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 Fiona Im Lee Benson and im a young 63 year old
Fiona: Where are you from?
Born in Moseley Birmingham
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Born at an early age was good at junior school but didn’t really like grammar school should have gone to the art school .I left home at 18 with an original fiat 500 and drove around Europe eventually selling the car in Jordan returning home at 21 that was a long three week holiday worked selling ncr cash registers then joined a rock band for five years ESP then had a family two daughters , then had to work then got married then divorced then owned my own art gallery for 14 years and now I write paint play piano and enjoy photography plus mentoring people in art and curating exhibitions, married now for three years and very happy
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Im about to launch the final book in my trilogy about a man who had a gallery but now is the artist its all about wine women and song, similar to running the gallery!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I was told I was too astute in school, found out at 30 I was dyslexic and songs and poems from the eighties were turned in poems again a few years ago, it politely got me into writing and the best thing was recalling memories .
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After book 2 but having written several children’s books I’m not sure they count or others treat you seriously
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My friend and publisher Andrew Sparke said why don’t you write a novel about your gallery life
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Well it was a hint of reality so you want to own an art gallery
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
My style is similar in madness to spike milligan, it’s a funny look and observation of the human race
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
hahatheres lots or reality with liberal amounts of a highly creative mind
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No I sit down and write away thankfully the laptop is readable unlike my handwriting which is a scawl
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Originally I wanted an arty cover but Andrew said my books are about people and it is not an instruction manual on how to run a gallery hence a woman in a red dress and book two is aman in a dinner suit with a well dressed woman in his arms book three is a woman, standing on a loo seat im saying no more
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Life should never be taken too seriously I do hide a few social problems in life within the stories especially at the end of book three
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 find it difficult to read other books and write at same time I try to maintain my own style and talk to the reader I did enjoy Bernard cornwell and Robert ludlam
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Andrew really said go for it
Its funny that because as soon as a book is out there you sort of feel detached from it. but most people ask me is it true, no I answer its a story
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Being creative and doing my garden I’ve had enough of hard work, although nobody really thinks writing is a job
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not at all
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I went a bit deeper with the character and had to pull him back occasionally I broke rules as the artist which I would never have done as the gallery owner
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I really think it would make an amusing film most characters I would like are too old now butgerard butler would be good
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Believe in yourself and please if you are going to ever read out to an audience read well don’t mumble or be boring
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Don’t drink too much and enjoy life if you don’t like your job change it
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Just read the beekeeper of Aleppo
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The cat in the hat
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Lots of things I feel its important to be in touch with your emotions its ok to cry as a man even at strictly come dancing
and laugh well open your eyes there is always something funny going on
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Oh yes piano watercolours, gardening photography and life
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Believe it or not after dismissing the peaker blinders, ive just sat down and watched every episode in a couple of days
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Well as a quite ok cook I do enjoy a real juicy roast chicken but if I go out I could be a fussy bugger
colour purple but love calm in the home so neutral and the garden has lots of glorious colour
ah I love music from classical to rock rap im afraid doesn’t do it and occasionally I listen to my elder daughter with her suggestions but Pink Floyd the who Yes and Alice Cooper are high on the list
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Paint full time but that depends on the weather as I enjoy painting outdoors hence watercolours ideal for this country!
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Party hard with friends and go out with a bang always thought it would be great to organise the day before wake
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Oh no! Not again
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Theres facebook Lee Benson and Henry egg
and twitter, leebenson55, linked in and even instagram the lee benson
I should get a new website up and running but butbut .
Amazon authors page UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lee-Benson/e/B07DP9HZGV?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1572211699&sr=1-1