Thursday, May 22, 2014

Vicki Smith and the Sea Monkey Author Interview

Hi everybody! I told you the month of May was author interview month! Please welcome another of my writing chapter mates, Vicki Smith. Her book, Cursed Fate will be released from Liquid Silver in just a few days!

A.Q. - Thanks for agreeing to answer some interview questions about yourself and your new book. So, What is your book about?

V.S. - My book is about a family curse and the daughter who has to break it.

The Blurb…

When artist and occasional witch Taylor Reed finds her ex-husband murdered in her kitchen, she denies what she really saw. Fearing the ominous presence will make her its next victim, she runs—right into Ben Jones.

Ben is a retired demon hunter, and though he’s left his former life behind, he’s compelled to help Taylor find answers and stop the demon hunting her. That’s not all he’s compelled to do…

A family curse, a binding ritual neither knew they were part of, and a demon who can’t be stopped unless Taylor and Ben resist their feelings—Cursed Fate is a journey of survival, and proof true love really can conquer all.

A.Q. - Can you share an interesting behind the scenes tidbit about your story?

V.S. - This story takes place in my favorite place – The Outer Banks of North Carolina, though I never really specify that.

The references to B&E brewing company and the weird beers is a shout out to my husband and brother-in-law’s beer brewing name and the weird beer the hero mentions was one they actually made.

A.Q. - What is your favorite part of the story writing process?

V.S. - It all depends… Sometimes it’s getting that first idea down and writing like the wind. Sometimes it’s working through the saggy middle. Sometimes it’s hitting The End.

A.Q. - Writing can be such an isolated enterprise. Yet, I’m sure there are people who have helped, guided or inspired you along the way to becoming a published author. Could you tell us about one of them and how they helped you?

V.S. - Oh. There are lots. Very top of the list has to be my husband. At the beginning of this whole thing, I read a book where the ending was so unsatisfying, I threw the book across the room. He told me if I thought I could do better, I should. I stopped making excuses for why I wasn’t writing and wrote.

A.Q. - What are you working on now/next?

V.S. - Now I’m working on a Halloween story to submit to my publisher. Next, I will be doing edits/submissions for some of my grittier stuff. New writing… I’m not sure yet… Definitely a post apocalyptic, but the idea isn’t fully formed yet…

Now for the S.A.T. portion of the interview!

Fill in the blank –
If I were a villain, I would have _gnomes_ for minions to deliver my wrath because _they are tough and totally out of control.  (And remember, sea monkeys are already spoken for. Mostly)

Sea Monkeys are to gnomes as zombie stinkbugs are to training a puppy that is going to weigh more than me.

A.Q. - Please tell us where we can find out more about you and where we can buy your books.

V.S. - My books are available on Amazon and at You’re always welcome to stop by my blog or I’m on Twitter, but I kind of stink at that - @smith_victoria. I also have an author page on Facebook –

A.Q. - Thanks again for stopping in!

V.S. - Thank you for having me!


Melissa said...

My writing career started much like yours....just to see if I could do it.

Fun interview, Ladies. :)

Ava Quinn said...

Cool! :) Thanks, Melissa!

Liz Blocker said...

Lovely interview, ladies - and congrats to Vicki! For the book of course (which sounds great), and also for answering the sea monkey metaphor in a way that actually, weirdly, sort of made sense. ;)

Marci Koski said...

Fantastic interview with Vicki, and of course, the SAT portion of the interview wins. Wins what? Everything. It was en epic battle. Perhaps some day I will write of my own Sea Monkey adventures...but for now, I will just have to read your archives! Cheers - marci :o)

Pat Hatt said...

Great interview indeed at your feed, pups that big give stinkbugs all their own lol

debi o'neille said...

Excellent interview, and the book sounds awesome. :-)

Victoria said...

Thanks everyone! So glad you stopped by!
Thanks to Ava for having me! (And yes, I will send you my cover in a minute!)

Ava Quinn said...

And here it is, in all its gorgeousness!

Ava Quinn said...

@Liz- Ha! Thanks!

@Marci- Someday you may be answering the Sea Monkey SATs yourself. And if you visit the Sea Monkey archives, it may take you a while to get thru. The battles have been long and epic.

@Pat- lol & thanks!

@debi- Thanks for stopping over!

@Vicki- You're welcome!!

Victoria said...

Thanks, Ava!
I love reading all of these comments!
Sea Monkey SAT's rock!

Jenna,Mark Drady said...

Great interview!!
Thanks for sharing!
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

Lexa Cain said...

Holy cow - there's definitely nothing "cursed" about that cover! :O

Wishing Victoria much success!

Empty Nest Insider said...

Fantastic interview! Best of luck to Victoria!


Ava Quinn said...

@Jenna- Aww, thanks! And thanks for popping over!! :)

@Lexa- I know, right? lol!

@Julie- Thanks so much, Julie!

Victoria said...

Thanks, Jenna - We used to have a husky and a newfoundland/border collie! Now we have a Mastiff/St. Bernard mix. She's almost 6 months old!
Lexa - This cover is at the top of my list! Thanks!
Thanks, Julie!
And Thanks again, Ava!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Wow, you have so many plans in the works. Congrats on the book. Love the story about the beer.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Good Interview Ava and Victoria. Love the cover of Cursed Fate, and who doesn't like true love conquering all?

Sherry Ellis said...

Great blurb about your book. It sounds intense!

Ava Quinn said...

@Cathrina- Thanks! And absolutely!

@Sherry- Thanks for stopping over! :)

Victoria said...

Thanks, Sue, Cathrina, and Sherry!!!

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