VLZ, author of cozy mystery suspense thrillers for teens and adults, VLZ’s tales of woe will keep readers on their toes and glued to the pages until the very end, the last word spoken, the last line written. If you love a tight mystery with ups and downs, stories sure to delight the senses, then you will love the tales VLZ has created for around the campfire. Born the last child of TEN children, VLZ has always been a storyteller from a very early age, when only a pencil and a scrap piece of paper was all she could get her hands on. A survivor of such tribulations as Polio and Tuberculosis, VLZ managed to strive with great enthusiasm, having a high spirit and a loving family of constant siblings at her side. She loves children, teens with soaring heights of imagination, all animals, the arts and cinema, and is a card player of Rummy, mostly with her sibling sisters. VLZ’s heartfelt desire is captivated in her writings, and she hopes to give her readers an escape from the hustle of everyday life, if even for an hour or two, so the reader can laugh, suck in a breath or two of wtf, be utterly entertained with bits of information she, herself, has learned along the way. She is a long time fan of King, Koontz, Patterson, Christie, and most importantly, the late great Alfred Hitchcock, who was an inspiration in the early years before horror and terror was ever excepted as an art. VLZ weaves into her storytelling aspects of realism tied with fiction.
What inspires you to write?
My entire whole being of my soul…
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process: A voice comes from out of nowhere, suggesting storylines, plot lines, characterizations, beginning filters, then wraps suspense in the mix, leaving bread crumbs of insightful advice and tidbits of learned life lessons. The endings come in different intervals, sometimes at the very beginning of my tall-tale, or in the midst of the tale, and even sometimes, at the very end. It all depends on the characters in the story line, what, who, and where they are heading. I do-do posted notes to keep abreast of time line facts; and not much, but some research is essential for a certain point of view. Fiction is fun. You get to be the driver, mixing reality with fairy dust, that life force inherently instilled in our childhood, but what we loose into adulthood, unless of course, we, me, you, keep exercising that gift given and don’t let it rot and spoil while transferring into becoming an adult without imagination.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen. I discuss. I confirm. I imagine scenarios as to what ifs, leaving my senses open to real information that can be crossed with fantasy, those possibilities that all things are indeed very possible.
Who are your favorite authors?
King. Koontz. Patterson. Christie. I loved Grace Metallica’s, Peyton Place; at the time it was a very controversial read amongst teens, as well as adults, when such content was unheard of.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Well, I went to several, and I mean, several large houses, not to mention names, but rejections of course are of the norm, especially if you are an unknown, no matter how well you are written. It was very costly of course, because there was no internet then. Then I took a break, lived some life, returned to writing, grabbed hold of a traditional house, and that was okay, but then this amazing concept of self-publishing arose and what a weight off of my shoulders and wallet… I love the self-publishing aspect writers of today have. The avenue is wide open for all who inspire to write. The only problem I have with all of this is, reviews, peoples opinions, and those mindless who only go on others opinions, because they seem not to think for themselves. I say to you, forget those reviews as a whole on judging an author. Take up the samples given to you and read for yourself and then make a clean conscientious decision based on your idea as to what you like.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Audio and Ebook, the best ever. Less clutter. BUT… still have a place on the shelf for Hardcovers.
What genres do you write?
fictional based mystery suspense thrillers
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook