Guest Author: Fiona McVie

A Poet Who Interviews other Authors

By Jeff Salter

I don’t recall exactly when I encountered Fiona McVie, but it was fairly early in her process of collecting interviews, so I’ll claim I was among her first 10-15%.  [Maybe she will remember.]

But I do remember thinking what a cool idea it was to collect all this info about the writers and what they write.  At that time, I had no idea Fiona would be looking at nearly 2000 interviews accumulated by the end of this year!

So I asked Fiona to trade sides of the table, for a change, and let me interview HER. Here’s the result:

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Hi I am Fiona; I am a 50 year old mum and granny. I was born in Germany (due to my father having been in the Army) but now live in Scotland which I love. I run a blog where I share interviews I do with authors. I love walking, reading, and writing poems.

I asked Fiona for one sample of her poetry (which she really likes)

I wrote this after a first date with my childhood sweetheart:

First kiss

Here,
now.
Will it be tonight?
Here,
beneath the
smoky moonlight?
Will he?
Will I?
He smiles.
Oh my.
Oh.
My.

He leaves with a wink
and I wave goodbye.

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And also for one sample of her poetry (which her readers really like)

This was done for Fathers Day back in the 70s.

Hero

You are my hero, Dad
You’re my secure foundation.
When I think of you, I’m filled with love
And fond appreciation.
You make me feel protected;
I’m sheltered by your care.
You’re always my true friend; and Dad,
When I need you, you’re always there.
You have a place of honor
Deep within my heart.
You’ve been my superhero, Dad,
Right from the very start.

2ed of June 1940 to 31st of December 1921 — RIP

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Fiona 2 - cropped and websize

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Here are the interview questions I asked Fiona:

1-A. When you began interviewing other authors, did you have any idea how many interviews you’d accumulate in the span of these 18 months?

No, never thought it would get this big or if so many authors would say yes to me. Now authors are emailing me asking me to interview them and I hope to be near 2000 interviews by the end of this year. The authors out there are great and so nice and I love helping promote them.

1-B. Do you have any plans to publish this vast collection of interviews anywhere besides your blog?

Have not thought about it, but maybe one day I could publish them in a big book or two. What do you think? 😀

  1. Have you ever encountered people who seem unable / unwilling to comprehend that writing poetry is something you are driven to do?

No, not yet. Most people understand why I write poems and it has helped me a lot when I suffered from depression a few years back.

  1. If you were not a poet, can you imagine what else you might do to express the creativity within you?

I love cross stitching and latch hook rug making, so I use that as creativity outlet.

  1. Give us at least one example of someone who has contacted you and expressed how much your poetry meant to them.

A few people have loved a poem I wrote when I was depressed, as they can see the change in me from when I wrote it to now. But I am not longer that person that felt alone and low.

  1. Of the many people you’ve met and corresponded with, is there one question which you’ve WISHED had been asked of you … but never has been asked?

If you could go back in time would you change any thing?

  1. What’s your answer to # 5 above?

I thought of this many times. I think there is only one thing I would change — I would have spent more time with my dad near the end and told him I love him, he’s been gone 22 years and I still miss him.

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Links to where you can find her 

My Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/296929683692278/

My Blog: www.authorsinterviews.wordpress.com

My Twitter: @InsprationForum

About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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17 Responses to Guest Author: Fiona McVie

  1. Thank you for hosting me Jeff it was good fun

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  2. So nice to have you with us, Fiona.
    May, that IS an impressive number of interviews! That is a great service you are providing. I have one coming up in two weeks here; I really enjoy doing them and reading them. Doing that many, you have a set pattern of questions? I know some interviewers who do. I can’t imagine that you can read all the works of the authors you interview.
    Most people look at me cross-eyed when I say that i write poetry! It is not the common-man’s(or woman’s) cup of tea anymore! I’m glad to see anther poet ,(along with our friend and Hound, Jeff!)
    I will be looking in on your interviews!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      yes, Tonette, I’ve gotten my share of the odd looks also … when people find I’ve written poetry for some 50 yrs. So few people READ it. And you canNOT sell it !!!

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  3. Hi Fiona! Thank you for sharing some of your lovely poetry. I especially liked the one about your childhood sweetheart- it resonated with me as I can say I had the same experience with my crush as well. 🙂
    I would love to read more of your work so I’m off to see if I can find it on the web!

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  4. jbrayweber says:

    Wonderful poetry, Fiona! I enjoyed both of your samplings. Thanks for sharing it with us. Great interview, too! I love your answer to #5. Spending more time with someone you loved is such an a lovely wish.
    Going to check out your interviews!

    Jenn!

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  5. Fiona, it was nice to read an interview where you were the one answering for once. I enjoyed your poetry as well.
    I feel lucky to have been one of the authors you have interviewed.

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  6. jeff7salter says:

    Oh, and here’s the link to the time that Fiona interviewed ME:
    http://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/my-interview-with-jeff-salter/

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  7. Helen Pollard says:

    Lovely to see you on the other side of the fence, Fiona – I too particularly loved your childhood sweetheart poem 🙂

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  8. Jo Grafford says:

    Hi, Fiona! Love the poems. You are a very talented lady. 🙂
    Jo

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  9. Hi if any author would like to interviewed by me for my blog please just email me at inspirationforum@hotmail.co.uk I love to hear from you 😀

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  10. amreade says:

    Hi again, Fiona. What beautiful poetry. Your father must have been very proud of you- your love for him is inspiring.

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