Dear Gentle Readers, We at Vision and Verse wish you the happiest of holidays. We hope the love and peace you feel in your heart this season lasts throughout the coming new year. We hope you've found something here on Vision and Verse that sparked your imagination or kick-started your own creativity. Or maybe, you found a new artist or author to follow!
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Mon., Dec. 23 -BOOK REVIEW: The Christmas Wreath by Angela Fotd
Tues., Dec. 24 - ART - Vogue, Helen Dryden
Wed., Dec. 25 - Christmas Day - NOTE FROM CAROL Vision and Verse will be taking a little break. We’ll be back as soon as possible, better than ever! We are revamping our look and reformatting the layout with a sidebar and links to my books and all kinds of exciting stuff! ❤️ See you in 2020!
Madison Rand runs Rand Solutions, an unusual and very helpful agency in the beautiful town of Silver Maple, New York. The police inform her that her highly qualified, specialized employees are targeted by a professional killer and being picked off, one by one. To save their lives, she closes down her business, sends them all away, and retreats to a friend’s cabin at Star Lake to figure out who is after them and why.
Danger follows her to the cabin in the woods at Star Lake, where an old ghost from her past reappears on Christmas Eve, hellbent on revenge, and the madman tracks her through the underground caves at the lake.
Shots are fired. A body drops to the ground. Is it Kyle Miller, the love of her life, who followed her to the cabin to propose on Christmas Eve?
The air is thick with treachery and deceit. The body count is rising and old friendships are put to the test. But Madison Rand believes in miracles, especially at Christmas time.
Good morning, Theresa! Welcome to Vision and Verse, the site for art and authors. Can you tell us a little about what you've written?
I have been published since 2013 and have 25 books in print in four genre, fantasy, scifi, paranormal/romance, and memoir.
What is your favorite genre to write?
So far, I haven’t met a genre I didn’t like.
Chocolate and it’s good my dragon muse, Farloft, loves it too, because he keeps a hoard for us.
Tea or coffee?
Tea – Chai in particular
Pizza or ice cream?
Ice cream (chocolate and caramel varieties most).
Wine or beer?
Neither. I am a hard liquor drinker if I drink. Usually liquors.
Where would you like to visit?
Austria is my next dream vacation, but I love to travel, and any destination is good.
Favorite musical artist.
A love a variety of artists. I would have a difficult time picking just one.
Do you listen to music when you write?
Usually piano, cello or classical music. Something I can’t hum to or sing too. I find that distracting.
What makes you laugh?
My cat, Watson is quite a character and makes me laugh daily with is antics.
Since this is an art AND author blog, I am obliged to ask: Favorite work of art or sculpture.
Another one I would have a hard time answering. I do like art and sculptures that represent real people or objects.
How old were you when you started writing?
I have been writing since I was in grade school. My mother gave me a journal to put down my thoughts. I have journaled every day since then. I wrote my first book in middle school.
Do you plan out your book with outlines and notecards? Or just write? I just write. I have usually thought it out thoroughly before hand.
Describe your perfect evening.
A nice meal with friends and a good long conversation over tea and dessert.
Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from everywhere, past experiences, people I knew or know, news articles I read on current events, and discussions with friends.
What do you do when you get a writer's block?
I usually take a nap or go to bed for the night. Sleeping on a problem creates a solution for me.
Who is your favorite author?
You ask difficult questions. I might be able to tell you one for each genre, but not just one. I love Beryl Markham, James Herriot, Asimov, Heinlein, Bradbury, Anne Mccaffrey, L. Ron Hubbard, and Margery Williams to name a few.
Best book you ever read.
I really loved the pose of “West with the Night”.
Last book you read.
I am currently reading several. I edit books for other authors so I can’t really say what it is I am reading currently, but it is a winner.
Oh, that is good to know that you edit. Note to self. What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer?
I am doing it. I love to edit and help other authors polish their work and make them shine.
Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
My parents formed me both morally, intellectually and spiritually.
If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
I would like to sit down with my grandparents. I never got to meet my dad’s parents, they died when he was very young. My mother’s parents both died when I was a child. I have heard so may stories about them all. I would love to meet them.
What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer? Have faith in yourself. Write the best you can. Turn out the cleanest product you are able to the public.