Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Interview and Giveaway: Vicki Lewis Thompson

Please help me welcome NY Times Best Selling Author Vicki Lewis Thompson.  Vicki is the author of several books, including The Hex Series, The Nerd Series, and The Babe Series. 

1. For any new readers, could you tell us about the Babes on Brooms series?
VLT: Two sisters, both witches, get themselves into magical trouble. In BLONDE WITH A WAND, Anica gets upset with her boyfriend and in her anger turns him into a cat. Bad for him, worse for her, because the magical infraction of transforming a human causes her to lose her magic. So how will she change him back? In CHICK WITH A CHARM, Anica's sister Lily, who has learned nothing from her sister's story, slips a devotion potion into the drink of a guy she's interested in. The potion works, but then she discovers that she really cares about him and can't tell if his devotion is real or a result of her misplaced magic.

2. Anica and Lily sound like strong heroines. What comes first, the characters or the story?
VTL: Oh, tough question! Probably the characters, but I remember thinking how cool it would be if the heroine turned the hero into a cat, which is story, not character. They sort of came at the same time, I think.

3. Will there be more Babes on Brooms books? Are you working on any other projects you would like to share with us?
VLT: For now, I've put aside Babes on Brooms for an exciting (to me, at least, LOL) new project -- comic werewolves. The first one WEREWOLF IN MANHATTAN comes out in February, 2011, and I had a great time writing it. I'm now working on the second book in that series.

4. If you weren't a New York Times bestselling author, which career choice would you pursue?
VLT: I honestly can't imagine. I LOVE this job. I love being able to work at home, to play with imaginary friends, to network with readers and writers. The world of books is my world, so I suppose I'd have to be in that world somehow, maybe as an editor or a bookseller. Okay, running a cool bookstore would be fun. Other than that, I can imagine *possibly* operating a bed and breakfast. Nah. I can't cook worth beans so the breakfast would be inedible and I'd be a failure at that.

5. For you, what is the most difficult part of the writing process? How do you overcome this challenge?VLT: Writing a synopsis before writing the book, because I've finally acknowledged that I like to discover the book as I go along. I don't know the characters until I've written about them for awhile, maybe a hundred pages or so. I have to write a synopsis for my editor, so I do the best I can with it and admit to myself and to her that this is a guess as to how the book will go. I'm never sure until I type the last page how it will turn out -- other than happily ever after, of course. :-)

6. A man in a long trench coat approaches you on the street. He whips open his jacket and you see...VIALS. He is selling magic potions for health, love, beauty, wealth-anything you desire. Which potion would you purchase?
VLT: What a cool concept! I'm so glad he's not a flasher, LOL. I would choose tolerance. I like to think I'm a tolerant person, but then I'll catch myself being extremely intolerant of a person or situation, and I realize I have much to learn about this trait. Ha! Bet you thought I'd choose love. But I have that, and I know where to get more. The tolerance thing, though, is more elusive.

7. Lastly, what is your favorite way to unwind after a hard day of writing? Any guilty pleasures?
VLT: If it's cold enough outside, which can be problematic in Arizona, I love building a fire and sharing a glass of wine with a friend. If it's too hot for the fire, then I have to make do with just sharing the wine with a friend.

Vicki, thank you for taking the time to interview with us.  Congratulations on your amazing writing career.  I know we will be looking for your Werewolf story next February!
For more information about Vicki and her books, visit her website or on goodreads.

Contest Time...
I am offering one lucky reader their choice of Babes book.  The winner can choose either Chick With A Charm or Blonde With A Wand!  Open to everyone who can receive books from Book Depository! The giveaway ends May 17th.  Please complete the form.  Don't forget to leave some love in the comments for Vicki!

66 comments:

elizabeth said...

Awesome interview! I loved the question about the man in the trenchcoat. Vicki's books sound really cute. I would love to read them.

cait045 said...

Hey Vicki I can't wait for you new werewolf series. It sounds great!

Linda Henderson said...

I'm a big fan of your books. I loved the Hexed series and can't wait to read your Babes on Brooms and your new werewolves.

Emily H. said...

Excellent interview!

Laurie (BittenbyParanormalRomance) said...

Excellent interview! I loved both of these book. I have several more marked to read by Vicki and cant wait to get to them;)

fickle fan said...

