Hi everybody! Day 6 here on Thea and Viv’s Big Adventure, and oh, the things we have done and the places we have seen! And there are more good things to come.
Today’s theme is the jungle, and as I sit down to work on this blog, the first thing that popped into my mind is Rio de Janeiro. Then the next thing that popped into my mind is Viv, who has been so kind and awesome, positive and energetic as we work on this blog tour together.
Now, Viv has traveled a lot. I don’t know all the places she’s gone to, but she has definitely done more traveling than me. So I’m going to bet you, well, a blog prize for a commenter today that Viv has probably been to Rio.
What’s that, you say? A lucky commenter today is already going to win an ebook? How true! But we still don’t know if Viv has been to Rio or not.
Why don’t I just conduct a little bitsy interview with Viv and find out, shall I?
THEA: So, Viv, tell us—have you been to Rio? If you have, what were your favorite parts?
VIV: Oh hon! I’ve been lots of places, but this past winter was our first time to South America, and we stuck to Ecuador. BUT! We did go to a Rio. Rio Chico was about a 15-minute moto-taxi ride away from where we stayed while living on the coast for a month in Puerto Lopez. OH BOY, MOTO-TAXI ON THE HIGHWAY-WHEEEE!!
And at Rio Chico? Mudbaths!
THEA: Today’s technology has opened up the world for writers in some pretty amazing ways. With access to email, we can (theoretically) work and meet deadlines just about anywhere. One thing that amazes me about you is that you are able to discipline yourself to write while you are travelling. That’s something I haven’t yet mastered, because for me, my mind’s all like WOO TRAVEL!! Could you tell us a little about how you do that?
VIV: It’s hard to explain. I just do what needs to be done that day. I certainly don’t spend as much time playing online while traveling, because, yeah, the WOO TRAVEL is a big part of why we go.
Depending on where we are, I might write, edit or do promo for part of the day, then make sure I take time to play with the family and explore. My husband and daughter are gems—they’ve taken over the cooking/bottle washing etc, and now I don’t have to juggle ALL the balls. I’m so grateful for that. And I love doing things with them. Our son is older now, but we have lots of great memories of trips with him along as well.
THEA: Which of your stories have you written while you’ve been on the road?
VIV: I wrote parts of Wolf Signs while in the Canadian Maritimes. Wolf Tracks while in Utah. While we traveled the US in a camper for 10 months I wrote Black Gold and Wolf Line, revised Rocky Mountain Heat and Rocky Mountain Haven. While in Ecuador I did edits on Wolf Line, wrote the partial (3 chapters) of Rocky Mountain Desire, and the same for a proposal for the Adrenaline series that will be starting in 2013 from Berkley Publishing—working with the same editor as you!
THEA: In WOLF LINES, your heroine Keri is helping out her BFF on the Arctic Wolf Cruise Lines. Did you have to do a lot of research for that scenario, or have you been on enough cruises that the writing became more organic?
VIV: I’ve been ON a couple cruise ships, but never sailed, so I had to research some parts. I’ve been on the water lots, but our craft tend to be smaller and tippier. But a story is a story—more about the people and what’s happening inside them. Setting is important, but the heart is the reason I write.
Maybe that’s why I can write anywhere I go—it’s like taking family along. I just squeeze out a little bit of my day to visit with them. And it happens!
Thanks for the fun questions, Thea!
THEA AND VIV’S BIG ADVENTURE is brought to you by Thea Harrison and Vivian Arend, New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors with a love for both travel and writing. They have joined together for the nefarious purpose of celebrating their next Samhain Publishing ebooks.
Thea’s DEVIL’S GATE releases June 5. The novella returns readers to the world of The Elder Races. Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Samhain Publishing
WOLF LINE, #5 in Viv’s bestselling Granite Lake Wolves, is available June 12. Available at: Amazon | Barne’s & Noble | Samhain Publishing
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Winners from comments at all the tour stops will be announced Viv’s and Thea’s blogs on JUNE 13.
Question for today:
Which would you pick for a vacation
—a jungle adventure or a cruise?
I'm a 20 something college student who enjoys books, movies, and the sciences. I enjoy almost every genre (except historical, I've tried and they are NOT my thing), and you will always find me with a book on hand. I am a mathematician and english geek, have two adorable kittens that are my babies, and live in the south. A conundrum for you all... I hate sweet tea!