Before we get to the exciting bits, gather ’round my children, for I must tell you a tale.
Once upon a time, I used to cross stitch like a mad fiend. Not unlike the way I knit now. *ahem* But anyway. I was super in love with a designer named Teresa Wentzler – she had magical designs. Maddening patterns. But I spent hours on them. I also spent hours on the TW bulletin board. Remember those? And a few other cross stitch boards, too. And while I was scoping out new patterns, fabrics and techniques, I met the coolest person. Her name was V.s., and we hit it off immediately. We emailed all the time, exchanged patterns and talked, talked, talked. I adored this woman to pieces.
After a while, life became somewhat of a shit storm, and I fell into a pretty deep depression. I sort of drifted away from email, cross stitching and everything else. It was enough of an effort to drag myself through the day, let alone communicate meaningfully with anyone. We fell out of touch and email accounts were closed, addresses were lost and I didn’t realize the impact of that until I eventually, started clawing my way out of the gray. And that’s when I realized I had no idea where V.s. was or how to reach her.
I googled. I stalked FB. I googled some more. Every year or so, I’d wash rinse and repeat, but nothing until last month. I got an email on my non-author FB account. IT WAS V.s. AND SHE’S WRITING EROTIC ROMANCE NOW!!! You guys, I was so damn excited! I can’t even begin to tell you! I’m so happy that we’re in touch again. And now, I want to introduce her to you, too. Because she’s awesome! And I want to tell you about her new release!
First, the questions!
o What’s a typical day like for you?
o What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
It took a team effort, but I consider my marriage my greatest accomplishment. I met my husband in college, and we were married after graduation. We have weathered death of family members, health issues, several moves, layoffs, etc. and are still going strong. We celebrate our 20th anniversary next summer. Not bad for two “kids” with divorced parents and dysfunctional families.
o Do you have any collections?
I still have the comic books my brother and I collected as teenagers. It’s fun to look through them with my son.
I like ladybugs, so friends and family have given me items with ladybugs on them.
My eReader has a boat load of books on it, so I’d consider that a collection.
Finally, I have a ton of cross-stitch ‘stash,’ patterns, fabric, and fibers.
o What are your hobbies?
Cross-stitching is one of my favorite hobbies. I learned as a teenager, but took it up seriously after college. I love taking a blank piece of fabric and making something beautiful. It’s super relaxing, and I find it helps focus my mind when I’m plotting a story.
I also enjoy spending time outdoors, walking, bird watching, and just plain enjoying being out in the fresh air.
o Are there any skills you’d like to learn?
I’d like to learn to play the electric guitar. That’s what’s at the top of my head at the moment. I’m one of those people who love to learn new things.
o What’s your favorite word?
o What’s your least favorite word?
o What sound do you love?
o What sound do you hate?
Someone using a nail clipper or a fork scraping a plate. Anything metallic like that sets me on edge.
o What’s your favorite curse word?
Shit, but I’ll go with fuck when scared (e.g. by spider), hurt, or really pissed.
o What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
o What profession would you not like to do?
I don’t think I could hack working in the sewers.
o Dog or cat person?
Dog person. I like cats too but am allergic.
o Coffee or tea?
Both, but coffee more often.
o City or country?
o Star Wars or Star Trek?
Both. However, I am a bigger Star Wars fan – of the original trilogy. We will not speak of the prequels.
o Buffy, Angel or Firefly?
All. I’m a huge Joss Whedon fan. I watched every single episode of all three of these series. I can’t even rank order them – it’s like picking a favorite child. Wow, I’m a geek. 😉
o Pirate or ninja?
Pirate. Westley aka Dread Pirate Roberts (The Princess Bride) and Captain Jack Sparrow are hands down awesome!
o Morning or night person?
I used to be a total night owl, but now I have to get up at 5:30 for work so can’t stay up late like I used to. I’m not a fan of mornings either, so I call myself an evening person.
o Procrastinator or get things done early?
I try to get things done in a timely manner and am fairly organized, but I also procrastinate especially if it’s something I’m not thrilled to be doing.
o Introvert or Extrovert?
I lean towards being an Introvert, yet I’m very outgoing in my comfort zones and with friends.
o What do you like best about writing?
Creating something new that entertains readers.
o What do you like least?
The cycle of doubt is it good/not good or getting stuck mid story.
o Do you have a day job aside from writing?
Yes, I’m a Project Manager. It requires a lot of organization and communication both internally and with clients. I enjoy it but it doesn’t fulfill my creative side, so extremely happy I’m a writer, as well.
o If you were a book, which book would you be – and why?
Wow, this was a tough one. I think I’d be Jane Eyre. I started out by humble means, survived some crazy times and people, and with quiet determination came out on top on my own terms. And I’m married to a guy who’s tall, mostly dark, and handsome. Rawr! 😉
o If you were a song, which song would you be – and why?
“Somewhere I Belong” by Linkin Park. I connect with this song for the reasons mentioned above.
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The guy freaking glowed.
She’s been writing stories since she could hold a pencil and dreams of happily ever afters – even for two hot men – because love knows no boundaries. V.S. writes MC/IR contemporary, paranormal, and suspense m/m and m/f with heart. She plans to branch into fantasy and sci fi romance, as well.
V.S. is a GLBT ally and a lifetime contributor of The Trevor Project.