Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Violeta Sterner
Your Name or Pen Name you use: Violeta Sterner
Title of the book you are promoting: Cold from the Inside Out
Link to purchase your Book: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders
Genre: Romantic Adventure
Welcome VS..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?
VS: A writer
LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?
VS: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ayne Rand, Anne Rice
LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?
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?
VS: Yes I would like to be discovered by a traditional publisher so I do not have to use my own money up front.
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?
VS: Katherine Hepburn Ageing gracefully
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?
VS: Sex and violence have always been there. It just is and always will be.
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?
VS: Basic, fair, even prosperity for all.
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?
VS: A really fantastic cover is a plus, but it is the words inside that count.
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?
VS: I started in the late 80’s. I was working 70 hour weeks and badly needed something to relieve the stress. Writing allowed me to remain in control of all my projects and not lose my mind, at least not much.
LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?
VS: Definitely the characters and how they interact with each other, followed by the plot.
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?
VS: First is the idea. It rolls around in my head for a while. And when the time is right I put it to paper. Then I have to tear through it and make sure everything is right.
LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?
VS: There is something in my head, but not ready for paper yet.
LH: I’m working on #6…3 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?
VS: I believe I have written 6, 2 have been published.
LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?
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?
VS: My biggest problem has been that they do not tell me honestly what they think. .
They are very polite and ramble on, but you can tell they are holding something back.
My nieces and my in-laws are better about answering honestly.
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?
VS: The don’t want to version, which I have right now.
LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?
VS: Start with things you know and understand. It’s just like training new employees. It will all come right eventually. Do not hesitate to re-write something if it does not feel right.
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?
VS: I would have lost weight a lot sooner and I would have kept it off.
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?
VS: I am also very shy and controlled and I tend to hide a lot on a regular basis.
The first person would be my mother since I currently live with her.
Thank you for that fun and interesting interview VS….Now… for the fun stuff!
Favorite Beverage? Coke, with all the sugar and all the caffeine.
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise
Favorite Color? Red
Take out or Dine in? Dine in
Camping or Hotel? Hotel
Sports or Chocolate?Chocolate
Dogs or Cats? Cats
Favorite Food? Chocolate
Favorite Movie? The Nuns Story
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Both
And now for the essay part of the interview 😉
LH: 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?
VS: I would go to London, explore the entire city and the surrounding country side and take Nick.
Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Violeta Sterner’s
Cold from the Inside Out