Getting personal with Veronica Smith

I have recently had the privilege of getting to know a new writer. Her book Chalk Outline may be a novella but it packs a punch and I highly recommend you reading it! If you don’t know this talented lady please take some time and get to know her better you won’t be sorry! I’m proud to introduce you to Veronica….

 

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
Probably around nine or ten. I also started several books but they never got finished. Very similar to the Nancy Drew style books.

2. How many books have you written?
I have one novella, Chalk Outline, that I self published last September. I’m on my second draft of my first full length novel called Salvation. I also have many short stories in various anthologies both published already and soon to be. I’m also putting together a Collection of my stories for publication.

3. Anything you won’t write about?
Chalk Outline is about a child serial killer but I keep it very vague. I wouldn’t want to read details like that so I don’t write about that. Otherwise I’m pretty open. I’ve written quite a few short stories and some of them are pretty graphic.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I’m old! haha! I’m fifty but I don’t feel it. I’ve been married to my husband for twenty-seven years and we have a twenty-three year old son who will soon be graduating from college and publishing his own SciFi book (through Stitched Smile Publications I might add). I’m a computer drafter, both 2D and 3D, for my day job. I would love to be able to write full time instead but the Texas Lottery hasn’t given me that break yet. lol

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
My favorite is one I haven’t finished yet. But I’m about twenty thousand into it. It’s the one I’ll go back to after I finish Salvation. It will be called Between the Pages.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
My favorite book when I was a child was Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. I read that book over and over. That made me want to write my own. Then Nancy Drew came around I learned about book series. Later on I read my first Stephen King and I fell in love with horror.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
Read. I used to read all the time but now that I write and sometimes edit and beta read I don’t have as much time to read for me. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to have the house to myself so I watch some movie or shows from Netflix or our DVR that I know they would never watch.

8. And traditions you do when you finish a book?
It’s pretty lame compared to others. I buy loose leaf flavored teas at our local farmers’ market. I have a cup or two in the morning as well as when I get home for work. When I got to write THE END to Salvation I made myself a hybrid tea, a mix of three different flavors. That’s about as wild as I get then. I do discover an amazing flavor that way though. Oh yeah, I get up and walk around and talk to myself, wondering what to do next. haha

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
Where: at work before work and during lunch. At home, whenever I can. Music: Loud, heavy and rocking music. I want heavy drums and screeching guitar. I love just about any kind of metal and I always listen to it when I write.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I tend to not put too much descriptions about my characters. I may put some basic or important information but I let the reader use their imagination. I prefer books that way myself when I’m reading. But maybe once I’ll try to write a story with more descriptions about the characters.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
All writers dream of becoming the next Stephen King or J.K. Rowling. Right now I’m just trying to get more than twelve reviews on Chalk Outline. haha Most of the anthologies I am published in are non-paying, most of them are for charities.

12. Where do you live?
I live in Katy, Texas which is a suburb west of Houston. We moved out here when our son was a baby and since we’re 50 now, we’ll probably retire out here. Even if we win the Lottery (hear that Texas Lotto – hint hint) we would just buy up some land out west and north and build our own place.

13. Pets?
Two cats, Stains and Hissy, Both rescues. My husband has a dog. Yes I said his, not ours. She’s a sweet English Bull Mastiff. Problem is at four or five years old she still thinks she a puppy but she’s too big for that. Also she’s eaten/tore up two sofa sets before our current one. So far she hasn’t touched this one. (Lucky for her)

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Being able to do any I want. If I want to kill someone just for the hell of it I can. I can turn almost anything into a story. My husband had a horrible nightmare and I should have been sympathetic but all I wanted was the details. I turned it into a story that makes him not want to go back to sleep again. I was having a coffee at Starbucks with Lisa and her husband and she was telling me about a show she watched called The Abominable Bride. But she slipped and called it Abdominal Bride. Her husband and I laughed at it but I immediate knew I wanted that name for a short story. So I wrote The Abdominal Bride and it is abominable!

You can connect with Veronica here:
My links, I have Amazon, Facebook, and WordPress:

https://www.amazon.com/author/veronicasmith
https://kvzsmithwordpresscom.wordpress.com/
Also for those that read my books and anyone’s books for that matter, please, please leave a review. Reviews are important to writers and Amazon spotlights those who get more reviews which help us a lot. Even it you just write “Great book” or “I loved it” and give it five stars, that would mean the world to us.

Veronica, as always thank you for spending time letting us get to know you better. I wish you lots of success!!

 

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