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 Phil Gardner and I am 51 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live in Bergen, NY. A small rural town between Rochester and Buffalo
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I have been happily married for 22 years. My wife and I have 4 children and 3 grandchildren. I have a bachelors degree in Earth Science and a Masters degree in Education. I have been a Fourth grade teacher for 22 years and have a fire wood business.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I am excited to let you know that my book Whispers in the Woods has been republished and will be available soon to purchase.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began to write about 5 years ago when I wanted to write down the memories I have had hunting with my son. Now that I have turned our memories into a book he will have something that he can share with his children. Also, I wrote the book to be encouragement to others as they navigate living in this world.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I would say that I considered myself a writer when I held my book in my hand.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was inspired to write my book because I wanted to share the hunting adventures I have had with my son. The stories begin when he was a young teenager and was able to get his first license to when he was a freshman in college.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I came up with the title because I wanted people to know the God whispers to you in the woods.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t think I have a specific writing style. I use the time spent hunting with my son as a starting point of each chapter then I show how that connects with topics that are in the Bible.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The book is based on the realistic hunting adventures I have had with my son.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
To write this book I would travel out side and spent time in God’s creation.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The cover is a picture of my son and I as we walked into the woods.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The message that I want the readers to grasp is that God speaks to us through the beauty of His creation and the quiet times we have with Him.
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 many authors that I enjoy reading. A new author to me is Levi Lusko. He appears to be a regular guy that has a powerful way of communicating how to have an authentic life with Jesus.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
If I told people I was writing a book I would have many friends I could list here. However, I only told my immediate family.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I see writing as a career on a part-time basis. Maybe when I retire from teaching I will have more time to write.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would not change anything about the book.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned that I enjoyed writing down the memories I have shared with my son. I also found that I enjoyed the research to explain the positive words and stories found in the Bible that related to our hunting experiences.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I think I would choose Tim Allen. Based on his last television show, he is a family man with 3 daughters, a sense of humor and loves the outdoors.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
My advice is that you write about a topic that you enjoy and find a good editor that can help you.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
My book is not just for hunters. It is an enjoyable read for both men & women, hunters and non-hunters. I have had many positive comments from women who have read the book. It is also a book that can be an enriching experience when read by fathers and sons together.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Right now I am reading a book from Chris Hogan called Everyday Millionaires.
I am also reading a book from Kris Vallotton called Destined to Win.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I don’t remember the first book I read.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Some people cry at commercials but for me it takes a heart-filled moment between a parent and child or the death of a loved one.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
It has been 30 years since my dad has died. I would love to meet him all over again.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
My favorite hobby is to be out in creation. I enjoy hunting, fishing and sitting quietly by a lake with a book.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I enjoy watching light detective/murder mystery shows and movies.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My favorite food/drink is a hot coffee. I have many favorite foods but strawberry shortcake is my favorite dessert. I like listening to county music and my favorite color is blue.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
If I was not writing anymore I would be a taxidermist.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With only 24 hours to live I would spend the day at the beech with my wife and surround myself with my family.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
He tried his best
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
People can follow my blog at http://hindsfeet.press/
instagram at philgardner_author