On this weeks Wednesdays, Writings & Words, we are talking with, Vickie Batman the author of the romantic comedy mystery, Temporarily Employed.
BIO: Award-winning author, Vicki Batman, has sold many romantic comedy works to the True magazines, several publishers, and most recently, a romantic comedy mystery to The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups.
An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Cat fancier. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby.
Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??”
Thank you so much for joining us this week and sahring your life with us.
What genre do you write in and why?
I write romantic comedy and romantic comedy mystery. It is a natural extension of me to write funny. One time, I was on a girlfriend trip and in the middle of a conversation, my friend said, “You are so funny.” I had no idea. So now, I capitalize on it. LOL
Why don’t you tell us a little about yourself? Are you married? Any kids?
I’m married to Handsome and have two sons, and one lovely daughter in law.
What are your fondest memories of reading or writing?
I devoured Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew when I grew up. Then in eighth grade, I read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Loved this one! I read a lot of romantic mysteries, Agatha Christie, etc., and then in my adult years, discovered Dick Francis. One day, I confessed something to Handsome I’d held back for many years—“I wish I could write like him.” Talk about a way to stun one’s husband…
What are some of your favorite authors and books?
Dick Francis’ Come to Grief startled me when I reached the end. I instantly closed it and went wow! And started all over. I did the same with A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Devereaux. I love Maeve Binchy, Janet E., Elizabeth George, Sue Grafton, P.D. James, M.M. Kaye, Emilie Loring, Mary Stewart, Sophie Kinsella, Martha Grimes, Carl Hiassen, Georgette Heyer, JoJo Moyes, and Julia Spencer-Fleming.
If you could describe what writing means to you, how would you do so?
I love challenging myself by writing. I didn’t major in creative writing or English or Journalism in college nor worked professionally as a writer. I’d written poetry since age nine and pretty good term papers, but that was it. I had to educate myself and still do. *crossing fingers* people don’t think I’m stinky.
What is your favorite snack & drink while writing?
There’s usually a diet Dr. Pepper nearby and sometimes, gourmet malt balls or M&Ms.
Which book do you think was best adapted into a movie? Why?
I’ve always loved Bridget Jones’s Diary. It’s funny and wacky. I like how the hero and heroine are a little bit older and are looking for their special someone.
Which book was the least successful adaptation into a movie? Why?
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult had me screaming “NO!” in the theater. The book club I’ve been a member of for a long time read it and went to see it. We were stunned as the book ending is superb.
Write your favorite quote and explain why you picked it?
Life is and adventure. Go. Do. Live. I’ve seen too many people afraid or too complacent to try something new. I decided long ago that wouldn’t be me, although I don’t like weird food. Does that count?
Any other things you’d like to share? This would be a good place to mention other works and share your buy links.
If you like funny stories, I have a bunch for you to check out. Find them at: Amazon Author Central – https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman
And at my blogsite: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com
It was a pleasure learning more about you and your work. Thanks once again for joining us!!
BLURB for Temporarily Employed: New Job. New Love. And Murder. Hattie Cook’s dream job is down the toilet and her new SUV violated. Desperate for cash to cover the basic necessities of rent and food, she takes a temporary job where she uncovers an embezzling scam tied to the death of a former employee–the very one she replaced.
When the police determine there’s more to the death of a former Buy Rite employee, Detective Allan Charles Wellborn steps in to lead the investigation. Overly dedicated, always perfect, he puts his job first, even if doing so ultimately hurts the one he loves.
Can the killer be found before Hattie’s time is up?
Find Temporarily Employed at:
The Wild Rose Press ebook: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=5829
Find Vicki at:
Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman
Plotting Princesses: http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com