Hi Vicki! I’m so glad you could join me today. Tell us a little about yourself. How did you start writing?
I blame it on Tom Jones and my friend. We were traveling home from a girlfriend trip and she began asking silly questions. For example: Pick one- Tom Jones or Engelburt Humperdinck. Silly me picked TJ. Her next question was: write the opening paragraph of a book using the word window. I had nothing. So two days later, I plopped in front of the computer and ended up writing eight chapters. I haven’t stopped.
What drew you to this particular genre?
I like writing first person and contemporary romance seemed a natural fit, although there are slight deviations. My unsold romantic cozies and I did sell a paranormal sensual romance.
(Anne) I personally find writing in first person difficult. I can do it, had to for some classes I took, but it wasn’t comfortable for me. Kudus to you!
Have you ever considered another genre? And if so which one?
Like I said, I haven’t sold my romantic cozies (but cross fingers I do!). And yes, there’s that very sexy paranormal romance.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?
I’d rather write. Get the story down fast and furious.
Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or…?
Yeah, none of the above because I’m a Plot (ter) + (pant) ster = Plotster. I get an idea and take off with a zoom. But a romance has a hook, stuff happens in the middle, black moment, and a happily ever after. With those elements in mind, I construct my story.
(Anne) I do the same! I go, go, go until I get stuck, stuck, stuck.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I love to needlepoint, not the fancy stitches, just a kind of paint by number canvas in simple basic stitch. And read. And play mah Jongg.
(Anne) Oh lord, I haven’t played mah Jongg in years! Though I was trying to explain it to my daughter not too long ago.
So tell us, what’s next for you in terms of writing?
Working on two holiday stories. Have some submissions out. And will probably indie pub a short collection next February.
Okay, what is your favorite part of this particular story, and why? (Hopefully you can tell us without giving anything away J )
When I explained to a friend about how San Diego or Bust is written, she went, “Oh, it’s written Hangover style.” I’d never thought of it in those terms and loved what she said. So Hangover style means Backstory, usually a big NO-NO. But somehow, I did it.
(Anne) LOL! I’ve never heard that term before.
Would you share an excerpt with us?
Blub from San Diego or Bust:
Is her Mr. Right the right Mr. Right?
My boyfriend is a dirt wad. I just decided.
With a humpf, I dragged my pink tote up the narrow aisle to the plane’s exit, accidentally banging it into the seats along the way. The relieving notion of being back home in Sommerville caused the tension in my chest to fade a smidgen.
A quick peek to the exit told me where Davis, my boyfriend, stood waiting for the okay from the ground crew to head out. His glance my way didn’t look at all pleasant. Similar to one wrapped in disappointment with a downward tilt of his mouth.
I didn’t care much. I just decided.
The words creep, jerk, moron, and “why in the hell am I still dating him??” jumbled my thoughts around. My heart pounded as anxiety ratcheted inside me again.
Maybe I shouldn’t. Maybe I should not put up with him anymore.
The deepest part of me knew I shouldn’t be with Davis Griffith Swansea, III any longer. I was just in denial. Over the past year, I’d had brief, momentary twinges of dumping him; then, he’d go and do something incredibly romantic like bring me Godiva chocolates—“I know how you love these.” Or buy me a new book by my favorite author—“I happened to see this today.” Or whisk me off to an intimate dinner à deux at the latest and greatest bistro–”I know you’ll like this place.”
My head had gone stupid.
Like some of her characters, award-winning author, Vicki Batman has worked a wide variety of jobs including lifeguard, ride attendant at an amusement park; a hardware store, department store, book store, antique store clerk; administrative assistant in an international real estate firm; and a general “do anything gal” at a financial services firm–the list is endless.
She has completed three manuscripts, written essays, and sold many short stories. She is a member of RWA and several writing groups and chapters. In 2004, she joined DARA and has served in many capacities, including 2009 President. DARA awarded her the Robin Teer Memorial Service Award in 2010.
Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??“
And just in time for summer, Vicki is sharing a recipe with us for a refreshing summer drink and it looks so good! I love Lemoncello. Who could pass this up?
- 1 large can of lemonade
- A bottle of lemoncello
- 1 can of lemon-lime soft drink
- 1 lemon, washed and cut into thin circles
Make lemonade with two cans of water. Add the soft drink and the lemon. Stir well. Pour over ice and add a splash of lemoncello. It’s addictive!
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