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?
My name is Bobbie Kaald and I am 68 years young.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live in Everett and was raised in Snohomish, Washington
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I became a nurse and worked nearly forty years before beginning to write.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I am currently working on book three on my espionage series, Ezra.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I always wanted to write having taken creative writing in college. I just couldn’t get started until I bought a laptop and convinced myself that a novel is nothing more than a bunch of short stories on the same subject. I knew that I could do short stories and so it began.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I guess after my second self-published firm.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I had a short story about the apocalypse from high school and I started a story about a woman who gets herself on a ship that dies in space. I had the woman read this story and just kept going.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I knew most sci-fi is series and came up with a series where the friends evolve their understanding of their nemesis and named it—The Making of an Enemy.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
One of my readers says that my books are written as if it could actually happen.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Most of my books are written in the Washington area where I grew up. 2500 Fruitdale Dr. has Northern State Hospital in it and I was in the last nursing class to train there.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Not necessarily, but sometimes I do as a way of getting a photo for the cover.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I use the templates provided by the self-published firms. I usually use my own photo, but the original cover of Felicia was a photo provided by a friend. I changed it because it was pixilated in the real world of the cover. Colin’s cover is a photo from KDP.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Learning to get along carries through most of them.
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 have read many independent authors. I recently read Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster that is a very good book with a sequel out next month. I review them on Goodreads.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My co-workers bought a lot of my first books.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Right now, I am writing for fun. I recently joined a writing group and that will assist me.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I need to add more fluff, but I am working on it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I probably should use an outline, but I continue to let the characters drive the plot. It has proven to be slow this time.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Daniel Craig would make a good Ezra.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just write any way you can and pursue all avenues. Editors and reveiwers don’t always see the big picture.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Not everyone will like your books, hang onto the one’s who support your writing.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am re-reading, Darklight. I read it on ebook but forgot it and then lost the spirit of it. I prefer paperback and have recently purchased on. It is a good multi-level plot and I am enjoying it more in paperback.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The book I remember most was The Seagulls Woke Me by Mary Stolz. Published in 1969 by Scholastic Book Services
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I don’t laugh much but something that comes as a total surprise makes me laugh. I cried in the Lady and the Tramp when Jauque was hit by a car.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I got to meet Ursula Le Guin which was a great honor. Anne McCaffrey has passed and that is sad to me as I will never meet her except in her books.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I have done Crewel, needle point, crochette, knitted once. I make Christmas stars out of ribbon. Mostly, now, I write.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I watch Blue Bloods. I liked Longmire. There are many shows that I watch. Mostly I like Dark Shadows classic and the new ones.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Lefse, Potato Sausage. Primary colors. Iron Butterfly, and the Beetles, Abba, Beegees.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would read and watch TV.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
At home with my family.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I recently combined my blog and website on WordPress— https://www.bobbiekaald.com/