Author spotlight with Vicki Ann Bush!
Jesse Marshall and her friends just wanted a weekend getaway. After four years of college, cramming sessions, late night book vigils and the epiphany of finally knowing what you want to do with your life—or not, they needed a few days to let go and relax. Forty-five minutes away from their home town of Las Vegas, Primm Nevada, was close enough for their limited schedule and a few days of celebration.
But their carefree weekend quickly crumbles after they witness a young woman standing in the the middle of a casino, screaming and bloodied. After security takes her away, the friends begin to unravel a mystery that none of them were prepared for and a horror that would change everything.
Read an interview with Vicki Anne Bush below and grab your copy of Room 629 HERE!
1. Tell us about your Latest Book/Book about to be released? And can you give us a teaser?
Room 629 is a sci-fi and takes place in Primm, Nevada. It's another one of my environment inspired stories. I came up with the idea after my own trip out there.
Hmm … A teaser. Nothing is really what it seems.
2. What other books/short stories have you written?
For YA, I've written the supernatural romance trilogy, The Dusk Chronicles. And also from Solstice, a paranormal romance novella, The Fulfillment and the historical romance, The Garden of Two. My prior work was in children books, which includes, Winslow Willow the Woodland Fairy, and The Queen of It.
3. Are they available in e-book, print, or both?
Most of my YA is available in both and The Queen of It as well. The Fulfillment is only an eBook and Winslow Willow the Woodland Fairy, is in print only.
4. Where can readers find your books?
Amazon, Barnes and Noble both on-line and in selected stores, Kobo and other various on-line sites for purchase.
6. What do you think are the biggest challenges for the type of writing that you do?
Trying to keep with a story line that is unique. There is so much paranormal romance YA. Writing the story with an idea that differs from everything you read, remains my worst enemy. I think The Dusk Chronicles and The Fulfillment, satisfy that unique component. And, The Garden of Two is completely removed from any paranormal substance. But Room 629, that was a new challenge. I never thought about writing sci-fi, until the idea for the story popped in my head.
7. How did you get started in writing?
When I was thirteen, in a school contest. We had to write a story and construct the book. I fell in love instantly with the process.
8. Where and How can readers get in touch with you?
They can always reach out to me on my author Facebook page, my blog Silent Pen, or even my email … firstname.lastname@example.org I love hearing from readers.
9. So with your latest work released/or being released, what comes next? What can we expect from you in the future?
Currently I'm writing the second book in The Fulfilment series, Procurement. I'm also working on a novel with a subject matter that is very different than anything I've written so far, and it's both scary and exciting for me.
10. How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
A great deal of it. I use everything and everyone around me for inspiration, myself included.
11. Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?
I pretty much go with the flow. I've tried to structure myself, I should. It's a work in progress for me and a personal goal. But, if I had to pin point a time, it would be in the morning.
12. What is your routine once you start writing a book?
It's simple, I sit and write. There is no one thing I always do, it various with the book.
13. What about you in general? What is it that makes you tick? Makes you you? Things you like to do and what prompted you into writing?
First of all, the hardest thing for me to do is talk about me. That being said, family makes me tick. Friends prompt me to write just by observing them. I love the holidays when everyone gets together, I like going to the movies and I adore hanging out with my great Dane, Cooper.
14. Among your own books, have you a favorite book? Favorite Hero or Heroine?
My all time fave is Lightening, by Dean Koontz. I also adore the character, Odd Thomas and that series of books.
15. What kind of research do you when writing one of your works?
Depends on the book. For The Garden of Two, I watched several documentaries on World War I, researched pictures on line of Long Island in 1916 and read various articles and testimonies on the war.
16. Do you ever ask friends/family for advice or ideas to go into your works?
Not so much ideas to go into the work, more like their opinion of how the work is presenting itself.
17. Have you ever experienced Writer's Block? If so how did you work through it?
Yes, but it usually only lasts for a few minutes. I get up walk away, put on some music or pour a cup of coffee and relax for a bit. Sometimes, it helps if I sort of act out the prior scene. I'll play it either in my head, or in the middle of my room. I can usually get what's coming next after that.
18. Who are some of your favorite authors to read?
Dean Koontz is my number one fave. But I also enjoy Anne Rice, Stephen King, Robin Cook and Michael Crichton.
19. Anything else you'd like to tell our readers?
Just that I really love making the connection. Hearing what they think, what they like or don't like, is very important to me. The more the merrier.
20. Lastly do you have any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?
Yes … Do not give up. Keep writing, keep submitting. Someone will eventually see what you are doing. I know it all sounds like a cliché, but it's true. Writing is doing something you love, but it doesn't make it easy. Hard work, perseverance and simple tenacity. Staying involved, learning constantly about how to further your work, your name, your craft. I'm constantly trying to figure out this ever changing maze we all need to run through. Keep going.
I am originally from Long Island, New York, but now reside in Las Vegas, Nevada. Living in the desert has given me inspiration for several of my books.
For many years I wrote various short stories and poems, but never tried my hand at the publishing process.. In 2008, on the suggestion of my two daughters, I began submitting. The first positive response was from Salt of the Earth Publishing for a short childrens story. Winslow Willow the Woodland Fairy, was beginning of my adventure. Since then I've written another story for children, The Queen of It, before settling into YA fiction. My first release was the novelette/novella series, The Dusk Chronicles. It is a supernatural romance set in Las Vegas.
Currently, from Solstice Publishing, I have the historical romance novel, The Garden of Two. It is about the perils of World War I through the eyes of a young Long Island couple. And the paranormal romance novella, The Fulfillment, which is centered in Boulder City, Nevada. My latest novel, Room 629, is a first sci-fi and third partnership with Solstice. It takes place in Primm Nevada and follows a group of friends as they uncover a life altering truth.
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