Hi everyone! Today’s Saturday Evening Interview is with U.K. blogger and author Faith McCord from the Oscar Dandelion blog. I want to thank Faith SO much for doing the interview while she was busy. I annoyed her while she was sick and again while she was on vacation! I apologize in advance and thank Faith for her time. Faith talks about her blog, books, life, etc. She could’ve said NO by now but thankfully she didn’t 😀 Please help me welcome Faith to Life of an El Paso Woman! You can check out her blog here. ************************************************************************
ME: How long have you been writing and blogging? I started blogging back in 2003 and have had several blogs reflecting my interests over the years. “Little Lord Oscar Dandelion” started in the autumn of 2015. I’ve been writing stories all my life.
ME: Tell us what your blog is about?
Oscar Dandelion is about the novel: “Little Lord Oscar Dandelion (International Jewel – and Sandwich Filling – Thief).” It’s available on Amazon as an e-book, however I’m seeking an agent to get in published in the traditional way. Though as most blogs go, the blog has evolved to be a lot more personal – and I’ve found some lovely people to talk to.
ME: Do you write for a living or is it a hobby for you? Both? I write for me – whatever it is. Although I like to share some of it 🙂 I plan on writing more short stories and novels. I love blogging because I’m able to interact with all kinds of readers and bloggers around the world.
ME: Tell us about Oscar Dandelion. Which one? 😀 There’s the real Oscar Dandelion, my little dog – a cream coloured chihuahua with an penchant for cuddles and cake crumbs; and there’s the fictional Oscar – the star of my book, who is largely inspired by the real Oscar. The only difference really, is that one lives in a grand mansion (Dandelion Hall) and is a ‘Lord.’
ME: Where can the book purchased? On Amazon.
ME: What advice would you give to up and coming writers and bloggers? What’s worked or hasn’t worked for you? Firstly, you need to decide what you want from your blog. How will you manage it? Will you post in a formal way on such and such a day with such and such a theme? Or, will it be more loose and free, where you post when you feel the need to? Will the blog be anonymous, more personal, for business? WordPress makes it easier today to catch up in real time the posts from topics (tags) you’re interested in – or from the bloggers you follow. It is this development which has aided me to have better connections with other bloggers; whilst before, it felt rather isolating. The social part of blogging is as important to me as promoting my writing. Since becoming almost housebound from an injury, it’s the main way I can meet people. Lastly, be friendly and polite (netiquette) – if you enjoy a post, ‘like’ it or leave a comment.
ME: In terms of writing, which future plans do you have? I will start writing my next novel, “Gideon Falls”, this summer. This is a darker more serious story – more about people, human nature and demons. Gideon is a fallen gargoyle, yet continues to protect his people…
ME: If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be and why? Perceptive
ME: Besides writing and blogging, what do you spend your time doing? Cuddling Oscar (and my other dogs), embroidery, making pictures. I also like to cook and bake for my family. My fiance, John and I love films – we watch a lot of them!
ME: If I were visiting your city for a few days, what would you recommend for fun? Why? You’d find it hard to visit my city because I live in a small village right by the sea 😉 We have a lot of tourists here though – people who come for a quieter holiday, to walk along the shore, build sandcastles, hike on the sand-dunes where we have rare birds (Terns) and rare toads (Knatterjacks). The town of Great Yarmouth (Norfolk, England), about 10 miles away, is more lively. It’s a bit like a mini Las Vegas with its bright lights, amusement arcades and live shows along the front. There’s also amusement park rides that were established in Victorian times.
ME: What’s been one of the best moments of your life and why? Oh, there are several… One was meeting my fiance for the first time face-to-face. We met on the internet in 2007. We got to know each other as friends before getting romantic. I’d been very hurt before from past relationships so was really cautious.
ME: What kind of music do you like? How about movies? I like most kinds of music – I’m a keyboardist and pianist, so maybe more open to hearing all kinds. The Beatles, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury, Chuck Berry, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, The Eagles, The Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Billy Idol, The Clash, Tangerine Dream, Caro Emerald, Melody Gardot, Daniel Licht (“Dexter” soundtrack), Michael Giacchino (“Star Trek” soundtrack), T Murray Gold (“Doctor Who” soundtrack), Tchaikovsky (“The Nutcracker”), Erik Satie…and many more! I like as many movies as I do music – “The Shining” (Kubrick), “Dawn of The Dead” (both), “Legend” (1984), “The Thing” (1982?), “The Alien” films (especially 1 + 2), “Invasion of The Body Snatchers” (1956 + 1978), “The Dead Zone” (1983), “Inception”, “Rebecca” (1940), all of Guillermo del Toro films, most of Hitchcock films, every film to do with “Sherlock Holmes”…and many more!
ME: What’s your life mantra and why? Be grateful for the small things and people are the most important ‘things’ in your life – So let the right ones in! Be kind to YOURself because you are worth it. Always try to connect with nature.
ME: What’s one of your favorite quotes and why? Oscar Wilde is one of our geniuses – he was very insightful. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”- Oscar Wilde, “Lady Winderere’s Fan, 1892, Act III.
ME: Is there anything else you would like to add? Thank you for featuring me on your blog, Lisa 🙂