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 my name is Colin Ginn and I reached a milestone birthday early this year reaching the age of 60
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born and still live inBedford ,England’s second oldest county town.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
If I am going to be completely honest I didn’t like school that much and because of that I didn’t do that well. I found over the years that I lean better by show, do, repeat a method I have used throughout my life. I have been married for 31 years to an amazing wonderful woman who has put up with me during many highs in our lives and the few lows that pop up when we least expected them. Two of the many highs where the births of our two sons who are now all grown up. I am working full time and write about two hours most days.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
The first draft Book 4 of The Flower Girls of the Blue Lotus Club 24 Hours now is finished, I think this one is a little on the short side, so I am currently re-working it with the view to publishing early next year.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
My passion for writing sort of crept up on me about four years ago, this was after I met Jessica Gomez on Facebook she was a new indie author at the time looking for street team members. I joined her street team and then became her PA. Although saying that I did also find an old bucket list I wrote along time ago on it was write and publish a book. So I guess it was ment to happen at some point.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I suppose that was when I finished my first story The Flower Girls of the Blue Lotus Club The Wedding Gift which looks like ending up as book 6 or 7 but I suppose it was when I published the first story in the series I considered myself an author.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
It was watching Jessica grow as an author and that bucket list was the final push.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
You know I don’t really know how the Blue lotus Club was named all I know is I wanted the characters to be named after flowers and book 1 Grand Opening came about when I was halfway through writing what has turned out to be book 3 Rose. I got this thought that I haven’t explained how the Club came to be so I wrote The Flower Girls of the Blue Lotus Club Gand Opening which then lead onto Defaulters at Ten.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
The way I think of storylines are all over the place this is why my stories are not necessarily written in the order they are published so that is definitely a challenge. Another challenge is to get readers to actually read my stories the genre which I call soft erotica if there is such a thing does put a lot of readers off, which is a shame because you can find amazing stories and characters across all genres you just need the courage to open the pages and dive in.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I do a lot of research so I like to think that the situations, equipment, places and names are realistic. But no they are not based on my own experiences or people I know, although I do see from time to time people and clothes that spark a storyline in my head.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No during the writing process the only traveling that I do is into the kitchen to put the kettle on.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Well that would be me, I love this the part of the publishing process and I don’t want to let go of it at the moment.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Doesn’t matter what goes wrong, never loosing sight of the person you are will see you and guide you through all that life throws your way.
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?
There isn’t a new Author at the moment although I am looking forward to read the story that Coleen Armstrong is currently writing. Coleen is unpublished and just happens to be the cover model of The Flower Girls of the Blue Lotus Club Gand Opening. As for my favourite writer I have mentioned Jessica Gomez the way she writes about her Zombie like characters that she calls the Infected does strike a chill in my bones.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Apart from Jessica another friend that has supported me right from the get gois Tilly Broad from Tilly’s Book Corner.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
As far as making money from writing probably not. But I can see myself writing for the rest of my life, yes so I do consider that to be career like.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No my characters would kill me if I changed their stories.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
In my research I come across lots of interesting and some funny facts. One I came across was regarding the well known bedroom toy the Strap-on and whats funny is if you spell Strap-on backwards you find out why they are used by women. I can hear you all brains working overtimeso let me help Strap-onbackwards spells No Parts.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I have many lead characters but I could definitely see Lily Dodsworth-Evans playing Rose. I watched Lily in the last series of Poldark and heracting comes across with all that I see in Rose
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep at it and no matter how many times you think of giving up, don’t.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Apart from thank you for reading mine and other Authors storiesI would saynever judge a book by it’s genre.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Come to him by Justine Eloyot I have read this short story more than a dozen times now and each time it just amazes me how good it is. My only wish is that Justine finishes the story and if you read which I hope you do you will know what I mean.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The Classic that is Moby Dick
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
There are many things thatmakes my family and myself laugh but ismainlyeverytime I injure myself they end up in tears of laughter which drags me along with them. Let me explain, for example when my two boys where young they played with Lego and it used to get everywhere. I tripped on some landing up sitting on just one eight brick. I screamed out which got anyone laughing. Butthe funny bit was thepattern of that brick remained on my butt for nearly a month.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Ronnie Barker not only could he bring laughter to all characters he played on Television. He is what I call a true wordsmith, everything he wrote had a meaning but not necessarily the same as the person reading or listening to it.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I would say I consider writing as my main hobby now but in my younger days it was Photography.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Anything Star Trek or Doctor Who. I love watching period drama’s, so Poldark is up there along with Outlander and not forgetting Game of Thrones
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
The food my mum used to make, steak and kidney pudding, Rabbit stew, liver and onions has akwa been my favourites it’s what my children call Medieval cooking. The colour Blue features alot in my wardrobe and within my stories. I listen to many different types of music currently on myplay list is Queen.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
That’s got to be reading the backlist on my Kindle that should keep me going for at least 20 years.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Take my wife on a spending spree we wouldn’t necessarily have time to enjoy what we buy but spending the children’s inheritance does sound like alot of fun.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Finally getting the chance to push up Daisy
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I have a website but it’s not fully up and running yet.
You can find out alot of information about the Flower Girls on my Facebook page
Here are a full list ofmy Links please drop by, you are more than welcome.
Facebook book page
Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/author/colinginn