ED- The Eerie Digest is thrilled to introduce author Victoria Roder to all of our readers. Victoria, your writing is something that our readers live for. Ghosts, action thrillers, and mysteries are what we are about. What launched you into your writing career?
VR- I’m excited to be visiting on The Eerie Digest. I always enjoyed writing, but never considered becoming an author. I began having recurring dreams about a house that my birth family lived in for a brief period of time when I was a child. Even with the passage of time, in the dreams I remained a young girl. Each time I woke up I knew that I had experienced the dream before. The dream began to trouble me, so I discussed it with my sister Tammy. She suggested I write it down, in the hope that it wouldn’t bother me anymore. I began recording the details of the dream and then instead of it not bothering me, it consumed me. I continued to dream about the house, but now the dreams began to evolve and take on a life of their own. It became a movie in my imagination; the characters developed and demanded screen time. I placed a notebook, flashlight, and pen beside the bed. My husband would wake up to find me holding the flashlight and frantically scribbling in the notebook. Those dreams became the premise for my paranormal romance novel The Dream House Visions and Nightmares
ED- What made you choose the genres that you have excelled in ?
VR-In the paranormal realm I chose a ghost story because I am fascinated with the idea of troubled souls attempting to communicate with us. A ghost can give the character information they would not normally have access to. My second novel, Bolt Action is a detective mystery/suspense. I chose a detective story because I am addicted to true crime shows. I don’t watch much television, but when I do it is true crime on Discover ID®
ED- In your first novel, ‘The Dream House- Visions and Nightmares’, what was the theme behind it?
VR-. It is a murder mystery wrapped in a paranormal ghost story. In The Dream House Visions and Nightmares, apparitions and vivid dreams reveal clues of mystery, murder, and age-old revenge. I used dream interpretation research for the dream scenes. For example, in your dreams blood can symbolize life energy, unfortunate love affairs, or a severe disappointment. Rats foretell of serious trouble to come, and an owl represents a deceitful person. This is just a taste of the symbolism in The Dream House Visions and Nightmares. Readers are in for a spine tingling adventure.
ED- Can you tell us something about the story?
VR- In The Dream House Visions and Nightmares, recurring dreams of a house Hope Graham’s family rented when she was a child, taunt her nights with images of a woman in a bloody nightgown pleading for help. Dream sequences of children metamorphosing into rats, blood spewing out of windows, and walking across decaying bones, foretell of sins of the past and forewarn of danger in the present. In an attempt to end the agony of her sleep deprivation, Hope travels to her hometown…only to discover that the truth can be more frightening than a nightmare.
ED- Tell us about the publisher, Asylett Press, and how you teamed up with them to publish your work.
VR-I checked the site Predators and Editors and found a recommendation for Asylett Press www.asylettpress.com and submitted a query letter and first three chapters. They requested the complete manuscript for review and then on my brother’s birthday they offered me a contract!
ED- Your second novel, ‘Bolt Action’ just came out earlier this year. Please tell our readers about it.
VR- With a Ruger Blackhawk .357 under her pillow, a Browning A-Bolt Stainless Stalker rifle in her broom closet, and a Saturday Night Special in her road-hog cookie jar, Detective Leslie Bolt’s sarcastic attitude and inability to trust, alienates her from most people, including her sister. In the mystery/suspense, Bolt Action, The “State Quarter Killer” is selecting victims that appear to have nothing in common except for the State Quarter placed under their lifeless bodies, when her sister goes missing Detective Bolt must conquer her own past to capture the serial killer before her sister is the next victim.
ED- What inspired you to write it?
VR- I was thrilled to have my personal story of adoption published in the anthology entitled A Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families, Adams Media 2009. My story entitled Why I Believe in Angels is the account of how I came to live with my current family at the age of seven. With their acceptance and support, they helped me become who I am today. That publication has inspired many people to share their own stories of adoption with me. Heartfelt tales told through the eyes of parents and also from the children that were adopted. I am sorry to report I also heard a few troubled stories of adoption, and one comment remained in my thoughts and stalked me. That sole comment became the disposition for two of my characters in my novel, Bolt Action. Sarcastic, gun hording, motorcycle riding Detective Leslie Bolt and her superficial, live for the moment sister Tasha.
ED- Tell us about your relationship with the publisher, Champagne Books, and the type of work that suits them best.
VR-Feel free to investigate their website, but Champagne Books is currently accepting submissions www.champagnebooks.com they accept romance, science fiction, mystery, humor, and paranormal. Champagne Books and Asylett Press both have author loop groups where an author can ask questions and communicate with the publisher and other authors. It has been very helpful in this learning process as a new author.
ED- Are you planning a sequel to either of these works?
VR-There will be a sequel to Bolt Action. Detective Leslie Bolt will once again ride her Harley and kick a little butt. In her own sarcastic, abrasive way she has more crimes to solve.
ED- Are there other genres that you would love to dabble in ?
VR-I have just finished a paranormal thriller, entitled The Haunting of Ingersull Penitentiary, and I am hoping to write a humorous mystery in the future. I also write children’s books and my first picture book, What if a Zebra had Triangles? will be released from Vinspire Publishing.
ED- Where can our readers find your publications, and how can they contact you ?
VR-Please feel free to visit me or contact me through my website www.victoriaroder.com
Check out the video book trailer for Bolt Action YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqcYL_G7h7s
Bolt Action in Paperback http://champagnebooks.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=27_49
Bolt Action in e-book: http://www.amazon.com/Bolt-Action-ebook/dp/B003ZUY58U/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_1
The Dream House Visions and Nightmares is available at: Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Dream-House-Visions-Nightmares/dp/1934337641/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_2 or at www.asylettpress.com
ED- Victoria, your work is genuinely promising and something that our readers crave. I want to thank you for your time and know that our readers will definitely look towards knowing all about you and will be reading your novels. We wish you luck and hope that you update us in all that you do.