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?
I’m Kerry Watts and I’m 47 already. Can’t believe I’m so old…
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Perth and apart from a brief spell in South Wales I’ve lived here all my life.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
What can I say about my education. School? I wasn’t a big fan due to my painful shyness and anxiety which only increased as I progressed through the years. Now that I’m a bestselling author it’s weird to think I failed my Higher English exam so spectacularly. I wonder what my old English teacher would think if he knew. I live with my son and husband whom I adore. My daughter, whom I also adore has moved out and is making her own way in the world doing what she loves. Caring for small animals.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news is that I’m excited to share that Safe Home – Book 2 in my Detective Jessie Blake series set in Scotland is available to pre order.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing since my daughter was a baby which is a long time ago now. I began writing after reading a copy of Isla Dewar – Giving up on ordinary and thought ‘I’d like to do that.’ – So I did.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve considered myself a writer from the very beginning when what I was writing was so bad. So bad I can’t describe it but I was writing and that meant the world to me.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your latest book?
In Safe Home I wanted to show that nothing is as simple as it seems. I wanted to bring in my interest in mental health issues. Post-natal depression in particular which is particularly personal to me.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title came about through discussion with my wonderful publisher Helen who has the most amazing mind for that.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I like to think my style is simple and quick to read. I want my books to be a good way to relax and allow a story to unfold in front of them.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I want my characters to seem real enough so that people can relate to them on a human level. The reason I always incorporate mental health into my books is because of my personal and professional experience with mental health issues.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
As my books are set in Scotland I haven’t travelled to source material.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My publisher Helen works very closely with a designer who works with Bookouture. I think the designer captures what I want to say perfectly.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I suppose a message I think I’ve always sent is that things are never quite what they seem.
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?
Billy Mclaughlin is a new author that I love! I think my favourite writer has to be Samantha Downing. Her book My Lovely Wife made me devour it in two days which is unusual for me. I was gripped from page 1 but I don’t give spoilers!
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My friend Louise Mullins has been a great support to me. I reached out to her one day through Facebook and quizzed her about publishing. We’ve been good friends ever since.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I absolutely do because it’s hard work. There’s so much more that needs to be done than just writing. There’s the editing and rewrites and publicity to name a few.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned that tears in the writer – tears in the reader.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I’d like Kelly McDonald to play Jessie although the actress isn’t quite as tall as Jessie. Someone suggested Gerry Butler to me for Dylan recently but I think Mr Butler might be too busy.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just do it. The first draft is just for you so it doesn’t half to be perfect. Don’t let criticism upset you either.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I hope you enjoy book 2 enough to read book 3 and that it’s important to me to know you feel satisfied at the end of my books. I want them to know I value their opinion.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading a biography about the jockey Keiron Fallon
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Yes I think it was The Lion the witch and the wardrobe. I loved seeing Aslan come to life in the movie Narnia!
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Really good stand up comedy makes me laugh. People like Peter Kay and Billy Connolly in particular. Any form of cruelty to people or animals makes me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’d love to meet Agatha Christie and bend her ear about writing mystery novels. She would be fascinating to have a cup of tea with I think.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
My hobby I suppose is reading and writing as well as watching horse racing which I love. I do enjoy walking too but it’s not the same since losing my dog last year. I enjoy music and going to the theatre too.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t know what I watched before I got Netflix! I loved Dexter, Hannibal, Stranger things to name a few. Also The haunting of Hill House. My son and I recently watched the remake of Jumanji with Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black. I laughed so hard I thought I was going to need oxygen.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favourite music all my life has been 80’s rock like Heart, Def Leppard etc. I also love Lewis Capaldi and Daughtry just now as well as Panic at the disco and Fall out boy.
My favourite colour is turquoise and I have no idea why!
My favourite food is any meal served with rice. Curries, chillies etc.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Can’t imagine such an awful prospect but become a professional reader/blogger maybe. I’m too tall and heavy to be a jockey!
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I’d take my family and spend the day at a racing stables hopefully getting the chance to feel the speed on the back of a sprinter as he thunders at over 40 mph along the gallops.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She never liked any of you. She was just being nice!
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
http://kerrywatts.simplesite.com/ or on my Amazon author page.