About Vicky Kaseorg:
Hi! I was born in Pennsylvania in 1956, studied art and writing at Binghamton University, and became a professional artist early in my career. I went on to graduate school at USC Los Angeles where I studied Occupational Therapy. I owned my own Occupational Therapy practice for many years in NY, and with the birth of my prodigiously gifted first son, began homeschooling. I have bicycled across the USA, run a marathon, completed a biathalon, learned to ski at age 50, successfully graduated all three children from homeschool to prestigious universities, yet still feel the most difficult task I have ever had to accomplish “is living a consistent, righteous life before God and my family.”
Between running a business and homeschooling, I never stopped writing. Upon moving to NC, I retired from Occupational Therapy and focused on art, teaching art, and homeschooling my three children. I began writing my first book in 2009 when the rescue and rehabilitation of a homeless, hopeless, vicious dog sparked the desire to capture the story in prose.
Seventeen books (and counting) are available in ebook and print, all with a core message of faith, hope and redemption. Nearly all have been #1 in their category upon release. God’s presence in each book, if not directly mentioned, is certainly felt.
Family members and friends used to chide me for “seeing God in everything”, when I would squeeze out a biblical message in not only the common-place events of my day, but in secular movies, books, and activities. With the rescue of the dog that led to my first book, I realized that perhaps this tendency was not a flaw. Perhaps it could even be used to help others find that God was indeed speaking to them…had always been speaking to them. To this end, I also am going on my fifth year of writing a daily inspirational blog, which I also illustrate.
It is a joy and privilege that God has granted me the ability to write. Thank you for reading!
She is currently at work on her latest book, while remaining active in volunteer work, promoting responsible animal rescue, kayaking, bicycling, running, skiing, and art. Vicky lives with her husband of 35 years and counting, two dogs,and countless spiders which she actively rescues and sets free whenever possible.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired to write by the continual awareness of God speaking to me through events and symbols throughout my day. His messages confirm His presence to me every day. I long to share the incredible truth that God is sufficient, and He is always speaking if we open our ears to hear His voice and ardently seek Him. My books are not always directly about God, but He is always at their core.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually begin a book with an inspiration – an idea that is the kernel of the book’s message. Usually, but not always, I make a rough outline of how I think the book will progress. I often do this while on a walk, and dictate to my phone. Almost always, as I write, the characters and plot assume a life of their own, and I rarely end up following the outline. I am always surprised by my endings.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters, but don’t talk to them. They become very important to me, but they are not real and unlike some authors, I don’t think of them as real. I think of them as important expressions of something I want to convey, and I think very carefully about how a real person would speak. The message is always more important to me than the character. The character is the vehicle by which I express the message.
What advice would you give other writers?
1. Never give up. If you love to write, keep writing.
2. Read great literature. It is the single best way to improve your writing.
3. Study grammar and punctuation rules.
4. Always use an outside editor. Editing your own work well is very very difficult.
5. As in any endeavor we want to excel in, writing is hard work. If you don’t put in devoted, daily time and effort, you will not be likely to improve.
6. Never trash your own work by saying things like “Thank you for reading my drivel.” When I hear an author devalue their work, I have no interest in reading it. It is not humility to say your work is not worth reading.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose to self-publish when the agent who was ready to sign me left the field! She left not because of me, but her issues made me concerned about working with agents/publishers. Once I self-published the first book and had astonishing, unexpected success, I realized I could do it on my own, retain greater profits, and have more control than if I published traditionally.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think e-books will continue to grow, and physical book stores, and print books will continue to shrink. As self-publishing becomes more accepted and easier, there will be less quality books in the market. The glut will hurt serious authors with talent because it will become increasingly difficult to be noticed.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Christian fiction, non-fiction, cozy mystery, animal books, biography
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
All information in this post is presented “as is” supplied by the author. We don’t edit, to allow you, the reader, to hear the author in their own voice.