Awesome book covers!
Thanks for introducing this author to me, I honestly haven't heard of her works before until I came across your blog :)

Thanks for the interview

Mama Bookworm said...

This series sounds like fun! I’m so excited about a new werewolf series! I <3 werewolves.

Christa said...

Fun interview. I love the scenario with the man selling vials of potion off the street. It made me laugh a little, especially because I wasn't sure where the question was going & she made a joke about it in her response. : )

Thanks for the interview & giveaway.
Christa
ambience.of.rain {at} gmail.com

Robin K said...

Great interview. I love question number six. I would choose a vial of peace. I tend to be very stressed. And I suppose I could spread the peace around too ;)

Pamela Keener said...

Vicki, you are a new to me author but the books sounds like so much fun. Thanks for the interview.
Love & Hugs,
Pam

van_pham said...

Never her of you Babes on Brooms series but it sounds great,will add it to my TBR pile :). Also I'm very excited to hear about the new werewolves series!!!

fredamans said...

Looks like a fantastic series, one I would thoroughly enjoy!

Orchid said...

This is the first time I've heard about her books, but they sound interesting. :)

donnas said...

HI Vicki, I just got Chick with a Charm, it sounds great. Im on the lookout for Blonde with a Wand so I can read them together.

Thanks for sharing today!

Rosie said...

Hi Vickie, thanks for stopping by. I'm excited to read these two books!!! I love books with humor.

Felicia S. said...

Great Interview and I am not sure why I have not heard of these books!

Vicki- Your books look like great, fun reads and you seem just as fun! I can't wait to read them:)

misskallie2000 said...

Great interview Vicki. I love humor in my books along with mystery, suspense and of course romance. I have read several of your older books but not recently so I have added your books to my to buy list. Thanks for stopping by to chat.

I would love to win Blond with A Wand. I will start looking for Chick With A Charm and then your other books.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

throuthehaze said...

Great interview! This series sounds great :)

Sandy Jay said...

Hi Vicki! Your Babes on a Broom series sounds like great fun and I can't wait to see the werewolves series. I love werewolves.

forwhlz at gmail dot com

CallMeKayla said...

This sounds great! Congrats on it's release Vicki!

tetewa said...

I enjoy her reads! tWarner419@aol.com

Kailia Sage said...

I love the question about the man in a long trench coat and your answer! I've always loved werewolves and I'm looking forward you your new book!

Barbara E. said...

I love Vicki's books but I haven't had a chance to read either of the new Babes on Brooms books. I'd love to win either one, that would be fabulous.

Teenage Book Lover said...

I've never heard of Vicki, but will have to check her out!

Christine H said...

Hey Vicki, Thanks for the great books,Love the covers too

mariska said...

I've been wanting to read Vicky's books since last month :) You are a new for me Author. I'd love to read this !

Darlyn said...

Hi Vicki!I've love to read your romance genre books before, and will absolutely love this new books too =)

angie said...

Vicki,
I have heard such great things about your books! I absolutely cannot wait to read them!
Thanks for the interview:)
bangersis at msn dot com

EVA SB said...

Great interview!
Is the heat in Arizona a plus or minus when it comes to writing? Do you think you would write differently if you lived in a cold place.?
eva.s.black[@]gmail[.]com

Anonymous said...

Hey Vicki, I love the covers. The books sound perfect for my daughter. Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Forgot to put name in post, Shirley H

Anonymous said...

Hi, Rhanks for the great giveaway. I know my grand daughter will love these books so will my daughter. They both love her books.Great Interview.

Oma L

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Hey Vicki, first heard of your books a couple of weeks ago and added them to my wishlist as they sound like fun reads! You had me at the 1st introductory sentence "Two sisters, both witches, get themselves into magical trouble". I have 2 sisters, so I always love to read about sisters, their relationship: the banter, fights, love, and spicing it up with magical adventures, mmm! sign me up! :-)

Your new werewolf series sounds just as interesting, good luck and hope to see you around! :-)

buddyt said...

Hi Vicki,

I have enjiyed all your books that I hace read so far and the new series sounds as if it will be a fun read as well.

Good luck with the series.

Carol T

debbie said...

