Writer Interview-Vicky Loebel

Speakeasy DeadTell me about your book.

Speakeasy Dead is light-hearted historical urban fantasy set in the roaring twenties about a young would-be witch who tries to bring her film star idol back from the brink of death and may (or may not) unleash a zombie plague in the process.

It’s told from the alternating points of view of Clara Woodsen, a seventeen year old “flapper”, and her slightly older sidekick & cousin, the long suffering Bernard Benjamin, who was shamelessly (if inaccurately) modeled on P.G. Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster.

In the course of the story, Clara and Bernie go up against demons, witches, zombies, violent bootleggers, and a ghost who appears as Zorro, and meet with varying degrees of success.

As the final epigraph puts it: “Love conquers…some.”

What’s next for you?

I’m working on the second book in the series Speakeasy Dead II: Gaspar’s Revenge. (Due 2015)

I’m also doing a sweet contemporary romance, Vacation Bride, set on the tropical island of St. John in the US Virgin islands, about a woman who wants to take her sick father on vacation but winds competing for a rich husband on an internet reality show. (Due fall, 2014)

Who are your writing role models?

I love good plotters who show a strong sense of humor. Jim Butcher, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Patrick O’Brian top the list.

How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life?

Extensive research into the making and consumption of 1920s cocktails.

What are your other passions outside of writing?

I’ve gotten very interested in researching the 1920s, and have got over 20,000 Pinterest pins on the subject. The decade forms a fascinating dividing line between “old fashioned” and “modern.”

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Both Speakeasy Dead and Keys to the Coven (a novel that take place in the same universe but in a contemporary setting) are available as audiobooks read by Emily Beresford and Nick Podehl. Once you’ve got the ebook, the whispersynced audio can be had for two bucks.

Keys to the Coven will be free on Amazon.com from June 27 – July 1.

 BOOK INFORMATION

Speakeasy Dead AISN: B00FOXQSAO

Blurb:

Downton Abbey meets Warm Bodies in this light-hearted romp about a small-town flapper whose supernatural ambitions exceed her good sense.

Speakeasy manager Clara Woodsen will do anything to save her silent film idol from an untimely death. Even summon a demon. Even bet she can teach his half-human/half-cheetah assistant to foxtrot. But people around town are acting strange. Have Clara’s efforts unleashed a zombie plague? Or are her customers just really bad at dancing the Charleston? And can a career-minded woman find happiness with the man of her dreams if she uses her…brains?

“A briskly entertaining novel with a colorful setting and the right mix of humor and paranormal romance.” -Kirkus Reviews

My Information:

Website: http://www.vickyloebel.com/

blog:     http://vickyloebelstuff.wordpress.com/

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VickyLoebelBooks

pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/vloebel

twitter: @vickyloebel

My Writing Process

Pad of Paper & PenThanks to Vicky Loebel for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour. If you have a penchant for the Roaring Twenties and the paranormal, stop by on June 28th when Vicky chats about her historical urban fantasy, Speak Easy Dead.

This post is part of the “My Writing Process” blog tour.

What are you working on?

I also write romance as Mariposa Cruz. She writes the spicy, scary stuff. My current WIP is a contemporary romance set in Reno’s salsa scene. Salsa dancing is another one of my passions and I’m having a blast writing about it. I hope to finish Package Deal soon and publish it later this year.

How does your work differ from others of its genre?

I’d like to think my women’s fiction has realism mixed with enough humor to resonate with readers without requiring therapy at the end. What happens when your Prince Charming turns out to be a toad?—is the premise of Ever After.

Why do you write what you do?

I write character-driven stories because those are the stories I’m drawn to as a reader.

 How does your writing process work?

You’d think as paralegal, my writing process would be well-established and strictly followed. Skipping steps in the legal world (especially handling contracts) will make you a cautionary tale. As a writer, my process tends toward focused randomness. I generally have the end in sight when I start the opening chapter (just haven’t quite figured out how I’m going to get there). If I have a clear picture of a later scene or the ending, I write it and space it further down on the page—sort of like highlighting my final destination on a map.

I tend to work on one major fiction piece at a time, but I allow myself to work on smaller projects when opportunities come available.   While conventional wisdom is to stay focused and finish one project at a time, I’ve found that wandering can generate its own momentum.

For another wonderful perspective on writing process, check out Regina Duke’s blog.