So occasionally a reader will email or message me with a question. A lot of the time these questions are the same: related to specific books or characters, or about writing in general. But sometimes they are off the wall and funny. So I thought I would take the time, as I strategically prepare to release REALLY BIG NEWS, (Font shouting again, damn it. You guys are welcome to font shout at me in the comments. I can't seem to stop!) to answer some of these questions. I might even make it a regular thing. Who knows? If any of you have questions or comments for me, feel free to leave them below in the comments section or email them to me at vickikeire (at) gmail (dot) com. If I select your question or comment, you will win a prize! What kind of prize? Hmm. It will vary, depending on availability and/or time. How about: free books, swag, surprises in the mail, music, special badges, shout outs in things I am writing.... or whatever else I can think up. Okay then. (Rolls up sleeves and rummages in virtual bag.)
1. Do you really live on a llama farm?
Answer: Yes, I really do live on a llama farm. It's in Central Florida, and has been in my family for years. It's on one of the smaller lakes surrounding massive Lake Weir. Living by the lake is beautiful and means we can jump off the pier and go swimming any time we want. And so can the llamas. Except for the jumping part. I don't think I've ever seen a llama jump, except to get out of my way. They just kind of wade in, fighting the brush that lines the beach. They eat the leaves from the grapefruit and lychee trees, and the wild melons in the fields we no longer use. Once there were chickens, but some kind of chicken apocalypse happened, and they are with us no longer. I don't know the details- it happened when my sister was living here- and am content to remain ignorant, because a chicken apocalypse is a sad, sad thing. There are many more interesting things about life on the llama farm, but I am saving them for a big epic llama farm post all of its very own, so that's all I'll say for now.
2. Where can I buy your books?
Please don't hate me, but remember that REALLY BIG NEWS I font shouted earlier? It has to do with that. So I can't say too much yet. But soon. Like, a couple of emails soon. There will be changes- amazing, exciting, chocolate unicorn awesome type changes in how and where you can buy my books. I am working out a pr schedule as we speak (er... blog???), and expect to make the big announcement within a couple of days.
3. I love Asheroth and would love to see him get his own book.
Okay, so that is a comment, but I get it a lot. And I agree. I love Asheroth, too. He is, in fact, my favorite character I've ever created. Or rather I get the feeling he chose to let me create him, and I am a better and lucky writer for it. I want to secretly book-marry him. So how can I not give him his own book? I currently have a novella planned out for him, but knowing Asheroth, it will be Game of Thrones epic before he is done with me. Asheroth's story is sweeping, progresses through history, gets caught in a revolution, battles good and evil, and involves tragic but eternal love. I've loved planning and writing it. I've gotten to research the Russian student revolutions of the late 1800s, immigration through Ellis Island, the Roaring Twenties... you'll be able to read the first chapter at the very end of Blood Redemption.
There are more questions, but I'm already tired. I suck, I know. I ate too many Star Wars cupcakes. (They have mini light sabers on them. I can report that the Dark Side of the Force tastes just as delicious as the Light Side.) I'll get around to another mail bag session soon. Thanks! -V