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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Playing 20 Questions with Renee Vickers!

Today I am joined by one of the newest members to the Noble family, Renee Vickers . . . .

EM: Welcome to My World, Renee. Thank you so much for stopping by to play twenty questions with me :-)

RV: Thank you! I appreciate the opportunity to spill my mind all over your page! ;)

Before we begin, could you tell us a little about yourself?

I’d love to! (You might regret it later, so I’ll like to take the time to apologize now…sorry.) I’m a newbie to the publication world with Sly’s Surrender being my first release. It came out November 21st of last year and it hit big with going to #2 on Noble Romance Publication’s Best Seller List in the first two weeks. I’m a member of the critique group ERAuthors and with their help, and the help of my fellow authors at Noble, I’m managing to sort my way through this crazy writerly world alright, I think. I’m a mother, wife and a full time employee outside of writing so somehow, with my family’s help, I find a way to fit some time into my waking hours pursue my passion for writing.

EM: Are you ready to play 20 questions? *rubs hands together*

RV: Oh yes, bring it! :D

Which do you find harder to write?

1. First person POV or Third?

I would have to say third person POV is tougher for me, only because I haven’t learned all of the nuances of resisting head hoping. I’m working on it and I’d love to be proficient in both but I find first person is a lot easier for me to control.

2. As a male or female?

They both have their challenges, but I would say playing male is a touch more difficult for me. I’m a girl, so I think like a girl most times. Getting into the mindset of a man and getting it on paper correctly take some finesse, I think.

3. Beginning, middle or end of the story?

Oh, the end, most definitely! I’m great with stories up until three-quarters of the way in. Then I tend to stall, fizz, and sputter. With practice, I hope to avoid this completely in the future.

4. Fight scenes or smex scenes?

Neither! Woohoo! I love them both so much that I lose myself in the scenes and often have to go back and tighten up the non-fight, non-smex scenes so they’re as strong.

5. Synopsis or blurb?

Both, boo! I don’t like them. I wrote the story, so you’d think writing something that resembles a summary would be easy. But no, it’s so much not for me.

EM: *High fives for the boo* Give me the story over condensing any day.

As a writer, do you prefer:

6. Writing in the morning, afternoon or evening?

Evening. I find research and doing the more mundane tasks are for the other, less evening like times of days.

7. Writing with music, or in peace?

With music most definitely, preferably hard rock or heavy metal. Something about the hard steady beat of a double bass drum, the zing and thrum of the guitars, and someone screaming lyrics keeps me focused…go figure. If it’s too quiet I get distracted very easily. Anything that runs by, or stray sound begs and too often gets my attention.

EM: Quiet = relax/sleepy time. I need music as well, although I have to say I find it amusing that music does help me concentrate. You'd think it would pull your attention, and make you want to dance instead. O_o

8. Planning, or Improvising?

Planning, what’s that? I try to plan and if I write my ideas down loosely enough I do alright, but too tight and I veer off path then spend hours I shouldn’t trying to wrangle myself back in.

9. Juggling a few projects, or concentrating on one at a time?

My hyperactive muse frowns on me not having my hands full, something about the Devils playthings or other. I keep all of my story ideas at the ready and flip from one to the other when I get stuck or bored.

10. Sticking to one genre, or exploring many?

At this time I’m focused singularly on romance because I’m head deep in learning the craft. Once I have my skills neatly in place I’d imagine I’ll jump around more.

As a reader, do you prefer:

11. Story being told from female view or male?

Either. I’m easy to please.

12. Good guys or bad boys?

Ooh…um…bad boys if they’re believable.

13. Feisty females or fragile damsels?

Give me a strong femme any day. Feisty please.

14. Stand alone stories or series?

No preference here. A good story is a good read whether it’s one or many. Though the better the tale the more I want to read of it.

15. Quick reads or long stories?

Depends on the story and the day of the week. My tastes on this vary.

16. Romance as a side dish or the main course?

Side dish. Romance for romance sake is like Chinese food, I find I’m hungry again in an hour.

EM: I love Chinese food. I could eat it until it comes out my ears. So yummy . . . Annnd I'm going off topic. So, next question . . . .

17. Erotica or soft romance or something in-between?

Erotica please.

18. More action or humor?

Oh, that’s a tough one. Both.

Just for fun:

19. Vampires or Angels?

Vamps, so long as they don’t sparkle and Angels without halos. Both.

20. Werewolves or Demons?

No preference here, I love them both.

What are you currently working on?

I have a book in for acceptance (I hope) for Amber Green’s Lesbians Versus Zombies series titled Night at the M.U.T.

Blurb: Erin and Sarah have the opportunity of a lifetime, demonstrating a machine with seemingly limitless potential to tap into the power of the human mind. To the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts University of Technology, the girls' project is simply an avenue to further their personal gain and nothing more. During the demonstration, the arrogance of the powerful men proves to be their damnation when an accident they caused leads to unforeseen and terrifying results.

Now the two lovers must find a way to quell the plague their machine has unleashed, but to do so they first have to redefine their perceptions of what is real and possible. When science and magic meet, the line between horror and hope becomes very blurry.

I’m also working on a charity piece for J.S. Wayne’s project Writing Out Child Abuse (WOCA). I’ll have more to share on that at a later date.

EM: *High Fives* Awesome Project! :-)

Do you have any current release?

My current publication is my best selling debut book, Sly’s Surrender through Noble Romance Publications.

Blurb: By day Sly is a take-charge, no-nonsense restaurateur, and at night she plays her hand as a demanding mistress. Sly has everything her heart desires: a successful business with loyal patrons, a gorgeous boyfriend and a flair for dominating in the bedroom. Everything she’s ever tried has gone her way, every decision followed to success, every goal achieved, and yet she yearns for more.

One night she decides to try something new, giving up her customary control to the tall, dark, and sexy Jake. Jake is put in a position to prove to his lover just what he’s capable of, and Sly experiences the new pleasures to be found in letting someone else handle her reins.

Purchase link: https://www.nobleromance.com/Books/364/Sly's-Surrender

Where can readers find you on the internet?

My little corner of the inter-web is my blog, the Muse Ampoule: http://museampoule.wordpress.com/

This is where I post interviews of the uber-talented, mindful rambling on current events and whatnots on any given day.

EM: Thank you so much for joining me, Renee!

RV: Thank you for having me! I had fun with you all today!


  1. :D Thanks so much for having me today! I really enjoyed playing along with you. Those were some fun questions and I had a great time answering them.

    1. It was a pleasure! I'm glad you had fun!

      Come back and hang out again soon! :-D

  2. Fun stuff, Renee.
    I'm looking forward to reading more and more of your work.

    1. :) Thanks so much David! I appreciate you swinging by today.

  3. Enjoyed reading the twenty questions :) I can't wait to read Night at the M.U.T.
    I'm getting my ereader all ready for the LvZ series.

    1. :) Thanks Ren!!! I hope you like it when it comes out!