Thursday, June 16, 2011

Author Interview: Vickie Hall

Today's interview is with Vickie Hall, author of All That Was Promised.

Jennifer Walker: Where can we find out more about you and buy your book?

Vickie Hall: I have a website at, my blog is My book, All That Was Promised, can be found online at,,,, and can be purchased in the Utah market at Deseret Book and Seagull Book.

Jennifer Walker Tell us about your book.

Vickie Hall: The book takes place in 1847 Wales when a Methodist minister converts to the Mormon Church and faces the rejection of his former congregation, the indecision of his wife, the betrayal of his brother, and the violence of mis-informed villagers. The story is a testament to courage, faith, and conviction, with a good dose of memorable characters and surprises.

Jennifer Walker: Where did you get the idea for the story?

Vickie Hall: The idea came from the journals of my great-great grandparents, who joined the Mormon Church in Wales. Many of their p
ersonal experiences and their strong relationship became a part of the story.

Jennifer Walker: What is your greatest writing challenge?

Vickie Hall: I think trying to keep things fresh. The more I write the more I am aware of trying not to repeat overused phrases or character types. This can truly be a challenge but one I try to keep uppermost in my mind.

Jennifer Walker: What do you find most rewarding in writing a book?

Vickie Hall: For me it's the telling of the story and hearing from readers how much they enjoyed the book. Although I write because I love it and would even if no one ever read a word from me, there is a wonderful vindication in finding acceptance of your work.

Jennifer Walker: What other projects do you have coming up?

Vickie Hall: I've already completed a Part 2 to All That Was Promised and recently completed a manuscript about the experiences of a Japanese-American family during World War II and their internment in a relocation camp.

Jennifer Walker: What is your writing process like?

Vickie Hall: I always have in mind the general plot including the beginning and a clear ending. I do outline my characters and their traits, but everything that happens in between comes as a surprise!

Jennifer Walker: Tell us a little about your non-writing life. Family? Pets? Hobbies?

Vickie Hall: I am single, so in one aspect I probably have a lot more time to devote to my writing than those with family responsibilities. I love animals and have kitty named Katie. I enjoy camping in the mountains with my family, enjoy needlework, and am always on the lookout for an interesting historical tidbit that might lead to a new book.

Jennifer Walker: When and why did you decide to become a writer?

Vickie Hall: I wanted to be a writer from the time I was about 14 years old. I always looked forward to my English assignments and could write a story or an essay. That's when I discovered how much I loved writing and planted the seed of striving to become a writer.

Jennifer Walker: If you could choose your last meal, what would it be?

Vickie Hall: Chocolate lava cake as an appetizer, with chocolate fudge brownies smothered in chocolate sauce for the main course, with chocolate mousse for dessert!

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