I am so happy to have Vivi Anna visiting The Book Tart today. She is clever and funny and broke all records completing my interview! <g> Like an hour! lol I love her replies too. She played with me. She can come play here again… If she brings the sequel to Vanquished. 😛
Vanquished wasn’t quite what I was expecting. It was a darker and more intense ride then I’m accustomed to. I got sucked into the story and now I’m hooked on Kat and need, need, Need! the sequel. ASAP Click HERE for my review.
Get comfy and settle in for my fun chat with Vivi Anna
Me: Hello Hon, welcome to The Book Tart *scoops up books and yarn off the couch and drops it on the chair* ummm *blush* ok, there’s space now. Please take a seat on my virtual couch and let’s get cozy. Can I get you anything? Coffee? Tea? Soda? Something with an umbrella in it? Lol this is virtual sooo, really, have whatever you’d like. I’m going to have a Starbucks green tea frappuccino *snaps fingers* see? 🙂
Vivi: Well since I can’t drink Pepsi anymore (recently diagnosed tummy issue) I will have some water with lots of crushed ice.
Me: *hands Vivi some water with a swirly straw*
So, I know you write a LOT lol I own quite a few of your books, but I don’t know much about you. *brings over bowls of gummi bears and sour patch kids and plops down on the couch* want some? I’m all about the snacks 😉 ummm, what can you tell me about you? Are you an only child? What’s your favorite color? Are you allergic to anything? Did you always want to be a storyteller? *gasps for breath then pops a handful of gummies in my mouth*
Vivi: *plucks a gummi from bowl* I’m the youngest of three. Baby of the family as it were. Grew up middle class in a small town, drove the locals mad with my blue Mohawk and combat boots. Everyone thought me a bit strange. Go figure. My favorite color right now is probably blue. I have no known allergies. Although the sun does make me break out into a rash. And no that does not make me a vampire. One of my besties, her husband thinks I’m one. I’m not sure how I ever gave him that idea. I actually wanted to be a marine biologist, I love whales. But when I graduated high school I didn’t go to university right away, so my little detour sent me on a whole new life path. I didn’t start seriously writing until 2002.
Me: Wow! Whales huh? <g> Excellent! lol you are good with the run on question problem I have 😛 And I’m so glad you took the detour into writing!
Can you tell me a bit about Vanquished? I am so excited that the heroine’s name is Kat *Kermit flail* It makes me giddy to read a main character with the same name as me. Lol Oh *puppy eyes* please say you have a sequel in mind?
Vivi: Vanquished was originally published as Hell Kat by Kensington Books back in 2006. It’s the first full length novel I wrote and one of my favorites. It’s about Kat, who’s a hardened treasure huntress in a post nuclear world, looking to make money so she can finally reunite with her daughter up North where the land is green and the air clean. But the big score leads her to the worst place imaginable, The Vanquished City. She teams up with her sidekick Damian and her rival Hades, and together they risk everything to go into hell. And yes there is a sequel, it’s called Inferno, and it will be out December 1, 2012.
Me: Phew! I want more Kat… Like yesterday 😉
I noticed you have another new release at the end of this year, The League of Illusion: Legacy . It looks like a steampunk. Yum! That a genre I’m just getting into and I like it. Your mind must be a beautifully chaotic place with the variety on genres you write traipsing through your imagination <g> How do you keep sane-ish? Lol
Vivi: I work on several things at once, that’s how I stay sane-ish. My brain can’t focus on one thing at a time, I have to be able to leave one project and work on something else. I feel caged in if I can’t. And I don’t like cages. 🙂
Me: Cages, bad! *nods emphatically*Writing lots. Good!
Ok, now that I know you a little bit better, I’m gonna get silly… well, alright, silly-er 😛
I just made up a word SEMITWEE please make up a definition and use the word in a sentence *giggle*
Vivi: SEMITWEE: (n)half a tweet, or (v) when a tweet doesn’t make sense
How can I RT that when he semitweed it in the first place?
Me: *chokes on gummi* That’s *coughs* epic! lol
What is the 1st sentence on the 99th page of your first novel?
Vivi: From Hell Kat (Vanquished) which was my first novel:
But with the thatched roof and the wooden walls, she imagined this place more likely on the beach, like a holiday cabin.
Me: How could you compare writing to a flea market expedition?
Vivi: It’s all about hunting down that perfect something. In the case of a book, that perfect work, that perfect sentence. In a flea market, that perfect piece of art deco that will make no sense in the living room but you have to have it anyway.
Summarize Vanquished twitter style in 140 characters or less. Go!
Vivi: A hardened treasure huntress searches for the big score in an underground city full of vampires.
Me: 96 characters! Sweet! 😀
Would you rather be thought of as fanciful, attractive, clever, romantic, vivacious, ingenious or persistent? You can only pick one and explain your answer (silly I know, but more fun for me :P)
Vivi: Ingenious by far, because then people would come to me with the tough problems that I could solve for them. I like control. 🙂
Me: You and me both hon. <g>
It’s time for The Book Tart Quickie
- What are you wearing right now?: blue sweater, black pants
- Favorite tv show?: Game of Thrones
- Night owl or morning person? Neither, I thrive in the afternoon
- Last book you read?: Pines by Blake Crouch
- Chocolate or vanilla?: chocolate
- Favorite villian?: Loki
- Dream vacation destination? Ireland
- Phobia? death
- Ebook or print? ebook
- Super power you’d like to have? Mind control
Me: Vivi, you rock! Thank you for going along with the madness and playing with me here at The Book Tart. I am looking forward to reading more stories (Inferno!) from you and can’t wait to see what you come up with next.
Vivi: Thank you for having me over Kat. It was awesomesauce!!
Me: awww! You Rock! This was so fun 😉
First Chapter excerpt from
Copywrite © Vivi Anna
LOWER BC PLAINS, THE YEAR 2275
Dust devils whirled viciously around the broken remains of civilization. Buildings that once stood proud and strong were now only jagged cement shards protruding from infertile dirt and rock. The sun was a big glaring ball of light in the sky. Where it had once produced growth and warmth, it now scorched what was left of the Earth with its brutal rays.
Kat looked up into the blistering sun and wondered for the second time today what in the hell she was doing out on the Outer Rim. The fierce, arid wind whipped at her cloak and tried to tear it from her body. Sand peppered her face like a tiny barrage of bullets. Pulling her hood forward, she adjusted her tinted goggles over her eyes and continued to search the rubble for her treasure. No small feat, considering her right eye was covered by a black leather eye-patch.
She kicked at the dirt and crumbled concrete with her steel-toed jackboots. Nothing. They’d been searching for nearly two hours now. She glanced over at her partner.
“Damian! See anything?”
Damian stood from where he squatted, raising his head toward Kat, his blue eyes glinting in the sun. He held up his hand, something encased in his glove.
“Just this cute little dolly.” He waved it at her, grinning mischievously.
The doll, headless and encrusted in filth, rattled in his hand.