Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease DV Berkom
Your Name or Pen Name you use: DV Berkom
Title of the book you are promoting: Yucatan Dead: A Kate Jones Thriller
Link to purchase your Book: http://www.amazon.com/Yucatan-Jones-Thriller-Series-ebook/dp/B00DME2GAI
Genre: Action-adventure, thriller
Welcome DV…I, LH have some questions for you 😉
LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?
DV: A female James Bond, a pirate, and Cyd Charisse.
LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?
DV: One of my favorite authors is Carl Hiaasen, mainly because he makes me LOL with his scathing wit and fabulous characters, but also because he’s able to inform as well as amuse. I could never write satire as well as he does, but his work inspired me to write about things that matter while still trying to entertain folks.
LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?
DV: With my control-freakazoid tendencies, Indie all the way J
LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?
DV: It depends. If it were a print-only contract, I’d consider it. I don’t see giving up my e-rights as being a smart move at this point in my career unless the offer blew my socks off.
LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?
DV: Dorothy Parker, and I wouldn’t discuss past relationships.
LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors. Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?
DV: Yes to all of the above, and I’m a contributor. Well, mainly the violence part. I write thrillers—I love to blow things up and give my heroines guns and other incendiary devices. I figured one of the best ways to get my point across that women can take care of themselves was to give my characters the same opportunities as their male counterparts had in their books. Yes, there’s too much violence in the world, but until victims take control and start fighting back, the bad guys are going to win and it’s just going to escalate. I know, not the most enlightened response, but I never said I was enlightened.
LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?
DV: I’d make everybody want to go ‘green’ and actually take care of this amazing planet. Other than that, puppies and unicorns for everyone!
LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?
DV: Very. I’ve seen it in sales of my own books. The outside should entice and draw you deeper into the book. If a cover looks amateurish and the description is bad, then I won’t bother to look inside. I think that if the author doesn’t care to give their work the best presentation they can, then they probably don’t work very hard on their craft. Now, if you can’t afford to hire a graphic designer and you have to make your own cover, then that’s something else, entirely.
LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?
DV: It was never a ‘want’—more like something I just naturally did. I wrote my first story at seven and dabbled throughout my life until I finished my first novel in 2006. After that, I was hooked!
LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?
DV: Good pacing, well-drawn characters, and an interesting story. I get bored easily, so if a book doesn’t keep my interest I will very rarely finish it.
LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?
DV: I usually get my ideas from the news. Something hits me between the eyes and I can ‘see’ the main characters, and many of the secondary ones. The idea has to move me in some way, or I won’t see it through. The Kate Jones Thriller series began when reports of rising cartel violence began trickling north. The book Serial Date was my response to the over-abundance of scripted reality shows. I wrote Bad Traffick after watching a documentary on child sex-trafficking.
LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?
DV: Yes—the sequel to Yucatan Dead.
LH: I’m working on #6…5 are published and the other is due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?
DV: I’ve written 6 in the Kate Jones series (the 7th installment is scheduled to be released by the end of the year) and two novels featuring former assassin Leine Basso.
LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?
DV: Definitely fun. If I’d done it for money, I would’ve quit long ago. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?
DV: Realizing that a closed door means Do.Not.Disturb. J
LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?
DV: I wouldn’t call it writer’s block. If I get stuck on something it means I need to backtrack because something’s not right.
LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?
DV: Read a lot. Write more.
LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?
DV: I would have bought more shares of Amazon.com and Apple.
LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?
DV: I’d go back to 1920s Paris and tell Hemingway and Fitzgerald to mentor me J
LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?
DV: After hyperventilating, I’d break out the bubbly and tell my partner, Mark. Happy dancing would ensue.
Thanks for that interesting and awesome interview…Now… for the fun stuff!
Favorite Beverage? Strawberry lemonade or a nice cabernet.
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Hiking or swimming, so apparently exercise.
Favorite Color? Red
Take out or Dine in? Dine in. My better half is a professionally-trained chef and he loves to cook.
Camping or Hotel? Camping. I LOVE the outdoors.
Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate.
Dogs or Cats? I like dogs, but cats are way better pets for me. I like independent types.
Favorite Food? Right now? Fresh-picked veggies from my garden.
Favorite Song? That’s a tough one. I have many. I’m always up for John Hyatt’s ‘Paperthin’, or Joe Cocker’s rendition of ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On’, or Santana’s ‘Smooth’. Then there’s ‘Gimme Shelter’ by the Rolling Stones, and anything by Adele.
Favorite Movie? Casino Royale (Daniel Craig is the best. James. Bond. Ever.) or any of the Bourne movies.
Favorite Car? Aston Martin, of course.
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Both, at the same time 😉
And now for the essay part of the interview 😉
If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?
DV: I’d go to St. John in the USVI with my partner, Mark and we’d spend our days snorkeling, sailing, eating great food and drinking rum until we couldn’t anymore. Of course, not everything all at once, although I’d be happy to give it a shot.
Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of DV Berkom’s
Yucatan Dead: A Kate Jones Thriller