Please welcome guest author Vicki Batman. She describes herself as a sassy. funny chocoholic who is even-tempered and accountable. Her writing is also funny and sassy, but in addition it’s sexy fiction and witty on the side.
What makes a great short story?
I write a lot of short fiction and cut my teeth by writing romances for the True magazines. A good short story will leave you satisfied just like a book. A good short story will have all the same elements as a book. It is NOT a character summary. I think I have a definite opinion. Lol.
What is your most productive time of the day (and do you need caffeine)?
The morning and yes, I need caffeine, specifically Diet Dr Pepper. In a pinch, Diet Coke will work, too.
How many books do you read in a typical month? Do you read in your genre while you are writing? What’s your most recent “great” book?
Sometimes, I get to read more than others. Just depends if I’m involved in a needlepoint project, another passion. I’ll say I read about three-four a month. For sure, I have to read the chosen book club selection which is usually a literary type. Mostly, I indulge in romance and mysteries. I just finished Tana French’s Faithful Place. Uh...wow.
Name three not well-known authors you would recommend and tell us what you like about their writing.
Elizabeth Essex writes amazing historical romances. She is an archeologist and her heroes are usually from the Navy. Her women are very strong. Liz Lipperman writes the funniest foodies. Sheila Seabrook writes contemporary romance. Her work flows beautifully.
What themes do you regularly employ in your writing?
People are not who they seem.
What motivates you to write?
I sit down every Monday thru Friday and write. (After Handsome had cancer, I reserved Saturdays and Sundays for us). I know I’m lucky to be able to spend my time at my “work,” especially since I don’t have a regular job. I’m not trained in creative writing or journalism. I’m self-taught. If I wanted to be good at knitting, I would be knitting a lot and taking classes. To be a good writer, I have to work at it. I do a crappy rough draft and revise and revise and revise...Ugh. Did I say I’m a pantser?
Dick Francis – Because I admire his books. Good reluctant heroes. Fast-paced. Each one is satisfying, just like chocolate.
Mary Stewart – wove suspense in her romances. They’re set in locales I’d want to visit. Heroines thrown into unusual situations and work out the puzzle with the help of a strong hero.
Janet Evanovich – wacky, zany, funny. After reading one, I went OMG, someone who writes funny. It’s about time.
What was the best piece of writing advice you ever received and why was it so valuable?
When my first book was critiqued, the person advised to write tight. Writing tight makes the story move faster. Overwriting is eliminated. And I learned—just like my men—men don’t speak volumes.
To learn more about Vicki and her writing check out her blog. But while you’re here, check out the blurb for Temporarily Employed:
New Job. New Love. And Murder.
Hattie Cook's dream job is down the toilet and her new SUV violated. Desperate for cash to cover the basic necessities of rent and food, she takes a temporary job where she uncovers an embezzling scam tied to the death of a former employee--the very one she replaced.
When the police determine there's more to the death of a former Buy Rite employee, Detective Allan Charles Wellborn steps in to lead the investigation. Overly dedicated, always perfect, he puts his job first, even if doing so ultimately hurts the one he loves.
Can the killer be found before Hattie's time is up?