Today’s guest is a very special person. Viv Drewa is an author, a blogger, and a friend to authors everywhere. She’s here to speak with us about her books. Let’s all give a warm welcome to Viv!
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer but didn’t get support from my family. I studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan but, as they say, life happened. I worked as a Pharmacy Tech for 25 years, then moved up north and got a job as a senior customs agent. Then were the cuts because of the economy and did some sewing from my home. Then I decided to try my hand at writing.
When did you begin writing?
In 2013. I came up with a couple ideas and started on them.
Are you self-published or traditionally published? What has been your experience with publishing, and have you considered other publishing options?
At first I tried getting an agent and while working on my second book decided to go the Indie route.
Can you tell us about The Owl of Sipan Lord? How did you get the idea for the book?
This was my favorite book to write. Once I decided the profession of the female protagonist I started doing research. After two weeks I was able to get enough information to plan the story.
This also takes place in South America, Peru, at an archaeological dig. This is my first paranormal book.
Can you tell us about The Angler and the Owl and how you came up with the idea for this novel?
My love of owls inspired this book, as well as my love for the Amazon River. I couldn’t figure out who would be the male protagonist until I was watching River Monsters and decided to model John Sinclair after the host of the show, Jeremy Wade.
Owls seem to be a recurring theme in your books. Have you always been interested in owls?
Yes, since I was three. My favorite is the American Barn Owl because their face plate is shaped like a heart.
In addition to being a novelist, you’re also a regular blogger. Can you tell us about your blogs?
My blogs support my fellow authors. I post their interviews, new releases, cover releases and anything to help get their name out there. I also post articles about tips for writing.
What projects are you currently working on?
My WIP is The Midnight Owl and is a paranormal murder mystery. This will be my first series and I’m planning on releasing it later this summer. Since I wasn’t able to get enough information about police procedures in South America this book takes place in my hometown.
What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Read! Get to know the genre you’re interested in writing and get to know what’s out there.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. For The Owl of the Sipan Lord I contacted a well known archaeologist because I wasn’t able to find something I needed. He sent me a couple references.
With my WIP I contacted our local medical examiner with questions about the murder. We spoke on the phone and he was also very helpful.
To learn more about Viv Drewa, please visit the following links:
From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life (short story): Amazon.com
The Owl of the Sipan Lord: Amazon.com
The Angler and the Owl eBook on Amazon.com
I’ve contributed to several editions of this anthology. These ebooks are always free.
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