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?

PJ ‘Red’ Riley. So people call me PJ, Red, Pete or even Peter sometimes but my real name is John. Getting on but not past it yet so I’m not telling you.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Born and bred in Accrington

Fiona: A little about yourself (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

Left school at 14 with nothing so grand as a GCE. Joined Army at 17. Improved my education at night school and became a Pilot. Spent 25 years in Army including SAS. Then spent 18 years as an agent for Mi6. Now married (3rd time) to Carol living in Radcliffe Manchester and Spain during the winter.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Filmscript just about complete. Been commissioned by Macmillan Publishers NY to write book to celebrate 75 years of James Bond.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Just wanted to leave something for the grandkids but Carol read the opening chapter and insisted that I write a book.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Not really until I got a great deal of positive feedback from readers.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Nagging wife!

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I want that to be a bit of a tease for the reader to work out.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

Brevity and try to keep the reader guessing.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Completely autobiographical.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

 Not really. Already done.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The publisher.

 Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Don’t think so.

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?

 John Steinbeck but I also like Geoffrey Archer and Roald Dahl all simple storytellers.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

The government by telling me that I was not allowed to write ANYTHING.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Only the poor editing.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Need to devote time. Sit down with pen and paper for as long as it takes.

 Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Rowen Atkinson.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Take time to learn the basic rules of writing and then completely ignore them.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Bear with me. Book 2 is on the way.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Roald Dahl collected stories

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Sorry no.

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Laugh – Children.  Cry – Children.

 Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

To be honest. No there isn’t.

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?  

Squash and fell running but getting too old for them. Do the Telegraph crossword every day which winds Carol up no end.

 Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Never watch films. Forced to watch Emmerdale and Coronation Street

 Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Veg. Fish.  Blue. Stauss.

 Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Sit and look gormless I suppose.

 Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

Looking at my watch.

 Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?  


 Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Website  http://www.pjredriley.co.uk/

Amazon Authors like UK