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?
Hi, I’m Cameron Johnston, aged 39 and rapidly approaching a depressingly larger round number.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from Glasgow, Scotland.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I studied Computer Science in university and I live with my wife and an extremely fluffy cat in Glasgow, Scotland.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news would be my second published book, God of Broken Things coming out on June 11th. I’m very excited about it making its way to shelves all over the world.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I suppose when I was very young, and just wanted to write my own stories and characters to go along with playing with my toys.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think in my head there was a writer, and a Writer. I was a writer from my school days but I only felt like a ‘Proper Writer’ after my first short story sale.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer and write my own characters on adventures through fantastical worlds. I suppose I just decided to get serious about it and put in the work rather than saying “One day I’ll write a novel.”
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Ugh, I hate coming up with titles. They change a half dozen times from the initial working titles I write under. At some point something will just stick.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Not at all, a quiet room is all I need. Travel and experiencing other places certainly does help to flesh out fictional places and people though.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Jan Weßbecher did the excellent covers for both The Traitor God and God of Broken Things.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Absolutely. Please buy the next one! But more seriously, no specific message I am trying to get across – I just hope they enjoy it.
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?
There are some ridiculously skilled writers emerging over the last few years: Jen Williams, RJ Barker, Ed McDonald, Peter McLean, Anna Smith Spark,Anna Stephens. As for my favourite writer of all time, I’ll go with HP Lovecraft – not for the stories, characters or the actual writing, but for how it all together makes me feel.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My writers group, the GSFWC who gave me invaluable insight and critique.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely, and it would be amazing if I could eventually support myself through writing.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would probably add more black humour and bad jokes.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I think I learned to suggest a lot of characterisation using very little words.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I honestly have no idea. James Marsters (Spike from Buffy) would not be a bad choicethough.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Don’t expect your first draft to be a shiny polished piece of fiction. They rarely are so do not get discouraged. The first draft is when you discover your story, the editing and rewrites are where you make it what you want it to be and make it all pretty.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the journey.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Ember Blade by Chris Wooding
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not in the slightest. I was way too young.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I will avoid the obvious ones like Jesus, and choose HP Lovecraft. I would love a deeper insight into his life and macabre imagination.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Blacksmithing, RPGs, walking in nature, and historical European martial arts.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
There’s quite a lot so I’ll just pick a few from each category:
TV: The Expanse, The Last Kingdom, Lucifer, Sharpe, Blackadder.
Film: Marvel films, Mystery Men, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Dark City.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I’m quite partial to a proper Sunday roast, Mexican and Japanese food.Favourite colours would be black and silver, and music-wise I tend to listen to 80s and rock.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Hopefully I could still read, so I would mostly be doing that.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Nothing exotic, just seeing my loved ones for those last hours.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I aten’t dead.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I certainly do! www.cameronjohnston.net
The Traitor God: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0857667793/
God of Broken Things: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0857668099/
And Amazon Authors page: https://www.amazon.com/Cameron-Johnston/e/B00F59G69A/