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 there! My name is E.G. Stone. Everyone just calls me E.G. I’m twenty-three years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
That’s a complicated question. I’ve moved about a bit and have family all over, so broadly speaking I suppose I’m from the States. Most recently, though, I’ve been in Ohio after my year in Edinburgh. In the future? No idea.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
As I like to say, I’m three things: a writer, a linguist, and a wanderer. I have been writing since I was really young. During that time, I was introduced to Tolkien’s works as opposed to the more typical books that are read to a small child. That, plus a healthy dose of sci-fi, led me to fall in love with language and writing and I was determined that it would be what I do for the rest of my life. Turns out, small me was right! I’ve just finished my MSc in Applied Linguistics. I’ve also just started working as an Indie Author full-time, using my linguistics degree to help shape my work and help others understand that tearing a language apart can be just as useful in creating a story as putting words onto paper.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news is that I have a book launch coming up in October! My sci-fi/dystopian book, Speaker of Words, will be launched on the 17th. In the mean time, ARC review copies are about to be available. Otherwise, I spend my time writing more books, doing book reviews, and interviewing other authors.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Again, you can probably blame Tolkien for that. I was about six when I decided I wanted to be a writer and my first “book” was a high-fantasy adventure very much in the style of Lord of the Rings. It was terrible (I was seven) but I never stopped writing. To me, writing was a way for me to make sense of the world; to put the stories played out in my head onto paper; to share my way of thinking with the rest of the world. If I didn’t write, I struggled. Even when writing was just for me and would never be seen by anybody, it was the best part of my day.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
As soon as I picked up a pencil and notebook, I knew that writing was my calling.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Again, you can most definitely blame Tolkien for that. Of course, my book was nothing like his, but more a concatenation of my life, my desire for a dragon, and a healthy dose of “what in the world?!”. Still, I think it turned out well enough. And it pushed me to keep writing.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I usually come up with titles for my books long before the book itself is actually written. I always have a main character and a title and everything else is more or less a mystery to me. How I come up with the titles, though? Honestly, I have no idea. They just pop into my head and stick.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
My specific writing style is “no plan” oriented. People call it pantsing—as in flying by the seat of your pants—but I much prefer coddiwompler, or discovery writer. The stories always start at the beginning with a character, a title and an idea. Then, I just sit down and write the book through. Sometimes it works out well, sometimes it doesn’t.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My characters are absolutely possessed of real-life attributes, but that’s because I learn about people through studying of real-life and transferring it onto paper. Whether or not they resemble certain people is a bit of a mystery, though. At least, I’ve only ever intentionally based a couple of characters off of people I know. All the events and the situations I put my characters into, on the other hand, are not based anywhere on reality. At least, not my reality.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t have to travel to craft my work, but I do enjoy travelling. Usually, if I need to learn about a place, most of the research materials available on the first page of a Google search work well enough. That being said, I have gone to the Lake District in England to finish a book that was set there. I have based alternate worlds on places I have visited or would like to visit.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My lovely editor/publishing help, who runs NightOwl Freelance, designed the Speaker of Words cover. She has been such a pleasure to work with.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I think there are several messages that could be taken away from Speaker of Words. But, that would ruin the point of the novel. The decision about what you take away must be yours and yours alone.
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 just recently read a book by CF Welburn for my weekly book reviews: The Ashen Levels. It was definitely one of the best fantasy books I have read in a long time. Or, for something not quite so serious, AlinGuard by Alexzander Christion is a great fantasy book with a lot of humour and adventure. And if you’re into more sci-fi/dystopian, then Sour Fruit by Elli Allison is a must read.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
The Writing Community out there on the internet has been the most supportive group of people I have met. They are willing to help and read and give advice and they are some of the most entertaining people.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’m still at the point where I am desperately fond of my book, so not really.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned not to go back and edit as I write, but make notes of what I want to fix and do it later. Then ideas have a chance to marinate and are usually more effective.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Oh, dear. I have honestly no idea. My main character, Maddox Dawes, is a bit of a cynic just one month away from retirement. So… reader’s choice?
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep writing! No matter how badly things are going, just keep putting words on paper. It gets easier.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
The words don’t always mean what you think.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Bone Ritual by Lee C Conley.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No? I read oodles.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
People. Always people.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Isaac Asimov. I am convinced he is a time traveller and should like to know much, much more.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I walk, draw, sew, and am chief lackey to my cat, the Queen of the Universe.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Currently, I am rewatching Fringe, which is such a creative show with characters that I absolutely love.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Chocolate, earth tone greens, Mozart’s Requiem.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would probably create things and sell them on Etsy. Book boxes, distributed mode loud speakers, whatever strikes my fancy. I am a creative and a maker through and through!
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I would probably do much the same thing I’m doing now. Reading, writing, eating chocolate. It’s the simple things that make me happy and I regret none of them.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
E.G. Stone: Writer, Linguist, Wanderer. And just a touch weird.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My website is https://egstone.com. I’m also available on the following social media: