Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Interview with Vivi Dumas

I want to thank Roxanne for having me in her realm.

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

Titles are hard for me. I struggle to find the right words. I think the title for Soul Catcher changed two or three times. One day it finally hit me and Soul Catcher stuck.

What books/authors have influenced your life?

Several authors played a role in influencing my life. My first love was Shel Silverstein. I loved Light in the Attic. Then came Judy Blume. I think she played a major role in many girls’ lives. Right around junior high, I went into my ‘dark period.’ That’s when I found authors like VC Andrews and Anne Rice. I also love Toni Morrison.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

On this question, I have to pick someone I know and actually mentor me. Saranna DeWylde is a wickedly witty and talented writer. She has giving me great advice, been a huge cheerleader, and a brutal critique partner. She’s forever pushing me to be better.
Louisa Bacio is another author who has helped me through this treacherous business. She has been a fabulous critique partner and great friend. It’s great to find people who support you even before you meet them in person.

There are so many other writers out there that support me, too many to name them all.

What books are in your to read pile?

It’s such a long list. I have Mocha Kisses by Nikki Prince, In the Service of the King by Laura Kaye, Amanda Carlson’s new book Full Blooded (got ARC at AAD), and a lot more that eventually I will get to. Shelly Laurenston’s new book is coming out in a few days so that will go on the list too.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Here’s a bit from Soul Catcher.

Angel awoke to a hellish nightmare. Dangling from the ceiling by a chain with her feet barely skimming the floor, her eyes adjusted to the darkness. Her wrists were chaffed by the cuffs, and her arms felt as if they might pop out the sockets. The pain in her shoulder radiated down the right side of her body. Looking down, she sighed in relief to see her clothes were still on. The only thing missing were her shoes—potential weapons. Antione was no dummy.

Breathing was a challenge as she twisted on the chain. Her lungs struggled to expand, most likely from the injury she’d gotten from being dragged up the stairs. She lifted her head and glanced around the room. She had landed in a scene from a bad BDSM movie. A large round bed sat in the middle of the room, covered with a red satin comforter. On the long black lacquer dresser, an assortment of whips, gags, and restraints lay waiting to exact their punishment.

Light filtered through the door as it creaked open, and Antione slithered into the room. The chains rattled as a tremor ripped through Angel’s body as she watched him inch closer to her. Fear penetrated her core as he picked up the leather whip when he passed assorted torture devices. His eyes still held the crazed manic expression from earlier in the night. She flinched as he ran the hilt of the whip down the front of her torso, lingering a moment in the valley between her breasts. Bile raised in her throat when he trailed the cracked leather handle along the hem of her dress then between her legs. The shackles cut into her wrists as she swung back, trying to escape Antione’s repulsive touch.

“I’m glad to see you’re awake, my dear,” he sneered.

“What’re you planning to do to me? You sick, dead fuck!” Fear and rage exploded inside of her. “Let me down from here!”

“We haven’t had a chance to play yet.” The straps of the leather whip seared like electric eels as they wound around Angel’s calf. Her scream bounced off the empty walls as she arched back in pain.

“You can kiss my ass,” she growled, pulling herself up on the chains. “When I get down from here, you’ll regret ever touching me.” Tears streamed down her face, a mixture of anger and torment. The leather tendrils of the whip coiled around her throat this time, drawing blood.

“You’ll be the one with regrets, my dear. You’ll regret the day you decided to make a deal with Lucifer.” Retrieving a pearl-handled dagger off the dresser, he slashed the dress off her body. It fell in a pool of color to the floor.

The lust grew in his eyes as he watched her swing from the chain in her bra and thong. Repulsed, she wanted to cover herself, instead she kicked at Antione. He snatched her by the ankle and pressed the dagger down her calf, forcing her to stop fighting. The cold stainless steel blade of the knife traced a path up her thigh. He halted at her lace thong, waiting, for what she didn’t know. Angel closed her eyes, prayed and hoped for mercy.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

My writing challenge is not letting the story run away from me. I’m a pantser. I have to constantly go back and re-read what I write to make sure the story is stay on track and the characters haven’t hijacked it. I end up cutting a lot out of my first draft. I’m the backstory queen.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

My two favorite authors are Toni Morrison and Anne Rice. I like them both for the same reason even though they write very different genres. Both these amazing women invoke so much emotion and imagery in their writing. You lose yourself  in their characters and setting.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

Kim Killion at Hot Damn Design created my beautiful cover art. She works magic. I can’t wait to see what she does with Sweet Revenge.

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Soul Catcher
Dueling with the Devil 
Book 1
Vivi Dumas

Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Publisher: VPG Publishing

ISBN:  978-0615662237

Number of pages:  377
Word Count: 98,000

Blurb/Book Description:

One of the top supermodels in the world, Angel, lives the life of the rich and fabulous, until a heinous car accident mars her face. After thirteen surgeries and losing everything she deemed important, she seeks out the dark forces to salvage her life. Angel decides to conjure the Devil for help, making a deal to recover her beauty. In exchange for his help, Lucifer forces her to hunt supernatural renegades, which have eluded the pits of Hell. In her quest to find beauty and get out of her contract with Lucifer, Angel stumbles upon love in the arms of a demon.
 Author Bio:

Vivi Dumas submerges herself in the dark underworld of the supernatural. To balance the analytical and logical confines of her day job, she unleashes the fiery passions of her imagination in her writing. Although she grew up an Army brat, she calls Louisiana home, but has endured the hot summers and cold winters of Maryland for the last 16 years.

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geminimoon60 said...

Nice ,intense excerpt ...

Vivi Dumas said...

Thanks geminimoon!

Unknown said...

A wonderful excerpt from an awesome book!

And you completely made me blush. I adore you and your work.

Kim did my cover for Housewives. Isn't she fantastic?

Vivi Dumas said...

Kim is amazing. She's working on lovelies for me now. Can't wait to see.

Louisa Bacio said...

You know I'm always here for you, and wishing you much success. I adore reading you!