Opposites attract. Snow and sparks fly when Darren, the wealthy playboy from California, meets Sara, a down-to-earth girl from rural Tennessee. Fate contrives to make it a life changing encounter for both of them. Their lives are worlds apart, yet their fates collide again in California, causing friction and fire. With Sara being resolutely independent and wary of relationships, she persists on carrying her burden alone. Deceived and betrayed by the women in his past, Darren is jaded and cynical towards all women. Torn by their individual convictions, and their undeniable attraction to each other, their relationship is doomed from the start. Throw in a man from Sara’s past, and a secret that affects them both, it becomes impossible. Will they find a way past the mists that separate them to find redemption in each other?
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Fun Facts About
ZHP: Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
VP: I grew up in different places as my parents worked all over the world. Learning about different people and cultures helped me keep an open mind. I also understand different points of view as opposed to seeing only one side of an argument.
ZHP: Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
VP: I can’t remember the first story I read, but the first one I remember is, The Glass Slipper by Eleanor Farjeon.
ZHP: What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
VP: Every day is a fresh start and an opportunity to do more and to do it better.
ZHP: When did you first start writing?
VP: I think I started writing at age eight or nine. It started out as lengthy letters to my grandparents and then little plays and then poems and finally stories.
ZHP: What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think I started writing at age eight or nine. It started out as lengthy letters to my grandparents and then little plays and then poems and finally stories.
VP: I love that I can shape a story, have characters do and say whatever I want and be able to see an ending before anyone else.
ZHP: Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
VP: It was called the Green Eyed Monster.
ZHP: What advice would you give a new writer?
VP: Keep writing no matter what else you do. The only way to be a writer is to write!
ZHP: Describe your desk or writing space.
VP: Though I do have an office and a desk looking out to a beautiful lush backyard, where I can see deer and rabbits and birds and butterflies depending on the season, my desk is any place I can write. It’s a park bench, a car seat or a table at Starbucks and even my recliner or bed.
ZHP: What is your writing process?
VP: I think about my story, form the scene in my head and then put it down. Usually I have to go over the written scene several times before I am satisfied.
ZHP: How do you connect with your muse?
VP: Day dreaming is my connection to my inner muse.
ZHP: Is procrastination an issue for you?
VP: Very much so, but once I start writing I can keep going. The key is not to stop.
ZHP: What motivated you to become an indie author?
VP: I wanted to reach my readers without depending on others to discover me. My writing matters to me and I hope it will touch others.
ZHP: What advice would you give about writer’s block?
VP: Writing something …anything at all, even if it’s not your manuscript and keep doing it until you are ready to take on the manuscript again. Sometimes going back to a previous scene and editing can get you over the block and you can progress on to the next bit.
ZHP: What’s the story behind your latest book?
VP: It’s a story of love and redemption.
ZHP: What are you working on next?
VP: I want to complete a young adult novel.
ZHP: Do your fans impact your process?
I try to visualize my readers as I write and I write for them.
ZHP: When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
VP: I love to read, listen to music and take long walks.
ZHP: What do you read for pleasure?
VP: Drama, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy, and Romance
ZHP: Who are your favorite authors?
VP: J.R.R. Tolkien; Mary Ballogh; Patricia Veryan; Taylor Caldwell; Agatha Christie; Jeffrey Archer; Sydney Sheldon; J.K Rowling; Mary Higgins Clark; P.G Wodehouse; Mark Twain; Charles Dickens; Robert Ludlum; Alexandre Dumas; Lousa May Alcott; Earl Stanley Gardner; Nancy Atherton; C.S. Lewis; and the list goes on.
ZHP: What are your five favorite books, and why?
VP: It is hard to pick five, but I picked these because I remember them so well because they made a deep impression. I read most of these in my adolescent years but since I have repurchased them, even though some are out of print, and re-read them. Every one of them had a great story and were told masterfully each one of them has a protagonist worth remembering.
A Prologue to Love Taylor Caldwell
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Rich Man, Poor Man Irwing Wallace
If Tomorrow Comes Sidney Sheldon
A Matter of Honor Jeffrey Archer
ZHP: What is your e-reading device of choice?
VP: 3-m, Overdrive and Zinio apps on my I-pad.