Today, I’m interviewing Vickie Phelps, a woman who has published over 200 articles in both regional and national magazines. She has also published five gift books with Barbour Publishing and is the co-author with Jo Huddleston of How to Write for the Christian Marketplace and Simply Christmas. Her latest work is the novel Postmark from the Past.
Jim: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Vickie: I’m a native Texan who has never had a desire to live anywhere else. I love books and spent eighteen years working in bookselling. I live with my husband and one very spoiled schnauzer.
Jim: How long have you been writing?
Vickie: I started writing for publication in the 80s. I sold my first short magazine piece in 1989.
Jim: What do you enjoy most about writing?
Vickie: The chance to express my thoughts through words that will touch others where they live. Writing is hard work, but when someone tells you that your story or article met a need in their life, it’s all worth it.
Jim: Do you have a set schedule for writing?
Vickie: I do my best to show up at my desk every morning at least five days a week. I don’t have a certain word count to meet each day, but I do write and revise or work on marketing for at least three to four hours.
Jim: Tell us about your novel, Postmark from the Past.
Vickie: It’s the story of Emily Patterson, a thirty-nine-year old single woman who doesn’t believe in miracles. It’s the Christmas season and she’s lonely. But then a strange envelope shows up in her mailbox. She thinks it’s just her first Christmas card of the season, but it’s much more than that. A man named Mark expresses his love for her. The only problem is that she doesn’t know who Mark is. And the envelope has no return address. From that point on, life as Emily knows it, is changed forever.
Jim: Wow. I like the sound of that. Where can readers (and I) find your novel?
Vickie: Postmark from the Past is available at www.crossrivermedia.com, or can be ordered from your favorite bookstore.
Jim: Okay, I’m on it. Are you working on a new book?
Vickie: I’m in the process of revising another novel about a man on a mission to find his uncle who disappeared without a word forty years earlier.
Jim: I like the sound of that one, too. But, right now, give us a site where we can learn even more about you.
Vickie: Visit http://www.vickiephelps.com to learn more about me as an author, writer, and booklover. You can also connect with me on social media at www.facebook.com/VickieSPhelps, on Twitter at www.twitter@VickieSPhelps, www.linkedin.com/in/VickieSPhelps and www.pinterest.com/Vicphel
Jim: I sneaked over to www.crossrivermedia.com and found that Vickie was the featured author today. You guys take a look and see if she is still the featured one. And leave her a comment if you have a moment. Thanks.