Looking for a great romance author to read? This week my guest author is fellow Wild Rose author Vicki Batman. Vicki writes romantic comedy with a twist of suspense. She has just released a new book Temporarily Insane, and I am so pleased she is here to share it with us.
For my interview, Vicki answers questions about her hobbies, handbags, and her advice on criticism.
Please welcome Vicki Batman…
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
What do you do when you are not writing?
Mostly, I needlepoint. I’m just your average kind of stitcher-the basics. And sometimes, embroidery. Love to read. And go with Handsome to the movies.
What interesting jobs have you had?
I’ve had a lot of different ones: I really began babysitting at age 13, volunteered as a day camp aid, lifeguard, day camp leader, amusement park employee in several areas, hardware store clerk, antique store clerk, department store clerk, assistant buyer, marketing assistant, finance assistant, worked special events for a book store, worked for Handsome, worked market.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
I think the romantic comedy genre found me. First, I had no idea I was funny until a friend told me so. Second, I’ve read mysteries every since I can remember—Trixie Belden, Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew—and my favorite is Dick Francis. So the funny came out in a light mystery. Voila!
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
Temporarily Insane is a follow up to Temporarily Employed. Heroine, Hattie Cooks takes temporary jobs when the job she adores falls down the drain due to an economic downturn. Murder and mayhem ensue.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Oh yes, there’s some things, like favorite car – Jeep. Favorite accessory – handbag. Favorite treat – chocolate. And some people have done or said things that inspired me!
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
What has been the best compliment? When I first began, I entered contests and one judge wrote on the front of my submission “Why are you writing?” I was devastated. Like most newbies, I thought I was doing a good job. I lamented over her comment for two days. Then I decided “no one can determine my destiny but me.” I went back to work. So what was bad and could have been worded more delicately, ended up pushing me.
Hattie Cooks is still searching for her dream job and one might be available…in the Big Apple, far from friends, family, and Allan Wellborn, the man who still makes her heart race. In the meantime, she finds temporary employment at an accounting firm where two auditor friends turn up dead.
Detective Allan Wellborn dropped Hattie for Blonde Bimbo who, coincidentally, is employed at NLB where fishy things are taking place. When Allan interviews Hattie, he must determine why all signs point to her as a suspect.
Can Hattie discover why Allan dumped her and who is murdering auditors before death strikes again?
Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman