Today we’re pleased to welcome Vicki Batman to the 20QS spotlight.
1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Vicki Batman—that’s me! I’ve sold many romantic comedy works to the True magazines, several publishers, and most recently, a romantic comedy mystery to The Wild Rose Press. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Cat fancier. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days, I set my hands to the keyboard and think “what if??”
Temporarily Employed, a romantic comedy mystery. Release Date: October 17, 2014. Author: Vicki Batman. Publisher: The Wild Rose Press. Word Count: 75,850. Page Count: 314. ISBN: 978-1-62830-497-8 / paperback. ISBN: 978-1-62830-498-5 / digital.
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?
3. Please share a little about your previous books.
I have written many romantic comedy short stories for the Trues, some published with MuseIt Up Publishing, and some indie published. And have had a couple of essay pubbed as well.
4. Have you always written in the romance genre?
Yes, I have always written romance. Who would love a happily ever after?
5. What or who inspired you to be a writer?
After reading many Dick Francis mysteries, I told Handsome I wished I could write like him. A long time passed before I did.
6. Where in the world are you?
I’m in a happy place.
7. What do you love best about being a writer?
Expanding my brain through the creative writing process. Who knew???!!!
8. What’s the biggest challenge being a writer?
Marketing. One word–ick. I do like blogging and love when visitors stop by and share.
9. What’s your favorite romance trope?
I often write stories about people who aren’t always who they seem to be.
10. What’s your typical writing day like?
I work out every day, eat some toast, shower, and get to work on social media, then write. Eat lunch. Run errands. Write!
11. Where do you usually write?
At my desk which looks out on my front yard. I get lots of critter visitors.
12. When you’re writing, is it coffee, tea, soda, or water?
Diet Dr. Pepper and water. Yeah, I wasn’t raised with coffee and can’t stand sweet tea.
13. Do you have other creative outlets? If so, what?
I love to stitch needlepoint and embroidery. I grew up with ladies in my life who could do all these amazing things. My grandmother taught me how to embroider at age 9 and I’ve not stopped.
14. What book are you reading now?
Just finished Tana French’s Broken Harbour. Yes, she’s very good.
15. Name three of your favorite television shows.
“Survivor,” “Amazing Race,” and “Longmire”
16. If you could have dinner with any author–living or dead–who would it be and what would be on the menu?
I’ve often considered this question and I seriously don’t know. I like hanging around the table and chatting about books with my friends. Maybe Harper Lee, but she doesn’t do that. I’d serve my mom’s fried chicken, biscuits with homemade strawberry jam, a good salad with fresh tomatoes, and oven-roasted corn on the cob. Top it all off with my mom’s chocolate meringue pie.
17. If you couldn’t be an author, what other job would you choose?
I’ve had a wide variety of jobs in many areas of retail and business. I did really enjoy working in the buying office of a major department store (without all the politics) and liked working market.
18. What are you working on next?
Just turned in my second romantic comedy mystery, Temporarily Insane. A romantic comedy short story and an essay are under consideration.
19. Anything else you’d like to share?
If you like to read funny romance, please check me out!
20. How can people find out more about you?
Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman
Plotting Princesses: http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com
Photos courtesy of the author.
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