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?
My name is VIVA GOLD and no way am I telling you my age!
Fiona: Where are you from?
The greatest city in the world; London, UK
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I work 4 days a week as an Operations Manager. I’ve been at the company for 18 years and love the challenge of managing a diverse array of staff. I have 2 beautiful daughters in their mid-20’s (you can probably guess my approx. age now!) and a very understanding hubby. We’ve been marred for 31 years and are still having loads of fun! We love to go out in London and to travel the world. We’re blessed with a group of amazing friends and a lovely family.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’ve just released a new book called BLINK. I’m very excited about it as my Beta readers all said it’s my best yet.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing MF with a friend of mine in 2014 after we read 50 Shades and thought we could do that! Sadly, we didn’t make millions, but we had the best time ever collaborating on a series which we self-published. It was an amazing experience. We went to signings and met some fantastic people along the way. Then I discovered MM…
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always loved writing. Composition class at school was my absolute favourite. Over the years I have written speeches, articles, work related manuals and guides, and then books.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I fell in love with MM and read as much as I could. My MF writing partner wasn’t keen so I decided to write on my own under the author name Viva Gold. I wrote several books but wasn’t happy enough to self-publish, then one day Izzy popped into my head and the words just flowed. His love is Adam Cohen whose muse was the catalyst for the story. I was fascinated by a physically huge man being dominated by a smaller one. And I love kink, so there was some BDSM in there written how I’d want to read it (if that makes sense).
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It is basically the story of Isadore Woolf and his sub Adam Cohen – hence Izzy’s Boy.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write with a typically British voice which is sometimes challenging for readers from the US as the language can be quite different. I have to remember to tone it down so that it doesn’t put people off while still remaining true to myself.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
If we’re talking about Izzy’s Boy specifically then no, it is not based on anyone I know. The thing I do know is their Jewish upbringing and the community they come from. Everything else was researched or created from my weird and warped imagination! Some of the characters have traits of people in my life but I’m not telling who!
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I try to set the books in locations I am familiar with. I sometimes adapt the story if I have visited somewhere I think would fit. I have traipsed around London to check out areas and places to feature.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Me. I’m quite creative that way and really fussy. I enjoy doing them.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Diversity. Expect the unexpected. Love with an open mind.
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 don’t have a favourite writer per se. I review for a blog called Books Laid Bare Boys and some new writers are truly talented, so I enjoy new to me authors very much. My ‘go to’ authors are NR Walker, Angelique Jurd, Garrett Leigh, Joseph Lance Tonlet, Sean Kerr, Bey Deckard, Jack L Pyke, JJ Harper, Lily Morton, Ella Frank…and loads more…I like to read quality writing. I the sappy romance that sounds like it was written by a 5 year old.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My friend Suzanne Burke who runs Books Laid Bare Boys and is heavily involved in the MM genre. We now run shiMMer together with a 3rd team member. (UK MM author event and signing).
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
If I could afford to give up my day job, then I would in a heartbeat. But sadly, I couldn’t earn as much as I need to pay my bills. However, this doesn’t mean that I don’t take my writing seriously and I do consider it a second career alongside my day job. I devote a lot of time to it.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. BLINK is my favourite book I’ve written so far. I really enjoyed writing it. It caused me much stress, but it was worth it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes. I can’t just churn out words for the sake of it. Hence, I don’t have a book a month to release. I was very conscious of getting the tempo, emotion, and personalities right and it took me a while. I also re-wrote chunks of it until I was well and truly satisfied with the end result.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
For Izzy’s Boy, I would definitely have Brock O’Hurn play Adam. He is too devine and that man bun makes me twitch!
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Get lots of advice from the right people. Then just write all the words! Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t. Beta readers are brilliant and editors a must. Find a great formatter and take your craft seriously. Do NOT piss off your readers and just accept that Facebook is your best friend.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I love you. And I am humbled by each and every sale. Thank you.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m about to read Sir by NR Walker. I’ve just finished a few shorts on the giveaways. I loved Shaded Chains by Jack L Pyke, Mixing it Up by Angelique Jurd, and Anything Anytime by JJ Harper.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No. But I was a word hound. I read everything and then some! All the children’s classics then as a teenager and young adult, Harold Robbins, Jackie Collins, Jilly Cooper, Harlan Coben.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Menopause mostly to be honest! Gossping with my girlfriends is always a hoot. American Idol makes me sob hysterically, and so does Queer Eye.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Elvis Presley – he’s my idol. I even went to Graceland for a special birthday. So much talent in one person is overwhelming. And he was flawed for sure, but incredibly generous and loving. I wish he’d had better people to help him cope with his fame. And that voice…truly unique.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Apart from writing I’m pretty good at shopping.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t watch huge amounts of telly as I’d rather be reading or writing, but I do enjoy Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, X Factor, Handmaid’s Tale, Fauda, Spartacus, Cold Feet, Schitt’s Creek, Afterlife.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food is sushi. Colour is hot pink. Music …usually Elvis!
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I can’t imagine it. It would be like cutting off my oxygen supply! I’d have to get the words out somehow and I’m not known for my singing voice!
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Having sex while listening to Elvis and snacking on sushi.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
YOLO and she did!
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I’m just creating a website, but readers can come join my reader group on FB called Viva’s Divas. We talk books, post sexy pics, drool over food porn, and generally chat MM.
My book buy links:
IZZY’S BOY(Woolf Tales 1) by Viva Gold
GOOD LORD(Woolf Tales 2) by Viva Gold
MADE TO MEASUREby Viva Gold
ALFIE’S UNEXPECTED CHRISTMASby Viva Gold
BLUE CHRISTMASby Viva Gold
BLUE VALENTINE by Viva Gold
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