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?

Hello, thanks for having me. My name is Paul Lavender and I am 51 years old!

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m from Gateshead in the U.K, but I currently live in Worcester U.K (due to move in 2 weeks though).

Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).

I was lazy at school, but excelled in History and English Literature. I have been an Electrician and a Logistics Manager, currently i am the main carer for my ten year old son Son (he has Aspergers, Sensory Processing and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis). I’m married to Samantha (over 20 years together) who goes to work while do the cooking, cleaning, ironing etc

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I’m currently working on Return to Ashen Falls (a follow up collection of short stories), a re-write of The Eighth God, a back-to-back book of 2 stories of historical fantasy…AND a City Watch book (also set in Ashen Falls)!

Not book related…we are soon to move to a new house (4th October) and i’m going into hospital for major bowel surgery (7th October)!

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I wrote a lot of short stories in my late teens/early twenties, but they were pretty dire. I’ve returned to writing a few years ago as something to do when not keeping house.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When i had my first review from someone i didn’t know.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

It’s an mix of lots of RPG’s I used to play…AD&D, Warhammer Fantasy, Tunnels & Trolls etc

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The Elves in my world have seven gods, but they’re wrong. They also think Half- Elves are almost beneath contempt. There is an Eighth God and he is Half-Elven.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

With fantasy stories I just make stuff up (I’m a Pantser), whereas with historical fantasy you have to read a lot of books on history and give it a little twist. I like to call my books GrimLark rather than Grimdark, as they have an element of slapstick in them now and again.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

As I’ve mentioned previously most of the main characters are old RPG characters… Saethryth is a Fighter/Thief/Acrobat in AD&D, Melress is a Cleric/Magic-User, and when we get to him Erekose is a Fighter (with a cursed ring that makes him a Paladin at random times).

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

No, I don’t need to travel.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I get my covers from thebookcoverdesigner.com, the artist is betibup33.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

There will be an overarching message…which is probably ‘You didn’t expect that, did you?’!

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?

M.S. Olney, Damien Black, Charles Phipps are all good authors. I love Terry Pratchett for his ability to make everything absurd about life.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Charles Phipps. The greatest supporter of all self published authors.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Due to lack of funds I had to do everything on the cheap. If I could I would have started earlier when I was working and money wasn’t such an issue.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Get an editor!

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

There isn’t really a lead in The Eighth God as it’s from several perspectives.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Be patient. Don’t rush your book out like I did.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I don’t have that many of them, but id just like to say thank you for sticking by me.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Orconomics by J. Zachary Pike, and The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures by John and Caitlin Mathews.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The earliest book I remember reading is The Silver Sword.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Comedy makes me laugh! All the crap my son has had to put with with his health makes me cry.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

J.R.R Tolkien! We share a birthday (although some years apart!) and I could do with some world building tips!

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

I play way to many games on the Xbox!

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I watch a lot of stuff on Netflix…Grimm, Z Nation, Punisher etc. I’m currently watching The Umbrella Academy.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Scampi or Steak. My favourite colour is Red, and music wise it’s power metal all the way! Kamelot, Epica, Sonata Artica, Avantasia etc

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Play XBox.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

Reading. I have a huge backlog to get through!

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

He was quite mad, you know.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

My website is https://pslavender.wixsite.com/the-orcslayers

Amazon authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Paul-S-Lavender/e/B01LWUUY7X?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1568536981&sr=1-1

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-S-Lavender/e/B01LWUUY7X/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Thank you for the interview.