Interview with Author, Vicki Batman

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Welcome to our series Interview with an Author. We’ll introduce members of RWF at all stages of the writer’s journey. In between, guest bloggers will be dropping by.

Come join us, learn about the wonderful writers who are a part of Romantic Women’s Fiction a chapter of RWA.

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?

VickiPERSISTENCE. 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:

Website: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html

Facebook: http://bit.ly/293iZIz

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VickiBatman/

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/vickibatman/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4814608.

Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman

Email: vlmbatman@hotmail.com

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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??

 

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13 thoughts on “Interview with Author, Vicki Batman

    1. Hi, Virginia! So nice to visit with you. It’s been a while. I was told for a while shorts don’t sell. But they do and are as satisfying as a book. Hugs!

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  1. Hi, Vicki, I just looked up WRITE TIGHT. Is this the book by William Brohaugh ??? That’s all I can find on Amazon.
    Can you talk a little more about how that’s helped. How many drafts you go through? Or is draft an ugly word? LOL.
    I’m currently going through a book I wrote and submitted back in 2012 to agents. I’m finding plenty to cut now. How long do you need to let the manuscript sit before you pick it up and see where/which words you can cut to tighten things up?
    How long is your short story in the boxed set? Are all the stories romantic comedy?
    Thank you.

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    1. Hi, Pam! and thank you. I had no idea I could do this at first. I guess it comes naturally.

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  2. Wow, Sue, I’m putting on my hat.

    Yes, that’s the book. I lent mine out to someone and never got it back; so I’m winging it here.

    As far as how that book helped–it showed me how to watch for redundancy, better dialogue tags, picking important words for the story. It was the perfect book for me at the time cause I was a newbie.

    I write an ugly first draft with lots of dialogue and “stick this here” or “do this” kind of stuff. Then I review and review and review until I can’t stand it anymore. Set aside (which is a very important part of writing for me because I go back with clear eyes). I might let the book or story sit a whole month while I work on something else. But my brain will give me some nuggets and I write sticky notes, sometimes making a pile. Then when I’m ready, I look those over and insert or not depending.

    I put my work through wordcounter.com and look for those repeaters. By doing that, I’m doing a critical revision and pick better words for a fresher product. It’s my understanding autocrit does this.
    Make no mistake–I’m a slow writer. I review lots.

    “Raving Beauty” is about 15,000 words. I have written as few as 800 words for Woman’s World. Some stories clock in at 3500 words. Just depends on the story. I don’t force the story to a specific count.

    Thank you for the interesting questions, Sue! Much luck on your book and see you at RWA!! for a hug and a chat. vb

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    1. Vickie, I can really relate to the pile of post-its. My desk is awful. I do use folders to separate stories, but sometimes the insides are nothing but post-its. LOL.
      I didn’t know about wordcounter.com. I’ll look that up. I’ve been using a find all on my “trouble” words, but I found in the last Rom Suspense, I had NEW repeaters. I’ll have to try this tool.
      That story is nearly a novella. I think the cut off is about 20K.

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      1. Hi, Sue, my desk is awful too right now. Sigh. But life is a little crazy now and maybe soon…

        A friend told me about wordcounter. I mentioned it to another writer and they thought it a scam to download material, but neither my friend nor I had that experience. It only does about a 5,000 word batch at a time and have to add and compile for a better list but that doesn’t take long.

        Even still…I found repeaters in my last story after I turned it in for formatting. Geez!

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  3. Loved “spending” time with you–going to do like Sue–going in search of the book you mentioned–WRITE TIGHT, and while I’m there going to look for your books, too. 🙂

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    1. Hi, Avery! Thank you so much for visiting with me today. For anyone who signs up for my newsletter, I give a special book. 🙂

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  4. Hi Vicki:

    I really enjoyed learning about you and your writing journey. Your advice about persistence particularly was inspiring, especially since you added about believing in yourself. Sometimes that’s the hardest part.

    I look forward to reading “Raving Beauty”.

    Kristi

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  5. Hi, Kristi! I’ve shared this story before but maybe not with this group. Early in my writing and needing critiques, I subbed to contests for feedback. I received one back with the notation “Why are you writing?” It stung deeply. But I determined no one can make my destiny but me. And persisted.

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