Vicki Batman has sold many romantic comedy works to magazines, several publishers, and most recently, two humorous romantic mysteries. Along the way, she has picked up some awards and bestsellers. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and several writing groups. Avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking "What if??"
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a Texas suburb, and after college, hightailed my way to the big City! I've lived in the same area for a long time.
At age 9 for extra credit, the assignment was to write a poem. So I did! And wrote poetry for a long, long time.
And I was a voracious reader. My mom tells the story about taking me to the library and when I presented my stack for check-out, the librarian said I couldn't have that many. Mom saw my downcast face and took matters into her hands, saying I would read them all in two weeks, probably twice, and read what my sisters checked out as well. The staff handed them over. Happy camper me!
Who are your favorite authors?
As a kid, I read lots of mysteries. Give me a Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. I moved from them to Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Mary Stewart, and Agatha Christie. After my son's birth, I discovered DICK FRANCIS. I gobbled his work like M&Ms. When Handsome asked me why, I told/confessed I wished I could write like him. It took me twenty years to try.
In my early teens and in the doldrums of summer break, my mom gave me Emilie Loring books--my first sweet romances--to read. I love these books! After college, I discovered Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers. Romance has so many genres. Sigh.
"Just Desserts": a political dinner gone disastrous brings together a reluctant attendee and her handsome seat-mate.
"Bug Stuff": A cute accountant unites with his co-worker to fight a pesky adversary.
"With This Ring": When a wife forgets her little black dress, all turns into something utterly romantic and unforgettable in the end.
"This is NOT Working": A day at a new job when nothing is going right until the new boss steps in.
"Check Her Out": Gum: it’s a sticky situation, especially between the store manager and Auntie Caren when her nephew has to pay for the package he stole.
"Little Birdie Who… ": A new town, a new friend, a new beginning. Who would have thought a little bird could bring two people together?
Three fun, quick reads from Sassy Writer Vicki Batman
"Ouch" - Who knew a yoga class would be so dangerous...and romantic?
"Man Theory" - When a geeky co-worker espouses his theory on love, a friend risks her heart.
"Tommy and the Teacher" - A young boy steals from the school’s book fair causing interesting possibilities to arise.