Interview with Vickie Hicks

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually by searching a genre or favorite author.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a fictional account of Deborah Sampson, a real woman who lived during the Revolutionary War, who disguised herself as a man so she could fight in George Washington's army.
What is your writing process?
I'm pretty organic; I get an idea and try to figure out where I eventually want the story to go, then let the time, place and characters dictate the rest to me as we go.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"The Innocents Abroad" by Mark Twain, because it still makes me laugh out loud.
"The Benjamin January" series by Barbara Hambly, because of the amazing characters, and also because it feels like she plunks you down in that time of history, and you really live the time and place.
"The Knights Templar" mysteries by Michael Jecks, because, again, I'm a history junkie.
"The Woman in White" by Wilkie Collins, because Marion Halcombe is such a rich, strong character and Count Fosco is perhaps the most interesting villain ever.
"Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle, because I always loved the stories and it's like sitting down to a cozy cup of tea.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mysteries, historical fiction, detective stories, urban fantasy, just about anything really.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle.
Describe your desk
Controlled mess.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Dallas, Texas, but I spent a lot of time with my grandparents in west Texas. It introduced me early on to rich traditions, strong characters, and a strong work ethic.
When did you first start writing?
When I moved to New York City at 18, I wanted to be an actress, but after awhile I decided I wanted more control over the stories; so I began writing in Los Angeles when I was 25 years old.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Those times when it feels like the story is almost telling itself and you have to type like mad just to keep up. Also, I love it when you can provide entertainment or pleasure to other people.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a thriller suspense and a historical fiction story that I've tinkered with for years - I'm waiting to see which one takes me over first.
Published 2016-01-16.
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Books by This Author

Adele From Scratch
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 55,830. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Newly divorced, Adele Ivers moves from New York City to Whiskey River, a small Texas town, to move back in with her parents, a pair of old crazy hippies who lead her into all kinds of trouble. Add to that a wide array of the town's odd, quirky characters and a budding new romance, this light-hearted story explores the riches one can receive through food, family and community.