Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Award-winning and Amazon best-selling author, Vicki Batman, has sold many romantic comedy works to the True magazines, several publishers, and most recently, two romantic comedy mysteries to The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocoholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??”
I have written two romantic comedy mysteries and thirty-five short stories and essays.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Temporarily Insane is the second in the Hattie Cooks mystery series. It follows Temporarily Employed. I have always loved books with romance, mystery, and humor.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really. I get to work after a workout, shower, and breakfast. I speed through social media, do some errands and house stuff, and then tackle writing my stories. I like to listen to classical guitar when I write. No words to get into my head. And I drink a diet Dr. Pepper.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I cut my teeth on Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew. From there, my mom introduced me to romance via Emilie Loring. I moved on to Mary Stewart, Agatha Christie. PBS introduced me to new authors. Finally, I discovered P. D. James, Elizabeth George, Dick Francis, Janet E and more.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on Temporarily Out of Luck, my third in the Hattie Cooks mystery series. I have a rough draft of a holiday story for next year, and a fun story with a touch of paranormal elements.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I visit all kinds of places. I love to blog with other authors.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Persistence. Persistence. Persistence.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write Tight, which is the name of a craft book. I had a critique and she mentioned this book. It’s an easy read and very helpful.
What are you reading now?
Some romances and a book for book club. There’s always one going.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Definitely keep on writing short stories. I love being in anthologies where new readers for me can discover my work.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Oh my! I’ve never thought of that. Definitely, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. A dictionary to learn new words. A fat encyclopedia. Would a big notebook be allowed?