RW: We’ll get all of my personal questions out of the way first today and then settle into your books. Where are you from?
VIV: I grew up in Detroit and moved to Fort Gratiot, Michigan.
(On the shore of Lake Huron. A little northeast of Detroit.~Look it up Ronovan.)
RW: Who are your favorite authors?
VIV: Stephen King, Dean Koonts, Michael Weems, John Sandford to name a few.
RW: What is your favorite beverage to drink, any kind?
VIV: I love tea, hot or cold.
RW: What is your escape from writing when you are at that about to explode point?
VIV: Sewing. I love to sew and have for many years. Seeing something I can put together helps me relax and then I can get back to writing.
RW: What is your favorite word?
VIV: It’s outdated but I still use it: Cool!
RW: What is your background in writing, what makes you a writer?
VIV: My mom and grandmother always told us stories that they made up themselves. They were fascinating and one day I’m going to put them together in a book.
When I got older I was taken to the library and marveled at the many books I saw. Back then they had a section where they read to the younger children and I was taken there until I learned to read. That’s what started it all for me.
When I was 9 I wrote a poem and won third place for it. Then when I was 14 I wrote a short story and won second place. I knew at that point I wanted to be a writer
RW: What is the title of your book and why did you choose that name?
VIV:I have three books published and have one WIP.
The Owl of the Sipan Lord – When I started doing research for this one the time period chose me. I had a list of tribes in Peru and for some reason the Moche stood out. Researching further I discovered the Lord of Sipan and the story went from there. With this one I also contacted a well know archaeologist when I couldn’t find some information I needed. He was very helpful.
The Angler and the Owl – I was worried about this book because I have a hard time figuring out who the male protagonist would be. My husband and I were watching “River Monster”, something we always do, and I got the idea for an angler for the part. And it worked out well because Jeremy Wade is very intrigued with the Amazon and this is where the book takes place.
From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life – This is a true, short story about my grandfather’s escape from Poland in 1913. I didn’t have any trouble with this title.
The Midnight Owl – I can’t say much because it’s my WIP.
RW: What genre does your book fall into?
“The Owl of the Sipan Lord” is a paranormal thriller
“The Angler and the Owl” is an action/adventure/light romance
“From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life” is non-fiction
“The Midnight Owl” – is a paranormal murder mystery
RW: Why do you write in the genre that you do?
VIV: I love the paranormal! It has always fascinated me and I make a point to read this genre and plan on all my books following suit.
RW: Tell us a little about your books.
The Owl of the Sipan Lord
Martin and Clare Montgomery worked as an archaeological team until Martin’s accidental death at a dig they were working on in Peru. Clare swore she’d never go back, but after having a dream about the dig that didn’t add up to the finds of the area, and the help of the Peruvian Pygmy Owl and a blue-eyed spirit, she did.
Her long-time friend and mentor, Carl Windmueller, believed in following dreams and encouraged her to go. He tries to research what she saw in the dream but is visited by a red-eyed spirit that causes him to have a massive heart attack when he gets close.
Unfortunately, Clare doesn’t understand what Carl was looking into by the books on his desk. Her friend Cord gets a team together and they head back to Peru.
The re-eyed spirit does all it can to keep the team from finding it’s secret that has been kept for the past 1300 years. Near fatalities plague the team taking her back to the day her husband died. But she kept on until the truth was fully discovered.
This is a story about a widow who, with the help of an owl and blue eyed spirit, solves her husband’s murder, and a 1300 year old mystery in Peru.
US: Amazon link.
UK: Amazon link.
The Angler and the Owl
France Hunter returns to the Amazon to visit the area she discovered her first new species of owl: the blue-ringed owl.
Danger follows her and the others through the Amazon rainforest and Amazon river. Will they survive?
US: Amazon link.
UK: Amazon link.
From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life
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