Interview with Vicki Hinze

I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to introduce fellow Belle Books author: Vicki Hinze. She’s an interesting person and great author. So read on, my friends…

What parts of you and your background feed your imagination?

I’ve always been a “what if” and “why” kind of person, with one foot planted in the clouds and the other firmly on the ground. My imagination is active. It seems natural to spin out scenarios—my mother and I played games like that when I was a child. My favorite part was to take the illogical and impossible and make it not only possible but believable and almost inevitable.

I guess those things, going back so far into my past, are so deeply ingrained, I’d feel naked without them.

Tell us a little about the very first story you remember writing?

It was a story about a bird who couldn’t fly because she was a tiny girl bird deemed too fragile to fly. She discovered she wasn’t fragile but strong, and that she could fly (or do anything she wanted) if she worked at learning how. At the end, she learned and soared!

Creative people are often creative in other ways, besides writing what else does the muse encourage you to do?

I used to do oil paintings. Flowers and landscapes mostly. I have a serious fondness for irises. And—don’t laugh—I love remodeling. There’s something powerful about knocking down walls. I have admittedly gotten carried away with one project after another until Hubby pled with me for a six-month moratorium. I agreed, but boy was it hard.

What genre(s) do you like to write?

I like them all, except horror, and have written in them all, except horror. My favorite is a hybrid novel with elements of suspense, mystery and romance. If a book has all three, I’m in heaven writing it—or reading it.

Tell us a little about your novel, its plot and the main character(s).

Beyond the Misty Shore is a light paranormal romance. (Romance, suspense and mystery, of course, with a light paranormal element for extra fun.) It’s about TJ MacGregor and Maggie Wright, who discover at Seascape Inn in Maine that they’re linked by an accident that caused the death of Maggie’s cousin and TJ’s fiancé. TJ doesn’t want a relationship with Maggie, and feels himself falling for her, but he’s unable to leave the inn. He’s held their by supernatural forces, though he doesn’t know why. Neither does Maggie, who doubts his being held there isn’t a trick of the mind until she witnesses TJ’s challenge firsthand. Both are wounded, broken, and struggling to find their feet. And forces conspire at the inn to offer them the chance to heal and find not just their feet but their hearts.

Many have said they found the story uplifting and inspiring. That’s how it struck me, too. I love the Seascape books.

Are any of the characters like you and if so in what way?

I’m chuckling here, wondering at the wisdom of admitting it. In their own way, they’re skeptics and stubborn, slow to be convinced and to change their minds. I think we’re alike in those things, but I honestly don’t think those things are bad. Actually, they can be amusing. I found myself amused often writing these two and then again later when reading them.

What genre(s) or author(s) do you like to read?

Suspense, romance and mystery genres. And thrillers. Love thrillers, provided they’re not gory. I don’t like gore. But the books that worm into my heart are healing books with elements of suspense, mystery and romance. Love those immensely.

Where and when do you find the best ideas or inspiration for your stories?

Ideas are everywhere! Boardrooms, bathrooms, overheard snippets of conversations overheard anywhere. My best ideas seem to come when I’m a) in the shower. Naturally, you don’t have a pen there, right? And b) grocery stores. Which proves God has a sense of humor because I don’t cook. If I’m stuck, I go to the grocery store. Ideas are all over there. And if none are the right ideas for what I’m after, I go to my kitchen table.

Growing up, my dad told me that 99% of genius was created at the kitchen table. So if I can’t see my way ahead (in writing or life), I go to the kitchen table to seek answers. They come. I’m not sure if it’s because I believe they will or because I’m so focused on finding answers when I’m there, but they always come.

If there was a message you could share with other writers what would it be?

If you can quit writing, do it. If you love it, you won’t be able to quit, and that’s the fastest way to find out if you’re a writer. Writing demands sacrifices—a lot of them—so you need to know quickly whether or not in it you’ll find and follow your bliss. This is the shortest route to doing so I’ve found.

Where can readers go to learn more about you and your work?

To my website. http://www.vickihinze.com. There you’ll find all kinds of information, chapter previews, blogs, newsletters, videos, and podcasts. More than even my mother would want to know. J

Thanks so much for your interest in me and my books. I hope you’ll enjoy all three of the Seascape novels.

After I’d written the first one, I received a number of letters from readers wanting to book a trip to Seascape Inn. I have to tell you, I’ve felt that way myself many times.

(It’s my pleasure, Vicki!)

Vicki_HinzeRaised in New Orleans, Vicki Hinze began writing before Kindergarten but her journey to writing books included a lot of corporate pitstops. Eventually, she settled in and her first novel landed an array of awards and on the bestseller list. With nearly 40 books published, she’s been back many times with awards in multiple genres and appearances on multiple bestseller lists, including USA TODAY. Vicki is recognized by Who’s Who in the World as an author and an educator and is best known for chilling suspense, trailblazing, and creating series that genre-blend. Her works include suspense, mystery and romance. Since 1994, this former VP of International Thriller Writers has written heavily about military and military families and in nearly all genres except horror. Hinze is a Floridian married to a former Hurricane Hunter/Special Operations Officer. She constantly pushes the boundaries on existing genres, opening the door for new novel blends.

