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 pen name and my given name is Daniel Fulton but I prefer to be called Dan. I’m pushing seventy pretty hard. Maybe all the pushing is why I’m so tired all the time.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I grew up in the country outside of a little town in the middle of Indiana (USA) called Cicero. For the past forty-five years I’ve lived in Kokomo, Indiana, about fifty kilometres north of Cicero.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I graduated from Hamilton Heights High school in nineteen-sixty eight. I attended Rose Holman Polytechnic Institute for one quarter before my hormones got in the way and I left to marry my wife Suzanne.
We grew up together while raising four daughters. We celebrated fifty years together last year. I worked as a bricklayer and had Dan Fulton Masonry, a contracting company for forty-five years.
In nineteen-ninety two I graduated from Purdue University with an Associate in Applied Science.
I’m currently retired.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
In August of this year I published a book called FINGERPRINTS OF FAITH, a fiction about the beginning of the end times. I taught a Bible class for many years and always dreaded teaching the book of Revelation. It fascinates me and scares me to death. I don’t profess to know much about it even now but here I am, writing a series on it. God uses flawed tools to get his point across sometimes! I have the second book, THE BEAST, in my flash drive waiting to be edited. I’ve started a third, THE UNHOLY TRINITY, but have hit the wall, so to speak. I’m not very far into it, but I’ll get there.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always written bad poetry, even in my love sick teen days, but I started writing short stories after taking the required writing classes for my degree. I started writing books after the encouragement I received from friends and acquaintances at church, after they read my diaries of the mission trips I have been on.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I published a short book in twenty-sixteen about my travels in Cuba. I think that’s why I started to write, not that the book was a smash hit, but there is something about holding a book you created in your hands. It is akin to holding your newborn. It conjures up proud thoughts of the potential for changing the world, and you can hold in your hands, at least for a little while.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was in Cuba on a mission trip. We were putting water filtration systems in churches. The water is not always safe to drink in Cuba, especially for tourists. The churches give this water away to anyone in need. In the course of the trip we gave a case of Bibles to a pastor of the church where we had just installed a water system. The need was so great in his mind that he actually cried. I must admit, I shed a tear also.
My reason for writing the book was to make people aware of the situation and try to raise money to get a case of Bibles to every church that gets a water system.
Living in Faith Inc.
P.O. Box 271883
Or Pay Pal to the web address http://www.livinginfaith.net/donations
The above address is the organization I went with if you are interested in furthering the ministry.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The head of the ministry, Mr. Montgomery was doing God’s will in Cuba! It became my theme. The book is a travel log of Cuba that most tourists don’t see. I try also to do His will by getting Bibles into Cuba.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I develop the characters after I put them in a crisis. I tend to pour out the part of the character needed to get them through the situation. I try not to give the reader a place to stop reading the book! The novel I published is Christian Science fiction with a running romance tripped up by the circumstances involved. One reviewer suggested it should be reclassified into a different genre but didn’t specify what. I’m not sure there is a Christian Science Fiction Romance GenreJ!
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The initial setting of a small town in Indiana is based on my experiences but since this is a global happening, the resemblance ends after the first chapters.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I went to Cuba three times before I wrote that book but the novel was mostly research from the comfort of my laptop.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The God’s Will in Cuba cover is actually one of the churches we visited. The Fingerprints of Faith was done by Best Sellers Publishing.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
We talk about the Rapture but that word never appears in Revelation. If we were Raptured from this earth and given heavenly bodies, and the ones with the mark were thrown into the pit at the end of the Tribulation, who is going to be left to repopulate the earth for the thousand year reign? Moses took the Israelites through the wilderness for forty years before they entered the Promised Land because of their disobedience when God could have placed them there with a thought. Our civilization is no better. Only God knows why we go through the trials of life we are handed.
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’m old. I tend toward older authors, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Mark Twain. Hemingway could say more with fewer words than most authors. I read John Grisham, JK Rawlings, even Clive Cussler on occasion. I really like C.S. Lewis.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My Church and the Nazarene Church in town I went on a mission trip to Ecuador with.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
No. I’m retired. Writing is a very time and thought consuming hobby that swallows me whole at times. I should take up fishing!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I could second guess it into oblivion. I will go with what I have and do better with the next one.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I’ve heard from many mentor authors that a writer needs to find his/her voice. I found mine.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
The lead character is a nineteen-year-old computer genius billionaire. No one comes to mind to me that isn’t too old. Maybe I could give an unknown actor a leg up!
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Get a critique group of like minded people together to tear your work to shreds. Write and write, and write some more!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank You for considering my work and for spending your hard earned money on me, and for taking the time to read it. Enjoy, and think and ponder!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
None, my Kindle quit.UUUhg!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, but when I was five I could recite a book by the name of Digger Dan, and “Twas the Night before Christmas because my mother read them to me so much.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My grandkids sometimes make me laugh until i cty!
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Nickolia Tesla, the inventor who was instrumental in providing electricity for all. He understood the energy of the universe and was well ahead of his time. His experiments were sabotaged, his patents stolen, and his ideas mocked. I read where different people have used his theories to actually produce power, but so far no one has been able to come up with a marketable form of harnessing what he did a century ago.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Writing is my all consuming hobby. At the present time I spend every other month caring for my ninety-two year old father why can no longer live by himself, so I use my laptop to write to stay focused and sane.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t go out of my way to watch TV. My focus is interrupted by the commercials and it drives me crazy!
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I enjoy food way too much. I’m open to a lot of different kinds of food. I have a turquoise shirt I got when on vacation I really like. Of course, I like most nineteen sixties music but there are songs from every generation that speak to me. Rock and roll, pop, bluegrass, country, Etc. If the message resonates with me I like it.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Invent. I have an idea I would like to pursue but don’t have the time.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With family playing remember when and laughing.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
He did the best he could.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Below is my Blog Website:
You can also find me through my Facebook Page, Stories of Life:
Below is the Amazon Link to My latest book, Fingerprints of Faith:
Here is the Amazon link to God’s Will in Cuba: