Interview with Virginia Vaughan

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What triggered the idea for the Covert Operatives Series?  I got the idea for this series after reading books written by the security operators (mostly former special forces members now working covert security for the CIA) who were involved in the rescue of Americans after the Benghazi embassy attack on September 11, 2012. I loved the idea of these secret soldiers willing to jump into danger to help save lives and I thought it would make for an interesting series.

How long did it take you to write Cold Case Cover-Up?  It generally takes me three to four months to write a Love Inspired Suspense book and this book was no exception.

Who’s your favorite character?  I enjoyed writing about my hero Quinn because he’s so different from everyone in his family. He didn’t follow his grandfather, father, and brother into law enforcement, instead embarking on a career that was completely different from anyone else’s he knew. I found this aspect of his life so relatable since my own family sometimes looks at me like I have a third eye when I start talking about my writerly pursuits. I come from a very normal, middle-class family so my pursuit as a writer is completely alien to them.

Tell us a little bit about your family.  As I mentioned above, they’re perfectly normal. My dad (now deceased) sold insurance. My mom was a homemaker. I have three brothers and one sister. After a divorce, I raised two sons as a single mom. They’re now grown (if early twenties can still be considered grown, lol) and the oldest is married, but I’ve found myself once again raising kids. Two years ago, my mom and I took in my two little great-nephews aged 9 and 7.

When did you start writing?  I was the little kid whose imaginary friends came to life while I was playing, but it took me until adulthood to write down my first story. I was pregnant with my son when I finally put pen to paper (or rather finger to typewriter). I excitedly gave what I’d written to my sister to read. She was not impressed and so I got my first lesson in the harsh world of being critiqued. But she was right! What I’d written was raw and needed a lot of work, so I immersed myself in learning the craft. About ten years ago is when I became really serious about getting my work published.

When did you receive your first book contract?  My very first contract was for a Christmas novella with Barbour Publishing. My writer’s group had gotten together and submitted an idea for a set of Christmas stories set in Natchez, Mississippi, a historical city near my home. Barbour bought it! It was supposed to be a surprise contract handed out during ACFW’s annual conference, but my name was left off the surprise announcement. I didn’t even care. All I cared about was that I was finally going to be published. It was a dream come true! That story released in 2013 in an anthology titled Plantation Christmas Weddings.

What is the hardest part about being an author?  Pulling a book together is a daunting task! It’s easy to get excited about starting a story but finishing it so all the loose ends are tied up can be hard. It takes a lot of hard work, but the accomplishment is so satisfying that it makes it all worth it in the end.

Who is your favorite author?  Why not ask me who my favorite kid is, lol? I’m a huge fan of Lynette Eason’s work. She has a great blend of romance and suspense that I enjoy. I’m hoping to follow in her publishing footsteps. 😊

What is your favorite book?  Although I’m not a fan of his horror stories, I love Stephen King’s book 11-22-63. It transported me to a time and place that captivated me. I have re-read that story several times. But, back to Lynette Eason, the first book in her Elite Guardian’s series had several scenes that were so well written that sometimes I go back to re-read them when I need some inspiration.

Anything you want to brag about?  This summer I signed a new contract with Love Inspired Suspense to finish up my Covert Operatives series! 

Now for the important questions:

Pepsi or Coke?   Diet Coke

Candy, cookies, or cake?  Snickers. Need I say more?

Favorite food? I LOVE LOVE LOVE spaghetti. I could eat it every single day

Coffee or Tea? Neither, thank you. Diet Coke, remember.

Favorite vacation?   Last summer, I took the boys to the Smokey Mountains and had such a good time that we’d love to go back.

Favorite TV show?  I’m an HGTV addict. My current favorite show is Flea Market Flip. I record it and watch it in marathon bursts.

Favorite Movie? I’m a huge Star Wars fan but lately, I’m also loving all the movies in the Marvel franchise

Something unique about you:  I hoard—I mean collect—books, but not just because I love to read. Every year at Christmas, I pull out my books and use them to make a book tree! This year will be my fourth Christmas to do this and its a lot of fun. Be sure to check out my Facebook author page or my website for photos and updates!

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