Monday, 13 May 2013

Author Interview - Vickie Hall


 

Vickie is a native of Utah, but growing up, lived in the states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and Nebraska. When she's not writing, she's composing music, or shopping with her sister. She loves animals of all kinds and camping with her family. Her favorite pastime is watching old movies on TCM, and unashamedly has a crush on Cary Grant.


What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why? My favorite quote is by George Eliot: It's never to late to be what you might have been". This quote really speaks to me because my dream of being a writer started in my teens, but it was realized until much, much, much later in life. It is a great reminder that we should never give up on our dreams.

What’s your favorite place in the entire world? My favorite place is up in the mountains - especially camping there!

What made you want to be a writer? My love of words. I actually looked forward to vocabulary lists assigned in school, but beyond that, when I first read a great turn of phrase I was inspired to attempt it myself. I found out I wasn't too bad at it, which led me to writing stories of my own.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? This is a sequel to my first book, All That Was Promised. Both books were inspired by the journals of my great-great grandparents and their life experiences. It was so helpful to have a record of their lives and what brought them to America from Wales. They sacrificed so much for their faith and suffered much persecution because of it.

How did you come up with the title? Since the first book was called All That Was Promised, the sequel became Journey of Promise which was the fulfillment of their voyage to America.

Can you tell us about your main character? Really, there are two main characters - sisters. Leah and Claire. The sisters are very close and rely on one another for much of their strength. They are both women of courage and conviction, both loving and willing to offer their children what they hope will be a better life.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I think readers of the book will gain an appreciation for the struggles many of our ancestors encountered in coming to America. I hope it inspires them to recognize that their own struggles can be overcome, whatever they may be.

Can we expect any more books from you in the future? Yes, absolutely! I have two completed manuscripts that are with my editor now.

Have you started another book yet? I am nearly finished with a new book about a fake medium in 1910 Baltimore named Julia Cutler. She is paid a visit by the widow of a recently murdered man whose ghost begins to haunt her until she is driven to help solve his murder. It's been a lot of fun delving into the era, and the character of Julia. She's a spit-fire!

What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out? I think it's great for budding authors to seek out local writer's guilds or groups and also to attend writer's conferences. There is so much great information to be found in both venues.


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Journey of Promise When converts Richard and Leah Kenyon leave Wales and heed the call to Zion, they are unprepared for the toll exacted by the journey. To face the incredible odds mounted against them they call upon the Lord's tender mercies to see them through and strengthen their love for one another. Their story will remind you where to turn during your trials. 


All That Was Promised In 1847 Wales Methodist Minister Richard Kenyon converts to Mormonism. Richard’s newfound faith is put to the test when he faces the anger of his former congregation, his wife’s indecisiveness, his brother’s betrayal, and the murderous intentions of misinformed villagers.   Amazon * Barnes & Noble 
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Amazon Kindle - 42,559
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2. Frequent Traveller
Amazon Kindle - 35277
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Amazon Kindle - 462
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4. Mirror Me Martha (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 281
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5. Drive On Hope (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 190
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6. Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012
Amazon Kindle - 1
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7. Pandora's Reading Room 1
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8. The Cat That Barked (Short Story)
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9. Dora's Essentials - Examining Anxiety
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10. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 2
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11. Elevenses from Around the World
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12. Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability
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