Interview with Victoria Vanee Anderson

Jen: Please help me welcome Victoria Vanee Anderson to Book Talk this weekend. Victoria, will you please share a short bio with us?
Victoria: Yes, I’m a loving mother of a teenage son living in Seattle Washington. In 2010 I plan on returning to school to complete my studies earning my degree in communications.

Jen: Tell us about Lady Vicious and where it’s available.
Victoria: Lady Vicious is different and very entertaining. If you think it’s a man’s world, then wait until you meet the main character, Vita Truth. Beauty, attitude and wise beyond her years, she takes the game to another level by building an all women’s organization that’s different from the norm. Vita brings to the streets something that has never been before. If you enjoy reading street novels, then you’ll enjoy Lady Vicious. It will be soon be available on Amazon.com and www.5ivestarpublications.com.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Victoria: I actually discovered that I enjoyed writing when I was twelve years old. It took twenty years later to realize that my love has always been writing. This is the dream I’ve been dreaming. At thirty-two I wrote my first novel, and by age thirty-six I’ve written three more. As of 2008 I signed my first publishing contract with 5ive Star Publications. I’m very excited!

Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?
Victoria: I believe there are many writers in my family, but I don’t think their goal or dream is to take it to a level such as mine. This is a passion for me. I’ve always wanted a career in writing and film.

Jen: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?
Victoria: It depends on how I feel or what’s required. I consider myself versatile, but personally I love going with the flow.

Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Victoria: No, I just do as I go.

Jen: How do you shut out disruptions?
Victoria: I’m single and my teenage son does his own thang. I have no disruptions. My life is very peaceful right now. It’s a beautiful thing.

Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest?
Victoria: The most challenging aspect is when my writing is limited because it’s not for everyone. The easiest, I’m comfortable with myself to do whatever I want to do.

Jen: What’s the most rewarding aspect?
Victoria: My voice will be heard!

Jen: Is there a genre that you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from and why?
Victoria: Spiritual and Children’s books. I would stay away from magic, horror and sci-fi. I love horror and sci-fi movies, but personally, I’m just not interested in writing that type of material.

Jen: What five authors or people, from the past or present, have been important to you as an author? What question or comment have you always wanted to say to them?
Victoria: My son is my inspiration. My mother pushes me in ways she doesn’t even know. I enjoy reading material by Sister Souljah, Nikki Turner and Terry McMillan. The first time I read The Coldest Winter Ever I knew then I wanted to write a novel. It is truly one of my favorites. I really don’t know what I would say to Sister Souljah if I meet her. I would just be happy.

Jen: Do you feel as if the characters live with you as you write? Do they haunt your dreams?
Victoria: Ha, they don’t haunt my dreams. With Lady Vicious I can say her strength and confidence live with me as writing because I am a woman. And with the new changes in my life to succeed, one thing I was lacking before is confidence.

Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Victoria: Watch movies and hang out with my son or my friends.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Victoria: More Vicious which is the sequel to Lady Vicious.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?
Victoria: www.5ivestarpublications.com or ms.vanee@yahoo.com

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to say our readers?
Victoria: Keep an open mind.

Jen: Thank you Victoria for giving us a preview of your upcoming book and being our guest this weekend.