Today on the blog is the lovely Vicki Weavil! I am so excited to share my author interview with Vicki. Keep reading to learn more about Vicki and her book, Facsimile.
Author: Jessica Julien
Publisher: Bleeding Ink Publishing
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
Caitlyn always thought she was just your average small-town waitress, but she’s anything but average. Suffering from frequent headaches and vivid daydreams, her oddities mask a secret hidden deep within her mind—one that could defeat even the cleverest of psychics.
When a mysterious circus arrives in town, Caitlyn is immediately drawn to it. While visiting the hypnotic show, she meets a seer who warns her of a gruesome future and urges her to stay away. But soon, Caitlyn finds herself ensnared in the show and the Ringmaster himself.
Recognizing Caitlyn’s powers for what they are, and believing they are the ones he has been searching for, the Ringmaster is determined to claim them as his own. Trapped within the circus and the Ringmaster’s devious grip, Caitlyn realizes that to escape the seer’s foretold fate, her only choice is to fight. Banding together with Bevier, an imprisoned psychic, Meg, an eccentric seamstress, and Daniel, a handsome magician, Caitlyn falls into the Psychic Realm to thwart the Ringmaster and stop the show before they succumb to his control and are trapped forever in his spectacle of souls.
Interview with Vicki Weavil
1. What authors’ blogs do you subscribe to? Is there one particular author that you find the most helpful in your own writing?
Vicki: I don’t actually subscribe to many blogs, because I find it overwhelms my email, and I have a lot of other things I need to concentrate on in my email feed. I do follow Michelle Hauck and Amy Trueblood because I work with them as a mentor on their writing contests.
Instead of subscribing to blogs, I follow a lot of authors on Twitter and Facebook and other social media sites, and visit their blogs or websites when a specific topic or post catches my attention.
I also don’t have one particular author that I would say influences my writing. As a librarian and lifelong avid reader, I enjoy reading a wide variety of books. There are so many brilliant authors, what I do is study passages — or even an entire book – if I feel an author has been particularly successful in any specific area of writing.
2. When researching your upcoming novel, what has been the most interesting thing that you have discovered?
Vicki: FACSIMILE is a young adult science fiction novel, set on a frontier planet in a future where the Earth has established colonies on various worlds. I was intrigued to discover that many of the things I wanted to use in my space colony already exist – at least in experimental phase – such as solar powered motorbikes!
3. Do you have a favourite inspirational quote or piece of advice that has helped you as a writer?
Vicki: Perhaps not strictly “inspirational,” but I am rather fond of W. Somerset Maugham’s quip: “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”That quote reminds me that no one person has all the answers and there is no “magic formula.” I believe authors must constantly take advice (but evaluate it) and also struggle on our own to improve our craft. We will never “arrive” and know everything. We must always keep learning.
4. What book is currently sitting on your bedside table?
Vicki: DARK CORNERS by Ruth Rendell. She’s such a talented writer and I love her twisty, psychological mysteries! This is her last book (sob!) so I’ve been holding off reading until I have time to really enjoy it.