Friday, August 2, 2013

Author Interview – Vickie McKeehan

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How did you develop your plot and characters? I start with an outline of what I want the characters to be. But I’ll be honest, once I begin, I rarely stick to the outline. Because once I get into a scene a character may react in a totally different manner than what I had planned.

Who designed the cover? A brilliant design artist by the name of David C. Cassidy. In fact, he designed all the Pelican Pointe covers and will do so in the future.

Why did you choose to write this particular book? Believe it or not, it started out as a screenplay for the Hallmark Channel. Friends who read it, encouraged me to turn it into a book.

What was the hardest part about writing this book? Scott Phillips, the soldier who loved his hometown and country so much he gave his life for both. Since Scott is now the resident ghost of Promise Cove and the town, as the series progresses you’ll find out much more about that soldier’s past in Pelican Pointe.

Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it? That I could write an effective tear-jerker. Keep Kleenex handy. That’s my warning. ~smiles~

Will you write others in this same genre? All my books are in the romantic suspense genre. That includes The Evil Trilogy and the Skye Cree novels.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? If there’s a message in Promise Cove, I suppose it is that military families make incredible sacrifices. Those sacrifices are sometimes the highest, heart-wrenching a person can make.

Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot? I always put something of myself into my work, in every book I write I’m there within the pages. If you know me well, you’ll recognize a quirk or two. J

How important do you think villains are in a story? In my opinion, a good villain makes the plot pop.

What are your goals as a writer? To tell a good story.

Have you ever considered anyone as a mentor? Not really. But I met Elaine May once just in passing. She is an incredibly talented screenwriter, who excelled at what she did. She had an incredible comedic timing. Yet, I’m not sure many know this, she dropped out of high school at fourteen. When she did decide to go to college, she didn’t let the fact that she hadn’t graduated high school stop her. She audited classes at the University of Chicago. It was there she met Mike Nichols. And the rest is history. Elaine May has always inspired me as a writer, whether it happens to be screenplays or manuscripts, her delivery rocks.

Who is your favorite author and why? I have a lot of favorite authors. They all inspire me in different ways. David C. Cassidy inspires me to be a better wordsmith. Elise Stokes to provide a greater adventure. CR Hiatt to write better action scenes. Dawn Torrens to remember to capture the heart. Seb Kirby to write better mysteries. Alan McDermott to go with the gut and forget about conventional characters. Carmen DeSousa to spice up the romance. Patricia Paris to maintain the conflict. Carolyn Arnold to give the reader a strong female character.

Can we expect any more books from you in the future? I always plan for three a year. But I’ll be happy with two.

Have you started another book yet? I always have a book in the works.

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Genre – Romance

Rating – PG13

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