I am from a large city in Texas. I love it and have always wanted to be here. The shopping does rival any place in the world. We have fantastic restaurants. And it is fairly inexpensive to live here. I can fly to either coast quite easily without changing planes.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher.
Tell us about your latest book. My latest is “Store Wars” from MuseItUp Publishing. Here’s a nice blurb: The competition heats up when Janie’s old flames comes back to town and is running his family’s business.
Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it? I have two submissions out and am hoping-praying-wishing they sell. I have some things I haven’t sold and am looking for the perfect place to put them. And in December, “Twinkle Lights,” will be available thru MuseItUp Publishing.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing? Marketing. Marketing. Sigh. Marketing.
What advice would you give to writers just starting out? Persevere. Which is true about everything in life. Persevere.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? I haven’t had it. However, I do believe other creative outlets fuel my writing. So I do a lot of needlepoint, read, exercise.
Who is your favorite author and why? Dick Francis who has, sadly, departed. He put together fabulous mysteries. I gobbled them up like candy.
What books have most influenced your life? I cut my teeth on Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. But the book which launched me into adult fiction was Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. The author which launched me into romance was Emilie Loring.
How did you deal with rejection letters? Not much else to do but say, “Oh well.” And move on. A bit of chocolate is a good go-to. J
What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers? A friend turned me on to Write Tight. My writing improved immensely after reading it. Lots of workshops under your belt, too. A great critique partner(s).
Where do you as an author draw the line on gory descriptions and/or erotic content? Hmmm. I hadn’t thought of this. I really don’t think too gory. As for erotic, oh, yeah, I’ve written that one. The key there is to not write like a manual.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in the name of research? I did do the local police and fire citizen academies. The firemen were worried when I rappelled and swung out the wrong way. I fixed myself and continued. LOL.
Find Vicki at:
Author Central: http://www.amazon.com/Vicki-Batman/e/B005AY5ZN8/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1343929464&sr=1-2-ent
Find Vicki’s books at:
MuseItUp Publishing: https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php?keyword=vicki+batman&Itemid=1&option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/man-theory-and-other-stories-vicki-batman/1108346172?ean=2940013707368