Interview: K. Victoria Chase

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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.

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 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: http://www.amazon.com/dp/BooGUZH3OK/

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Unspoken

Blurb:

Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history.

The task force of FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, rescued her, but it took four very long years. The fact she was found less than three miles from her home, had been there the entire time, haunts them. She’s changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life.

She’s never said a word–to the cops, to her doctors, to family–about those four years.

A family legacy has brought her back to Chicago where a reporter is writing a book about the kidnapping. The cops who worked the case are cooperating with him. Her options are limited: Hope the reporter doesn’t find the full truth, or break her silence about what happened. And her silence is what has protected her family for years.

Bryce Bishop doesn’t know her past, he only knows she has coins to sell from her grandfather’s estate–and that the FBI director for the Chicago office made the introduction. The more he gets to know Charlotte, the more interested he becomes, an interest encouraged by those closest to her. But nothing else is working in his favor–she’s decided she is single for life, she struggles with her faith, and she’s willing to forego a huge inheritance to keep her privacy. She’s not giving him much of an opening to work with.

Charlotte wants to trust him. She needs to tell him what happened. Because a crime cops thought was solved, has only opened another chapter…

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Unspoken-ebook/dp/B00DWA69NW/ref=pd_sim_b_3

Out of the Night

Blurb:

Falcon Securities Agent Tony Archuletta has lost his memory and a CIA operative is being held captive by a lethal group of terrorists out to destroy America. For Tony to pull off a mission this delicate and complex, he must have his memory as well as every weapon at his disposal.
Abby Williams is a reporter who happens to be at the wrong place at the right time. One of Falcon’s agents is being held in the notorious Lubyanka Prison where experimental drugs were used to make him break under integration. The agent is a man Abby has a painful history with. A man who stole her heart and left her.
Can Tony and Abby race against time to save the CIA operative? Will Tony regain his memory only to learn that she is the only woman he’d ever loved and the only person he ever feared? Does love win this battle? Or do these two souls who are meant to be together take the safe road and part with just a handful of memories?

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/b00f1f7q9m/?tag=kb1-20

Trapped (Private Justice Book #2)

Blurb:

When librarian Laura Griffith’s sixteen-year-old sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF agent turned PI James “Dev” Devlin to help. But the deeper he digs, the more he begins to suspect that something sinister is at work in the girl’s disappearance. And the closer he gets to uncovering the truth, the clearer it becomes that the situation isn’t just dangerous–it’s deadly.

Chilling and at times terrifying, Trapped is the latest thrilling read from Irene Hannon, the queen of romantic suspense. Hannon outdoes herself with this fast-paced tale of fear, deception, and just the right dose of romance.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Trapped-Private-Justice-Book-ebook/dp/B00CIUJX12/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1379888321&sr=1-4

Buried Secrets

Blurb:

Should some secrets remain buried?

Dusty has always been a hothead, far more impulsive than her twin, Nick, the calm, cool and collected one of the pair. But Nick is dead, found murdered in their local cemetery, and Dusty simply can’t rest until she finds out who-or what-has killed her brother.

Sure the local authorities aren’t being straight with her-or anyone else-about what’s been going on in their little upper Michigan town, Dusty delays going off to college for a semester, defying her father and stepmother and taking a job in the local bar to start doing some digging.

Her focus soon fixes on Shane, her brother’s best friend and the town bad boy. The tension and rivalry between Dusty and Shane has always been palpable and sparks fly as the two collide. Dusty finds herself sinking in deeper with Shane and the mystery of what happened to her brother-and a lengthening list of victims-grows even stranger.

When everything comes to a head, Dusty focuses on one thing: What happened the night her brother was killed in the cemetery? She’s sure Shane is keeping a secret and she’s determined to find out what it is, one way or another.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Buried-Secrets-Suspense-Romance-ebook/dp/B00ERC1TQQ/ref=sr_1_6?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1379385697&sr=1-6&keywords=suspense+romance

The Betrayal of Lies

Blurb:

Murder and mayhem are afoot! Feisty private eye, Emily Parker, is finally moving forward in her relationship with the
hunky police detective–that is, until a new friend suddenly goes missing. Suspicions are flying that one of Emily’s closest
girlfriends may be involved. Emily and Detective Andrews are locked in a desperate race to solve the mystery of who abducted
the woman and rescue her before someone winds up dead.

The Betrayal of Lies, Book 5:  Mystery, romance, murder–think “Sex and the City” meets “Nancy Drew.”

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Betrayal-Romantic-Suspense-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00E5O6ZJ2/ref=pd_sim_kstore_9

Humidity Rising

Blurb:

Kristi’s life is changing fast. An unfortunate accident has her raising her niece, then she meets Wes—a man she can’t help falling for. Everything seemed to be going wonderfully. Until his crazy ex-girlfriend decides she can’t let go. Liza wasn’t supposed to be part of the deal, but in her mind Kristi and her niece are in the way and need to be eliminated. Though it’s a difficult decision, Wes and Kristi put their relationship on hold to avoid problems with his ex. It doesn’t last long. Liza is convinced that once she gets him back, he’ll cheat on her like the men in her past had done. The other woman has to go. She’s not sure what to do, but she talks to someone named Andy. He helps her—has always helped her. They come up with a plan, and late one night Kristi’s house is broken into by a maniac wielding a butcher knife.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Humidity-Rising-Romantic-Suspense-ebook/dp/B00ERH87CK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1379187111&sr=1-1&keywords=romantic+suspense