Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Guest Blogger: Vicki-Ann Bush

Amazon Author Central Page: 
https://www.amazon.com/Vicki-Ann-Bush/e/B004I4ZQWG/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1470237229&sr=1-2-ent


Room 629                               Procurement (The Fulfillment Book 2)


Please tell us about your latest book.
Room 629 is YA sci-fi that takes place in Primm, Nevada which is the state line between California and Nevada. Four college friends decide to have a weekend getaway and go see a concert at one of the casinos. When there, they encounter a strange event that leads them on a quest that will change their perception of their world forever.

What can we expect from you in the future?
Currently I am writing the first book in a "ghost hunter" series where the lead character is a transgender boy.

How do we find out about you and your books?
All my books are available on Amazon.com and you can connect with me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/VickiAnn.Bush.Author/, my blog Silent Pen http://vickiannbush.blogspot.com/, Twitter @vickiannbush or my web site www.vickiannbush.com

Why did you decide to write YA fiction novels?
It was actually on the suggestion of my previous publisher. I began writing children books and they suggested I might enjoy YA. I wrote my first novella and was hooked.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
I think I put a lot of me in what I write. Whether it be through the main character or the various others within the story.

When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms?
I've actually been writing since I was about thirteen. But it wasn't until about 2007- 2008 that my daughters pushed me to start submitting.

Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?
I usually try to discipline myself to write every week day when I'm in the middle of a new novel, but I don't have a set time.

What about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing - or are there constant interruptions?
LOL ... everyone except for my mom knows to not bother me. But she's mom, so I work around it.
What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?
I'm a big movie buff. So I like to sit down with a good film and go away for two hours.

What truly motivates you in general? In your writing?
Literally everything around me. Oh, and the voices in my head. LOL

What kind of research do you do?
Even though the story I write is fiction, there are aspects that are based on reality. I try to be as thorough as I can on researching actuality as related to the story. Example—for The Garden of Two, which is set during World War I, I watched several hours of footage from surviving soldiers and researched the terrain of both Germany and Long Island N.Y during the era. I read articles and looked at many photos. I wanted to be as accurate as I could. Especially for the soldiers.

Would you like to write a different genre than you do now, or sub-genre?
No. I'm completely at home with what I'm writing.

Do you have a favorite author? Favorite book?
My fave author is Dean Koontz and I love his book Lightening.

Who are some of your other favorite authors to read?
Anne Rice, Robin Cook and Stephen King.

What do you think of critique groups in general?
To each his own ... beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

How many books have you written, how many have been published?
I've been pretty fortunate. I've written ten books, and ten have been published.

After you've written your book and it's been published, do you ever buy it and/or read it?
No. It's strange reading my work. I'm always so critical. I did it once and started re-writing as soon as I picked it up. So now I just leave it be. Correction ... unless it's a series. Then i do read the last book to freshen my mind with the characters.

Among your own books, have you a favorite book? Favorite hero or heroine?
I think my favorite is The Garden of Two because it was my first novel. It wasn't published first, but being full length, different from my children books, it was a big accomplishment for me. It is also loosely based on my emotions of meeting the love of my life at the age of sixteen. My favorite heroine is Jesse Marshall from Room 629. She has many aspects of me in her.

Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?
Yes. I will say this ... And this too shall pass. I know it's disappointing when you get a rejection. I have a binder of letters that I keep as a reminder. For everyone that says no, there is someone out there that will feel differently about your work. Don't be driven by it, just keep writing. Eventually you will prevail.

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