1. What were you in your life before you became a writer? Did this influence your writing? I graduated with a degree in clothing and textiles, fashion merchandising and worked for a large department store chain for several years. I loved that job! Then I worked for several other companies, married, kids and stayed home with them, occasionally working part time jobs, and volunteering like a madwoman. I’ve always been a huge huge huge reader. Even at a young age, I preferred mysteries, and then in my teens, my mom introduced me to Emilie Loring romances. When most authors are asked how they became writers, they usually say they are a big reader. Me, too.
2. Are you genre specific or general? Why? I don't mean genres like romance, mystery, fantasy etc. There are many subgenres of the above. With my first romantic comedy mystery, I had a hard time figuring out where it belonged—not romantic suspense, not women’s fiction. Mostly contemporary romance with humor. When the chick-lit market dived, I had a hard time getting someone to publish it; so I pushed the book aside and turned to writing short stories. Readers began telling me how funny they are and saying my work fell into the romantic comedy genre, and because my books have a touch of mystery, I got romantic comedy mystery.
3. Did your reading choices have anything to do with your choice of a genre or genres? Like a lot of young readers, my journey began with the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Agatha Christie, Mary Stewart. As much as I liked the mystery in my reading, I liked the romance too. I do read other books, like historical romance. And have read a wide variety of books for book club.
4. What's your latest release? On June 1, my romantic comedy short story, “Raving Beauty,” part of the Just You and Me boxed set, will be released. It’s a fun look at a reluctant beauty queen and the childhood friend who wants to win her heart.
5. What are you working on now? I’m working on Temporarily Out of Luck, the third book in the Hattie Cooks romantic comedy mystery series and a holiday story, “Christmas Romeo.”
6. Where can we find you? Website: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html Facebook: http://bit.ly/293iZIz Twitter: https://twitter.com/VickiBatman/ Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/vickibatman/
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