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.
Hi Fiona, thank you very much for having me. My name is Diane Saxon.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m a bit of a nomad really. I was born in Lincoln, but lived in various places around the world growing up as my father was in the RAF.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’m the youngest of four. I have an older brother and two sisters. We lived in Zambia when I was a little girl and also Germany. I had a fantastically free childhood running barefoot mostly, climbing trees and riding bareback horses when I had the opportunity. We travelled extensively throughout Europe in a caravan while my dad was posted to Germany and spent an entire summer on a beach in Sardinia with all the RAF cadets under my dad’s tutelage.
These days I’m happy to live in the country between cow fields and agricultural land with my own cats, dogs and chickens.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’ve recently signed a four-book deal with Boldwood Books for my new psychological crime thriller series. The first book is due for release on 1st October 2019.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I dabbled a little, but I consider my first actual writing began in 2012 when I decided to leave the over-demanding job I was in and with my husband’s encouragement took a year out to write Loving Lydia.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
As soon as I had the first positive response from a publisher which validated my writing.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve always loved to read and I have a hugely vivid imagination, but it was the cowboy who made me write it…
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It simply came with the writing of the story.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I do have a style. I’m not sure I can identify it, but my stories are very character driven. They’re in my head and they direct the story.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The Keeper is pure fantasy, but totally based on research and experience to ensure I get the procedures right. I never base any character on someone I know, but I can sometimes just pick one idiosyncrasy that I notice and work a character around that.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No. I love to travel, but its not necessary. The Keeper was based around where I lived a few years back. It’s very dark and atmospheric.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Boldwood Books are fantastic. They talked to me in depth about my preferences and then went away and produced a fantastic cover for The Keeper.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yeah, don’t dangle a dog lead around your neck when you’re out walking in the woods. Lol!
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?
Yes, there are some really good new authors currently, Sarah Ward (I’ve also met her, she’s brilliant at presenting), Angela Marsons. Favourite authors are scattered across the genres:
Karin Slaughter Karen Robards
Cherry Adair Anne Stuart
Karen Rose Nora Roberts/J D Robb
Linda Howard Wilbur Smith
Lisa Gardner Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Outside of family, nobody knew until I had a contract.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. I have a full working day, every day apart from Saturday. I work at least 8 hours a day either writing or editing or marketing.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I’m still really in love with The Keeper and totally excited to see what people think about it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learn every time I write, especially when you have an excellent editor. I look to learn from them, to tweak my style. This time, as it’s a thriller, I’ve learnt to expand on the atmosphere and the surrounding area to invoke a more chilling tale.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I quite like the idea of Emilia Clarke for my main character, DS Jenna Morgan
And Elizabeth Olsen for Felicity Morgan, the younger sister
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Take it seriously. Write when you should be vacuuming. Write when you should be sleeping. Just write and believe in yourself. Don’t let others put you off.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Don’t be too scared. Read it to the end.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Good Sister – Karin Slaughter. I’m hooked.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, but I remember the first book that made a real impression on me and that was The Princess Bride which my older sister, Margaret, read to me when I was about nine or ten. I fell in love. With romance, with action, with thriller all rolled into one fascinating story.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I love to laugh. I laugh most the time – sometimes inappropriately too.
I’m really tough though and rarely cry at life. Animals, films and babies make me cry.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Walking my gorgeous Dalmatian and lovely black Labrador every day in the woodlands and fields where I live.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
The Great British Bake Off
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love Indian food and enjoy experimenting with different recipes.
Italian food is an absolute must in our house.
Favourite colours: Blue, purple.
Music – anything, I’m a big lover of music.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Scuba dive in the Caribbean
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Investigating why I’m dying, who was killing me and could I put a stop to it.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She had a good life.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Amazon Author Page US https://amzn.to/2jB0NKA
Amazon Author Page UK https://amzn.to/2k01Gbq
Amazon.co.uk – https://amzn.to/2U6VTUH
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Kobo – https://bit.ly/2lOSMDu