When she isn’t being a pane in the glass, Fiona Glass writes darkly humorous fiction, mostly involving gay characters and almost always with a twist in the tail. Her work has been published in anthologies and magazines (both print and electronic) including the Radgepacket series from Byker Books, collections from Pill Hill Press, Mslexia, The Pygmy Giant, Queer Dimensions from QueeredFiction, and most recently by Riptide Publishing. Gleams of a Remoter World is her second novel.
Julie: Welcome, Fiona. To get us started can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
Fiona: Hi there, and thanks so much for letting me burble on about myself today. Yes, I have a brand new novel which has just hit the shelves courtesy of Riptide Publishing, called ‘Gleams of a Remoter World’. It’s set on the remote west coast of Ireland and features ghosts, intrigue, a Bisexual main character, and a generous helping of forbidden love. Oh my!
Julie: How would you describe yourself using only five words?
Fiona: Hmm, I’m never very good at these, but: fair-minded, nervy, conscientious, bubbly, yet reserved.
Julie: I love reading the warnings on the blurbs for many books. If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?
Fiona: This is a Glass house – please do not throw stones.
Julie: Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Fiona: Of course, but if I told you what it was I’d have to cover you in chocolate and eat you.
Julie: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Fiona: Right here in Cumbria, a stunningly beautiful part of north-west England. We have lakes, mountains, streams, forests, quaint villages, slate cottages, waterfalls, and lots and lots of rain. I’ve wanted to live here since I was about eight years old, and was lucky enough to move to the area this year. I absolutely love it!
Julie: How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
Fiona: It depends. If I’m in a writing ‘groove’ then I can sit down and the words start flowing without me having to do very much at all. If not, then I can stare at the computer screen for hours, scratch around, and nothing happens. I don’t really have any specific routines or rituals, though.
Julie: If someone hasn’t read any of your work, what book would you recommend that they start with and why?
Fiona: I would actually suggest they start with ‘Gleams of a Remoter World’ because it’s such a good introduction – it contains a little of everything that makes my writing what it is. There’s some of my trademark dark humour, quite a few bittersweet/poignant moments, plenty of paranormal stuff, and a main character who’s conflicted about what he most wants from life. Add in a touch of mystery and a touch of romance, and you’ve got pretty much everything I put into my work.
Books by Fiona Glass
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