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?
Sherry Gloag and ‘mature’ 🙂
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am a Scot now living in the beautiful English region of East Anglia
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I love reading and used to read everything on the shelves in my bedroom. Few of them were children’s books so I learned to love Agatha Christie, David Attenborough, Gerald Durrell, Georgette Heyer, Enid Blyton Beatrix Potter and many other authors from a very early age. I find gardening very relaxing, and love watching my endeavours flourish. I spend as much time as possible in my garden 🙂 Crafting is another occupation that relaxes me.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
It may not seem like much, but after an extended period away from writing I am now back. I am reworking a Regency story, The Respectable Charades, that was part of an anthology with eight other wonderful writers, until our book rights were automatically returned to us in February this year.
Blurb:- No one predicted the chain of events triggered by Jenny’s discovery of her fiancé’s body in his library. Least of all her chance to find true love.
The Respectable Charades received some complementary reviews as part of the anthology.
I recently republished a short novella, Queen of Diamonds, the right for which was returned at the beginning of this year. https://books2read.com/u/m0MxZP
Blurb:– If Sybil Diamond wins this poker game, Culley Maccailin risks losing the love of his life.
Top-level poker player Sybil Diamond isn’t phased when challenged to play against Culley Maccailin – until she loses. The stake is astronomical… Her heart.
I have two more, rights-reverted, books to rework on later this year. One is a collection of thirteen short stories of mixed genre, based on the children’s rhyme “One for sorrow, Two for joy…” I am considering extending the stories and creating a thirteen book series, but that’s at the ‘just a thought stage right now. I am also looking to work on another story for this year’s anthology.
I have also revamped both my website and blogsite, so authors who wish to promote their books can get in touch.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing long before I was published, had several submissions rejected. The first attempt at writing a ‘book’ was confiscated by my teachers and never seen again. They did take time to tell me i would never achieve anything worthwhile, so I decided that one day i would prove them wrong. It did take many years before I took up the challenge and succeeded in having my work published.
The first book I had published, The Brat, published by The Wild Rose Press, was the second book accepted for publication and was released in October 2010. The first successful book I wrote, Duty Calls, published by Black Opal Press, was published second and released in January/February 2011. I write contemporary, Regency and light paranormal romance with a twist of suspense, and have had around twenty stories published, including short stories, a couple of articles for magazines, novels, novellas and full-length books.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I joined a wonderful online group of like minded writers and we all read each others work and offered opinions and suggestions. I learned an enormous amount from that wonderful group of ladies. Due to family health issue I had to drop out of the group as I couldn’t maintain the commitment at the time, But they made me feel like a ‘real’ writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The characters. They wouldn’t shut up until I sat down to write their story!
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
All my titles come from within the book. One or two have come first but mostly they ‘reveal’ themselves during the writing process.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Since getting back in the writing saddle I have found it particularly difficult to keep up a steady flow. It’s almost like having to relearn the craft from the bottom up again.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I never consciously write about people I know, nor do I intentionally write about events in my own life, but I am sure they sneak in now and then.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I would LOVE to travel to my settings :-), instead I have to rely on diligent research and sometimes calling out to writer friends who live where I have set my story to check the facts I had garnered.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
With the exception of 2nd editions of Queen of Hearts and The Respectable Charades all of the covers for my books have been provided by the publishers. I have created my own covers for the two mentioned above.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not intentionally, but I readers have told me that parts of my books have given them ‘pause for thought’ and a new insight to certain views they have held.
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?
Too many to mention. Seriously. New authors bring new insights with their stories, writing style and content. My favourite authors remain ‘old friends’ and I ‘revisit’ them frequently.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
When The Brat was accepted I then ‘met’ my editor, Cindy Davis. I was terrified she would hate it and want to change it all, tell there’d been a mistake and they didn’t want the book after all… I could go on 🙂 I mentioned this to her and she told me, and I quote, since I printed out her word and have them in front of me still, “I know you can do it, or I wouldn’t have offered a contract. Take your time and let the writing flow.”
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
The ‘seeing’ and reality are two different things. The market and marketing/promo moved on so far and fast while I was out of the writing loop, I feel as though I am playing ‘catch-up.’
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Oh boy, what a question at this time. Fiona! Yes i am laughing! While writing The Respectable Charades, a ‘sweet’ Regency novel, I made so many changes my head was spinning. Anyway as I said earlier it was well received but I still felt there was something missing so when the rights came back I pretty much started again, sent it off to my editor and you guessed it. yet another round of tearing it apart and re-stitching it together again. My head is in a whirl trying to keep up with every and all the changes!
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I believe you learn from every book you write. But to answer your question, yes I learned that you have to be prepared to strip the story bare and pretty much begin again. 🙂
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Can’t answer this one Fiona because I don’t watch many films, sorry.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Don’t give up and don’t let anyone undermine yourself belief. Know that if you don’t put the work into your story, the story will be lacking and your readers will notice. The new author will eventually know instinctively when their writing is below par. Readers a discerning, respect them. Finally the book won’t write itself. It’s a case of ‘butt in the chair and get stuck in.’
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
How much I appreciate them.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
For the moment I have no book on the go.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Haven’t a clue 🙂
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I work with selenite crystal creating handcrafted gifts, pendants, and other items that can contain their birth or aniversary stones on them, and of course, reading and gardening.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
It’s a while since I sat down to watch any films. Colin Firth’s version of Pride and Prejudice. Love Letter, and Unconditional Love.
TV – at the moment there’s little worth watching so often revert back to quiz shows and antique shows.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
All depends on my mood at the time.
Colour – yellow, red or a deep green. A light beige or burnt orange.
Foods – I’m very unexciting and prefer simple old fashioned dishes 🙂
Music – Classical, jazz, and the ‘80s
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Read and continue with my garden and crafting.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
No headstone, cremation.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?