1. Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It does both. I am energized when the story is flowing. I am excited about the storyline. The characters are being active participants in my mind throughout the writing process. However, when it is time to edit. That’s when the exhaustion kicks in. I tend to read over my book several times before it is turned into the publisher or editor. This can be a tedious process that takes all of my energy.
2. What is your writing kryptonite?
My writing kryptonite is stories that may trigger me in a negative way. I find it difficult to write stories about severe abuse or molestation. I tend to stay away from stories where people are severely abusive towards women and children. I worked in social work for a number of years and saw the traumatic effects in real time.
3. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
Publishing my first book changed my process of writing in several ways. When I first started writing I had no clue of story mapping, outlining, character development or anything. I would sit and just write the story. Once I got a book deal with my first publisher. She would give me critiques on my books. I started talking to other authors and the staff at the publishing company. They started explaining the elements of writing and ways to better develop my stories and characters. I began doing outlines and character profiles to help me figure out the story before I started the writing process.
4. What’s the foremost digging thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
I can’t say that I find anything digging about writing characters of the opposite sex. Writing characters of the opposite sex is an interesting thing. I can go off my perception of how I want the male character to think and act. I hang around men all of the time. I’ve been told on a few occasions that I often have male tendencies, so I use my experiences and observations of my male friends to write characters. In my earlier work I used to write my male characters using my ex as the muse for a lot of their personality. Also, I think about how I want to be treated by a man and use a basic checklist for male characters.
5. Where can readers find out more about you and your work?
Readers can find out more about me and my work on my social media pages. I’ve been writing for almost eight years so I have over fifty plus books online. I’m on Facebook under Vivian Blue, Twitter: Author Viv Blue, and Instagram: Author Vivian Blue. My books are found on Amazon Kindle and Unlimited.