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?
My name is Julie D. Jones. I am 52.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am originally from South Devon, but currently residing in The Blue Mountains, near Sydney.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I grew up in the South Hams in a small village called West Charleton, overlooking the Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary.
Both parents were teachers, I have an older sister and an older brother, both living close to Dartmoor.
My youth was spent riding horses, swimming, bike riding, anything to do with the outdoors. However, I also had a love for reading and bought books at every opportunity. I would say my childhood was very normal, carefree and loving.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I will be travelling to the U.K. in June to promote my novels in the Moorland Forensic series(Bound by Polaris & Devil’s Realm) and to visit family and friends.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing at an early age. I loved English at school, eventually going on to study Journalism at the Australian College of Journalism.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When my first novel was published. (2017)
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My father was dying of cancer. I sat with my father when he was sick and informed him, I would write a book about Devon and one day he would be very proud of me. Sadly, he passed away before the book was published.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It was really my husband who came up with the title. I take one small incident in the book and we use that to decide what the book should be called. I prefer a title gleaned from the classics.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I find it easy to write about crime fiction and I particularly like conversation exchanges between characters. I try to write in a way which readers can relate to each scene. Every chapter has numerous scenes, I do not write one scene per chapter.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I’d like to say everything is invented but perhaps somethings are subconsciously based on my own experiences from living and travelling in the U.K. Australia and Germany.
I never base characters on anyone I know. These are always invented and just appear in my head.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I feel inspired when I return to Devon, which is where my books are based. It helps to create scenes and decide exactly where I want things set. I also use places and events I have experienced in other countries.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The publisher (Austin Macauley) came up with the cover, but I provided them with a brief of what I wanted and the colours.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
My characters are no nonsense individuals who do not want to conform to what the rest of the world is telling them they should do.
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?
I don’t have a favourite author as such. I enjoy being guided by recommendations.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Valerie Parv, one of the top Australian romance authors. I met Valerie when I was receptionist for a Sydney Accounting firm. She dropped by one day, gave me three signed books and a lucky pen. I still have that pen on my writing desk.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. I love writing and would like to be a full-time author.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, nothing. You write from the heart and are inspired and captured by the moment. It seems natural to put down your first ideas and run with them.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
There is extensive research you carry out as a writer and you are always learning along the way.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I don’t really have a favourite actor/actress. My characters are very headstrong (especially Katie). I would like someone who best portrays a determined, worldly persona, but also someone who can display a streak of fallibility.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep doing what you enjoy and never listen to negative comments. Write from the heartand no one can ever take that away from you.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I am very lucky to be married to a Forensic Scientist. Together we put together the crime scenes and I love learning the intricacies of scientific investigations. If I hadn’t followed a career path in nursing, I would have studied a scientific discipline.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Broken Harbour by Irish writer Tana French.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I read a lot of books by Enid Blyton. I later read a biography on Enid and am amazed at how many books she wrote.
I also loved reading the Sue Barton nursing books by Helen Dore Boylston (an American author) – this series inspired me to become a nurse.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I love good comedy (one liners that have me in stitches). Being around happy people who have a wicked sense of humour and turning something negative into a positive can often make me laugh.
True stories where tragedy affects so many people, the loss of someone special, will always make me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Margaret Thatcher. I admire women who are strong, but it must be for the right reasons. To me a powerful woman is one who can remain strong under any circumstance.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Yes, I play the flute, enjoy cooking (but am certainly no Masterchef), I try to go swimming a few times a week.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love crime shows, Doc Martin, thrillers that have you sitting on the edge of your seat. I also enjoy documentaries where I can learn things.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Thai food is my favourite, I love the colour blue. My taste in music varies. I love the seventies and eighties, but also classical music.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would still write in my head.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Finally, a day off!
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?