter books, 5 middle school age children’s chapter books and two adult drama novels. The titles come to me when I write. And as there are so many, I won’t list them all till the end of the interview.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Not really. I just write what is in my heart and head. I’m probably more into ‘nice’ books ( discounting the adult novels) and try to educate with every story. In the picture books, I also include a page at the end for follow-up projects in schools.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Mostly, my children’s books are fantasy, but my adult books have some basis in reality – not necessarily mine, but the things I have observed and learnt throughout my life.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No. I travel in my head!! However, I have travelled quite a bit and can use the things I have learnt, in my books.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Mostly, I do. I have occasionally used professional designers, but prefer to do my own.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Always. Every book I write, I strive to educate my readers.
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 haven’t got a favourite author! I just love to read!
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Unfortunately, I have had no support other than myself. I self-motivate myself, and I have taught myself computers and publishing, as being on an age pension, I couldn’t afford to do it any other way.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Not at my age. I just love the challenge. Of course, if I make money, I am thrilled – but that isn’t my reason for writing.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
The book I am writing at the moment has taught me about endangered animals and the problems this planet has keeping up with unscrupulous people.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Good question. The only books that could become films would probably be better as animations. Three of my chapter books are about fairies! As far as the adult novels – I really have no idea.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
The best advice is write, write, write. You will improve all the time. Perservere.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
My books should be enjoyed, and I really would love my picture books to be read by parents to their small children, so they pass on the love of reading to the next generation.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
‘In a Sunburned Country’ by Bill Bryson.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not exactly. But I still have, in my book case, ‘The Folks of the Faraway Tree’ and ‘Come to the Circus’ – both by Enid Blyton.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I love a good comedy, but I have found the new movies very seldom make me laugh.
The thing that makes me cry are when my children are hurt, if animals are hurt, and the amount of violence in this world.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
As a musician – I would have loved to meet Beethoven!
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I read, I knit, I garden and I cook.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love the Harry Potter franchise, Star wars etc.
These days TV shows are the pits – as far as I’m concerned, other than documentaries, there is nothing worth watching.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My favourite food is pasta, my favourite colour is purple and all its shades and my favourite music is classical from Bach to Borodin and everything in between.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Read, read, read.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Visiting all my family and friends (If I was able). If not – I would hope they would come to me!
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
‘A kind, loving person, who tried to leave the Earth in a better condition than she found it’. Or something similar.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes. I have several social media options.
My blog is https://readeatdream.net/ – there are three pages to look at. It includes a catalogue of my books as well as a short story for your reading pleasure.
as well as my personal page.
as well as my personal page.
Also Amazon author page :- UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/l/B00ISCNZ4U?_encoding=UTF8&redirectedFromKindleDbs=true&rfkd=1&shoppingPortalEnabled=true #