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?
David: My name is David Joyce, and I’m 36 years old
Fiona: Where are you from?
David: I was born and raised in Virginia.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
David: Good question! Some much of who I am was influenced by my family. Since I was little, my parents, grandparents, and uncles placed an emphasis on family history and genealogy. This inspired me to further my education by getting an AS in history, and eventually, getting a diploma from the Institute for Writers. Today, I consider myself a serious student of Virginia genealogy and history. If it wasn’t for this upbringing, I would not be here answering these questions today.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
David: I am close to submitting my second book to the publishers. Stay tuned to my facebook page for more information:}
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
David: Funny enough, I originally didn’t want to be a writer, but rather, the desire to write came later in life. When I was very little, I visited a history museum and I wanted to work in a similar workplace for many years after. It wasn’t until adulthood that I dabbled around with fiction, but then realized that my calling was in historical nonfiction. That way I could still pursue my passion in history.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
David: Not until very recently, actually. It was only after I published my first book, Pioneers of Colonial Virginia, that I realized that I was officially an author. I had published magazines articles before this, but it didn’t fully register with me at the time.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
David: I have always been fascinated with the Virginia frontier. My mother, a history teacher, used to take me to Colonial Williamsburg and to Jamestown. Not to mention, we visited my family’s ancestral lands and homesteads in Virginia. Ever since then, I have admired the pioneers that came before us and the sacrifices they made. Without them, we would not exist.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
David: The title “Pioneers of Colonial Virginia: Being a Collection of Narratives of Influential and Less Well-Known Pioneers in Colonial Virginia and Their Impact on Society,” was inspired by several factors. First and foremost, it was based on my love of colonial Virginia. I also wanted to share with others why and how its history is still relevant. By examining these forgotten pioneers and their contributions, we can all learn something new about where we come from.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
David: Good question! I find that the most challenging task is the research. Due to the nature of my book, I have to look pretty deeply for stories of less well-known Virginians. This involves a fair amount of time, especially since as a genealogical author, I prefer to cite original documentation. Overall, though, it is worth it.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
David: Every chapter in Pioneers of Colonial Virginia is based on historical facts. I provide footnotes to provide an accurate account of these early settlers and their contributions to society.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
David: I do travel, actually. When preparing for a new chapter, I first gather all the necessary documentation before the beginning the writing process. However, I also consult my genealogical library. I have a fairly large collection of colonial reference material.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
David: My Aunt Debra deserves that credit:}. She is a very talented artist.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
David: What an interesting question! Yes, the message that the Pioneers of Colonial Virginia presents is simple: We can all make a difference in society. It doesn’t matter how influential you are, just by living out your daily routine, you are contributing to your local community in important ways.
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?
David; My favourite author is James Joyce. I find his boundless creativity inspirational. I also admire how he dared to provide original content in his books. This is especially true of Finnegans wake, one of most unique works.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
David: My best friend, Stuart Rorer, played a crucial role in this.He has always supported me in this endeavour.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
David: Yes, even though I have just begun to seriously write books and articles, I can see myself turning this into a career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
David: At current, I can’t think of anything :}.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
David: I learned plenty of new information. I don’t claim to know everything about colonial Virginia. That is one reason why I continue to write about this time period.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
David: That’s a loaded question for sure! I’m not too sure, actually, since each chapter is about a different pioneer. That’s an interesting question though.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
David: Write for your passions. If you are writing about a subject you have no interest in, it will not be your best work.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
David: Yes, I want to express my sincere gratitude to them for their support. I’m glad they get the same enjoyment I get from writing.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
David: I’m currently reading a book entitled “Joseph Martin and the Southern Frontier” by Denise Pratt Morrison. I just discovered this individual’s history, and I’m enjoying learning about his life.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
David: Kind of, I remember what it was about, but not the title.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
David: I have an odd sense of humour! Unfortunately, its not easy to explain.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
David: Yes, I would LOVE to meet my sixth great-grandfather, Alexander Joyce. He wasan interesting and inspirational person.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
David: Not really, writing is my main focus:}
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
David: Outlander! I love the show Outlander.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
David: I love pumpkin bread, maybe too much. As far as colours go, I prefer blue and green. Music? well, I love the disco, classical, jazz, and Celtic genre.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
David: I would work in a history museum. No doubt about that.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
David: Spend time with family and friends. They are very important to me.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
David: That’s a pretty thoughtful question. At current I would choose: Persistence is Golden.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
David: Yes, my author webpage and blog is www.davidjoyceauthor.com. I also have a Author facebook page called David Joyce – Pioneers of Colonial Virgina.
www.davidjoyceauthor.com (author webpage and blog)
(book on amazon)
https://www.facebook.com/Davjoyce/ (facebook author page)