Today we are talking with Vicki Batman. Glad to have you here.
*We’re curious, how long have you been writing?
Vicki—I’ve been writing twelve years.
*What kind of stories do you write?
Vicki—I primarily write romantic comedy short stories, but I also write mysteries. Romantic comedy came to me naturally. I honed that genre in short stories and developed it further in romantic comedy mysteries.
*So, you don’t write romantic women’s fiction or women’s fiction?
Vicki—No. I’ve always read women’s fiction, but my writing journey hasn’t taken me to a specific project as yet. I tell my friend we need to collaborate on one, like a funny one with ladies in a hot tub and no ovaries.
*Are you traditionally published, self-published, or both?
Vicki—I’m both. My mysteries are published by The Wild Rose Press. I have had short stories published in magazines, by other publishers, as well as have published indie projects or been a part of indie anthology projects.
*Would you call yourself a plotter, pantser, or combination of both?
Vicki—My writing friend calls herself a Plotster. PLOTter + pantSTER = PLOTSTER. I think of plotting this way: I know stories have a beginning, middle, black moment, then an ending with stuff in the middle. I plotster toward that goal.
*Do you first come up with a setting or character for your story idea?
Vicki—I’ve been known to sit down with a topic and say, “I’m going to write a story about _____.” I did this with several holiday stories. Often, I hear a bit of dialogue in my head and the story takes off. It’s nice when that flow goes on and on and on and on. My youngest once said, “I have a theory about love.” My head went bing! I held up my finger to stop him for just a moment to write down the line and then returned my attention to him. I did write the story. He’s embarrassed over this. LOL.
*What would be your number one tip you’d give to someone who’d just finished their first manuscript?
Vicki—Read WRITE TIGHT. Twelve years ago, the first critique my book received was to read that book. Me and my work improved so much afterwards.
*Which do you feel you learn more from – an online class, local workshop, or writer’s craft book?
Vicki—I’ve learned from all of the above. I am not an auditory learner; so, for workshops, I have to take plenty of notes. And sometimes, I’ll scribble in what I call my secret code-shorthand.
*Do you prefer to write at home or go somewhere to write?
Vicki—I did write only at home as I used a desk top computer, but that changed when I bought a new laptop and am writing in lots of places. I’m still using an external mouse (#1 and #2 sons think I’m silly) because I’m faster with it over the laptop features. Maybe one day…
*What are your favorite books to read?
Vicki—I love mysteries, historical, and contemporary romance, women’s fiction; however, I do read different things, especially for book club. I was so picky when younger because I didn’t want to waste my time on something I didn’t like. Now, I’ll finish what I believe is a bad book because I learn from it too. I’m not much into sci-fi or paranormal.
*Are the stories you write based more on the woman’s journey or more on the romance?
Vicki—My stories are more heroine-centric with a hero. I write more romance.
*What do you think helped you get from unpublished to published?
Vicki—PERSISTENCE. Persistence in improving my craft. Persistence in believing in me. Persistence in finding the right publisher.
*Do you have a new book out?
Vicki—My romantic comedy short story, “Raving Beauty,” featured in the Just You and Me boxed set, will be published on June 1, 2017. A reluctant beauty contestant falls for the doctor treating her, only to discover the one she really loves has been right in front her the whole time. I’ll confess here: I was in a couple of small beauty pageants.
*Thank you for sharing with us a portion of your writing life. Where can we find you in cyber space?
Vicki—You can find me at:
Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman
Award-winning and Amazon best-selling author, Vicki Batman, has sold many romantic comedy works to the True magazines, several publishers, and most recently, two romantic comedy mysteries 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 practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocoaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??”