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Indie Author Spotlight Interview V.L. Summers

Author V.L. Summers photographed, author of "Outrun the Devil"
V.L. Summers- Author of "Outrun the Devil"

Hi babes! This is another wonderful lady who's books you should definitely be on the look out for. Especially if you love Paranormal romance, why choose, or just bad ass ladies doing their thing.

I had a wonderful time getting to know V.L. Summers as I worked with her as an ARC reader for her up-coming novel "Outrun the Devil". She is funny, inspirational, and genuinely just an amazing human. <3

Below is the exclusive author interview with V.L. Summers.

The Questions:

Let us get to know you:

  1. Where are you from? Does that have any impact on your writing?

    1. I am from St. Louis, MO. And I wouldn’t say it has any impact on my writing. But I am from a small town prior to living currently in St. Louis. So, I wanted to set this story in both a big city and a small town to kind of bring both worlds together.

  2. Do you enjoy reading? If so, who would you say is your favorite author?

    1. I absolutely love reading. I am such a mood (but picky) reader so who my favorite author often changes. I do have my comfort authors whose books I enjoy reading and re-reading such as Laurel K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, LJ Smith, Leigh Bardugo, and Sarah J Maas.

  3. Was there any one moment in your life that made you want to become and author?

    1. The one author who got me into reading and writing was Amelia Atwater Rhodes. She was my escape in Junior and Senior High. She created such amazing worlds, to my young mind, that I knew I wanted to be just like her.

  4. Do you have any hobbies?

    1. I do have hobbies! Though, I turned it into a career – I am a photographer. I like to joke to tell people it’s my day job while writing is my night job.

  5. How many unfinished novel ideas do you have lying around?

    1. A dozen, maybe more. I always get little snippet ideas and then I’ll hyperfocus on it for a short time before setting it aside. If it comes back to me then I’ll usually try to work more on it.

  6. Are you more of a morning person or a Night owl?

    1. Oh must definitely a night owl. I only function in the mornings if I have to.

  7. If you could change any one thing about our world today, what would it be?

    1. Oh gosh, there is so much that needs to be changed. If I had a say, I'd probably go for boosting empathy all around. You know, getting folks to really understand and feel where others are coming from. Imagine how much smoother things could roll if we all just got each other a bit more. Less drama, more teamwork, and tackling problems together like a bunch of champs.

  8. Does anyone in your family read your books?

    1. No, no, no, I hope no one in my family ever reads my books haha!

A bit about your writing:

  1. How do you go about writing? Are you a planner or do you just write?

    1. I would say I’m a planner, I like to have a guideline of what happens in my story and then I will write. And re-write.

  2. How do you come up with your characters? Are any of them inspired by people in your life?

    1. I take inspiration from everywhere – TV, Books, Real Life people. For example, when I came up with Olivia, I immediately knew her inspiration appearance-wise would be Jessica Chastain.

  3. Knowing this is your first published book, could you tell us a little about the journey from beginning to end? How do you feel now that it’s finally out there?

    1. Ha! I feel like I’m still on the journey honestly. Self-publishing seems to be a learn as you go kind of journey. And sometimes you mess up along the way. You are having to hire your own book cover artist, editor, pay the publishing fees, and even pay for your author copies. Then you’ve got beta readers and ARC readers. Honestly, it was a long to keep track up and so I had made myself this list as I went along. Now that my book is out there, I feel a sense of relief and that I can just breathe now.

  4. What do you find to be the most difficult part about writing? The easiest?

    1. Oh, the planning and editing of it all is the most difficult, for me at least. I am a big-picture kind of writer, which is funny because in life, I am the person who notices those small details. But in writing, I can see the bigger picture or the big scenes, like in my head? Like it’s a movie playing. But after getting those down, I tend to struggle with the scenes that are just as important and connect them all.

  5. What comes first, plot or characters?

    1. I would have to say plot. Even the tiniest of plot ideas works and then I put a main character into it that I feel would be best suited for the idea. A lot times that character changes a lot as the plot expands and develops.

  6. Do you prefer writing and planning all digitally or do you keep some notes and drafts on paper?

    1. All digitally for sure. Occasionally, I will write some notes down on paper but I live in a house with kids and often times, paper disappears for coloring, ha!

  7. Is there any writing advice you would like to give to a writer working on their first novel?

    1. Write it messy! Sometimes the best ideas or dialogue comes from writing that first draft or even second draft as messy as possible.

  8. Why did you choose to self-publish your books?

    1. Honestly, I woke up and decided that self-publishing was the best route for me. Plus, you kind of get that control over your work. The downside is you are doing it all on your own, though. I do hope to try traditional publishing one day.

  9. What led you to writing in the urban fantasy/ Paranormal romance genre?

    1. Oh, it’s my favorite genre to read and the genre that got me into reading in the first place. So it’s my comfort genre that’s so easy for me to slip right into.

Book Specific:

  1. Who designed your book cover?

    1. The original cover, I made wholly myself. The new cover, I had reached out to someone on fiverr to create some concepts. I took their concepts, with their permission and source files, of course, and created the cover that is now on the book. So I’d say it’s a collaboration.

  2. Do you have a favorite character? Scene?

    1. Oh, wholeheartedly, Xavier. And his scene with Olivia in his penthouse. I think you know what line I’m referring to 😉

  3. One of the things I loved about your book is that our FMC is an older woman, 40 to be precise, why did you decide to make her more advanced in age than other books where our heroine is often 18-25?

    1. Relatability in truth. I’m 35. There was a time in my life that I could read heroines in that 18-25 age range but that time has passed. And I wanted someone I could relate to. I saw that there were rarely any heroines that age and I decided I would fill that hole.

  4. Were there any parts of the novel you found challenging to write?

    1. Does all of it count? Haha. No, I would say that nailing that romantic tension between Nathan and Olivia was the most challenging because I wanted it to be this slow burn thing, and I found those to be challenging.

  5. One thing that I was curious about is you mentioned Jessica (Olivia’s Daughter) was also entering a field that would have her working with the police, will she have a more important role in later books?

    1. Much to Olivia’s dismay, that is the plan that Jessica will be more involved with police work and the supernatural world.

  6. So, you gave us some options on the love interests, do you think that you’ll end up with a why choose situation where our girl Olivia gets both hotties? Or will she have to make a choice?

a. Oh this is most definitely a why choose. But I also say that and know that sometimes, characters have a mind of their own. So while the plan is Why Choose, who knows where Olivia will take us 😉


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