Read all about mystery, thriller author L.C. Hayden.

Please help me welcome L.C. Hayden author of not only mysteries and thrillers, but inspirational novels, too. Keep an eye out for her, she has many more stories she’s longing to tell.

What parts of you and your background feed your imagination? The right part of my brain (yes, I do have one!) or the left part of the brain—the one that is the creative part feeds my imagination. The other part of the brain laughs at it.

I love to travel and that often fuels the imagination. I look at places not only for their beauty or serenity, but for what crime—most foul—can be committed here.

Tell us a little about the very first story you remember writing? I was still a kid, back then. Being a pre-teen, my main interest was romance. It was a typical romance: boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, etc. At each stage my sister, two years older than I, would be reading the story. Then came the ending: boy dies. My sister got real mad at me and started chasing me around the house. I ran around screaming. Although I think we were both half-joking, our mom took it seriously and both my sister and I were grounded. I gave up writing romances. My characters still die, but it’s okay because now they’re murdered.

Creative people are often creative in other ways, besides writing what else does the muse encourage you to do? Aye, bummer, no one told me about this one. I got left out.

Actually, I do love anything artsy. Drawing, painting, building things with my hands, etc. I also love to act (see how good I am? I convinced my mom that my sister and I were really mad at each other!) I also love to sing and when I do, people’s eyes open wide, stare at me, and tell me to shut up!

What genre(s) do you like to write? Mostly mysteries. I do the thrizy—or whatever that genre is: a combination of a thriller and a cozy. However, I’ve also have had two inspirational books published, one along the lines of Hallmark Hall of Fame (reviewers have mentioned this) and the other one is a nonfiction titled When Angels Touch You. I’ve also did a horror novel and plan to do children’s books.

Tell us a little about your novel, its plot and the main character(s). My latest release is When Death Intervenes which features my recurring sleuth, Harry Bronson, a retired Dallas Police Detective. In this novel, Linda Randig is on the run when she meets Bronson. Her parents and husband have been murdered and someone is threatening to kill her son and grandson unless she drives cross country to Minnesota for some undisclosed reason. Bronson’s suggestion to aid Linda takes him on a trip that brings him face-to-face with a serial killer who leaves a trail of violence for Bronson to follow. Bronson reunites with his former partner Mike Hoover and they discover a web of lies and secrets based on a blatant impossibility. In the meantime, the body count builds to a frenzy, while Bronson and Hoover delve through a mass of lies and deception to discover the killer’s link to a multi-million dollar scam and blackmail. What they find not only shocks Bronson and Hoover, but could also easily get them killed.

As always, Bronson, a unique detective, finds clever ways to solve the problems he faces. In When Death Intervenes, Bronson uses ketchup and a shower ring to escape the killer’s den. To find out how, read When Death Intervenes.

Are any of the characters like you and if so in what way? Exactly like me. My series character is Harry Bronson (he=male; I=female) He’s big and strong; I’m tiny and weak. He loves coffee; I don’t drink coffee. Bronson has a quirky sense of humor, but not me. Uh huh. I’m the serious kind. See? We’re exactly alike.

On a serious note—make it a b flat—Bronson is retired and so am I. He travels in a motor home solving mysteries wherever he goes; I have a motor home and I create mysteries wherever I go.

I’m starting a new series and that character is Aimee Brent. She loves to drink half-Coke and half-Diet Coke—which is my kind of a mixed drink.

What genre(s) or author(s) do you like to read? Love to read mysteries: thrillers, noir—almost no cozies, but I do read some. I also love to read inspirational. My favorite kind of authors? Five Star Authors!

Where and when do you find the best ideas or inspiration for your stories? I usually try to get the ideas or inspirations at WallMart when they’re on sale.

Otherwise, a walk in nature—whether it be a city park or a cool path winding around a lake. Sometimes I lie in bed and let my mind soar.

If there was a message you could share with other writers what would it be? Enjoy every step of writing. Write to please yourself, but at the same time, keep the reader in mind. But above all, never, ever, give up. The road to writing is paved with rejection. Believe in yourself and your work and keep on writing.

Where can readers go to learn more about you and your work? In my dream world, there’s a huge L. C. Hayden Museum and it tells you all about me and my (so far) ten books. But in the meantime, please check out my website at http://www.lchayden.com

Any extra comments? Yes, thanks for the interview. I had a blast doing this. Now I have to go pick up all of the L. C. Hayden pieces and put me back together again. It was one heck of a blast!

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