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?
Hello everyone I’m Darryl Bishop. I’m 48
Fiona: Where are you from?
Staten Island NY, Lived in Taunton Mass for a few years then moved back to Staten Island.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’m the father of 3 boys and 1 girl. I’ve been in retail Loss Prevention for over going on close to 30 years. I have certifications in both basic and advanced interviewing and interrogations. I’m pretty much a laid back individual that enjoys making people laugh. I have a healthy sense of sarcasm.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I recently released my latest book ‘New York Undercover’ I’m currently working on the second part of that series, as well as the 3 book in my ‘Lady on the Ledge’ series.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing back in 2010-2011. At first I was helping a friend of my sister’s with a project and my sister saw the potential I had and suggested that I take up writing as a way to deal with my depression and anxiety issues. It took me a while to actually start writing. So when I decided to give it a try I first did it on my social media page. I had all these ideas for stories and started creating the worlds in my head and then just transferred the scenes to paper and from there I just garnered a pretty decent following.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Wow, great question. To be honest, I can’t really recall when it hit me that I was a “writer”. But if I have to narrow it down, I think it was when I was offered a contract to actually have my stories published.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was titled the Interview. Which I later made first story in my Checkmate series. I guess it was, to be honest, me just projecting my life, or situations that were going on around me through the characters I created. Doing that allowed me to address a lot of my anger issues. It gave me an outlet to channel all of the sadness and in a sense answer a lot of questions that I always wanted answers to, but knew I wasn’t ever going to receive. It was therapy for me. The empty page was my therapist, and I just poured my heart out and told my stories, albeit in a fictional setting.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title the Interview was conceived due to me watching a lot of investigative news programs. Such as 20-20, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes and whatnot. The narration always held my interest, and so when I began writing my first book I was writing initially as if it was an investigative show, put to paper.
New York Undercover is an homage to the TV show from the 90’s. It was a very popular urban police drama. I just focused my story on Staten Island because not many shows focus on us. So I wanted to build a world on familiar ground and introduce characters that anyone can identify with.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I consider my writing style as Truth in a fictionalized world. The locations, although they’re fictional, to a degree, they can be easily compared to places that the reader is familiar with. My style is very detailed and I also don’t really have a starting point in my stories. I say that meaning that, when you step into the character’s world you step into a world that has long been established. You are dropped in the middle of the chaos and then navigate your way around. So I may place you at the end of the story, and then leave breadcrumbs for you to follow that take you on a journey that is almost parallel to the character’s journey. You see their world from various character’s perspectives but in the end you leave that world feeling as if you lived their lives, felt what they felt and survived, where other characters may not have been as fortunate.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
With this book-well with most of my stories the experiences are all the product of my imagination. The characters initially have some of my qualities, or the qualities of people I know; but as you travel deeper into their world they take on a life of their own, but they’re traits are such that the reader can say to themselves, “I know someone like that.” I’ve been told that my imagination has a tendency to be too vivid. Which as a writer is an awesome compliment. If you get so lost in the world I created that you felt the feelings they felt and come out of it almost feeling like – yeah that really could happen- then I’ve done my job.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No. Not really. I do however try not to watch too much television. I try not to have too many outside influences. My biggest, I guess resource when I’m writing, is music. My books and the individual chapters have soundtracks that drive the scenes I create. So it won’t be odd to find me listening to one particular song on repeat while I’m writing a chapter. I listen to a particular song and just envision the scenes. Sort of like my own music video. I then take that image and build the scene around it.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The latest series of books, I did all the cover photography and what not. With the exception of From the Ashes. I had this absolutely amazing artist Jennifer Cento, create the cover art, and she brought my vision to life.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
No. Not really. I just want the readers to enjoy the book.
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 like VC Andrews. As for new writers, I honestly don’t really know who’s out. And that’s not me being rude, I just tend to avoid reading anyone else’s work when I’m writing.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
A few friends but no major entity
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
A career, no. Being a writer, while it’s fun, is stressful and can be more difficult that managing a team of investigators. The only way I can see this being a career, is if I actually am able to support myself independently of a regular 9 to 5.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Probably release it sooner. I’ve had people asking me for this one for a while now. The preview was released in 2018.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
That what my mother said was true. She had told me that when you start writing the characters are like children. They’ll wake you up in the middle of the night, they’ll demand your attention. There have been times I’ll be in bed and an idea for a character arc comes to me, or I’ll get this scene in my head that I have to get down or some extensive dialog will play itself out. So I have to get up and sometimes I end up rewriting entire chapters because the additions were much better than what I had originally written.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I want to say me. I think Denzel or Michael K. Williams from the Wire. But I think finding new talent may be the way to go. But I definitely want to be in at least a scene or two. lol
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
You’ll have people try to dissuade you or make you change parts of your story. Just stick to your guns. In the end this your world you’re creating. Getting creative input is great, and taking things into consideration helps. But if it doesn’t flow with the story, or if it doesn’t feel right to you, then stay on your original course.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to bring you into my world. I want you to get lost in these worlds and let me know what you think when you’ve navigated your way out. Reviews mean more to me than anything. It lets me know that people read my books. Good, bad or indifferent. At least you read it.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Believe it or not. I usually read the previous book I published, if it’s part of the series. Right now I’m reading book one of New York Undercover.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Flowers in the Attic. V. C. Andrews.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Gotta admit, I love reading some of these memes. People just go nuts with it. I end up laughing like a maniac. I also watch stuff on YouTube like movie or tv news bloopers.
Stuff that makes me cry? Seeing kids hurting. Those videos of Veterans coming home to surprise their families. Yeah stuff like that gets me every time.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
My mom. Just to get answers to questions that we never really cleared the air about.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I DJ, I dabble in photography and occasionally do comedy.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m a creature of habit. NYPD Blue. Seinfeld. Married with Children and Documentaries about Lions and Hurricanes. Oh also the Perfect Storm, 300, Gladiator and Denzel Washington movies.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favorite food, Lasagne, popcorn and Caribbean food. Color, Blue and Yellow. Music, I listen to various genres but I love classical and the 70’s
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Probably continue DJing or some photography. But more than likely just keep working my regular job.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my kids close friends.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
“Technically Pop Corn & Chicken are salads….change my mind!” lol
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Well I have various social media handles but if they want updates on my books they can check out my author’s page on amazon USA : https://www.amazon.com/Darryl-Bishop/e/B00N8IOQHE?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_fkmr0_1&qid=1563037740&sr=8-1-fkmr0