Monday, August 20, 2018

Interview with V.S. McGrath, THE DEVIL'S STANDOFF

Who in your life has influenced you the most? How did they do it?

My husband’s ability to think critically and articulate his thought process really helped me learn to communicate and work out story issues on my own. He’s thoughtful, kind, caring, and is a human Wikipedia. He’s really the reason I’m any good as a writer, aside from being a patient and understanding man who gives me time and space to write.

 What’s your favorite joke?

A priest and a rabbi walk into a bar. “Ow!” they yelled.

If you were a type of animal, what would you be and why?

Either a cat or a trash panda (raccoon). Both are fastidious creatures who dwell among humans but mostly keep to themselves.

What kind of vacations do you like?

I love visiting big cities, walking and taking in the local food and culture.

What are some of your smaller goals in life?

Finish my crochet blanket.

If you could try out any job for a day, what would you like to try?

I’ve always wanted to operate heavy construction machinery, like a backhoe or a dump truck.

If you could learn one random skill, what would you learn?

Flying scissor kick takedown.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?


Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses, or one horse-sized duck?

100 horses. But I wouldn’t fight them—I’d round them up and sell them as real-life My Little Ponies.

What’s the biggest personal change you’ve ever made?

Lately, it’s been wearing makeup. I used to think it was too time consuming, a waste of money, and, to my shame, something only shallow women did. I’ve come to realize that it’s artistry and self-care, an opportunity to express myself through my outward appearance. Also, I didn’t want to look like a lizard person in my photos anymore. Wearing makeup has given me new confidence.

What’s the biggest turnoff in a man/woman?

Willful ignorance.

What makes you cry the easiest?

Videos of soldiers reuniting with their children and the pets; thinking about my cat; and Pixar films.

Would you ever sky dive or bungee jump?


Have you ever been in a fist fight?

What do you think is one of the most undervalued professions right now?


How would you explain your basic life philosophy?

Plan for the worst, hope for the best.

Would you rather be hated or forgotten?


If you knew you would die tomorrow, would you feel cheated today?

Nah. I had a good run.

How long does it take you to write a book?

For 100,000 words, at least 6 months to draft, 3 months to edit, if I’m lucky.

The Devil’s Standoff
V. S. McGrath
(The Devil’s Revolver #2)
Publication date: April 2nd 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Welcome to the birthplace of the Devil’s Revolver, where untold danger lurks for Hettie Alabama and her companions…
The second book in the epic, magic-clad Devil’s Revolver series follows Hettie and her sister south of the Wall into Mexico, where they must unmake Hettie’s infernal mage gun while confronting a magic- and land-hungry army and a monster from hell drawn to the powers of the weapon.
Hettie wants nothing more than to break her bond to the cursed Devil’s Revolver and find a way to keep her sister safe — but Abby’s indigo powers are growing stronger, and in the gated, walled village where they take refuge, nothing is exactly as it seems. Pursued by the Pinkertons, left without allies or guardians, Hettie has to rely on her own grit and determination to do the right thing, no matter the cost.
This second installment of V. S. McGrath’s sweeping and high-stakes saga draws its truly unforgettable gunslinger heroine to her limits and ends with a satisfying bang.

Author Bio:
Vicki So, writing as V. S. McGrath, is a published romance author (as Vicki Essex) and has six books with Harlequin Superromance: Her Son’s Hero (July 2011); Back to the Good Fortune Diner (January 2013), which was picked for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club; In Her Corner (March 2014); A Recipe for Reunion (March 2015); Red Carpet Arrangement (January 2016); and Matinees with Miriam (November 2016). She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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