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Secrets of the Red Box by Vickie Hall
Bonnie has secrets to keep – secrets with the potential to destroy lives, including her own. Running from her destructive and pain filled past, she recreates herself, believing she has escaped the damning evidence hidden in the red box. When her former life is revealed by a cruel twist of fate, Bonnie faces losing everything, including Glen, the only man she’s ever loved. But is Bonnie the woman he thinks she is? Set against the backdrop of the 1940s, Secrets of the Red Box is filled with intrigue and suspense – sure to keep you guessing to the very end!
My Interview With Vickie Hall
I want to thank author Vickie Hall for answering some personal and reveling questions for me.
Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing?
A: I write music, play the piano, do needlework, go camping, enjoy reading, and spending time with my family
Q: What profession would you choose if you were not a writer? How did you become a writer?
A: Probably a graphic designer – I just have to be doing something creative! I became a writer after several starts and stops, finally giving it my full attention about three years ago. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, starting when I was about 14 years old. My junior high English teacher encouraged me when I’d turn in my essays. I owe her a debt of gratitude for that.
Q: Tell us about your writing process.
A: Once I have an idea, I flesh it out with character, complete with full backstories. Then I do an outline, not really detailed, but just enough to sketch out the beginning, middle, and end. Once I have that I begin whatever research might be necessary until I’m comfortable with my era, or subject matter. Next, I start writing. One trick I like to use when I have to stop for the day is to leave the story in the middle of a scene. When I come back to it the next day, I re-read several preceding pages and then pick up the writing where I left off. It’s like I never stopped. Anyway, it works for me.
Q: What would you tell someone who wants to write a book (they have a book idea) but doesn’t know where to start?
A: The first word is always the hardest, so don’t wait forever to get it just right. I like to dig in with whatever strikes me, knowing I can (and will) go back and re-work it. The thing is, your characters begin to take on lives of their own. So who they are by the middle and end of the book are usually not the same as they were in the beginning. I often have to re-write the beginning to make it fit with their transformations. Just start – that’s the hardest part, but nothing’s carved in stone (fortunately). The delete key is a marvelous thing!
Q: How did Secrets Of The Red Box come about?
A: Well, without giving away the secrets, the book is loosely based on an experience my father had. I wish I could elaborate, but I don’t want to spoil the plot! After you’ve read the book, you’ll know what I mean.
Bonnie smiled at the men and gave them a little shrug as she followed Paul to the open French doors. Outside, the air was humid, and the sound of cicadas thrummed against the night sky. Paul stopped on the edge of the flagstone patio and faced Bonnie. She pursed her lips, the light from the party casting a golden glow on her face through the windows. “I detect a little jealousy,” she said with a sly smile.
Paul shoved his hands into his pockets and lowered his face for a moment. “Maybe…a little…”
Bonnie laughed. She might have assuaged his conscience, but she didn’t. She liked the added attention she’d received, liked that other people found her attractive, interesting. “Better watch yourself, Paul,” she said. “You’ve got competition.”
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