Chit Chatting with Author Victoria Laurie
Written by: Jill Sheets
Picture credit: Ric Michael Photography.
Recently I had the honor of interviewing the author of “GHOULS, GHOULS, GHOULS,”
Victoria Laurie. Continue reading to learn more about her new book, other books that
she has written and about her.
R: Tell us about your writing background. What was the first story that you have ever
written and what was it about?
V: I believe the first story I ever wrote was about a young girl who was terribly
mistreated by her very cruel parents, and one day the girl fled to the woods to live
amongst a pack of wolves. Hey, I was eleven, loved wolves, and had been grounded for
what I felt was a minor infraction. Can you blame me?
R: Tell us about your “Ghost Hunter Mystery” series.
V: : Ghost Hunters stars my protagonist, M.J. Holliday, a psychic medium tired of doing
readings for private clients, so with her business partner and BFF Gilley Gillespie, she
starts a ghost busting business with visions of striking it rich. It goes about the way you
would expect – the pair barely make ends meet, and somewhere around book three in the
series, M.J. and Gilley start doing ghost-hunting for reality TV. This goes a bit better for
their pocketbooks, but not a lot better for their long-term life expectancy as the spooks
get creepier and the mysteries get grittier.
R: How did you come up with the idea for the series?
V: There was this show on the Travel Channel that I used to love to watch called, Most
Haunted. It gave me some really great inspiration. That coupled with the fact that I
first introduced M.J. in one of my other series as just a supporting character really were
the impetus for the idea of having a spin-off series to my first one, The Psychic Eye
R: Tell us about your new book “GHOULS, GHOULS, GHOULS.”
V: M.J. and Gilley travel to Ireland to investigate a haunted castle situated on a deserted
hunk of rock just off the Irish coastline. The castle is said to have hidden treasure
somewhere within it, and only the original inhabitant, Lord Dunnyvale knows where it
is. As he’s been dead for the last four hundred years, M.J. and her team are the perfect
people to tease the treasure’s location out of him. However, Ranald won’t give up the
goods until his castle is rid of an eight-foot-tall deadly phantom of mysterious origins
who likes to toss would-be treasure hunters right off the cliffs!
R: Can you tell us a little bit about your other series “Psychic Eye Mysteries”
and “Oracles of Delphi Keep.”
V: The Psychic Eye Mysteries is about a professional psychic named Abby Cooper –
who isn’t the Hollywood-esque version of a psychic, she’s instead very down to earth
and normal. Her life, however, isn’t so normal anymore. Early in the series, Abby is
recruited by her local police department to help them solve the various unsolved cases
that come their way. Later, when her boyfriend Detective Dutch Rivers becomes Agent
Rivers of the FBI, she goes to work for the FBI as their civilian profiler, (aka resident
psychic.) Hijinks ensue.
Oracles of Delphi Keep is a completely different genre and story-line. Set in Dover,
England just before World War II, the series chronicles seven intuitively gifted children
and their quest to save the world from the evil underworld god, Demo gorgon and his
Picture source: Victoria Laurie
R: It seems like you write three series at once. How do you keep them straight when you
are writing them and self disciplined to keep focused?
V: It’s much easier than it looks, I promise you! Each series has its own rhythm and
tempo, and all I have to do is think of the narrator’s voice for that opening paragraph and
the rest just unfolds. The self-discipline isn’t really anything special either. To write
three series a year you only need to commit to writing 10 pages per day, or editing 50
pages of text per day. Plus, writing is my job, and I need to write to eat, so I’m highly
motivated to get up and get to work!
R: If they were to make on of your series into movies, who would you dream cast be?
V: Well, let’s see…I’d probably go with the Psychic Eye Mysteries, and my dream cast
would be: Courtney Cox for Abby, Mark Valley for Dutch, Gary Dourdan for Milo, Anne
Heche for Cat, Porsche Degeneres for Candice, (enjoy the irony there, folks!) and Dave is
my wild card…anyone who could play a 50 year old hippie, I suppose!
R: What is your writing process? Do you start to write or do you out-line first?
V: My process is that I sit down at 6:30 a.m. and just start typing and I don’t stop until
I’ve gotten those 10 pages in for the day. I don’t outline, but periodically I will jot down
a few notes to myself. When I’m stuck for what to write next, I go for a long power-
walk, and that always clears the cobwebs. Also, when I’m editing, I really need a bowl of
potato chips handy. There’s something about crunching something salty and editing that
just fit well together!
R: Where can people get your books?
V: Anywhere books are sold.
R: What are some of your future goals?
V: To get to all the ideas I’ve got on the back-burner. Too many books to write, too little
R: What is the best advice you have ever gotten and by who?
V: I got this off a pamphlet from a literary agency who turned me down for
representation but wanted to sell me their book on how to get published, (enjoy that irony
too), and it said; “If anything can prevent you from becoming an author – let it. If nothing
can – persevere!”
R: What advice would you give teenage girls?
V: Dream of the life you want and figure out how to make it happen on your own,
without the aid of someone else. Believe in yourself, believe in yourself, believe in
R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?
V: “Can you tell me the winning lottery numbers?” (No, honey, if I could, I’d be the
R: Are you on any social networking sites. If so, what are their addresses? Do you have
an official website? If so, what is the address?
V: I’m on Twitter: @victoria_laurie (http://twitter.com/#!/victoria_laurie) and on
and my Web site addresses are: www.victorialaurie.com and
R: Victoria, thank you for the interview. Have a great day.