Your interview was quite funny. I haven't read any of your books, but now I would really like to.
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

Jackeline R. said...

Aww she can't cook, it's okay, I can't either! But maybe you'd be good at a bed and breakfast just minus the cooking. Hand that over to someone else. But writing is just too awesome to give up I'm sure. I really want to read your books Vicky!!

Jackeline R. said...

I meant Vicki, sorry I am a horrible speller!

layla418 said...

I love your Babes on a Broom series and I can't wait to read your werewolf books.


Skk25@aol.com

Lisa R said...

Hey Vicki,
While I can't wait for your werewolves in Manhattan series, I hope you don't abandon the Babes.

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

Jacqueline C. said...

The cute covers caught my eye a while ago - I had to put these on my wishlist!

k_sunshine1977 said...

hi vicki! i've been a fan of yours for quite a while, and i can't wait for the new series!

k_sunshine1977@yahoo.com

YA Vampire Books said...

Sounds like fabulous books! They really sounds like a lot of fun, and I would love to read them! Putting them on my wishlist right away :)

CrystalGB said...

Hi Vicie. I love your books. Your new series sounds wonderful.
Crystal816[at]hotmail{dot}com

Kelsey said...

Turning your boyfriend into a cat: now THAT would be awesome!

Thanks for the interview and giveaway! These books sounds great and I love the covers!

Kelsey
krae991 at yahoo dot com

Nickie said...

Awesome books! Sorry to see that your putting the Babes with Brooms Series aside for now, but excited to hear that a new series is in store. Love the humor!

GABY said...

Q6: I thought he was a flasher xD

I love to read interviews from authors I don't know. I haven't read any of your books, but I'm definitely going to :D (and the covers are so cute!)

Writing a synopsis before writing the book must be really hard. Writing a book its hard! But having to explain it to someone else when you barely knows what is going to happen to the character seems almost impossible.

jellybelly82158 said...

Hi Vicki, I love your books.

Great interview

Emma Michaels said...

ahhhh! Amazing!!!!

SaraC said...

Love your books, Vicki!

Ruth said...

Ha, what a cool concept! Sounds a bit like a modern Bewitched (in a good way). The plots sound really fun, too!

Thanks for the cool giveaway, and for making it international!

okbolover said...

this sounds like such a great series! am definitely going to look for this one if I dont win :)

Anita Yancey said...

I have loved all of Vicki's books that I have read so far. These books sound great too.

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

Tina said...

Great interview!! Her books are amazing :) She sould never give up on writing!

Bunny B said...

Hi Vicky,
Your books sounds wonderful and fun! I would love to read them! Thanks!
bunnybx at gmail . com

E.J. Stevens said...

Great interview and giveaway! I would love a chance to win and read these books. *fingers crossed*

p.s. The trenchcoat question was brilliant.

xx,
E.J.

SiNn said...

I agree with Ej these books sound awesome and i love dthe interview and Vicki just totaly rocks anyways

Cherry said...

Ellz, wonderful interview! And Vicki, thank you for sharing tidbits about you and your writing with nosey readers like me!! :)

Beth said...

Love the interview.
I like reading books with humor in them and these sound like great reads.

Barbara M. Hodges said...

I'm not familiar with Vicky's books, but they sound look like they are some I would very much enjoy.

Isi and Jas' mom said...

Sounds like 2 easy, fun reads! I will have to check them out!

Rae Reads said...

These books look and sound amazing!

-Rae
rae_reads@hotmail.com

T.V and Book Addict said...

Ah! The story sounds awesome! I love the story/characters question and the answer ;) Very fascinating to know. I always love reading answers to those types of questions

Emmagan said...

Wow, i think i found a new author that i will love! Vicki's books sounds so good. i would love to win the first one!

Spav said...

Great interview. This is the first time I've heard about her books, but they look really intesting and fun!

Beverly said...

Great interview! Vicki's books sound great! I hope I win, but sounds like I will have to buy the book I don't win anyhow! Thanks for hosting the contest and for doing the interview! I had not heard of these and now my TBR is heavy TWO more books!

Wings said...

Awesome Interview!

Vicki, you're so cool!!! I've read one of the Nerd series novels and loved it! I can't wait to get my hands on the Babes on a broomstick novels :D

 
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