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INTERVIEW: Debbie Viguié, Author of The Last Grave (Witch Hunt)

Debbie Viguié is the New York Times bestselling author of two dozen novels, including the Wicked series and the Crusade series, both coauthored by Nancy Holder. Debbie also writes thrillers, including the Psalm 23 Mysteries and the Kiss trilogy. She has a degree in creative writing from U.C. Davis. Debbie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She and her husband Scott live in Florida with their cat, Shrödinger. You can visit Debbie at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Debbie was kind enough to answer some of my questions about her new book, her writing, and much more!

Kristin Centorcelli: Debbie, thanks so much for joining us! Will you tell us a bit about yourself and your background? Did you always want to be a writer?

Debbie Viguié: Thanks for having me! I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was about twelve, but I started writing years before that. When I was 12 I read The Lone Star Ranger by Zane Grey. When I finished the last page I knew I wanted to be a writer because I wanted to make people feel exactly like I did right then. I now have two dozen books in print. I tend to write thrillers and dark fantasy. I’m thrilled to say that a production company in Hollywood has actually optioned the rights for The Thirteenth Sacrifice, the first book in this series. Fingers crossed! I’m married to a fantastic guy and I have an incredibly needy cat.

KC: The Last Grave, the 2nd novel in your Witch Hunt series just came out. What can we expect from Detective Samantha Ryan in this installment?

DV: She’s going to be delving more into the memories of her past that she’s been suppressing for so many years. She’s also going to be pushing herself, learning to do more intense magic even though she’s trying to keep from doing any magic. This is going to be a hard book for her and a lot is going to change in her life.

KC: What sort of research have you done for the Witch Hunt series?

DV: I have read extensively about Wicca practices. I based a lot of my rituals on fundamentals of Wicca but then put them on steroids. I asked myself what these rituals would be like if a) they were practiced by people who by their very nature could manipulate the physical world around them just by breathing and b) were intended to actually bring great power or create great harm which a true Wiccan ritual would never do. I did a little bit of research when writing the Wicked series with Nancy Holder, but I have done a great deal more since then. It was also important to me that the magic feel very real and that the logic behind it feel almost scientific in nature.

KC: You’ve written everything from thriller, to romance, to epic dark fantasy! Is it a challenge to write in so many different genres?

DV: Actually, it’s what keeps me sane! Seriously, I read in so many different genres, and have since I was a kid, that writing in different genres has always felt very natural to me. The more I write, though, the more I realize that while I touch on so many different genres, I do have a style that’s distinctly my own. So readers of my thrillers, for example, have found it very easy to also read and enjoy my epic dark fantasy work.

KC: Are there any particular authors that have significantly influenced your writing?

DV: My favorite author is Zane Grey who died decades before I was born. His work inspired me to want to become a writer.

KC: What book(s) are you reading now?

DV: Actually I’m reading Totally Irresponsible Science (a book about easy science experiments). Totally random, I know.

KC: I read in your bio that you like to visit theme parks in your free time. What’s one of your favorites?

DV: My husband and I are huge fans of EPCOT at Walt Disney World. In many ways the park is multi-genre. The front part of the park is dedicated to innovation, sciences, and the future. The back part of the park is the World Showcase where you get to hop from country to country experiencing different foods, architecture, and customs from all over the world. No wonder I like it!

KC: What’s next for you?

DV: I’m finishing up my Kiss trilogy with the final book, Kiss of Revenge, coming later this year. It’s a Christian vampire series. I love saying that. It makes people twitch. It’s thrilling and exciting and very fun. I’m also working on a couple of other projects, but I can’t say anything about them just yet!

To wrap up Debbie’s blog tour, she’s giving us the inside scoop on her new release, THE LAST GRAVE, tomorrow at!

About Kristin Centorcelli (842 Articles)
Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).
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