MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR VIVIAN WARD!!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Vivian Ward and I write contemporary, erotic, and dark romance.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Most of my ideas come to me while driving–or sleeping! I have a tendency to sleep with my phone so I can email myself my dreams in the middle of the night because I always forget by the time I wake up.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve been writing my husband short, sexy “scenes” since as long as I can remember. I’d email him naughty little tidbits and he loved it. He’s actually the one who encouraged me to start publishing my work.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I do various types of research for all my books. It just depends on what the story entails, and I hope the feds never come knocking on my door because I’m pretty sure I might be on a few lists by now. haha!
Can you tell me about your Series?
I have two different series, at the moment, and a third one is in the works. The first series that I published was co-written with Derek Masters: The Only Series. We only intended to write one book—a menage with best friends who always share girls–but the readers demanded to know the other friend’s story so we ended up writing a book for each of the guys.
My second series is one that I wrote by myself and it’s called the Risky Series. It’s about a sadistic billionaire who has some very dark secrets and a seemingly innocent journalist who is out to get the story of a lifetime by exposing him. Both of them are quickly blackmailed by the ones they least suspected. It has a bit of suspense, darkness and a tiny bit of humor.
The series that is in the works is one that I’m still plotting out and it’s a spin-off of the Risky series. That’s all the information that I can give for right now. It will release this fall, 2018.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Oh, that’s hard. I LOVE Colton (the Risky series), but I also love Mason (the Only series).
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Chaos. LOL I wake up, let the dogs out, get the kids off to school, make some coffee, check email and then start writing. I take a small break for lunch, then check email again, and try to squeeze in some more words before the kiddos come home from school. I try to get a couple of thousand words in each day but sometimes my scenes are emotionally taxing to write so I might only get 600-1,000 words on those days.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I do! I released His Redheaded Slut on June 12th, 2018. It’s part of the Cocktail Girls series that I’m writing with some of my best friends. There are 14 books in total and all of the stories are complete standalones so they can be read in any order. Each novella is set in Sin City inside a very prominent hotel.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Character names are very important to me, and no, they don’t have any special meaning. I usually let the character tell me their name.
Where do your ideas come from?
Sometimes movies, stories, pictures, or I just make it all up in my head.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Considering I’d like to write in every genre, that’s hard to say.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Sitting down to actually write. I get a lot of anxiety because I want to craft THE PERFECT story for my readers. I constantly go back and edit things I’ve already written and change the story as I go.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love book trailers and think they’re great. I don’t have any because I haven’t taken the time to learn them. There are only so many hours in a day, so what can you do? lol
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Raising independent children who like to read. I think reading is very important because it gives you insights as to what motivates people to do the things they do and uncover great stories that other minds have produced.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I write what I want to write, nobody tells me when to work (I do it 24/7 lol), and meeting new readers and authors. I love meeting people so much.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I’d like to see myself rich and writing from a beautiful tropical island with some coconut drink in hand, but I think I’ll be at home making sure my kids finish school and helping with grandchildren (Lord, help me now). Sometimes I forget how old I am until you ask about the 10-year-question. 😦
Have you always liked to write?
Yes and no. I’ve always been a talker, never met a stranger, and loved to hear/find new stories. I think all of those things turned me into a writer because the voices in my head won’t shut off. These characters talk to me and tell me things, and it’s my job to tell their story.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Read. Read. Read, and then read some more. Study the most successful authors in your genre and, if you can, try to reach out to them. Ask them for tips. Not everyone will respond, but some will. Never be afraid to ask questions or talk to other writers.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I actually went to medical school and would go back to the medical field.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do read reviews of my books, and sometimes I respond. I like to let readers know that authors DO appreciate the time they took reviewing so sometimes I just “like” their review, sometimes I comment and thank them for the feedback. If it’s a bad review, I study it. If someone disliked it enough to leave a negative review, there are surely others who agree so I try to think of what I can do next time to improve. Everything is a learning experience (good and bad) because you learn what you did right and where you need to practice.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Editing, and then waiting for reviews. It drives me crazy: Did they like it? Do they hate it? What do they think?
