Monday, March 17, 2014

CLOSED Author Interview and Giveaway!!! Vickie King

Vickie King
author, The Braddock series

Fill in the blank favorites – The type of heroes

I love are all different, depending on the story. I’ve always loved alpha heroes, especially if they have been emotionally injured. But I also love that geeky hero who is immersed in his work. 

One thing they have in common is they are all honorable and strong.

The type of heroines I love are strong, and it comes from what they have endured. They heroine may not know she possesses this quality. She must be willing to do anything for those she loves, and she, too, must be honorable. 

Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list? 

I would most likely have a technical writing book. I love them. I love finding that jewel on writing I might have missed.

What is your favorite genre to read? 

I read mostly contemporary romance, but I also love historical, mystery, and romantic suspense.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer? 

The most rewarding thing about being a writer is hearing that someone likes what I have written, and that maybe my books have brought them some enjoyment.

Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader? 

My favorite comment from a reader is that they cried on the second book. (It was a beta reader, so it was read in manuscript form.) I think when a reader emotionally connects to a book, then the writer has done his or her job, whether they are laughing, crying, or on the edge of their seat.

What are the elements of a great romance for you? 

For me, the elements of a great romance are that the hero and heroine be believable and that the reader must be able to empathize with them. 

If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be? 

Carly Braddock in the first book of The Braddock series is strong, spirited, independent, family-orientated, and honorable.

What are your hero and heroine of the story like? 

I hope my characters in this series come across as people the readers can identify with. This is a small-town series.

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far? 

Roxie Montgomery in the third book of The Braddock series I’m working on is my favorite character so far. Her house is a mad house, just like mine was when my kids were growing up. She wants what most mom’s want, to make positive changes in her life, to lose weight, to get organized, and she’s made a plan to do it.

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29 comments:

  1. I'm priviledged to be Vickie's critique partner. I loved this book from the first time I read it until the final edits were done. I knew it was a winner. Not many authors can write with the sensitivity and indepth understanding of the human emotions as she can. CARLY'S RULE is a heartwarming, emotional, beautifully written book.

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    1. That means so much to me. Thank you.

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  2. I loved the peek at Roxie Montgomery - sounds like my house once upon a time, too. Can't wait

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    1. Thank you! My house was like Roxie's, too. LOL. With my four kids, something was always going on.

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  3. Thank you for the interview! I really enjoyed reading it and learning more about this author. (signed up as Amber M)

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    1. Thank you, Amber. I appreciate it. I love hearing from my readers. I hope you enjoy the book.

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  4. I really enjoyed the complete interview, I enjoy hearing from the authors on their likes and dislikes.

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  5. My favorite question was: What are the elements of a great romance for you? I totally agree with her answer!

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    1. Brooke, we definitely think along the same line. I believe the author should be able to write the character in a way that no matter what that character's station in life, the reader can put herself/himself in that character's place.

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  6. I would ask Vickie what books she read as child that turned her onto reading.
    My favorite question from the interview is what's on your nightstand/TBR pile because I always find it interesting what authors are reading.
    Thanks for the giveaway and interview.

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    1. Hi, Rebecca! When I was about 15, I read The Girl of the Limberlost by Jean Stratton Porter. This book was written way before I was born, and yet, although the girl in the book and I had totally different lives, I could put myself in that character's place. It stuck with me for years. I loved Anne of Avonlea. I read contemporary romance, western historical romance, and Victorian romance. I also love mysteries and humor, and when they are together, like in the Stephanie Plum series, I'm happy. I read a lot of different genres.

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  7. I liked the question on he favorite genre to read.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Hi, Nancy. If you read the reply before yours, I went a little more in depth in what I like to read. Now, for my favorite technical writing books, I love GMC by Debra Dixon, Heroes & Heroines by Cowden, LaFever, and Viders, and The Dreaded Synopsis, which was actually written by one of my critique partners. :-)

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  8. Vickie is an amazing author! Excited to read more about The Braddocks.

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    1. Thank you so much! What a nice thing to say. I appreciate that.

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  9. I love the "what's on your nightstand" question. :)

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    1. Cheryl, I went into more detail on that question in a couple of the replies above in both my technical writing books and the ones I like to read for pleasure. Thank you for reading the interview.

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  10. I have found so many cute and quick reads through your reviews. Thank you for your time and effort!!

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    1. Jodie, I think this is a wonderful site, as well. Lots of great finds in the way of books.

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  11. My favorite question was: What are the elements of a great romance for you? Thanks for having the giveaway.

    ayancey1974(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Anita, thank you for reading the interview. I think being able to put yourself in the place of the character is vital for a book to work. You're welcome on the giveaway.

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  12. Good interview! I loved Carly's Rule and look forward to Dusty's story and later on to Roxie's story. Vickie, you're a wonderful writer.

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    1. Thank you, Sharon for the kind words. That means a lot.

      (There might end up being two replies, because I thought I put one up yesterday evening.)

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  13. Thank you, Sharon! I appreciate the kind words about my writing.

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  14. I always like to know what authors read. Interesting that most read & write the same genre.

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  15. Mary, I never thought of it that way before. :-) Thank you for reading the interview.!

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  16. I really enjoyed the question: What are the elements of a great romance for you? I would also like to know more about favorite books or authors or maybe even favorite characters not written by Ms. King. Thank you for the wonderful interview!

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  17. Marie, some of my favorite authors are Sharon Sala, Catherine Anderson, Lisa Kleypas, Rayanne Thayne, Nora Roberts, Sue Grafton, Laveryle Spencer, Sandra Brown, Dolores Wilson, Elizabeth Sinclair, and Janet Evanovitch are just a few of the authors I like. There are plenty more. LOL. Some of my favorite characters are Stephanie Plum and her grandma, Kinsey Milhoan, and Bertie Byrd Fortney. These are the most memorable characters. Stephanie Plum is from Janet Evanovitch's series. Kinsey Milhoan is from Sue Grafton's series. Bertie Byrd Fortney is from Dolores Wilson's series. These are just a few. There are more characters and more authors that I love.

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