What can I say about Vivi Anna? She has novels published by Silhouette Nocturne, Samhain, Ellora’s Cave, Loose Id, Kensington Books, Avon Publishing, and Whispers Publishing. Wow. That’s impressive.
But you know what knocked me back a step? She’s Canadian! Squee! I love featuring Canadian talent on my blog.
Vivi is a member of the Calgary Romance Writers and lives “in the shadow of the Canadian Rockies.” Vivi? I LOVE Calgary and Banff, I would move there in a heartbeat if Gizmo Guy could afford to quit his job. (In fact, GG and I have been debating booking a trip to Banff as my birthday present (our trip to Banff in 2006 was his 50th birthday present.) Of course that all depends if we win the 6/49, LOL.)
So I’m thrilled that she’s agreed to be a guest on my blog today.
Okay, Vivi, I’ll get this out of the way right off the bat. I know as an author you’re not supposed to show favoritism but who’s been your favorite character to write?
Well, I have many favorite characters, I couldn’t just pick one. They are all my babies in one way or another. But if I had to make a short list, in random order, it would look like this:
- Hell Kat – from Hell Kat and Inferno
- Kellen Falcon – from The Vampire’s Quest
- The entire cast – from a new UF I’m working on
- Nina – from another new UF I’m working on
Do you “cast” your characters using pictures or actors to help inspire you when you’re writing?
Sometimes. Like the hero from The Vampire’s Kiss which will be out early part of 2010, Jensen Ackles was definitely my inspiration. And the hero from the next Nocturne I’m working on The Wolf’s Hart, Misha Collins is the inspiration. As you can tell I like the show Supernatural.
(Leah here: I need to give credit to the picture — I found it here.)
What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
Do not be in a hurry. We all have a journey to publication. Sometimes it will take years. For others it may only take a few months. Do not judge your success against others. Write your book, make it the best it can be, write a query, send it out, and start your next book. It is a process we all have to do.
Could you tell us three favorite books that inspired you to write?
These aren’t necessarily my favorite books, but they are books that inspired me to want to be a writer.
The Stand by Stephen King, read it when I was like 13. He’s been the biggest inspiration to me.
Honest Illusions by Nora Roberts. My first romance book that I read when I was 21.
The first Anita Blake book, Guilty Pleasures, by Laurell K. Hamilton. Read that right when I was looking for an avenue for the kinds of stuff I wanted to write.
Do you plot your books out before you write them? Or do you write “by the seat of your pants”?
I plot for the books that are contracted, because I have to give my editor a detailed synopsis. But lately all the other projects I’ve been working on have been by the seat of the pants. And I love it. It’s an organic process that is inductive to the way my brain works. I find I write better that way.
I’m happiest when … the words are flowing like cool water from a tap.
My favorite way of kicking back and indulging myself is …. watching a bunch of big action movies while eating popcorn and drinking soda with my daughter
One strange writing ritual I have is …. I have to walk around the house at least three times before writing the final scene in a book. If it gets too intense and even if the words are flowing, I will get up and go for a walk, sometimes more than once.
If I could move anywhere in the world, I’d move to …. Europe because of the rich culture and long history. I would die happily in a small cottage in a remote part of Ireland taking long walks and writing for hours at a local pub
My worst habit is … procrastination. I will procrastinate until the very last second.
My book Demon Dreamer is coming out July 14 from Samhain Publishing. It is part of a connected series I wrote with my buddies Kimberly Kaye Terry and Delilah Devlin. Both their stories are available that day as well.
Submission is the only path to his salvation…
A Captive Souls story.
Born a seer, Kiara Brodie has always been feared for her power to see others’ fantasies. She’s fine with that—it keeps the men of her Irish Gypsy caravan at bay. She wants more than this transient life. A letter from her estranged father, summoning her to Louisiana, could be her long-awaited chance to put down roots.
She finds two half-sisters she never knew she had, and an old mansion haunted by a darkly sexy demon who inhabits her dreams. At night he whispers to her of carnal delight, enticing her on a journey of extreme pleasure—and pain.
Malvo knows just what to do with the curious woman who wandered into his lair behind the library bookcase—lock the door behind her and make her a lustful proposition she can’t refuse. He seeks to temporarily ease his lonely torment, but Kiara’s willing and wanton response opens his eyes to the possibility that she is his path to his own salvation.
If only she is willing to remain captive to his every sinful desire—forever…
Thank you Leah for having me over to your place for a play date.
Thanks for coming to play in my sandbox, Vivi. But I want the deets on “being shot at while repossessing a car” that you mention on your website bio.
Vivi has graciously offered a lucky commenter a download of her book Demon Dreamer.