We are here on blog tour with the authors of Sisters Born, Sisters Found
Vicki Batman contributed a memoir piece Sister Act (p. 40). I am posting our interview with Vicki here. Check out the whole collection on Amazon – 22 five star reviews!
I loved your description of the perfect Christmas in your story Sister Act. Do you cherish the memories of the perfect Christmas and leave it at that, or do you work hard to re-create the same holiday happiness for your boys?
I always wanted wonderful times for my boys. Every year, we traveled to the Christmas tree farm and chopped our tree, tying it to the roof rack and setting it up in our living room. Imagine my surprise when my men decided that White Christmas was a silly musical! I was a little disappointed but reconciled that it’s a “boy” thing. Since then, I announce what special show I am watching and give them a look sure to set a little guilt to root in them. LOL
You’ve worked in many different fields in many different jobs – what brought you to writing? Every since I read Dick Francis mysteries, I wanted to write. It just took me a longggg time to get brave enough to try. So when a friend pushed me, I secretly took on the challenge and wrote eight chapters. She said to keep going and I did. BTW, she gladly takes credit.
What is one of your favorite employment stories? (Anyone fall off an amusement ride? Anyone eaten by sharks – which applies both to the beach and to the wealth management office) Most people are surprised when I say I worked at an amusement park. My second year, I worked in Maintenance as a dispatcher, saying, “Maintenance to Unit 17. 401 264.” The guys thought my voice sexy. LOL. As for the shark at the wealth management firm–Handsome started his own business years ago. When the first check came in, we all yelled, cheered and danced!
Tell me more about your stories and how they made it to publication. After years of actively pursuing getting my romantic comedy mystery, Temporarily Employed published, I began critiquing with a friend. She sent six very short fiction pieces and after reading them, I guess osmosis set in for I began writing them too. She suggested sending them to the magazines. I did and they published thirteen of them. They are funny! Then I turned to e-publishing and indie pubbing. And good news abounded when The Wild Rose Press published Temporarily Employed.
What would you tell a Newbie Writer about craft and then what advice would you give him or her about getting short stories published? As for advice — never give up. Be persistent. Believe in yourself. As for publishing short fiction–do it. There are many venues. You may not always get an acceptance; so find another spot and try again.
Anything else you want to add to the blog tour? I am thrilled to be part of Sisters Born, Sisters Found and to share my memory of Christmas Eve with my sisters.
Vicki Batman ~ sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction
New job. New love. And murder. Temporarily Employed
This Christmas is disastrous. Holiday Disaster in Season of Magic
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