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 Beth Hodgson, and I will be 39 this year.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Minnesota. I moved out of Minnesota to southern California when I was in my twenties.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am married and have three children. I used to work as an illustrator and graphic designer for 6 years, then I switched over to the fashion retail management industry, and worked in that field for about 14-15 years. Right now, I am a stay at home mom, raising my children.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I am currently editing my second novel and making some rewrites. I usually do five round of self-edits before sending it off to my editor. This current round is round one. I hope to release this book at the end of next year.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have written on and off my whole life, especially poetry and comics. I wrote some short stories and fan fiction years ago, but never made a big deal out of it.In 2015 is when I decided to write my first novel.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I considered myself a writer when I was writing my first book and made writing a daily routine.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I always had this particular story stuck in my head for the last 20 years or so, andhad wanted to do something with it. A few years ago, I had vivid dreams of this story and the characters, so I decided to finally write it.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It was hard. I had an old working title from years ago, but it didn’t seem to fit. For at least a year and a half, I didn’t even have a title when I was finally writing the novel. I finally came up with the title “The Spectrum,” and it morphed into “Fragments of Light,” because the fragments that made up the light (each color) represented my past, present and future self in one way, shape or form.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t really adhere to a genre. I always thought of my book as ‘futuristic fantasy’, but several reviews have labelled it as a multi-genre – a blend of scifi, fantasy, thriller, and romance. But as for my writing style, I like to read authors whose styles I love in hopes that I adapt to their style, while giving my writing it’s own unique twist to it.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Oh boy. I’d say about 75% of the book is loosely based off people and experiences from my past, even though the world is a fantasy setting.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Not at all. I dream of my world and the adventures from my own personal dreams and looking at all the fantastic inspiration on the internet.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I have an artist that I contracted from South Korea to illustrate my characters. He took my designs that I drew, then he came up with the layout. I then used a graphic artist to lay out the text.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are several messages within the book, but I just hope that the readers pick up on any one of them. My book is not there to preach, but to open the eyes of the readers to all sorts of decisions we face on a daily basis, the inner struggles, and the ultimate consequences from our actions.
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 Joe Abercrombie at the moment. Although I am not a huge fan of grim dark fantasy, I love how real his characters are.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I have a friend named David who donated money to me to go on my first and only writing conference. He was one of the two people that donated to me, in which he basically donated the full amount. Needless to say, I was brought to tears.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do. I am currently raising my children, but I do hope to make this a full-time career once the kids are all in school.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Yes. There is a particular magic that I wish I could adjust. Luckily, it is somewhat vague that I can add more to it for my next book.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
The main thing I learned is patience. I was so used to drawing a picture and it being done instantly. Or if I sewed a costume, it would be done in a week or two. But writing a novel, everyday for three years…it takes serious patience.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
That’s really hard. For Emerald, I have no clue. But for Kyle, I can see Hayden Christensenplaying the part.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Read and write everyday. That’s all I got.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Nothing specific, but work hard everyday and chase those dreams you have, because one day, they can become a reality.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am currently reading a book in the beta stage. I can’t say more, but I am enjoying it.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not really, but I do remember that I read a lot of the Babysitter’s Club and Agatha Christie at 10 years old.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Things that make me laugh is situational humor. Things that make me cry is the cruelness of humanity.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Martin Luther. He was considered a heretic in his time, but he stood up to what he truly believed in, regardless of what everyone around him accused him of.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Besides writing, I love to draw, paint and sew costumes. I used to compete in costume competitions years ago, and won several top slots.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love the show The Tudors. I think I watch that show once a year. I also love the movies Mad Max, Elizabeth, and The Count of Monte Cristo.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favorite food – Hayashi. Favoritecolor – Green and violet. Favorite music – Billy Idol and any synthwave and retrowave music.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Twiddle my thumbs I suppose.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Just my name. I don’t want any accomplishments on it. I am a simple person that loves many things, and I just want to be known as me.
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/Beth-Hodgson/e/B07KSKLZ8K/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Here is the Amazon page for my book USA : https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KS1ZM4T