Today I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing author Vicky Kaseorg. Keep reading to learn more about Vicky and some of her amazing books.
Me: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
Vicky: I have been writing since I was old enough to hold a pencil. Used to write riveting reviews of the Batman and Robin show. (I loved that show.) (“How will Batman get out of this mess? I don’t know if I can wait till tomorrow.” Move over, Hemmingway!) I am an artist, as well, and the love of both fields led to confusion in college. What to major in? What to do with my life? So I became an occupational therapist, and then a homeschool mom/teacher to my three kids. I taught art, and always wrote, but never for profit. As the kids leaked away, and my responsibilities as mom and homeschool teacher decreased, I found a starving dog on the side of the road. Nursing her back to health, she became vicious, and the next year of my life was spent learning how God uses adversity to teach us wonderful things. I wrote about the (successful) year of rehabilitation of the dog, and published my first book, I’m Listening with a Broken Ear. It was wildly successful, to my shock and delight, and was #1 for the first 2 years since release, and in the top 10 for the first 3 years. That gave me the courage to live my dream, and call myself officially a “writer.”
I’ve been married 34 years to my long-suffering husband, and we have three wonderful kids, 2 old dogs, and a million books. I volunteer as an art teacher at a nursing home, and as a pro-life sidewalk counselor for Cities4life at area abortion centers.
Me: What Genre do you write? What made you decide that you wanted to write in this genre?
Vicky: Lots of different genres. I have a few nonfiction, one novel and working on its sequel, several illustrated kids’ books. My nonfiction are quite varied. One is about a little known battle in WW2, and my most recent is about a radio tower engineer and an incredible engineering feat. It is really one of my favorites because there is a love story, and a tantalizing mystery that no one had solved for 80 years…but in the course of writing the book, little old me solved it!
Me: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Vicky: In utero, I think. I can’t be sure, of course, but that’s my guess.
Me: Do you have any strange writing habits?
Vicky: Yes. I must go on a run first, pick up the house, and write myself into a corner. I don’t know why I do that, but I seem to be constantly writing something that I have no idea how I will twist it into the plot. I guess I like the challenge.
Me: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Vicky: Yes!!! The editing! Hate hate hate hate it. But it must be done, and must be done a thousand times more than you think it needs to be done.
Me: Tell me about your current project
Vicky: This is the sequel to my first novel, “The Bark of the Covenant.” The sequel will take up where Bark left off, with some new quirky characters, and a very deep and important message about the sanctity of life. As in Bark, a dog rescue/shelter will be featured and their no-kill dreams will parallel a young woman’s tragic story. It is also filled with humor, and of course, God.
Vicky: It depends on which book. My dog, Honeybun, from I’m Listening with a Broken Ear is the best dog character. My favorite fictional character is probably Danielle in my current sequel. She is deeply conflicted, and struggling with what she knows to be right, but also knows to be near impossible.
Me: Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Vicky: She is honest in her struggle. She is willing to let the world see that she doesn’t know how she can do what she is being asked to do.
Me: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Vicky: How much I love it. I cannot stop writing. I knew I loved to write, but books are a whole different thing than commenting on how Batman and Robin cause me such angst.
Me: Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
Me: What is the weirdest thing that has ever been said or done to you by a fan?
Vicky: I have never had really creepy things done or said, but I do find it weird that some have said my books “changed their life” Wow. I mean just wow.
Me: What can we expect from you in the future?
Vicky: I don’t really know myself, except that I want to write books that do indeed change lives. I want to glorify God and follow where He leads. None of us really know where that will be.
Me: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Vicky: If you love to write, then just do it. Find something important to say, and say it as well as you can. Don’t be discouraged if success doesn’t come early on (or ever). Know that whenever you are in an endeavor that is “out there” for the public to see, there will be criticism and heartache, and crushing reviews. If you hope for instant success or constant adulation, I would suggest you ditch writing and become an ice-cream truck driver.
Me: Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
Vicky: Well, yes. I write. And I draw. I also love kayaking, and took up downhill skiing at age 50. I bicycled across the country, and ran a marathon. I homeschooled three kids from birth to graduation from high school. I am a little hyperactive.
Me: If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?
Vicky: Training dolphins.
Me: What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Vicky: Talking young frightened women out of aborting their babies. One of those women is texting me as I write this, currently in labor, and filled with joy and expectation.
Me: What books have most influenced your life most?
Vicky: The Bible, The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, Born Again by Colson, and really, every book I have read contributes something to my heart and soul.
Me: What book are you reading now?
Vicky: The Bible, and a bunch of indie novels. IN Between by Jenny Jones is the one I am reading at the moment, and loving it.
Me: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Vicky: God…I know it is cliché but the Bible is the most amazing book ever written. The fact that it spans thousands of years and so many different writers yet is so unified, cohesive, and consistent in the message always floors me. After God, James Joyce may be my favorite, though not an easy author to read. He was the first author I ever read that used prose to grow with the character from infancy to adulthood and I found that to be sheer genius.
Vicky: I am not a movie/TV watcher, but used to watch old movies. I love Gene Kelly. He could be the Tower Builder.
Me: Who is your favorite character in Literature?
Vicky: Maybe Scarlet O’Hara. So indomitable and feisty.
Me: What is your favorite movie and why?
Vicky: The Sound of Music. Inspiring, great music, and I love Julie Andrews.
Me: Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Vicky: Jesus. Can’t Wait! Well, I can wait, and will wait, but what a joyous moment that will be.
Me: If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Vicky: Harry Potter…finances are tight right now and I could use the megahit. Also it is a GREAT series.
Me: For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Vicky: Ebooks! Never thought I would say that but I love how easy it is to bring a thousand books on vacation.
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