Tonight I am featuring Vallory Vance, a very talented author who I have gotten to know through Facebook. Thank you so much Vallory for taking the time to interview! Readers, enjoy!
Genre: Romance / Sensual
Social Media connections: Twitter – @ValloryVance
Other Work: Music for Her Soul, a contemporary romance published by Amira Press
Please provide a snippet from your most recently released book.
Cheers Summary –
As a successful Sales and Catering Manager for the posh Hayden Court Hotel located in New Orleans’ famed French Quarter, Darcey St. Claire is absolutely thrilled to be working on New Year’s Eve. The commission and bonus she’ll receive from the two day Guidry Construction event will not only fund her spring trip to New York City, but buy a cute pair of shoes for the plane ride!
Her enthusiasm quickly turns to barely disguised irritation when Vincent Guidry arrives hours early for his scheduled check-in, demanding access to his suite. After he slashes the budget for the event, not even the crystal blue eyes of the former quarterback can quell the anger surging in her chest.
That is until he walks into the Chat Noir where she is trying to regroup after her irksome day.
In the private enclave known as the Cristal Room, Vincent willingly lights up Darcey’s New Year’s Eve and may have lost his heart in the process to the young woman who isn’t looking for anything serious.
2 Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a child. I filled notebooks with song lyrics and poems and short stories. In college, I moved on to playwriting. After getting married and starting my career and family, I stopped writing for twenty years. I’m so thankful that I starting writing again and became published. What else would I like to be? I envision myself as a lounge singer (once I get singing lessons). Of course, I’ll write all my own songs.
3 What genre do you prefer to work within? Or do you mix it up?
The works I’ve published have been sexy romances, but I would like to write mysteries as well.
5 What has your publishing experience been like?
I’ve worked with two different publishers and I have self-published. Working with a publisher is a lot easier for me. When left to my own devices, a project could take months before I move from finished project to finding a cover artist and editor. A great example of this is the follow up to Cheers, my editor has completed her first round of edits and I’ve been playing internet games for the past two weeks. I think I need to know that if I don’t get something done on time, I’m inconveniencing someone else. That’ll make me move in a hurry.
6 Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? i.e. You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
When I sit down to write, I pick a playlist based on the type of scene I’m writing. The music and my writing have become so tightly woven that I think I spend as much time organizing music to write as I spend writing each evening! I also have to have Dr. Pepper and a bottle of water.
7 How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
I love naming characters. I always thought I’d give them all the names that I thought were beautiful, but that’s not how it worked out. I tend to name based some aspect of the character’s personality with respect to their ages and cultural backgrounds.
In Music for Her Soul, it was difficult to find the hero’s name. I’m not a Texas native but he is so I had to find a name that would fit with not only his upbringing but his parents. After searching through baby naming sites and using data from the census bureau (amazing site for authors!), I chose Ethan Holden. Still has the not every guy you’d meet on the street feel and is still not improbable for a guy you’d meet on the street to have!
8 In your most recent work, who is your favorite character and why?
Darcey is my favorite. She was challenging to write because she is extremely confident and I struggled to make sure that she remained likeable throughout.
12 Favorite authors?
There are so many that have amazed me with their words and it’s difficult to pick favourites. Though I’m pretty sure that I’ll always find something special when I read Margaret Atwood, Walter Mosley, Amy Tan and Stephen King.
14 What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?
After doing this for a year, my frame of reference is very small. But for anyone out there newer than me – keep writing, take classes and read!
15 Are you working on anything new? If so, can you tell me about it?
I’m finishing my edits for the follow-up to Cheers. The soon-to-be released, Déjà Vu, begins six days after Darcey and Vincent’s first meeting. It explores their new relationship while each deals with the consequences of their past decisions.