Sunny Clark always thought she was the only shapeshifter in the town where she grew up. When she returns to the mountain community for her high school reunion, she is shocked to find that nearly the whole town can turn into one thing or another, including her teen crush, David Maxwell.
David has always known it was Sunny he wanted, but she wasn’t like him and the others. She couldn’t shift. At least, he never thought she could until it was too late. She left town and took his heart with her before he could let her know how he really felt. Now she’s back and he can’t lose her again.
Unfortunately, there are others in town who aren’t so happy to have Sunny back, and another man who is determined to have Sunny for his own. With sides being drawn, the real question becomes does Sunny want David enough to fight for him and change her entire life by moving back to the mountain as the Alpha female?
Interview with Vicky Burkholder
What’s your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?
I squeeze in writing after I get done with my day job (I’m an editor!) during the week and as much as possible on the weekends. And once a year, I go on a four day writer’s retreat with my local RWA group – and that’s when I get most of my writing for the year organized.
Of all your characters, who’s your favorite, and why?
It depends on what book I’m working on at the time. Still, if I was forced to say, I’d have to go with Betzl – a secondary character in my first book, Akashan’te. Betzl wasn’t even supposed to have a name. He was just a servant, but he decided differently and turned out to be a lot more than even I knew.
Do you eat comfort food/listen to music when writing?
I listen to music – either New Age instrumental, or easy listening (especially oldies like Peter, Paul & Mary) or Josh Groban. I like it soft and mellow.
Give one advice tip to an aspiring author.
Grow a thick skin. This is not a business for people who are easily discouraged. You have to be able to take rejection and poor reviews in stride. Yes, it hurts. Cry a little. Rant a little. But then, get back to work. Second bit of advice – learn the basics of writing! I know it sounds boring, but learn to spell; learn grammar and punctuation; learn everything and anything you can about writing.
If you could give a younger version of yourself advice, what would it be?
Start sooner! I always wanted to be a writer but let life get in the way. It was all good experience, which I have used in my work, but still… start sooner!
What genre would you like to try writing that you haven’t yet tried?
A cozy mystery. I love them and my crit partner writes them so well. I’d love to see what I could do with one.
How many stories are swirling around in your head? Do you keep a mental list, a computer file, or a spiral notebook filled with the ideas?
Believe it or not, I have 132 stories either completed or nearly completed (I’ve been at this a while) that I’m working on. All are organized into computer files as well as paper files with details on spreadsheets in a spiral notebook.
I have Who’s Your Alpha? Coming from Liquid Silver on March 31st, then on April 5th, a short, sweet paranormal called “Finder’s Keepers”, also from Liquid Silver, and finally, this summer, a short futuristic from Ellora’s Cave Blush (non-erotic line) called “Turn of a Card”. Lot’s going on in the next few months!
Tell us where to find you:
Facebook: Victoria Allen
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books – writing as Vicky Burkholder
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave – writing as Vicky Burkholder and Victoria Allen
Vicky Burkholder resides in Pennsylvania near the area where her ancestors settled in 1741. She lives in a three-generation home and is lucky enough to have two other writers in residence. At various times in her life, she has been a journalist, writer, editor, teacher, short-order cook, computer specialist, DJ, and librarian. Her writing spans the fantasy, science fiction, paranormal and romance lines from YA to adult. No matter the age or genre, all of her books have a touch of romance in them and have to have a happily ever after ending.