Interview with Vicki Hopkins

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, The Price of Love, is a continuation of my family saga, The Legacy Series. It was a difficult book to write because of the expectations of readers who loved book one and two. Now, I'm being begged for number four! Finally, I've relented to write The Price of Passion, but make no promises upon timelines and release.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I became an indie author because I pursued writing late in life. Who wants to wait years at my age to find an agent or publisher? I shudder to think I could have died and never made it in print waiting for someone to pick up a book. After networking with others, I learned about the publishing industry, cover design, interior design, editing, marketing, and distribution. It's been an education that I do not regret and have enjoyed because of the freedom being an indie affords me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is picking themes in my books to touch people's lives. When I receive an email from a reader telling me that I have moved their heart with my story, there is no greater joy in my life. That aspect of writing is the single thing that keeps me publishing.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without fans, I wouldn't write! Authors need people to support their work. They are the foundation of any writer's success. Good fans who constantly follow your work, give encouragement, and send you kudos, are like golden nuggets that keep writers hitting the keyboard.
What are you working on next?
At the present time, I am putting all of my books on audio! So far, Dark Persuasion has been released and available for sale. The Phantom of Valletta, The Price of Innocence, and The Price of Deception are all in production and should be released by March 2014. All books will be available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. I am still looking for a narrator for The Price of Love.
Who are your favorite authors?
James Scott Bell. He writes the greatest how-to-write fiction books for Writer's Digest. I own them all.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My cat who will not let me sleep beyond 5 a.m. It's annoying.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching BBC television or some English saga from Masterpiece Theater.
What is your writing process?
There are plotters and pansters. I'm a panster. I get an idea, develop a theme for the story, create my characters, and then shoot from the hip. Sometimes I think I'm possessed when the voices start.
Published 2014-02-06.
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