Author Friends: Maria Vickers

Are you a panster or a plotter?
I’m both. Most of my stories are pantser, but there are a few that I completely plotted. If I do plot though, I leave enough room and an open mind so that I can change things if needed.
Do you believe in Writer’s Block? If so, how do you kick its arse?
I do and I hate it. LOL. I get it often enough and it usually happens when I overthink things. To get over it, sometimes I will work on something else to get my mind off of it, or I will sprint with a friend. When I sprint, I write without thinking and can a lot of times push through that block.
What book is your comfort read on a bad day? The one you go back to reread over and over. 
I have a few. FastTrack By Julie Garwood, The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn, and Found You by Dahlia Donovan. I love reading a good love story with a. happy ending when I’m having a bad day.
Describe your perfect writing space: 
I love a lot of light where I can see the sky. I’m currently designing my writing office, so right now I wander from my bedroom to the living room to the outside deck at my house. Eventually, I will have a writing space with a chaise lounge, lots of natural light, and bookshelves with all of the books I’ve collected over the years and another to hold my writer stuff including books and swag.
Do you write your title first or story first?
Half and half. LOL. Sometimes I have a story first and sometimes I know what the title will be before I ever write the story.
And lastly, write a one or two paragraph flash fiction inspired by the last photo or text you got on your phone:
The last text I got was from my best friend talking about my nieces (her daughters) and how they are doing…
Family had always been important to him, something that grounded him and people who supported him without question. It didn’t matter if it was when he came out or when he wanted to try new things. Even when he’d decided to leave everything behind and start over, they’d only asked if he was certain. He’d never been surer, and when Caleb told them that, they stood beside him 100% and never tried to talk him out of it. Caleb left his job, moved from New York to Indiana, and started a new career that had nothing to do with his previous life. It was a big change. Of course it wasn’t only the move. Moving from being a stock broker to a baker. Talk about 180 degrees.
And now they stood behind him and supported him as he took the next step into his future. Walking down the aisle, his best friend and siblings stood at the end to his left, and on the other side of the aisle, stood people he considered friends and family. But it was the man in front of him that meant the most to Caleb. He never expected to find love, but Issac landed in his life in a cloud of flour – quite literally. Today, Caleb’s family would grow and Issac would forever be part of that.
Maria Vickers currently lives in St. Louis, MO with her pug, Spencer Tracy. She has always had a passion for writing and after she became disabled, she decided to use writing as her escape. 

Life is about what you make of it. You have to live it to the fullest no matter the circumstances.

She has always loved Not only creating the stories, but reading them as well. Books transport her, and when she was younger, she would run into walls because she refused to put her books down even for a second. Take note, walking with books is not advised. LOL. 

With the books she writes, she wants to share my stories with the world. She dreams of transporting others and would love for them to feel the emotions her characters feel. That’s her goal with her writing. If she can do that for even one person, she feels like she succeeded. 

Getting sick changed her and her life, but it also opened doors that she never thought about. Today, even though she cannot do as much as she once could, she can still write.