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?
I’m Sandra Golden, and 59 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in San Jose CA, but now make my home in Memphis TN
Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e., your education, family life, etc.).
I am medically retired from the U.S Army, I have a B.A in Education from Memphis State. I have been married for 36 years to David. We had one child. J.R who was killed on New Years Eve 2008. He was 18. I love to write, cook, travel, swim, do needle crafts. We have had many animals including an iguana, birds, fish, crab, dogs, and sugar glider. We now have eight kitties, all seniors.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My first series, which is Young Adult and called the Unity Objective is being published by Southern Yellow Pine Publishing in Florida. In the meantime, I have self-published my second series. It is called The Renegade Writers. It is published with Smashwords and on Amazon.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing after my son was taken from me. He was my world, and my dreams for him and us were shattered. The only other dream I had was to become a writer.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I have always been a writer. I was, and still am a stutter. When I got frustrated, I discover I could write my feelings and thoughts better. My mother hated this because I would tell her, good and bad just what I thought.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It is called the Unity Objective because the story gets young people thinking about ways, we can all become united, making the world a whole lot better. The Renegade Writers Series is named because I thought about what Writers and Authors like myself could do with the resources that we have to get revenge on those who did them wrong. They invent a new genre called Manipulative Fiction. And after their schemes come to some conclusion, they them write their stories that become best-selling works.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write from imagination, from heart, and twist what I know and how I feel into ways that are very interesting for my characters. Each character I created is part of me. I like writing short chapters.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
None. I love living in a fantasy world of my own making. My real world is to sad. Writing is my escape.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I travel a lot. And I like using the places I visited as a background from my work. I use the pictures I take on vacation as a visual aide.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
For the Renegade Writers series, I did. I don’t know yet who the designer for Unity Objective will be.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are so many hidden messages. I want the reader to discover them themselves.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Haven’t had time to read. I love J.K Rowling’s, Clive Cussler, Dan Brown, James Patterson, and Richard Castle. I love their voices. The quick chapters, and how they write the way they want, and not think about the rules of writing. With them I can really see the scenes they paint with their words.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I have no one. It’s just me.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I see it as an escape and something fun to do. I would really like to be the next J.K Rowling’s, that would be cool.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I wouldn’t change my stories at all. The evolve through me, and I grow with them.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I love putting my Renegade Writers into impossible situations than letting them lead me to the conclusion of their story. I never write a story where I know how it will end when I begin writing the story.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I think I would love Mark Harmon, or Tom Selleck to play the lead male.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write your story from your heart first using your head to guide you. And don’t let anyone tell you that you mustfollow the rules.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Read my stories and open your minds and hearts to the improbable, the impossible, and the unimaginable world around them.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I don’t have time to read.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, but reading was my second favourite activity, the first being writing.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My kitties make me laugh, and comedies. I have to much that makes me cry so I don’t want to think about them.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet?
J.K Rowling’s, Clive Cussler, Dan Brown, and Thomas Edison.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Traveling, cooking, swimming, writing, needle crafts of all kinds.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
All NCIS, and all the shows on CBS, the Travel Channel, and Cooking and Food Channel.
Fiona: Favourite foods, colors, music?
Chocolate, do I have to say more?
I love natural colors, country music, jazz, early rock and roll. Not the stuff they have now.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
That can’t happen. I live in my life through my characters and my imaginary worlds. I don’t want to live in the real world.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Writing letters to everyone who hurt me and telling them exactly how I feel, and how they have hurt me. I would be doing this while on an airplane to the Caribbean where I would send those letters before, I enjoy the beautiful waters of my happy place. And of course, I would eat a lot of chocolate.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Sandra Golden, she was a silent fighter who couldn’t fight back, and a writer whose words inspired us to look beyond the impossible to achieve the possible.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I am on face book, and I have a blog spot web page, I’m on twitter.
Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Sandra-Golden/e/B00HX3D3L0?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1573312733&sr=8-1