Monthly Archives: December 2009

At Home with Children’s Fantasy Author Victoria Simcox


Victoria, known as Vicki, was born in 1966, in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She has one older sister, Jeannette. When Vicki was 7, she moved with her family to British Columbia. In her early twenties Vicki moved to Western Washington and now resides in Marysville WA. She has been married to her husband Russ, for nineteen years and they have three children; Toby, who is fifteen, Kristina, thirteen, and William, eight. She has home schooled her children for the past nine years, and she also teaches elementary school art. Vicki’s other family members are, a Chihuahua, named Pipsy, two cats, Frodo, and Fritz, and two parakeets, Charlie, and Paulie. She did have a pet rat named Raymond when she started writing The Magic Warble, but sad to say, he has since passed away of old age. Vicki enjoys writing, painting watercolors, watching movies, hanging out with her family, and chauffeuring her kids around to their many activities. Her favorite author is C.S. Lewis, and one of her fondest memories is when she was twelve. She would sit at the kitchen table and read The Chronicles of Narnia to her mother while she cooked dinner. These magical stories were very dear to Vicki and she remembers wishing, If only I could go to Narnia like Lucy and Susan. Vicki hopes that maybe, she can touch someone with her story in a similar way. You can visit her website at

  1. Where do you live? Marysville WA
  2. What is the weather like? 21 degrees (cold)
  3. Have you lived there very long? 7 years
  4. Would you rather live somewhere else? no
  5. Are you married or single? married
  6. Do you have kids? yes 3
  7. Where were you born? Scarborough Ontario Canada
  8. What was your childhood like? adventurous
  9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun? avareage, hung out with friends
  10. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house? my bedroom
  11. Do you have an outside job? art teacher
  12. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off? write
  13. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? fiber fruit shake
  14. Do you have any pets? dog, 2 cats , a parakeet
  15. Do you know your neighbors? yes
  16. Pepsi or Coke? Pepsi
  17. Favorite time of year? Summer
  18. Favorite color? green
  19. Favorite book? Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
  20. Does your car look better than your house? no
  21. What’s on your mousepad? my family on vacation in Mexico
  22. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it? I let the recorder get it
  23. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? coffee
  24. Chocolate or vanilla? both
  25. Do you like to drive too fast? no
  26. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? no
  27. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? CS Lewis
  28. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? don’t drink
  29. What is your zodiac sign? The fish one (not in to it though)
  30. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be? writer
  31. What’s under your bed? probably dust
  32. Is the glass half empty or half full? full

At Home with Mystery Suspense Author Gale Laure


International selling author, Gale Laure, is a native Texan.  She was born along the coast of Texas in an area referred to as the “Golden Triangle”.  She spent her young adult years in Tyler in East Texas, and Houston, Texas.   She has resided in a small suburban town in the Houston area for more than 20 years with her husband and family.

As mysterious as her mystery-suspense thriller book and novel, Laure writes under a pseudonym.  She is very adamant about maintaining her privacy and the privacy of her family as a mystery!

With an attitude that “you can do anything you set your mind to”, Laure travels forward in life fulfilling all of her dreams.  She credits her huge imagination and true love for research for taking her to this career decision to be an author.  She also credits some special people in her life which offered encouragement to become a mystery writer.

She has gained her experience for writing from her careers including owner of a business service, marketing and consulting company, owner of her own travel agency, employment in the medical field including office manager, a short stint as a legal assistant, a paralegal, and employment in an insurance office and CPA’s office.

Gale Laure enjoys her career and life as an author.  She finds inspiration from her readers, friends and family.

Laure’s hobbies include genealogical research, movies, creating stories for the children around her, involvement in her church and people watching.  By watching people she obtains ideas for the characters in her books.  So watch out!  You may see some of your own traits in a character in her mystery, romance, and suspense-thriller books.  She loves the “human being” and everything about them, both good and bad.

Gale Laure is known for her informal Southern style of writing.  Books written by Gale Laure include her current debut, mystery-suspense thriller, Evolution of a Sad Woman.  It is selling internationally as an ebook download, Kindle and as a trade softcover paperback.

You can visit Gale on the web at or

Where were you born?

I was born in the Golden Triangle along the coast of Texas in the refinery belt.

What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun?

I had wonderful teenage years.  Lots of romance filled my moonlit nights.  There was a recreation hall where all the teens gathered for dancing and socializing.  We danced the night away to actual band music.  We always went on the drag at night cruising like they did in American Graffiti. Football games filled our Friday nights.  It was a wonderful era and a wonderful time in my life.

Evolution of a Sad Woman by Gale Laure

My bedroom is my favorite room.  I love to sleep in my comfy bed or read a good book.  The sunlight pours through a large window.  It is warm and alive.

Do you have an outside job?

No.  My only job is being an author.

What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?

I love to either go to a movie or curl up in my wing back lounge chair and watch old movies on Turner Classic Movies.  The old movies have such great drama and such great stories.

What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

I love a smoothie.  I make my own.  It is quite a concoction of blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, blackberries and cherries mixed with whey protein powder, soy milk, two tablespoons of steel cut oatmeal, two tablespoons of ground flax seed, a little ground sesame seed and some apple juice.  It really is good.  But it looks really awful!

Pepsi or Coke?

Well, I no longer drink soda.  However, when I did I was definitely a coke girl.  I even took the challenge once and could tell the difference.  I met my husband at a coke machine.

Favorite time of year?

Summer.  I love the sunshine.  As a teen I loved days in the sun at the beach.

Favorite color?

Blue.  Although, I do look the best in the color red.  My bedroom is painted blue.

Favorite book?

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it?

Usually I only let it ring twice.  However if I am writing, I screen my calls.  So I may not answer at all.  It breaks my concentration.

What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?

What day is it?

Chocolate or vanilla?

I do like chocolate.  But I love vanilla.

Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?

If you count my husband the answer is yes.  Sometimes he is pretty stuffed and is definitely an animal.

If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be?

I would love to meet Agatha Christie, my favorite author.

If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be?

For the first time in my life, I can say I have the job I want.  I am an author.  However, I do not think of it as a job.  I think of it as a career.

What’s under your bed?

Under my bed are two sweater boxes loaded with sweaters.

Is the glass half empty or half full?

My glass is always half full, but I want to fill it all the way up!