Thank you to Claire Plaisted, writer of Adult Romance, Regency, Detective, Erotic, Young Adult, Sci-fi, Paranormal, Thriller, and Young Children's adventur, for tagging me to join in this blog tour. You can check out Claire and get to know her here https://claireplaisted.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/my-lovely-blog-blog-tour-2/
VIRGINIA'S FIRST MEMORIES
Children’s fairy tales and imaginary friends were the building blocks that started this writer on a path to where she is today.
I have so much to be thankful for but I would not be at this place in my life today if not for some pretty remarkable influences that charted my path. The first is my sister Anna, who started the whole fairy tale business in the first place. The stories she would read to me were a ride that I never got off of. Alice in wonderland is still my favorite escape of all time.
From childhood, through the teen years then on to Anne Rice, and my first vampire love Lestat. Growing up and living in New Orleans, what can I say, it is the perfect place to hone the paranormal fantasy mind and this legendary woman and her Vampire Chronicles fueled my imagination.
I began to write, but was too self conscious to share my stories, so I wrote for me. Time passed, works were put away and life went on, until Hurricane Katrina. The curse to so many was a blessing in disguise for me, though at the time I didn’t think so. She blew into town, destroyed my business and my farm, then moved me north, to Alabama, then to the Georgia mountains.
That decision changed my life and rekindled my love for writing.
My imagination knows no boundaries and I love fantasy, so writing it seemed the thing to do. I really don’t have an answer as to how the idea came to me, it just did. It usually starts with a character or characters and then the theme of the story seems to fall into place. THEY LIVE! Lol, that’s kind of, what happens.
My favorite writers are Dean Koontz and Stephen King and Anne Rice. I know, huh. I bet you didn’t see that coming. Lightning, for Koontz, and It, for Stephen King. They keep you on the edge of your seat or the light on. I also love Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.
I also read some of the newer authors making their mark out there when I can, like when I’m taking a break from writing. Check out my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.
Virginia's Libraries and Book Stores.
One of my favorites is the Chattanooga Library
It has a hometown feel but is chock full of life, history and great books. The other is the New Orleans Milton Latter Branch, a beautiful place just to sit. Hey, I love Barnes and Noble. What can I say
Virginia about Learning
I was okay in school. to many distractions and a boyfriend (now hubby) going to Viet Nam but I loved art and was pretty good at it. Loved writing but hated English, lol. I learned to love 'learning' when I got older. Now I learn all I can.
Hmmm, lots there! I love gardening. I am a landscape architect, Hurricane Katrina retired me. Love horses. I used to breed show and halter Quarter Horses. I love animals and most people. I try to find the good in everyone, and I LOVE fantasy. It's a daydreamer's world of escape and that is how I became a writer.
Thanks for stopping by the Lovely Blog Tour and we hope you will continue to follow us on our journey. I’m passing the baton to these wonderful authors who I met via social media and who support Indie authors in their endeavors to give readers a world to go to when they want their own escape.
First up is the awesome Karli Rush!
buy Karli's books here: http://www.amazon.com/Karli-Rush/e/B007DJNOMW/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1