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!
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