I'm pleased to welcome Vicki Vass back to Cozy Up With Kathy with her new series. BLOODLINE is the first book in the Witch Cat Mystery series and was released April 18th.
Kathy: You start a new series with BLOODLINE. Did you have a specific inspiration for your Witch Cat Mystery series?
VV: Yes, she is sitting on my computer right now. She begged me to share her story with my readers. She has an intensity to her so that when she stares at you, you know she is reading your thoughts.
Kathy: Is magick and witchcraft a particular interest of yours?
VV: It began when I was walking the Appalachian trail and the blue mist was rising off the Blue Ridge Mountains. There was something otherworldly about that part of the country. It’s one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, and the magic is deep there.
Kathy: Have you always had an interest in the Salem witch trials?
VV: Yes because it is such a fascinating period in our history. I have always loved history and found the drama associated with the witch trials interesting.
Kathy: What was your favorite part in writing this story?
VV: Creating the characters and watching them come to life. They proved to be a great deal of fun.
Kathy: When it comes to writing I understand there are 2 general camps-plotters, who diligently plot their stories, and pansters, who fly by the seat of their pants. Are you a plotter, a panster, or do you fall somewhere in between?
VV: I probably fall within the middle. I don’t sit down and write a formal plot but have a general idea of where the story is going but otherwise I pretty much make it up as I go along with a lot of editing and moving sections around. In my first book, I changed the first chapter at least seven times before I was happy with it.
Kathy: Authors are required to do a lot of their own marketing, especially for a new release. What's your favorite part of marketing your work? What do you dislike about marketing?
VV: I enjoy connecting with the readers. I’ve had a lot of fun marketing, meeting readers by attending blog tours such as this one or live author chats. Probably the thing I dislike about marketing is the time it takes. My time is limited and when I am marketing I am not writing.
Kathy: Will you share any other upcoming books?
VV: I am currently working on book five in my Antique Hunters series. It is taking longer than normal because we have two puppies. Atticus just turned one so he is calming down slightly. Tracker is still six months old and crazy. I forgot how much work puppies are!
BLOODLINE by Vicki Vass
The First Witch Cat Mystery
In the year 1692 Terra Rowan was a 17 year old girl running for her life. With the screams of her mentor in her ears and not knowing the fate of her friends, Terra took the only chance she had, a chance of a new life, and drank the potion. The potion saved her life, but transformed her. Now Terra lives on the streets in modern day Asheville, North Carolina. The same day her good friend is murdered, a young woman comes to town, playing a song from Terra's past. Unsure if she can be trusted, Terra nonetheless befriends the girl, but both seem to be hunted by a malevolent force. Is this the evil that killed her friend? Will the ladies of the Biltmore Society be able to help, or are they part of the danger?
With rich detail about herbs and crystals, as well as the Biltmore Estate, Vicki Vass initiates readers into a new world, new, yet ever so old. While I had difficulty warming up to some of the characters, I absolutely fell in love with Pixel. His sweet innocence, bravery, and love of food, make him an endearing and immensely lovable character. He also reminds me of my ginger cat, Mariusz!
My enjoyment was profoundly marred, however, by the poor editing. I would be engrossed in the story, then abruptly pushed out of the fictional world by issues with grammar and typos.
BLOODLINE has an absolutely fascinating storyline. I hope that future books in the series develop and expand on the wonderful ideas present here.