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For the month of August, The Review Board bring you an Author Spotlight with Ms. Vicki Lasage, author of the “Confessions Series”.
Please, sit back and enjoy!
At what age did you begin writing and what was your first written piece?
At age 7, I penned the literary masterpiece known as Stripe the Raccoon. Coming in at almost five pages, it destined to be an international success. But then my mom’s printer jammed and I was only able to print off ten copies. I’m pretty sure she still has them.
I have met a few authors who did not take too kindly to English Classes during their school years. What are/were your views and experiences with your English Classes?
I loved every class in school. I’m more of a math nerd, but I did still enjoy English class. The only thing I didn’t like was reading old, dusty books. So I skipped Heart of Darkness (the school’s loaner copy had a surprising amount of dust for such a small book!) and fudged my way through the required essay on it. Got an A-.
Reading your “Confessions” series, I have become a HUGE FAN of your adventures! For those who do not know, what prompted your decision to move to France?
As the French would say, “Why not”? I was newly single and unceremoniously dumped from my job. What better time to pack up for a new life in a foreign country?
When you arrived to your new destination and now residence, what similarities did you discover there if/when you thought about the United States?
People eat, commute, work, and sleep just like we do in the US but it’s all somehow different. A big part of that is the fact that I come from the suburbs in the Midwest, so moving to a big city in Europe was really a change for me. It’s like, they have coffee, but it’s really small. They have cars, but they’re really small. They have food in restaurants, but the portions are really small. So I guess actually a lot of things are similar, just smaller!
What would you say, during all of the amazing and intriguing things you have experienced in your life, what are some of the items that stand out the most in your mind?
Getting married in Paris was a biggie. The wedding itself was awesome (my family still raves about it) and of course I’m thrilled to have snagged a handsome French guy for a husband. The administration leading up to it was classical French bureaucracy, really giving me the full experience.
Apart from that, drinking absinthe in Prague was another pretty awesome experience, but I’m saving that story for a future book!
Do you plan on writing more “Confessions” for your growing fan base?
Yes! In fact, I just released Christmas Confessions and Cocktails, which includes essays with a tenuous tie to Christmas, and each one is paired with a delicious cocktail recipe. I have three more books in the works, but I’m keeping those under wraps for now!
Do you have any other projects on which you are working?
In addition to my own writing, I co-founded a boutique publishing house, Velvet Morning Press, along with fellow author Adria J. Cimino. Our goal is to publish other authors and help launch their careers. We figured we should put all our writing, editing, marketing, and publishing knowledge to good use and help indie authors. It’s been a blast, though I’m still trying to figure out how to squeeze more than 24 hours out of a day.
What were some of the challenges that you have faced overall in regards to your books, and how did you overcome those challenges?
Getting my books in front of people, which I think is a struggle for almost every indie author. I’ve been fortunate to have a team of people help me with the editing, cover design, and formatting so that I can present a polished series of books without going bankrupt. But once those books are finished, how do I get them in front of people who want to read them? I enjoy researching the publishing market and I try to stay on top of the latest trends. I’ll test out new ideas on my own books and then take the best ones and use them on the books we publish via Velvet Morning Press. The market is always changing so it’s a challenge to keep up, but it’s what I love doing!
What advice would you give to up and coming as well as experienced and established authors and writers?
Don’t procrastinate! If you’re planning to write another book, do it now! If you haven’t finished your first book, get cracking! Stay on top of your projects so that you’re ready to take on any new opportunities that arise. Maybe you’ll see an invitation to submit to an anthology that you’d love to jump on–you can do it if you’re not bogged down with a million other tasks. Or maybe a group of authors wants to do a joint giveaway and asks you to participate. Will you have time to prepare your materials and promote it? As I said above, the market is changing quickly and you need to be ready to jump on the next (good) opportunity to get your books in front of readers!
How may we get in contact with you as far as learning more about you and where to purchase your books?
Could you give us a bit of French Wisdom for if/when we would like to visit The Romance Capital of the World?
There is so much to do in the City of Light. How can you do it all? Answer: Don’t. Pick a few things that are really important to you, and then fill the rest of your time by wandering the streets, stopping off at a café whenever the mood strikes. You’ll stumble on a cute restaurant or an exhibition at a museum that you wouldn’t have otherwise found. No matter what you do, Paris is awesome so you’re pretty much guaranteed a good time!
Also, while no one expects you to learn the entire French language before coming, learning how to say please (“s’il vous plait”) and thank you (“merci”) is always useful. And when you enter a store or restaurant, always say “Bonjour!” to whoever’s working and you’ll immediately give a good impression. Bon voyage!
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