Hi Vi, I don't think we've met before so I'm very happy to host you on your ongoing tour as it gives me a chance to get to know more about you and your writing. Really hope you enjoy your time here! Let's get started with the questions...
1) When and why did you decide you wanted to be a published author?
Getting one of my stories published is something I always wanted to do, but I spent way too much time thinking about it and not enough time doing it! Forty is only a few years away for me…I think I just decided it was time to go for it. I remember reading my first review…I cried…I was so excited someone actually read it and liked what I wrote. I think I was hooked from that moment on!
2) What is the best and worse thing you have learned from an editor/agent?
I have learned so much from my editor! It’s like taking 8th grade English class all over again, except this time I pay attention! The best advice was to get the story down on paper first, worry about editing later. In the beginning, I was trying to punctuate and make proper sentences as I wrote…but it interrupted my writing flow. I don’t really have any bad advice from my editor and I don’t have an agent.
3) Favourite author/s?
I love anything written by Kristen Ashley and Sylvia Day. I’m also a lifelong Judy Blume fan….she got me hooked on reading as a young girl!
4) What is your typical day?
On the days I go into the office, I get up at 5:30 and get ready for work. At about 6:30, I start getting my kids up for school (I have three, two girls and a boy). I drop my youngest at 8:30 and hop on the subway for three stops to my office. I work until 6, come home, have dinner, relax a bit and then try to get some reading or writing time in before bed. But I’m lucky, I can work from home 2 days a week too, then everything is much more relaxed!
6) Who would you cast to play your hero & heroine in a movie?
My cover model, Daniel, is actually an actor, so I’d have to cast him as Jack. To me, he IS Jack! For Syd, I’d cast Amanda Seyfried.
7) Did you plan this book? Or write it as it came?
A little of both! I knew the outline of what I wanted to write, but I deviated from my original plot a bit too J. Sienna also became a much more prominent character as I wrote.
8) What surprised you the most when you became a published?
The community of readers, writers and bloggers! I feel like I found a second family with the community I’ve become a part of. I’ve made so many good friends that I chat with daily, but have never actually met! People from all over the world.
9) Do you have a dedicated writing space? What does it look like?
I do most of my writing in a big old leather chair in my bedroom. It’s from Restoration Hardware and gets better with age! It has a matching foot-rest that is always filled with pads of notes and pictures.
10) What’s next for you?
I hope to publish a book I just finished, Worth the Fight, on October 1st. It’s pretty different from the first three I published. Gone are the wealthy businessmen from my first three stories and now I’ve moved onto MMA fighters. Big muscles and tattoos…yummy! It’s also a bit different for me because I wrote it in the alternating POV of both characters.
Made For You
by Vi Keeland
Sequel to Belong to You
Jack and Syd spent a week in paradise. It was only supposed to be a fling. But life can be funny sometimes, and circumstances brought them back together again. Together they seemed to have found their happy ever after. But when Sydney is offered a chance at the career she has always wanted, she must leave Jack behind to follow her dreams. Can their love survive long distance? Sydney’s touring with a man every woman wants, but he only has eyes for Syd. And an unexpected tragedy leaves Jack feeling remorseful. Can the two find a way through to forever?
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I was born and raised in New York. I've been told more than once that I have a New York accent. It is pronounced cawfee, not coffee, right? I am one of six children, and come from a happy, albeit dysfunctional, family of "steps, halves, ours, theirs and his" children. I have three children, two girls and a boy. My son is the oldest and is a godsend. The girls, well, they are tweens and make me drink too much wine on occasion.
I am a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night! I actually consider myself a romance author, but my books definitely have steam in them, so I guess I am technically a romance-erotica author. I am also a HUGE reader and love Sylvia Day, Kristen Ashely, and EL James.
After years of thinking about writing my own book, I finally took the leap in 2012. I published my first book, First Thing I See, in January 2013, and was thrilled at the overwhelming success! Belong to You was published on April 4, 2013, and climbed its way to number 9 in the Amazon Erotica Best Seller's list in its first five days! The sequel to Belong to You is due out on July 1st, 2013.
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