I always enjoy introducing other authors to my readers, and today is no exception. Virginia is a new author to me, even though she’s published 16 books with Love Inspired. I hope you’ll give her a warm welcome.
Virginia Vaughan is a multi-published author of inspirational romantic suspense. Blessed to come from a large, southern family, her fondest memories include listening to stories recounted by family and friends around the large dinner table. She was a lover of books even from a young age, devouring gothic romance novels and stories of romance, danger, and love. She soon started writing them herself. A former investigator for the State of Mississippi, Virginia utilizes her criminal justice background with her love of writing to transform words into powerful stories of romance and danger. Her sixteenth novel with Love Inspired Suspense, TEXAS KILLER CONNECTION, is now available.
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Now for the fun stuff! I have to admit I am partial to my Fast Five. 🙂 So settle in as I hit Virginia with rapid-fire.
CC: Milk or Dark Chocolate?
VV: Definitely Milk Chocolate.
CC: Print or E-book?
VV: I love the convenience of E-books but there is nothing like holding a real book in my hand.
CC: Cat or Dog Person?
VV: I love both cats and dogs, but I do have a soft spot for rescue dogs.
CC: Morning Person or Night Owl?
VV: Definitely a night owl. I do my best work late into the evening when the house is quiet.
CC: Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter?
VV: Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the cooler weather, boots, and football season! .
Now for a couple of fun personal questions:
CC: What is your favorite Bible verse?
VV: My go-to verse is Jeremiah 29:11. In my darkest days, this verse gives me hope that God has something planned for my life that is better than anything I can see.
CC: Amen. And I love how that promise is given with the knowledge that the Israelites are getting ready to walk some pretty dark days.
CC: What are you reading right now?
VV:Right now, I’m re-reading Patricia Bradley’s Natchez Trace Park Rangers series since I’m working on my own story featuring a Natchez Trace Park Ranger.
CC: Oh that is fun. I try to read books with similar settings to mine while writing as well.
CC: What do you like to do when you aren’t reading or writing?
VV: Lately, my free time has been spent babysitting my grandbaby, Izzy, when they need me and it is so hard to get back to work when all I want to do is love on her.
CC: Congratulations on the grandbaby!!! Baby snuggles are the best and definitely hard to break away from.
CC: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
VV: I write out of order as I’m writing. Sometimes, I can be working on a scene and not even know where in the story it takes place. After my first draft, I go back and put all the pieces together into a coherent story. It’s a crazy way to write but it works for me.
CC: That is a neat quirk that I only dip into when stumped. I can’t believe you can write an entire book that way!
CC: What is your writing kryptonite?
VV: Time is my greatest obstacle. I’m raising kids, homeschooling, and a caregiver for my mom so I have to be intentional with protecting my writing time.
CC: I’m a caregiver too and that can definitely be a huge challenge, especially on top of raising kids.
CC: What does your writing schedule look like?
VV: I’m not a great multi-tasker so when I’m writing a story, I tend to focus on getting words down as fast as possible.
CC: I am so similar. I think you and I need to do a little more chatting after this is over.
To catch a killer
they’ll need to find the evidence.
When the investigation into her look-alike cousin’s death stalls, former army intelligence officer Brooke Moore arrives in Texas searching for justice—and is thrust into the middle of a deadly conspiracy. Now she must turn to her cousin’s ex, FBI agent Colby Avery, for help. But with every clue leading them deeper into danger, they must uncover the truth…before they are buried with it.
CC: Which character was the most challenging to create?
VV: My hero, FBI Agent Colby Avery, was a difficult character to get to know. I’d gotten to know his siblings well in the previous books in the series, but Colby was always kind of stand-offish to me in the previous stories. So getting into his character in this book was almost like starting from scratch with a new character.
CC:Those silent stubborn types can really give us authors a run for our money to be sure!
What was some of your favorite research you discovered while preparing for this book?
VV: One of the scenes in TEXAS KILLER CONNECTION involved a bomb threat in a hospital. It was interesting learning about the different security codes facilities use to indicate trouble.
CC: My brother works in a children’s hospital and we had a discussion once about some of those topics. It really is fascinating how prepared they really are for such scenarios.
VV: I loved my heroine, Brooke, and the way she was able to take care of herself. She’s strong, independent, and not afraid to take risks for those she cared about.
She sounds like an amazing heroine, and I can’t wait to get to know her more soon.
Thank you so much for joining me today and providing all of us with a wonderful distraction. As my final question, I have my usual “Fun Question”.
VV: As a huge superhero fan, I’ve thought about this question a lot. My superpower would be to be able to fly or transport myself from place to place at will. No more driving for me! LOL
CC: Oh I so feel you on that one! My second job is an unpaid chauffeur. LOL
If you could pick a superpower what would it be?