“Journey of Promise” author Vickie Hall recently appeared on ABC4’s “Good Things Utah” to promote her book, which hit bookstores on March 12, 2013.
“Journey of Promise” is a work that is near and dear to Hall’s heart and is the sequel to 2011’s “All That Was Promised.”
“These stories are based on the journals of my great-great grandparents,” said Hall of her books. “They’ve really helped me bring my characters to life and give the stories an authentic flavor.”
That’s not all Hall had to say. Keep reading to see what we learned while she visited our Fiction Fest hot seat.
In a two-sentence nutshell, what is “Journey of Promise” about?
Richard and Leah Kenyon believe they’re ready to sacrifice whatever it takes to reach Zion. But they’ll need the Lord’s tender mercies to see them through and strengthen their love for one another as they encounter the exacting measure of the Atlantic Ocean and might Mississippi River.
How long did it take for you to write the book?
About six months.
What is your writing routine like?
I write virtually six days a week, from between five to six hours a day. I find that by keeping myself focused to that degree I am able to write at least two books a year.
What is your current work in progress?
My newest book is a departure from anything I’ve done before. It’s a take-off on Frankenstein, the creation being unblemished, although made up of different parts from three different “donors”. Each part retains its own memories leaving the creation struggling to find a way to reconcile all the memories in search of discovering who he really is and where he belongs in the world.
You were recently on ABC4’s “Good Things Utah.” What did you like most about that experience?
I loved the chance to discuss the inspiration behind the two books and how wonderful it was to have the journals of my great-great grandparents behind that inspiration.
What was the most joy writing has ever brought to you?
When a fan told me he had never been much of a reader because he suffered with dyslexia, but when he started reading my book he couldn’t stop reading. It took him over two weeks of persistent effort with the dyslexia, but he made it and now reads everything I write.
What about Vickie Hall would surprise her fans?
That I was painfully shy as a child. You wouldn’t know it to see me now!
If you could choose any genre to write (besides the one you already write), which would it be?
The one I’m delving into now – mystery.
What’s the strangest feedback a reader has given you about your books?
I can’t recall any particular feedback, but once at a book signing a lady picked up my book and looked at the cover, then asked, “Did you write this book?” I told her I had and she the asked, “Are you Vickie Hall?” That gave me a chuckle.
What advice would you like to offer aspiring novelists?
Never stop learning about the craft of writing, and if you write because you love it, then never give up.