I am absolutely thrilled that Vicky agreed to an author interview! I have been obsessed with her books since I reviewed Accidentally Entangled last year.
Tell me a bit about yourself.
Hi! I’m Vick (VR Baucke). I’m a homegrown Kiwi girl from Aotearoa (New Zealand). I’m a wife and stay-at-home mum to three crazy humans, and of course I write romance when I’m not on mum duties. Along with writing where my fingers take me, I’ve a new-found hobby of playing the guitar (self-taught) which I LOVE, and have an unhealthy obsession of harassing my husband (in a good way lol).
What was your favourite book growing up?
The first book and author I can remember falling in love with in my early teen years was The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans.
Are there any authors you inspired to be like?
Not to be like per se, but I’ve definitely been inspired by Kate McCarthy in the past, and now fellow Kiwi author Nicole S Goodin. Meghan March is super badass and her self-published journey is definitely inspiring!
When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?
Two years ago, after a crazy dream, I literally woke up in the morning and thought “I’m going to write a book.” So I did. It wasn’t my debut release, but is being released next (fourth in line).
Can you tell me about the books you have written? Was there one you love writing more than the others?
All of my books are quite different from each other, even the duet has a different vibe between book 1 and 2. I tend to write a mix of contemporary, rom-com and suspense.
Are you working on any books/projects currently?
Oh yes 😀 There are two anthologies I’m apart of this year; one is a short inspiring story for the Wham Bam Author Jam in October, and the other is a Motorcycle Club Novella for an MC anthology Kay Maree is organising, due out in November. This year my plan is to also release three out of five books in my new “North Shore Crew” series, which follows a group of guy-girl mates and is set in the North Shore (Auckland) of New Zealand.
Who are/is your favourite character/s that you have created? Was this character based on someone you know/knew?
Ooooh tough!! How can I simply pick one!! I’ve narrowed it down to four lol, and they would have to be:
Patch in Dreaming of Tomorrow (book 2 in the Seven Thousand Miles duet). He’s absolutely hilarious and was so fun to write!
Austin (Seven Thousand Miles duet) is deliciously swoon-worthy. He’s so flirty with Emily yet genuinely sweet and caring when she needs it.
No one has met Slade yet – he’s in the MC novella coming out later this year – and he is HOT HOT HOT!
As for favourite heroine… It’s got to be the badass woman mechanic that’s going to give Travis a run for his money in Lie for Me (book 3 in the North Shore Crew series).
I’ve based Emily’s dad (Seven Thousand Miles duet) off my own dad hehe, and in the North Shore Crew series, Lil has a lot of my personality traits lol.
Do you often hear feedback from your readers? Has there been any feedback that stuck out the most?
I’m always humbled and blown away to receive great feedback from readers and bloggers. I think I’m most gobsmacked by feedback from friends, who perhaps brought my books purely to be supportive, but were really surprised and wow’d by my work.
How did you publish your book?
Self-published through Amazon. Traditional publishing was never a realistic option for me, so after talking to a local self-published author, I finally plucked up the courage to take the plunge in the indie author world.
How did it feel when your first copies of your book came through?
I couldn’t freaking believe it to be honest. So surreal! It’s one thing reading your book on Kindle, but it’s another entirely to open a package and pull out the very first proof of your very first published book. I was buzzing for days afterwards and kept picking up my book to simply feel it in my hands haha.
What was the hardest scene that you have had to write?
There’s a scene in Fight for Me (book 4 of the North Shore Crew series) that I drafted a little while ago and it was tugging on my heartstrings REAL bad. By book 4, the crew feel like close friends I’ve known for years, and these particular characters have a long and messy history, and their story brews throughout the first three books. The scene is full of heartbreak and I really felt devastated for them as I wrote it.
Have you ever had writers block? How did you get past it?
I like to write where the story takes me instead of plotting out the entire story. I normally have a few pivotal scenes that need to be included, but wing the rest, so to speak. I usually have two books on the go at the same time, and tend to write the first third, and the last third in a story, then find myself a little stuck at bridging the two parts – mostly because I know what I want to happen, but can’t pinpoint the tie at that moment. When I get stuck, I flick across to the other manuscript and re-acquaint myself with those characters until I have an epiphany for the other.
How long does it usually take you to write a book?
It varies; on average I would say 2-3 months. I wrote Accidentally Entangled in six weeks while I was in bed recovering from surgery on a ruptured Achilles Tendon, but most books take a couple of months when I write most days.
What is your most productive writing space/area?
At the computer desk in our lounge or kitchen table. I don’t have an office and I find that when I write anywhere else I get highly distracted lol.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
Becoming published! And having those books in our local public library. I’m really freaking proud of that.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Hanging with my family and exploring the great walking tracks in our area. I also like gardening haha – I find it relaxing and can let my thoughts run. I love playing Touch Rugby, though haven’t worked up the nerve to get back onto the field after rupturing my Achilles in a game almost a year and a half ago. I love socialising, yet pass me a good book and lock me in a quiet room with a cup of tea and I will also be super happy 🙂
Do you have any tips for authors that are just starting out in their writing journey?
I guess the biggest is, don’t compare yourself to authors that have been in the game for a few years already. Hard, I know, and I still do it occasionally, but it can be disheartening. Everyone has got to start somewhere and we’re all at different stages in the author journey!
Is there anything you’d like to add?
I just want to say a huge thank you to Shanon for this opportunity. I appreciate it big time!
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