Interview: K. Victoria Chase


Tell us about yourself.

I’m a former law enforcement officer turned nighttime novelist(with a day job). I used to write fiction as a kid and when I finally finished a complete novel about four years ago, I fell in love with the process and wanted to continue. Self-publishing is a dream come true for budding entrepreneurs and control freaks, er, “closet leaders” like myself, and I’ve self-published four works. Movies are a passion of mine, as well as countless TV shows, and they fuel ideas for my stories. I also love incorporating police work into the suspense novels I write. I write interracial romance with a bit of faith weaved in.

Share a bit about your latest book or what you’re currently working on.
I’m polishing a short contemporary romance for Thanksgiving! A Thankful Love is the first in a series about the Richards family featuring divorced, single mom Maya. About ten years ago, she ignored the wise advice of her parents and eloped with a loser and now she’s out to prove she’s mature and has learned her lesson. To help her is the guy she refused all those years ago–Jake Rivers.

Do you write other genres? If so, what are they?

I recently released a paranormal novella, The Dolls’ House(The Collegiate Clairs). It’s the first in the series about five college-aged students who use their unique psychic abilities to solve cold case files as part of their criminal justice internship.

Do you write series, standalones, or both? If you write both, which is your most favorite to write?

I write both! The Santiago Brothers(Rafael, Alejandro) series features books that are more stand-alone with very little cross-over due to each hero having their own story. The Collegiate Clairs series is a “true” series where the story is told over a few books. Finally, I have one stand-alone, From Across the Divide, which is geared to the Christian market. I like writing them all! I’m really enjoying writing shorter works because of the satisfaction I get when I’ve completed a work in a short period of time. Yes, I’m impatient, lol.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned from your writing?

Prose can always be written better the year after it’s published. LOL. I think the most important thing I’ve learned, and the most challenging aspect of writing, is there are layers of how to “show” what you want the readers to see and it depends heavily on the character’s POV because of differing perceptions. I know what I see in my head, but translating that to the page, through various POVs, and colored by motivation and conflict–it’s fascinating to flesh all of this out when understanding it comes second nature as I’m watching a movie, for example.


 Are you trade published, self-published, or hybrid?

I’m currently a hybrid but come Dec 1st, I’ll have the rights to all of my titles. Two are held by an epublishers and the rest are self-published. I was using epublishers when I realized that what they do (editing, cover art, etc) I could do on my own with the assistance of freelance editors and artists. Why not go direct to the professionals, set my own release schedule, AND keep all the profits?

What can readers expect from you next?

Thankful Love will be released on November 25th (or earlier–keep your eyes peeled!) and in December, look for Joan Richards’ story.

Thank you for having me!!!

A Thankful Love:


Interview: Laurel Handfield

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Laurel Handfield and I write novels. I’ve written picture books, young adult novels, adult novels and even upper middle grade and I love them all.

Share a bit about your latest book or what you’re currently working on.

Currently, I’m editing my latest romantic thriller, Champagne Life, which will be released in January 2014 by best-selling author Zane’s publishing company, Strebor Books International. It tells the tale of how far a married couple would go to get out of debt.

What do you like the most about romantic suspense?

I love creating a love story in the midst of chaos and suspense. Passion can happen in the most unusual or dire circumstances and romantic suspense demonstrates that.

Do you write other genres? If so, what are they?

Yes. I’ve written a historical fiction novel titled Unsinkable, which gives a fictional day-by-day account of the only black family on the Titanic. This novel was written under my penname Nicole Bradshaw. My first novel, My Diet Starts Tomorrow is a romantic comedy and my second novel, Mirror, mirror, was my initial introduction into the romantic suspense category. I wrote a picture book for kids titled, Cassi da Conch, which shows how kids can embrace their uniqueness.  Champagne Life is my second venture into the romantic suspense category and will be released in January 2014 under Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster.

Do you write series, standalones, or both? If you write both, which is your most favorite to write?

I write standalone mostly. However, I’m creating a new romantic suspense line for a publisher as we speak. It’s in the very beginning stages and may not even see the light of day, but creating the story is so much fun.

What three things make the perfect heroine in a romantic suspense novel?

It’s important to show the heroine’s strengths as well as weaknesses. Do this through the character’s actions throughout the story. In other words, I like to create a weepy mess of a character in the beginning who transforms into a fiery lioness by the end.

What three things make the perfect villain in a suspense novel?

Villains need to show vulnerability too but I also like badass villains who the reader can cheer on. It never hurts if the villain is hot. LOL!

What is the most important thing you’ve learned from your writing?

For me, the simpler the better. I want to get in, tell the story in an engaging way, and get out. Hopefully I will have left the reader satisfied.

Are you trade published, self-published, or hybrid?

I’m trade published but I wouldn’t rule out self-publishing. My first (and only) picture book is published by a smaller publisher.

What method of promotion do you find most rewarding and why?

I like doing blog tours and interviews. I’ve done book signings and don’t really feel comfortable doing so. It sometimes feels as though you’re begging for sales. Blog tours allow you to tell more about yourself and your writing journey, kind of like this.

What method to you prefer most as a reader, ebooks or print? Why?

I live out of the country so I prefer ebooks because it’s more economical and convenient. However, if I lived in the U.S. I think I’d prefer print.


What’s a genre that you’re intimidated by but would like to write in?

I am a big horror buff so it amazes me that I am so intimidated to write in that genre. I did make one unsuccessful attempt. Will I ever go that route again? Never say never.

I am a big fan of cross promotion between authors. Do you utilize cross promotion and if so, what cross promotion have you done?

I definitely don’t do as much cross promotion as I should but I’ve joined groups on facebook and I’ve re-posted or “liked” a status to help get the word out. It’s always nice to see authors comment on or “like” other authors. I had no idea there were so many book clubs out there.

What can readers expect from you next?

My next novel, Champagne Life, will be released in January 2014 under my penname, Nicole Bradshaw. Here is the blurb:

Would you compromise your marriage for the sake of getting out of debt? Naomi and DeShaun think they have it all but the one important thing they lack is finances. Author Nicole Bradshaw craftily demonstrates what happens when Indecent Proposal meets Unfaithful and results in murder.

Champagne Life Excerpt:


            The doctor listened to my heartbeat through the stethoscope. “How long have you been experiencing these symptoms?”

            It all started around the time DeShaun and I lost our jobs. “About two months ago.”

            The doctor listened intently again and then pulled the stethoscope from his ears. “Your heart rate is slightly elevated.”

            “Is that a problem?”

            “Not really. However, higher heart rates normally signify other issues. It may be stress. Have you felt stressed lately?”

            “Maybe some.” That was the understatement of the year.

            “Okay,” he said. “We’re going to perform some tests. By your symptoms, you may have high blood pressure. I’ll have my nurse come in and run some tests.”

            “How long until I get the results?”

            “A couple of weeks. We’ll call you if the tests come back positive, otherwise, if you don’t hear from us, consider your health good.”

            “But what about the dizziness?”

            “Stress affects the body in different ways. I suggest you take it easy. Take a vacay and relax. It’ll do you good.”

            A vacation? I wished.