"New Worlds Are Our Oyster."
Spotlight on Great Summer Reads
Ever since I was a little girl the thing that used to stir my blood most was tales of the supernatural. Creatures of the night. Vampires and werewolves. And now that I'm an adult, yeah, those archetypes still thrill me, but now they must be told with romance being the central theme. Whether my stories are hot enough to scorch the sheets, or action packed to the point that your heart races and your pulse pounds, I love to write them and share them with the world.
PNR: Have you always known you wanted to be a writer; when did you begin writing?
Vivienne K.: My earliest memory of writing is in the sixth grade. My English teacher had given us an assignment to write a short fictional piece, come back and read it aloud to the entire class. I was heavy into fantasy at the time and wrote a fan fiction piece centered around Piers Anthony's Xanth series. I remember most of my classmates came in reading things about sports or hobbies, stuff that fascinated them. Then here I come along and start going off about mermaids and centaurs, dragons and this odd little half rhino half elephant creature. Needless to say I did not get a standing ovation, or win many fans. - lol - but my teacher later told me it was the most refreshing thing she'd ever heard. I got an 'A'’ and sealed my nerd status to my mates. LOL. But then again, I was always a self-professed nerd, so it's not like the title bothered me much. I pretty much dance to my own beat.
PNR: How do you manage to balance your writing and personal time?
Vivienne K.: You know, I'm a night owl. I need about five to six hours a sleep and I’m fine. So I just write at night when the house is quiet and hubby and kiddo are asleep. Day time is for my family. I think for those of us with families it's very important to set aside that time. At least for me it is.
PNR: What is the best part about being a writer? The most frustrating?
Vivienne K.: Hmm…the best, boy that's tough. There’s just so many positives to it. But if I had to pick one, it would be the bits of fan mail I’m starting to receive. LOL. I've been around for a while, but only just clued into the whole promotional side of the business and it's beginning to pay off. That's been what inspires me to keep going. People asking if there's going to be a spin off of a book, or what's my next book coming out. That's really what makes me sing.
Frustrating, well bar none, rejections. That's when it hits me; this is a business first. Yes, I love it and yes I feel very passionately about my work and my people, but realistically not everyone is going to love every book. It's something you have to come to grips with as a writer.
PNR: Who or what has been the biggest influence on your work?
Vivienne K.: Absolutely it would have to be the likes of Anne McCaffrey, Piers Anthony, Anne Rice and countless others who first introduced me to the entire fantasy/paranormal brand of writing. It's been my love ever since.
PNR: Your work under the pen name Clara Verone, and your recent releases, WITCH HUNT, which you co-authored, and FIRE AND ICE, all feature paranormal themes. What do you like most about writing in the paranormal romance genre? How do you feel the sensual/erotic genre has affected the paranormal romance genre?
Vivienne K.: Well to me, paranormal is naturally sensual and sexy. I mean look at the vampire. With the exception of Nosferatu, vampires have always been depicted as two parts evil, one part beauty. That natural danger and seduction associated with things that go bump in the night is what fascinates me. Even before it was popular I always had a thing for the wolf man. LOL.. something about those fangs. Oh la la.
As far as erotic genre affecting the paranormal genre, I'm all for it. I always leaned that way in my writing anyhow. The more sexy the better.
PNR: Could you tell us about your newest release, Fire and Ice? Where did the idea for the story come from? How do you develop story ideas?
Vivienne K.: Oh my goodness. LOL. That's a good question, but honestly I never thought about how I develop something. I just sit down, even the kernel of an idea gets my brain to thinking-'oh, what would go good here and here?' Something as silly as watching the flicker of a flame would instantly make me start to plot out a story of a woman lying in a rose scented flower bed watching her man come slowly towards her. I've just always been a dreamer and it's really not hard to come up with a concept so much as stick to it and write the sucker down. I've got a journal crammed with about a thousand different story ideas. No joke. LOL.
As to Fire and Ice. Oh sigh - I love them so much. I came up with the concept one night while I was writing. I always write by candlelight. It's a quirk I have, but one I cannot do without. I had a glass of water sitting on my desk and it just came to me. I kept thinking, 'wouldn't it be cool if' And Pyroth and Lumina pretty much wrote themselves.
Lumina is Queen of the Ice Realm. Pyroth, her dark and mysterious lover, of Fire. The two are to be bound together in the morning. But a wicked scheme is being planned almost in plain site and once they discover what it is, it's already too late. Lumina's been abducted into the winter’s frosty gale, her memory obliterated and her love for her dark hero forgotten. But Pyroth has never forgotten his Icy Priestess and when fate reunites them two years later he knows he'll go to hell and back to make her remember their passion.
