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.

Tell me a little about your upcoming release.

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.

Vivi Anna – Demon Dreamer
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30 thoughts on “Vivi Anna – Demon Dreamer

  • July 13, 2009 at 4:35 am

    I love that cover!! I think there should be posters from sexy covers like this one.

  • July 13, 2009 at 4:36 am

    D'oh – and congrats on the release! Obviously the cover got me too excited. 😉

  • July 13, 2009 at 5:01 am

    Great interview and resume. Loved the background on writing, that's some of my favorite parts (Misha Collins and Jensen Ackles — yum)

  • July 13, 2009 at 5:03 am

    That one is on my TBR. the cover is eye catching. And thanks for the interview. Congrats on the release.

  • July 13, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Loved the interview. I love peeking into the brains of authors to see what makes them who they are. Book sounds absolutely terrific too.

  • July 13, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Oooh Jenson has been an inspiration of mine since way back when I spent my afternoon watching Days…. LOL love the blurb on the new book I think I would really enjoy it… 🙂

  • July 13, 2009 at 6:32 am

    Ohh, great interview!!! Please count me in!

  • July 13, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Your cover is absolutely gorgeous! Oh how I miss Alta!! I used to live in a small town just outside of Calgary (Airdrie). Leah, if hubby could find an IT job out there we would be with you in a heart beat! It is so beautiful. I find the flat land just so peaceful! And to be that close to the mountains, beautiful!
    Congrats on your release tomorrow!

  • July 13, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Except for it being Scotland, not Ireland, I have the same dream. Probably not uncommon among writers since Europe has such an allure. Good luck with the release.

  • July 13, 2009 at 7:31 am


    Thank you Leah for letting me come and play. And thank you ladies for coming to play with me.

    Yup, I do love me some Rocky Mountains. I would miss them if I ever moved…you know to that cottage in Ireland. 😉

  • July 13, 2009 at 8:23 am

    I really enjoyed the interview, nice to hear what makes writer's tick…hehe!!!

    Looks like a great story, and fabulous cover. I agree with another comment here….there are some covers that should be made into posters and this is one of them.


  • July 13, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Congrats on the release!!
    I love sexy demons…

  • July 13, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Great interview Vivi! the cover is hot!count me in c(dot)barkowski(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • July 13, 2009 at 9:12 am

    love the cover for the new book. Great interview.
    lexeetoste at sbcglobal.net

  • July 13, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Only one more day until the release. Congrats.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  • July 13, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Great interview..
    The book sounds too good. I'll have to add it to my TBR list. Yep.. that cover is hot.
    Thanks for blogging, and the contest. congrats on the new release.
    ioki_jo at hotmail dot com

  • July 13, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    You have so many books that can pop on my TBR list. Congratulations on your new release!


  • July 13, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Congrats on the release and great interview!
    The cover is great! Can't wait to read it!

  • July 13, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    This series is on my Wish List!
    Can't wait to read it.

  • July 13, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    No need to enter me, girls. I'm dropping in to let you know I've got this posted over at Win a Book.

  • July 13, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Great interview! The books sound HOT and I would love to read it


  • July 13, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Congrats on the new release! It's looks like a deliciously, good read and that cover is just HAWT! Really, the cover is a thing of beauty.

  • July 13, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I've been looking forward to this book Vivi! Congrats on tomorrow's release day for you! 🙂

  • July 13, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Love the cover. Congrats on the new release. Great interview.

  • July 13, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    wow! That is one hot hot cover!

    I really enjoyed The Valorian Chronicles. They reminded me of CSI (Vegas) one of my favorite shows!

    lynda98662 at yahoo dot com

  • July 13, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Love the cover on this book…Did you have in put on that and/or meet the model for it????

  • July 14, 2009 at 12:58 am

    The covers are one reason I still buy print. Mini works of art. Love the new book and cannot wait to read the connected stories.

  • July 14, 2009 at 3:08 am

    I LOVE Banff! I went in March 2008, it was awesome! I've got my "I made it to the top" [of Banff Gondola] mug. lol

    Congrats on your new release!

  • July 14, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Man, I am drooling over that cover. Sounds like a great book, and some great advice in your interview. Also, Supernatural!


  • August 2, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    If Jensen's the inspiration for a character, I'm getting the book. LOL! I can just imagine how characters that man is inspiration for (including my character, Jake Porter, from my Blood Revelation series~ LOL!).

    Even without taht inspiration, I'll buy Vivi's book. All I've read thus far have been awesome.

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