Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can we contact you?
A: You may write me at email@example.com.
Q: Is Windrusher based on any of your cats?
A: Windrusher is a totally fictional character unlike any of my cats. I did, however, use behavioral traits of the cats in describing certain actions of the fictional cats, such as their grooming habits. One of our first cats was named Gage. He seemed to be a totally clueless feline, so I used Gage as a model when describing Wetlos cats like Lil One.
Q: Where did you come up with the name Windrusher?
A: If you read the first adventure, you know that cats name themselves (despite whatever tag we give them) and give their “Call Names” a lot of thought. Windrusher, of course, found his Call Name in a dream. The scene in which he rushes down the hillside during the storm came to me as I was planning the novel. I’d already decided on his name, and the title of the book, though I honestly can’t remember how or when it first entered my brain — perhaps in a dream.
Q: What’s with the strange Egyptian-sounding words in the books?
A: A lot of thought went into the creation of those words, which became part of the feline vocabulary. Since I’ve given cats a culture dating back thousands of years to ancient Egypt where they were first domesticated, it seemed reasonable their gods and goddesses would have Egyptian-like names. Plus I threw in a few other exotic words like Hyskos and Setlos, not to mention the Akhen-et-u. Chalk them up to an over-stimulated brain, or as my wife is fond of saying, “Vic, you’re full of it!”
Q: Which Windrusher book is your favorite?
A: That’s a hard one, like asking which of your kids do you like best. I like them all for different reasons. The first one because it brought the character to life for so many people. I’ve had readers tell me they’d never look at their cats the same way, and I take that as high praise. I like Windrusher and the Cave of Tho-hoth because of the complex plot and the fact it reads like a mystery in many ways. Also because I introduced Quint Mitchell in that book, and have since used his character in my unpublished mystery, Matanzas Bay. I like my third book, Windrusher and the Trail of Fire, because of the “ripped from the headlines” theme in which Emily O’Donnell shares the same financial problems as so many other Americans during these tough economic times. I also liked the various twists the novel took and the bits of humor I threw into it.
Q: What kind of books do you read?
A: I read a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books, and usually have two or three books going at once. The fiction varies, but includes mysteries and thrillers, suspense and an occasional horror novel. I also listen to books in my car and on my iPod. Most recently, I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink.
Q: What’s your writing process? Are you an outliner, or do you just let it flow?
A: My process has changed somewhat over the past few years, but I typically write in the mornings. I try to write at least 5 pages per day when I’m in the middle of a project. I use the afternoons to work on other projects and chores on my “Honey-Do” list. I usually let an idea marinate in my head for a few months before sketching out characters and plot ideas. I then create a brief outline and start writing, using the outline as a jumping off point, a kind of road map that I often deviate from as new ideas appear. In the first two books I stayed close to the outline, although I frequently explored new directions and characters. In Trail of Fire and Matanzas Bay, I deviated even more, not knowing how the books would end when I began them.
Q: When will Matanzas Bay be published?
A: That’s a good question, and one I ask my agent regularly. The publishing world is changing rapidly, and finding a new publisher during these economic times has been frustrating and difficult. Hopefully, something will break in the near term and you will be able to read, what judges in several competitions have told me is an excellent mystery.
Q: Can we look forward to another Windrusher novel?
A: As James Bond once said, “Never say never,” but there’s no full length novel on the drawing board at this point as I’m working on a sequel to Matanzas Bay. I do have a few ideas for shorter-form Windrusher adventures, though, and hope to find the time to write them.
Q: Do you think there’s a movie in Windrusher’s future?
A: I’ve been told by many readers that the books would make good movies, and who am I to argue with them? There have been a few inquiries about obtaining film rights to the books, but sorry to say there is nothing in the works at this time.