What are you working on now?
I’m finishing up His Redheaded Slut and loosely plotting my spin-off series as well as a dark standalone for later this year.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Their eyes prey on her, undressing her as she stands at their table side. I want to get up and deck them, but I decide to see how it plays out before I intervene. Scarlett’s a sassy little thing and I know it won’t be long before she tells them where to shove it—or maybe not.
“Yeah? You look good,” the other guy says to her as he reaches for her hand. She quickly pulls it away from him and tries to remove the other man’s arm from around her waist.
“Sorry, I’m not on the menu,” she tries to wiggle away.
The asshole who had his arm planted firmly around her isn’t having it and doubles down, tightening his grip on her. “Oh come on,” he says. “Dressed like that? Everything’s on the menu, right?”
She tries to speak up but he’s too busy pulling her down onto his lap. Clearly, the jerk is overpowering her and I’ve had enough.
Rising from my seat, I bow out my chest and say, “Excuse me, I believe the lady is trying to do her job. Why don’t you let go of her?”
Both of them look up at me and it feels like an eternity goes by before they start laughing, but he doesn’t let her go. “Mind your business, man. Don’t you have something better to do?” Squirming on his lap, her legs flail to get away and this is my final straw.
Before I realize what I’m doing, my fist makes contact with his jaw and his head goes flying back. His grip loosens on Scarlett and she quickly scrambles to get away. The other asshole rises just as fast as he can, “Hey, dude! What’s your fucking problem? We were just having a little fun.”
“Your fun is up. It’s time to go,” I say to them.
But before I can get a chance to grab the jerks by the collars, the hotel security has a hold of all three of us, moving us toward the door.
Why did you choose to write in your genre?
If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
Where did your love of books come from?
Honestly, I have no clue. I’ve seen my mom read one book in my entire life. Nobody else in my family read so I’m not sure where it came from.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
So many! Tillie Cole is one of my faves (Sick Fux), Mia Asher (Arsen: A Broken Love Story), Charlie Hart and C.M. Seabrook (The Wife Lottery series), Caroline Kepnes, Gillian Flynn, and more.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It exhausts me because my scenes are so dark and emotional so it takes a lot out of me to get them written.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Facebook. Holy shit, it’s such a total time suck.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Both! I try to give them what they want while being original. There is no unique story because they’ve all been told before but it’s up to us to put our own twist on them.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Frankie Love, C.M. Seabrook, Charlotte Byrd, Alexx Andria, Emilia Beaumont, Andie M. Long, Alexis Adaire, Nadine Catalano, Ashleigh Zavarelli, and many more. They all help me in different ways but mostly, I bounce ideas off of them, or we dissect blurbs, etc.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
My REAL life? “One Hot Mess,” would be a great title. If we were writing about my ‘professional’ persona, I would say, “A Writing Disaster.”
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
How much does it cost being an author?
Yes, I SPEND money to be a self-published author. I work a shit ton of hours and also have to pay to promote my work. I don’t get paid to research, I don’t get paid to plot, write, edit, change the storyline, etc. I don’t get paid to create graphics. I don’t get paid to do takeovers. I don’t get paid to send out emails or respond to messages. There are a lot of things we don’t get paid for which is something I never thought of as a reader. We’re expected to have these great stories, amazing graphics, excellent communication, etc but it all has to come from somewhere. If I didn’t make them myself, I’d have to pay someone which can be very expensive and it’s money I don’t have.
When I’m finished doing all those things, I get to publish and promote my work. I spend hundreds to thousands of dollar promoting a single book for each release and that’s cheap compared to others. Books don’t just magically appear in front of you, those authors had to advertise it so you’d find it.
I used to complain about the cost of books but after knowing what all goes into it and how much time it takes to write a book, I don’t complain anymore. I have limits as to what I’ll spend on a book, but each author prices their work for what they feel it’s worth so it’s up to them.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Facebook Fan Page https://www.facebook.com/authorvivian
Newsletter newsletter.authorvivianward.com (download a free novel that I wrote for you!)
Amazon Author Page www.amazon.com/author/vivianward
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️