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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Characters - The Most Fascinating Aspect of Writing

My first book, Magic Creek, got offers from publishers if I would change the ending because the way it ended was socially unacceptable. I couldn't do it. It ended the way it wanted to end.

I made the first Rafe Vincennes book, Sociopath?, free because I figured Rafe would offend a lot of people and I didn't want them to think I took their money under false pretenses (although you'd have thought the title would be a clue). My assumption was that if you read the first volume and were horrified, well, then you'd certainly be warned about not buying the next ones. Because Rafe doesn't change. He is the same now in the seventh in the series as he was at the beginning. 

Potential publishers have commented (in rejection letters) that Rafe is "too unique", he doesn't fit in any recognizable "genre", he embraces "taboos". Maybe if I could take that part out....and that part....

And that's why I turned to e-publishing. Because Rafe is who he is. Not because I decided it but because he did. And he has his fans. He's gotten several 5-star reviews, precisely because some readers appreciate his uniqueness, his unwillingness to be forced into a genre, his lack of concern about what other people think of his behavior.

That is what I find to be the most fascinating aspect of both reading and writing. Where do characters come from and how to they make themselves known? Authors are only middlemen. At least that's the way it is with me. I never feel as if I "make up" my characters. I don't create them out of my head. They are already there, full-blown. All they really need is a transcriber.

I can't write to a genre. I can't follow a format. I can't change endings. I can't take parts out.

I wish I could. I'd love to be a best-selling author. I'd love to see my name on the New York Times best-seller list. I'd love to be interviewed on the Today show.

When I wrote Carrots and Sticks, it was an attempt to do just that. It started as a traditional romance. I had it all planned out. By Gosh, I was going to follow the rules and sell this one! That lasted for less than a chapter until my characters veered to the dark side. So I sighed and wrote it their way. Like I always do.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Special Smashwords Promotion - How Build a Killer

 How To Build A Killer 

 Special promotion through  smashwords.

Coupon code = JU77L - free until June 8, 2012. Go download your copy now!  Available for all e-readers.

How To Build A Killer

By Vicki Williams
Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: Jan. 22, 2013
Words: 73,732 (approximate)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301269839

Short description

Matilda Tryon assessed her new patient. She would definitely describe Ethan Pierce as beautiful, with pale blonde hair and exotic eyes that mutated between green and gold. Furthermore, Ethan’s languid grace made even a red prison jumpsuit (red being the color worn by the most dangerous inmates) appear to have been designed by Ralph Lauren just for him. But beyond beautiful, Ethan was also deadly

Extended description

Matilda Tryon (Tilly, to her friends) assessed her new patient. Yes, she would definitely describe Ethan Pierce as beautiful....drop-dead gorgeous, in fact. Collar-length hair of palest blonde framed a face seemingly carved of ivory....compelling cat’s eyes that mutated between the clear light green of a fine Pinot Grigio to a hint of champagne gold, a distracting quality Tilly had to force herself to ignore. High cheekbones, an aristocratic nose, sculptured lips. A strong chin saved him, barely, from the touch of effeminacy his refined features would normally have given him. Add to all that, a fleeting white smile and well, Tilly assumed if Michelangelo was sitting across from Ethan Pierce right now, he’d have a hard-on.
Furthermore, Ethan’s languid grace made even a red prison jumpsuit (red being the color worn by the most dangerous inmates) appear to have been custom-tailored personally for him by Ralph Lauren. He was relaxed, leaned back in his chair. His lean body put Til.. (Read more)


murder, serial killer, psychological thriller, child prostitution, graphic description

Elaine Raco Chase - Author's Corner - Triangle Variety Radio - Boons for Writers and Readers

I had a great time being interviewed by Elaine Raco Chase for Author's Corner on Triangle Variety Radio last night about my latest book How To Build A Killer - (which, incidentally, is being offered through Smashwords on a special promotion until June 8, 2013 so download your free copy now!) Elaine is a terrific hostess who makes you feel like you're having a conversation with an old friend rather than being interviewed by a stranger. She definitely knows how to bring out the best in her authors!

Elaine is an accomplished radio personality who has been working in this medium for many years but she is a wonderful writer as well. Check out her page at Elaine Raco Chase.

See all her books there. Here's a sample.

Whether you are a writer yourself or simply a reader, I highly recommend that you get to know Elaine.