Because we come from a family of writers and avid readers, we both started writing very early and can’t recall a time we didn’t have a work in progress. We became co-authors after individually publishing three mystery novels each. Avalon bought our first two co-authored books, Path of the Jaguar and Nightmare in Morocco.
What do you love about being an author?
We travel together and research each setting we use. This makes our work fun and our fiction very real to us. We enjoy talking to the people we meet on our trips, for meeting them gives us a feel for creating our own characters.
If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?
Because we both love the setting and the character, Joe Leaphorn from the Tony Hillerman series would be our choice. We’d eat Navajo tacos, of course. This summer we traveled to New Mexico and visited some of the places he used as settings for his books.
If your book/ story was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?
If we were casting our mystery-suspense Death Blow, we would want Clive Owen and Kate Beckinsale for the hero and heroine.
Because we see them differently—Vickie sees them as sexy leads and Loretta as blood hungry monsters–we don’t do vampire books. However we have written some horror stories. The Muse Incarnate is a novella about a sexy vampire type siren who steals the soul. We also have some horror tales in our short story anthologies Mrs. Jingles and other Tales of Horror and Suspense, Killer at the Door, and The Bloody Knife. But most of our stories involve tormented minds rather than supernatural creatures.
If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?
We would go back to 1880 or somewhere in that time era. For some reason, we both feel an affinity for the late Victorian time period, the clothing and the morals and manners all seem familiar to us. Probably because we did a lot of research for gothics and westerns set in this era, it has special meaning for us.
What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?
The best advice for life is that popularity should never be a goal. This relates to our work, for authors write for a small group who share their interests.
According to Vickie, vampires are subtly sexy, where werewolves are too hairy and ill-tempered. As for vampires, she likes their old-world style. You’ll find some of our heroes have a definite gothic/vampire air about them, but they aren’t supernatural.
Where do you write best?
A writer needs quiet, so early mornings alone with a computer is the most valuable time spent. There notes scribbled from travels and observations are implemented into the final work.
What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?
We often read the same authors, and the last book we read was mystery writer Aaron Elkins’ novel, Tiny Little Teeth. His settings are very realistic. The trip up the Amazon was so vivid it made us want to go there.
If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?
We have tried not to limit our work to a certain genre, although most of what we write falls in the mystery category. Besides mysteries, we have written love stories, horror tales, literary stories, and westerns. Our westerns grow out of our love for the rugged, Old West scenery. We have also written one young adult thriller, Three to Die.
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