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 Eve Culley and I am a lively 66 yr. old wife, mother, grandma and great-grandma.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live in the beautiful state of Texas.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
My hubby and I were missionaries in the 70’s and 80’s raising money for Bibles, New Testaments, Book of John, paper, ink and helped set up a couple of print shops in churches. We traveled with our 2 small boys with our base here in Texas.
Education wise: college, B.B.T.I. (missionary training camp) then we were on staff at the camp for a year. I have continued with online classes in writing with different colleges.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My second book in the Barn Town series has been published this month, Further Adventures in Barn Town, and my third book is waiting for a contract. So I am very happy with my literary family right now. Of course, I am not planning on resting on my laurels. LOL
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I did some writing in high school. I have always had a vivid imagination and a lot of times preferred my make-believe world to the real world. Writing was a way to make that world more permanent. After I had been married for a while, ten years or so, my mother gave me all the stories I had written from the period. So, I would have to say that high school is when I began to write in earnest.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
In 1997 I self-published a book of poetry on my family history and gave copies to my mother and mother-in-law. I think that is when the writer bug got into my blood and I became a “writer”. However, as we all know a writer evolves over time and I hope that my evolution as a writer continues to the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I would sit and watch our farm animals in the barn and “hear” them talking about their day; what they thought about the goings on around them. It was just a step from that to putting it down on paper.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title basically wrote itself. It’s all about the animals that live in Barn Town.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I guess I am basically a storyteller and children are my favorite audience. My aim is to make it a tale so real that the reader accepts it as such and becomes involved in the story.
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 loosely based on the events I see in my barn and the events I see taking place there.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I do not travel as everything occurs here at Barn Town.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Amanda L. Matthews – does beautiful work.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, that animals communicate, have plans, live lives that we can choose to be a part of and be enriched by.
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 several favorite authors, Ann Jones, Iryna Combs, and G.P. Shriver to name a few. I think that each of these authors has a way of sucking you into the plot of their book and not letting you come up for air until the story ends. I think that the pull for more of their stories is the best thing I can say about their writing. More, give me more!
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Hmm, well that’s not fair. My family has been my best cheering section ever, but if I had to name someone or something else I would say it would be the drive or push I receive on a continuing basis from my LORD to write.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do. I have a commitment to my writing to continue to tell stories even if no one wants to buy them. I have to tell the stories, put them on paper (release them so to speak) so the up-coming stories have room to grow.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not really; I am pretty happy with the way it turned out.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, consistency between books in a series. That all the facts remain true in each book with every other book I have written.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Winston Churchill said it best, “Never, never, never give up.”
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
If you can read, you can do anything!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I have three books going right now: Mercy’s Battle by Katy Huth Jones, Oops-A-Daisy by Melody Delgado, and Kistishi Island by Jordan Elizabeth.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No not really, but I read Lady and the Tramp, Black Beauty, The Black Stallion series when I was fairly young. The library was my favorite place to be as a child.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
A good story about overcoming obstacles in life.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
My biological father. Why? That’s easy, to verify how lucky I was to be adopted by my parents.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Handwork: embroidery, crocheting, knitting,
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
When Calls the Heart, Hawaii Five 0, Murdock Mysteries, The Man from Snowy River series
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Chicken (any kind), watermelon, all colors – mainly the bright colors, country and Christian music
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Cry! and then figure out a way to write again!
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Darn, no more stories!
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
– amazon author page
http://amzn.to/2wcwMqy – Further Adventures in Barn Town
http://amzn.to/2h4JZHG – Adventures in Barn Town