Today I welcome Vicki Essex. She’s here to tell us about her new release IN HER CORNER and a little bit about herself.
Thanks for joining us today Vicki!
Tell us a bit about your new release, IN HER CORNER.
In Her Corner is my third Harlequin Superromance title, and the second in a miniseries about mixed martial arts following my debut book Her Son’s Hero.
Where do you get your ideas? For example Life experience, fantasies, experiences and fantasies of friends, etc.
I knew after writing Her Son’s Hero that I’d write a book with a female mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. Women’s MMA was still trying to make inroads in the broader market when I started putting the story together, but by the time I’d signed the contract, a new women’s only fight promotion called Invicta FC had just started up and then a few months later the world’s largest MMA promoter, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) had announced they’d have their first women’s match. It was a lucky thing for me because I got to watch the hype grow over the internet and in the media and see how people really reacted to the idea of women fighting in the cage.
What do you find draws you most to write?
I’ve always enjoyed working with words and figuring out what drives people to do the things they do. Understanding my characters and the challenges that face them has always made me think about my own interactions with the world, as well.
What else do you have in the works?
I’m contracted for three more Harlequin Superromance books over the next three years. Two take place in Everville, the town my second book, Back to the Good Fortune Diner, is set in. The other is a story about a celebrity pregnancy. I hope to tie all these stories together one day—in my mind, they’re all happening in the same universe.
How do you name your characters? Any special tricks?
I usually check the news to see what names I should definitely avoid. Often I’ll play phone book roulette and pick a name at random.
Do you own an ebook reader or read on an electronic device? If so, what?
I own a Kobo Touch, but I also have an ASUS Iconia tablet. I like the tablet since I can download and buy books from multiple vendors, but I enjoy the glare-free e-ink surface of the Kobo.
As a romance/erotica reader, what sort of stories do you personally prefer?
I love any stories where the characters are fully developed and layered—characters who have flaws and make poor choices, but redeem themselves somehow.
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
Sour cream and onion ring chips. They’re absolutely disgusting, can hardly be categorized as food and usually turn my stomach, but they’re so delicious. I only have them once a year on my birthday.
Any vacation or appearance plans this year?
None that have been booked.
What would your readers by very surprised to learn about you?
Anyone who follows me on Twitter will probably know this already, but I enjoy whiskey. I get a lot of strange looks when I order it at the bar.
For details on IN HER CORNER please visit www.vickiessex.com