Please help me to welcome author Viv Drew to Jemsbooks Blog Interview an Author.
It’s nice to see you, Viv. Please step up to the soap box and do your stuff.
Thank you, Janice, for the welcome today.
- Please tell us something about yourself.
I am an avid reader who decided to become an author at age nine after reading “The Whistling Sword” by Green.
I worked as a Pharmacy Tech for over 30 years and in all those years found different characters to use in my books.
About two years ago my friend, Karen Vaughan and I, started Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions to help authors promote their books. Since we are both authors, we found it too expensive to hire someone to promote our books and decided to start a company that had affordable prices.
I started writing in 2013 and have three books and one short story published. I was working on my fourth book when my brother passed away. I have had a hard time getting back into writing. I’ve finally started again and will have that book done this year.
Jspina: So sorry to hear about your brother’s passing. My sincere condolences.
- When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I had had two mini-strokes in 2012, and my doctor told me to do puzzles to keep my brain active. I asked him if writing would be something to do instead and he said it would be a great idea. So, I started writing.
Jspina: Oh my goodness, didn’t know you had two mini-strokes. Keeping active writing is a good thing. Take care.
- What process do you need to write?
After I get the idea for the book, I want to write I develop my characters. This involves doing an interview with each of them. I need to know everything I can about them including how they look. Then I concentrate on the story.
I call myself a plantster: I start out with a plot then end up writing at the seat of my pants.
One thing I never do is go back if I think of something for a previous chapter. A friend and fellow author, Scott Eder, told me he keeps a notebook by his computer to write things down then when he does his first draft he refers to the notes. I’ve been using this method for all the books I’ve written.
Jspina: That is a clever one, plantster. I like that, Viv!
- How do you come up with ideas for your stories?
Mostly the ‘what if’ works for me, but my book Midnight Owl was based on something I saw on Facebook “When you can’t sleep it means you’re awake in someone else’s dream” and that brought the story to life.
I might see or hear something that gives me ideas, too.
Jspina: Yes, ideas come in many surprising way.
- What projects are you currently working on?
I have three projects now: Call of the Owl, Book 2 in the Joe Leverette series, a book I’m writing with Author Gerald W. Darnell, and an anthology for Lavish Publishing.
Jspina: I look forward to hearing more about these new books.
- What do you expect to accomplish in 2018?
Get all three books done and start one with Karen Vaughan which will be an anthology of short stories we’ve worked with some new ones to add to it.
Jspina: Best of luck complete completing this work.
- What hobbies do you have when you are not writing? Sewing, crocheting, cross-stitching and different crafts.
Jspina: You certainly keep busy, Viv.
- What is your target audience for your book? Mostly 18+ mainly because of the violence in my books. I write paranormal/thrillers and mystery/suspense/paranormal.
Jspina: I enjoyed your book and love paranormal thrillers and mysteries.
- Please share your books with us and a synopsis of each. “From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life” This is the true story of my grandfather’s escape from Poland. I plan on making it into a novella someday. Blurb: Story of a young man’s escape from Russian ruled Poland in 1913.
The Angler and the Owl
Blurb: Before retiring France Hunter decides to go to the place where she found her first new species of owl: The Amazon. Her group follows a well-known angler, John Sinclair, and his team, along with a reporter who wants to do a story on Hunter. Once arriving at the site, Sinclair leaves to go further up the river. He has a show to record and is hoping to catch an even larger fish this time. Hunter and the group with her run into a gruesome nightmare with the satellite phone destroyed and one man fighting for life. Sinclair is not due to pick them up for another week. Will they survive?
The Owl of the Sipan Lord
Blurb: Martin and Clare Montgomery worked together as an archaeological team until Martin mysteriously died. Fearing the rumors of a curse Clare vowed never to return that was until a rare blue eyes owl began to haunt her dreams. Was this a sign from her beloved Martin or something more sinister?
Midnight Owl (A Joe Leverette Mystery, Book 1)
Blurb: When the dismembered body of a young woman is found, Detectives Joe Leverette and Philip Marsden are assigned the case. After investigating the Port Huron, Michigan area where the six body parts were found, but there’s a twist in the case: The Murderer goes after each individual who found the parts, one by one. Leverette becomes interested in one of the women, Carole Sage, a sensitive, but because of the case, he’s not able to take it any further. Everyone on the police force sees his infatuation, but Carole does not. Each of the six witnesses has a dream about the murderer removing the particular body part they found that night. They are startled awake and hear an owl hoot three times. None of them want to reveal their dream to the detectives. Carole sees the actual murder and each murder as it happens to the witnesses. The police chief, Billingsley, understands her ‘gift’ and sets up a sting to catch him. It fails, and they have to regroup to think of something else. Two witnesses are dead, and they don’t want a third to die.
This book is for 18+ due to the violence.
- Please share your links and where to purchase your books.
11. What advice would you give prospective authors? Know the genre you want to write. Read what’s out there. And never give up!
There are two different ways to publish your book: Indie or Traditional. I’m an Indie, but I have a publisher, and this works for me. I don’t have to spend time editing, proofing, cover design or layout and, some publishers, promote so that I can concentrate on my next book. My publisher, Southern Owl Publications does it all.
Jspina: Great advice, Viv.
12. Is there anything else you would like to share? Not that I can think of right now, but I’ll probably think of something once my interview is published I probably will.
13. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I’ve wanted to go to England since I was little and still do. I’d also love to go to Japan.
Jspina: I certainly hope you get to go both places.
14. If you could have one wish, what would it be? One wish? That this world would get it’s act together.
Jspina: Amen to that, Viv!
15. What would you do if you were not a writer? My hobbies and do the flea market circuit.
16. Do you have any unusual talents? What are they?
No, I’m just plain ole’ Viv.
Jspina: Oh, I would say you are a special and extraordinary person, not at all plain, Viv.
Social Links to reach Viv Drewa:
Blog 5 https://hootmeow.weebly.com/
Cold Coffee Cafehttp://coldcoffeecafe.com/profile/VivDrewa
Twitter @vivdrewa_author https://twitter.com/vivdrewa_author
I read Viv’s book, The Owl of the Sipan Lord. Here is my review.
The Owl of the Sipan Lord is a mystery dealing with past
civilizations of a paranormal nature. The main protagonist, Claire Montgomery, is an archeologist who worked on a dig with her husband, Martin, when he was killed in a freak accident two years ago. She has not been able to recover from this devastating loss and starts to have dreams of the site where it happened.
In her dreams she is drawn to the site and feels compelled to go back to find out what caused this accident and why. Claire discovers more than she can handle on her own and turns to a long-time friend, Cord, who gives her support and love.
I found this to be an interesting story.
Thank you, Viv, for stopping by. It was a pleasure to learn more about you and your books.
I also want to mention that Viv is a fabulous supporter of her fellow authors. She goes above and beyond to help me and many other authors. A great big ‘thank you,’ Viv! 🤗 😘
Thank you, readers, for tuning in to read about Viv Drew and her creative books. I hope you will hop over to her links and check out her books soon.
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