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?
Hi! I’m Richard Amos and I’m thirty-five.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from the UK, living in the county of Bedfordshire.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’ve been with my partner for thirteen years, and recently got my degree from university. I’d been wanting to do for it a long time—why not go for it in my thirties? I also work part-time in a public library.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Okay, so I’m currently working on a new book in a brand-new series—a sequel to my first completed series of Urban Fantasy novels (Coldharbour Chronicles). I’m super-excited about it! Also, I’m continuing work on my current Urban Fantasy series, with one more book to go until that story concludes (Dylan Rivers Chronicles). I have three books releasing between now and the end of 2019.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
From a very young age. I remember getting yelled at by a teacher in school for a Halloween story I wrote that was way too dark and violent. I think I was eleven. She made me write something less terrifying. I mean, I thought it was awesome—blood, blood and more blood. Back then, I was obsessed with writing stories. Still am.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I read an amazing review from a reader of my first co-authored book (I used to write with my best friend before flying solo). That was the big ringing bell of confirmation. Someone liked the story and it was fuel to the fire. I could do this!
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The character of Jake Winter, in my first (solo) book, has been in my head for a long time, floating around, waiting for me to tell his story. Once I’d finished studying for my degree, that was it. The story just poured out of me; Jake finally unleashed from the ether.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Winter Rising comes from Jake’s surname andthe ‘rising’ part being him meeting his purpose. Here he comes, rising up to kick some butt!
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write in the first person because I love being inside my character’s head. I also love writing Urban Fantasy, and Fantasy—I have an unpublished Fantasy novel waiting in the wings. The great thing with Urban Fantasy is it’s so diverse. You can throw all sorts of things into the mix, create an awesome playground for yourself.
As for challenges, sometimes it’s a case of ‘How the hell am I gonna get them out of this one?’ Stuff like that. I find that going to do some housework helps me figure out the plot. I have no idea why…
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The story isn’t based on my own life experiences, or from people I know per se, but stuff does get in there. Things like dialect, emotions—particularly the agony of grief in Jake’s case. However, I do use the same cuss words as Jake does in real life on a regular basis. Slight bit of art imitating life there. Ahem…
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I have travelled a lot, so that has helped with some aspects of my work. I used to be in London every Sunday for the past twelve years, exploring all over the place. Not so much nowadays, though. Gotta use Sundays to write! I find visiting cities helps a lot for me, even for making up an imaginary city or town. I’m kind of obsessed with cities, which is why I love Urban Fantasy. All the mystery of the dark nooks and crannies—that’s good stuff to play with.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
JMN Art (Covers by Julie) designed all of the Coldharbour Chronicles series. My other series, Dylan Rivers Chronicles, was designed by Vanesa Garkova.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not particularly. I just want readers to enjoy the ride! If they do, that makes my heart happy!
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 have way too many favourite writers which include Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, George R.R. Martin. OMG! I could go on forever!
I recently discovered Hailey Turner. She is awesome! Love her Soulbound series!
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My bestie Debbie Cassidy. We’re writers and readers and continue to keep one another going viatons of support and cake and, well, more cake.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. My plan is to eventually write full time in my stripy pyjamas, sometimes venturing outside when I need milk/cake/vitamin D.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I’ve written the story that needs to be told. I’m happy with it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
That leaving a huge bag of crisps nearby for me to mindlessly stuff my face with as I’m lost in my work is not good for my waistline.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I’m gonna cheat and answer for both series…
Jake would be played by Matthew Daddario.
Dylan would be played by Michael B. Jordan.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep on keeping on! Don’t ever give up. If you want it, go for it. Having a bad week? Pause, take a breath, do something to recharge, then come right back to it. I’ve had those moments when I feel down and want to stop, but I never will. I’ll take a few days off and get back on the horse. This is a tough road, but determination is an amazing weapon at your disposal.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
You are all amazing and I love you billions and billions! Thank you for reading my stories! There are so many more to come. Thanks muchly for coming along for the ride!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong. It is so good!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I remember devouring Point Horror books. Stuff like The Boyfriend, The Girlfriend. Teacher’s Pet… I love Horror!
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
So many things. I cried at the Pixar film Coco the other day. I’m rather soppy at times. Oh, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer—my fave TV show of all time—always makes me cry. No matter how many times I’ve seen it, certain moments hit me straight in the feels.
A book by Lynn Flewelling called Stalking Darkness had me blubbing.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness ruined me. I was a mess after reading that.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’d love to meet Joss Whedon. He is a genius and I want to steal some of his brain juice! And, well, he created Buffy, so he is a god.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I go to a lot of music gigs. Loads. I love live music and music in general. I’m also into art galleries, theatre, history, travel, and I really want to take up painting.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Other TV shows… Altered Carbon, American Horror Story, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Angel, Charmed, The X Files, Grimm, Elite, The Fall, The Originals, The Golden Girls, Grey’s Anatomy, Kath and Kim, The Handmaid’s Tale, Game of Thrones… I could go on and on and on.
Some of my fave films are The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Birdcage, Labyrinth, Misery, IT, Love Simon, The Fifth Element…
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love Indian food and the colour blue. Some of my favourite musical artists are David Bowie, Madonna, Pink Floyd, Bjork, Tori Amos, Kylie Minogue, Anna Calvi, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Prince, PJ Harvey, Bob Dylan…
As you can see, I love to write a good old list!
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Cry. Then aim for world-domination with me as High Emperor of everything.
Maybe open a book shop if that fails.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Hunting down Joel Kinnaman and make him mine for 24 hours!
I’d head over to Paris with my partner for one last perfect day. I love that city.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
‘This is not the end.’
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
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