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, my name is John Watson and I am 51 years of age.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am originally from Scotland, but I now reside in Metro Atlanta, with a few different stops along the way.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I currently reside in the Atlanta area with my wife Penny, who is a regional chef. We each have 2 kids from previous marriages, all of whom are grown and doing the adult thing. We have a pair of fur babies to keep us busy.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My first novel, Karaoke Night, recently achieved International Bestseller status, which was incredibly exciting. I have just finished a short story for an anthology and am currently working on a novella called Crueller.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I picked up a pen and paper when I was about 12 or 13 years old. I was a very shy kid and spent a lot of time in the library reading books of all kinds. I began to imagine what might have happened to the characters in those books after the stories came to an end, so I made up future lives and situations for a few.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I started getting paid to string words together.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I grew a little tired of writing content for other people and never taking time to do anything for myself. I made the decision to seriously tackle NaNoWriMo in 2018. I already had the idea, so it was all about making the time to crank out the story.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
That part of the process was pretty straightforward, as it tied into the events in the book.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I approach writing like a paint by numbers style of art. I create the basic outline first, after which I add the colors, very often painting outside the lines as I go. It is those little moments across the lines that come out the best.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Karaoke Night is comprised of 11 short stories that combine to create a bigger, interconnected tale. Only one of the stories in there is based on a real event, which was a weird little story that my wife told me about.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Only in my mind.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The cover for Karaoke Night was designed by my good friend Matt Frankel. All covers moving forward will be designed by the creative folks at Crazy Ink Publishing.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That your actions have consequences.
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?
My favorite writer is Clive Barker. He has an uncanny knack of making the grotesque seem somehow beautiful. As far as new writers go, MW Brown is very high on the list. Her novel, Portraits in Flesh, is one of the most original books I have read in ages. What makes this more exciting is that she is a fellow author at Crazy Ink and that we plan on co-writing a novel in the near future.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Honestly, the success of Karaoke Night is all down to my friends and family. They have supported it by purchasing the book and telling everyone they know all about it. The last couple of months have been among the best and most humbling of my life.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I’d love it to be, but the reality is, at least as far as writing fiction goes, is that there is not a ton of money to be made. I would do it even if I never received a penny, so it doesn’t matter that much to me.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Surprisingly, no. I was very happy with how it turned out.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned a lot about myself, mostly that I actually have it in me to take a story from idea to finished article. It made me want to do it more often.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
There are a lot of characters in there. The lead doesn’t reveal much about himself, so I don’t really see him clearly. That said, I think the book would make a fantastic 10-part series on Netflix or HBO. I am a little biased, though.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Be serious about your writing, but never take yourself too seriously.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
My mantra in the last couple of months has been that reviews are incredibly important. If you read my book, please review it, good or bad. Those reviews help get your book discovered.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I usually read 2 or 3 at any given time. The one that has really caught my attention at the moment is The Surgeon by David Beers.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Kid’s stuff aside, the first “real” book I read was probably an Agatha Christie book. My mum devoured those and encouraged me to read from a very early age.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My wife is the funniest woman alive and makes me howl with laughter on a daily basis. I cry at movies and music quite regularly, but don’t tell anyone.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet Clive Barker and spend some time inside his head. I’s also love my mum and dad to be around, even if only for a day, so that they could hold my book in their hands and be proud of their wee boy.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Reading. When I am not writing or hanging out with Penny, I am usually face down in my Kindle.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Horror movies are my thing. I don’t watch a ton of TV, but I do love Stranger Things and reality cooking shows like Master Chef and Hell’s Kitchen.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love Italian food, am fond of all things black, and listen to music that some might call weird. Anything with heavy beats and a ton of synthesizers is right up my alley.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Probably be strapped to a bed awaiting a lobotomy.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my wife and kids, telling them how much I love them over and over again.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Is it that time already?
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/John-Watson/e/B07R6XSYZK