Welcome, Vicki Batman!

Pens, Paws, and Claws would like to welcome Vicki Batman to the blog!

Tell our readers a little about yourself and your writing. I’m Vicki Batman and for about thirteen years, I’ve been writing romantic comedy mysteries and short stories. A friend pushed me into writing, and I’ve worked hard to get published. I belong to several chapters within RWA, and Guppies.

Tell us about your pets. Are any of them models for pets in your writing? I had two kitties, a gray prima donna named Romper who loved Handsome, and her sister, a velvety beige and brown tabby who loved me, named Scooter. Mostly, we called them Scoo and Roo. Eight years ago, we adopted two adora-poos, smokey-colored Jones (like in Indiana Jones), and a white alpha male, little Champ. It’s too much fun to include my buds in my stories.

What writing projects are you currently working on? Currently, I’m working on Temporarily Out of Luck, book 3 in the Hattie Cooks mystery series. (*eyes rolling* cause it is driving me crazy!), Romeo and Julietta, a Christmas Story featuring characters named after the doomed Shakespeare duo, and Pixie Trixie, a contemporary romance with paranormal elements.

Who is your favorite author and why? I can’t name just one!! I cut my teeth on reading mysteries like the Bobbsey Twins and Trixie Belden. In fact, I would have traded my sisters for Trixie’s brothers in a New York second.  I swooned over Dick Francis. Toss in these goodies: Mary Stewart, P. D. James, Elizabeth George, Julia Spencer Fleming, Janet E., Sophie Kinsella, M. M. Kaye. When I discovered books that incorporated a lot of humor, I fell for them, too. Because life is funny.

Did you have childhood pets? If so, tell us about them. My first was a huge gray tabby, Smokey, because gray is the color of smoke. Then I had a brown tabby named Mischief. My sister had a golden hamster named Honey. We got a kick out of the cats watching the hamster run on its wheel.

Why do you include animals in your writing? People have pets. It’s a fact and without them, my characters would be one dimensional.

When did you know you were a writer? And how did you know? I felt validated as a writer when I sold my first short story. Then I sold thirteen in a row to the True magazines. That’s when Handsome said, “I guess you are a writer.” LOL. I wanted to strangle him.

What’s the number one item on your bucket list and why? To go to Machu Pichu. Because it was lost, then found. A challenge to get to and I like challenges like that. But truly, doing anything with Handsome is fun.

What’s in your “To Be Read” (TBR) pile right now? And how many TBR piles do you have? I have several shelves of TBR, some of which are romantic suspense, mysteries, contemporary and historical romance. I also have a drawer by my bed with books to read. I love to read and having a book is having a best friend.

What are two things you know now that you wish you knew when you started writing? 1/ You have to do it your own way. 2/ Persistence. Persistence. Persistence

Vicky’s Biography: Award-winning and Amazon best-selling author, Vicki Batman, has sold many romantic comedy works to magazines, several publishers, and most recently, two romantic comedy mysteries to The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Choc-a-holic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??”

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Heather Weidner

Heather Weidner, a member of SinC – Central Virginia and Guppies, is the author of the Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries, SECRET LIVES AND PRIVATE EYES and THE TULIP SHIRT MURDERS. Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series and 50 SHADES OF CABERNET. Heather lives in Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers and has been a mystery fan since Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew. Some of her life experience comes from being a technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, IT manager, and cop’s kid. She blogs at Pens, Paws, and Claws.

14 thoughts on “Welcome, Vicki Batman!”

  1. Wonderful post! I love the doggies. You have to have humor in life because if you don’t God will do something to make you laugh! It’s the motto I live by! All the best!

    1. Thank you, Melissa! And those Adora-poos crack us up all the time. Champ loves to fetch. Jones buries his head in blankets and rubs his nose.

  2. The poos are sooooo cute! “Pixie Trixie” would be a great character name for a pet in one of your novels (smile!).

    1. Hi, Angela! They are pretty adorable and Champ will always be like a two-year old and Jones plain ol’ silly boy. We do love having them around. I love the name Pixie Trixie and I hope I can write the story right. Hugs for you.

  3. Ha, I loved Trixie Beldon books when I was a kid, too. 🙂 Delightful to read about your pets, Vicki! I have a houseful, too, and today has (so far) been one of those days when balancing meeting their attention-seeking demands and getting work done seem to be conflicting….

    1. Hi, Emerald! So nice to see you today. When Champ and Jones were so little, I had to instigate nap time, otherwise, I would have never been able to write or do anything. They took to it and to this day, still have a nap. LOL Hugs, vb

  4. Hi Vicki. Your pets are certainly ‘ador’able! Sounds like the provide lots of entertainment. And I admire the fact you can work on more than one story at a time!!

    1. Hi, Barbara! Sometimes, I can work on more than one story, but that is the story. I had hoped to get my third mystery out this past year, but life happened. So I did what I had to do last year, but since then, back to the book. I’d like to turn it in soon. Thanks for visiting with me today.

  5. It’s great to meet you, and I love your website. You have a new follower, and I can’t wait to read some of your books. Your writer’s inspirational section looks great as well.

    1. Hi, Sheryl! Thank you so much. When I set up my website years ago, I struggled to figure out a theme. A friend said what do you love. Easy peasy. Handbags and Books. I like crafting too but made that the Whatever. lol

      As for the inspirational quotes, I belong to a group called #UpbeatAuthors. Every Monday we have a different theme and create blogs, tweets, graphics, whatever to convey that thought. I like it too.

      Have fun reading!!!

    1. Hi, Heather! So nice to meet you too. The adora-poos are supposed to be Malti-poos. But it is obvious Jones has a lot more poodle traits and Champ has more Maltese. We have no idea if they are true brothers or not. We do know Jones just loves Champ, unless Champ is too darn annoying. LOL

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