An Interview with Veronica McGivney

Veronica is a multi-genre author who writes novels and short stories, some of which have been short-listed in British short story competitions. Her fiction books are written under the name V. K. McGivney.

When did you first decide you wanted to become an author?

When I was about 6 or 7.

Why do you write? What drives you to do it?

Stories and dialogues start going round in my head and eventually I feel an irresistible urge

to write them down.

I’m ashamed to say I don’t have a schedule! I write when the spirit takes me. Likewise, I

do little initial planning of my novels. Once I have an idea, a character, or a theme, I write a

beginning and just let it develop from there.

Which three words would you use to describe your writing?

Gosh, this is a difficult question! I think I have a mania for clarity in writing, so would

probably say:

1. Clear (author Corinna Edwards-Colledge has described my writing as ‘clean’, by

which she may have meant the same thing)

2. Pacey (I hope!)

3. Intelligent (I also hope!)

What inspires your writing?

Anything and everything! Something seen or overheard; an item on the news; an incident

that happened to me or to someone I know.

For example, the first scene of Inheritors of the New Kingdom was inspired by something experienced by a friend of mine. A Reluctant Hero was prompted when, from a bus, I saw a very miserable-looking man standing outside a shop, and started to imagine what had happened to him.

Similarly, many of my short stories in Ghosts, Resolution and Revenge were inspired by incidents that had happened either to me or to people I know.

Why multi-genre?

Multi-genre? I enjoy the challenge of trying different styles and genres and don’t wish to be

limited to any specific one.

For many years, because of the work I did, I was constrained by the requirements of academic writing so it has been a relief to have the freedom to experiment with different ways of writing fiction. (I use my initials in writing fiction because I want to keep it separate from academic stuff written under my full name).