JV: Amy, tell me who would play you in a movie?
Hmmm… I’ll go with Tatiana Maslany. I think she has incredible range and could capture everything from my quiet introversion to my passionate nerdom.
JV: Nice! I heard she was in negotiations for a role for Star Wars VII!
Dayjobs before you went renegade?
I spent nine years working in business development doing proposals. I started out in the energy efficiency sector and then moved over to an engineering/architecture firm. As of this posting, I’m in the process of transitioning from the day job into writing full-time!
JV: Do you have a muse?
Is it bad if I say a glass of wine? Haha! Really, though, I draw inspiration from everything around me—real life, TV shows, movies, books. If I get stuck on a story, I recharge my creative batteries by watching or reading something fun. But, a glass of wine can also help get words on the page :-).
JV: Hey, I work with that muse too. She gets around. Write at night?
Yes, I tend to do most of my writing in the evening. I find there are fewer distractions when the world is dark and quiet. Once I’m full-time, though, I hope to work during normal business hours while my husband is at work.
JV: Me too. Kids are asleep, it’s me, my muse and my laptop. Tell me about your current Book:
I just completed Path of Justice (Cadicle) (Volume 6), the sixth volume in my Cadicle space opera series. This was a fun book to write because it had many of the characters from previous volumes but also introduces a new generation.
The Cadicle series follows three generations of the pivotal Sietinen Dynasty as each learns their part in an elaborately orchestrated galactic conflict with a mysterious race who reside in a spatial rift between normal space and subspace. Set concurrent to modern-day Earth in the Taran empire that spans the galaxy, it has a mixture of space adventure, coming-of-age, romance, genetic engineering, political intrigue, and telekinetic abilities.
The series explores the interplay of duty and morality as the main characters balance their roles as Agents in the Tararian Selective Service with their responsibilities to Tararia, the general governing world in the galactic empire.
The series is space opera through and through. I’d put it more as science-fantasy than true science fiction, but that’s consistent with Golden Age space opera. It’s written to appeal to adults and teens alike.
JV: What will you work on next or are you doing multiple projects at once?
I do have several projects going on. While working on the seventh Cadicle installment, I’m also writing a space opera comedy novella, and I’ll soon begin a collaboration project in an established story universe with some other authors.
JV: Where is your favorite place to be when you write?
My go-to is my couch with my laptop. I hope to soon get a proper writing room set up with a standing desk.
JV: I have had a standing desk for the last several years. It’s a life saver. What is your favorite lesson you have learned about the business of writing?
Write several books in a series before you release the first book! I have been playing catch-up for the last two years with Cadicle, and it’s so difficult to maintain any sales momentum when a book is coming out every five months. While that’s fast by traditional publisher standards, many indie authors needs to release every month or two. Next time around I’m going to write several books before I begin publishing so I can get them out in rapid succession.
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JV: Name two of your favorite sci-fi/fantasy themed television shows and tell us what you love about them.
First up has to be the Battlestar Galactica reboot. I know this is one of those shows that’s very polarized love-hate among viewers, but I really enjoyed the psychology of the show about how people handle impossible situations.
The interplay of man and machine is also fascinating.
Another of my all-time favorites is Stargate SG-1. Though I’ve watched everything in the Stargate franchise, SG-1 had such a charming combination of adventure, exploration of moral issues, and humor.
Perfect. I love those both as well. The BSG reboot was really amazing and as for SG-1, that show was on for a decade. Clearly, you are not alone!