Vivi Dumas is an embryonic novelist in the paranormal romance genre. She pens sweltering supernatural romances, indulging in the worlds inhabited by demons, werewolves, vampires, and other supernatural beings. She also has published works with Decadent Publishing, Ravenous Romance, and Breathless Press.
Although Vivi grew up an Army brat, she calls Louisiana home, but has tolerated the broiling summers and icy winters of Maryland for the last 16 years. She is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University with an MBA in Finance and Marketing. Her systematic side has perfected a livelihood in the financial industry for almost 20 years. To set the scales of her logical, arithmetical day job, she releases her ingenuity in her writing.
Vivi, please share how you came up with the concept for the Chasing the Grail series?
Chasing the Grail came about from my love of the Arthurian legends and thirst for knowledge. I had read somewhere about the tales of Black knights of African descent. I thought it would be a great marriage of my multicultural writing and to be a part of the story of Camelot. The hero, Morien, comes from a Dutch version of the Lancelot Grail legends.
When you’re deeply connected and immersed in a book, Vivi, have you ever had a dream that you felt was not your dream? Do your characters dream within you?
I really can’t tell you. I rarely remember my dreams. When I do, it’s very strange. But my characters do haunt my thoughts most of the day.
Have you had a dream that was one of your characters?
Again, if I did, I don’t remember it.
What do you love most about the paranormal genre?
I love the possibility of immortality. It’s one thing to love in short human years, but to maintain a love indefinitely is a whole other level. Those who have been in a serious long term relationship (more than 10 years) will understand.
Vivi, please share the titles of three paranormal scorchers on your nightstand?
I have a non-fiction and the bible on my nightstand right now. You actually caught me on a non-paranormal binge. I’m reading Steven King’s On Writing, Stephanie Draven’s It Stings so Sweet, and Jennifer Ashley’s The Seduction of Elliot McBride. But next up on my kindle I have Decorah Security series by Rebecca York.
Who are some of your favorite romance/paranormal writers?
I read everything by Jeaniene Frost, Shelly Laurenston, J.R. Ward, Jennifer Ashley, and Saranna DeWylde.
How do you find balance?
I think I more so stumble into some semblance of balance rather than neatly find it. I stay up really late and get up early. I have the dark circles under my eyes to prove it. When you have a passion for something, you do what you have to do to pursue it.
What is the guilty pleasure you find the naughtiest?
Oh… so many ways to answer this question. Staying in my PJ’s on a Saturday morning, eating cereal (Peanut Butter Captain Crunch) in bed and watch my DVR’d episodes of Vampire Diaries, Big Bang Theory and Bones. Sad but it feels so naughty because I know I can be doing something else.
What did you learn about yourself while penning Her Black Knight?
I learned there is a true romantic at heart. I usually have to be aggressive in most parts of my life, work, home, and other aspects. I learned that I like the romance. I really love being a girl and dressing up and being fabulous. I think it’s why I like historicals. The women are very feminine in those times.
What challenges did you endure while penning Soul Catcher?
My biggest challenge was writing my heroine and make everyone understand her internal struggles with her looks and her value on material things without making everyone think she was a shallow douche. I hope I succeeded, but I’m sure for some she still is very shallow. There’s a lot of talk about clothes and shoes in the book. It doesn’t appeal to some. But I stayed true to me and my character. We both have a love for fashion. She was a model for goodness sake. Don’t shoot us because we like our Jimmy Choos and Michael Kors bags.
What did you learn about yourself while inking Salvation?
Salvation was about range and stretching y writing ability. I’m not good at short stories. Salvation was also the first erotica piece I wrote. I wasn’t sure if I could go there and was a little embarrassed at share the sexuality of that story. But I pulled through it.
What fears were you facing with the release of Her Black Knight?
My fears for Her Black Knight was if others would be drawn to it. Not many stories out there about Black knights, at least in the literal sense. I loved the story, but I fear it doesn’t fit neatly into any genre. What do you do with a multicultural, contemporary, time travel, spin off from the Arthurian folklore. And did I mention it’s only 10K?
What are you most ambivalent about when you sit down to write?
The next words I will type. I’m a diehard panser. I’ve tried to plot a couple of times and my story always goes its own course. It’s a bless and a curse. I hope one day I can find some middle ground there.
What do you want your readers to walk away with after reading your books?
I want my readers to walk away entertained. I’m not trying to write the next great literary novel. I want my readers to fall in love with my characters and enjoy the story.
If you were able to go white water rafting with whomever you want (past or present), who do you pick and what are you talking about?
Shoot! These are really hard questions. I choose… hmm. I think I would pick Toni Morrison. I would ask about her opinion of the romance genre. She is such a prolific writer. Her books are thought provoking and riveting. I want to know what a person who injects so much complexity into their writing thinks of those of us who write romance. A lot of times I think that people outside of romance, especially those who write literary fiction, seem to turn their nose down at romance writers. I think many romance writers have as much complexity and emotion as any literary fiction and bring.
Thank you so much, Vivi, what a great time I had. Shout out to Saranna DeWylde for introducing me to you and your fantastic writing!
Diane, thank you for hosting me and making me dig a little deeper to think about the answers to your questions.
Oh, Vivi, ya got me grinning like the Joker! You are welcome!Powered by Sidelines