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 Angelique Jurd and I’m um oh look over there a squirrel…
Fiona: Where are you from?
Born and bred in New Zealand, currently living on the South East Auckland coast.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Let me see…grew up on a farm. Springsteen fan from the age of 12 – so that’s forty years (wait …stop doing math….squirrels everywhere). Divorced. I lived in Paris for nearly a decade and my eldest child was born there – his siblings were born here in NZ. Three children: 27, 21, and 19 (M,M,F). Former business and technology journalist turned fiction writer. I have a degree in Media Studies & English Literature and a Post Grad Certificate in Media Studies. Huge Supernatural fan.Pan, pierced, painted, and proud in a committed relationship for 15 years with a man. Pronouns are she, her.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I have a couple of new releases due very soon but since I don’t have firm dates I’d rather not say more.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I knew I wanted to write the day I heard Springsteen and read Stephen King for the first time – yes it was the same day – and I knew I wanted to do what they did: paint pictures with words.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think I always considered myself a writer – I was a journalist so I’ve made my living writing for some time. I struggle more with the title ‘author’ – if I ever consider myself one of those I’ll let you know 🙂
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was doing an Advanced Fiction Writing course with my university and we had to write a short story. I had nothing – absolutely zip. FinallyI came up with story about two men, Ben and Alex who are married and want to have a child. Alex’s sister-in-law offers to be a surrogate for them and it blows Alex’s family apart. The story graded very welland my workshop group pestered me to tell more of the story. That summer I had no courses so I decided to see what would happen. Twelve weeks later I had what turned into The Beach House, Tides of Love, and Winds of Change – the first three books in my San Capistrano series.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Ben takes Alex to meet his mother and grandmother at their home on the beach. That home became central to the storyso the first book was named The Beach House – every title in the series has a beach theme 🙂
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I think we (writers) all do. Writing contemporary gay fiction does have challenges – but what genre doesn’t? I try not to focus on the challenges too much.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
All of my books have something in them that I’ve plucked from life. Ben and Alex’s younger daughter, Lucy (Lulubug) is very much modelled on my own daughter. In Daisy Yellow, Daisy the Labrador is very much a Labrador we used to have. I don’t so much pick things that happened as personalities or settings.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Sadly, I haven’t had to for the books I’ve done so far – thankfully there’s the Internet! But hopefully going forward…
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My first three books – Jesse’s Smile, The Beach House, and The Mason Jar – were all designed by a designer from fiverr. The rest of my catalog has been done by the amazing May Dawney of May Dawney Designs. May and I are currently working on rebranding the San Capistrano books and it’s so exciting!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I know it sounds kind of cliché but …. Family isn’t a one size fits all. Family comes in so many different shapes, sizes, everything.
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 know if I could pick a single author. New to me is Amy Bellows – I just LOVE TheAccidental Everything. In general terms: (from the Indie world)Seth Nicholas King (if you haven’t read Fem, go now), JJ Harper, Shaw Montgomery, Susi Hawke, Viva Gold – all spring to mind but there are many more. (from the mainstream world) Stephen King, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Joe Hill, Tade Thompson, Bruce Springsteen, oh man we’ll be here all day if I keep going.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Readers in general but specifically the ones who are in my reader group, Cocktails and Denim, who are the most amazing, diverse, kind, and encouraging group of people anyone could hope to meet.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. I write full time, I run it as a business, it pays my bills. Best job in the world.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
My most recent book Rick (Joey Part 2) nearly drove me crazy – a very short trip but still – and if I could go back and do anything again it would be to write Joey, Rick, and the soon to be released Trust (Part 3) as a single entity.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
That no matter how much you love writing, there is going to be a project that will make you cry on a daily basis just because you opened the damned thing.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Oh this could get me in so much trouble lol. Most of my readers know who my varying muses are – especially for the San Cap boys– but if I were to choose one of my books to be made into a movie AND I could choose the leads, it would be The Mason Jar and I’d cast John Barrowman as Rian since he inspired him.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
To misquote the best lil blue fish around… Just Keep Writing…..
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Just that they will never know what they mean to me. Every single day I’m grateful for them bringing my guys to life.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Well not to be boring but I’m reading a non fic book called Social Media Marketing – Strategies for engaging on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Winnie the Pooh
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I have a very weird sense of humor – I don’t do toilet humor or cringe humor but strange things make me laugh. Cruelty makes me cry. Broken hearts. Hatred. All the things currently tearing our world apart make me cry on a daily basis.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Bruce Springsteen. Jensen Ackles. Jared Padalecki. In that order. I have a thing for denim and flannel – what can I say?
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I color, crochet, knit and READ
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Supernatural. How To Get Away with Murder. Indie movies. Mainstream movies. ALL the movies.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
French and Italian. All the colors. Bruce Springsteen, Kaleo, Louden Swain, The Shirtless Violinist
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Sorry, can’t imagine it.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Tell everyone I love that I love them.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
No head stone please, I want to be cremated.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
If you are in the UK Angelique Jurd
will be at The MM UK Author Event on the 22 .2 20 in Birmingham for more info go to the FB Page shimmer Attendees Group