Interview with historical novelist Vickey Kall

Welcome to almost mid-November. I’d like to introduce you to historical novelist Vickey Kall. She’s here to tell us a bit about her novel, Death Speaker.

You can read the first 5 chapters of Death Speaker for free. Here’s the purchase link for a print copy from CreateSpace, and any format of e-book from Smashwords.
Bio:
Vickey Kall
is a freelance writer with a passion for history. In fact, a few years ago she
went back to college to get a masters degree in history from Arizona State
University. From ancient Gaul to Vaudeville or even Baby Boomers and Pet Rocks,
she finds it all fascinating.
Welcome, Vickey. Please tell us about
your current release.
Death Speaker tells the story of Emyn, a Celtic
peasant who hears ghosts. Emyn lives at a dangerous time: Julius Caesar has
begun an invasion of her homeland, present-day France. Emyn’s spirits whisper
that Caesar will destroy everything she loves.
But ghosts
do not always tell the truth. As Emyn travels to warn druids and kings about
the Roman threat, she savors love and endures betrayal, relying on her gods and
her own stubborn strength to see her through the dark days ahead.
What inspired you to write this book?
I intended
to write something quite different, but could not get the dramatic coastline of
Brittany and the stories I’d heard out of my head. I finally plunged in, and
the character took over. Once I delved into the ancient history of the area,
everything I read gave me ideas.

Excerpt:
Emyn
cried out, but could not hear her own voice—only the long scream of
other-worldly beasts. She had never seen war horns before; they rose from the
bushes, their slender trunks like saplings, taller than men.
The
horns screamed for battle, and from all sides, men responded.
Horses
reared, throwing centurions off their backs. The few Romans who managed to hold
onto their mounts crouched and raced away like scared dogs, their red cloaks
flailing behind them.  
Shrieking
to match the horns, tribal warriors burst from the bushes to give chase. The
gentle slope in front of the bushes changed from green to speckled brown, alive
with men leaping down as if it were a disrupted anthill. Emyn tucked in her arms
and turned away, overwhelmed.
The
war horns blared again. She stood in a river that seemed shallow and still as
death for a moment. Then the warriors ran past her, holding their swords and
axes high. One man tripped over tree roots and fell. Before she could jump out
of his way, others ran straight at her, screaming in triumph. Emyn threw her
hands over her face as river water splashed up and soaked her.
The
screams and horns stopped; a crowded murmur filled the silence. She shuddered
and felt dry ground beneath her feet.
“Tell
me what you saw,” the druid said.
Emyn
shook. “A battle begins.”
What exciting story are you working on
next?
The next
one is exciting in a different way—I’ve been collecting trivia and stories for
a book on Baby Boomers’ Christmas memories—aluminum trees, Slinkies and
Frisbees, food, songs, TV specials—everything. This is will be non-fiction, of
course.
I’m also
working on a novel of the Gold Rush era in California, built around the
craziness and greed that overtook men and a few women back then. In fact, the
working title is Greed.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
Does second
grade count? That’s when I tried writing my own version of Peter Pan. . . I
guess today that would be called fan fiction.
But once I
got my history degree, nine years ago, and went looking for writing gigs rather
than a real job—THAT’s when I realized I truly was a full-time writer.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I do write
full time, and it’s hard to pick a typical day. When I was writing Death Speaker I often worked on that for
14, 15 hours a day, every day, then I’d take a break for a week and do some
paying work for magazines.
Now I’m
working on two books, two blogs, odd jobs and a technical writing gig, as well
as promoting Death Speaker, so my
days are very different. Most successful writers I’ve met—meaning financially
successful—have a dozen different projects going at once, so I feel like I’m
moving in the right direction.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
Hmmm…gotta
be that I love the research as well as the writing. Most folks hate the
research part, but for me it’s fun, like doing puzzles all day.
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
A writer
was in there—but also a ballerina, ice skater, astronomer, and actress. And a
nun, a fashion designer, and princess.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
I’d like to
invite your readers to enjoy the first five chapters for free at
DeathSpeaker.com. My guess is that you’ll want the rest of the book, and there
are links right there to allow you to buy it.

Thanks for stopping by, Vickey and sharing a bit about your writing and this novel with us!

2 thoughts on “Interview with historical novelist Vickey Kall

  1. Daniel W says:

    I've read Ms. Kall's novel, "Death Speaker" and it is magnificent! A beautiful and impressive journey! I highly recommend picking up a copy. It will captivate your attention from the beginning to the end!

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