PNR: Your writing creates a tangible atmosphere, and as a reader I was very intrigued by the world you created featuring the elements of fire, ice, water and air. Are you planning to revisit this world in future books? Maybe in a full length story?
Vivienne K.: You know, I've been asked that many times. At first I only intended it for the one book. But there’s been quite a bit of interest shown for me to revisit the world. I just may. I left it open for the King of Water to get his day in the spotlight. You never know.
PNR: Characters and emotions are the focus of your story; did you find it difficult to balance this with the plot action?
Vivienne K.: For this length, no. For something longer, then sometimes I do have to do a juggling act to balance the two. I love to delve into the mind of my characters, but I also know a successful story must always push the plot forward. IE: action. That's why I like writing novellas. They allow me to create a story centered more on the internal conflict rather than the external. I like both, but sometimes I'm in the mood to do one over the over.
PNR: The intensity of the sexual scenes in your book is quite hot; do you find it challenging to write love/sex scenes?
Vivienne K.: Actually I do. LOL. At least to make them fresh and unique. Not the same retelling over and over again. That's probably the hardest thing to master when you're writing erotica and I know I still have so much more I could learn. It's very exciting. Each book gets stronger and better. I just love the entire process of writing.
PNR: Your website mentions the DEATH SERIES that you are developing, and it’s certain to be a favorite for fans of dark romance. Could you tell us a little about your vision for the series and when we might expect to see the first release?
Vivienne K.: Well my first book is with my agent at the moment. No release date as of yet. This is slotted to be a 5-part series and it basically centers around my heroes/heroines the grim reaper. It's a very dark style of romance and I'm hoping that it’ll find a home soon. The day it does I'll be jumping from the rafters, believe me. LOL
PNR: Cobblestone Press is a new ePublisher and FIRE AND ICE is one of their debut titles. How did you find out about them? What influenced you to publish with Cobblestone Press?
Vivienne K.: Professionalism. Beautiful artwork. Their dedication to what they're doing. They may be the new kids on the block, but both Sable and Deanna have a head for this business. They want to succeed and I want to be there when they do. I have a feeling they'll go far. I can't gush enough about them or the other authors published through them.
PNR: Can you tell us about the projects are you currently working on, what can readers expect to see in the coming months?
Vivienne K.: Well I've recently contracted my second book through Cobblestone Press called, Loki’s Curse. And it's a vampire's, Gaven Hurst's journey to find the rune that'll save him from death and the bewitching Katla Ada, a shape shifter with a dark secret and tragic past.
I’m also currently working on a Shifter anthology with two very good friends, called Dark, Decadent, Delights. Basically a sex club that caters to unusual tastes. LOL.
The last one is, believe it or not, not a paranormal. Odd, even for me. It's a contemporary erotica called Finding Jessica. About a woman who’s been burned, her journey to find herself and the big, beautiful Jamaican who makes her most wicked fantasies come true.
So lots of stuff for me.
PNR: Thank you, Vivienne, for taking time out to talk to us. Where can readers find out what's new and how can they contact you?
Vivienne K.: I’m always chatting on my blog. www.vivienne-king.blogspot.com They can also catch me on my email, email@example.com And please stop by and visit my web www.vivienneking.com You’ll find cool excerpts and contest information.Thank you so much, Dee. It’s been a pleasure.
June 2, 2006
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FIRE AND ICE - Lumina, princess of the Ice Kingdom. Pyroth, prince of Fire. Reuniting after a ten-month separation, they cannot resist stealing away into the night for a rendezvous of burning sexual passion.
For plans have been put under way, one that will not only steal Lumina away into the tempest gale, but that will also leave her with no memory of the man who’s touch makes her heart thrill with wicked Dee.
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March 4, 2006
WITCH HUNT - Lina Brennen has been searching for one thing all her adult life: A place to call home. Between her Granna's ghost, who's been by her side since she was a child, and Lina's skills as a healer, she's been run out of town after town.
Trent Godfrey has spent the last ten years keeping his heart safe from any woman, until Lina comes into his life. He's turned his back on his Native American heritage, refusing to have anything to do with the Spirit World.
The sizzling attraction between them can be stopped by only one thing: Lina's gift. Is their love strong enough to lead him through his buried past? Or will it tear them apart forever?
Featured in this issue:Sizzling Summer Reads Berkley Heat Cobblestone Press