Interview with author Vicki Williamson

Readers, I’d like to
introduce you to author Vicki B. Williamson. She’s here today to chat with me
about her new thriller/mystery novel Finding
Poppies.
Welcome, Vicki. Please tell us a little bit about
yourself:
I’m just a normal woman – a wife, mother,
sister and grandma who happened to write a story. I was born and raised in
Montana, God’s country. I don’t have an extensive background in journalism and
haven’t received any awards. Yet J 
What I do have is a real desire to create a
compelling, thrilling story that keeps the reader on the edge of their seats. I
have a highly functioning imagination (I remember daydreaming stories as a
child) and I recently discovered I have a talent for putting those thoughts
down on paper and I really get enjoyment when others love my stories.
I live in Montana with my
husband, Mark and our Golden Retriever, Ripley. Finding Poppies is my first novel.
Speaking of your first novel, please tell us about
your current release.
Finding Poppies is the story of Ellen Thompson. Ellen finds a clue in an antique and it
leads her on the hunt for Van Gogh’s masterpiece, Poppy Flowers, which was
stolen in 2010. One clue leads her to another. We get to solve the puzzle and
experience her quest with her.
What inspired you to write this book?
I always enjoyed writing
in school and am an avid reader. For fun, I wrote a short story about Ellen
Thompson and her hunt for Poppy Flowers. After reading the short story, my
brother Brian told me I had a great outline for a novel. I began researching
and expanding Ellen’s story – let her live and develop. It was a lot of fun
watching Ellen in her hunt and being there to document her story.
Excerpt from Finding
Poppies
:
We arrive at the Place de la Concorde and look around in
wonder. The day is bright and sunny and a gentle breeze whispers to us with the
scent of grass and nature. There are birds calling and the sound of people
talking and laughing. As I read from the pamphlet I tell James, “The Place is the largest public square in
Paris, measuring approximately 20 acres. We need to move to the center of the
square where the obelisk is located.” Even from where we stand, we can see the
spire stretching to the sky, the crown of it reflecting in the bright sunshine.
“The top was replaced with a gold inlay. Look how it shines in the light!”
“Let’s head over and see what
we find,” James suggests.
As we near the obelisk, I’m
amazed by the sheer size of it. The pamphlet says 75’ and 250 metric tons, but
that doesn’t give a true indication of what it’s like to stand in front of
something so large. It’s brownstone and massive. There’s a fence around it so
if we’re going to get up close it isn’t going to be right now — with other
tourists and staff about, we’ll be stopped immediately. The obelisk stands on a
base that has descriptions pertaining to the move from Egypt to Paris and my
head barely reaches the juncture. I note all four sides are covered in
hieroglyphics, from top to bottom. I’m unable to read them but the information
board states they exalt the reign of Ramesses II.
Okay Angelo, I think. What
now?
I look at James with a raise
of my eyebrows.
“What do you think?” he asks.
“I’m not feeling very worthy at this exact moment.”
I give a little chuckle.
“Let’s walk around the obelisk and see if we can find any hieroglyphics that
match the ones on the paper.”
What exciting story are you working on next?
I’ve picked up Ellen’s
story a year from the end of Finding
Poppies.
She’s moved and has a new job and with an old friend, becomes
caught up in another mystery. It’s a bigger mystery involving mystic elements.
I keep banging my head off the wall attempting to find a thread to hold it all
together but it’s working and what a wonderful high that is when elements begin
to work together.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
That’s a hard one.
Definitely when I published Finding
Poppies
. It’s hard to define myself that way but I’m getting more used to
it.
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?
Unfortunately, I don’t
write full-time. I have a regular job that pays the bills and I write when I
can. Everyday doesn’t usually work out but I smash it in as often as possible.
My novels have major research and planning and that’s the time consuming thing.
It’s hard to hear people
tell you that you need to write every day – sometimes that’s just not possible
but I do try and do something to advance my writing every day whether that’s
writing, research, marketing, etc.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Hum? I would say doing a
special jig across the room when the story lines sync together.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I don’t remember every
having an aspiration to be anything in particular. Probably something with
animals since my mother allowed us to have everything under the sun – the whole
food chain…
Anything additional you want to share with the
readers?

Just how much I appreciate
everyone’s support and enjoyment of my story. It’s very rewarding when I hear
positive feedback and makes me want to up the ante on my next novel.

Links:
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Thanks for being here today, Vicki! Happy writing.


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