special guest today is romance author Vivian
Kohlman. We’re chatting a little bit about her new novel, Flawed.
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and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be
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Kohlman writes romance novels based on stories of love and loss under the
backdrop of Washington, DC. She grew up in Maryland just outside DC, but lived
in Los Angeles on and off in her 20’s before returning to the Washington, DC
area to live out her adult life.
attended a private university in Washington, DC for undergraduate and graduate
school, and lived a very active social life. During her teens and twenties she
and her friends lived through a lot of ups and downs—these experiences have fed
the stories of this series.
she loves to travel with her husband and reads or writes romance novels as
often as she can. When she’s not writing, she works a fulltime job and enjoys
all of the bars, restaurants, and other hot spots of the nation’s capital. Born
and raised in the DC metro area, she adores the culture of the city and is
passionate about highlighting the city’s attributes, lifestyles, and norms—not
Welcome, Vivian. Please share a little
bit about your current release.
I have a series of five books in the
Young and Privileged of Washington, DC series. Flawed is the first book in the series, and my favorite. The
characters are all based on people from my life, and the stories strongly
resemble things I’ve been through…it’s close to my heart.
Flawed is a romance story about Kara
and Naheed—two people who have deep passion for each other, but life throws
challenges that can’t easily be overcome. At least, they feel things can’t be
overcome at the time; eventually, love conquers all…right?
characters, scenes, and stories are contemporary. The novel is written for a
mature audience—curse words, drinking, and nightclubs are normal occurrences in
the lives of the Young and Privileged of
What inspired you to write this book?
My friends and I have experienced a great deal in our lives! The real-life story
that inspired Flawed has always stood
out as epic to me. They love each other so deeply and Naheed’s focus on Kara is
borderline paranormal…he truly thinks they’re meant for each other. One day I just
thought I should write it all down, and then changed and added to it.
draft version of the novel was finished very quickly (about a month), but it took
months to refine and finalize it. When the first book was out, I started to
complete that story with book two…and the series continued after that. None of
the stories in this series are factual—but the characters and experiences that
drove these stories are the main inspiration for the books.
Excerpt from Flawed:
heard the door open again.
said while shuffling cards, not paying attention to Anna’s return. But it
wasn’t Anna. It was Naheed…he walked around the corner, and leaned next to me,
putting a hand on the back of my chair.
drink,” he said, setting the drink down in front of me while keeping his hand
on the back of my chair, essentially enclosing me in his arms.
heat emanating from him and I know my face was bright red. I couldn’t breathe.
Butterflies were storming around my stomach.
you going to even say hello? You’re acting like I’m a stranger.”
even looked at him yet. I was avoiding that like the plague. I knew our eyes
would lock, just like they used to…and I can’t let this get out of hand.
Dominik. Why him?”
made me look up to Naheed; he’s still standing incredibly close to me.
one for you.”
what my friends said about you.”
girlfriend…so, I guess things ended up the way they were supposed to.”
pissed. He was quiet for a minute…then sat in the chair next to me.
because you walked away. YOU WALKED AWAY from us,” he said loudly.
What exciting story are you working on
Girls Like Me, book four in the
series, started a new story, and Guys
Like You (book five) continued that story. Now, I’m writing a third book to
finish the story of the characters introduced in Girls Like Me. So book six in the series is on its way! You don’t
have to read books four and five before reading the sixth; all of the books in
the series can be read on its own.
of course, it’s always best to read a story from the start, so here’s the
breakdown of the series as of today:
1, Flawed. Part 1 of Kara’s
2, Found. Part 2 of Kara’s
3, Let Go. Billi’s story
4, Girls Like Me. Part 1 of
5, Guys Like You. Part 2 of
6 (not yet released). Part 3 of Ava’s story
consider yourself a writer?
still not there yet!! It’s weird for me—I have five novels out now, and still
consider myself a Consultant (what I do fulltime). Writing is a hobby of mine,
and I plan to continue to put out novels, but I’ve never been able to call
myself a writer, officially.
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?
an Information Technology Consultant fulltime, but always find the time to
write once the bug hits me. My commute to/from work includes a twenty-five
minute metro ride—you can get a lot of writing and editing done with a commute
is never an issue for me; my issue is getting the urge to write. When that urge
comes, I put all my free time into it and usually get the basic story down in
just a few weeks. It’s impossible for me to force myself to write a story, I
quickly realized—I feel like I live with writer’s block most of the time. Every
once in a while that block lifts, and the stories pour out of me.
What would you say is your interesting
write using whatever tools I have on hand at the moment. Because I write a lot
during my commute into work, I will write the books in pieces and combine
everything into one master file on my computer at home. I use Pages to jot
stories down, and then Kindle to edit chapters as they are finished (you can
upload Word files and make edits with highlights and notes). When I get home, I
save the Pages pieces into the master file, and use my Kindle edits to make
changes in the master copy.
I’ve written a book completely and edited it end-to-end once—all on a
computer—I print the book and take my time reading it. While doing so, I
closely edit the book—focusing on the storyline and conversations—using a
pencil. Yes, it’s old school…but it’s how I’ve always done things (my
undergraduate degree is a BA in Literature, so I’ve done a lot of writing!).
a story on paper is fundamentally different for me than reading it on a screen;
I usually change a scene or two after I see the story on paper. As a matter of
fact, the last half of Girls Like Me
was completely re-written after I read it on paper.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
I’ve always wanted to be a romance novelist…always!! But I never thought
writing could pay the bills, so I didn’t try to write a novel until I was
already deep into my career as a consultant. Maybe someday—when I fully grow up!—I’ll
be a romance novelist!
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
love the city and suburbs of Washington, DC and all of my stories are based
here. No, they don’t include anything about politics—I’ve found that most youths
who live here aren’t so absorbed in much more than school and partying.
of the locations in the stories are real places (schools, restaurants, bars) that
I’ve been to myself. Anyone living in the area can also go to most of these
places…and yes, some of the real-life stories happened at the real-life places.
Washington, DC is beautiful and diverse with activities that range from hiking
to visiting museums to shopping in historic districts and everything in
between. My love of the metro area is also an inspiration for the series.
Thank you for being a guest on my blog!
YOU for having me!!