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 Charlotte. I write under the name C.V. Leigh, and I’m 37 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’ve lived in Somerset for 16 years now, but I was born in Oman, and grew up on the Lincolnshire / Nottinghamshire borders.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I live with my husband, two children, and our pets in a small Somerset village. I read Tarot cards and make spiritual crafts. I’ve just finished doing my BA (Hons) in Arts and Humanities, and spend what little free time I have reading, and doing various arts and crafts. I particularly enjoy going for long walks with my dog.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My book, The Change, was released in May on Kindle Unlimited, but will be coming off KU and made more widespread in August. It’s currently priced at $4.99 and only available on Kindle, but will soon be available on Nook, Kobo, iBooks, and all good ereader devices.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing my entire life. My grandma has always encouraged me and sent a poem of mine to be published back in 1996. I started writing crime fiction back in 2010, and eventually went into romance in 2012 under the name Charlotte Howard. In 2018, I wrote my first urban fantasy novel (The Change), but chose to write it under a new name, C.V. Leigh.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably back in 2008 when I started writing for a living. I wrote content pieces for various websites and magazines. Something I do miss, but at the same time I just don’t have the enthusiasm for anymore.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I’m not really sure. The Change is a storyline that has been niggling at me for years. I’ve always been a fan of paranormal and fantasy, particularly werewolves, and the Scottish scenery has always been inspirational.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The Wolves of Faol Hall is the series title, and makes sense since it’s based on werewolves who live in an old house called Faol Hall! The Change can be taken however the readers wish. It could be about the physical change of human to wolf, or it could mean the change in the family dynamic.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’ve always been a pantster, writing as I go but I have found with fantasy, especially series writing, that I need to plan more. I’m not sure I have a particular style though. I’d like to be more descriptive.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not much! It is about werewolves after all. But the scene is set in the Cairngorms – a place I’ve driven through on the way to visiting family, so I’ve tried to make that as realistic as possible. I think with regards to the characters and storyline, there is an element of my own experiences in there, since the family is quite dysfunctional. They’re not a particularly close family in the sense that they live their own lives, but when something happens that draws them back, they are fiercely protective, which is something I have found with my own family.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I had already travelled to the Cairngorms before I wrote The Change, but generally I don’t travel. I do like to go for long walks though, which helps to clear my mind.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Cora Graphics designed the covers.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I don’t think there’s one particular message in the story. But, readers will come to understand that even the weakest member of the family will show their strengths when the time is right.
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 read so many different books by different authors, its hard to pin down one name. I don’t have a favourite as such, but I do enjoy the works of Kelley Armstrong, George R R Martin, Roald Dahl, and Douglas Adams.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I’d have to say Lucy Felthouse and the team at Tirgearr Publishing. I’ve been working with them for a long time now, and without their support, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I’d like to. But, I don’t want it to feel like a job. I enjoy writing and don’t want to feel pressured into doing it!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’d maybe add more description and a bit more backstory for Tess.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I’m not a clean writer!
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I would love to see someone like Gerard Butler play Alistair.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Learn how to market. I’m really rubbish at marketing, and it shows.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Please leave a review! Reviews help other readers find the titles.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m currently reading A Feast of Crows by George R R Martin – Book 5 in the A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Probably a Roald Dahl one.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Roald Dahl. He was one of my favourite authors growing up.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I watch a lot of films. I’m not a huge TV series person, but I do love films. I also enjoy painting, knitting, and sewing.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m currently watching Lucifer and The Order. But I will watch pretty much anything except gory horrors.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Colours: Turquoise, purple, and black
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I’d stick to Tarot reading
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my husband and children, probably walking through the New Forest.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Here lies Charlotte, aged 102. The good die young.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My website can be found here: https://cvleigh.charlottehoward.co.uk/
Amazon Authors Page USA https://www.amazon.com/C.V.-Leigh/e/B07Q5JNXTJ/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1