Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Hello

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Ethan Somerville, age 49

Fiona: Where are you from?

Sydney, Australia

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

I am a university arts graduate who currently works for the Government. I call it the sausage factory, because I feel like I churn out bags of offal, day after day.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

My latest books are Monstrocities, released by the small independent Australia company Storm Publishing, and Weird Wild West Volume 2: The Freaks of Mojo County, released by Bizarro Pulp Press in the US.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing as soon as I could hold a pen.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

See the answer above

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I have always loved books, and always wanted to write my own, where things would happen exactly the way I wanted them to.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Titles just pop into my head. Most of the time I have a title first, but no story. Only rarely do I have to think one up while writing the story. When I do, the story isusually a sequel.

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

I like to think I bring a bit of humour to everything I write. No doubt others would disagree. I enjoy writing most genres, although steampunk is my current favourite.

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

My books are fiction, but a lot of my characters have elements of myself and people I know in them.

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

I don’t have to travel to write, but I love doing it. My book, Deck 13, was inspired by the first luxury cruise I went on as an adult. Then I went on another luxury cruise, and received an idea for Deck 13: Second Sight, which I hope to start on soon.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Lots of different people. A lot were done by SCAR (Carter Rydyr), my co-authors from Weird Wild West, some were done by other artist friends. And some I did myself, from stock photos.

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

I usually don’t write to send messages. I write because I love it. But if there is a recurring theme in my books, it’s that I hate bullies, and whenever I put bullies in my stories, they invariably meet with a sticky end.

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 love Derek Landy’s Skullduggery Pleasant series. I love it because it’s a modern-day fantasy series full of great adventure, magic and a lot of humour. Oh, and the main character is a walking skeleton detective in a fedora and pin-stripe suit, which is just too cool.

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

Storm Publishing

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Definitely, because I get paid. Admittedly not enough to live on, but still! I actually receive real money!

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

Usually I’m happy with the way my books turn out.

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

One thing I’ve learned from writing is that it always inspires more writing.

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

I’m not sure about the current books, but I’d really like to see Johnny Depp play the Ringmaster in my Circus Infinitus series.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Even if you have no ideas, always write something, even if it’s just an anecdote about your day. Like I said before, writing always inspires writing.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Read all my books. Now. They’re all excellent. Then recommend them to all your friends.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Skulduggery Pleasant – Midnight, by Derek Landy.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

It could have been Pip, or Naughty Amelia Jane, both by Enid Blyton. I still have them somewhere.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I laugh at pretty much anything. I’m easily amused.

But I cried when Tony Stark died at the end of Avengers End game.

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

I can’t think of anyone. Meeting strange people sends my anxiety levels up through the roof.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Writing (of course), reading, (duh), and talking long walks because that’s about the only exercise I get.

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

Dr Who, Big Bang Theory, Simpsons, Family Guy. I watched 3 seasons of the Good Place recently, which was absolutely brilliant.

I love sci fi movies, and recently really enjoyed Mortal Engines.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Favourite food – deep fried chicken

Favourite colour – black

Favourite music – metal

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

Cry. Or drool, because if I can’t write, I’m probably suffering from dementia.

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

Writing. And probably really, really drunk.

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

Not sure, because I want to be cremated, but maybe something like: “Keep moving forward, even if have to do it on your knees.”

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

Here is my Amazon author page:

https://www.amazon.com/Ethan-Somerville/e/B005GT4E5C

Here is my facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Ethan.Somerville.writer

My books appear here too:

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/somerville

 

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