Hey, everyone, I’m Vivienne, or Vivi if you prefer. I’m
happy to answer your burning questions about my work.
Hello, Vivi!! It is great having you join us! How long have you been a writer and how did you come to
I’ve been writing professionally for about 3 years now.
Wow, that time has flown by. Before that, though, I would write for fun. Stuff
that should probably never see the light of day, if I could ever find it.
What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?
The best is really getting to put my ideas and thoughts
out there in a tangible way. I get to share my stories and most of the time,
people to seem to love them. As for the worst, I’d have to say marketing. It
takes up a lot of time – time that I could be using to write instead of filling
out endless forms. A necessary evil, I’m afraid.
What inspires you to write?
Life. Things that have happened to me, whether with my
family, friends, or while attending school or work. I have friends, too, who
will tell me a funny story about what their significant other did. After we’re
done laughing I’ll ask if I can use that for a character.
How did you come up with this storyline?
You know what, I don’t remember exactly what inspired
Making Waves. I wanted to show more supernatural creatures in the world than
what you normally see, and I was bored with the usual bears and wolves. So I
got to thinking about mermaids and water horses, which led to a fun, beachy
Eventually, I want to do an entire series of mythological
beings like unicorns and phoenixes.
How did you conduct your research for Making Waves?
I watched a few documentaries on deep sea research and
marine biology. One of my children is a Nat Geo lover, so we spent hours
watching videos about ocean life and the food chain. Between that and movies
like Happy Feet, I cobbled together my own ideas. By the way, if you’re a David
Tennant fan, I recommend Dolphins: Spy in the Pod. He narrates the entire thing
for the BBC and his voice is ear-sex.
What is one of your favorite funny scenes from Making
In this scene, my heroine Alessa is convincing her boss
to expand the resort’s mermaid attraction by including men. I love this scene
because the resort owner is actually a dragon shifter, and they love money.
“If you really want to expand the attraction, you’ll have
Kekoa or one of the other hot guys squeezing into a tail. The ladies want
mermen. We want rippling abs and Adonis belts on display while hot guys perform
their best Michael Phelps impressions.”
Teo rubbed his chin, his eyes lighting up with interest.
Bingo. The girls were going to owe me for this one.
“Teo, do not listen to her. No one wants to see me in a
merman tail,” Kekoa disagreed.
“Rippling abs, Teo. Think of how Marcy loves to touch
yours. Think of the Return on Investment as needy women hemorrhage money to see
I stole a glance at Kekoa to find him glowering at me.
“I win,” I mouthed to him.
No one could change a dragon’s mind once money was
Are reader reviews important to you?
Reviews are important to every author. Not just so we can
qualify for certain promotions or get better views on retailers, but because
they also help me improve. I will go through my bad reviews and make a serious
effort to improve where they say I’m weak.
What do you do when you don’t write?
What’s free time? Kidding.
I spend time with my kids, play with my pet menagerie (I
have two dogs, guinea pigs, a pair of geckos, and a conure who might as well be
a toddler), read, and play video games.
Tell us about your other books?
I started off with dragon shifters and they’ve quickly become
a beloved series. In fact, my newest title – Crush- released today (9/28).
Pssssst, go get it!!
I also have a trio of books featuring some sexy military
vets who are shifters in the same world as my dragons. Sometime this year I
hope to get the next Wild Ops novel written. It will feature Sasha, who is a
Also in the same world, I have werewolves, witches, and
other mythological creatures. You get to meet my hippocampi in Making Waves, as
well as a cameo from a dragon or two.
Thank you so
much for sticking with me. Readers really are why I write and publish. If you
want to know more about me and follow my books, you’re welcome to join my
readers group on Facebook – Vivienne’s Sirens.