Interview with Vivienne Diane Neal
Tell us a little about yourself: Thank you, Ms. Forbes, for providing me the opportunity to be interviewed on your site. My name is Vivienne Diane Neal, and I was born in 1946. I am a storyteller with a wicked sense of humor. My genre is contemporary romance with no happily ever after endings. I have been writing articles for over twenty years and started penning fictional short stories in 2007, and get my story ideas from observing people, places and things and watching true TV court cases.
Tell us a little about your books: My first book, Making Dollar$ And Cent$ Out Of Online Dating, is a true-life and humorous account as to why and how I got into the dating business and the problems I have encountered in the past while trying to keep afloat in the ever-changing world of the Internet dating business.
Shades of Deception is a collection of ten fictional short stories centering on diverse men and women, who in their speedy search for love, romance and bliss, become the targets and victims of deceit, betrayal, fraud, revenge and scandal.
Malicious Acts is an anthology of five short stories that centers on people who will stop at nothing to get what they want. If it means disguising themselves as benevolent individuals and destroying lives along the way, they are up for the thrill. They will use romance, sex, lust, greed, manipulation, and deceit as preludes to suck unsuspecting men and women out of their life’s savings.
The Man with the White Handkerchief is a digital short story (under 600 words) which I submitted to the Lulu Short Story Contest in 2011. The narrative is about a woman who is approached by a man asking for directions to a specific street, but she has no recollection as to what took place after that encounter.
Wicked Intent is a fictional short story about a successful businessman who is planning to marry his self-centered fiancée, but he is sidetracked by a beautiful female stranger who will brings lust, desire and eroticism into his life, but will ultimately destroy his relationship with the one person who has always stood by him.
Tell us about your publishing experiences: I made quite a few blunders in my writings. An author suggested that I split my long paragraphs into shorter, more easily ingested nuggets; there were a couple of misspellings and splitting of words, such as lifetime and nowadays. I had to revise three of my books several times before I was satisfied with the finish product. It is also important to remember that a proofreader/editor is human and can fail to spot misspellings, and incorrect use of certain words.
Did any author influence or help you in your writing?: The one person who influenced me was not an author, but a professor who taught English. I always tell people that I did not learn how to write until I went to college. She emphasized proper grammar, writing style and sentence structure. While attending college, I did not intend to become an author.
What advice would you give new authors?: If you have a story to tell, write it. If a traditional publisher rejects your manuscript, think about self-publishing. Many sites provide the necessary tools to publish your book for free or without costing you an arm and a leg. Most of all, avoid vanity press and subsidy publishers, unless you are a trust fund baby. 🙂
What is your best experience when writing?: My best experience in writing is creating unforgettable characters, storylines and plots that readers can identify with.
What is your worst experience in writing?: This is a good question; other than the blunders, I made when I first started writing fictional short stories, I cannot think of any bad experiences.
List your experience: I received my AA Degree from the Borough of Manhattan Community College in 1977 and a BS Degree in Home Economics from New York University in 1979. For over 16 years, I was a consultant to several home care agencies, training their home care workers in nutrition, meal planning and preparation, budgeting, consumer education and home management.
From 1982-1986, I was the publisher and editor of Gourmet News, a monthly newsletter, focusing on food, nutrition, shopping and cooking, and sponsored two cooking contests: Vegetable Cooking and Seafood Galore in 1985 and 1986, respectively.
I was also the publisher and editor of Features and Information, from 1992-1996, which brought creative and fun ways to meet people in a comfortable and pleasant manner, suggestions on personal development and self-improvement, beneficial approaches to achieving and maintaining a healthy life-style through good food, diet and nutrition, travel tips, events and more.
From 1986-2008, I ran a pen pal service, which evolved into a singles and couples service called HMCS Romance International.
In 2006, I founded One World Singles, an all-inclusive online dating site for people of all colors, ages (18+), lifestyles, ethnicities, and religions, and One World Singles Magazine Blog, which features informative articles and advice on dating, romance, love, relationships, news, interviews, featured romance authors and so much more.
Any works in Process: – Now, I am working on Retribution Unleashed, a sequel to Wicked Intent. The book should be out in the fall of 2012.
People may purchase my books at the following links:
I want to thank Vivienne for participating. I was a featured romance author in Vivienne’s One World Singles Magazine and I thank her for helping a new author.
I wish her the best in all she does and accomplishes.
To find out how you can participate go to Questionnaire for Authors under Writer’s Corner.