Interview with Vickie McKeehan

Vickie McKeehan

Interview Date: 9/21/2012


Vickie created her first character when she was four years old and came up with her imaginary friend, Marty. Together the two battled, they slayed, they conquered. She and Marty managed to get into plenty of trouble and usually had to come up with a clever way out of it. From the Marty experience a fertile imagination was born.
Today she's graduated to more grownup characters. And after spending years sitting in a cubicle, writing boring corporate communiques all the while day-dreaming about stories beyond those dreary walls, she finally decided to let her mind run free.
The Evil Trilogy sprang from that.
Though she was born and bred in Texas, she now lives in her adopted home state of California, near the ocean she loves.

When did you start writing, and was there a significant event that prompted you to do so?

My mother was a storyteller. She'd entertain us with ghost stories, stories about her childhood, odd things that had happened to her over the years. She never wrote anything down. At some point I realized I liked to do the same.

Kev's response: Wait ... you liked to tell stories or avoid writing anything down?

If you could have one superpower, what would it? (Assuming said power would be reasonably powerful.)

I'd like to have the ability to turn certain people into toads.

Kev's response: I'm actually laughing here. That's horribly awesome.

Do you have a favorite superhero from novels, comics, or movies?

Samantha Stephens on Bewitched. She got to turn people into toads.

Kev's response: I'm sensing some kind of fascination with toads here (or toad fetish). Hmm...

Where do you get your inspiration for writing? What motivates you?

Life's challenges. I always put my characters into situations where they have to go beyond their own expectations.

Do you pre-plan your stories, or are you a by-the-seat-of-the-pants style writer?

I get a plot idea in my head. From that point on, I NEVER know what my characters will say or do until I get there.

Kev's response: Me either. I know my characters, and thus how they will react, but since the situation doesn't happen until I hit it, the characters just react at that point.

Do you write only when inspired, or do you have a set schedule where you sit down to write?

Set schedule. I write from 9 a.m. till midnight or so, with breaks for running errands, fueling up, family issues, etc.

Kev's response: That whole toad thing would save you time if you turned your family into toads!

Do you have a favorite genre to write in? To read?

I like all types of books, but I especially love the romance genre. The fun of getting two people together and having them click is SO challenging I keep turning the pages to find out how it all come together in the end.

What do you enjoy the most about writing?

The ability to take myself into another world entirely of my own creation, or at least someplace else a lot more interesting.

Is there any part of writing that you don't enjoy?


Kev's response: Interesting. Deadlines (or goals) seem to speed me up, if anything.

Can you tell me something odd about yourself?

I have multiple personality disorder. But please, do not share that with anyone.

Kev's response: Only with me, and me, and me over here. But apart from us, we won't share information about you, you, and you. >:)

Do you write one story at a time, or do you have several novels in the works at one time?

I usually have two going at one time. One may not reach fruition until much later but there are always ideas coming and going that I can't, for some reason, suppress.

Have you ever wondered why evil people want to take over the world. Why not take under it?

Because under it belongs to Morlocks and giant spiders. Who wants to mess with that?

Kev's response: Morlocks! I haven't seen the Time Machine in a long time. Might have to dig it out now. Spiders I could do without.

Where do you see the future as far as paper books versus digital e-books?

There will always be paperbacks but with so many eReaders out there eventually ebooks will be the larger share of the market. Eventually.

What are your current projects?

Dancing Tides, the third book in the Pelican Pointe series, is scheduled for release on Sept. 21. Plus, I have the first book of a new series scheduled for release in November around Thanksgiving.

Kev's response: Nice!

Do you have any advice for others about self-publishing?

Go for it.

Do you have any online sites where readers can find out more about you (and your books)?

Facebook https:// Goodreads Twitter Pinterest Thank you, Kevin Rau, for giving me the opportunity to tout the release of Dancing Tides.

Kev's response: Glad to! Good fortune on the book release!

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