Vicki Batman, an author who combines romantic comedy and mystery, is our guest today with her book, Temporarily Employed.
May I pour you a cup of coffee, Vicki?
VICKI: Honestly, I don't drink coffee. I wasn't raised with it either. I drink a lot of milk and diet Dr. Pepper!
Ally: No problem. I'll grab something from the fridge while you introduce yourself to readers.
Like some of her characters, award-winning author, Vicki Batman has worked a wide variety of jobs including lifeguard, ride attendant at an amusement park; a hardware store, department store, book store, antique store clerk; administrative assistant in an international real estate firm; and a general “do anything gal” at a financial services firm--the list is endless, giving her plenty of crazy material for her writing.
Writing for several years, she has completed three manuscripts, written essays, and sold many short stories. She is a member of RWA and several writing groups and chapters. In 2004, she joined DARA and has served in many capacities, including 2009 President. DARA awarded her the Robin Teer Memorial Service Award in 2010. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking "What if??"
You also asked for something unusual that wasn't in my bio: Once Upon a Time, I was Ms. Oak Lawn Moped.
Find Vicki at:
Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman
VICKI: I write romantic comedy and romantic comedy mystery. I grew up reading mysteries, devoured them. At age 14, I discovered romance and read those pretty quickly too. I didn't even know I said funny things until a friend told me. I'd always admired the banter in old movies like The Thin Man. A combination of romance, mystery, and funny equals me and my writing.
Ally: Do you outline? If not, how do you keep track of things?
VICKI: I don't outline. I go by Opening hook, Black Moment, and Ending. Then toss lots of good things in. With a book, however, I do keep some character information, setting, and a timeline.
Ally: Do you ever write to music?
VICKI: I write to classical guitar. There are no words to mess with my head! Give me lyrics and I start singing. The only exception is at Christmas time and I rock away then.
Ally: When and why did you go from writing just for fun to thinking you might try publication?
VICKI: After I showed an early draft to my friend and she said to keep going, I did. I couldn't stop. Yet, I wanted to get better at my craft. So I found RWA and my local chapter. It seemed natural to want to publish my book and eventually my short stories. All the people in my chapter who did so were rather inspiring.
Ally: What's your current work in progress?
VICKI: Temporarily Insane
Ally: Quick Answer Questions
- Favorite movie: The Thin Man
- Last place you went shopping: gas station.
- What author (living or dead) would you like to have lunch with? Dick Francis
- An item on your bucket list: To hike to Machu Pichu
- Would you rather have a new car or a piece of jewelry of equal value? New car, specifically a new Jeep.
Paperback release date: October 3, 2014
Ebook release date: October 17, 2014
Hattie Cook's dream job is down the toilet and her new SUV violated. Desperate for cash to cover the basic necessities of rent and food, she takes a temporary job at Buy Rite Insurance Company where she uncovers an embezzling scam tied to the death of a former employee--the very one she replaced. The last thing she wants is to clash with By-the-Book Detective Wellborn, no matter how much he makes her heart pound.
Detective Allan Charles Wellborn has secretly adored Hattie all his life. When the police determine there's more to the death of a former Buy Rite employee, he steps in to lead the investigation. Overly dedicated, always perfect, he puts his job first, even if doing so ultimately hurts the one he loves.
Can the killer be found before Hattie's time is up?
Pretty much covered the whole freakin’ day.
A blinding red-white, red-white strobe, reflected in my brand new Wrangler’s rearview mirror, seized my attention. The police. I tossed my hands skyward, ready to surrender. I shouldn’t have been too surprised. Like I'd commented this a.m. to my roommate, Jenny, “Today, anything’s possible.”
My Bad Day checklist included:
- Crappy job interview, one which might have provided desperately needed income.
- Wore gut-busting panty hose on a hot day which had now worked past my waist and strangled my diaphragm.
- A barely blowing air conditioner indicated something had malfunctioned in my new, fun car.
I stole another glance in the mirror, and with great reluctance, flipped the right turn indicator. My vehicle coasted to a stop on the shoulder of Boston Avenue in my hometown of Sommerville, a nice suburb located between two large cities. Four lanes of cars and trucks zipped by as I sat there where every single one of my family, friends, friends’ friends, and their friends—including Rat Fink Suzanne—would see a police vehicle positioned right behind mine. Gleefully, drivers would chant the “Ha-ha, got you, not me” ditty.
After killing the engine, I flopped back in the seat. Shooting the morons the finger was an idea. Nah. I'm too exhausted to care.
A litany of: "No, not hiring." "Just filled the position." "You're over qualified." "You're under qualified…" tornadoed through my head. Coupled with the intense job search through various outlets like the internet and completing numerous online employment applications, no wonder my body had been depleted of all life force.
Not even a breeze blew to take the edge off the unbearable summertime heat. Tangled wild trees and dry scrubby bushes banked the roadside. The grass had taken on a scorched look. Rolling down the driver’s window, I surveyed my surroundings. Nothing great. Nothing new.
I stole a glance in the side mirror at the policeman who strode purposefully along the shoulder. The gravel crunched under his boots. He looked huge, probably because his uniform, which appeared to be bulked with a bullet-proof vest, made him resemble a buffed-up superhero in size. Exceedingly intimidating.
Sigh. When things went wrong, they were really wrong.
Book Buy Links :
Amazon (ebook and paperback)
Wild Rose Press: Ebook Paperback