An Interview with Debbie ViguiÃ©
In this four part series we will be talking with author Debbie ViguiÃ© about her life as a professional writer.
(Continued from last Monday)
Elisa: Whatâ€™s your favorite thing about being a professional author?
Debbie: Actually, I have two favorite things. I like walking into a book store and seeing my new book on the shelf. I also love getting positive feedback from fans. Fan mail and positive interactions in person are just great.
Elisa: Okay, what is your least favorite thing about being a professional author?
Debbie: I hate the isolation. You end up spending too much time by yourself. You pretty much end up going to the grocery store just to get human contact. Itâ€™s not like you can go have lunch with a co-worker. My agent and editors are a couple of time-zones away from me.
Elisa: Where do you get your ideas and how do you flesh them out?
Debbie: I get my ideas from anything and everything. I replay real events in my head and I ask myself what would have happened if I had done *that* instead. Sometimes I just think that something is cool. Like with â€œScarlet Moon.â€ I thought, wouldnâ€™t it be cool to re-write Little Red Riding Hood. I like wolves and werewolves. Why not make the wolf a werewolf? Sometimes a song lyric will inspire a thought or I will just think of a great first line.
Fleshing the ideas out could be simple if the thought is complete enough, or difficult if all I get is the first line. Usually I start with an opener and a closer, and filling in the middle is the hard part.
â€¦Part 3 to follow next weekâ€¦.