– Vivi Andrews
– Genre(s): Humorous Paranormal Romance
– Publisher(s): Samhain Publishing
To Other Authors
– What are the three MOST important pieces of advice you would give to a brand new author?
- Keep writing. 2) Keep writing. 3) Keep writing. And after you’ve done that, keep submitting. Never give up on yourself. You can do it!
– What’s your favorite way to advertise?
- My blog – because I can be cheap, lazy and narcissistic and still call it “promo.”
– What hard-knock lesson did the publishing world teach you (can be your own experience or someone else’s that you learned from)?
- I’m still learning more every day about this publishing biz. Overall my lessons have been very positive, but I have learned to be careful who I share my work with in the early stages of a book. I persevere in believing the most hurtful criticisms came with the best intentions, but they can still set you back, setting up mental roadblocks when you need your creative highways cleared of all obstacles and doubts.
For the Readers
– What are you reading, if anything, at the moment?
- I recently discovered Kresley Cole. She is my latest addiction. I’m tearing through all of her books I can get my hands on.
– Do you prefer ebooks or print for your reading pleasure?
- I’m a paperback slut. I can’t get enough of turning those pages.
– Name three of your all-time-favorite, read-them-over-and-over books.
- Only three? Well, if I have to choose… Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, Time Enough for Love by Robert Heinlein & Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos. I can crawl inside those books and stay for days on end.
Idle Curiosity Compels Me to Ask
– What inspired you to be a writer?
- I started making up stories for my Playmobile toys to act out when I was still in grade school. I would jot down character descriptions on notepads. From there, the progression toward a writing career was inevitable.
– What do you do immediately after finishing a manuscript?
- I dance around my living room. My neighbors think I’m crazy, but that moment of delirious celebration is absolutely crucial to my process.
– Do you talk to your characters or your muse or both?
- I don’t talk to my muse – I don’t really think of my muse as a person. But I do talk to myself, taking on both halves of a conversation, testing out dialogue, or sometimes verbally rehearsing narrative. I do this most often when driving. I must say I’m delighted by the proliferation of hands-free devices. Fewer of my fellow drivers look at me like I’m crazy as I drive around town chatting with myself. (Renee Note: On this I must agree. The crazy-writer-rants don’t seem so crazy with the onset of Bluetooth. :D)
Join me next week for a peek at Misty Evans.