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?

Jenna van Berke, I’m approaching forty.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Europe.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I’m currently living in Finland with my husband and child.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I’ve completely revised my very first book and am about to republish it as My Husband’s Secret.You can grab an ARC copy on booksprout: https://booksprout.co/arc/17113/my-husband-s-secret

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

As a teenager I wrote short stories for fun. Later I kept a journal. I find it helps me deal with things if I write them down.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’m still kind of struggling with that.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I read an interview with a self-published author – and started writing immediately. Somehow I’d been completely unaware of the possibility of self-publishing. I’ve always dreamed of becoming a writer one day, but never had the confidence to actually try. I was convinced no publisher would accept my work. Learning about self-publishing changed my life.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It sort of presented itself.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

Not really. I like to experiment, try out different styles and sub-genres.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Some of my books are more personal than others. My latest book, Bleak Nights, was inspired by the experiences of a friend: She’s about my age and wants children, but her partner didn’t feel mature enough to take that step. They ended the relationship after seven happy years. I guess most women can relate to that longing. I know I do, I have no idea how my life would look like without my child.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Only in my mind.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

They’re all DIY. I’m no professional, of course, but there’s some great software out there making things easy and it’s a lot of fun.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Maybe not really a message, but there are things I think are worth thinking about.

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’ve recently come across Melissa Addey, who writes historical fiction set in China in the 1700s. Asia has always held a fascination for me, and I love to learn more about other places and eras in an entertaining way.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

A friend.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely. I’m not there yet, but I’m working on it 🙂

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

There are always things I’d change when I reread my work. Writing is an endless learning process, and I’m learning stuff almost on a daily basis.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Yes, work on my story structure.

 Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Difficult question. I don’t know.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

I can only tell any aspiring writer: Just do it. Don’t let your doubts and fears paralyze you.

 Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Please leave a review. Reviews are super important to authors.

 Fiona: What book are you reading now?

The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side by Agatha Christie

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Um… I honestly don’t remember.

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My child.

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Reading, gardening, music, photography…

 Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Actually I barely watch TV these days, I’m too busy reading 🙂

 Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Pasta. Turquoise. Lorde, Lana del Rey, Sade. These days I’m also discovering Finnish music, like Anna Puu, Haloo Helsinki!, Vesala…

 Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Maybe run a second hand shop.

 Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

With my family.

 Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

Uh, I don’t know. I’ll leave that to my friends and family.

 Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

You can find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjennavanberke/

Amazon link: amazon.com/author/jennavanberke

Goodreads: goodreads.com/jennavanberke

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