Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Hi Fiona, thank you for inviting me to your blog. I’m happy to be here!
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
N: I began pursuing writing as a career after university. Ten years into it, being someone who gets to put stories into the world that people enjoy is a great job to me!
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
N: I’m rubbish with coming up with titles. It usually takes me three or four attempts to get it right! The title of my latest book, In the Key of Nira Ghani, was a team effort from me and my publisher, Running Press. J
Even though it took a few tries, I love this title. I think it hits the mark by intertwining Nira’s love of music and her struggles to come into her own, to pursue her dreams while still being true to the people and culture she comes from, and gives a nod to the individuality/humour that she brings to her world.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
N: **Laughs hysterically** everything about writing is difficult for me! I don’t think I have a specific writing style, though based on reader feedback, readers of my works can expect fun characters, engaging dialog, and a lot of humour in my books.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
N: Not really. 😀 I think while we may all read the same book, none of us reads the same story, and I’m just happy readers spend time with my characters.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
N: Keep going! This is not an easy industry, don’t give up!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
N: Thank you. I know there are obligations on your time and so many things you are juggling in your lives, and I’m grateful that of all the things you do, reading my books is one of them.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
N: I’m rereading Robert McKee’s Story.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
N: Not really, but I do remember one of the first books ever read to me, Watty Piper’s The Little Engine that Could.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
N: Does chasing after my furry creatures and cuddling with them count?
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
N: I would be a combination professional cupcake taster and animal tummy-rubber-ear-scratcher-feed-them-all-the-treats-they-want. J
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
N: There are a lot things I’d like the head stone to read, but in reality, it’ll probably read, “Here lies Natasha. She thought it was a good idea, at the time.” 😛
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
N: Readers can find me at www.natashadeen.com (the blog is attached to the website). I’m also on Instagram and Twitter @natasha_deen.
Fiona, thank you so much for asking such great questions and giving me the chance to spend time with your readers! ^_^